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21st May '17 2:50:12 PM nombretomado
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** [[WarGames How about a nice game of chess?]]

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** [[WarGames [[Film/WarGames How about a nice game of chess?]]
19th May '17 12:43:00 PM BeerBaron
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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' includes a fantasy version of this. Baar Dau, a moonlet originating in Oblivion, was stopped from impacting the city of Vivec by the god Vivec. It hovered over the city for centuries as a prison for heretics. After Vivec disappeared and the stop-gap measure implemented by the Temple to keep it in orbit was destroyed, the moonlet resumed its fall as though it had never stopped. Vivec (the city) was destroyed, the Red Mountain erupted, the mainland of Morrowind was devastated by tsunamis, and to this day, the crater/bay that now lies where Vivec used to be still has its waters boiling.

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* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' includes a fantasy version of this. this in its backstory. Sheogorath, the [[OurGodsAreDifferent Daedric Prince]] of [[MadGod Madness]] attempted this by hurling the rogue moon Baar Dau, a moonlet originating in Oblivion, was stopped from impacting the city of Dau at [[{{Egopolis}} Vivec City]]. Vivec, the [[PhysicalGod Tribunal deity]], froze it in place above the city. It would later be hollowed out for use by the god Vivec. It hovered over [[CorruptChurch Tribunal Temple]] as the city for centuries as Ministry of Truth, a [[TheAlcatraz high security prison for heretics. After heretics and blasphemers]]. Vivec disappeared tells his followers that it is [[SwordOfDamocles held in place by his people's love for him]], and that should they [[GodNeedsPrayerBadly stop loving him, it would fall]]. [[spoiler:As a result of the [[PlayerCharacter Nerevarine]]'s actions, Vivec disappears following the events of the game. The stop-gap measure implemented by the Temple to keep it in orbit was is destroyed, so the moonlet resumed moon resumes its fall as though it had never stopped. with its original momentum. Vivec (the city) was is destroyed, the Red Mountain erupted, erupts, the mainland of Morrowind was is devastated by tsunamis, tsunamis and to this day, choking ash, and, even some 200 years later, the crater/bay that now lies where Vivec used to be still has its waters boiling.boiling]].
15th May '17 12:38:00 PM BattleMaster
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** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Jack recounts her {{backstory}}, including a time where she crashed a space station upon the Hanar's favorite moon. The Hanar, having niceness as their [[PlanetOfHats racial hat]], refer to this as "Vandalism".

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** In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', Jack recounts her {{backstory}}, including a time where she crashed a space station upon the Hanar's favorite moon. The Hanar, having niceness politeness as their [[PlanetOfHats racial hat]], refer to this as "Vandalism".
14th May '17 4:52:40 PM nombretomado
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* The apocalypse in the {{backstory}} of ''{{Traveller}}: The New Era'' is implied to have included (among every other way a [[AIIsACrapshoot homicidal malfunctioning computer]] can seriously ruin your day) many examples of literal Colony Drops.

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* The apocalypse in the {{backstory}} of ''{{Traveller}}: ''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}: The New Era'' is implied to have included (among every other way a [[AIIsACrapshoot homicidal malfunctioning computer]] can seriously ruin your day) many examples of literal Colony Drops.
13th May '17 6:04:00 PM nombretomado
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* ''Fanfic/SuddenContact'': The [[Franchise/{{Starcraft}} Overmind]] resorted to pulling down an Orbital Platform on the combined terran/[[Franchise/MassEffect turian/batarian]]/protoss ground forces in retaliation to the deaths of two Cerebrates.

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* ''Fanfic/SuddenContact'': The [[Franchise/{{Starcraft}} [[VideoGame/StarCraft Overmind]] resorted to pulling down an Orbital Platform on the combined terran/[[Franchise/MassEffect turian/batarian]]/protoss ground forces in retaliation to the deaths of two Cerebrates.
28th Apr '17 10:57:30 PM LinTaylor
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* In ''Anime/YourName'', [[spoiler:the comet mentioned throughout the story fragments and destroys Mitsuha's town, killing everyone there; Taki finds this out at the same time he learns it happened [[MentalTimeTravel three years ago]]. He manages to force one more mind-swap and works with Mitsuha and her friends to evacuate the town, saving all its inhabitants, which is subsequently treated as a miracle.]]
27th Apr '17 9:43:07 AM FuzzyBoots
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* Bombing planets with mass driver packets is a possible tactic in ''VideoGame/{{Stars}}'', albeit one that really only works in small universes because by the time you can fling large packets, your opponents will likely have the technology necessary to catch them.
24th Apr '17 10:18:54 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Luna Marine'' by [[Creator/WilliamHKeithJr Ian Douglas]], the [[UnitedNationsIsASuperpower UN]] attempts to do this with an asteroid in an attempt to cripple the US and end the war quickly. The plan is to use nukes to nudge the rock on a collision course that would result in it striking somewhere in the vicinity of Cheyenne, WY, as that would destroy NORAD. As a bonus, the resulting dust cloud would also slightly lower the global temperature, staving off climate change for a few years. The author goes into great detail to describe the sheer destruction such an act would cause. Fortunately, the US learns of the attempt and manages to use nuclear missiles to divert the asteroid. [[spoiler:Some of the fragments still hit Earth, resulting in the death of thousands and the destruction of a number of US and UN ships in the Atlantic. The French ship that was protecting the asteroid, though, ends up hitting Lake Michigan and wiping out Chicago, its nuclear power plant raining radioactive fallout all over the place]].

