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27th Oct '17 10:06:34 AM SilentHunterUK
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*** The choice of Belgium here is almost certainly a reference to the works of the late Creator/DouglasAdams.
29th Sep '17 3:15:06 PM Kadorhal
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* In ''Universal Century Franchise/{{Gundam}}'', Australia is the victim of a ColonyDrop bad enough to leave a crater visible from space. So much for Sydney.
** [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory 4 years later]], a big portion of the american midwest gets colony dropped by Zeon remnants to cripple the Federation's grain production.
** Then Ireland got smashed when [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Neo Zeon]] dropped another colony on it, and the Earth Federation consider the loss, as lesser mouths to feed.

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* In ''Universal Universal Century Franchise/{{Gundam}}'', ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'', Australia is the victim of a ColonyDrop bad enough to leave a crater visible from space. So much for Sydney.
** [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam0083StardustMemory 4 years later]], a big portion of the american American midwest gets colony dropped by Zeon remnants to cripple the Federation's grain production.
** Then Ireland got smashed when [[Anime/MobileSuitGundamZZ Neo Zeon]] dropped another colony on it, and the Earth Federation consider the loss, loss as lesser fewer mouths to feed.



* ''Anime/CodeGeass'', the Euro Universe was brushed aside with no named characters (Save people born in the native countries of the Euro Universe alliance) as China, Britannia and the Black Knights duked it out. China is eventually dissolved into a multitude of smaller nations. Some of which join the U.F.N. And some of which are quickly conquered by Britannia.

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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'', the Euro Universe Europia United was brushed aside with no named characters (Save people born in the native countries of the Euro Universe EU alliance) as China, Britannia and the Black Knights duked it out. China is eventually dissolved into a multitude of smaller nations. Some of which join the U.F.N. And some of which are quickly conquered by Britannia.



* ''Anime/FullMetalAlchemist'', [[BigBad The leader of Homunculi]] enacts this twice. First during 400 years before events of the manga to the country of Xerxes, [[spoiler:as he does it to get himself a body and sentience.]] Second during the "Promised Day", he takes [[spoiler:lives of nearly 50 million residents of Amestris[[note]] The very nation was created for this very purpose[[/note]] to gain the body of God.]] Thankfully, the second time, [[spoiler: it doesn't stick.]]

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* ''Anime/FullMetalAlchemist'', ''Manga/FullMetalAlchemist'', [[BigBad The leader of Homunculi]] enacts this twice. First during 400 years before events of the manga to the country of Xerxes, [[spoiler:as he does it to get himself a body and sentience.]] Second during the "Promised Day", he takes [[spoiler:lives of nearly 50 million residents of Amestris[[note]] The very nation was created for this very purpose[[/note]] to gain the body of God.]] Thankfully, the second time, [[spoiler: it doesn't stick.]]



* Comic books often have Throw Away ''planets''. For example, the Tamaraneans, an alien race of which Starfire from ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' is a member, have their planet destroyed; the survivors move to a new planet, which is destroyed by an unrelated disaster; the survivors from ''that'' move onto ''yet another'' new planet, which is ''also'' destroyed in another totally unrelated disaster.

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* Comic books often have Throw Away ''planets''.''Planets''. For example, the Tamaraneans, an alien race of which Starfire from ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' is a member, have their planet destroyed; the survivors move to a new planet, which is destroyed by an unrelated disaster; the survivors from ''that'' move onto ''yet another'' new planet, which is ''also'' destroyed in another totally unrelated disaster.



* A recurring theme in the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series: the Covenant glasses human colony worlds, which seems to provide the motivation for a lot of human protagonists to fight. Frequently mentioned in-game ("Covenant bastards! It's just like Reach all over again!" - Buck, ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST''), but glassings were only directly shown in the ExpandedUniverse and not actually seen in the games themselves until ''VideoGame/HaloReach''. That said, ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' does partly take place on a glassed world that is trying to get back on its feet.
* In the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' ''Tiberium'' series, most of the world is ravaged by the spread of Tiberium, to a point where 30% of the planet's surface is rendered uninhabitable, and another 50% is difficult to survive in. Though [[Main/AllThereInTheManual background material]] and some dialogue mentions the difficulties and destruction Tiberium has inflicted on these regions, not a whole lot of time is spent on the life in these areas.

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* A recurring theme in the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series: the Covenant glasses human colony worlds, which seems to provide the motivation for a lot of human protagonists to fight. Frequently mentioned in-game ("Covenant bastards! It's just like Reach all over again!" - Buck, ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST''), but glassings were only directly shown in the ExpandedUniverse and not actually seen in the games themselves until ''VideoGame/HaloReach''.''VideoGame/HaloReach'', set during a battle frequently mentioned in other material as having ended with the planet being glassed. That said, ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' does partly take place on a glassed world that is trying to get back on its feet.
* In the ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer'' ''Tiberium'' ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberium'' series, most of the world is ravaged by the spread of Tiberium, to a point where 30% of the planet's surface is rendered uninhabitable, and another 50% is difficult to survive in. Though [[Main/AllThereInTheManual [[AllThereInTheManual background material]] and some dialogue mentions the difficulties and destruction Tiberium has inflicted on these regions, not a whole lot of time is spent on the life in these areas.



