History Main / CivilWar

11th Apr '16 12:54:53 PM narm00
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A Civil War is an intense conflict between organized groups trying to take control of a state and/or region, or to change government policies. Most Civil Wars are fought by a status-quo ruling body of the state and one or more groups that wish to change said state, though said non-state groups often fight each other as well, and it can also be between two states that both claim to be the sole rightful (nation-)state for a single nation. To be considered a "war" rather that an uprising or rebellion requires that the conflict involve regular armed force, involve organized factions, and be on a certain scale and of a certain intensity. All the sides involved have to have a genuine chance (however small) of achieving their aims in the conflict for it to be a Civil War and not just a rebellion/uprising. Where rebellions end and Civil Wars begin often isn't clear, and whether a conflict is called one or the other often depends on what the factions - especially the victorious one - [[InsistentTerminology decide to call it]].

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A Civil War is an intense conflict between organized groups trying to take control of a state and/or region, or to change government policies. Most Civil Wars are fought by a status-quo ruling body of the state and one or more groups that wish to change said state, though said non-state groups often fight each other as well, and it can also be between two states that both claim to be the sole rightful (nation-)state for a single nation. To be considered a "war" rather that than an uprising or rebellion requires that the conflict involve regular armed force, involve organized factions, and be on a certain scale and of a certain intensity. All the sides involved have to have a genuine chance (however small) of achieving their aims in the conflict for it to be a Civil War and not just a rebellion/uprising. Where rebellions end and Civil Wars begin often isn't clear, and whether a conflict is called one or the other often depends on what the factions - especially the victorious one - [[InsistentTerminology decide to call it]].
27th Mar '16 5:21:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/{{Rome}}'': Much of the series is centered around the civil wars of the late Roman Republic. In the first season Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon after he's declared an outlaw by the Senate, emerging victorious over Pompey Magnus and his allies. After his assassination the Caesarian and conservative factions declare a truce. Then a three-way civil war erupts between a rogue Mark Antony, Octavian, and Brutus and Cassius; Octavian teams up with Antony against Caesar's killers after he had just finished fighting Antony. Finally, there's a civil war between Mark Antony and Cleopatra on the one hand and Octavian on the other, who gives himself absolute power after defeating Antony to end all this infighting for good.
* ''Series/{{Tyrant}}'': In the second season there's an islamic insurgency in Abbudin after a gas attack on the rebels leads them to team up with more radical elements. This becomes an all-out civil war between the Al-Fayeed dictatorship, the Army of the Caliphate, and local militia the Red Hand.
27th Mar '16 5:08:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* As mentioned in the film section above, ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' spends the last portion of its first season dealing with the infighting between loyal SHIELD agents and those who served HYDRA. By the time Season 2 starts, however, this conflict is over, allowing SHIELD to focus on HYDRA's external organization.

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* As mentioned in the film section above, ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'':
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spends the last portion of its first season dealing with the infighting between loyal SHIELD agents and those who served HYDRA. By the time Season 2 starts, however, this conflict is over, allowing SHIELD to focus on HYDRA's external organization.
19th Mar '16 1:49:21 PM ZimFan89
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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Ripples}}'' has one break out on Meridian following [[TheCoup the Darkest Winter Night]], between those loyal to Phobos and the so-called Council of Restoration, composed of all the noble houses which view him as an usurper and wish to depose him. However, the latter eventually collapses due to a combination of internal political pressure and being worn down by Phobos' military, leading to the canon Rebellion beginning.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Ripples}}'' has one break out on Meridian following [[TheCoup the Darkest Winter Night]], between those loyal to Phobos and the so-called Council of Restoration, composed of all the noble houses which view him as an usurper and wish to depose him. However, the latter eventually collapses due to a combination of internal political pressure infighting and being worn down by Phobos' military, leading to the canon Rebellion beginning.



* ''Literature/WorldWarZ'' has one break out in China during the height of the ZombieApocalypse, between the ruling Communist government (which is insistent on wasting lives on [[GeneralFailure pointless]] [[ZergRush human wave tactics]] against the zombies) and renegade sections of the military (which realize how stupid those tactics are). This war ultimately ends when a rebel submarine takes out the whole Politburo with a nuclear strike, after which both sides reunite to focus on the zombies.



** There was another Dalek Civil War all the way back in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E9TheEvilOfTheDaleks The Evil of the Daleks]], between the "Human Factor" Daleks created by the Doctor, and the normal Daleks led by the Emperor.

