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16th Sep '17 5:22:58 PM nombretomado
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* ''[[Literature/EndWar Tom Clancy's End War]]'' is based on World War III where the [[YanksWithTanks United]] [[TheFederation States]], [[UnitedEurope European]] [[TheAlliance Federation]], and [[RussiansWithRustingRockets Rus]][[TheEmpire sia]] go at each others' throats for what appears to be a European KillSat shooting down a US spacecraft carrying the final components for a US military space station without warning. This provokes the US into declaring war on the Federation, shortly followed by Russia declaring war on the Federation as well to "liberate the oppressed states of Eastern Europe"... only for the US to declare war on them as well in response to their sudden expansionism. What actually happened is that when the US and Europe jointly created an [[KillSat orbital missile shield]] that automatically eliminates any and all [=ICBMs=] in flight (thus making a nuclear war kinda problematic), Russia perceived it was only a matter of time until the two superpowers team up to get Russia's oil and natural gas supplies. Therefore, they hired a bunch of terrorists to attack all three factions and planted false evidence that the Federation did it. The US bought the bait alright and the last spark was provided by Spetznaz commandoes disguised as terrorists uploading a virus into the missile shield that made it mistake the US spacecraft as an ICBM targeting Paris. [[CycleOfRevenge The rest is history]] - and logically, neither side wanted to needlessly escalate the situation so the missile shield was left in place to make sure no one nukes the others. The whole game is fought with conventional warfare.

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* ''[[Literature/EndWar Tom Clancy's End War]]'' is based on World War III where the [[YanksWithTanks [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks United]] [[TheFederation States]], [[UnitedEurope European]] [[TheAlliance Federation]], and [[RussiansWithRustingRockets Rus]][[TheEmpire sia]] go at each others' throats for what appears to be a European KillSat shooting down a US spacecraft carrying the final components for a US military space station without warning. This provokes the US into declaring war on the Federation, shortly followed by Russia declaring war on the Federation as well to "liberate the oppressed states of Eastern Europe"... only for the US to declare war on them as well in response to their sudden expansionism. What actually happened is that when the US and Europe jointly created an [[KillSat orbital missile shield]] that automatically eliminates any and all [=ICBMs=] in flight (thus making a nuclear war kinda problematic), Russia perceived it was only a matter of time until the two superpowers team up to get Russia's oil and natural gas supplies. Therefore, they hired a bunch of terrorists to attack all three factions and planted false evidence that the Federation did it. The US bought the bait alright and the last spark was provided by Spetznaz commandoes disguised as terrorists uploading a virus into the missile shield that made it mistake the US spacecraft as an ICBM targeting Paris. [[CycleOfRevenge The rest is history]] - and logically, neither side wanted to needlessly escalate the situation so the missile shield was left in place to make sure no one nukes the others. The whole game is fought with conventional warfare.
25th Aug '17 6:25:58 PM nombretomado
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* In one BadFuture of ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'', a scientist brings plans for a fully functional time machine to TheNewRussia. It doesn't take long for other countries to discover what's going on, and eventually a [[LensmanArmsRace time machine race]] starts which eventually erupts into World War III. The result: ''[[ApocalypseHow 5.7 billion people dead.]]''

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* In one BadFuture of ''VisualNovel/SteinsGate'', a scientist brings plans for a fully functional time machine to TheNewRussia.UsefulNotes/TheNewRussia. It doesn't take long for other countries to discover what's going on, and eventually a [[LensmanArmsRace time machine race]] starts which eventually erupts into World War III. The result: ''[[ApocalypseHow 5.7 billion people dead.]]''
22nd Aug '17 7:09:52 PM Luppercus
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* Maggie Becket's world in ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' is a dystopian nightmare were the Cold War get hot.
22nd Aug '17 7:08:36 PM Luppercus
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* Creaor/BrianAldiss' ''Moreau's Other Island'' has a shipwrecked soldier surviving on an island were a Dr. Moreau's copycat is repeating his experiments. World War III is in full with NATO and China fighting the USSR and its Middle Eastern allies.
19th Aug '17 2:38:13 PM YT45
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* ''VideoGame/ColdWaters'': Command a US submarine during the Second Battle of the Atlantic.



* Seawolf: SSN-21 casts the player in the role of the Captain of the USS Seawolf fighting a naval campaign against Russia. Nuclear escalation doesn't occur until the final mission, and it occurs only if the player fails to destroy the enemy boomers.

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* Seawolf: SSN-21 ''Seawolf: SSN-21'' casts the player in the role of the Captain of the USS Seawolf ''Seawolf'' fighting a naval campaign against Russia. Nuclear escalation doesn't occur until the final mission, and it occurs only if the player fails to destroy the enemy boomers.
7th Aug '17 9:03:06 PM PaulA
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* In the backstory to the ''Literature/StarCarrier'' series by Creator/WilliamHKeithJr, prior to the creation of the [[TheFederation Terran Confederation]], there were two Sino-Western Wars. It's not clear if nuclear weapons were employed. If there were, they were likely of the tactical variety, as most cities remain intact. However, at the end of the second war, a Chinese spaceship maneuvers three asteroids to ColonyDrop the Atlantic in order to devastate the coastal Western powers. Two of them are destroyed in Earth's orbit, but one (dubbed "[[Literature/TheBible Wormwood]]") splashes down in the Atlantic and devastates a number of American, European, and African coastal cities. China disavows ordering the attack, claiming the captain went rogue. However, they were never admitted to the Confederation, despite sending their ships to assist the Confederate SpaceNavy in a number of engagements against the Sh'daar Masters.

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* In the backstory to the ''Literature/StarCarrier'' series by Creator/WilliamHKeithJr, Creator/IanDouglas, prior to the creation of the [[TheFederation Terran Confederation]], there were two Sino-Western Wars. It's not clear if nuclear weapons were employed. If there were, they were likely of the tactical variety, as most cities remain intact. However, at the end of the second war, a Chinese spaceship maneuvers three asteroids to ColonyDrop the Atlantic in order to devastate the coastal Western powers. Two of them are destroyed in Earth's orbit, but one (dubbed "[[Literature/TheBible Wormwood]]") splashes down in the Atlantic and devastates a number of American, European, and African coastal cities. China disavows ordering the attack, claiming the captain went rogue. However, they were never admitted to the Confederation, despite sending their ships to assist the Confederate SpaceNavy in a number of engagements against the Sh'daar Masters.
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.
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