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23rd May '16 10:31:27 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''FanFic/DigimonTrinity'': There are repeated mentions of a war that has resulted in the protagonists of ''Adventure'' and ''02'' becoming FamedInStory. While the specifics are uncertain, it has resulted in TK having become the bitter head of Hypnos, and Tai and Agumon to have vanished for fifteen years.
* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness'': Act III mentions the Battle of Kahdaln, the LastStand during a war between monsters and humans for control of the world; the monsters lost and were forced back into the monster world, thus beginning TheMasquerade. In the present day, most monsters [[LetUsNeverSpeakOfThisAgain dislike talking about it]] to the extent that, when Ahakon brings it up in class, Ms. Nekonome promptly dismisses it as a myth.
18th May '16 2:05:07 PM Voila27
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* In ''Manga/{{Claymore}}'' there is the Mainland, a continent where two nations have been waging war constantly for decades. No main character ever gets to visit the mainland, and we only knows about it through descriptions, however it is revealed that one of these two nations is allied with the Dragon Descendants, powerful creatures much stronger than Humans, and that the nation opposed to the Dragon Descendants [[spoiler:created the Organization to develop monsters and creatures able to fight the Dragons, the Organization took over the Island and created all the Yoma and Awakened Being using Dragon's flesh as part of a giant Research project, we know all this thanks to Rubel who's a spy of the Dragon Nation infiltrated within the Organization]].
16th May '16 11:02:50 AM intastiel
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* The CrapsackWorld of the ''Literature/BasLagCycle'' has had a few:
** The destruction of the ancient Ghosthead Empire, which had been founded by AncientAstronauts wielding [[EntropyAndChaosMagic probability magic]] so powerful that the site of their arrival on the planet remains a combination EldritchLocation and {{Hellgate}}; relics like "Possible Towers" and "Possible Swords" are scattered in hidden places across the world.
** The Malarial Queendom of the Anophelii was all but exterminated and its few survivors sequestered on a small island, where the mosquito-like females' insatiable HorrorHunger can be controlled.
** New Crobuzon's GoldenAge ended in the Pirate Wars against two rival city-states, to which New Crobuzon retaliated with an attack of [[FantasticNuke Torque-bombs]] that twisted the ruins of Suroch into a teratogenic wasteland.
6th May '16 11:05:22 PM Doug86
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* ''VideoGame/MissionCritical'' has most of the war between TheAlliance and the [[UnitedNationsIsASuperpower UN]] over limitations on technology. The [[AllInTheManual manual goes into a brief overview]], but few details are given. The possible future war between the UN and the [=ELFs=] is also largely undescribed.

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* ''VideoGame/MissionCritical'' has most of the war between TheAlliance and the [[UnitedNationsIsASuperpower UN]] over limitations on technology. The [[AllInTheManual [[AllThereInTheManual manual goes into a brief overview]], but few details are given. The possible future war between the UN and the [=ELFs=] is also largely undescribed.
4th May '16 7:59:21 AM Prfnoff
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** Theatre/{{Othello}}'s military record might also count: he boasts at length of his experience with 'pride, pomp and circumstance of glorious war', but we never see him fight.

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** Theatre/{{Othello}}'s military record might also count: he boasts at length of his experience with 'pride, pomp and circumstance of glorious war', but we never see him fight. Music/GiuseppeVerdi's opera compensates for this somewhat by having him win a naval battle in the opening scene, but this is still an [[OffscreenMomentOfAwesome Offstage Moment of Awesome]].
23rd Apr '16 12:10:28 PM DaibhidC
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* The Old War in ''SkinHorse'' has been mentioned a few times. Tip has no idea what it was, and finds it very hard to get details from the nonhuman community, either because [[http://skin-horse.com/2011/todays-comic-526/ a crisis is going on]], or because [[http://skin-horse.com/2012/reminding-himself/ they don't actually know anything]].

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* The Old War in ''SkinHorse'' has been mentioned a few times. Tip has no idea what it was, and finds it very hard to get details from the nonhuman community, either because [[http://skin-horse.com/2011/todays-comic-526/ a crisis is going on]], or because [[http://skin-horse.com/2012/reminding-himself/ they don't actually know anything]]. We eventually get the details in "Mixed-Up Files", starting [[http://skin-horse.com/comic/2015-05-06/ here]]. It turns out to be a desperate shadow war in the 19th century between human and nonhuman, provoked by [[spoiler: Moustachio's attack on the Great Exhibition]].
23rd Apr '16 10:48:19 AM marcoasalazarm
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* Most of the event on the backstory of ''ComicBook/OldManLogan'' (on which ''every single villain'' of the MarvelUniverse [[VillainTeamUp teamed up]] [[InvadedStatesOfAmerica and took over North America]] (if not the world, it's not really explicitly said), killing (most) of the superheroes) remains unexplained except for the post-apocalyptic wasteland where the story takes place, a number of [[CrypticBackgroundReference Cryptic Background References]] (and the piles of spandex-wearing skeletons that adorn the sites where they are mentioned), [[spoiler:and a couple of flashbacks to the event, where we see the massacre of the X-Men (by Wolverine, who got such a HeroicBSOD from being duped in such a way (by ''[[NotSoHarmlessVillain Mysterio]]'') that he is ''still'' reeling from it by the time the story starts), and the Red Skull's slaying of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica.]]
22nd Apr '16 4:10:50 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** In ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', the backstory tells of a massive war between the Zentradi and a group known as the Supervision Army. This also forms a big part of the plot in ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'', where we learn more about what the Supervision Army is and where it came from. The war is actually on-going, and has been for something like 20,000 years, with the Zentradi and Supervision Army having been almost exactly evenly matched from the start. Many Zentradi fleets are still actively engaged in battle against Supervision Army forces far outside of the Milky-Way galaxy, and are far too busy to take note of humanity's affairs. Fortunately for the humans, both groups seem to be largely fragmented, and haven't noticed humanity destroying/assimilating the main Zentradi fleet in the area. Skirmishes with the growing human-Zentradi alliance are common with both forces, but they've yet to run afoul of another one of the larger armadas, and have colonies spread across roughly a third of the Milky Way galaxy.
** There is also a WorldWarIII fought on Earth, that leads to a OneWorldOrder. Though a prequel ''Anime/MacrossZero'' covers some characters actions in it, most of the factions and causes are kept vague.

