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11th Jul '17 12:26:44 PM RacattackForce
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* The backstory of the ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon}}'' series involves not just a third World War, but a [[UpToEleven World War IV and V]]. It is during World War V that one of two global factions launched a warhead at Antarctica, causing much of the continent to melt, which [[CaptainObvious didn't really help]] with the whole "rising sea levels from global warming" crisis. Cue mass extinction of almost every mammal on Earth, paving the way for various sea-life to evolve and become the new dominant species on the planet.
2nd Jul '17 9:32:12 PM DastardlyDemolition
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** The ''Fallout'' series itself is set between [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}} 84]]-[[VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}} 210]] years after the nuclear exchange depending on which game you are playing. The post-war United States is a PollutedWasteland populated with [[RapePillageAndBurn roving gangs of raiders]], [[KillerRobot malfunctioning military robots]], [[NuclearNasty mutated animals]] and honest folk trying to get by scavenging for food and technology. Amazingly, if what the little insights you gain about the pre-war United States are true, the pre-war world was actually ''worse''.

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** The ''Fallout'' series itself is set between [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}} 84]]-[[VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}} 210]] years after the nuclear exchange depending on which game you are playing. The post-war United States is a PollutedWasteland populated with [[RapePillageAndBurn roving gangs of raiders]], [[KillerRobot malfunctioning military robots]], [[NuclearNasty mutated animals]] and honest folk trying to get by scavenging for food and technology. Amazingly, if what the little insights you gain about the pre-war United States are true, the pre-war world was actually ''worse''. For example the United States forcibly conquered Canada to access better pathways to Alaska and engaged in a bloody war with every other country to secure the last oil field in the Pacific. The world itself was embroiled in the Resource Wars, a series of conflicts over shrinking oil fields that left Europe and the Middle East in ruin as the oil fields dried up and left the U.S., China, and Canada as the remaining powers.
21st Jun '17 7:53:16 AM JustTroper
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[[WeaponOfMassDestruction Weapons of Mass Destruction]] are probably going to get used, [[NukeEm often recklessly]], causing massive casualties.[[note]]In fiction, anyway; in RealLife it's possible it might just be another very destructive conventional war, if it ever happens, due to the sheer suicidal nature of the usage of nuclear weapons. Then again, if a conventional war is actually fought, escalation to nuclear war is quite likely.[[/note]] A commonly-used GallowsHumor joke is about this war's ''length''; somewhere around an hour. If the destruction gets too out of hand it might result in TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, causing an AfterTheEnd situation set on a ScavengerWorld. If not, the winner might set up a OneWorldOrder, in which our heroes fight against TheGovernment in a [[{{Dystopia}} dystopian]] CyberPunk type environment. Of course, it's entirely possible for the war to kill ''[[KillEmAll everybody]]'', and have it center on the attendees to HumanitysWake. If the show was made before 1989, [[RedScare Communists]] are involved, [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp even if the war is supposedly set years after 1989.]] A more modern take on WWIII is that it begins somewhere in the Middle East; Israel, Iran, [[UsefulNotes/TheKashmirQuestion India and Pakistan]] may be involved. Other times, it involves a [[MakeTheBearAngryAgain resurgent Russia]] and more recently, North Korea. China also gets used when the work's creator isn't so worried about the [[BannedInChina consequences for that.]] Scenarios which involve China, North Korea and Middle Eastern countries as the antagonists may actually involve [[RussiaIsWestern Russia joining the Western side]].

