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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''.
** The fate of the
''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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7th Aug '16 6:05:50 PM nombretomado
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* [[TheDCU DC]] supervillain Cheshire nuked the capital of {{Qurac}} as part of a global blackmail scheme. (This is always brought up in her appearances, partly because it's so ridiculous. In ''Comicbook/{{Manhunter}}'', for instance, when Kate encounters Cheshire, she asks herself, "Didn't she blow up a country?")

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* [[TheDCU [[Franchise/TheDCU DC]] supervillain Cheshire nuked the capital of {{Qurac}} as part of a global blackmail scheme. (This is always brought up in her appearances, partly because it's so ridiculous. In ''Comicbook/{{Manhunter}}'', for instance, when Kate encounters Cheshire, she asks herself, "Didn't she blow up a country?")



* ComicBook/TheSpectre, TheDCU embodiment of God's Vengeance, slaughtered the entire country of Vlatava while the country was in the midst of a bloody civil war between ethnic groups. He claimed that no one in the country was free from the hatred that drove the war, and even the children and infants would grow up to repeat the same cycle of violence.

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* ComicBook/TheSpectre, TheDCU Franchise/TheDCU embodiment of God's Vengeance, slaughtered the entire country of Vlatava while the country was in the midst of a bloody civil war between ethnic groups. He claimed that no one in the country was free from the hatred that drove the war, and even the children and infants would grow up to repeat the same cycle of violence.



* TheDCU event "[[ComicBook/OurWorldsAtWar The Imperiex War]]" went with this trope. Several planets, like the planet Daxam where a group of Kryptonian colonists lived, were destroyed. A couple of galaxies, like Maxima's home galaxy, were destroyed. When Imperiex reached Earth, he destroyed several cities, like [[Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} the kingdom of Atlantis]], and what was probably the most impressive to the audience, Topeka, Kansas.

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* TheDCU Franchise/TheDCU event "[[ComicBook/OurWorldsAtWar The Imperiex War]]" went with this trope. Several planets, like the planet Daxam where a group of Kryptonian colonists lived, were destroyed. A couple of galaxies, like Maxima's home galaxy, were destroyed. When Imperiex reached Earth, he destroyed several cities, like [[Comicbook/{{Aquaman}} the kingdom of Atlantis]], and what was probably the most impressive to the audience, Topeka, Kansas.
7th Aug '16 6:05:41 PM nombretomado
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* Mythical locales in the [[MarvelComics Marvel]] and [[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 [[MarvelComics Marvel]] Franchise/{{Marvel|Universe}} and [[TheDCU [[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.
16th Jul '16 4:40:44 PM AgProv
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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'' attemptr to address these issues and provide further back-story, even when it has to be RetConned.

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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 Discworld Atlas'' attemptr attempt to address these issues and provide further back-story, even when it has to be RetConned.
16th Jul '16 4:40:09 PM AgProv
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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'' attemptr to address these issues and provide further back-story, even when it has to be RetConned.
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.
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