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28th May '16 12:41:12 AM Doug86
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* The [[AllInTheManual manual]] for the ''VideoGame/{{Earth 2150}}'' games reveals that [=WW3=] was of the "everyone against everyone" variety, with most of the nations obliterated in a matter of hours by massive nuclear strikes. Due to a better anti-missile system, a decent chunk of the U.S. remained unscathed, and the remaining twelve states reformed into the United Civilized States. On the other side of the pond, a Russian army colonel took his surviving men out of the fallout shelter, walked to Mongolia and met up with the nomadic Khan tribe. Realizing the potential, he married the chief's daughter and formed the Eurasian Dynasty that conquered all of Europe and Asia.

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* The [[AllInTheManual [[AllThereInTheManual manual]] for the ''VideoGame/{{Earth 2150}}'' games reveals that [=WW3=] was of the "everyone against everyone" variety, with most of the nations obliterated in a matter of hours by massive nuclear strikes. Due to a better anti-missile system, a decent chunk of the U.S. remained unscathed, and the remaining twelve states reformed into the United Civilized States. On the other side of the pond, a Russian army colonel took his surviving men out of the fallout shelter, walked to Mongolia and met up with the nomadic Khan tribe. Realizing the potential, he married the chief's daughter and formed the Eurasian Dynasty that conquered all of Europe and Asia.
21st May '16 12:37:50 PM WillKeaton
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* VideoGame/StarOceanTheLastHope kicks off with the clash between the World Republic Federation and its foes causing this. The conflict quickly resulted in [=WMDs=] launching and the eventual devastation leads to the search for a new home planet in space.

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* VideoGame/StarOceanTheLastHope ''VideoGame/StarOceanTheLastHope'' kicks off with the clash between the World Republic Federation and its foes causing this. The conflict quickly resulted in [=WMDs=] launching and the eventual devastation leads to the search for a new home planet in space.
21st May '16 12:36:46 PM WillKeaton
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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 [[WorldWarI World]] [[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). 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 [[WorldWarI World]] [[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"]]. 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). So it's probably only natural that the next great global conflict is a popular subject in SpeculativeFiction.



* ''Film/RedDawn1984'' has World War III break out between a rudimentary alliance between America, Britain, and China vs. The Soviet Union, Nicaragua, and Cuba. By the time lines have stabilized, The Reds control Texas, a frontline covering an undefined portion of the Mississippi River, and most of the Rocky Mountains at least up to Denver, [[RussiaCalledTheyWantAlaskaBack as well as Alaska]] and possibly a part of western Canada. Additionally, it's mentioned that the Americans were unable to use nuclear retaliation as the Russians used tactical nuclear strikes to destroy their silos in the Dakotas and Wyoming. The only cities mentioned to have been nuked are Washington, Omaha, and Kansas City[[note]]Washington is obvious, and Omaha makes sense because the Strategic Air Command headquarters was at nearby Offutt AFB. Kansas City is close to Whiteman AFB, which used to be a major SAC Base, and Central-West and South-West Missouri are home to 165 old Minuteman II Silos.[[/note]]. Its implied that areas of China were nuked as well after China allied with the U.S. and Britain.

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* ''Film/RedDawn1984'' has World War III break out between a rudimentary alliance between America, Britain, and China vs. The Soviet Union, Nicaragua, and Cuba. By the time lines have stabilized, The Reds control Texas, a frontline covering an undefined portion of the Mississippi River, and most of the Rocky Mountains at least up to Denver, [[RussiaCalledTheyWantAlaskaBack as well as Alaska]] and possibly a part of western Canada. Additionally, it's mentioned that the Americans were unable to use nuclear retaliation as the Russians used tactical nuclear strikes to destroy their silos in the Dakotas and Wyoming. The only cities mentioned to have been nuked are Washington, Omaha, and Kansas City[[note]]Washington City.[[note]]Washington is obvious, and Omaha makes sense because the Strategic Air Command headquarters was at nearby Offutt AFB. Kansas City is close to Whiteman AFB, which used to be a major SAC Base, and Central-West and South-West Missouri are home to 165 old Minuteman II Silos.[[/note]]. [[/note]] Its implied that areas of China were nuked as well after China allied with the U.S. and Britain.
15th May '16 3:41:18 AM Morgenthaler
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* The exact scope is never delved on, but ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' has the Crusader Wars, the Twelve Minute War and the Indian Border Wars, all of which were nuclear. At least one of these might have been World War III.

