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Not really a plot-hole. You are forgetting the strategic, grooming and material advantages that Stannis and his Knights enjoyed as compared to ill-equipped, ill-disciplined rabble brought together by Mance Rayder. King beyond the Wall did not bring 1,000 warriors with him. He brought 100,000. Of course it wasn't possible for the show-runners to show 100,...


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In the book, Humperdinck, along with the King, Queen and the Count were discussing how he needed to pick a bride. They agreed upon Princess Noreena of Guilder, as it would be a politically expedient match. So they invite the Princess over so Humperdinck could "have a look at her". Now, to quote the book: When she met the Prince, she was wearing one hat, ...


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According to a reading from The World of Ice and Fire: See also Conquest of the Vale


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Enemy Mine, based on a novella of the same name by Barry B. Longyear. Humans are in an interstellar war with an alien species named Dracs. The human pilot, Willis Davidge, and the Drac pilot, Jeriba Shigan, crash on the planet and have to co-operate to survive. As time passes, they become friends and learn each others' languages and cultures. Jeriba dies ...


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The Alliance's hold on the Outer Rim planets is much less secure than the inner worlds; this is the whole reason people like Malcom and his crew continue to exist. Once the Alliance managed to push the Reavers so they were confined to the Outer Rim, it wasn't worth their trouble to keep wasting resources on them. Consider the issue from the Alliance ...


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The following is the political alignment of the regions in current timeline:                                                  &...


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I'm not sure that this is ever addressed in canon, but logically; The Reavers may have proved useful to the Alliance. It is well known that not all of the planets in Firefly and Serenity were happy to become part of the Alliance, with an army of "Browncoats" fighting for independence from the Alliance (and ultimately losing). The Alliance is made up of a ...


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50 Billion See Richard's answer to What is the bloodiest war in the Star Trek universe?--the largest number killed due to a war on any of the Trek TV shows/movies was 50 billion (in an incident recalled by a powerful energy being known as a Douwd, in the TNG episode The Survivors--this particular Douwd had been disguised as a Federation citizen, and he ...


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System Down has sufficiently answered this question. This is merely to add graphical representation to add more clarity to the situation. Situation before the crossing Before Robb made his crossing of the Trident, the situation was following. Jaime's host had besieged Riverrun from multiple directions. (Shown as three hosts because Riverrun had to be ...


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The answer to your question is the star Trek, The Original Series episode 'A Taste of Armageddon'. The Enterprise becomes part of a dispute between two worlds who use computational technologies to wage a war in which civilians are escorted to liquidation centers as casualties of war. The civilizations indicated they preferred this to actual warfare since ...


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Any autonomous mechanical devices are forbidden (sparring bot is described as dangerously close to thinking machine according to law and religion (IIRC). Butlerian Jihad took care of that. So teleoperated, just like the assassination drone in OP's question - which means short range (if any), as signal jamming would be employed. Don't remember though if ...


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If I remember correctly, here is the situation before the "split": Jaime Lannister is besieging Riverrun. Tywin Lannister leads a separate force, conquering the rest of the Riverlands. Robb Stark's host coming in from the North While Robb has to negotiate passage with the Freys in order to cross from east of the river to west, Tywin doesn't have that ...


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I think you have mixed the armies up. Lord Beric Dondarrion was not sent to oppose the Lannister forces, he was sent out to deal with Gregor Clegane, who was assumed to be acting on Lord Tywin's orders, though in truth no one had any proof of that. Ned Stark saw this as an attempt by Tywin to goad the Riverlords into starting the war, by taking their revenge ...


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To complement Justin's concise answer as it is lacking in details, no the Valemen did not immediately give up fighting. They had in fact inflicted one of the first major setbacks on the Targaryen invading forces in the Naval battle off Gulltown, defeating the first Targaryen attempt at conquering Vale. Timeline of Conquest of Vale First Diplomatic bout ...


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We're never explicitly told, but by mathematical necessity1, it must have been World War II. Frank Bryce's Age Goblet of Fire opens in July 1994, and we're told that Frank is closing on 77: Frank was nearing his seventy-seventh birthday now, very deaf, his bad leg stiffer than ever, but could be seen pottering around the flower beds in fine weather, ...


