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18th Feb '17 3:58:01 PM nighttrainfm
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* A bit of ViewersAreGeniuses in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'': Project Cadmus employs "Damocles Class Missiles", which were used to fire directly into the space based Watchtower of the League to preemptively start a war between superhumans. The use of them is explicitly because Cadmus could not trust the league to continue to protect the people of the world.
** In a different episode, Vandal Savage attempted to use a space based rail gun to aid his world domination.

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* A bit ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'':
** In "Maid
of ViewersAreGeniuses in ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'': Honor", Vandal Savage attempted to use a space-based rail gun to aid his world domination.
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Project Cadmus employs "Damocles Class Missiles", which were used to fire directly into the space based space-based Watchtower of the League to preemptively start a war between superhumans. The use of them is explicitly because Cadmus felt they could not trust the league to continue to protect the people of the world.
** In a different episode, Vandal Savage attempted to use a space based rail gun to aid his world domination.
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18th Feb '17 2:07:50 PM BattleMaster
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* The inventor of the [[GatlingGood Gatling gun]] thought his invention would serve this purpose, hoping that such a terrible weapon would prevent wars. Or at least end them quicker; in those days, soldiers in prolonged conflicts tended to die from disease.

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* The inventor of the [[GatlingGood Gatling gun]] gun]], Richard Gatling, thought his invention would serve this purpose, hoping that such a terrible weapon would prevent wars. Or at least end them quicker; in those days, soldiers in prolonged conflicts tended to die from disease.
14th Feb '17 12:34:35 PM megarockman
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* The closed-shop structure of North American sports leagues (no promotion/relegation system so generally the same teams compete year to year; mutually-recognized territorial rights means most cities save really big ones like New York only have one team in the local market) means that the only ways a city that doesn't have a team but wants one is either get the league to grant an expansion franchise or entice a currently-existing team to relocate. With the Big Four leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL) already having at least 30 teams each, relocation is generally considered the more likely path. This means that team owners have a large bargaining advantage when it comes to negotiating with the host city regarding stadium leases and ''especially'' public funding for new ones - the sword over the city's head is the chance that the team may pack up and move. A particularly prominent example is the NFL between 1995 and 2015, when there were no teams in Los Angeles after the Rams moved to St. Louis and the Raiders moved back to Oakland - this time period was marked by varying degrees of subtlety about [=SoCal=] in public funding negotiations for stadium renovations or even entire new ones[[note]]True, San Diego had the Chargers, but they're three hours away and a city that pales on a national scale to LA[[/note]].

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* The closed-shop structure of North American sports leagues (no promotion/relegation system so generally the same teams compete year to year; mutually-recognized territorial rights means most cities save really big ones like New York only have one team in the local market) means that the only ways a city that doesn't have a team but wants one is either get the league to grant an expansion franchise or entice a currently-existing team to relocate. With the Big Four leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL) already having at least 30 teams each, relocation is generally considered the more likely path. This means that team owners have a large bargaining advantage when it comes to negotiating with the host city regarding stadium leases and ''especially'' public funding for new ones - the sword over the city's head is the chance that the team may pack up and move. A particularly prominent example is the NFL between 1995 and 2015, when there were no teams in Los Angeles after the Rams moved to St. Louis and the Raiders moved back to Oakland - this time period was marked by varying degrees of subtlety about [=SoCal=] in public funding negotiations for stadium renovations or even entire new ones[[note]]True, San Diego had the Chargers, but they're three hours away and in a city that pales on a national scale to LA[[/note]].
9th Feb '17 4:44:28 PM ZombieAladdin
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* The infamous Spiny Shell (also known as the Blue Shell) in the VideoGame/MarioKart series serves this purpose, or rather, the threat of one. It is a weapon that seeks out the racer in 1st place and slams into them, causing an explosion that stops them cold for several seconds and, with a few exceptions, [[UnblockableAttack cannot be avoided]]. Everyone who has played Mario Kart games for long enough will feel on edge whenever they're ahead in case someone obtains a Spiny Shell. And in the games where other players' items are visible, such as ''Mario Kart DS'' and ''Mario Kart 8'', you can sometimes see people in the lead slam on the brakes and let people overtake them when they see someone get one. And this mechanic works very well--so well that most other kart racers [[FollowTheLeader have adopted similar weapons]]: the Ghost in ''VideoGame/SnowboardKids'', the Swarm in ''[[VideoGame/SegaSuperstars Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed]]'', the Blue Pac-Bomb in ''VideoGame/PacManWorldRally'', etc.
14th Jan '17 5:14:07 AM JackG
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* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Literature/BetweenPlanets''. The Circum-Terra space station has hundreds of nuclear missiles, enough to destroy any military force that threatened Federation control of Earth.
** ''Literature/SpaceCadet''.'' One of the Patrol's routine tasks is to maintain the string of satellite nuclear weapons orbiting Earth. Unlike ''Between Planets'' which involves TheWarOfEarthlyAggression, this is presented as UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans. The protagonist however has to address the issue of whether he might be called upon to nuke his own hometown some day.

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''Literature/BetweenPlanets''. The Circum-Terra space station has hundreds of nuclear missiles, enough to destroy any military force that threatened Federation control of Earth.
** ''Literature/SpaceCadet''.'' One of the Patrol's routine tasks is to maintain the string of satellite nuclear weapons orbiting Earth. Unlike ''Between Planets'' which involves TheWarOfEarthlyAggression, this is presented as UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans. The protagonist however has to address the issue of whether he might be called upon to nuke his own hometown some day.
14th Jan '17 5:13:14 AM JackG
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** ''Literature/SpaceCadet''.'' One of the Patrol's routine tasks is to maintain the string of satellite nuclear weapons orbiting Earth. Unlike ''Between Planets'' which involves a WarOfEarthlyAggression, this is presented as UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans.

