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9th Aug '17 7:23:56 PM TARDISman
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* In ''Series/TheWestWing'' before President Bartlet delivers the State of the Union, he runs over what to do in a nightmare scenario with his designated survivor, the Secretary of Agriculture. Namely, he should get the military together, make the proper command assignments, and take the US to Defcon 4. The entire government could explode, but what's left would be pretty relaxed, all things considered.
4th Aug '17 7:17:37 PM PaulA
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* Played with in the radio adaptation of ''Literature/GoodOmens''. When the four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse power up the nuclear exchange that will end the world, all relevant indicators go to DEFCON 5 -- because the Horsepersons have decided that having the indicators stuck on "normal peacetime conditions" while conditions become increasingly abnormal will increase the confusion.
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31st Jul '17 5:35:46 PM bt8257
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* DEFCON 1: Nuclear war is imminent. Code Name: COCKED PISTOL

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* DEFCON 1: Nuclear ''Nuclear'' war is imminent. Code Name: COCKED PISTOL
27th Jun '17 10:59:07 AM xcountryguy
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It should be pointed out that alert levels mean different things to different forces. An armoured division in the US is going to take several weeks at best to move and engage an enemy (unless the Russians are hitting Long Island right now), even at DEFCON 1. On the other hand, Nuclear Missile forces; designed to launch at a moments notice are essentially at DEFCON 1 at all times; even if the current status is DEFCON 5.

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It should be pointed out that alert levels mean different things to different forces. An armoured division in the US is going to take several weeks at best to move and engage an enemy (unless the Russians are hitting Long Island right now), even at DEFCON 1. On the other hand, Nuclear Missile forces; designed to launch at a moments moment's notice are essentially at DEFCON 1 at all times; even if the current status is DEFCON 5.



* Averted in ''Film/{{Salt}}'', [[spoiler: In the White House's bunker, one of the President's Cabinet correctly changes the Defcon level from '4' to '2'.]]

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* Averted in ''Film/{{Salt}}'', [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the White House's bunker, one of the President's Cabinet correctly changes the Defcon level from '4' to '2'.]]



* Averted in ''WebOriginal/ZhirinovskysRussianEmpire'': DEFCON 1 is used to indicate [[spoiler: America is ready to attack the UIS if they try to invade Kosovo]].

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* Averted in ''WebOriginal/ZhirinovskysRussianEmpire'': DEFCON 1 is used to indicate [[spoiler: America [[spoiler:America is ready to attack the UIS if they try to invade Kosovo]].
2nd Jun '17 7:48:43 PM jormis29
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* Averted in the Cold War campaign on ''RiseOfNations'', which has a global threat meter that starts at DEFCON 5 and is represented by a meter with one single green light. Any reckless act of aggression will decrease the DEFCON level, represented by your on-screen meter displaying yellow and red lights. When the DEFCON level hits 1, both blocs will be able to launch all the nukes they have, possibly resulting in nobody winning if both sides have enough to wipe out each other.
* Averted in ''{{Tropico}} 4'', where a mission requires you to keep tabs on the DEFCON number. This number goes down if you fail a quest or get hit by ill-intentioned foreign parties, but you can increase it by organizing a Pan-Caribbean Summit among other things. You want to keep the DEFCON level as high as possible, and if you hit DEFCON 1, the world goes to war and you fail the scenario.

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* Averted in the Cold War campaign on ''RiseOfNations'', ''VideoGame/RiseOfNations'', which has a global threat meter that starts at DEFCON 5 and is represented by a meter with one single green light. Any reckless act of aggression will decrease the DEFCON level, represented by your on-screen meter displaying yellow and red lights. When the DEFCON level hits 1, both blocs will be able to launch all the nukes they have, possibly resulting in nobody winning if both sides have enough to wipe out each other.
* Averted in ''{{Tropico}} ''VideoGame/{{Tropico}} 4'', where a mission requires you to keep tabs on the DEFCON number. This number goes down if you fail a quest or get hit by ill-intentioned foreign parties, but you can increase it by organizing a Pan-Caribbean Summit among other things. You want to keep the DEFCON level as high as possible, and if you hit DEFCON 1, the world goes to war and you fail the scenario.
1st Jun '17 2:12:02 AM BarthVader
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* Webcomic/BugMartini: Nerdbug (correctly) declares Defcon One, to which Bug tries to [[http://www.bugmartini.com/comic/hot-headed-actors/ dramatically apply topical cream.]]
3rd May '17 2:15:57 AM Acebrock
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* A conservative radio show host has threatened to go to [[UpToEleven DEFCON 6]] if California's ban on same-sex marriage is overturned, which [[CriticalResearchFailure if taken at face value]] means he intends to just give up.

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* A conservative radio show host has threatened to go to [[UpToEleven DEFCON 6]] if California's ban on same-sex marriage is was overturned, which [[CriticalResearchFailure if taken at face value]] means meant he intends intended to just give up.
17th Apr '17 6:40:51 AM Blazer
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* In ''X-Men (1991)'' #2, this is used correctly by ComicBook/NickFury, who warns Storm's Gold Strike Force that the US has gone to DEFCON 1 in accordance to the Magneto Protocols, as they are preparing to fire a nuclear-powered laser at Asteroid M due to the fact that ComicBook/{{Magneto}} had stolen a collection of nuclear missiles salvaged from a submarine he destroyed years earlier.
2nd Apr '17 12:10:19 PM billybobfred
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* [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff2900/fc02871.htm Used correctly]] in ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}''. Clippy is known to be carrying several software weapons, so when his owner is trying to calm things down after a near-crisis, he gives the order "We are at DEFCON five. Archive and lock all offensive software."
19th Mar '17 9:12:24 AM nombretomado
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* Done correctly in the track [[http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/1975 Defcon Zero]] by [=ParagonX9=] of {{Newgrounds}}.

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* Done correctly in the track [[http://www.newgrounds.com/audio/listen/1975 Defcon Zero]] by [=ParagonX9=] of {{Newgrounds}}.{{Website/Newgrounds}}.
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