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[[WeaponOfMassDestruction Weapons of Mass Destruction]] are probably going to get used, [[NukeEm often recklessly]], causing massive casualties.[[note]]In fiction, anyway; in RealLife it's possible it might just be another very destructive conventional war, if it ever happens, due to the sheer suicidal nature of the usage of nuclear weapons. Then again, if a conventional war is actually fought, escalation to nuclear war is quite likely.[[/note]] A commonly-used GallowsHumor joke is about this war's ''length''; somewhere around an hour. If the destruction gets too out of hand it might result in TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, causing an AfterTheEnd situation set on a ScavengerWorld. If not, the winner might set up a OneWorldOrder, in which our heroes fight against TheGovernment in a [[{{Dystopia}} dystopian]] CyberPunk type environment. Of course, it's entirely possible for the war to kill ''[[KillEmAll everybody]]'', and have it center on the attendees to HumanitysWake. If the show was made before 1989, [[RedScare Communists]] are involved, [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp even if the war is supposedly set years after 1989.]] A more modern take on WWIII is that it begins somewhere in the Middle East; Israel, Iran, [[UsefulNotes/TheKashmirQuestion India and Pakistan]] may be involved. Other times, it involves a [[MakeTheBearAngryAgain resurgent Russia]] and more recently, North Korea. China also gets used when the work's creator isn't so worried about the [[BannedInChina consequences for that.]] Scenarios which involve have China, North Korea and and/or Middle Eastern countries powers as the antagonists may actually involve [[RussiaIsWestern Russia joining the Western side]].
20th Jun '17 12:25:37 AM Wuz
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** The events of the Modern Warfare 3 (appropriately enough) World War III into overdrive, with Ultranationalist maverick Vladimir Makarov taking over Russia in a coup and proceeding to launch a full-scale invasion of Europe, made possible by simultaneous chemical attacks on all major European capitals carried out by his terrorist cronies. Interestingly, it never becomes a full-blown nuclear war, most likely because all sides know that crossing that line would effectively end the world. Makarov ''wanted'' to get control of Russia's nuclear arsenal from the President, but was unable to extract it from him before he was rescued.

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** The events of the Modern Warfare 3 (appropriately enough) put World War III into overdrive, with Ultranationalist maverick Vladimir Makarov taking over Russia in a coup and proceeding to launch a full-scale invasion of Europe, made possible by simultaneous chemical attacks on all major European capitals carried out by his terrorist cronies. Interestingly, it never becomes a full-blown nuclear war, most likely because all sides know that crossing that line would effectively end the world. Makarov ''wanted'' to get control of Russia's nuclear arsenal from the President, but was unable to extract it from him before he was rescued.
19th Jun '17 11:51:08 AM JustTroper
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[[WeaponOfMassDestruction Weapons of Mass Destruction]] are probably going to get used, [[NukeEm often recklessly]], causing massive casualties.[[note]]In fiction, anyway; in RealLife it's possible it might just be another very destructive conventional war, if it ever happens, due to the sheer suicidal nature of the usage of nuclear weapons. Then again, if a conventional war is actually fought, escalation to nuclear war is quite likely.[[/note]] A commonly-used GallowsHumor joke is about this war's ''length''; somewhere around an hour. If the destruction gets too out of hand it might result in TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, causing an AfterTheEnd situation set on a ScavengerWorld. If not, the winner might set up a OneWorldOrder, in which our heroes fight against TheGovernment in a [[{{Dystopia}} dystopian]] CyberPunk type environment. Of course, it's entirely possible for the war to kill ''[[KillEmAll everybody]]'', and have it center on the attendees to HumanitysWake. If the show was made before 1989, [[RedScare Communists]] are involved, [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp even if the war is supposedly set years after 1989.]] A more modern take on WWIII is that it begins somewhere in the Middle East; Israel, Iran, [[UsefulNotes/TheKashmirQuestion India and Pakistan]] may be involved. Other times, it involves a [[MakeTheBearAngryAgain resurgent Russia]] and more recently, North Korea. China also gets used when the work's creator isn't so worried about the [[BannedInChina consequences for that.]]