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* In ''Luna Marine'' by [[Creator/WilliamHKeithJr Ian Douglas]], the [[UnitedNationsIsASuperpower UN]] attempts to do this with an asteroid in an attempt to cripple the US and end the war quickly. The plan is to use nukes to nudge the rock on a collision course that would result in it striking somewhere in the vicinity of Cheyenne, WY, as that would destroy NORAD. As a bonus, the resulting dust cloud would also slightly lower the global temperature, staving off climate change for a few years. The author goes into great detail to describe the sheer destruction such an act would cause. Fortunately, the US learns of the attempt and manages to use nuclear missiles to divert the asteroid. [[spoiler:Some of the fragments still hit Earth, resulting in the death of thousands and the destruction of a number of US and UN ships in the Atlantic. The French ship that was protecting the asteroid, though, ends up hitting Lake Michigan and wiping out Chicago, its nuclear power plant raining radioactive fallout all over the place]]. In addition, David Alexander finds video records of the [[AncientAstronauts Ahn]] colonies on Earth being wiped out by a tidal wave, caused by an asteroid dropped into the Red Sea by the so-called "[[AbusivePrecursors Hunters of the Dawn]]".
24th Apr '17 10:15:32 AM ChronoLegion
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** As mentioned a few examples above, indescriminate planetary bombardment with asteroids or [=WMD=]s is called "The Heinlen Maneuver" in-universe. It is also worth mentioning that while it may specify ''orbital'' bombardment, many characters on both sides are shown as being understandably antsy about even ''accidentally'' hitting an inhabited planet with an unlucky shot during a space battle (the same concern, in inverse, has at times forced defensive forces to fight at a disadvantage, unwilling to use defensive platforms in orbit over their own planets first lest they force the enemy to return fire). A sizable part of this is due to the Eridani Edict, in addition to many of the officers on both sides of the conflict being good.

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** As mentioned a few examples above, indescriminate indiscriminate planetary bombardment with asteroids or [=WMD=]s is called "The Heinlen Maneuver" in-universe. It is also worth mentioning that while it may specify ''orbital'' bombardment, many characters on both sides are shown as being understandably antsy about even ''accidentally'' hitting an inhabited planet with an unlucky shot during a space battle (the same concern, in inverse, has at times forced defensive forces to fight at a disadvantage, unwilling to use defensive platforms in orbit over their own planets first lest they force the enemy to return fire). A sizable part of this is due to the Eridani Edict, in addition to many of the officers on both sides of the conflict being good.


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* In ''Luna Marine'' by [[Creator/WilliamHKeithJr Ian Douglas]], the [[UnitedNationsIsASuperpower UN]] attempts to do this with an asteroid in an attempt to cripple the US and end the war quickly. The plan is to use nukes to nudge the rock on a collision course that would result in it striking somewhere in the vicinity of Cheyenne, WY, as that would destroy NORAD. As a bonus, the resulting dust cloud would also slightly lower the global temperature, staving off climate change for a few years. The author goes into great detail to describe the sheer destruction such an act would cause. Fortunately, the US learns of the attempt and manages to use nuclear missiles to divert the asteroid. [[spoiler:Some of the fragments still hit Earth, resulting in the death of thousands and the destruction of a number of US and UN ships in the Atlantic. The French ship that was protecting the asteroid, though, ends up hitting Lake Michigan and wiping out Chicago, its nuclear power plant raining radioactive fallout all over the place]].
24th Apr '17 10:14:17 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Luna Marine'' by [[Creator/WilliamHKeithJr Ian Douglas]], the [[UnitedNationsIsASuperpower UN]] attempts to do this with an asteroid in an attempt to cripple the US and end the war quickly. The plan is to use nukes to nudge the rock on a collision course that would result in it striking somewhere in the vicinity of Cheyenne, WY, as that would destroy NORAD. As a bonus, the resulting dust cloud would also slightly lower the global temperature, staving off climate change for a few years. The author goes into great detail to describe the sheer destruction such an act would cause. Fortunately, the US learns of the attempt and manages to use nuclear missiles to divert the asteroid. [[spoiler:Some of the fragments still hit Earth, resulting in the death of thousands and the destruction of a number of US and UN ships in the Atlantic. The French ship that was protecting the asteroid, though, ends up hitting Lake Michigan and wiping out Chicago, its nuclear power plant raining radioactive fallout all over the place]].
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