History Main / ThrowawayCountry

16th Jun '16 9:55:54 AM bwburke94
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** The end of season three puts present-day Earth through a year-long reign of terror at the hands of the Master (again). It ''starts'' with a literal decimation of humanity and includes events like "the burning of Japan". This case is subject to the ResetButton. [[TemporalParadox Time Paradox]]!

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** The end of season three puts present-day Earth through a year-long reign of terror at the hands of the Master (again). It ''starts'' with a literal decimation of humanity and includes events like "the burning of Japan". This case is subject to the ResetButton. [[TemporalParadox Time Paradox]]!



* On ''Series/TheWestWing'', story arcs have involved a couple of fictional [[ThrowAwayCountry Throw Away Countries]], including [[{{Qurac}} Qumar]] as a source of Middle-East terrorists and [[{{Bulungi}} Equatorial Kundu]] as an example of African genocide.

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* On ''Series/TheWestWing'', story arcs have involved a couple of fictional [[ThrowAwayCountry Throw Away Countries]], countries as throwaways, including [[{{Qurac}} Qumar]] as a source of Middle-East terrorists and [[{{Bulungi}} Equatorial Kundu]] as an example of African genocide.



* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' used multiple [[ThrowAwayCountry throw-away planets]], including Data's home planet. In fact, given the rate at which outlying colonies and/or research outposts are destroyed as a means of setting up the plot, it's amazing TheFederation has any infrastructure at all.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' used multiple [[ThrowAwayCountry throw-away planets]], planets, including Data's home planet. In fact, given the rate at which outlying colonies and/or research outposts are destroyed as a means of setting up the plot, it's amazing TheFederation has any infrastructure at all.
11th Jun '16 12:25:00 AM Morgenthaler
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* A variation of this occurs in David Eddings' ''{{Belgariad}}'' world. Arendia was divided into three duchies, who ''really'' liked starting wars with each other. Polgara kept them in line for about six hundred years, but finally, her favorite duchy, Wacune, was betrayed by her almost-champion who was, naturally, madly in love with her and jealous of her crush on her ''actual'' champion. Apparently this [[BecauseDestinySaysSo had to happen]] because two members of the Hero's team would arise from the sniping between the two remaining duchies, Mimbre and Asturia. To this day, Polgara still has a tremendous grudge against the Asturians, who destroyed Vo Wacune. However, this ItsPersonal has no real bearing on the plot; only the two guys who "rise from the situation" do.
* There was a novel called ''SolarFlare''--a Christian-conservative novel in which solar flares KO the electric grid and anything electric running while they hit. All nations are affected by the solar flare, but the omniscient narrator states almost outright that only America would survive through this as a civilized nation--before the book is halfway over. There are brief notes of Japanese people quietly dying in their crowded blacked-out cities in an orderly fashion, and Europeans turning into violent vandals--and not having enough space to support themselves during the longer crises. Americans have violent vandals, too, but a combination of martial law and new communities for the non-vandals to go to keeps it in check. (No mention of Russia or China.)

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* A variation of this occurs in David Eddings' ''{{Belgariad}}'' ''Literature/{{Belgariad}}'' world. Arendia was divided into three duchies, who ''really'' liked starting wars with each other. Polgara kept them in line for about six hundred years, but finally, her favorite duchy, Wacune, was betrayed by her almost-champion who was, naturally, madly in love with her and jealous of her crush on her ''actual'' champion. Apparently this [[BecauseDestinySaysSo had to happen]] because two members of the Hero's team would arise from the sniping between the two remaining duchies, Mimbre and Asturia. To this day, Polgara still has a tremendous grudge against the Asturians, who destroyed Vo Wacune. However, this ItsPersonal has no real bearing on the plot; only the two guys who "rise from the situation" do.
* There was a novel called ''SolarFlare''--a ''Literature/SolarFlare''--a Christian-conservative novel in which solar flares KO the electric grid and anything electric running while they hit. All nations are affected by the solar flare, but the omniscient narrator states almost outright that only America would survive through this as a civilized nation--before the book is halfway over. There are brief notes of Japanese people quietly dying in their crowded blacked-out cities in an orderly fashion, and Europeans turning into violent vandals--and not having enough space to support themselves during the longer crises. Americans have violent vandals, too, but a combination of martial law and new communities for the non-vandals to go to keeps it in check. (No mention of Russia or China.)



* Creator/RayBradbury's ''TheMartianChronicles'' include Australia as a throwaway ''continent'' (nuclear war on Earth begins with its inadvertent destruction).
* The ''{{Worldwar}}'' series by Creator/HarryTurtledove does this to a lot of major Earth cities after atomic warfare starts really kicking off. It's an aversion at first: the first atomic strikes on Berlin and Washington (and Tokyo, to a lesser extent) are massively disturbing events to humanity, that set the tone of the war. Later strikes on other cities (Miami, Seattle, most every major German city as well as Copenhagen) aren't emphasized as much. Special mention goes to Sydney and Melbourne, which are nuked and almost never mentioned again.

