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* Switzerland's GenreSavvy knowledge of WorldWarIII take on a different tone when he realizes early on that [[spoiler:Hungary really had no chance of surviving Doomsday]]. This in turn drives some of his seemingly JerkAss actions to Austria in an attempt to keep him from persisting in what he thought to be a pointless search. It's strongly hinted however that it didn't work.

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* Switzerland's GenreSavvy knowledge of WorldWarIII take on a different tone when he realizes early on that [[spoiler:Hungary really had no chance of surviving Doomsday]]. This in turn drives some of his seemingly JerkAss actions to Austria in an attempt to keep him from persisting in what he thought to be a pointless search. It's strongly hinted however that it didn't work.


* One fic has America trying to come to terms with the fact that [[spoiler:he and his people are going to die]] in Doomsday. and yet not only does he take it well, but thinks fondly of the AmericanDream enduring the nuclear hell to come [[spoiler:just as the bombs fall]].

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* One fic has America trying to come to terms with the fact that [[spoiler:he and his people are going to die]] in Doomsday. and yet not only does he take it well, but thinks fondly of the AmericanDream UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream enduring the nuclear hell to come [[spoiler:just as the bombs fall]].


** It's also revealed to be a very bitter case of IDidWhatIHadToDo. While he sincerely thought that [[spoiler:destroying much of the evidence]] would help Austria, he didn't particularly ''enjoy'' it.

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** It's also revealed to be a very bitter case of IDidWhatIHadToDo. IDidWhatIHadToDo, especially in the "RE:" version of ''An Alpine Dawn.'' While he sincerely thought that [[spoiler:destroying much of the evidence]] would help Austria, was for Austria's own good and survival, he didn't particularly ''enjoy'' it.


** There's also the fact that he was ForcedToWatch ''the apocalypse'' happen and could do ''nothing'' to stop it. And even though the readers themselves know that [[spoiler:Hungary's DeadAllAlong]], one couldn't help but think that his HopeSpot actually comes true, if only for his sanity.

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** There's also the fact that he was ForcedToWatch ''the apocalypse'' happen and could do ''nothing'' to stop it. And even though the readers themselves know that [[spoiler:Hungary's DeadAllAlong]], one couldn't help but think that his HopeSpot actually comes true, if only for his sanity. Then it hits home that the same HopeSpot was [[spoiler:almost]] ''all for nothing.''


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** It's also revealed to be a very bitter case of IDidWhatIHadToDo. While he sincerely thought that [[spoiler:destroying much of the evidence]] would help Austria, he didn't particularly ''enjoy'' it.


* Switzerland's GenreSavvy knowledge of WorldWarIII take on a different tone when he realizes early on that [[spoiler:Hungary really had ''no chance'' of surviving Doomsday]]. This in turn drives some of his seemingly JerkAss actions to Austria in an attempt to keep him from persisting in what he thought to be a pointless search. It's strongly hinted however that [[ItGotWorse it didn't work]].

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* Switzerland's GenreSavvy knowledge of WorldWarIII take on a different tone when he realizes early on that [[spoiler:Hungary really had ''no chance'' no chance of surviving Doomsday]]. This in turn drives some of his seemingly JerkAss actions to Austria in an attempt to keep him from persisting in what he thought to be a pointless search. It's strongly hinted however that [[ItGotWorse it didn't work]].work.


** There's also the fact that he was ForcedToWatch ''the apocalypse'' happen and could do ''nothing'' to stop it. And even though the readers themselves know that [[spoiler:Hungary's DeadAllAlong]], one couldn't help but think that his HopeSpot actually comes true, if only for his sanity.



* There's also Austria's musing about the fate of Nations. While a country's memories will live on so long as humanity preserves them, there would be no tombstone, monument or even acknowledgement of the name "Roderich Edelstein" and his personal experience. And that eventually, even his very existence would vanish from historical records forever.
* It's strongly implied in ''A Forgotten Anniversary'' ([[JustBeforeTheEnd set in]] [[TheSixties 1967]]) that Austria and Hungary's hidden encounter is the [[spoiler:''last'']] time they ever see each other before Doomsday. The fact that they promised each other that they would be together only makes it all the more painful.

