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13th Aug '16 8:47:44 AM JackG
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* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/{{Water 1985}}'', about a Caribbean island that strikes mineral water, causing the intervention of various outside governments trying to seize control of it.

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* PlayedForLaughs in ''Film/{{Water 1985}}'', about a Caribbean island that strikes mineral water, causing the intervention of various outside governments trying to seize control of it. As an American executive points out: you don't have to refine water, just slap a fancy label on a bottle and you can sell it for a higher price than oil.
1st Jul '16 11:09:55 PM nombretomado
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* The whole ''{{Bionicle}}'' story has its roots in the Core War, a massive world war over Energized Protodermis that emerged from the core of the planet, the unstable nature of which ended up [[EarthShatteringKaboom splitting Spherus Magna into three]]. Which it is quite likely that the [[spoiler: [[TheManBehindTheMan Energized]] [[SentientPhlebotinum Protodermis]] [[EldritchAbomination Entity]] [[ThePlan planned all along.]]]]

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* The whole ''{{Bionicle}}'' ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' story has its roots in the Core War, a massive world war over Energized Protodermis that emerged from the core of the planet, the unstable nature of which ended up [[EarthShatteringKaboom splitting Spherus Magna into three]]. Which it is quite likely that the [[spoiler: [[TheManBehindTheMan Energized]] [[SentientPhlebotinum Protodermis]] [[EldritchAbomination Entity]] [[ThePlan planned all along.]]]]
13th Mar '16 2:14:54 PM Kalaong
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** George Miller was actually [[http://www.craveonline.com/site/837957-sxsw-2015-interview-george-miller-on-mad-max-fury-road-and-the-apocalypse/2 inspired]] to start the series [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1973_oil_crisis by the 1972 oil crisis;]]

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** George Miller was actually [[http://www.craveonline.com/site/837957-sxsw-2015-interview-george-miller-on-mad-max-fury-road-and-the-apocalypse/2 inspired]] to start the series by the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1973_oil_crisis by the 1972 1973 oil crisis;]]
13th Mar '16 1:58:57 PM Kalaong
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* The CentralTheme of the ''Film/MadMax'' series; before the Apocalypse, wars were waged mainly for control of petroleum supplies. Afterwards, "Only those mobile enough to scavenge, brutal enough to pillage would survive. The gangs took over the highways, ready to wage war for a tank of juice."
** George Miller was actually [[http://www.craveonline.com/site/837957-sxsw-2015-interview-george-miller-on-mad-max-fury-road-and-the-apocalypse/2 inspired]] to start the series [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1973_oil_crisis by the 1972 oil crisis;]]
--->I remember it really stuck in my mind, in a very peaceful city like Melbourne, our southern capital, or some city, it took ten days after a severe oil shortage for the first shot to be fired. And I thought, what if it went on? That was one of the things when we did the first Mad Max.
19th Feb '16 12:33:38 PM DoctorCooper
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19th Oct '15 7:43:26 PM RookEncounte
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* The whole ''{{Bionicle}}'' story has its roots in the Core War, a massive world war over Energized Protodermis that emerged from the core of the planet, the unstable nature of which ended up [[EarthShatteringKaboom splitting Spherus Magna into three]].

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* The whole ''{{Bionicle}}'' story has its roots in the Core War, a massive world war over Energized Protodermis that emerged from the core of the planet, the unstable nature of which ended up [[EarthShatteringKaboom splitting Spherus Magna into three]]. Which it is quite likely that the [[spoiler: [[TheManBehindTheMan Energized]] [[SentientPhlebotinum Protodermis]] [[EldritchAbomination Entity]] [[ThePlan planned all along.]]]]
2nd Oct '15 11:01:12 PM SSJMagus
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*** In one episode, a planet is raided for ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deuterium deuterium]]''. The writers didn't do their research... although given the existence of things like the Oklo natural nuclear reactors in Gabon, who's to say that there isn't some way the planet could produce and/or receive abnormally large amounts of heavy hydrogen? Though the technology to convert protium (the most common hydrogen isotope and thus the most common substance in the universe) into deuterium is well-established in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' verse, so the ship running critically low on deuterium in the first place would require epic-level incompetence.