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* Creator/RayBradbury's ''TheMartianChronicles'' ''Literature/TheMartianChronicles'' include Australia as a throwaway ''continent'' (nuclear war on Earth begins with its inadvertent destruction).
* The ''{{Worldwar}}'' ''Literature/WorldWar'' series by Creator/HarryTurtledove does this to a lot of major Earth cities after atomic warfare starts really kicking off. It's an aversion at first: the first atomic strikes on Berlin and Washington (and Tokyo, to a lesser extent) are massively disturbing events to humanity, that set the tone of the war. Later strikes on other cities (Miami, Seattle, most every major German city as well as Copenhagen) aren't emphasized as much. Special mention goes to Sydney and Melbourne, which are nuked and almost never mentioned again.
7th Jun '16 3:49:53 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross, The SDF-1 is flying over Ontario as the government has offered to take the refugees that other countries have refused to accept. Then the Zentraedi attack and the entire area appears to be demolished in the battle.

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* Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross, ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'': The SDF-1 is flying over Ontario as the government has offered to take the refugees that other countries have refused to accept. Then the Zentraedi attack and the entire area appears to be demolished in the battle.
23rd May '16 5:57:27 AM Jake
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* In ''Film/StarWars: Film/ANewHope'', Alderaan is used as a throw-away planet to showcase the Death Star's power. It also serves as Leia's DoomedHometown.

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* In ''Film/StarWars: Film/ANewHope'', Alderaan is used as a throw-away planet to showcase the Death Star's power. It also serves as Leia's DoomedHometown. The ExpandedUniverse went into a lot more detail about the impact this act had on the Empire. (Short version? One hell of a GenocideBackfire.)



* In ''Literature/TheThirdWorldWar'', Birmingham, UK and Minsk get nuked. Both cities are hardly mentioned outside the relevant chapters on their destruction.

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* In ''Literature/TheThirdWorldWar'', Birmingham, UK and Minsk get nuked. Both cities are hardly mentioned outside the relevant chapters on their destruction.destruction, though there really isn't much time for them to be mentioned as the war the book is supposed to be a historical account of grinds to a halt within a couple of in-universe months at most.
7th May '16 4:41:07 AM WillDraco
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** The inversion is hammered home when we see that Australia, usually first on the list of throwaway countries, managed to [[spoiler: save Sydney from destruction]].

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** The inversion is hammered home when we see that Australia, usually first on the list of throwaway countries, managed to [[spoiler: save Sydney from total destruction]].
7th May '16 4:37:31 AM WillDraco
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** The inversion is hammered home when we see that Australia, usually first on the list of throwaway countries, managed to [[spoiler: save Sydney from destruction]].
3rd May '16 9:28:38 PM Odacon_Spy
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* In ''FunnyFarm'', the rogue AI (simply called "PC") conquers Denmark effortlessly and sets up a robotic country called Siliconopolis. The story suggested that all the humans were removed somehow without anybody seeming to care about them.

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* In ''FunnyFarm'', ''WebComic/FunnyFarm'', the rogue AI (simply called "PC") conquers Denmark effortlessly and sets up a robotic country called Siliconopolis. The story suggested that all the humans were removed somehow without anybody seeming to care about them.
24th Mar '16 6:59:02 AM Jake
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** Exterminatus was ''supposed'' to be [[GodzillaThreshold an absolute last resort]] after every effort had been made to prevent the planet falling to [[TheLegionsOfHell Chaos]] or [[TheHorde Orks]] by conventional means, but {{Flanderization}} and SerialEscalation have resulted in it being used far more often and for pettier reasons. (Though not as much as MemeticMutation might lead you to believe.)
8th Mar '16 10:10:24 AM CoathangerMan
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** 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.
31st Jan '16 8:36:58 AM nombretomado
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* Used to hilarious extremity in one episode of ''{{Superfriends}}''. Black Manta has just caused a fire on an island. Aquaman summons sea creatures to create a giant tidal wave to put the fire out. Only it backfires and he ends up accidentally flooding not only the island, but ''every coastline in the Western Hemisphere''. Aquaman and the rest of the Superfriends are rather unalarmed at the massive death toll. (Earlier in the episode, several major U.S. cities were completely frozen, but this too goes without comment.)

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* Used to hilarious extremity in one episode of ''{{Superfriends}}''.''{{WesternAnimation/Superfriends}}''. Black Manta has just caused a fire on an island. Aquaman summons sea creatures to create a giant tidal wave to put the fire out. Only it backfires and he ends up accidentally flooding not only the island, but ''every coastline in the Western Hemisphere''. Aquaman and the rest of the Superfriends are rather unalarmed at the massive death toll. (Earlier in the episode, several major U.S. cities were completely frozen, but this too goes without comment.)
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