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29th Jun '17 9:14:07 PM Drgyen
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* WeaponOfMassDestruction: The cavorite bombs used to destroy the Martians on Mars, and the accelerator cannon used to destroy London and Southern England at the end of the book. Both kill thousands of human lives.

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* WeaponOfMassDestruction: The cavorite [[spoiler:The Cavorite bombs used to destroy the Martians on Mars, and the accelerator cannon used to destroy London and Southern England at the end of the book. Both kill thousands millions of human lives. lives.]]
29th Jun '17 9:11:11 PM Drgyen
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* CurbStompBattle: Apart from the [[YouShouldKnowThisAlready initial assault on Earth]], the final battle of the war on Mars ends with the destruction of most of the Martian forces being destroyed by the Cavorite bombs at the end. Also the destruction of the moon base by the combined British/Commonwealth fleets against the Martian infiltrators. Though they take severe losses, and most of Southern England is obliterated, they manage to destroy what may be the last vestiges of the Martians in the solar system.

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* CurbStompBattle: Apart from the [[YouShouldKnowThisAlready initial assault on Earth]], the final battle of the war on Mars ends with [[spoiler:with the destruction of most of the Martian forces being destroyed by the Cavorite bombs at the end. Also the destruction of the moon base by the combined British/Commonwealth fleets against the Martian infiltrators. Though they take severe losses, and most of Southern England is obliterated, they manage to destroy what may be the last vestiges of the Martians in the solar system.system]].
29th Jun '17 9:04:16 PM Drgyen
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The British expeditionary force defeated the Martians on Mars with modified Cavorite, but they couldn't stop the Martian hybrids from using the Lunar colony's rail gun to bombard southern England to kingdom come and wiping out the bulk of the expeditionary force. Fortunately, the Commonwealth space fleet finished off the Martians and saving Earth. The British government collapsed with Spry, Mosley, and nearly the entire Royal Family killed from the bombardment, and replaced by a more benevolent Parliament which reversed its predecessor's repressive rule while nations like India successfully declared their independence from a dead British Empire.]]

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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The British expeditionary force defeated the Martians on Mars with modified Cavorite, but they couldn't stop the Martian Martian-human hybrids from using the Lunar colony's rail gun magnetic accelerator to bombard southern England to kingdom come and wiping out the bulk of the expeditionary force. Fortunately, the Commonwealth space fleet finished off the Martians and saving Earth. The British government collapsed with Spry, Mosley, and nearly the entire Royal Family (except Princess Margaret Rose) killed from the bombardment, and is replaced by a more benevolent Parliament which reversed its predecessor's repressive rule while nations like India successfully declared their independence from a dead British Empire.]]



* {{Foreshadowing}}: Did the Brits really just gun down their own men in cold blood? [[spoiler: No, they didn't.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Did the Brits really just gun down their own men in cold blood? [[spoiler: No, they didn't. They killed Martians who are disguised as human beings.]]



* PendulumWar: Neither side really gains much a victory on Mars, as both sides fight over Olympus Mons and other territories before the final Cavorite attack.

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* OrbitalBombardment: [[spoiler:At the climax of The Great Game, the Martian-human hybrids takes control of the Moon's magnetic accelerator and using it to fire moon rocks on England.]]
* PendulumWar: Neither side really gains much a victory on Mars, as both sides fight over Olympus Mons and other territories before [[spoiler:before the final Cavorite attack.attack]].
29th Jun '17 8:51:51 PM Drgyen
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* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The British expeditionary force defeated the Martians on Mars with modified Cavorite, but they couldn't stop the Martian hybrids from using the Lunar colony's rail gun to bombard southern England to kingdom come and wiping out the bulk of the expeditionary force. Fortunately, the Commonwealth space fleet finished off the Martians and saving Earth. The British government collapsed with Spry, Mosley, and nearly the entire Royal Family killed from the bombardment, and replaced by a more benevolent Parliament which reversed its predecessor's repressive rule while nations like India successfully declared their independence from a dead British Empire.]]



