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11th Oct '17 12:15:27 AM Sumatris
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'', this is essentially the entire foreign policy of [[AbsoluteXenophobe Fanatical Purifiers]], [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Devouring Swarms]] and [[AIIsACrapshoot Determined Exterminators]] summed up in three words. All pops on any planet they conquer are [[WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide purged]] automatically, with the player's only option being the decision of ''how'' every man, woman and child on those unlucky worlds is going to die. Methods vary by how long they take until completion, and include bog-standard execution squads going from door to door, species-wide neutering, working the victims to death in labor camps, and for especially deranged empires, either processing the conquered populace into food or energy, or cultivating the entire sentient species as ''livestock''. Most of these options are available to regular xenophobic empire as well, but only the three special examples mentioned above have them hard-coded into their play style.
18th Jul '17 10:14:03 AM thatother1dude
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* Throughout history, this became par the course for more brutal regimes. The reason for doing so though wasn't out of sheer brutality, but more by the 'logic' of: "if they are left alive, they'll only want to rise up against us one day. Better to kill them now and save us the trouble of having a rebellion later." And also "if we take them prisoner we have to guard and feed them, if we kill them we can just dump them in a hole in the ground." (To no-one's surprise, its often this level of mindless killing that causes people to rise up against the regime.)

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* Throughout history, this became par the course for more brutal regimes. The reason for doing so though wasn't out of sheer brutality, but more by the 'logic' of: "if "[[DoUntoOthersBeforeTheyDoUntoUs if they are left alive, they'll only want to rise up against us one day. Better to kill them now and save us the trouble of having a rebellion later." ]]" And also "if we take them prisoner we have to guard and feed them, if we kill them we can just dump them in a hole in the ground." (To no-one's surprise, its often this level of mindless killing that causes people to rise up against the regime.)
18th Jul '17 10:06:29 AM thatother1dude
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** More fully, "total war" is the doctrine that ''all'' of a nation's economic, industrial, and agricultural output is either put towards the war effort or, by being put into other things, frees up someone else's output for the war effort. (For various reasons this was not true in antiquity, but very much is true of many modern wars.) Thus, the theory goes, ''any'' form of production is a valid military target. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherman%27s_Special_Field_Orders,_No._120 Sherman's orders]] did not call for "no survivors", and civilians who didn't resist were to be left alive and with enough food to survive. Anything else was fair game, though: draft animals, food surpluses, slaves, cash crops and their means of production (like cotton gins), industrial equipment, and railroad lines were among the common targets. If it couldn't be confiscated for use by Sherman's troops then it was [[KillItWithFire burned to the ground]].

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** More fully, "total war" is the doctrine that ''all'' of a nation's economic, industrial, and agricultural output is either put towards the war effort or, by being put into other things, frees up someone else's output for the war effort. (For various reasons this was not true in antiquity, but very much is true of many modern wars.) Thus, the theory goes, ''any'' form of production is a valid military target. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherman%27s_Special_Field_Orders,_No._120 Sherman's orders]] did not call for "no survivors", and civilians who didn't resist were to be left alive and with enough food to survive. Anything else was fair game, though: draft animals, food surpluses, slaves, cash crops and their means of production (like cotton gins), industrial equipment, and railroad lines were among the common targets. If it couldn't be confiscated for use by Sherman's troops then it was [[KillItWithFire [[SaltTheEarth burned to the ground]].
18th Jul '17 10:02:45 AM thatother1dude
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-->''You are hereby ordered to fall upon the rebels, the [=McDonalds=] (sic) of Glenco (sic), and put all to the sword under seventy[[labelnote:*]]In those days it was rare to find anyone much over 50 and the understanding was that anyone 70 or over would probably die on their own without someone to provide care for them.[[/note]].''

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-->''You are hereby ordered to fall upon the rebels, the [=McDonalds=] (sic) of Glenco (sic), and put all to the sword under seventy[[labelnote:*]]In those days it was rare to find anyone much over 50 and the understanding was that anyone 70 or over would probably die on their own without someone to provide care for them.[[/note]].[[/labelnote]].''
18th Jul '17 10:02:24 AM thatother1dude
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-->''"You are hereby ordered to fall upon the rebels, the [=McDonalds=] (sic) of Glenco (sic), and put all to the sword under seventy".''
** The part about leaving those over 70 was not mercy; in those days it was rare to find anyone much over 50 and the understanding was that anyone 70 or over would probably die on their own without someone to provide care for them.