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The story is "Politics" by Murray Leinster, published in 1932. The innovation was automatic rangefinders that allowed a ship's guns to be adjusted and fired immediately on the enemy after a single ranging salvo. Pacifists in the government wanted to accept onerous surrender terms, but the navy turned the war around by decimating the enemy fleet with the ...


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I think this was 2010


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That sounds like "Rust" by Joseph E. Kelleam. You can find this story in Isaac Asimov Presents: The Golden Years of Science Fiction, edited by Asimov and Greenberg and published by Bonanza. The clumsy claws and inability to build new robots are a dead give away. The protagonist is X-120: He and his companions were highly developed robots, the last ever ...


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A house of the Landsraad is strongly bound by culture, rules and tradition. If one great house attacked another this way it would be deemed to be dishonourable, and also may be considered a use of atomics in warfare, which would result in retaliation by every other great house. When Paul uses the Atreides house atomics against the Shield Wall (A large ...


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Possibly over 18 billion In the events leading up to Star Trek (2009), the planet Romulus is destroyed and its population of over 18 billion is wiped out when the Hobus star goes supernova — a tragedy that Spock tried, but failed, to prevent. This event is documented in the (fully canon) Star Trek: Countdown comic book series and referred to in Star ...


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Every Earth-based organism that ever lived and maybe more In the series finale of TNG, Q convinces Picard to perform an action which causes ripples back in time that prevents life from ever existing on Earth. Arguably, this could be considered "killing" every human who ever lived or will live, along with any non-human Earth species. Just taking humans ...


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This sounds like Norman Spinrad's The Solarians. From Wikipedia: The novel takes places centuries in the future when humanity has colonized many star systems. Another race, the Duglaari or "Doogs" is slowly conquering human systems, herding the inhabitants into barren areas where they simply starve to death. The two races have approximately equal ...


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Most likely, "First Wizarding War" is a British term. Grindelwald's war wasn't in Britain, and thus not named as a generic war (for a somewhat different but related analogy, WW2 in USSR is called "Great Patriotic War" - the WW1 wasn't since it wasn't a war for Russia's existance).


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Short story where a war is fought between two essentially interchangeable factions. After action members of the opposing sides socialize like typical suburbanites. "Battlefield", short story by Harlan Ellison; first published as "His First Day at War" in Space Travel, November 1958, available at the Internet Archive. The Black and White armies commute ...


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This is Alan Dean Foster's "With Friends Like These" (from the anthology collection of the same name): “You have done us a very large favor, gentlebeings, and we are oh, so grateful! How many years we labored to find the answer to the Shield, how many years, only to discover that it could only be applied, or retracted, from an outside source. Now that ...


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The War of The Five Kings is still in progress. As of 300AC. The war started in 298AC (two years ago). Although it is considered that the war is ongoing, the main part of the war is considered to have ended in 300AC. There is no official ending of "Phase I", but it can be concluded that the first phase of the war ended with The Purple Wedding. The second ...


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They knew Renly's host would a be threat to Lannister power in the Riverlands and possibly Casterly Rock. In A Clash of Kings while Robb is in Riverrun they learn that Ser Stafford Lannister is gather another host at Casterly Rock. Ser Brynden Tully informs Catelyn of this prior to informing Robb ... "Lord Tywin is not the Kingslayer. He will not rush ...


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"Battlefield", short story by Harlan Ellison; first published as "His First Day at War" in Space Travel, November 1958, available at the Internet Archive; previously identified as the answer to the question Scifi short story where 'blues is good reds is bad'. The dinner party is just a small part of the story, which begins on the moon. Here is some dinner ...


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Sworn swords of the Rock First of all, the raiders from Westerlands were Clegane troops who did not need any persuasion from Tywin about looting. They were sworn to Casterly Rock as regular levies/soldiers, they weren't Mercenaries like Lord Goat or Clansmen from the Vale. (But Clegane did promise them riches however.) Robert I Baratheon's influence ...


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I'm pretty sure the story you are looking for is called Steel Brother by Gordon R. Dickson. I have it in the anthology "Orion's Sword: The Future at War, Vol. 3". Let me know if you need more information.


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