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IF both countries realize that their aggression will result in their destruction, it could make them start to behave in a civilized manner.
Originally posted by randomname
how about the rest of the world parks two nuclear subs off he coast of new york and los angeles, and if america doesn't behave itself and stop disturbing world peace with its non stop invasions, it gets nuked back to the stone age.
Country Warheads active/total[nb 1] Year of first test CTBT status The five nuclear-weapon states under the NPT United States 2,150 / 8,000 1945 ("Trinity") Signatory Russia 1,800 / 10,000 1949 ("RDS-1") Ratifier United Kingdom 160 / 225 1952 ("Hurricane") Ratifier France 290 / 300 1960 ("Gerboise Bleue") Ratifier China n.a. / 240 1964 ("596") Signatory Non-NPT nuclear powers India n.a. / 80–100 1974 ("Smiling Buddha") Non-signatory Pakistan n.a. / 90–110 1998 ("Chagai-I") Non-signatory North Korea n.a. /
Originally posted by ThisToiletEarth
Who nukes US and Russia afterwards?
Atomics is the term used to refer to nuclear weapons in the Dune universe. Like real-world nuclear weapons, atomics presumably derive their destructive force from nuclear reactions of fission or fusion, and Herbert notes that "radiation lingers" after their use. However, the author never delves into the specifics of the technology or explores in detail how it may have evolved by the time of Dune's far-future setting.
In the initial Dune novels, the Great Houses of the Landsraad own "family atomics" as heirlooms, keeping a secure, hidden cache as weapons of last resort in their wars. Though such possession is necessary to secure power, the use of atomics against humans violates the chief prohibition of the Great Convention, the "universal truce enforced under the power balance maintained by the Guild, the Great Houses, and the Imperium." Paul Atreides notes in Dune that "The language of the Great Convention is clear enough:
Use of atomics against humans shall be cause for planetary obliteration."
The atomics themselves act as a military deterrent — any House which violates the Great Convention flagrantly (such as using atomics openly in warfare) faces the possibility of massive retaliation from any number of the other Houses. As Paul notes via epigraph in Dune Messiah (1969), "any Family in my Empire could so deploy its atomics as to destroy the planetary bases of fifty or more other Families."