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[[WeaponOfMassDestruction Weapons of Mass Destruction]] are probably going to get used, [[NukeEm often recklessly]], causing massive casualties.[[note]]In fiction, anyway; in RealLife it's possible it might just be another very destructive conventional war, if it ever happens, due to the sheer suicidal nature of the usage of nuclear weapons. Then again, if a conventional war is actually fought, escalation to nuclear war is quite likely.[[/note]] A commonly-used GallowsHumor joke is about this war's ''length''; somewhere around an hour. If the destruction gets too out of hand it might result in TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, causing an AfterTheEnd situation set on a ScavengerWorld. If not, the winner might set up a OneWorldOrder, in which our heroes fight against TheGovernment in a [[{{Dystopia}} dystopian]] CyberPunk type environment. Of course, it's entirely possible for the war to kill ''[[KillEmAll everybody]]'', and have it center on the attendees to HumanitysWake. If the show was made before 1989, [[RedScare Communists]] are involved, [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp even if the war is supposedly set years after 1989.]] A more modern take on WWIII is that it begins somewhere in the Middle East; Israel, Iran, [[UsefulNotes/TheKashmirQuestion India and Pakistan]] may be involved. Other times, it involves a [[MakeTheBearAngryAgain resurgent Russia]] and more recently, North Korea. China also gets used when the work's creator isn't so worried about the [[BannedInChina consequences for that.]]
]] Scenarios which involve China, North Korea and Middle Eastern countries as the antagonists may actually involve [[RussiaIsWestern Russia joining the Western side]].
19th Jun '17 9:57:26 AM Mdumas43073
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* The Music/TomLehrer songs "So Long Mom (A Song For World War III)"[[note]]which features the stinger "I'll look for you when the war is over ... an hour and a half from now"[[/note]] and "We Will All Go Together When We Go."

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* The Music/TomLehrer songs "So Long Long, Mom (A Song For for World War III)"[[note]]which features the stinger "I'll look for you when the war is over ... an hour and a half from now"[[/note]] and "We Will All Go Together When We Go."
11th Jun '17 6:38:21 AM Anddrix
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** While the truth may not be known, the rulebook does give a "suggested" history that could be used, or at least subverted to surprise [[GenreSavvy those people who already know it]]. Of course, the rulebook is ULTRAVIOLET clearance, so if you aren't ULTRAVIOLET clearance, don't highlight this spoiler: [[spoiler: After the end of World War III, the 'Polity' (a OneWorldOrder) was formed. Many Alpha Complexes were built in that time period, including one located in the city of San Francisco, controlled by The Computer. Everything was fine and dandy, until an asteroid the size of Sheboygan made its way to Earth, causing the Big Whoops. A Russian missile silo mistook the asteroid for a nuclear attack, and The Computer mistook that counter-nuclear attack as an attack by Communists (its information records were damaged, and it could only retrieve 1950's cold war propaganda at the time). The San Franciscan Computer challenged the Polity and the rest of the Alpha Complexes, declaring them all traitors working with the Communists...and the resulting confusion and chaos caused all the other Complexes to view themselves as the 'one true Complex' and every other Complex as being subverted by traitors. So, technically, PARANOIA takes place during World War IV...]]

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** While the truth may not be known, the rulebook does give a "suggested" history that could be used, or at least subverted to surprise [[GenreSavvy those people who already know it]].it. Of course, the rulebook is ULTRAVIOLET clearance, so if you aren't ULTRAVIOLET clearance, don't highlight this spoiler: [[spoiler: After the end of World War III, the 'Polity' (a OneWorldOrder) was formed. Many Alpha Complexes were built in that time period, including one located in the city of San Francisco, controlled by The Computer. Everything was fine and dandy, until an asteroid the size of Sheboygan made its way to Earth, causing the Big Whoops. A Russian missile silo mistook the asteroid for a nuclear attack, and The Computer mistook that counter-nuclear attack as an attack by Communists (its information records were damaged, and it could only retrieve 1950's cold war propaganda at the time). The San Franciscan Computer challenged the Polity and the rest of the Alpha Complexes, declaring them all traitors working with the Communists...and the resulting confusion and chaos caused all the other Complexes to view themselves as the 'one true Complex' and every other Complex as being subverted by traitors. So, technically, PARANOIA takes place during World War IV...]]
10th Jun '17 2:51:54 PM nombretomado
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Some psychologists believe [[HumansAreWarriors humans]] are [[InYourNatureToDestroyYourselves naturally predisposed towards violence]]. For almost the entire twentieth century it seemed like humanity was teetering on the brink of self-destruction: both [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI World]] [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Wars]], the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, and then the threat of terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and biological warfare - and all that ''after'' WorldWarI was going to be [[TheWarToEndAllWars "the war to end all wars."]] Luckily for humanity, World War III has been in DevelopmentHell for more than half a century now - and may it stay there (indeed, it's not a sequel anyone is looking forward to, we hope). So it's probably only natural that the next great global conflict is a popular subject in SpeculativeFiction.

