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2nd Apr '16 3:30:42 PM WillKeaton
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* There were a couple of real wars with names like these, such as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_day_war Six-Day War]] where Israel had a major victory over several Arab nations in a course of one incomplete week in 1967, or Russian-Georgian war in South Ossetia in 2008, which pretty much turned into a full-scale Georgian rout after its second day, but is commonly called the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Day_War Five-Day War]], because of the cease-fire agreement date.
* There's also the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-Zanzibar_War Anglo-Zanzibar War]], which lasted all of a whopping 40 minutes before the conflict ended. It's the shortest war in history.

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* There were a couple of real wars with names like these, such as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_day_war Six-Day War]] where Israel had a major victory over several Arab nations in a course of one incomplete week in 1967, or Russian-Georgian war in South Ossetia in 2008, which pretty much turned into a full-scale Georgian rout after its second day, but is commonly called the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Day_War Five-Day War]], War,]] because of the cease-fire agreement date.
* There's also the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-Zanzibar_War Anglo-Zanzibar War]], War,]] which lasted all of a whopping 40 minutes before the conflict ended. It's the shortest war in history.
10th Dec '15 7:00:16 PM PaulA
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* ''Series/EnemyAtTheDoor'' opens with the Germans occupying the Channel Island of Guernsey in World War II. The Germans basically just walk in and take over before the news of their arrival has made it all the way around the island. This is TruthInTelevision, and less a sign of the Germans' superiority than a reflection of the fact that the islands were entirely defenseless; the British High Command had decided that trying to fight the Germans off would cause a lot of collateral damage to no worthwhile effect, and had withdrawn their entire military presence from the islands a few weeks before the Germans showed up.
9th Sep '15 9:31:50 AM Doogie2K
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* In ''ComicBook/WeStandOnGuard'', the United States invades Canada after TheWhiteHouse is destroyed. Ottawa is flattened in an instant, and the rest of the Canadian Forces are routed within the first week, allowing for a swift occupation.
1st Aug '15 7:02:47 PM nombretomado
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* In ''MobileSuitGundamF91'' the Crossbone Vanguards quickly take over the colony within mere hours, as forces of TheFederation were borderline weak to useless in defending the colony.

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* In ''MobileSuitGundamF91'' ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamF91'' the Crossbone Vanguards quickly take over the colony within mere hours, as forces of TheFederation were borderline weak to useless in defending the colony.
7th Jul '15 2:46:47 AM Jokubas
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* The ''VideoGame/{{Warcraft}}'' franchise has this problem with its wars in recent canon. Originally, the First War was preceded by ten years of border skirmishes with the orcs before it became an all-out war that lasted about five years. The lead up to the war was eventually [[RetCon retconned]] away, leaving a simple, five-year war. The gap between the first two wars used to be six years, before later being changed to just two, with the war itself only being about two years. It's almost as if more territory makes a war take ''less'' time in the Warcraft universe.
** This has gotten even worse starting with ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', with every expansion being said to take place over the course of a year (with a one year skip after Cataclysm), no matter what the expansion is about. Wrath of the Lich King, for instance, involved an all-out war against a world-spanning undead army, and somehow was still resolved within a year (made even worse when you consider that the Undead Scourge survived several major blows across two years during the Third War when they were a relatively new army and weren't as entrenched as they'd be during Wrath of the Lich King).
1st Jul '15 4:26:31 PM nombretomado
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* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'' begins with the near-obliteration of the human race in a surprise attack that's over before anyone's realized what's going on.

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* ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined'' ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' begins with the near-obliteration of the human race in a surprise attack that's over before anyone's realized what's going on.
27th Apr '15 11:27:15 AM nombretomado
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* This is pretty how the Kushan Empire invaded the Capital City of Windham in ''{{Berserk}}''. Moments after the King of Midland dies, Emperor Ganishka and his troops come storming in and take over the joint.

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* This is pretty how the Kushan Empire invaded the Capital City of Windham in ''{{Berserk}}''.''{{Manga/Berserk}}''. Moments after the King of Midland dies, Emperor Ganishka and his troops come storming in and take over the joint.
16th Mar '15 3:04:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''CanadianBacon'' the Canadian-American war ends before hostilities can even begin when the Americans realize that all their nuclear weapons can be remotely controlled from Toronto. The American President surrenders to the Canadian Prime Minister who is not even aware that anything out of the ordinary is happening.

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* In ''CanadianBacon'' ''Film/CanadianBacon'' the Canadian-American war ends before hostilities can even begin when the Americans realize that all their nuclear weapons can be remotely controlled from Toronto. The American President surrenders to the Canadian Prime Minister who is not even aware that anything out of the ordinary is happening.



** The [[Film/RedDawn2012 2012 remake]] does the same, replacing the Russians with the Chine-- sorry, North Koreans.

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** The [[Film/RedDawn2012 2012 remake]] * ''Film/RedDawn2012'' does the same, replacing the Russians with the Chine-- sorry, North Koreans.
8th Feb '15 5:42:54 PM Str8taim
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* Argentina's invasion of the Falkland Islands on April 2, 1982, also qualifies. It helps that the islands are sparsely populated and that the British only had about 57 Royal Marines and some assorted sailors and civilian volunteers to defend the islands at the time. In spite of this, the Brits actually managed to force the initial Argentine assault force to retreat for a bit, and Governor Rex Hunt initially refused to surrender. Only after the Argentines brought in more troops and Surrounded Government House did a surrender occur. This, of course, touched off UsefulNotes/TheFalklandsWar. The Brits reclaimed the islands within two months.

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* Argentina's invasion of the Falkland Islands on April 2, 1982, also qualifies. It helps that the islands are sparsely populated and that the British only had about 57 Royal Marines and some assorted sailors and civilian volunteers to defend the islands at the time. In spite of this, the Brits actually managed to force the initial Argentine assault force to retreat for a bit, and Governor Rex Hunt initially refused to surrender. Only after the Argentines brought in more troops and Surrounded surrounded Government House did a surrender occur. This, of course, touched off UsefulNotes/TheFalklandsWar. The Brits reclaimed the islands within two months.
8th Feb '15 5:40:08 PM Str8taim
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* Argentina's invasion of the Falkland Islands on April 2, 1982, also qualifies. It helps that the islands are sparsely populated and that the British only had about 57 Royal Marines and some assorted sailors and civilian volunteers to defend the islands at the time. In spite of this, the Brits actually managed to force the initial Argentine assault force to retreat for a bit, and Governor Rex Hunt initially refused to surrender. Only after the Argentines brought in more troops and Surrounded Government House did a surrender occur. This, of course, touched off UsefulNotes/TheFalklandsWar. The Brits reclaimed the islands within two months.
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