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24th Aug '16 9:53:29 PM RacattackForce
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Much of what occurs in the series has its roots in a war that took place 5,000 years ago, in which [[HordeOfAlienLocusts an alien race known as the Gems]] fought over the colonization of Earth. The splinter group devoted to protecting the planet, the Crystal Gems, won with the caveat of many of their fallen comrades occasionally returning as corrupted monsters. The advancement that was made in colonizing the planet also led to a completely different geography and an AlternateHistory where various wars were never fought and most holidays never developed.
24th Aug '16 9:53:11 PM RacattackForce
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* The Land of Ooo in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' is implied to be our world AfterTheEnd, and there is mention of a [[UsefulNotes/NuclearWeapons "Great Mushroom War."]] This explains why there are electronics in an otherwise MedievalStasis fantasy world, and the presence of RuinsOfTheModernAge. Season 5 finally just flat out confirms it and hints at what caused the cataclysm. [[spoiler: Apparently it involved a nuclear war and the return of magic to the world.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'': A massive FreakLabAccident infests the entire world with [[{{Nanomachines}} nanites]], which cause extreme mutation on much of the population. Most of the major characters are implied to be somehow connected to the event.

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* The Land of Ooo in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' is was implied to be our world AfterTheEnd, and there is mention with mentions of a [[UsefulNotes/NuclearWeapons "Great Mushroom War."]] This explains why there are electronics in an otherwise MedievalStasis fantasy world, and the presence of RuinsOfTheModernAge. Season 5 finally just flat out confirms it and hints at what caused that the cataclysm. [[spoiler: Apparently it involved event was a nuclear war and the return of magic to the world.]]
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* ''WesternAnimation/GeneratorRex'': A massive FreakLabAccident infests the entire world with [[{{Nanomachines}} nanites]], which cause extreme mutation on much of the population. Most of the major characters are implied ultimately revealed to be somehow connected to the event.event.
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Much of what occurs in the series has its roots in a war that took place 5,000 years ago, in which [[HordeOfAlienLocusts an alien race known as the Gems]] fought over the colonization of Earth. The splinter group devoted to protecting the planet, the Crystal Gems, won with the caveat of many of their fallen comrades occasionally returning as corrupted monsters. The advancement that was made in colonizing the planet also led to a completely different geography and an AlternateHistory where various wars were never fought and most holidays never developed.
11th May '16 3:30:46 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Crusades in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', a bloody altercation wherein the Gears, led by the [[MonsterLord Commander Gear]] Justice, TurnedAgainstTheirMasters and set forth to KillAllHumans. Beginning in the year 2074 with Justice's revolt, the war lasted over a century, only finally ending in 2175 when [[TheKnightsTemplar the Holy Order]] [[SealedEvilInACan sealed away Justice in an extradimensional prison]]. It's unknown how widespread the damage was, but America--the country responsible for starting the Gear Project--[[FallenStatesOfAmerica has fallen into ruin and is now simply known as A Country]] (Sol's stage in the original game [[SceneryGorn is that of a]] {{ruin|sOfTheModernAge}}ed New York City, complete with [[MonumentalDamage the severed head of the Statue of Liberty]]), London was once at risk of being razed by [[{{Kaiju}} a Megadeth-class Gear called Hydra]], and, in one of the very first acts of war, ''[[TheTokyoFireball the entire country of Japan was obliterated]]'', with the surviving Japanese being relegated to colonies and classified as "national treasures." What's worse, [[ForWantOfANail there exists]] [[BadFuture a timeline]] [[ForWantOfANail where]] [[spoiler:I-No [[TimeTravel goes back in time]] and [[ForTheEvulz manipulates events at a whim]], leading to the death of Ky Kiske at the Battle of Rome in 2173. This is treated as a ''worldwide'' DespairEventHorizon and causes the Crusades to extend at least into 2183, with Justice's daughter Dizzy taking charge of the Gears in her fallen mother's place]]. It's implied the fallout here is much, ''much'' worse.

