History Literature / TheWarAgainstTheChtorr

12th Jan '18 5:09:28 PM Kalaong
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* AmericaSavesTheDay: ZigZagged. The United States was forced to abandon all of its foreign assets after a nuclear incident in the Middle East, and later decommission much of its military after losing a war in Pakistan. Ironically this now makes the USA the most powerful nation on Earth, as its armed forces were not mobilized to deal with the plagues and so survived mostly intact, making them the best option for a military and/or industrial solution against the Chtorr. The catch is that many nations have openly declared they would rather be eaten by the Chtorr than be "saved" by the United States; their first attempt post-invasion to sabotage American resurgence was interrupted by a worm eating most of the delegates who were observing it, the second by [[spoiler:their invasion force crashing and burning due to American-made TrojanHorse chips]].
23rd Dec '17 6:55:17 PM Kalaong
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** Finally, ''[[DysfunctionJunction everyone is mentally damaged by all that death]].'' People may be unable to maintain technological civilization, which is the only thing that could potentially keep the '''big''' monsters from destroying what's left. All in all, the human race may '''''[[YouAreAlreadyDead already be extinct]].'''''

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** Finally, By the second book, the body count has risen to ''five'' and a half billion. There are less than three and a half billion left, all of whom are ''[[DysfunctionJunction everyone is mentally damaged by all that death]].'' People may be unable to maintain technological civilization, which is the only thing that could potentially keep the '''big''' monsters from destroying what's left. All in all, the human race may '''''[[YouAreAlreadyDead already be extinct]].'''''
23rd Dec '17 6:48:30 PM Kalaong
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-->The physical universe uses heat to keep score. Actually, it's motion, but on the molecular level we experience it as heat. Just know that it's the only way one object ever affects another, so it's the only way to measure how big a difference an object really makes. We measure heat in BTUs. British Thermal Units. Calories. We want our money to be an accurate measure, so we use the same system as the physical universe: ergo, we have the KC standard, the kilo-calorie.

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-->The -->'''Foreman''': The physical universe uses heat to keep score. Actually, it's motion, but on the molecular level we experience it as heat. Just know that it's the only way one object ever affects another, so it's the only way to measure how big a difference an object really makes. We measure heat in BTUs.[=BTUs=]. British Thermal Units. Calories. We want our money to be an accurate measure, so we use the same system as the physical universe: ergo, we have the KC standard, the kilo-calorie.
23rd Dec '17 6:47:58 PM Kalaong
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-->The physical universe uses heat to keep score. Actually, it's motion, but on the molecular level we experience it as heat. Just know that it's the only way one object ever affects another, so it's the only way to measure how big a difference an object really makes. We measure heat in BTUs. British Thermal Units. Calories. We want our money to be an accurate measure, so we use the same system as the physical universe: ergo, we have the KC standard, the kilo-calorie.
22nd Nov '17 7:18:35 PM nombretomado
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** Okay, the Uncle Ira conspiracy must be stated in full to be believed. It begins when a [[spoiler:periodic UsefulNotes/GulfWar escalates into a reverse CubanMissileCrisis. The Third World then gets its act together for five seconds and demands that the US stand down or get [[NukeEm nuked]]. [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent The President]] at the time submits rather than start WorldWarThree, and the US is forced to disband its military and make multibillion-dollar reparations. This is when the conspiracy is hatched; accede to their demands in ways that benefit the US secretly. The military was disbanded, but reformed as a Peace Corps-like "Teamwork Army" which specializes in public works; the physical labor conditions them every bit as well as boot camp, and people who build stuff for a living tend to be ''very'' territorial - once the invasions start, it only takes one month of combat training to transform into a quality army. Weapons platforms like [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks tanks]] and [[GunshipRescue gunships]] were sank in the sea - but secretly preserved with acrylic beforehand. Instead of sending money, they send food and machines, forcing US industries to be redesigned to meet those demands. The US suffers a short depression, but loads of super-technology is developed in the process, causing an economic boom despite the treaties, and making the world even more dependent on US technology (complete with the aforementioned TrojanHorse chips). Space technology is developed, to supply the Third World with energy from solar-power satellites - requiring US expertise to maintain, and enabling them to develop space; thanks to a lunar colony, they have [[ColonyDrop mass drivers]]. And half a million teachers are sent into the Third World to bring them up to speed; and teach them American values.]] As WATC predates ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' by [[OlderThanTheyThink more than a decade]], the XanatosGambit should technically be called the Uncle Ira Gambit; "What if we only ''pretended'' to lose?"