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-->''"You -->''You are hereby ordered to fall upon the rebels, the [=McDonalds=] (sic) of Glenco (sic), and put all to the sword under seventy".''
** The part about leaving those over 70 was not mercy; in
seventy[[labelnote:*]]In those days it was rare to find anyone much over 50 and the understanding was that anyone 70 or over would probably die on their own without someone to provide care for them.[[/note]].''
4th Jul '17 7:18:44 PM SSJMagus
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*** [[SpaceElves Eldar]], as much as they hate other species, will often kill only as much as necessary to achieve their goals, then the'll usually just leave. Surprising as it would be for those not familiar with them, as much as they like killing, Dark Eldar actually try to avoid this trope with as wide a margin that they can as they prefer to take prisoners. They'll eventually bring this trope into full force ''on those same prisoners'', since they [[EmotionEater literally feed on suffering]]. The [[TheFederation Tau Empire]] ''usually'' averts this trope, as they prefer to bring other species into their sphere of influence through diplomacy and other nonviolent means before resorting to a military conquest. However, there are sometimes aggressive or embittered commanders who will push for a population to be wiped out, or a species is deemed unfit for peaceful coexistence, in which case this trope is used.

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*** [[SpaceElves Eldar]], as much as they hate other species, will often kill only as much as necessary to achieve their goals, then the'll they'll usually just leave. Surprising as it would be for those not familiar with them, as much as they like killing, Dark Eldar actually try to avoid this trope with as wide a margin that they can as they prefer to take prisoners. They'll eventually bring this trope into full force ''on those same prisoners'', since they [[EmotionEater literally feed on suffering]]. The [[TheFederation Tau Empire]] ''usually'' averts this trope, as they prefer to bring other species into their sphere of influence through diplomacy and other nonviolent means before resorting to a military conquest. However, there are sometimes aggressive or embittered commanders who will push for a population to be wiped out, or a species is deemed unfit for peaceful coexistence, in which case this trope is used.



* During the UsefulNotes/AmericanRevolution, this was often called "Tarleton's Quarter" on the ground that the British/Loyalist commander Banastre Tarleton had given this order in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Waxhaws Battle of Waxhaws]] (in 1780 in South Carolina). It's not clear that he actually gave the order, but it's definitely true that his unit--"Tarleton's Raiders," composed of fierce Loyalists with no particular reason to be nice to the Patriot revolutionaries--killed a lot of men that day, many of whom may have surrendered or been attempting to surrender, and irrespective of what they did at Waxhaws, they were noted for being at least a notch nastier than other Loyalist units. Vengeful Patriots in the Southern theater of the war would sometimes respond to attempts by Loyalists to surrender with cries of "Tarleton's Quarter" before carrying out reprisal killings.

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* During the UsefulNotes/AmericanRevolution, this was often called "Tarleton's Quarter" on the ground that the British/Loyalist commander Banastre Tarleton had given this order in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Waxhaws Battle of Waxhaws]] (in 1780 in South Carolina). It's not clear that he actually gave the order, but it's definitely true that his unit--"Tarleton's Raiders," composed of fierce Loyalists with no particular reason to be nice to the Patriot revolutionaries--killed a lot of men that day, many of whom may have surrendered or been attempting to surrender, and irrespective of what they did at Waxhaws, they were noted for being at least a notch nastier than other Loyalist units. Vengeful Some reports of Waxhaws claim that Tarleton's horse was shot out from under him at the same time the Patriots attempted to surrender, with his Raiders mistakenly thinking Tarleton himself had been shot. Thus the Loyalist forces though that [[ISurrenderSuckers the rebels had faked surrender and then murdered their commander]]. Regardless of the exact circumstances, afterwards vengeful Patriots in the Southern theater of the war would sometimes respond to attempts by Loyalists to surrender with cries of "Tarleton's Quarter" before carrying out [[CycleOfRevenge reprisal killings.killings]].
4th Jul '17 7:07:57 PM SSJMagus
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* During the UsefulNotes/AmericanRevolution, this was often called "Tarleton's Quarter" on the ground that the British/Loyalist commander Banastre Tarleton had given this order in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Waxhaws Battle of Waxhaws]] (in 1780 in South Carolina). It's not clear that he actually gave the order, but it's definitely true that his unit--"Tarleton's Raiders," composed of fierce Loyalists with no particular reason to be nice to the Patriot revolutionaries--killed a lot of men that day, many of whom may have surrendered or been attempting to surrender, and irrespective of what they did at Waxhaws, they were noted for being at least a notch nastier than other Loyalist units.
* Throughout history, this became par the course for more brutal regimes. The reason for doing so though wasn't out of sheer brutality, but more by the 'logic' of:"if they are left alive, they'll only want to rise up against us one day. Better to kill them now and save us the trouble of having a rebellion later." (To no-one's surprise, its often this level of mindless killing that causes people to rise up against the regime.)

