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20th Jun '17 10:57:38 AM CV12Hornet
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** And, of course, there's the ongoing war between air defense and aerial strike, with the USSR (and now Russians) and US developing ever-more sophisticated missiles, planes, sensors, weapons, and tactics/techniques to either get through enemy air defenses or fend off enemy aerial strikes.
20th Jun '17 10:54:13 AM CV12Hornet
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** A quintessential example: The Soviets caught wind the American XB-70 Valkyrie in the late 50s; it's a long-range, super-fast bomber intended to scream overhead and have landed before its bombs do. By 1970, they had created the [=MiG=]-25 "Foxbat" interceptor to catch it. The Foxbat is a brick with engines, and needs huge wings to keep it from falling from the sky, but YanksWithTanks saw those huge wings and thought, "Oh-crap, an ultra-maneuverable superfighter!" They spent a fortune developing the F-14 (1974) and F-15 ('76) to beat it. ''This'' caused the RedsWithRockets to [[FollowTheLeader counter with the Su-27 ('84) and MiG-29 ('83)]], which caused ''America'' to field the F-22 Raptor (2005) and F-35 Lightning II ([[DevelopmentHell ????]]). The RussiansWithRustingRockets are scrambling to produce their own fifth-generation fighters, but they are hampered by budget constraints, and so America currently has the edge and can now safely operate the XB-70 Valkyrie. ...Or could, if it hadn't been cancelled. In 1961. [[ShaggyDogStory Before its first flight.]]

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** A quintessential example: The Soviets caught wind the American XB-70 Valkyrie in the late 50s; it's a long-range, super-fast bomber intended to scream overhead and have landed before its bombs do. By 1970, they had created the [=MiG=]-25 "Foxbat" interceptor to catch it. The Foxbat is a brick with engines, and needs huge wings to keep it from falling from the sky, but YanksWithTanks saw those huge wings and thought, "Oh-crap, an ultra-maneuverable superfighter!" They spent a fortune developing the F-14 (1974) and F-15 ('76) to beat it. ''This'' caused the RedsWithRockets to [[FollowTheLeader counter with the Su-27 ('84) and MiG-29 ('83)]], which caused ''America'' to field the F-22 Raptor (2005) and F-35 Lightning II ([[DevelopmentHell ????]]).(2015). The RussiansWithRustingRockets are scrambling to produce their own fifth-generation fighters, but they are hampered by budget constraints, and so America currently has the edge and can now safely operate the XB-70 Valkyrie. ...Or could, if it hadn't been cancelled. In 1961. [[ShaggyDogStory Before its first flight.]]
20th Jun '17 10:52:49 AM CV12Hornet
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** And right after UsefulNotes/WorldWarI, Japan and the United States were all set to continue the escalation with an unhappy Royal Navy dragged along for the ride before an outbreak of sanity prevailed and the Washington Naval Treaty put an end to the arms race. At least, for the next fifteen years.
27th May '17 1:44:11 PM nombretomado
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** By the middle of its second season, the main named mecha in the show have become flying {{Super Prototype}}s with [[WaveMotionGun radiation waves, hadron cannons]] and [[BeehiveBarrier Beehive Barriers]], only one year after the end of the first season. For comparison, this would be like going from the first jet fighters of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII seven years before the series, to VietnamWar era fighters at the start of the first season, and then the bleeding-edge RealLife [[CoolPlane Cool Planes]] of the modern age only a year later.

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** By the middle of its second season, the main named mecha in the show have become flying {{Super Prototype}}s with [[WaveMotionGun radiation waves, hadron cannons]] and [[BeehiveBarrier Beehive Barriers]], only one year after the end of the first season. For comparison, this would be like going from the first jet fighters of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII seven years before the series, to VietnamWar UsefulNotes/VietnamWar era fighters at the start of the first season, and then the bleeding-edge RealLife [[CoolPlane Cool Planes]] of the modern age only a year later.
14th May '17 10:07:56 AM nombretomado
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* ''Fanfic/SuddenContact'': The aftermath of the Great War leads to the breakdown of relative peace in both [[Franchise/MassEffect Citadel ]]space and the [[Franchise/{{Starcraft}} Koprulu]] sector, leading to the development of, among others, newly advanced powered armors and the [[PortalNetwork Waygate system]], a psuedo Mass Relay system.