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** Okay, the Uncle Ira conspiracy must be stated in full to be believed. It begins when a [[spoiler:periodic UsefulNotes/GulfWar escalates into a reverse CubanMissileCrisis.UsefulNotes/CubanMissileCrisis. The Third World then gets its act together for five seconds and demands that the US stand down or get [[NukeEm nuked]]. [[OurPresidentsAreDifferent The President]] at the time submits rather than start WorldWarThree, and the US is forced to disband its military and make multibillion-dollar reparations. This is when the conspiracy is hatched; accede to their demands in ways that benefit the US secretly. The military was disbanded, but reformed as a Peace Corps-like "Teamwork Army" which specializes in public works; the physical labor conditions them every bit as well as boot camp, and people who build stuff for a living tend to be ''very'' territorial - once the invasions start, it only takes one month of combat training to transform into a quality army. Weapons platforms like [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks tanks]] and [[GunshipRescue gunships]] were sank in the sea - but secretly preserved with acrylic beforehand. Instead of sending money, they send food and machines, forcing US industries to be redesigned to meet those demands. The US suffers a short depression, but loads of super-technology is developed in the process, causing an economic boom despite the treaties, and making the world even more dependent on US technology (complete with the aforementioned TrojanHorse chips). Space technology is developed, to supply the Third World with energy from solar-power satellites - requiring US expertise to maintain, and enabling them to develop space; thanks to a lunar colony, they have [[ColonyDrop mass drivers]]. And half a million teachers are sent into the Third World to bring them up to speed; and teach them American values.]] As WATC predates ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' by [[OlderThanTheyThink more than a decade]], the XanatosGambit should technically be called the Uncle Ira Gambit; "What if we only ''pretended'' to lose?"
23rd Oct '17 8:15:14 PM Kalaong
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* TooCleverByHalf: [=McCarthy=] is one of the smartest people in the world. Unfortunately, that just means he gets into trouble that no-one -- ''including him'' -- has any idea how to get out of. He's been doing it his whole life, too; when he was fourteen, his mother caught him making nitroglycerine in the bathtub. Ouch.
-->It isn't that hard to make nitroglycerin. The hard part is getting rid of it quietly.
16th Sep '17 5:29:27 PM nombretomado
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* YanksWithTanks: Subverted in that the United States was made to decommission much of its military after losing a war in Pakistan. Ironically this now makes the USA the most powerful nation on Earth, as its armed forces were not mobilized to deal with the plagues and so survived mostly intact.
10th Jun '17 2:37:53 AM JackG
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* NotStayingForBreakfast: A sci-fi version when Ted body-surfs into the body of a beautiful woman so he can have sex with [=McCarthy=]. The morning after [=McCarthy=] gets abruptly thrown out of bed by the woman concerned, as Ted has moved on to another body and left her to deal with the morning-after mess.

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* NotStayingForBreakfast: A sci-fi version when Ted body-surfs into the body of a beautiful woman so he can have sex with [=McCarthy=]. The morning after [=McCarthy=] gets abruptly thrown out of bed by the woman concerned, as Ted has moved on to another body and left her to deal with the morning-after mess.hangover.
10th Jun '17 2:36:44 AM JackG
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* NotStayingForBreakfast: A sci-fi version when Ted body-surfs into the body of a beautiful woman so he can have sex with [=McCarthy=]. The morning after [=McCarthy=] gets abruptly thrown out of bed by the woman concerned, as Ted has moved on to another body and left her to deal with the morning-after mess.
17th Apr '17 6:01:59 PM Golondrina
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* LesCollaborateurs: 'Renegades' worship and help the Chtorran invaders. Their numbers increase as the infestation grows in strength -- it's not known whether this is the result of an unknown form of [[BrainWashed brainwashing]] or simply a [[VichyEarth psychological/practical response]] to the [[HopelessWar overwhelming]] AlienInvasion.



* LesCollaborateurs: 'Renegades' worship and help the Chtorran invaders. Their numbers increase as the infestation grows in strength -- it's not known whether this is the result of an unknown form of [[BrainWashed brainwashing]] or simply a [[VichyEarth psychological/practical response]] to the [[HopelessWar overwhelming]] AlienInvasion.
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