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16th May '16 2:11:10 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the {{Animorphs}} book The Ellimist Chronicles a race called the Capasin receives a trasmission from another race (the Ketrans) about a videogame they had made that's about creating new species of creatures and making them fight. The problem? Capasins don't have videogames and thus think the Ketrans are really creating creatures and making them fight. [[PoorCommunicationKills So the Capasins decide to wipe out the Ketrans.]]

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* In the {{Animorphs}} Literature/{{Animorphs}} book The Ellimist Chronicles a race called the Capasin receives a trasmission from another race (the Ketrans) about a videogame they had made that's about creating new species of creatures and making them fight. The problem? Capasins don't have videogames and thus think the Ketrans are really creating creatures and making them fight. [[PoorCommunicationKills So the Capasins decide to wipe out the Ketrans.]]



* In the same vein, Alexander Pope's ''TheRapeOfTheLock'' dramatizes a real-life incident that happened to friends of his, wherein a young lady's fiancee stole a lock of her hair without asking permission (again, "rape" here meaning "seize forcibly", as in the case of the infamous bucket, above). The brouhaha was so ridiculous that Pope turned it into a full-scale ''epic,'' complete with miniature gods and [[MundaneMadeAwesome descriptions of coffee, card games, and petticoats that would make]] [[ManlyTears Achilles weep.]]
* These are the kinds of wars JidaiGeki Japan is presented as waging in one ''WheresWaldo'' where Waldo is wandering around various eras of history.
* Hari Seldon from Isaac Asimov's ''{{Foundation}}'' prequels once mentions a youth subculture conflict on his home planet between people who shave the left side of their head and those who shave the right side of their hair.

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* In the same vein, Alexander Pope's ''TheRapeOfTheLock'' ''Literature/TheRapeOfTheLock'' dramatizes a real-life incident that happened to friends of his, wherein a young lady's fiancee stole a lock of her hair without asking permission (again, "rape" here meaning "seize forcibly", as in the case of the infamous bucket, above). The brouhaha was so ridiculous that Pope turned it into a full-scale ''epic,'' complete with miniature gods and [[MundaneMadeAwesome descriptions of coffee, card games, and petticoats that would make]] [[ManlyTears Achilles weep.]]
* These are the kinds of wars JidaiGeki Japan is presented as waging in one ''WheresWaldo'' ''Literature/WheresWaldo'' where Waldo is wandering around various eras of history.
* Hari Seldon from Isaac Asimov's ''{{Foundation}}'' ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' prequels once mentions a youth subculture conflict on his home planet between people who shave the left side of their head and those who shave the right side of their hair.



* In ''WelkinWeasels'', the protagonists come across an island that is home to a pair of dodo tribes. They apparently hate each other because of the color of their eyes, and over ownership of a bunch of little models made of fish bones. Apparently, whenever they go to steal the other tribe's, the other tribe gets the same idea and they're back where they started. They manage to solve this by the protagonists having them burn all of the models. It doesn't really work, though, as the chieftain of the tribe they first met recommended that the group leave before the darts started flying.

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* In ''WelkinWeasels'', ''Literature/WelkinWeasels'', the protagonists come across an island that is home to a pair of dodo tribes. They apparently hate each other because of the color of their eyes, and over ownership of a bunch of little models made of fish bones. Apparently, whenever they go to steal the other tribe's, the other tribe gets the same idea and they're back where they started. They manage to solve this by the protagonists having them burn all of the models. It doesn't really work, though, as the chieftain of the tribe they first met recommended that the group leave before the darts started flying.



* The ''{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' has a twofer, in the main plot and an anecdote.

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* The ''{{Discworld}}'' ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' has a twofer, in the main plot and an anecdote.



* Another ''{{Discworld}}'' example; in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', Commander Vimes discovers that the Battle of Koom Valley, which ignited a long-standing animosity between Dwarfs and Trolls, was actually caused by a misunderstanding. The dwarf and troll leaders intended to broker a peace in Koom Valley, but a thick fog caused their armies to mistakenly believe the other side was ambushing them. With the leaders washed away by a flash flood, the survivors spread the story of the "double ambush" and continued their racial feud. A group of conservative dwarfs tried to prevent this knowledge from spreading in order to prevent a new peace accord between the two races.

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* Another ''{{Discworld}}'' ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' example; in ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', Commander Vimes discovers that the Battle of Koom Valley, which ignited a long-standing animosity between Dwarfs and Trolls, was actually caused by a misunderstanding. The dwarf and troll leaders intended to broker a peace in Koom Valley, but a thick fog caused their armies to mistakenly believe the other side was ambushing them. With the leaders washed away by a flash flood, the survivors spread the story of the "double ambush" and continued their racial feud. A group of conservative dwarfs tried to prevent this knowledge from spreading in order to prevent a new peace accord between the two races.
6th May '16 10:32:35 PM Doug86
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* In ''AntiheroForHire'', the main character is up on a space station prison where there is a turf war between the orange-shirted prisoners and the blue-shirted prisoners, for no other reason then the differences in their shirts. They admit that they're doing this because there's not much else to do.