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** ''Literature/SpaceCadet''.'' One of the Patrol's routine tasks is to maintain the string of satellite nuclear weapons orbiting Earth. Unlike ''Between Planets'' which involves a WarOfEarthlyAggression, TheWarOfEarthlyAggression, this is presented as UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans.UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans. The protagonist however has to address the issue of whether he might be called upon to nuke his own hometown some day.
14th Jan '17 5:10:09 AM JackG
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* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Between Planets''. The Circum-Terra space station has hundreds of nuclear missiles, enough to destroy any military force that threatened Federation control of Earth.

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* Creator/RobertAHeinlein's ''Between Planets''. ''Literature/BetweenPlanets''. The Circum-Terra space station has hundreds of nuclear missiles, enough to destroy any military force that threatened Federation control of Earth.Earth.
** ''Literature/SpaceCadet''.'' One of the Patrol's routine tasks is to maintain the string of satellite nuclear weapons orbiting Earth. Unlike ''Between Planets'' which involves a WarOfEarthlyAggression, this is presented as UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans.
12th Jan '17 6:30:00 AM megarockman
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* The closed-shop structure of North American sports leagues (no promotion/relegation system so generally the same teams compete year to year; mutually-recognized territorial rights means most cities save really big ones like New York only have one team in the local market) means that the only ways a city that doesn't have a team but wants one is either get the league to grant an expansion franchise or entice a currently-existing team to relocate. With the Big Four leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL) already having at least 30 teams each, relocation is generally considered the more likely path. This means that team owners have a large bargaining advantage when it comes to negotiating with the host city regarding stadium leases and ''especially'' public funding for new ones - the sword over the city's head is the chance that the team may pack up and move. A particularly prominent example is the NFL between 1995 and 2015, when there were no teams in Los Angeles after the Rams moved to St. Louis and the Raider moved back to Oakland - this time period was marked by varying degrees of subtlety about [=SoCal=] in public funding negotiations for stadium renovations or even entire new ones[[note]]True, San Diego had the Chargers, but they're three hours away and a city that pales on a national scale to LA[[/note]].

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* The closed-shop structure of North American sports leagues (no promotion/relegation system so generally the same teams compete year to year; mutually-recognized territorial rights means most cities save really big ones like New York only have one team in the local market) means that the only ways a city that doesn't have a team but wants one is either get the league to grant an expansion franchise or entice a currently-existing team to relocate. With the Big Four leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL) already having at least 30 teams each, relocation is generally considered the more likely path. This means that team owners have a large bargaining advantage when it comes to negotiating with the host city regarding stadium leases and ''especially'' public funding for new ones - the sword over the city's head is the chance that the team may pack up and move. A particularly prominent example is the NFL between 1995 and 2015, when there were no teams in Los Angeles after the Rams moved to St. Louis and the Raider Raiders moved back to Oakland - this time period was marked by varying degrees of subtlety about [=SoCal=] in public funding negotiations for stadium renovations or even entire new ones[[note]]True, San Diego had the Chargers, but they're three hours away and a city that pales on a national scale to LA[[/note]].
12th Jan '17 6:27:37 AM megarockman
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* The closed-shop structure of North American sports leagues (no promotion/relegation system so generally the same teams compete year to year; mutually-recognized territorial rights means most cities save really big ones like New York only have one team in the local market) means that the only ways a city that doesn't have a team but wants one is either get the league to grant an expansion franchise or entice a currently-existing team to relocate. With the Big Four leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL) already having at least 30 teams each, relocation is generally considered the more likely path. This means that team owners have a large bargaining advantage when it comes to negotiating with the host city regarding stadium leases and ''especially'' public funding for new ones - the sword over the city's head is the chance that the team may pack up and move. A particularly prominent example is the NFL between 1995 and 2015, when there were no teams in Los Angeles after the Rams moved to St. Louis and the Raider moved back to Oakland - this time period was marked by varying degrees of subtlety about [=SoCal=] in public funding negotiations for stadium renovations or even entire new ones[[note]]True, San Diego had the Chargers, but they're three hours away and a city that pales on a national scale to LA[[/note]].
8th Jan '17 8:38:01 PM M84
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* In ''Videogame/{{Tyranny}}'', Kyros' Empire is maintained in part by the threat posed by their Edicts. The Edict of Execution in Act I is perhaps the best example. It's entire purpose is to force the Disfavored and the Scarlet Chorus to get their act together or die, with an eight day time limit [[spoiler:or a 363 day time limit, since Kyros' Edict only mentioned that they needed to be done on the Day of Swords, but not necessarily ''that year's'' Day of Swords.]] It's a sign of just how bad things are between the Disfavored and the Scarlet Chorus (the armies and their respective Archons just hate each other that much) that even the looming threat of being wiped out in a matter of days isn't enough to stop them from infighting.

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* In ''Videogame/{{Tyranny}}'', Kyros' Empire is maintained in part by the threat posed by their Edicts. The Edict of Execution in Act I is perhaps the best example. It's Its entire purpose is to force the Disfavored and the Scarlet Chorus to get their act together or die, with an eight day time limit [[spoiler:or a 363 day time limit, since Kyros' Edict only mentioned that they needed to be done on the Day of Swords, but not necessarily ''that year's'' Day of Swords.]] It's a sign of just how bad things are between the Disfavored and the Scarlet Chorus (the armies and their respective Archons just hate each other that much) that even the looming threat of being wiped out in a matter of days isn't enough to stop them from infighting. You have a vested interest in figuring out a solution since you're stuck in the valley too, meaning the Edict will kill you as well.
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