* CannonFodder: Most of the soldiers left on the surface of Mars towards the end of The Great Game are this when [[spoiler:they hold up the Martians till the cavorite weapon is released, resulting in the destruction of both the Martians and themselves as they float off into space from the cavorite]]
* CrapsackWorld: The British empire after the invasion is a nationalistic, paranoid nation that hides its darker core under a veneer of progress and modern technology. The North is basically under military law, with curfews and military actions against civilians. Meanwhile, the government is using the Martian war to direct public sentiment away from the domestic problems, and instil public support of the government.
* ContinuityNod: Several of the alternate history variation, especially in the final instalment, which features [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Law_Montgomery,_1st_Viscount_Montgomery_of_Alamein Monty]] commanding the forces in the Martian desert and an engineer named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barnes_Wallis Barnes Wallis]] who develops a revolutionary type of bomb. There are also several [[CallBack callbacks]] to the original ''Film/{{The War Of The Worlds|1953}}''.

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* CannonFodder: Most of the soldiers left on the surface of Mars towards the end of The Great Game are this when [[spoiler:they hold up the Martians till the cavorite Cavorite weapon is released, resulting in the destruction of both the Martians and themselves as they float off into space from the cavorite]]
Cavorite]]
* CrapsackWorld: The British empire after the invasion is a nationalistic, paranoid nation that hides its darker core under a veneer of progress and modern technology. The North is basically under military law, with curfews and military actions against civilians. Meanwhile, the government is using the Martian war to direct public sentiment away from the domestic problems, and instil instill public support of the government.
* ContinuityNod: Several of the alternate history variation, especially in the final instalment, installment, which features [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernard_Law_Montgomery,_1st_Viscount_Montgomery_of_Alamein Monty]] commanding the forces in the Martian desert and an engineer named [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barnes_Wallis Barnes Wallis]] who develops a revolutionary type of bomb. There are also several [[CallBack callbacks]] to the original ''Film/{{The War Of The Worlds|1953}}''.


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* KilledOffScreen: [[spoiler:Davenport Spry is only mentioned to be among the eleven millions killed in the Martian bombardment.]]
5th Mar '17 10:15:33 AM nombretomado
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*** Moon: [[MarvelComics The Watcher]] and [[Literature/TheFirstMenInTheMoon Selenites]]

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*** Moon: [[MarvelComics [[Creator/MarvelComics The Watcher]] and [[Literature/TheFirstMenInTheMoon Selenites]]
17th Jan '17 9:02:07 PM Willbyr
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10th Jun '16 12:36:01 AM Morgenthaler
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* UsefulNotes/TheLondonUnderground: With the influx of Martian technology, the Underground has been been turned into the London Overground, with monorails stretching across the city. One abandoned station has been turned into a bunker by the war ministry, but even then it was abandoned, and Autumn has turned it into his hiding place.
* UsefulNotes/{{Mars}}: Mars is the center of action for most of the second series.



* UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire: The main power in the world after it reverse engineers the technology left behind from the invasion, and from the captured Martian. Also becomes a dark power, holding much of the world under its economic might, and refuses to listen to foreign reason involving ending the war.



* UsefulNotes/TheTroubles: Given that it's an AlternateHistory, this time it's Scotland that has the Bloody Sunday uprising.
* UsefulNotes/UnitedNations: The League of Nations still exists, and is headed by Haile Selassie is the Secretary General. Supports the independence of the Commonwealth countries from the British Empire, and offers aid after the [[spoiler: destruction of London and southern England by the rail gun on the Moon.]]



* UsefulNotes/WorldWarI: Most of the uniforms of the ground troops in The Great Game are patterned after World War I uniforms.
7th Jun '16 8:44:29 AM Doug86
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** After the alien invasion of Britain fails, the ImportedAlienPhlebotinum allows Britain to become an even more powerful military superpower, meaning WorldWarOne and WorldWarTwo never happen.

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** After the alien invasion of Britain fails, the ImportedAlienPhlebotinum allows Britain to become an even more powerful military superpower, meaning WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI and WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII never happen.



* WorldWarI: Most of the uniforms of the ground troops in The Great Game are patterned after World War I uniforms.

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* WorldWarI: UsefulNotes/WorldWarI: Most of the uniforms of the ground troops in The Great Game are patterned after World War I uniforms.
22nd Apr '16 12:59:25 AM aye_amber
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** Prime Minister Cabal is a reference to John Cabal from the film version of ''TheShapeOfThingsToCome''.

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** Prime Minister Cabal is a reference to John Cabal from the film version of ''TheShapeOfThingsToCome''.''Film/TheShapeOfThingsToCome.''
2nd Apr '16 8:40:47 PM nombretomado
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** The two thugs who kill Goldman are the Mitchell boys from ''EastEnders''

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** The two thugs who kill Goldman are the Mitchell boys from ''EastEnders''''Series/EastEnders''
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