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*** In one episode, a planet is raided for ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deuterium deuterium]]''. The writers didn't do their research... although given the existence of things like the Oklo natural nuclear reactors in Gabon, who's to say that there isn't some way the planet could produce and/or receive abnormally large amounts of heavy hydrogen? Though the technology to convert protium (the most common hydrogen isotope and thus the most common substance in the universe) into deuterium is well-established in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' verse, so the ship running critically low on deuterium in the first place would require epic-level incompetence. Perhaps the writers meant ''dilithium'' (the AppliedPhebotinum that makes warp drive possible) and just used the wrong word.



*** That's mainly because the Kazon are TooDumbToLive. The Borg refuse to assimilate them because of that. They're the only known species that the Borg have deemed to have absolutely nothing worthwhile to add to the collective. All of their ships are stolen from another species who had once enslaved them, and centuries later the Kazon have made absolutely no improvements in their technology.



*** That's mainly because the Kazon are TooDumbToLive. The Borg refuse to assimilate them because of that. They're the only known species that the Borg have deemed to have absolutely nothing worthwhile to add to the collective.
24th Aug '15 8:11:53 PM HeraldAlberich
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* The ''Tomorrow War'' trilogy by Alexander Zorich after a few preludes and interludes, is centered on the war between United Nations (Earth and affiliated planets) and Concordia (ones returned to Zoroastrianism and [[CloningBlues churning out clones]] for colonization and military purpose) fought mostly over a planet owned by the latter power, which was rich with naturally occuring [[FasterThanLightTravel jump]] fuel mined much cheaper than synthesis of the same.
* The conflict and political situation in the StarWarsExpandedUniverse novel ''[[XWingSeries The Bacta War]]'' revolves around the eponymous miracle medicine, which is produced only by the planet Thyferra, recently seized by the BigBad. Worse, the villain previously arranged to unleash a plague on the city-planet Coruscant, which can only be cured by bacta -- which she is all too happy to sell them, at prices that threaten to bankrupt the fledgling New Republic. Her [[BatmanGambit plan]] is to either drain the Republic's coffers, or force them to cut back bacta distribution, driving a wedge between humans (who are immune to the disease) and aliens (who are vulnerable). She counts on them not responding militarily because she's not a dictator for them to overthrow but the elected leader of Thyferra; conquering a (nominally) democratic world would run the risk of other planets breaking away from the New Republic. It doesn't work, chiefly because Wedge and the Rogues are able to undertake a massively successful guerrilla campaign against her, [[{{Irony}} bankrolled largely by stolen bacta]]. (For added irony, the start-up funds for their campaign came from bank accounts the villain set up in one the heroes' names in a failed effort to frame him as a traitor.)

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* The ''Tomorrow War'' ''Literature/TomorrowWar'' trilogy by Alexander Zorich Creator/AlexanderZorich, after a few preludes and interludes, is centered on the war between United Nations (Earth and affiliated planets) and Concordia (ones returned to Zoroastrianism and [[CloningBlues churning out clones]] for colonization and military purpose) fought mostly over a planet owned by the latter power, which was is rich with naturally occuring occurring [[FasterThanLightTravel jump]] fuel mined much cheaper more cheaply than synthesis of the same.
* The conflict and political situation in the StarWarsExpandedUniverse ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' novel ''[[XWingSeries ''[[ComicBook/XWingSeries The Bacta War]]'' revolves around the eponymous miracle medicine, which is produced only by the planet Thyferra, recently seized by the BigBad. Worse, the villain previously arranged to unleash a plague on the city-planet CityPlanet Coruscant, which can only be cured by bacta -- which she is all too happy to sell them, at prices that threaten to bankrupt the fledgling New Republic. Her [[BatmanGambit plan]] is to either drain the Republic's coffers, or force them to cut back bacta distribution, driving a wedge between humans (who are immune to the disease) and aliens (who are vulnerable). She counts on them not responding militarily because she's not a dictator for them to overthrow but the elected leader of Thyferra; conquering a (nominally) democratic world would run the risk of other planets breaking away from the New Republic. It doesn't work, chiefly because Wedge and the Rogues are able to undertake a massively successful guerrilla campaign against her, [[{{Irony}} bankrolled largely by stolen bacta]]. (For added irony, the start-up funds for their campaign came from bank accounts the villain set up in one of the heroes' names in a failed effort to frame him as a traitor.)



* {{Lampshaded}} in ''[[Creator/BrandonSanderson Perfect State]], where Kai realizes that a valley which contains valuable {{Unobtanium}} exists for no other purpose than to be something for him and two other Liveborn to fight over.

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* {{Lampshaded}} in ''[[Creator/BrandonSanderson Perfect State]], State]]'', where Kai realizes that a valley which contains valuable {{Unobtanium}} exists for no other purpose than to be something for him and two other Liveborn to fight over.