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* In ''AntiheroForHire'', ''Webcomic/AntiheroForHire'', the main character is up on a space station prison where there is a turf war between the orange-shirted prisoners and the blue-shirted prisoners, for no other reason then the differences in their shirts. They admit that they're doing this because there's not much else to do.
7th Apr '16 1:54:18 PM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* During the mid-to-late 19th Century, wars were fought between ''railroads'' in the United States over who would build on the right-of-way.

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* During the mid-to-late 19th Century, century, wars were fought between ''railroads'' in the United States over who would build on the right-of-way.right-of-way.
* The East Coast/West Coast HipHop feud, fought in the United States over genres of hip-hop. Music/TheNotoriousBIG (representing the East Coast) and Music/TupacShakur (representing the West Coast) were both assassinated during this conflict.
28th Mar '16 2:19:54 AM JackG
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* Averted in ''[[Literature/TalesOfDunkAndEgg The Sworn Sword]]''. Ser Duncan tries to convince Lady Rohanne not to invade his lord's land over a 'pissing contest' about who can dam the river. Lady Rohanne points out that these contests are how nobles judge each others' strength, and worse will happen if she doesn't put up a strong front.
7th Mar '16 11:48:38 AM ReaderAt2046
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* In [[FanFic/RainbowDoubleDashsLunaverse An Awkward Day]], Princess Mi Amore Cadenza of Cavallia is completely dumbstruck when she learns that Equestrian armies are massing on the border between the two realms. Equestria and Cavallia have been close allies for fifteen hundred years, and Cadenza is a close friend of Princess Luna. The only explanantion she can think of is that Luna is falling into the same madness that took Celestia a few centuries previously. She flies to Canterlot, and there finds out what happened. The castle major-domo had staged ''a fake coup'' in order to convince Luna that she needed to install some stairs to her room. The coup's armies weren't even supposed to go to Cavallia, they were supposed to go to Caballeria.
4th Mar '16 4:43:24 PM ironcommando
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* ''VideoGame/IslandWars'' has two small islands wage war on each other in order to... blow up each other's palm trees. In the sequel, the invasion mode has an invading force try to destroy the island's palm trees.
1st Mar '16 2:28:17 AM Menshevik
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** The story also may be an allusion to Creator/RudyardKipling's poem ''We and They'', in which an obviously British child is incensed because
-->''And They live over the sea,''
-->''While We live over the way,''
-->''But--would you believe it?--They look upon We''
-->''As only a sort of They!''
27th Feb '16 8:43:27 PM BNSF1995
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* During the mid-to-late 19th Century, wars were fought between ''railroads'' in the United States over who would build on the right-of-way.
16th Feb '16 7:34:42 PM DarkHunter
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* In ''VideoGame/StarControl'', the humans and Very Ugly Xenoforms go to war because a human called an alien "ugly". This had actual plot impact. (If the human commander insults a Spathi's appearance, the Spathi will merely insult them back.) In addition, the Orz got [[StarFishLanguage *frumple*]] and *danced* with the Androsynth, and can go to war with the human commander if you ''ask them the wrong questions'' about it. The Ilwrath sparked wars ForTheEvulz and the player can literally force them to commit mutual genocide with another race just by messing with their broadcasts. The Vux case is even sillier: the Vux already wanted to kill all humans at first sight because we are just that ugly to them and only declared war over the insult as an excuse. The Vux declared war on humans merely because humans are an eyesore to them.

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* In ''VideoGame/StarControl'', the humans and Very Ugly Xenoforms VUX go to war because a human called an alien "ugly". This had actual plot impact. (If the human commander insults a Spathi's appearance, the Spathi will merely insult them back.) In addition, the Orz got [[StarFishLanguage *frumple*]] and *danced* with the Androsynth, and can go to war with the human commander if you ''ask them the wrong questions'' about it. The Ilwrath sparked wars ForTheEvulz and the player can literally force them to commit mutual genocide with another race just by messing with their broadcasts. The Vux VUX case is even sillier: the Vux VUX already wanted to kill all humans at first sight because we are just that ugly to them and only declared war over the insult as an excuse. The Vux VUX declared war on humans merely because humans are an eyesore to them.
9th Feb '16 4:29:42 PM NOYB
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** In fact, the Ashanti were happy, since they had already been defeated by the British in another war, for ''Queen Victoria'' to sit on the stool, seeing as she was ruler of the British Empire and someone they saw as a equal and victor. Hodgson? Not so much...

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** In fact, the Ashanti were happy, since they had already been defeated by the British in another war, for ''Queen Victoria'' to sit on the stool, seeing as she was ruler of the British Empire and someone they saw as a an equal and victor. Hodgson? Not so much...
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