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What real world civilization comes closest to this fictitious civilizations description?


What real world civilization comes closest to this fictitious civilizations description?

Seems like a silly question. I know. This is a description of a civilization in a video game, but want to know if it's grounded in any kind of real world history.

Noxus is a powerful empire with a fearsome reputation. To those beyond its borders, Noxus is brutal, expansionist and threatening, yet those who look beyond its warlike exterior see an unusually inclusive society, where the strengths and talents of its people are respected and cultivated. Its people were once a fierce reaver culture until they stormed the ancient city that now lies at the heart of their empire. Under threat from all sides, they aggressively took the fight to their enemies, pushing their borders outward with every passing year. This struggle for survival has made the Noxians a deeply proud people who value strength above all, though that strength can manifest by many different means. Anyone can rise to a position of power and respect within Noxus if they display the necessary aptitude, regardless of social standing, background, homeland, or wealth.

What does this description make you think of? And if you have any suggestions on some sources/books/etc that I could look into? Thanks

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