* In the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' universe, the Klingons and Federation sometimes fought over sources of dilithium crystals (e.g. the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Elaan of Troyius"). In ''Film/{{Star Trek IV|The Voyage Home}}'', Scotty and Spock invent a way to "recycle" it with particles stolen from "nuclear wessels", thus making it less rare by the Next Generation era.
** In an episode of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', a planet was raided for ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deuterium deuterium]]''. The writers didn't do their research... although given the existence of things like the Oklo natural nuclear reactors in Gabon, who's to say that there isn't some way the planet could have produced and/or received abnormally large amounts of heavy hydrogen? Though the technology to convert protium (the most common hydrogen isotope and thus the most common substance in the universe) into deuterium is well-established in the Franchise/StarTrek verse, so the ship running critically low on deuterium in the first place would require epic-level incompetence.

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* In the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' universe, the ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** The
Klingons and Federation sometimes fought fight over sources of dilithium crystals (e.g. the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Elaan of Troyius"). In ''Film/{{Star Trek IV|The Voyage Home}}'', Scotty and Spock invent a way to "recycle" it with particles stolen from "nuclear wessels", thus making it less rare by the Next Generation era.
** ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'':
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In an episode of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', one episode, a planet was is raided for ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deuterium deuterium]]''. The writers didn't do their research... although given the existence of things like the Oklo natural nuclear reactors in Gabon, who's to say that there isn't some way the planet could have produced produce and/or received receive abnormally large amounts of heavy hydrogen? Though the technology to convert protium (the most common hydrogen isotope and thus the most common substance in the universe) into deuterium is well-established in the Franchise/StarTrek ''Franchise/StarTrek'' verse, so the ship running critically low on deuterium in the first place would require epic-level incompetence.incompetence.
*** Somewhat bizarrely, the Kazon, an oxygen-breathing species traveling in hydrogen-powered ships, will kill, steal, or trade hostages for '''water'''. When he first arrives on the ship, Neelix seems similarly surprised by Alpha quadrant water technology.



** Somewhat bizarrely, in ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', the Kazon, an oxygen-breathing species traveling in hydrogen-powered ships, will kill, steal, or trade hostages for '''water'''. When he first arrives on the ship, Neelix seems similarly surprised by Alpha quadrant water technology.
14th Aug '15 3:08:48 AM M84
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** ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' is usually about that ''in general'', be it [[Franchise/TransformersGenerationOne energon]], [[ANime/TransformersCybertron Planet Keys]], or [[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Allspark fragments]]. ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' had Mini-Cons, which were sentient phlebotinum. Bonus points for the transformers ''literally'' having phlebotinum (the aforementioned energon) for blood.

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** ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'' is usually about that ''in general'', be it [[Franchise/TransformersGenerationOne energon]], [[ANime/TransformersCybertron Planet Keys]], or [[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Allspark fragments]]. ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' had Mini-Cons, which were sentient phlebotinum. Bonus points for the transformers ''literally'' having phlebotinum (the aforementioned energon) for blood. [[spoiler:Unicron exploited this trope, creating the Mini-Cons specifically to give the Autobots and Decepticons something to fight over so he could feed on the raw hatred and aggression.]]
2nd Aug '15 12:33:13 PM nombretomado
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* Shortly before the events of the main series, the world of ''{{Gundam 00}}'' was subject to the "solar power wars". When advanced solar technologies were discovered, oil suddenly became relatively worthless[[note]]In real life, fuel is in no way the only important use of oil. For example, it is also essential to the manufacture of plastic. Fuel is simply what consumes the largest amount of oil.[[/note]], leading to a number of Middle Eastern countries continually splitting apart into new ones. To harness the technology, countries needed to build space elevators, and this lead to blocs of nations forming who jealously guarded their elevators and were constantly at the brink of war with the other blocs.

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* Shortly before the events of the main series, the world of ''{{Gundam 00}}'' ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' was subject to the "solar power wars". When advanced solar technologies were discovered, oil suddenly became relatively worthless[[note]]In real life, fuel is in no way the only important use of oil. For example, it is also essential to the manufacture of plastic. Fuel is simply what consumes the largest amount of oil.[[/note]], leading to a number of Middle Eastern countries continually splitting apart into new ones. To harness the technology, countries needed to build space elevators, and this lead to blocs of nations forming who jealously guarded their elevators and were constantly at the brink of war with the other blocs.
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