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"Tidigt på annandagens morgon år 2012 vaknar de jullediga svenskarna till en ny värld. Ett strömlöst, mörkt och iskallt Sverige. En dag då allting förändras."note 
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Midvintermörker (Midwinter Darkness) is the first novel written by the Swedish blogger and author Lars Wilderäng. It follows several characters as Sweden is attacked by a foreign power. It is essentially a military thriller, filled with battles, borderline political satire and a lot of military terms and technology. Considered to be a warning text about the decline of the Swedish armed forces.


Tropes used include:

  • Action Politician: Two Russian Commandos, one weilding an AK-74 and the other a Dragunov sniper rifle, attempt to enter the home of the Swedish deputy prime minister and kidnap her. She takes out both of them with her double-barrelled rabbit gun.
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  • Anyone Can Die: One chapter is called "Die Die Die" for a very good reason.
  • Big Damn Heroes The author seems very fond of this trope.
    • JAS 39 Gripens arrive like the riders of Rohan when Russian helicopters attack ground forces.
    • During an intense battle with Russian infantry, the Marines hear the sound of tanks. They are Swedish and end the battle decisively for the Swedes
  • Big, Bulky Bomb: The Father of All Bombs are deployed twice with horrifying results.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: While the Swedes are given a small chance, and a desperate plan - the outcome is really not in doubt; despite the fact that the Swedish tactical objective is accomplished
  • Black Guy Dies First: An entire chapter is spent introducing Yusuf, a Syrian cab driver. He dies at the end of it, when the Russians launch a cruise missile strike on Stockholm.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique:
    • A subordinate reports having interrogated a prisoner and claims to only have used the much despised basic values manual.
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    • Both sides also end up using waterboarding against prisoners.
  • Taking You with Me A Swedish Naval Officer is held on the Russian flagship and tortured by the Captain. When the ship is destroyed, he grabs the Captain and make sure both drown.
  • You Are in Command Now: Several.
    • The Vice Prime Minister Gerd Olsson is promoted as the Prime Minister is killed.
    • During the battle of Gotland, Erik Segerfält is promoted as his superior officer is killed.

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