History Literature / OutOfTheDark

23rd May '18 11:16:51 AM ChronoLegion
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* ExplosiveBreeder: Humans, compared to most other races at this stage of development. The Shongairi are shocked to discover that Earth is home to 7 billion people, whereas the next closest example is only half a billion.
23rd May '18 10:07:49 AM ChronoLegion
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* DropShip: The first ones sent to Earth were destroyed by USAF F-22 Raptors and a French antiaircraft battery took out three more.

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* DropShip: The first ones sent to Earth were destroyed by USAF F-22 Raptors and a French antiaircraft battery took out three more. They're stated to be the size of missile cruisers but are utterly lacking in anything that would protect them in case of an attack. Even their radar is incapable of picking up human stealth fighters or detecting a missile lock. Apparently, they have [[ArtificialGravity antigravity]] drives, but tend to use the boring old aerodynamic wings, as antigravity is too power-hungry.
23rd May '18 9:55:35 AM ChronoLegion
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* HoverTank: The Shongairi tanks are able to hover, but this just leaves its unarmored bottom side exposed.

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* HoverTank: The Shongairi tanks are able to hover, but this just leaves its unarmored bottom side exposed. Their ground transports are still wheeled, though, as hover tech is expensive.
23rd May '18 9:52:30 AM ChronoLegion
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* DisproportionateRetribution: The Shongairi retaliate for a group of tanks wiping out one of their ground convoys with an orbital kinetic strike that not only destroys the human tanks but also the nearby city.
17th Apr '18 7:19:19 PM nombretomado
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* [[SelfInsertFic Self Insert Novel]]: So what, a main character is named David; it's a common name. And his wife's name is Sharon...and they live in South Carolina...and their dogs are named [[Literature/{{Safehold}} Nimue and Merlin]]? [[{{Egregious}} Oh, come on, Weber]]!

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* [[SelfInsertFic Self Insert Novel]]: So what, a main character is named David; it's a common name. And his wife's name is Sharon...and they live in South Carolina...and their dogs are named [[Literature/{{Safehold}} Nimue and Merlin]]? [[{{Egregious}} [[JustForFun/{{Egregious}} Oh, come on, Weber]]!
3rd Dec '17 12:15:12 PM FearlessSon
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* AliensNeverInventedTheWheel: Most galactic civilizations tend to be unified under a single government long before they become space-capable, and tend to focus their military development on spacepower once they get to orbit. However, humans are still fractious even at the level of having an orbital satellite network, and though human technology is necessarily cruder than spacefaring alien tech, in areas of ground and atmospheric combat it is necessarily advanced. Other species simply never had the need for things like heavy armored vehicles or fighter aircraft when such things were easily dispatched with OrbitalBombardment.
3rd Dec '17 12:04:55 PM FearlessSon
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* GoneHorriblyRight: Thikar planned the Shonghairi invasion to take place immediately after an extensive covert intelligence gathering campaign, followed by the simultaneous [[OrbitalBombardment kinetic bombardment]] of every major military base and government center on record. The idea was to cripple humanity's ability to fight back in a massive opening salvo with minimal infrastructural damage outside of that, forcing them to surrender. However, as the targets included the major administrative organizations that might negotiate surrender, no one was left to tell their forces and civilians to ''stand down'', leading to partisan actions, reprisal strikes, more partisan actions, and a protracted quagmire for the Shonghairi.
1st Oct '17 9:05:28 AM nombretomado
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* ConspiracyTheories: Unsurprisingly happens in the first few days of the attack. Later it the aliens begin to fall victim to them when bad things start happening to their bases.
21st May '17 6:16:45 PM nombretomado
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* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: Weapons stockpiles in Romania contained surplus Soviet weapons dating from as far back as WorldWarII and are used by the resistance forces in the region.

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* BreakOutTheMuseumPiece: Weapons stockpiles in Romania contained surplus Soviet weapons dating from as far back as WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and are used by the resistance forces in the region.



* DieHardOnAnX: Up until the {{TwistEnding}}, it's basically ''{{Worldwar}}'' in the twenty-first century, with the political and technological issues adjusted accordingly.

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* DieHardOnAnX: Up until the {{TwistEnding}}, it's basically ''{{Worldwar}}'' ''Literature/{{Worldwar}}'' in the twenty-first century, with the political and technological issues adjusted accordingly.
13th May '17 3:57:45 PM Ea4g
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* ComicallyMissingThePoint: It only becomes funny during the Shongairi invasion, but the take-away from the original hegemony survey of Earth counts as this. The Barthoni team took away that humans are barbarians from watching a battle from the hundred years war when they should have learned that, even when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds, humans will try to find creative solutions to problems before giving up. From the way the invasion was conducted, that simply never occurred to anyone even though everyone had access to the same data.
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