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* The Crusades in ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear'', a bloody altercation wherein the Gears, led by the [[MonsterLord Commander Gear]] Justice, TurnedAgainstTheirMasters and set forth to KillAllHumans. Beginning in the year 2074 with Justice's revolt, the war lasted over a century, only finally ending in 2175 when [[TheKnightsTemplar [[UsefulNotes/TheKnightsTemplar the Holy Order]] [[SealedEvilInACan sealed away Justice in an extradimensional prison]]. It's unknown how widespread the damage was, but America--the country responsible for starting the Gear Project--[[FallenStatesOfAmerica has fallen into ruin and is now simply known as A Country]] (Sol's stage in the original game [[SceneryGorn is that of a]] {{ruin|sOfTheModernAge}}ed New York City, complete with [[MonumentalDamage the severed head of the Statue of Liberty]]), London was once at risk of being razed by [[{{Kaiju}} a Megadeth-class Gear called Hydra]], and, in one of the very first acts of war, ''[[TheTokyoFireball the entire country of Japan was obliterated]]'', with the surviving Japanese being relegated to colonies and classified as "national treasures." What's worse, [[ForWantOfANail there exists]] [[BadFuture a timeline]] [[ForWantOfANail where]] [[spoiler:I-No [[TimeTravel goes back in time]] and [[ForTheEvulz manipulates events at a whim]], leading to the death of Ky Kiske at the Battle of Rome in 2173. This is treated as a ''worldwide'' DespairEventHorizon and causes the Crusades to extend at least into 2183, with Justice's daughter Dizzy taking charge of the Gears in her fallen mother's place]]. It's implied the fallout here is much, ''much'' worse.
30th Mar '16 11:44:17 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* ''Fanfic/CodeGeassMegiddo'' has Operation Nero, also known as the Devastation of Japan. Realizing they're losing the war and to ensure the territory won't fall into enemy hands, Prince Schneizel orders all the reserves of [[{{Unobtanium}} Sakuradite]] running underneath Area 11 to be detonated. This results in a series of explosions, giant earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions before one last explosion engulfs the entire archipelago. 130 million people [[WeHaveReserves from both sides]] are killed, Japan is rendered an uninhabitable wasteland, and most of the Japanese race is wiped out. And all of this happens [[DownerBeginning in the first chapter]]. The story itself takes place [[TimeSkip eight years later]].
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27th Mar '16 3:04:32 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* ''Anime/DeadmanWonderland'' has the Great Tokyo Earthquake, also known as the Red Hole, a massive 11.4 quake that occurred on April 4th, 2014. It caused [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/deadmanwonderland/images/5/53/Great_Tokyo_Earthquake_map_anime_.png/revision/latest?cb=20110708142026 most of Tokyo to sink]], with 148,000 people dead, missing, or granted [[BloodyMurder Branches of Sin]]. In 2017, the titular prison/amusement park was built to bring in tourists as part of the Tokyo Recovery Project. [[spoiler: In reality, the earthquake was Shiro/the Wretched Egg's failed attempt to [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum kill herself]].]]

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* ''Anime/DeadmanWonderland'' has the Great Tokyo Earthquake, also known as the Red Hole, a massive 11.4 quake that occurred on April 4th, 2014. It caused [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/deadmanwonderland/images/5/53/Great_Tokyo_Earthquake_map_anime_.png/revision/latest?cb=20110708142026 most of Tokyo to sink]], with 148,000 people dead, dead or missing, or and a few were granted [[BloodyMurder Branches of Sin]]. In 2017, the titular prison/amusement park was built to bring in tourists as part of the Tokyo Recovery Project. [[spoiler: In reality, the earthquake was Shiro/the Wretched Egg's failed attempt to [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum kill herself]].]]
27th Mar '16 3:03:10 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* ''Anime/DeadmanWonderland'' has the Great Tokyo Earthquake, also known as the Red Hole, a massive 11.4 quake that occurred on April 4th, 2014. It caused [[http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/deadmanwonderland/images/5/53/Great_Tokyo_Earthquake_map_anime_.png/revision/latest?cb=20110708142026 most of Tokyo to sink]], with 148,000 people dead, missing, or granted [[BloodyMurder Branches of Sin]]. In 2017, the titular prison/amusement park was built to bring in tourists as part of the Tokyo Recovery Project. [[spoiler: In reality, the earthquake was Shiro/the Wretched Egg's failed attempt to [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum kill herself]].]]
24th Mar '16 5:02:31 PM Chariset
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* [[Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook DON'T THINK ABOUT THE EVENT!!!]]