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* There's also Austria's musing about [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman the fate of Nations.Nations]]. While a country's memories will live on so long as humanity preserves them, there would be no tombstone, monument or even acknowledgement of the name "Roderich Edelstein" and his personal experience. And that eventually, even his very existence would vanish from historical records forever.
* It's strongly implied in ''A Forgotten Anniversary'' ([[JustBeforeTheEnd set in]] [[TheSixties 1967]]) that Austria and Hungary's hidden encounter is might very well have been the [[spoiler:''last'']] time they ever see each other before Doomsday. The fact that they promised each other that they would be together only makes it all the more painful.painful.
* One fic has America trying to come to terms with the fact that [[spoiler:he and his people are going to die]] in Doomsday. and yet not only does he take it well, but thinks fondly of the AmericanDream enduring the nuclear hell to come [[spoiler:just as the bombs fall]].


* There's also Austria's musing about the fate of Nations. While a country's memories will live on so long as humanity preserves them, there would be no tombstone, monument or even acknowledgement of the name "Roderich Edelstein" and his personal experience. And that eventually, even his very existence would vanish from historical records forever.

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* There's also Austria's musing about the fate of Nations. While a country's memories will live on so long as humanity preserves them, there would be no tombstone, monument or even acknowledgement of the name "Roderich Edelstein" and his personal experience. And that eventually, even his very existence would vanish from historical records forever.forever.
* It's strongly implied in ''A Forgotten Anniversary'' ([[JustBeforeTheEnd set in]] [[TheSixties 1967]]) that Austria and Hungary's hidden encounter is the [[spoiler:''last'']] time they ever see each other before Doomsday. The fact that they promised each other that they would be together only makes it all the more painful.


* {{Tearjerker}}: A lot of the fics have their moments, but ''Death of a Nation'' is notable for being one long tearjerker.
** Austria's internal breakdown in ''A Wasteland Melody'' and ''A Symphony for a New World'' could also qualify, all while staying in character. [[NotSoStoic Especially once bits and pieces start breaking through his facade]].
*** ''A Wasteland Memorial,'' which is set in the AU's future, could also count. Especially since it shows him starting to go through the same fate as [[spoiler:England]] did in ''Death of a Nation.''
** ''An Ocean of Flame Above'' is essentially a long, drawn out death scene involving [[spoiler:Hungary's]] last days. What makes it all the more painful to read through is her persistent yet futile attempts to keep on going [[spoiler:even as everything in her body shuts down until finally dying]].

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* {{Tearjerker}}: A lot of the fics have their moments, but ''Death of a Nation'' is notable for being one long tearjerker.
** * Austria's internal breakdown in ''A Wasteland Melody'' and ''A Symphony for a New World'' could also qualify, all while staying in character. [[NotSoStoic Especially once bits and pieces start breaking through his facade]].
*** ** To make it worse, the reader could find the ''exact'' moment Austria finally breaks down. Which culminates in him painfully muttering "I ''missed'' her."
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''A Wasteland Memorial,'' which is set in the AU's future, could also count. Especially since it shows him starting to go through the same fate as [[spoiler:England]] did in ''Death of a Nation.''
** * ''An Ocean of Flame Above'' is essentially a long, drawn out death scene involving [[spoiler:Hungary's]] last days. What makes it all the more painful to read through is her persistent yet futile attempts to keep on going [[spoiler:even as everything in her body shuts down until finally dying]].


* There is one point at the end of ''Wisps of the Rising Sun'' where [[spoiler:Russia's]] StepfordSmiler mask slips, revealing why he wears a burnt scarf around his neck the entire time. [[spoiler:Strongly implying that Ukraine's dead and that he still weeps for her loss.]]

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* There is one point at the end of ''Wisps of the Rising Sun'' where [[spoiler:Russia's]] StepfordSmiler mask slips, revealing why he wears a burnt scarf around his neck the entire time. [[spoiler:Strongly implying that Ukraine's dead and that he still weeps for her loss.]]]]
* There's also Austria's musing about the fate of Nations. While a country's memories will live on so long as humanity preserves them, there would be no tombstone, monument or even acknowledgement of the name "Roderich Edelstein" and his personal experience. And that eventually, even his very existence would vanish from historical records forever.


