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22nd Aug '16 12:57:37 AM Morgenthaler
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Mutually Assured Destruction ([[FunWithAcronyms MAD]]) was the doctrine that nuclear weapons, if deployed against another nuclear power, should be deployed en masse with the objective of completely destroying the other country's capacity to retaliate, and vice versa. In other words, if either the USA or the USSR ever used nuclear weapons against the other, it would be [[MutualDisadvantage assured that neither the USA nor the USSR would exist anymore]]. Naturally this assumes both countries have a large enough stockpile to accomplish this - and [[PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower they]] [[FromRussiaWithNukes did]].

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Mutually Assured Destruction ([[FunWithAcronyms MAD]]) was the doctrine that nuclear weapons, if deployed against another nuclear power, should be deployed en masse with the objective of completely destroying the other country's capacity to retaliate, and vice versa. In other words, if either the USA or the USSR ever used nuclear weapons against the other, it would be [[MutualDisadvantage assured that neither the USA nor the USSR would exist anymore]]. Naturally this assumes both countries have a large enough stockpile to accomplish this - and [[PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower [[UsefulNotes/PeaceThroughSuperiorFirepower they]] [[FromRussiaWithNukes [[UsefulNotes/FromRussiaWithNukes did]].
18th Aug '16 11:16:52 AM MadCat221
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18th Aug '16 11:15:22 AM MadCat221
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* Visually deconstructed in ''Film/WarGames'', when Joshua plays out every possible nuclear strike scenario.

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* Visually deconstructed in ''Film/WarGames'', when ''Film/WarGames''. Joshua plays had just been programmed to play Tic-Tac-Toe against itself repeatedly until it "learned" that a win was impossible for either player. Joshua then played out every possible nuclear strike scenario.scenario it was loaded with, and determined that every single one resulted in mutual assured destruction, and thus was a "lose" for both sides, just like the Tic-Tac-Toe game.
24th Mar '16 6:34:47 AM Morgenthaler
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Where there is no parity between the two nuclear belligerents, TheMoscowCriterion is used. This was developed by the British, who could not build and fire the same number of rockets as the Sovs and who did not trust the Americans to launch their own missiles to back up a MAD doctrine - instead, the aim is to have the ability to slaughter as many of the enemy civilians as possible, thus attaching a prohibitively high human cost to a nuclear release by the more heavily-armed power.

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Where there is no parity between the two nuclear belligerents, TheMoscowCriterion UsefulNotes/TheMoscowCriterion is used. This was developed by the British, who could not build and fire the same number of rockets as the Sovs and who did not trust the Americans to launch their own missiles to back up a MAD doctrine - instead, the aim is to have the ability to slaughter as many of the enemy civilians as possible, thus attaching a prohibitively high human cost to a nuclear release by the more heavily-armed power.
24th Mar '16 6:33:33 AM Morgenthaler
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24th Mar '16 6:33:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the French sci-fi series ''[[WesternAnimation/IlEtaitUneFois Once Upon a Time... Space]]'', an episode detailing Earth's history between TheEighties (when the series was made) and the thirty-first century (the setting) had the two major powers locked in cold war and a series of small-scale proxy conflicts due the fear of mutual destruction. [[TooDumbToLive Then the respective dictators decided to distract their oppressed people by starting a war, and launched the missiles at the same time]]. [[BlackHumour The scene is represented with the dictators pressing the launch button of the missiles and then blowing up at the same time]], [[CrossesTheLineTwice with the narration continuing with "In the year 2200, Earth-- or rather what remained of it..."]] to drive home the point ([[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids it was for kids, so they wanted to make sure they got it]]).

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* In the French sci-fi series ''[[WesternAnimation/IlEtaitUneFois Once Upon a Time... Space]]'', an episode detailing Earth's history between TheEighties (when the series was made) and the thirty-first century (the setting) had the two major powers locked in cold war and a series of small-scale proxy conflicts due the fear of mutual destruction. [[TooDumbToLive Then the respective dictators decided to distract their oppressed people by starting a war, and launched the missiles at the same time]]. [[BlackHumour The scene is represented with the dictators pressing the launch button of the missiles and then blowing up at the same time]], [[CrossesTheLineTwice with the narration continuing with "In the year 2200, Earth-- or rather what remained of it..."]] to drive home the point ([[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids it was for kids, so they wanted to make sure they got it]]).it]]).
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20th Mar '16 5:10:32 AM MetaFour
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* Music/DanielAmos mentioned the possibility of nuclear armageddon in three separate songs on their 1984 album ''Music/VoxHumana''. "It's Sick" and "The Incredible Shrinking Man" just mention the bomb in passing, while "Dance Stop" is all about [[WhileRomeBurns the masses dancing while the bombs fall]].
-->Contortionists are caught up in the camera’s eye\\
The music explodes and the bodies fly\\
They're rating it a ten before they drop and die\\
“WELL IT HAD A GOOD BEAT!” was their very last cry
6th Mar '16 5:55:26 PM Scorntex
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* Discussed in ''ComicBook/SilentWar'' when The Sentry and Black Bolt face off. Given their respective power levels, and their unwillingness to surrender, the Sentry states that this would be the end result of their fighting at that stage. Black Bolt agrees, and leaves. The next time the Inhumans and the American government face off, Bob refuses to get involved.
28th Feb '16 8:36:10 PM WillBGood
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* In the French sci-fi series ''[[WesternAnimation/IlEtaitUneFois Once Upon a Time... Space]]'', an episode detailing Earth's history between TheEighties (when the series was made) and the thirty-first century (the setting) had the two major powers locked in cold war and a series of small-scale proxy conflicts due the fear of mutual destruction. [[TooDumbToLive Then the respective dictators decided to distract their oppressed people by starting a war, and launched the missiles at the same time]]. [[BlackHumour The scene is represented with the dictators pressing the launch button of the missiles and then blowing up at the same time]], [[CrossesTheLineTwice with the narration continuing with "In the year 2,200 Earth, or rather what remained of it..."]] to drive home the point ([[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids it was for kids, so they wanted to make sure they got it]]).

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* In the French sci-fi series ''[[WesternAnimation/IlEtaitUneFois Once Upon a Time... Space]]'', an episode detailing Earth's history between TheEighties (when the series was made) and the thirty-first century (the setting) had the two major powers locked in cold war and a series of small-scale proxy conflicts due the fear of mutual destruction. [[TooDumbToLive Then the respective dictators decided to distract their oppressed people by starting a war, and launched the missiles at the same time]]. [[BlackHumour The scene is represented with the dictators pressing the launch button of the missiles and then blowing up at the same time]], [[CrossesTheLineTwice with the narration continuing with "In the year 2,200 Earth, 2200, Earth-- or rather what remained of it..."]] to drive home the point ([[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids it was for kids, so they wanted to make sure they got it]]).
28th Feb '16 8:35:17 PM WillBGood
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* Music/{{Fishbone}}'s "Party at Ground Zero", one of many, many, jaunty '80s tunes about nuclear war:
-->Party at ground zero\\
A "B" movie starring you\\
And the world will turn to flowing\\
Pink vapor stew
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