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** There was another Dalek Civil War all the way back in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E9TheEvilOfTheDaleks ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS4E9TheEvilOfTheDaleks The Evil of the Daleks]], Daleks]]'', between the "Human Factor" Daleks created by the Doctor, and the normal Daleks led by the Emperor.
9th Dec '15 5:30:33 PM DarthNANAME
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* Book 2 of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' looks to be about one between the Northern and Southern Water Tribes.

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* Book 2 of ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' looks to be about one between starts off with the Northern and Water Tribe imposing martial law on the Southern Water Tribes.Tribe. Considering that the Southern Water Tribe does not recognize Northern leadership and has been allowed to self-govern for almost a century or even longer, this predictably resulted in an insurgency.
** The end of Book 2 revealed that [[spoiler: the civil war was built on false pretenses. Northern Chief Unalaq ([[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation probably]]) didn't give a crap about what the South was doing. He instead wanted unfettered, exclusive access to the Southern Spirit Portal located in Southern Water Tribe territory, and the simplest way to do that was to impose martial law as justification to plant a military base around the portal.]]
** The [[BalkanizeMe balkanization]] of the Earth Kingdom happened off-screen shortly after the events of Book 3. The reunification of the Earth Kingdom led by Kuvira also happened off-screen and was mostly glossed over. However, considering that Kuvira had an ''army'' and used it to [[GunboatDiplomacy intimidate city leaders to submit to her leadership]] makes it easy to speculate that the reunification of the Earth Kingdom likely wasn't gentle.
28th Nov '15 12:15:32 AM JulianLapostat
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* UsefulNotes/TheFrenchRevolution (1789-1799) involved a series of wars within France, in the Vendee, in Brittany, Lyon and Bordeaux fought between Royalists and Republicans.
22nd Nov '15 12:08:36 PM ZimFan89
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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}} fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Ripples}}'' has one break out on Meridian following [[TheCoup the Darkest Winter Night]], between those loyal to Phobos and the so-called Council of Restoration, composed of all the noble houses which view him as an usurper and wish to depose him. However, the latter eventually collapses due to a combination of internal political pressure and being worn down by Phobos' military, leading to the canon Rebellion beginning.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}} ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Ripples}}'' has one break out on Meridian following [[TheCoup the Darkest Winter Night]], between those loyal to Phobos and the so-called Council of Restoration, composed of all the noble houses which view him as an usurper and wish to depose him. However, the latter eventually collapses due to a combination of internal political pressure and being worn down by Phobos' military, leading to the canon Rebellion beginning.
22nd Nov '15 12:04:50 PM ZimFan89
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* The ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}} fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Ripples}}'' has one break out on Meridian following [[TheCoup the Darkest Winter Night]], between those loyal to Phobos and the so-called Council of Restoration, composed of all the noble houses which view him as an usurper and wish to depose him. However, the latter eventually collapses due to a combination of internal political pressure and being worn down by Phobos' military, leading to the canon Rebellion beginning.
21st Nov '15 6:16:47 AM Ahearne
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* UsefulNotes/TheTroubles (1969-1998) are at least in the background of many works set in the British Isles in the '60s-'90s, although as with the British Civil War of 1916-21 and Irish Civil War of 1922-23 ''direct'' focus on the events is very rare

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* UsefulNotes/TheTroubles (1969-1998) are at least in the background of many works set in the British Isles in the '60s-'90s, although as with the British Civil War of 1916-21 and Irish Civil War of 1922-23 ''direct'' focus on the events is very rare rare.
7th Sep '15 10:38:24 AM nombretomado
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** In the EU there's actually a ''Second'' Galactic Civil War, this one with the Galactic Alliance (post-NewJediOrder New Republic, which in itself is post-Endor Rebel Alliance) against the Confederacy, which is a group of worlds led by Corellia in an attempt to break away. It ends up shifting the power balance quite a bit; the Jedi Order even forms its own temporary government in order to end the conflict.

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** In the EU there's actually a ''Second'' Galactic Civil War, this one with the Galactic Alliance (post-NewJediOrder (post-Literature/NewJediOrder New Republic, which in itself is post-Endor Rebel Alliance) against the Confederacy, which is a group of worlds led by Corellia in an attempt to break away. It ends up shifting the power balance quite a bit; the Jedi Order even forms its own temporary government in order to end the conflict.
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