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* ''Fanfic/SuddenContact'': The aftermath of the Great War leads to the breakdown of relative peace in both [[Franchise/MassEffect Citadel ]]space and the [[Franchise/{{Starcraft}} [[VideoGame/StarCraft Koprulu]] sector, leading to the development of, among others, newly advanced powered armors and the [[PortalNetwork Waygate system]], a psuedo Mass Relay system.
21st Apr '17 4:37:18 PM ryanasaurus0077
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* The war between content providers and pirates, at least outside of the legal realm of things, can be basically summed up as this, beginning with official videocassette releases which were way cheaper than pirated analog TV rips on 16mm film. Currently, the content providers look to have the upper hand for the foreseeable future now that the arms race has entered into the 4K Ultra HD stage, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment and that's all we care to say about that]].

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* The war between content providers and pirates, at least outside of the legal realm of things, can be basically summed up as this, beginning with official videocassette releases which were way cheaper than pirated analog TV rips on 16mm film. Currently, As of 2017, the content providers look to have the upper hand for the foreseeable future now that the arms race has entered into the 4K Ultra HD stage, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment and that's all we care to say about that]].
21st Apr '17 10:30:34 AM ryanasaurus0077
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* The war between content providers and pirates, at least outside of the legal realm of things, can be basically summed up as this, beginning with official videocassette releases which were way cheaper than pirated analog TV rips on 16mm film. Currently, the content providers look to have the upper hand for the foreseeable future now that the arms race has entered into the 4K Ultra HD stage, [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment and that's all we care to say about that]].
17th Apr '17 5:05:32 PM nombretomado
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* StephenBaxter's ''Ring'': The [[Literature/XeeleeSequence Xeelee]] use cosmic strings to build a [[OurWormholesAreDifferent Kerr metric]] with which they can [[spoiler:escape into another universe]]. This structure (the Ring) is so massive that it is pulling all ''galaxies'' for quite some distance towards it, at high speed. The Xeelee's antagonists, the Photino Birds, go one up on this by [[spoiler:arranging galaxies around the Ring to form a resonance cavity that will shake the Ring apart]].

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* StephenBaxter's Creator/StephenBaxter's ''Ring'': The [[Literature/XeeleeSequence Xeelee]] use cosmic strings to build a [[OurWormholesAreDifferent Kerr metric]] with which they can [[spoiler:escape into another universe]]. This structure (the Ring) is so massive that it is pulling all ''galaxies'' for quite some distance towards it, at high speed. The Xeelee's antagonists, the Photino Birds, go one up on this by [[spoiler:arranging galaxies around the Ring to form a resonance cavity that will shake the Ring apart]].
16th Apr '17 12:28:45 PM nombretomado
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* ''SpaceEmpires'', of course, being a FourX game. You start with wimpy proton cannons, advance through the orchard of {{Tech Tree}}s, and end up able to commit galactic genocide through scorched earth tactics by turning all your enemies' systems into black holes.

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* ''SpaceEmpires'', ''VideoGame/SpaceEmpires'', of course, being a FourX game. You start with wimpy proton cannons, advance through the orchard of {{Tech Tree}}s, and end up able to commit galactic genocide through scorched earth tactics by turning all your enemies' systems into black holes.
12th Apr '17 11:13:34 AM Yalsaris63
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* In a rare fantasy example, ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. The first book has fireballs and single bolts of lightning as enormous feats of power, and the idea of facing down 1500 [[AllTrollsAreDifferent Trollocs]] is an earth-shattering prospect. By the book 11, we're at uses of magic that can melt the planet if performed incorrectly, and an attack by 100,000 Trollocs is considered an assassination attempt.

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* In a rare fantasy example, ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime''. The first book has fireballs and single bolts of lightning as enormous feats of power, and the idea of facing down 1500 [[AllTrollsAreDifferent Trollocs]] is an earth-shattering prospect. By the book 11, 11th volume, we're at uses of magic that can melt the planet if performed incorrectly, and an attack by 100,000 Trollocs is considered an assassination attempt.
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