* ''VideoGame/StarCraft'': Several Terran worlds are literally sterilized by the Protoss to prevent the Zerg from spreading further. A futile effort. (Mar Sara was an exception to the trope, as you started there and and needed to escape it before it was sterilized. )

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* ''VideoGame/StarCraft'': Several Terran worlds are literally sterilized by the Protoss to prevent the Zerg from spreading further. A futile effort. (Mar Mar Sara was an exception to the trope, as you started there and and needed to escape it before it was sterilized. )sterilized.
5th Jun '17 7:20:38 PM Mondegreen
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* In ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'', Paris is destroyed by a chunk of asteroid, just to serve as a reminder that these things hurt. Hong Kong suffers a similar fate later in the movie, so the heroes have further reason to angst about the danger.

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* In ''Film/{{Armageddon}}'', Paris is destroyed by a chunk of asteroid, just to serve as a reminder that these things hurt. Hong Kong Shanghai suffers a similar fate later in the movie, so the heroes have further reason to angst about the danger.
28th May '17 4:22:27 PM nombretomado
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* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeResolute'' begins with Cobra blowing up Moscow to demonstrate their KillSat. WarrenEllis [[ExecutiveMeddling originally planned]] for it to be Beijing, and summarized what happened thusly:

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* ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeResolute'' begins with Cobra blowing up Moscow to demonstrate their KillSat. WarrenEllis Creator/WarrenEllis [[ExecutiveMeddling originally planned]] for it to be Beijing, and summarized what happened thusly:
1st Apr '17 3:11:15 PM comicwriter
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* Ultron kills the entire population of a fictitious Eastern European nation "Slorenia" in just a few hours in the Main/MarvelUniverse. Then proceeds to align their corpses to resemble his face. Who says 10 foot omnicidal killer robots have no style?

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* Ultron Comicbook/{{Ultron}} kills the entire population of a fictitious Eastern European nation "Slorenia" in just a few hours in the Main/MarvelUniverse. Then proceeds to align their corpses to resemble his face. Who says 10 foot omnicidal killer robots have no style?



* Franchise/TheDCU has in the past ten years destroyed [[ComicBook/GreenLantern Coast City]] (''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman / Emerald Twilight''), Montevideo (''ComicBook/DCOneMillion''), Vladivostok (Terror Incognita arc, ''{{JLA}}''), and Bludhaven (''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis''). ''Permanently'' destroyed, with nuclear fire.
* And back on the Marvel end of things, Dark Phoenix consumed the star D'Bari and doomed the inhabitants of that entire star system to death by way of illustrating the epic scale of the threat she posed.

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* Franchise/TheDCU has in the past ten 20 years destroyed [[ComicBook/GreenLantern Coast City]] (''ComicBook/TheDeathOfSuperman / Emerald Twilight''), Montevideo (''ComicBook/DCOneMillion''), Vladivostok (Terror Incognita arc, ''{{JLA}}''), and Bludhaven (''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis''). ''Permanently'' destroyed, with nuclear fire.
* And back on the Marvel end of things, [[Comicbook/JeanGrey Dark Phoenix Phoenix]] consumed the star D'Bari and doomed the inhabitants of that entire star system to death by way of illustrating the epic scale of the threat she posed.


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* The very first issue of ''Comicbook/JonathanHickmansAvengers'' opens with Ex Nihilo dropping "Origin Bombs" on Perth, Australia and Regina, Canada.
18th Oct '16 3:15:09 PM margdean56
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* Mythical locales in the Franchise/{{Marvel|Universe}} and [[Franchise/TheDCU DC Universes]] have been particularly unsafe regions lately, with Themyscira (DC), Asgard (Marvel), Olympus (both), and Atlantis (both) either being destroyed or depopulated in the last few years, usually in conjunction with a CrisisCrossover. More then once for a few of those places. Quite honestly, Wonder Woman shouldn't have any sisters left.

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* Mythical locales in the Franchise/{{Marvel|Universe}} and [[Franchise/TheDCU DC Universes]] have been particularly unsafe regions lately, with Themyscira (DC), Asgard (Marvel), Olympus (both), and Atlantis (both) either being destroyed or depopulated in the last few years, usually in conjunction with a CrisisCrossover. More then than once for a few of those places. Quite honestly, Wonder Woman shouldn't have any sisters left.
15th Oct '16 5:50:36 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the episode "Juggernaut" from the original 1984 series ''Series/{{V}}'', Diana has the [[WaveMotionGun Particle Beam Triax]] destroy [[UsefulNotes/TheMoonsOfJupiter Io]] as a warmup exercise prior to taking station over Earth. Fortunately, before [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill it can destroy Los Angeles]] a Resistance member [[HeroicSacrifice crashes the captured mothership into it]].

