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17th Sep '17 11:17:58 AM nombretomado
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* The UsefulNotes/ColdWar was very much about this, although the [[PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower Superior Firepower]] and MnogoNukes meant that outright war was relatively unlikely. Instead, the US and USSR decided to fight by proxy. There is some variation as both the United States and Soviet Union were so powerful that even if one of them lost a useful ally like China - as per the Sino-Soviet split and Sino-American rapprochement - the balance never shifted firmly in favor of the other side.

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* The UsefulNotes/ColdWar was very much about this, although the [[PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower [[UsefulNotes/PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower Superior Firepower]] and MnogoNukes meant that outright war was relatively unlikely. Instead, the US and USSR decided to fight by proxy. There is some variation as both the United States and Soviet Union were so powerful that even if one of them lost a useful ally like China - as per the Sino-Soviet split and Sino-American rapprochement - the balance never shifted firmly in favor of the other side.
13th Jun '17 10:00:05 AM cdrood
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** This was the them of the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries ''TOS'']] epsiode "A Private Little War". Kirk finds out the Klingons have started arming one group on a primitive planet. His only solution is to arm the other side to keep one from overwhelming the other. He chooses the possibility of perpetual hostilities over the genocide of one side.

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** This was the them of the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries ''TOS'']] ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries TOS]]'' epsiode "A Private Little War". Kirk finds out the Klingons have started arming one group on a primitive planet. His only solution is to arm the other side to keep one from overwhelming the other. He chooses the possibility of perpetual hostilities over the genocide of one side.
13th Jun '17 9:59:14 AM cdrood
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** This was the them of the [[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries ''TOS'']] epsiode "A Private Little War". Kirk finds out the Klingons have started arming one group on a primitive planet. His only solution is to arm the other side to keep one from overwhelming the other. He chooses the possibility of perpetual hostilities over the genocide of one side.
13th Jun '17 9:52:54 AM cdrood
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** It's pretty much shown that the "balance" between the younger races is mainly due to political, religious, etc. choices by the more powerful races. While, Humans, Narns, and the League are roughly equal, Centauri technology is well ahead of them and the Minbari are even farther ahead to where the Centauri never tried challenging them even at their most aggressive. The real BalanceOfPower is between the Vorlons and the Shadows who far outstrip any of the younger races in power. Their struggle is about how many B's they can get to fight for their causes.

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** It's pretty much shown that the "balance" between the younger races is mainly due to political, religious, etc. choices by the more powerful races. While, Humans, Narns, and the League are roughly equal, Centauri technology is well ahead of them and the Minbari are even farther ahead to where the Centauri never tried challenging them even at their most aggressive. The real BalanceOfPower is between the Vorlons and the Shadows who far outstrip any of the younger races in power. They are the A & B of the story Their struggle is about how many B's C's and D's they can get to fight for their causes.
13th Jun '17 9:51:26 AM cdrood
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** It's pretty much shown that the "balance" between the younger races is mainly due to political, religious, etc. choices by the more powerful races. While, Humans, Narns, and the League are roughly equal, Centauri technology is well ahead of them and the Minbari are even farther ahead to where the Centauri never tried challenging them even at their most aggressive. The real BalanceOfPower is between the Vorlons and the Shadows who far outstrip any of the younger races in power. Their struggle is about how many B's they can get to fight for their causes.
13th May '17 12:28:31 PM nombretomado
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* Some newly found Soviet conversation logs from around 1990 prove that MargaretThatcher was actively opposing the reunification of Germany even when the whole east of Europe was already revolting against the Soviets. Only to keep the Balance of Power intact.

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* Some newly found Soviet conversation logs from around 1990 prove that MargaretThatcher UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher was actively opposing the reunification of Germany even when the whole east of Europe was already revolting against the Soviets. Only to keep the Balance of Power intact.
26th Feb '17 5:56:26 AM JackG
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* In ''Series/IntoTheBadlands'' the Barons are warlords who control fixed territories and are each in charge or one main trade resource. The Barons do not really mind when one Baron is deposed through KlingonPromotion or even assassinated by another Baron. However, they take a grim view when one Baron seizes territory belonging to another Baron since this upsets the balance of power. When Baron Quinn goes to war against the Widow, he seizes her oil fields which immediately sets all the other Barons against him.

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* In ''Series/IntoTheBadlands'' the Barons are warlords who control fixed territories and are each in charge or of one main trade resource. The Barons do not really mind when one Baron is deposed through KlingonPromotion or even assassinated by another Baron. However, they take a grim view when one Baron seizes territory belonging to another Baron since this upsets the balance of power. When Baron Quinn goes to war against the Widow, he seizes her oil fields which immediately sets all the other Barons against him.
30th Jan '17 8:54:33 AM Omeganian
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* Except there was one '''Enormous''' E - the Persians. While they failed in direct assault, they always had more than enough [[EveryManHasHisPrice gold]] to ensure the balance was maintained. At least two Greek invasions of Asia were forced to stop due to the Persians bribing the invaders' neighbors into a backstab. In the end, a treaty was signed making the Persian king the main power ensuring peace in Greece.

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* ** Except there was one '''Enormous''' E - the Persians. While they failed in direct assault, they always had more than enough [[EveryManHasHisPrice gold]] to ensure the balance was maintained. At least two Greek invasions of Asia were forced to stop due to the Persians bribing the invaders' neighbors into a backstab. In the end, a treaty was signed making the Persian king the main power ensuring peace in Greece.
30th Jan '17 7:24:09 AM Omeganian
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* Except there was one '''Enormous''' E - the Persians. While they failed in direct assault, they always had more than enough [[EveryManHasHisPrice gold]] to ensure the balance was maintained. At least two Greek invasions of Asia were forced to stop due to the Persians bribing the invaders' neighbors into a backstab. In the end, a treaty was signed making the Persian king the main power ensuring peace in Greece.
15th Jan '17 2:42:35 PM Geoduck
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* This idea is always in the background of Creator/JohnChristopher's ''Sword of the Spirits'' trilogy, with the various post-apocalyptic English city-states all squabbling and skirmishing with each other, but avoiding outright conquering of rivals. This begins to break down as the series progresses although [[spoiler: at the end, the protagonist predicts that it will be the looming return of 20th century technology that will truly destroy the status quo.]]
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