is specifically about a war between humanity and some sort of non-human threat to the existence of humanity.
However, it appears that many people have simply taken the name at face value. At present, there is a huge Real Life
section on the page, and even in the quotes. The current laconic also does not reflect the requirement that it be a human vs. nonhuman war.
The problem of the Real Life
section can and will be fixed by the thread we have for that purpose. However, I consider it evidence that the name is causing so much confusion that even on the trope page itself, there is widespread misuse. I have also seen a few examples in the fiction sections of, for example, wars between America and Mexico.
I have not yet done a wick check, because I'm trying to squeeze this thread in during a break time at work. However, if people want me to look at off-page misuse as well I can try to do that when I get home.
At a minimum: Send this to the Short Term Projects forum for misuse cleanup. Rewrite the Laconic.
At a maximum: Rename.
I would not suggest redefining it to meet the misuse, unless we split off a trope with a new name to cover the current definition involving war between humans and non-humans.
Edit PS: Hopeless War For Human Survival
might be a good name to cover the whole "Humanity is on the brink of destruction" aspect of the trope. It doesn't say everything, but can't do that without making it a laconic rather than a title.
edited 2nd Aug '13 7:06:41 AM by Catbert