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* The Klingon/Federation war in ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' only lasts the duration of the episode "Errand of Mercy", courtesy of the [[SufficientlyAdvancedAliens Organians]] [[ActualPacifist forcing a stop to it]].


* The Paramount War in ''Manga/{{One Piece}}'' lasts no more than 3 hours, but ''[[WhamEpisode a lot]]'' [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore manages to happen]] in that short 3 hours.

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* The Paramount War in ''Manga/{{One Piece}}'' lasts no more than 3 hours, but ''[[WhamEpisode a lot]]'' [[NothingIsTheSameAnymore manages to happen]] in that short 3 hours.



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* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'':
** In "The Deprogrammers", the Torkor conquered Earth in a little over a week.
** In "Final Appeal", the War of 2059 took place over the course of several days in June of that year. Due to the widespread use of nuclear weapons, 80% of the Earth's population were killed.


* ''Series/DoctorWho''
** In the episode "The Leisure Hive" the Argolians are a sterile, dying race because of the radiation damage they sustained in a conflict known as 'The Twenty Minute War'.
** In the episode "The Doctor's Daughter" the two sides of a war use cloning to increase their manpower. They say that the war has gone on for countless generations. And in a certain sense it's true, but in a stricter sense the war has been going on for seven days. The Doctor gets them to make peace.
* In ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' episode "Demon with a Glass Hand", a {{Time Travel}}ing [[AlienInvasion alien invader]] boasts to the hero that "One thousand years in the future, we conquered your planet in nineteen days!"

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** In the episode "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS18E1TheLeisureHive The Leisure Hive" Hive]]", the Argolians are a sterile, dying race because of the radiation damage they sustained in a conflict known as 'The Twenty Minute War'.
** In the episode "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E6TheDoctorsDaughter The Doctor's Daughter" Daughter]]", the two sides of a war use cloning to increase their manpower. They say that the war has gone on for countless generations. And in In a certain sense it's true, but in a stricter sense the war has been going on for seven days. The Doctor gets them to make peace.
* In ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' episode "Demon "[[Recap/TheOuterLimits1963S2E5DemonWithAGlassHand Demon with a Glass Hand", Hand]]", a {{Time Travel}}ing [[AlienInvasion alien invader]] boasts to the hero that "One thousand years in the future, we conquered your planet in nineteen days!"


* ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'': The war between Ankh-Morpork and Al Khali over the newly risen island of Leshp, which is unhelpfully equidistant between them, is commenced by decree of the Oblong Office while both navies are still on opposite sides of the Circle Sea. Ankh-Morpork's fighting force does make it to Al Khali, but Vetinari surrenders before the two armies have the chance to meet in pitched battle. The most that happens is a small skirmish between their scouting parties. All in all, the two principalities are officially at war for about, oh, two days or so.

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* ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'': The war between Ankh-Morpork and Al Khali over the newly risen island of Leshp, which is unhelpfully equidistant between them, is commenced by decree of the Oblong Office while both navies are still on opposite sides of the Circle Sea. Ankh-Morpork's fighting force does make it to Al Khali, but Vetinari surrenders before the two armies have the chance to meet in pitched battle. The most that happens is a small skirmish between their scouting parties. All in all, the two principalities are officially at war for about, oh, two days or so. less than a week. And the twist? [[spoiler: Vetinari cedes the island to the Klatchian government, in return for some very generous trade treaty concessions, because he knows it's going to sink again in a matter of days.]]


* The year-long New Krypton Arc of ''Comics/{{Superman}}'' concluded with a storyline titled "The 100 Hour War", which detailed the "War" between Earth and New Krypton.
* The DC comic ''Comic/FiftyTwo'' featured one issue titled "World War III". Since each issue of 52 represented one week of a year, the World War III lasted a little under a week. Also notable in that the war was basically everyone versus one FlyingBrick, making an unusually small fighting force.

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* The year-long New Krypton Arc of ''Comics/{{Superman}}'' ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'' concluded with a storyline titled "The 100 Hour War", which detailed the "War" between Earth and New Krypton.
* The DC comic ''Comic/FiftyTwo'' ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' featured one issue titled "World War III". Since each issue of 52 represented one week of a year, the World War III lasted a little under a week. Also notable in that the war was basically everyone versus one FlyingBrick, making an unusually small fighting force.



* The backstory of the ''VideoGame/KisekiSeries'' had the Hundred Days War between Liberl and Erebonia, which literally lasted one hundred days between Erebonia invading and Liberl pushing them out of the country, mainly because Liberl was the first nation to have an air force and anti-aircraft weaponry hadn't been invented yet. The civil war in the second game of the ''TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel'' subseries lasted just over two months before the capital was retaken, due to the fact that the man in charge of the northern front wasn't all that interested in the war and the man in charge of the eastern front offended all his allies to the point where they abandoned him.

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* The backstory of the ''VideoGame/KisekiSeries'' had the Hundred Days War between Liberl and Erebonia, which literally lasted one hundred days between Erebonia invading and Liberl pushing them out of the country, mainly because Liberl was the first nation to have an air force and anti-aircraft weaponry hadn't been invented yet. The civil war in the second game of the ''TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel'' ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel'' subseries lasted just over two months before the capital was retaken, due to the fact that the man in charge of the northern front wasn't all that interested in the war and the man in charge of the eastern front offended all his allies to the point where they abandoned him.