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Some psychologists believe [[HumansAreWarriors humans]] are [[InYourNatureToDestroyYourselves naturally predisposed towards violence]]. For almost the entire twentieth century it seemed like humanity was teetering on the brink of self-destruction: both [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarI World]] [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Wars]], the UsefulNotes/ColdWar, and then the threat of terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and biological warfare - and all that ''after'' WorldWarI UsefulNotes/WorldWarI was going to be [[TheWarToEndAllWars "the war to end all wars."]] Luckily for humanity, World War III has been in DevelopmentHell for more than half a century now - and may it stay there (indeed, it's not a sequel anyone is looking forward to, we hope). So it's probably only natural that the next great global conflict is a popular subject in SpeculativeFiction.



* ''ComicBook/WhenTheWindBlows'' features an elderly couple preparing for the war. They believe that it will be like WorldWarII (i.e. survivable). [[DownerEnding They are wrong.]] Also adapted for film and radio.

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* ''ComicBook/WhenTheWindBlows'' features an elderly couple preparing for the war. They believe that it will be like WorldWarII UsefulNotes/WorldWarII (i.e. survivable). [[DownerEnding They are wrong.]] Also adapted for film and radio.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Twilight 2000}}'' is set in the aftermath of a limited nuclear World War III between UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} and the Soviet Union. It started in 1995 with a war between the Soviets and China. When Soviet forces were transferred out of eastern Europe to support the Chinese war in '96 West Germany decided it was time to re-unify, opening the war in Europe. By '97 the Soviets started using tactical nukes, which escalated to using enough strategic strikes to destroy the world's infrastructure. The second edition written after TheGreatPoliticsMessUp changed this to something much less plausible; suffice it to say the action that triggered World War III was not dissimilar to WorldWarII.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Twilight 2000}}'' is set in the aftermath of a limited nuclear World War III between UsefulNotes/{{NATO}} and the Soviet Union. It started in 1995 with a war between the Soviets and China. When Soviet forces were transferred out of eastern Europe to support the Chinese war in '96 West Germany decided it was time to re-unify, opening the war in Europe. By '97 the Soviets started using tactical nukes, which escalated to using enough strategic strikes to destroy the world's infrastructure. The second edition written after TheGreatPoliticsMessUp changed this to something much less plausible; suffice it to say the action that triggered World War III was not dissimilar to WorldWarII.UsefulNotes/WorldWarII.
9th Jun '17 1:33:12 PM YesThatSusanDavis
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* ''Film/{{Threads}}'' and ''Film/TheDayAfter'' - still considered horrific a quarter of a century later.

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* ''Film/{{Threads}}'' and ''Film/TheDayAfter'' ''Film/TheDayAfter'', and their predecessor, ''Film/TheWarGame'' - still considered horrific a quarter of a century later.
9th Jun '17 1:30:50 PM YesThatSusanDavis
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* '''Hold Off on the Nukes:''' Nuclear weapons are not employed straight off, for political reasons. Sometimes they're not used at all.

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* '''Hold Off on the Nukes:''' Nuclear weapons are not employed straight off, for political reasons. Sometimes they're not used at all. This is based on NATO's assumptions about probable Warsaw Pact actions during the Cold War; in reality, actual Warsaw Pact battle plans involved the immediate use of tactical nukes from the very beginning of a hypothetical war.
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