History Main / SyntheticPlague

27th Nov '17 1:14:51 PM RedScharlach
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* In the film version of ''Film/VForVendetta'', the St. Mary's Virus was a major factor in Norsefire's rise to power. Blamed on religious extremists, it's later revealed that [[spoiler: the government developed it through experiments conducted on prisoners at the Lark Hill detention facility, and chose to attack their own people to create an environment of fear that would cause the people to give the goverment more power.]]

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* In the film version of ''Film/VForVendetta'', the St. Mary's Virus was a major factor in Norsefire's rise to power. Blamed on religious extremists, it's later revealed that [[spoiler: the government developed it through experiments conducted on prisoners at the Lark Hill detention facility, and chose to attack their own people to create an environment of fear that would cause the people to give the goverment government more power.]]



** It gets worse (morally speaking). Not only did the U.S. accidently get itself horribly infected, when the military officers in charge of the base where the accident happened decide that there's no putting the cat back in the bag, they order operatives in Europe and Asia to purposefully release the plague over there, under the "if we go down we're taking you all with us" theory. They note that the operatives think the containers they're supposed to open contain radioactive particles for use in testing the ability of satellites to track them, or something.

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** It gets worse (morally speaking). Not only did the U.S. accidently accidentally get itself horribly infected, when the military officers in charge of the base where the accident happened decide that there's no putting the cat back in the bag, they order operatives in Europe and Asia to purposefully release the plague over there, under the "if we go down we're taking you all with us" theory. They note that the operatives think the containers they're supposed to open contain radioactive particles for use in testing the ability of satellites to track them, or something.



** During the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' series , the war against the Yuuzhan Vong goes badly enough that a synthetic plague called "Alpha Red" is created, which specifically targets the Vong and their OrganicTechnology, killing them within days. It is deemed unethical, and condemned by the heroes, but still gets released here and there by certain elements in the Alliance.

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** During the ''Literature/NewJediOrder'' series , series, the war against the Yuuzhan Vong goes badly enough that a synthetic plague called "Alpha Red" is created, which specifically targets the Vong and their OrganicTechnology, killing them within days. It is deemed unethical, and condemned by the heroes, but still gets released here and there by certain elements in the Alliance.



** Note that there are far fewer candidates in Real Life then in fiction. For example Ebola and other quick lethal diseases that are feared as potential bioweapons are impractical in that role,It's lifetime on dry surfaces outside of a host is only a couple of hours ,the average amount of people that are infected by an Ebola patient is only between one and two people(Even HIV has a higher rate of 2-5). Sending a live Ebola patient is also impractical as by the time Ebola patients are highly contagious, they are normally very ill and bedridden with high fever, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea. Even the Soviets [[https://ctc.usma.edu/posts/ebola-not-an-effective-biological-weapon-for-terrorists spent Billions]] trying to weaponize Ebola without much success. In addition In a pandemic its speculated that after people start locking themselves at home the transmission would stop from quarantine. Slower diseases conversely are more survivable or treatable. There are still dangerous scenarios, but not world ending ones.

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** Note that there are far fewer candidates in Real Life then in fiction. For example Ebola and other quick lethal diseases that are feared as potential bioweapons are impractical in that role,It's role: its lifetime on dry surfaces outside of a host is only a couple of hours ,the hours, the average amount of people that are infected by an Ebola patient is only between one and two people(Even people (even HIV has a higher rate of 2-5). Sending a live Ebola patient is also impractical as by the time Ebola patients are highly contagious, they are normally very ill and bedridden with high fever, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea. Even the Soviets [[https://ctc.usma.edu/posts/ebola-not-an-effective-biological-weapon-for-terrorists spent Billions]] trying to weaponize Ebola without much success. In addition In a pandemic its speculated that after people start locking themselves at home the transmission would stop from quarantine. Slower diseases conversely are more survivable or treatable. There are still dangerous scenarios, but not world ending ones.
23rd Nov '17 5:52:39 PM AnoneMouseJr
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* ''FanFic/EscapeFromTheMoon'': [[spoiler: As Spliced Genome, Doa created a number of these that killed millions and infected billions more.]]
24th Oct '17 9:30:06 AM UMDP
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** Note that there are far fewer candidates in Real Life then in fiction. Ebola outbreaks and other quick lethal diseases for example "burn out" because people die too quickly to spread it around very much.[[note]]Although this could make them good candidates for use in ''tactical'' biological weapons, as they produce a good number of deaths quickly but don't stick around for long.[[/note]] In a pandemic its speculated that after people start locking themselves at home the transmission would stop from quarantine. Slower diseases conversely are more survivable or treatable. There are still dangerous scenarios, but not world ending ones.
** Contrary to this trope's usual assumptions, creating a SyntheticPlague wouldn't be particularly profitable for a CorruptCorporateExecutive either: even if a government or terrorist organization were inclined to buy such a thing, they would only do so ''once'', after which they could presumably culture more of it for themselves. Chemical agents and plain ol' guns don't breed, so repeat sales make them a far more profitable alternative for a weapons manufacturer.