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* The Yom Kippur War of Israel (October 6-25, 1973). Even though the war was short, Israel's initial struggle and retreat (caused by a refusal to launch a preemptive strike, a decision taken from a mixture of overconfidence and PR considerations) served as a ShockingDefeatLegacy that made the Camp David Accords between Egypt and Israel (and the return of Sinai to Egypt) much more politically feasible. Even still, Israel ended up dominating its enemies militarily by the time the war was over, in part due to US armament support that wouldn't have been forthcoming had Israel launched a preemptive strike.
** Even shorter was the Six-Day War in June 1967, though it contained many weeks of buildup and proved to be a very eventful six days ([[BadassIsraeli Israel defeated five enemy nations threatening to destroy it and doubled its size in the process]]). It was short partly because Israel's opening move destroyed 90% of Egypt's air force while it was still on the ground. Jordan nonetheless launched an attack even after Egypt's air force was already gone, leading to Israel capturing the West Bank and East Jerusalem and to one of the most intractable parts of the UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict - what to do with the area and the people living in it.


* The Yom Kippur War of Israel (October 6-25, 1973). Even though the war was short, Israel's initial struggle and retreat (caused by a refusal to launch a preemptive strike, a decision taken from a mixture of overconfidence and PR considerations) served as a ShockingDefeatLegacy that made the Camp David Accords between Egypt and Israel (and the return of Sinai to Egypt) much more politically feasible. Even still, Israel ended up dominating its enemies militarily by the time the war was over.
** Even shorter was the Six-Day War in June 1967, though it contained many weeks of buildup and proved to be a very eventful six days ([[BadassIsraeli Israel defeated five enemy nations threatening to destroy it and doubled its size in the process]]). It was short partly because Israel's opening move destroyed 90% of Egypt's air force while it was still on the ground. Jordan nonetheless launched an attack even after Egypt's air force was already gone, leading to Israel capturing the West Bank and East Jerusalem and to one of the most intractable parts of the UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict - what to do with the area and the people living in it.



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* The backstory of the ''VideoGame/KisekiSeries'' had the Hundred Days War between Liberl and Erebonia, which literally lasted one hundred days between Erebonia invading and Liberl pushing them out of the country, mainly because Liberl was the first nation to have an air force and anti-aircraft weaponry hadn't been invented yet. The civil war in the second game of the ''TheLegendOfHeroesTrailsOfColdSteel'' subseries lasted just over two months before the capital was retaken, due to the fact that the man in charge of the northern front wasn't all that interested in the war and the man in charge of the eastern front offended all his allies to the point where they abandoned him.


* The Year Long New Krypton Arc of Comics/{{Superman}} concluded with a storyline titled the 100 hour war, which detailed the "War" between Earth and New Krypton.
* The DC comic Comic/FiftyTwo featured one issue titled World War III. Since each issue of 52 represented one week of a year, the World War III lasted a little under a week. Also notable in that the war was basically everyone versus one FlyingBrick, making an unusually small fighting force.

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* The Year Long year-long New Krypton Arc of Comics/{{Superman}} ''Comics/{{Superman}}'' concluded with a storyline titled the "The 100 hour war, Hour War", which detailed the "War" between Earth and New Krypton.
* The DC comic Comic/FiftyTwo ''Comic/FiftyTwo'' featured one issue titled World "World War III.III". Since each issue of 52 represented one week of a year, the World War III lasted a little under a week. Also notable in that the war was basically everyone versus one FlyingBrick, making an unusually small fighting force.



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* In ''Fanfic/EarthsAlienHistory'', the Alpha Centauri War, also called the Second [[Literature/{{Footfall}} Fithp]] War, lasts 75 hours from opening hostilities to the Fithp's official surrender to the Earth forces.



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* In the 1975 novel ''Literature/ZForZachariah'', WorldWarIII took only two weeks to depopulate (and poison) most of the world.


* The reason why the UsefulNotes/ColdWar lasted for as long as it did was because if the war heated up, Nuclear Weapons would make quick work of any capability to wage war. In fact, the United States believed that if they were ever attacked by the Soviets, only 3% of their nuclear forces would make it off the launch pad... so they built their forces to such a size where they could nuke the whole of Russia with 3 percent of their forces. The Russians were believed to had enough missiles aimed at Cheyenne Mountain that the force would equal one gigaton of TNT or twice the single largest bomb ever detonated. With those kinds of numbers, it wasn't a matter that the war was stopped because of diplomacy, but because there was nothing left to fight the war. It was better to diplomatically work out the problem than blowing up the entire planet because someone you didn't like was on the other side of it.

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* The reason why the UsefulNotes/ColdWar lasted for as long as it did was because if the war heated up, Nuclear Weapons would make quick work of any capability to wage war. In fact, the United States believed that if they were ever attacked by the Soviets, only 3% of their nuclear forces would make it off the launch pad... so they built their forces to such a size where they could nuke the whole of Russia with 3 percent of their forces. The Russians were believed to had enough missiles aimed at Cheyenne Mountain that the force would equal one gigaton of TNT or twice twenty times the single largest bomb ever detonated. With those kinds of numbers, it wasn't a matter that the war was stopped because of diplomacy, but because there was nothing left to fight the war. It was better to diplomatically work out the problem than blowing up the entire planet because someone you didn't like was on the other side of it.


* Music/TomLehrer's "So Long, Mom (a song of WorldWarThree)" ends with the line [[spoiler: "I'll look for you when the war is over... an hour and a half from now!"]]

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* Music/TomLehrer's "So Long, Mom (a song of WorldWarThree)" WorldWarThree)", from ''Music/ThatWasTheYearThatWas'', ends with the line [[spoiler: "I'll look for you when the war is over... an hour and a half from now!"]]

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