Poul Andersen’s science-fictional hero, Dominic Flandry, had a problem, Pseudo-Polymath notes:
Mr Flandry’s problem was he was knowingly fighting a lost cause, his people (a large human dominated stellar empire) was failing due to cultural decadence. He knew it was a lost cause, but soldiered on regardless. This post reminds me of that. As does this one. And this one.