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** Note that there are far fewer candidates in Real Life then in fiction. For example Ebola outbreaks and other quick lethal diseases for example "burn out" because that are feared as potential bioweapons are impractical in that role,It's lifetime on dry surfaces outside of a host is only a couple of hours ,the average amount of people die too quickly to spread it around that are infected by an Ebola patient is only between one and two people(Even HIV has a higher rate of 2-5). Sending a live Ebola patient is also impractical as by the time Ebola patients are highly contagious, they are normally very much.[[note]]Although this could make them good candidates for use in ''tactical'' biological weapons, as they produce a good number of deaths quickly but don't stick around for long.[[/note]] ill and bedridden with high fever, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea. Even the Soviets [[https://ctc.usma.edu/posts/ebola-not-an-effective-biological-weapon-for-terrorists spent Billions]] trying to weaponize Ebola without much success. In addition In a pandemic its speculated that after people start locking themselves at home the transmission would stop from quarantine. Slower diseases conversely are more survivable or treatable. There are still dangerous scenarios, but not world ending ones.
** Contrary to this trope's usual assumptions, creating a SyntheticPlague wouldn't be particularly profitable for a CorruptCorporateExecutive either: even if a government or terrorist organization were inclined The costs and resources needed to buy such a thing, produce effective Bioweapons are very high and handling and transporting them needs special training. Countries have developed vaccines and counters against the more easy to handle Bioweapons like Anthrax and Smallpox so they would only do so ''once'', after which they could presumably culture aren't going to be very effective in war. In addition to the above mentioned issues more of it for themselves. Chemical agents dangerous Bioweapons cannot be made anywhere without killing the staff and plain ol' guns researches. For example research into Ebola is almost exclusively done in Bio-safety level 4 Labs and there are very few of them and don't breed, so repeat sales make them have much space to carry out shady research. Even with all the infrastructure you need really trained and experienced staff as extracting a far more profitable alternative virus is a skill that is gained from practice. In the end you will be making a super expensive weapon that is effective but is unaffordable for a weapons manufacturer.most and cannot be used or transported safely or cheap enough but easily countered.
20th Sep '17 10:55:26 PM Romagnadvoratrelundar
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** Note that there are far fewer candidates in Real Life then in fiction. Ebola outbreaks and other quick lethal diseases for example "burn out" because people die too quickly to spread it around very much. In a pandemic its speculated that after people start locking themselves at home the transmission would stop from quarantine. Slower diseases conversely are more survivable or treatable. There are still dangerous scenarios, but not world ending ones.

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** Note that there are far fewer candidates in Real Life then in fiction. Ebola outbreaks and other quick lethal diseases for example "burn out" because people die too quickly to spread it around very much. [[note]]Although this could make them good candidates for use in ''tactical'' biological weapons, as they produce a good number of deaths quickly but don't stick around for long.[[/note]] In a pandemic its speculated that after people start locking themselves at home the transmission would stop from quarantine. Slower diseases conversely are more survivable or treatable. There are still dangerous scenarios, but not world ending ones.
27th Aug '17 1:53:43 PM DarkHunter
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** In the later seasons of ''SG-1'', one of the Ori's favorite tricks for gaining new followers was have their Priors secretly unleash a deadly plague upon a population, then have the Priors (priests) publicly show up and miraculously cure that plague. They also try to use it as a bio-weapon against Earth, but a HeelFaceTurn-ed Prior uses his power to cure it (and is immediately killed by the Ori for his treachery).