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* [[Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook DON'T THINK ABOUT THE EVENT!!!]]''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' had a series of game-show skits set in the post-cataclysmic CrapsackWorld that remains after "the event." The details are left sketchy for added humor ([[NothingIsScarier and horror]]), but the contestant and viewers are continually advised to "remain indoors" and to do their best not to think about "the event."
8th Mar '16 8:46:32 AM ChronoLegion
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* In a number of chronologically earlier books of ''Literature/TheHistoryOfTheGalaxy'' series, some characters wonder how a large area of space that has become known as the Sleeve of Emptiness formed. The area is noticeable against the backdrop of the rest of the galaxy, because it is a large stretch of space without any visible stars. Later on, expeditions are mounted to the area, which discover that all the stars of the Sleeve of Emptiness have inexplicably exploded about 3 million years ago, leaving behind charred remains of their planets, still circling what's left of the stars. Furthermore, alien ruins and artifacts are found on those worlds. It's not until later that the truth is discovered and made public. Apparently, the area used to be home to several star-faring races. Unlike humanity, they never invented portable hyperdrives and relied on a static PortalNetwork for intersystem travel. This proves to be their undoing, when they spot a large swarm of ancient spaceborne creatures dubbed "Forerunners" moving in their direction, attracted by starlight. The Forerunners are clumps of protomatter, whose origins are generally stated to be "the first lifeforms to appear in the universe" (except for one novel that claims that they were created by a powerful EnergyBeing and are indirectly responsible for all biological life in the galaxy). Forerunners have animal-level intelligence, and their only motivation is [[HordeOfAlienLocust consuming matter (any solid matter will do)]] and reproducing (via a mitosis-like process). Without FTL travel, the ancient races had to find other means of surviving. The [[InsectoidAliens Insects]] and the [[StarfishAliens Logrians]] chose to flee en masse via the portals into [[HumanAlien Harammin]] territory only to be enslaved by them (who then used Logrian ingenuity and Insect labor force to surround their star cluster with a shell of gravity-bending generators that hid the cluster from view (thus removing themselves from the Forerunners' menu). Some Insects attempted to build a DysonSphere in order to hide inside it, but they haven't managed to complete it in time and fled. The only race that chose to stay and fight were the [[FishPeople Delphons]], who knew that, unless they were stopped, the Forerunners would cut a swath through their part of the galaxy, consuming all planets in their path, including those with nascent life (including a certain blue-green world with primitive anthropoids). Their only means of fighting the swarm was to trigger a nova-like explosion in their stars, which they used whenever the swarm approached. By the time the swarm was finally stopped, the Delphons had detonated all their stars and went extinct along with the Forerunners.
8th Mar '16 8:13:56 AM ChronoLegion
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* Creator/SergeyLukyanenko's ''Outpost'' SharedUniverse is focused on the world of Centrum, formerly the [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin center]] of an advanced interstellar civilization with portals linking many worlds, including Earth. Then a genetically-engineered bacterium was unleashed on Centrum that consumed all petroleum and petroleum-based products (including plastics), collapsing their civilization and throwing it back to the level of the early-to-mid 20th century. And the bacterium is still around, preventing oil and plastics from being imported from other worlds. Fortunately, the bacterium doesn't appear to be able to survive portal travel, so the "plague" is limited to Centrum.
8th Mar '16 8:07:04 AM ChronoLegion
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* In the expansion of ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', it's revealed that the planet called Alpha Centauri/Chiron is actually an ancient experiment on planetary-scale artificial sentience using genetically-engineered ecosystems called "Manifold Six", created by a race of {{Precursors}}. 100 million years ago, another Manifold, Tau Ceti, gained planet-wide sentience resulting in a massive psionic disruption which annihilated three systems and broke the back of the Progenitor civilization. The surviving aliens have split into two factions, the Manifold Caretakers who are determined to locate and protect the remaining Manifolds so they remain in their dormant state, and the Manifold Usurpers who apparently didn't learn their lesson and are trying to find another Manifold and activate it so they can achieve godhood.

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* In the expansion of ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'', it's revealed that the planet called Alpha Centauri/Chiron is actually an ancient experiment on planetary-scale artificial sentience using genetically-engineered ecosystems called "Manifold Six", created by a race of {{Precursors}}. 100 million years ago, another Manifold, Tau Ceti, gained planet-wide sentience (called "Flowering") resulting in a massive psionic disruption which annihilated three systems and broke the back of the Progenitor civilization. The surviving aliens have split into two factions, the Manifold Caretakers who are determined to locate and protect the remaining Manifolds so they remain in their dormant state, and the Manifold Usurpers who apparently didn't learn their lesson and are trying to find another Manifold and activate it so they can achieve godhood. Their views are summed up in these quotes:
--> "Risks of Flowering: considerable. But rewards of godhood: who can measure?" -- Usurper Judaa Marr, ''Courage : To Question''
--> "Tau Ceti Flowering: Horrors visited upon neighboring systems must never be repeated. Therefore: if it means the end of our evolution as a species, so be it." -- Caretaker Lular H'minee, ''Sacrifice : Life''
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