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* The exact scope is never delved on, but ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' has the Crusader Wars, the Twelve Minute War and the Indian Border Wars, all of which were nuclear. At least one of these might have been World War III.



* The [[AllInTheManual manual]] for the ''[[{{Earth 2150}} Earth]]'' games reveals that [=WW3=] was of the "everyone against everyone" variety, with most of the nations obliterated in a matter of hours by massive nuclear strikes. Due to a better anti-missile system, a decent chunk of the U.S. remained unscathed, and the remaining twelve states reformed into the United Civilized States. On the other side of the pond, a Russian army colonel took his surviving men out of the fallout shelter, walked to Mongolia and met up with the nomadic Khan tribe. Realizing the potential, he married the chief's daughter and formed the Eurasian Dynasty that conquered all of Europe and Asia.

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* The [[AllInTheManual manual]] for the ''[[{{Earth 2150}} Earth]]'' ''VideoGame/{{Earth 2150}}'' games reveals that [=WW3=] was of the "everyone against everyone" variety, with most of the nations obliterated in a matter of hours by massive nuclear strikes. Due to a better anti-missile system, a decent chunk of the U.S. remained unscathed, and the remaining twelve states reformed into the United Civilized States. On the other side of the pond, a Russian army colonel took his surviving men out of the fallout shelter, walked to Mongolia and met up with the nomadic Khan tribe. Realizing the potential, he married the chief's daughter and formed the Eurasian Dynasty that conquered all of Europe and Asia.



* World War 3 is mentioned in the {{backstory}} for ''GroundControl'' as the reason for war being abolished on Earth (but not everywhere else). Too bad the [[TheEmpire Draconis Empire]] doesn't agree with this policy.
* Another World War was part of the backstory for YoujuSenkiAD2048. The player is never given the details, just that a lot of nukes were used and most of the world is now completely uninhabitable for normal humans.

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* World War 3 is mentioned in the {{backstory}} for ''GroundControl'' ''VideoGame/GroundControl'' as the reason for war being abolished on Earth (but not everywhere else). Too bad the [[TheEmpire Draconis Empire]] doesn't agree with this policy.
* Another World War was part of the backstory for YoujuSenkiAD2048.''VideoGame/YoujuSenkiAD2048''. The player is never given the details, just that a lot of nukes were used and most of the world is now completely uninhabitable for normal humans.
22nd Apr '16 3:41:17 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Anime/SuperdimensionFortressMacross'' has the "Unification Wars" (which we get to see a bit of in ''Anime/MacrossZero''), a series of conflicts between a strengthened, militarized United Nations and anybody who didn't want to join together with them to fight the coming Zentraedi invasion. It's mostly settled by the time the aliens arrive in that version, though. The sides are not well-defined: it's known that the USA, Japan, most of Europe, and at least part of Russia were on the UN side, but the composition of the Anti-UN forces is mostly unknown.