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* During the UsefulNotes/AmericanRevolution, this was often called "Tarleton's Quarter" on the ground that the British/Loyalist commander Banastre Tarleton had given this order in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Waxhaws Battle of Waxhaws]] (in 1780 in South Carolina). It's not clear that he actually gave the order, but it's definitely true that his unit--"Tarleton's Raiders," composed of fierce Loyalists with no particular reason to be nice to the Patriot revolutionaries--killed a lot of men that day, many of whom may have surrendered or been attempting to surrender, and irrespective of what they did at Waxhaws, they were noted for being at least a notch nastier than other Loyalist units. \n Vengeful Patriots in the Southern theater of the war would sometimes respond to attempts by Loyalists to surrender with cries of "Tarleton's Quarter" before carrying out reprisal killings.
* Throughout history, this became par the course for more brutal regimes. The reason for doing so though wasn't out of sheer brutality, but more by the 'logic' of:"if of: "if they are left alive, they'll only want to rise up against us one day. Better to kill them now and save us the trouble of having a rebellion later." And also "if we take them prisoner we have to guard and feed them, if we kill them we can just dump them in a hole in the ground." (To no-one's surprise, its often this level of mindless killing that causes people to rise up against the regime.))
16th Jun '17 2:14:29 PM StFan
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* In the fifth ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' book, ''Victory of Eagles'', William Laurence and his fellow {{Dragon Rider}}s are ordered to attack French raiding parties throughout England and leave no prisoners; this sets off a vicious cycle causing the French to be more brutal, 'justifying' Laurence's brutality until another captain refuses to cooperate and snaps him out of it with one pointed question.
-->'''Tharkay''': A temporary viciousness may be pardonable in a gentleman, even admirable; but it must brand me forever a savage. Laurence, what ''are'' you doing?

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* In the fifth ''Literature/{{Temeraire}}'' book, ''Victory of Eagles'', William Laurence and his fellow {{Dragon Rider}}s are ordered to attack French raiding parties throughout England and leave no prisoners; this sets off a vicious cycle causing the French to be more brutal, 'justifying' "justifying" Laurence's brutality until another captain refuses to cooperate and snaps him out of it with one pointed question.
-->'''Tharkay''': -->'''Tharkay:''' A temporary viciousness may be pardonable in a gentleman, even admirable; but it must brand me forever a savage. Laurence, what ''are'' you doing?doing?
* UsefulNotes/TheThirtySixStratagems:
** Rule #22 advises at least completely capturing the enemy, if not killing them all.
** Conversely, Rule #16 suggests you should avoid letting the enemy ''know'' this trope is your plan. If they believe they can survive or escape, they may hold resources in reserve for those contingencies; if they realize there's no hope, they are more likely to launch a DesperationAttack or try TakingYouWithMe, which will cost ''you'' more resources.



* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', in actual gameplay, wiping out the enemy's force from the table is generally an alternative win condition, as opposed to the point system revolving around battlefield objectives. This is known as "tabling" the opponent.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'', in actual gameplay, wiping out the enemy's force from the table is generally an alternative win condition, as opposed to the point system revolving around battlefield objectives. This is known as "tabling" the opponent.



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* The EvilOverlordList suggests that when one does this, it must be done ''[[GenocideBackfire properly]]''.



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* Rule #22 of UsefulNotes/TheThirtySixStratagems advises at least completely capturing the enemy, if not killing them all.
** Conversely, Rule #16 suggests you should avoid letting the enemy ''know'' this trope is your plan. If they believe they can survive or escape, they may hold resources in reserve for those contingencies; if they realize there's no hope, they are more likely to launch a DesperationAttack or try TakingYouWithMe, which will cost ''you'' more resources.
* The EvilOverlordList suggests that when one does this, it must be done ''[[GenocideBackfire properly]]''.
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20th May '17 1:42:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': After House Bolton wins the battle against Stannis' forces outside of Winterfel, Ramsay Bolton kills the last wounded enemy soldier who was about to surrender.
-->'''Ramsay:''' [[ExactWords I accept your surrender.]]
7th May '17 4:34:35 PM nombretomado
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** Then there's No Russian from Modern Warfare 2, which is the inciting event of the game's entire story.
* Having won the ultimate victory in {{Starcraft}}:Brood Wars, Kerrigan denies the defeated Earth admiral a chance to surrender his troops and mockingly offers his fleet a head start before sending her HordeOfAlienLocusts after it. They devour every last one of them.
** In the Episode 0 {{Starcraft}} campaign Loomings (which got released as free shareware), a Confederate magistrate sends you, a lieutenant in Alpha Squadron, off to take care of a Sons of Korhal uprising by saying in your mission briefing: "There are to be no arrests, Lieutenant. I hope you understand what I mean. I want this problem solved once and for all."

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** Then there's No Russian from Modern ''Modern Warfare 2, 2'', which is the inciting event of the game's entire story.
* Having won the ultimate victory in {{Starcraft}}:Brood Wars, ''VideoGame/StarCraftBroodWar'', Kerrigan denies the defeated Earth admiral a chance to surrender his troops and mockingly offers his fleet a head start before sending her HordeOfAlienLocusts after it. They devour every last one of them.
** In the Episode 0 {{Starcraft}} ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' campaign Loomings (which got released as free shareware), a Confederate magistrate sends you, a lieutenant in Alpha Squadron, off to take care of a Sons of Korhal uprising by saying in your mission briefing: "There are to be no arrests, Lieutenant. I hope you understand what I mean. I want this problem solved once and for all."
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