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Old September 18 2013, 05:25 AM   #38
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Re: Hypothetical World War III

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To me, it seems fairly obvious that Trek's WW3 must have been the worst war in human history, but still not the nuclear apocalypse. Remember, the United States and the Russian Federation today both possess more than enough nuclear weaponry to end all life on Earth. By definition, WW3 must not have been a full-scale nuclear exchange -- because if it had been, there would not have been so much as a tree left in Montana, let alone a city, however devastated, capable of launching the Phoenix.
It's at least possible to engage in more moderate, calculated forms of nuclear war than the 1980s era of tens of thousands of nuclear weapons, especially if nuclear weapons are relatively rare and there is functioning anti-missile technology.

I do, however, think that Trek tends to be unrealistic in its depiction of how many major cities' historic structures survived WW3.
Maybe France had the good sense to stay neutral? The survival of New Orleans and San Francisco is noteworthy.
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