Osterhagen (an anagram for Earth's Gone) is a concept (the name itself comes from Doctor Who) that if a nuclear superpower is about to reach a total
defeat in a non-nuclear war they would proceed to launch all of their nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons in order to give the conquering
country a severe Pyrrhic Victory or make as much of the planet uninhabitable as possible.
The United States of America has a contingency plan for everything already and I doubt that Russia would bat an eye to utilizing Osterhagen. Do you
think that any nation would ever utilize Osterhagen if it found itself in a position of total defeat?
I would hope that no human could obtain such ego. Though I am sad to say, it seems rather plausible. Who knows how anyone would act with the fate of
the world at their finger tips, and their backs against a wall and train coming at them. history is for those who desire to make it though.
Only if the individual with the finger on the button has succumbed to the heart of darkness.
Even if a country with nuclear weapons has authorised a policy for annihilation in the event of defeat by conventional methods, there is no guarantee
it will be fulfilled. There may be people of integrity involved who accept honourable defeat and lay down their arms.
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