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** In the later seasons of ''SG-1'', one of the Ori's favorite tricks for gaining new followers was have their Priors (priests) secretly unleash a deadly plague upon a population, then have the Priors (priests) publicly show up and miraculously cure that plague. They also try to use it as a bio-weapon against Earth, but a HeelFaceTurn-ed Prior uses his power to cure it (and is immediately killed by the Ori for his treachery).
27th Aug '17 1:53:14 PM DarkHunter
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* The Hoffan Plague spread by [[spoiler:Micheal]] in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' in an effort to cripple the Wraith. For reference, a group called the Hoffans created a drug that, if taken, would render one immune to Wraith feeding, and indeed poisonous to the Wraith. It also had a 50% mortality rate among those who took it (they were aware of this, and took it anyway. The Wraith slaughtered the survivors). [[spoiler:Micheal got a hold of it, turned it into a disease (albeit with "only" a 33% mortality rate), and spread it to as many human populations as he could in order to poison the Wraith's food supply.]]
* In backstory to the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "Prisoners", Linea was imprisoned as "the Destroyer of Worlds" for creating a plague that wiped out over half the population of the planet Rillaan.

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The Hoffan Plague spread by [[spoiler:Micheal]] in ''Series/StargateAtlantis'' in an effort to cripple the Wraith. For reference, a group called the Hoffans created a drug that, if taken, would render one immune to Wraith feeding, and indeed poisonous to the Wraith. It also had a 50% mortality rate among those who took it (they were aware of this, and took it anyway. The Wraith slaughtered the survivors). [[spoiler:Micheal got a hold of it, turned it into a disease (albeit with "only" a 33% mortality rate), and spread it to as many human populations as he could in order to poison the Wraith's food supply.]]
* ** In backstory to the ''Series/StargateSG1'' episode "Prisoners", Linea was imprisoned as "the Destroyer of Worlds" for creating a plague that wiped out over half the population of the planet Rillaan.Rillaan.
** In the later seasons of ''SG-1'', one of the Ori's favorite tricks for gaining new followers was have their Priors secretly unleash a deadly plague upon a population, then have the Priors (priests) publicly show up and miraculously cure that plague. They also try to use it as a bio-weapon against Earth, but a HeelFaceTurn-ed Prior uses his power to cure it (and is immediately killed by the Ori for his treachery).
12th Aug '17 9:13:06 AM Generality
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* In the ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' franchise, devastating plagues are a recurring theme in the history of the D'ni civilization and all can be traced back to a single source: King Alsendahl, who created a plague to exterminate an alien race who he believed were preparing to attack, only for it to jump the species barrier and [[HoistByHisOwnPetard nearly wipe out his own people]]. In atonement for this, he had himself and all known sources of the disease permanently sealed inside his palace. Mutations of the plague popped up every few centuries thereafter, and have been major plot devices in two of the tie-in novels: in ''The Book of Ti'ana'', the vengeful criminals Veovis and A'Gaeris release a plague onto the D'ni city, destroying its population almost completely, and in ''The Book of D'ni'', a strain that had been rendered harmless to the D'ni proved fatal and virulent to their crueler cousins, the [[CrapsaccharineWorld Tehranee]], resulting in the destruction of that civilization.
21st Jul '17 1:40:29 AM DrFraud
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11030109/2/Pansy-s-fault Pansy's Fault]]'' a message from the future reveals that dark wizards and witches who were trying to get rid of the light spouses assigned to them by the Ministry of Magic's marriage law created a virus which mutated and started a ZombieApocalypse.
21st Jul '17 1:36:04 AM DrFraud
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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11030109/2/Pansy-s-fault Pansy's Fault]]'' a message from the future reveals that dark wizards and witches who were trying to get rid of the light spouses assigned to them by the Ministry of Magic's marriage law created a virus which mutated and started a ZombieApocalypse.
14th Jul '17 11:30:58 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', one world is suffering from the after-effects of one such plague being accidentally released and wiping out the vast majority of men in the world. With all of the world becoming a LadyLand, the two new superpowers (US and Australia) are in competition for population growth, each attempting to subvert the breeding efforts of the other and kidnap highly-"productive" men. Strangely enough, artificial insemination is never attempted, even though it would be an obvious answer.
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