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** In ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', the backstory tells of a massive war between the Zentradi and a group known as the Supervision Army. This also forms a big part of the plot in ''Anime/{{Macross 7}}'', where we learn more about what the Supervision Army is and where it came from. The war is actually on-going, and has been for something like 20,000 years, with the Zentradi and Supervision Army having been almost exactly evenly matched from the start. Many Zentradi fleets are still actively engaged in battle against Supervision Army forces far outside of the Milky-Way galaxy, and are far too busy to take note of humanity's affairs. Fortunately for the humans, both groups seem to be largely fragmented, and haven't noticed humanity destroying/assimilating the main various Zentradi fleet in the area. Skirmishes with the fleets as their civilization expands. The growing human-Zentradi human-"cultured" Zentradi alliance are common with commonly skirmish against both forces, but they've the New United Nations have yet to run afoul of another one of the larger armadas, and already have colonies spread across roughly a third of the Milky Way galaxy.
** There is was also a WorldWarIII fought on Earth, Earth that leads led to a OneWorldOrder. Though a the prequel ''Anime/MacrossZero'' covers some characters characters' actions in it, most of the factions and causes are kept vague.
2nd Apr '16 11:43:11 AM EDP
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** {{Subverted}} by the Centauri-Garmak War. Being the conflict that propelled the Centauri from the status of fledgling empire to local superpower by absorbing the Garmak Empire and reverse-engineering their technology, with the addition of leaving them with an healthy fear of the Minbari you'd expect this. The Centauri and the minor powers of the era expected this, and the Centauri planned to start it by assembling their largest fleet ever and attacking the largest concentration of Garmak ships they could find. Then, as they were about to enter weapon range, [[DidntSeeThatComing the Minbari jumped in and wiped out the Garmak fleet before jumping out and doing the same to the entire Garmak military]] ([[BullyingTheDragon it turned out the Garmak had raided some Minbari religious outpost]]), and the Centauri, [[OhCrap after recovering from the shock and making sure the Minbari were not after them too and had returned home]], simply marched in and conquered without firing a shot.

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** {{Subverted}} by the Centauri-Garmak War. Being the conflict that propelled the Centauri from the status of fledgling empire to local superpower by absorbing the Garmak Empire and reverse-engineering their technology, with the addition of leaving them with an healthy fear of the Minbari you'd expect this. The Centauri and the minor powers of the era expected this, and the Centauri planned to start it by assembling their largest fleet ever and attacking the largest concentration of Garmak ships they could find. Then, as they were about to enter weapon range, [[DidntSeeThatComing the Minbari jumped in and wiped out the Garmak fleet before jumping out and doing the same to the entire Garmak military]] ([[BullyingTheDragon military or race]] ([[MuggingTheMonster it turned out the Garmak believed the Minbari were a paper tiger and had raided some Minbari religious outpost]]), and the Centauri, [[OhCrap after recovering from the shock and making sure the Minbari were not after them too and had returned home]], simply marched in and conquered without firing a shot.shot.
*** DoubleSubverted in older sources, as the Garmak managed to resist for ''four years'' due the Minbari being less advanced than in modern times and still recovering from the last Shadow War. It also specifies that the Garmak survived, just completely helpless to stop the Centauri to waltz in and conquer everything.
26th Mar '16 11:16:02 PM Gamermaster
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* The many wars of the Ancient Belka in ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''. We have been told some general info about it, such as how it destroyed Old Belka and [[YearZero led to the current age]] where physical-based weapons were banned, but otherwise, it's a big question mark. These wars were not visually depicted until ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaViVid'', which revolves around the {{Reincarnation}} of two prominent figures from that war.

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* The many wars of the Ancient Belka in ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''. We have been told some general info about it, such as how it destroyed Old Belka and [[YearZero led to the current age]] where physical-based weapons were banned, but otherwise, it's a big question mark. These wars were not visually depicted until ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaViVid'', ''Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaVivid'', which revolves around the {{Reincarnation}} of two prominent figures from that war.
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