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13th Jun '18 3:14:13 PM darkemyst
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* ''Webcomic/LighterThanHeir'': The Steinbech Chancellor tried to use diplomacy to prevent another war even after the Zamoran Military [[spoiler:attacked an extraction convoy and tortured three of his own soldiers. He ends up being assassinated and control of the government is given over to the Steinbech military]].
11th May '18 1:24:08 PM mlsmithca
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* Raiko from the sequel series ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' arguably counts as this. He refuses to help to Korra free the Southern Water Tribe from the Northern Water Tribe because it's something that does not directly involve the Republic, and when told later on of Unalaq's evil plan to free the terrible Vaatu from his prison he still declines because he feels it's better to simply try to prepare for the worst-case-scenario and ready Republic City's forces to try and weather the storm. Naturally, due to his lack of help, Korra fails to prevent Vaatu's escape, and Republic City's defenses are utterly ''useless'' against the hybrid form of Unalaq/Vaatu, who would have '''destroyed''' the city had Korra not arrived in time to stop them. Raiko, of course, wasted no time spinning things to blame Korra for the mess. Subverted in the fourth season, when he recognizes the threat posed by Kuvira and the Earth Empire and mobilizes all United Republic defenses to stop her. Ironically, he then has to deal with this trope from Fire Lord Izumi, who doesn't want to commit to a first strike given her nation's history, and Tenzin, who's a pacifist and also won't condone a preemptive attack.

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* Raiko from the sequel series ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' arguably counts as this. He refuses to help to Korra free the Southern Water Tribe from the Northern Water Tribe because it's something that does not directly involve the Republic, and when told later on of Unalaq's evil plan to free the terrible Vaatu from his prison he still declines because he feels it's better to simply try to prepare for the worst-case-scenario and ready Republic City's forces to try and weather the storm. Naturally, due to his lack of help, Korra fails to prevent Vaatu's escape, and Republic City's defenses are utterly ''useless'' against the hybrid form of Unalaq/Vaatu, who would have '''destroyed''' the city had Korra not arrived in time to stop them. Raiko, of course, wasted no time spinning things to blame Korra for the mess. Subverted in the fourth season, when he recognizes the threat posed by Kuvira and the Earth Empire and mobilizes all United Republic defenses to stop her. Ironically, he then has to deal with this trope from Fire Lord Izumi, who doesn't want to commit to a first strike given her nation's history, and Tenzin, who's a pacifist and also won't condone a preemptive attack.
5th May '18 6:43:59 PM MarcusSLazarus
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* ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'' is kicked off when Rip Hunter assembles the titular team to deal with the threat of Vandal Savage because the Time Masters won't do so themselves.
** Double subverted when it turns out that [[spoiler:the Time Masters were actually working ''with'' Savage because they believed his leadership was needed to stop an alien invasion in the future, and then it was later revealed that Vandal manipulated them so that he could use time travel to further his own plans of conquest]].
22nd Apr '18 8:27:15 AM xelldx
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* In ''Film/PacificRim'', when Jaegers start actively losing the war against Kaiju, the UN's response is to redirect all their funds and efforts into building massive walls blocking the Pacific Ocean from the rest of the continents. Even after a Kaiju tears through Australia's wall like tissue paper (it later gets killed by Australia's Jaeger pilots), they outright state their intention is to continue building the wall instead of continuing the arms race against the Kaiju.

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* In ''Film/PacificRim'', when Jaegers start actively losing the war against Kaiju, the UN's response is to redirect all their funds and efforts into building massive walls blocking the Pacific Ocean from the rest of the continents. Even after a Kaiju tears through Australia's wall like tissue paper (it later gets killed by Australia's Jaeger pilots), they outright state their intention is to continue building the wall instead of continuing the arms race against the Kaiju. Later on in the film, the next-gen Kaiju develop wings, making the UN's efforts AllForNothing.
8th Apr '18 12:11:50 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* In ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', the Trooper storyline has you go after a highly competent and ruthless Sith general. [[spoiler: After a lot of hard work, luck and HeroicSacrifice you succeed in capturing him. You are given a medal and told that the Republic has traded the prisoner back to the Empire for some trivial concessions. ]] There is an undeclared war going on with the Sith Empire that the Republic is losing but the Senate sees no reason to be concerned and things that they can still negotiate with the Sith.

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* In ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', the Trooper storyline has you go after a highly competent and ruthless Sith general. [[spoiler: After a lot of hard work, luck and HeroicSacrifice you succeed in capturing him. You are given a medal and told that the Republic has traded the prisoner back to the Empire for some trivial concessions. This can be averted, but it requires certain choices to be made and shouting down the Supreme Chancellor ''while they're giving you a medal''.]] There is an undeclared war going on with the Sith Empire that the Republic is losing but the Senate sees no reason to be concerned and things that they can still negotiate with the Sith.
19th Mar '18 6:51:28 AM Couran
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* Creator/DavidWeber: The liberal and pro-peace political parties in any of his novels are written as naïve people who believe in the "peace at any cost" philosophy.

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* Creator/DavidWeber: The liberal and pro-peace political parties in any of his novels are written as naïve people who believe in the "peace at any cost" philosophy.
9th Mar '18 3:14:31 PM CheeseDogX
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** [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in the popular ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "In the Pale Moonlight." Sisko sells his best arguments for why the Romulans should stop aiding the enemy, while Dax role-plays as a Romulan proconsul. If it goes this badly in ''rehearsal'', just imagine how unpleasant the real deal would be.

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** [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in the popular ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "In the Pale Moonlight." Sisko sells his best arguments for why the Romulans should stop aiding the enemy, while Dax role-plays as a Romulan proconsul. If it goes this badly in ''rehearsal'', just imagine how unpleasant the real deal would be.[[note]]Keep in mind that Dax is over 300 years old, and in her last incarnation was a Federation diplomat, so she probably knows better than anyone exactly what the Romulans will say.[[/note]]
5th Mar '18 3:17:23 AM JamesAustin
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* Actually downplayed in ''Film/DarkestHour''. Chamberlain is portrayed as a perfectly capable peacetime Prime Minister, he just hasn't got what it takes to handle the difficult job of protecting the country from a hostile Fascist invasion.

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* Actually downplayed in ''Film/DarkestHour''.''Film/{{Darkest Hour|2017}}''. Chamberlain is portrayed as a perfectly capable peacetime Prime Minister, he just hasn't got what it takes to handle the difficult job of protecting the country from a hostile Fascist invasion.
14th Feb '18 7:12:05 AM eroock
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See OstrichHeadHiding for the AnimalStereotype and UrbanLegend that ostriches literally hide their heads in the sand.

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See OstrichHeadHiding for the AnimalStereotype and UrbanLegend that ostriches literally hide their heads in the sand.
sand. Compare WeHaveBecomeComplacent.
1st Feb '18 10:20:05 AM ZimFan89
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* In ''Fanfic/GuardiansWizardsAndKungFuFighters'', this is how [[spoiler: Nimue]] feels about Kandrakar's stewardship of the Known Worlds. In her view, they just uphold the status quo, rather than actively intervene to face the various evils threatening the worlds themselves.
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