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* ''Anime/SuperdimensionFortressMacross'' ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' has the "Unification Wars" (which we get to see a bit of in ''Anime/MacrossZero''), a series of conflicts between a strengthened, militarized United Nations and anybody who didn't want to join together with them to fight the coming Zentraedi invasion. It's mostly settled by the time the aliens arrive in that version, though. The sides are not well-defined: it's known that the USA, Japan, most of Europe, and at least part of Russia were on the UN side, but the composition of the Anti-UN forces is mostly unknown.
21st Apr '16 1:32:21 PM erforce
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** Though we discover in T2 that Skynet actually started the war itself--this was something of a {{Retcon}}, in response to the fact that [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp the Soviet Union was in the process of breaking up]] between the first and second films, but it's canon nonetheless.
** It was Skynet that started the war in T1 also. Kyle Reese says that nobody even knew who'd started it (i.e. at the time the bombs began falling), then reveals that "the machines" were to blame.

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** Though we discover in T2 ''[[Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay Terminator 2]]'' that Skynet actually started the war itself--this was something of a {{Retcon}}, in response to the fact that [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp the Soviet Union was in the process of breaking up]] between the first and second films, but it's canon nonetheless.
** It was Skynet that started the war in T1 ''Film/TheTerminator'' also. Kyle Reese says that nobody even knew who'd started it (i.e. at the time the bombs began falling), then reveals that "the machines" were to blame.



* Reversed in ''Film/TheMatrix'' movies, where it was the humans using nukes against the machines in an effort to stop them.

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* Reversed in ''Film/TheMatrix'' ''Franchise/TheMatrix'' movies, where it was the humans using nukes against the machines in an effort to stop them.



* The hyperspace-capable Earth of the movie ''DarkPlanet'' is ''still'' trying to blow itself up. [[WorldWarWhatever They're on World War]] ''[[WorldWarWhatever VI]]'' [[WorldWarWhatever now]], but it'll be the last [[spoiler:because a chemical weapon from one side induced a mutation in a bioweapon from the other side.]]

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* The hyperspace-capable Earth of the movie ''DarkPlanet'' ''Film/DarkPlanet'' is ''still'' trying to blow itself up. [[WorldWarWhatever They're on World War]] ''[[WorldWarWhatever VI]]'' [[WorldWarWhatever now]], but it'll be the last [[spoiler:because a chemical weapon from one side induced a mutation in a bioweapon from the other side.]]
18th Apr '16 12:22:00 AM aye_amber
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* TypeONegative frontman Peter Steele's earlier ThrashMetal band, Carnivore, had a song about World War III (and IV), even called World Wars III and IV.
* FrontLineAssembly's ''Artificial Soldier'' and ''Fallout'' albums.

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* TypeONegative Music/TypeONegative frontman Peter Steele's earlier ThrashMetal band, Carnivore, had a song about World War III (and IV), even called World Wars III and IV.
* FrontLineAssembly's Music/FrontLineAssembly's ''Artificial Soldier'' and ''Fallout'' albums.
14th Apr '16 2:37:26 PM readergirl304
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14th Apr '16 11:54:22 AM readergirl304
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* Whether the ''Film/MadMax'' series takes place after World War III, and if so, what type of war it was, [[BroadStrokes depends on which movie in that series you're watching]].
2nd Apr '16 5:04:38 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2'' would probably count as World War III, in spirit if not in name; due to Einstein's [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct meddling]], "World War II" as we know it was replaced with "The Great War". However, add to that Red Alert 3 and the ''entire'' Tiberium series (which, [[FlipFlopOfGod maybe chronologically takes place]] after [[TimeyWimeyBall one or more of the Red Alert games]]), and the idea of a "World War" kinda loses its impact.

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* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2'' would probably count as World War III, in spirit if not in name; due to Einstein's [[HitlersTimeTravelExemptionAct meddling]], "World War II" as we know it was replaced with "The Great War".War" (with the Soviet Union as the agressor against an Allied alliance in place of Germany). The next war is the Soviet Union versus everyone else, with the United States as their primary target this time instead of Europe. However, add to that Red Alert 3 and the ''entire'' Tiberium series (which, [[FlipFlopOfGod maybe chronologically takes place]] after [[TimeyWimeyBall one or more of the Red Alert games]]), and the idea of a "World War" kinda loses its impact.
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