What Counts As a Historical Total War Game?

Over the last 10 years, The Creative Assembly has released eight major games and a plethora of smaller downloadable contents, including Total War: Warhammer 2, Total War Three Kingdoms, and Total War Rome 2. These games are conventionally divided into two large categories: historical and fantasy, with the popular Warhammer franchise occupying the latter role. In this article, I question whether that is a useful categorization, and whether it's more useful to divide the franchise into a tripartite division: historical, fantasy, and mythic.