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* In the episode "Juggernaut" from the original 1984 series ''Series/{{V}}'', ''Series/{{V|1983}}'', Diana has the [[WaveMotionGun Particle Beam Triax]] destroy [[UsefulNotes/TheMoonsOfJupiter Io]] as a warmup exercise prior to taking station over Earth. Fortunately, before [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill it can destroy Los Angeles]] a Resistance member [[HeroicSacrifice crashes the captured mothership into it]].
23rd Aug '16 11:38:04 AM Ulkomaalainen
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* ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' started off with the reaper attack on Vancouver. Tension is heightened by telling us that Adelaide, Hamburg, Al Jubail, and Fort Worth were quickly destroyed. They're serious.
13th Aug '16 6:10:17 PM nombretomado
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* The ''{{Discworld}}'' has a rafter of them. In the early days of the series, Creator/TerryPratchett created a lot of "joke countries" as throwaway one-liners when things were more fluid and the Discworld had not evolved into the more clearly mapped and realised verison that later evolved. Khan-Li, Loko and others are referenced as disaster areas where catastrophes happened. As the world grew and the relationships between them became clearer, with Earth nations and ethnicities being mapped onto their Disc {{Expy}}s, this original list of one-shot countries from when it was ''just'' a generic and hazy fantasy world started to pose continuity problems. Later works like the ''Complete Discworld Atlas'' attempt to address these issues and provide further back-story, even when it has to be RetConned.

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* The ''{{Discworld}}'' ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' has a rafter of them. In the early days of the series, Creator/TerryPratchett created a lot of "joke countries" as throwaway one-liners when things were more fluid and the Discworld had not evolved into the more clearly mapped and realised verison that later evolved. Khan-Li, Loko and others are referenced as disaster areas where catastrophes happened. As the world grew and the relationships between them became clearer, with Earth nations and ethnicities being mapped onto their Disc {{Expy}}s, this original list of one-shot countries from when it was ''just'' a generic and hazy fantasy world started to pose continuity problems. Later works like the ''Complete Discworld Atlas'' attempt to address these issues and provide further back-story, even when it has to be RetConned.
10th Aug '16 11:01:41 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The Machinima series ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' appears to parody this when it's mentioned that each member of a special unit was named after one of the remaining 49 states, at which point Tucker mentions "Poor Florida" and they have a moment of silence. The fate of the state is never discussed again.
** Season 10 reveals that there was an Agent Florida. [[spoiler:When he was reassigned to Blood Gulch undercover, Project Freelancer simply destroyed the state.]]
* A recurring theme in ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series: the Covenant glasses colony worlds, which seems to provide the motivation for a lot of human protagonists to fight. Frequently mentioned in games ("Covenant bastards! It's just like Reach all over again!" - Buck, ''Halo 3: ODST''), but this was always off-stage and not actually seen in the games themselves until ''Halo: Reach''.
** The fate of the glassed colonies is also mostly not touched upon in the sequel games. Despite the destruction of most of the UNSC colonies and the loss of most of the human population the UNSC is powerful and prosperous, almost like there never was a war.

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* The Machinima series ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' appears to parody this when it's mentioned that each member of a special unit was named after one of the remaining 49 states, at which point Tucker mentions "Poor Florida" and they have a moment of silence. The fate of the state is never discussed again.
** Season 10 reveals that there was an Agent Florida. [[spoiler:When he was reassigned to Blood Gulch undercover, Project Freelancer simply destroyed the state.]]
* A recurring theme in the ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' series: the Covenant glasses human colony worlds, which seems to provide the motivation for a lot of human protagonists to fight. Frequently mentioned in games in-game ("Covenant bastards! It's just like Reach all over again!" - Buck, ''Halo 3: ODST''), ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST''), but this was always off-stage glassings were only directly shown in the ExpandedUniverse and not actually seen in the games themselves until ''Halo: Reach''.
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''VideoGame/HaloReach''. That said, ''VideoGame/Halo5Guardians'' does partly take place on a glassed colonies world that is also mostly not touched upon in the sequel games. Despite the destruction of most of the UNSC colonies and the loss of most of the human population the UNSC is powerful and prosperous, almost like there never was a war.trying to get back on its feet.


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* The machinima series ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'' appears to parody this when it's mentioned that each member of a special unit was named after one of the remaining 49 states, at which point Tucker mentions "Poor Florida" and they have a moment of silence. The fate of the state is never discussed again.
** Season 10 reveals that there was an Agent Florida. [[spoiler:When he was reassigned to Blood Gulch undercover, Project Freelancer simply destroyed the state.]]

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