* ''The Last Minutes to Midnight'' alternates between this and NightmareFuel. Whether it's America's unspoken fears, Russia's realization of who ''really'' fired the first shot of Doomsday, or Austria's meeting with Hungary [[spoiler:that would never come]], the reader ''knows'' it wouldn't end well for anybody.

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* ''The Last Minutes to Midnight'' alternates between this and NightmareFuel. Whether it's America's unspoken fears, Russia's realization of who ''really'' fired the first shot of Doomsday, or Austria's meeting with Hungary [[spoiler:that would never come]], the reader ''knows'' [[ForegoneConclusion it wouldn't end well for anybody.anybody]].


** ''An Ocean of Flame Above'' is essentially a long, drawn out death scene involving [[spoiler:Hungary's]] last days.

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** ''An Ocean of Flame Above'' is essentially a long, drawn out death scene involving [[spoiler:Hungary's]] last days. What makes it all the more painful to read through is her persistent yet futile attempts to keep on going [[spoiler:even as everything in her body shuts down until finally dying]].


* [[spoiler:"We found her...we found her..."]]

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* [[spoiler:"We found her...we found her..."]]"]]
* There is one point at the end of ''Wisps of the Rising Sun'' where [[spoiler:Russia's]] StepfordSmiler mask slips, revealing why he wears a burnt scarf around his neck the entire time. [[spoiler:Strongly implying that Ukraine's dead and that he still weeps for her loss.]]


* ''The Last Minutes to Midnight'' alternates between this and NightmareFuel. Whether it's America's unspoken fears, Russia's realization of who ''really'' fired the first shot of Doomsday, or Austria's meeting with Hungary [[spoiler:that would never come]], the reader ''knows'' it wouldn't end well for anybody.

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* ''The Last Minutes to Midnight'' alternates between this and NightmareFuel. Whether it's America's unspoken fears, Russia's realization of who ''really'' fired the first shot of Doomsday, or Austria's meeting with Hungary [[spoiler:that would never come]], the reader ''knows'' it wouldn't end well for anybody.anybody.
* Prussia coming to grips with the fact that Germany may very well be dead is painful to read through with a straight face.
* [[spoiler:"We found her...we found her..."]]


* Switzerland's GenreSavvy knowledge of WorldWarIII take on a different tone when he realizes early on that [[spoiler:Hungary really had ''no chance'' of surviving Doomsday]]. This in turn drives some of his seemingly JerkAss actions to Austria in an attempt to keep him from persisting in what he thought to be a pointless search. It's strongly hinted however that [[ItGotWorse it didn't work]].

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* Switzerland's GenreSavvy knowledge of WorldWarIII take on a different tone when he realizes early on that [[spoiler:Hungary really had ''no chance'' of surviving Doomsday]]. This in turn drives some of his seemingly JerkAss actions to Austria in an attempt to keep him from persisting in what he thought to be a pointless search. It's strongly hinted however that [[ItGotWorse it didn't work]].work]].
* ''The Last Minutes to Midnight'' alternates between this and NightmareFuel. Whether it's America's unspoken fears, Russia's realization of who ''really'' fired the first shot of Doomsday, or Austria's meeting with Hungary [[spoiler:that would never come]], the reader ''knows'' it wouldn't end well for anybody.

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* {{Tearjerker}}: A lot of the fics have their moments, but ''Death of a Nation'' is notable for being one long tearjerker.
** Austria's internal breakdown in ''A Wasteland Melody'' and ''A Symphony for a New World'' could also qualify, all while staying in character. [[NotSoStoic Especially once bits and pieces start breaking through his facade]].
*** ''A Wasteland Memorial,'' which is set in the AU's future, could also count. Especially since it shows him starting to go through the same fate as [[spoiler:England]] did in ''Death of a Nation.''
** ''An Ocean of Flame Above'' is essentially a long, drawn out death scene involving [[spoiler:Hungary's]] last days.
* Switzerland's GenreSavvy knowledge of WorldWarIII take on a different tone when he realizes early on that [[spoiler:Hungary really had ''no chance'' of surviving Doomsday]]. This in turn drives some of his seemingly JerkAss actions to Austria in an attempt to keep him from persisting in what he thought to be a pointless search. It's strongly hinted however that [[ItGotWorse it didn't work]].

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