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Poll: Going nuclear


As you've likely seen on the news or news sites, 70 years ago this month two nuclear weapons were used in warfare. There have been nuclear shots since - all tests. And wars since, too. But since August 1945 no war has gone nuclear. It would be nice to be able to say that that will remain the case with certainty. That certainty does not exist and a nuclear strike is not outside the realm of possibility. Thus, once again, this poll.

Poll #2019296 Not the tiny toy from World War One

Who will break the nuclear peace, such as it is? That is, who will fire the *first* nuclear shot?

United States
0(0.0%)
Russia
1(16.7%)
United Kingdom
0(0.0%)
France
0(0.0%)
China
0(0.0%)
India
0(0.0%)
Pakistan
0(0.0%)
North Korea
1(16.7%)
Israel
0(0.0%)
Iran
2(33.3%)
Saudi Arabia
0(0.0%)
Another country
0(0.0%)
A terrorist organization
1(16.7%)
Nobody
1(16.7%)

The delivery system will be:

a ballistic missile.
1(20.0%)
a cruise missile.
0(0.0%)
a manned aircraft.
1(20.0%)
a drone aircraft.
0(0.0%)
a ship or submarine leaving a bomb in or near a port.
0(0.0%)
a truck parked and left.
1(20.0%)
a suicide bomber.
1(20.0%)
something else.
0(0.0%)
non-existent.
1(20.0%)

The result will be:

A rapid nuclear escalation to the end of the world.
0(0.0%)
A rather large, but still limited, nuclear exchange.
0(0.0%)
A dozen or so nukes will be popped.
3(50.0%)
A nuke for a nuke, and it will end with 6 or fewer.
0(0.0%)
Just one nuke will be popped.
1(16.7%)
Just one nuke, and it will be a fizzle (still several tons yield).
0(0.0%)
Just one nuke, but it will be a very embarrassing complete dud.
1(16.7%)
Nothing, as nobody will start popping nukes.
1(16.7%)

Continent on which the first big mushroom will grow:

Africa
0(0.0%)
Antarctica
0(0.0%)
Asia
3(50.0%)
Australia
0(0.0%)
Europe
1(16.7%)
North America
1(16.7%)
South America
0(0.0%)
Ocean burst - above, on, or in
0(0.0%)
Not gonna happen.
1(16.7%)

The nuclear shot(s) will be...

The FIRST shot(s) fired in a conflict.
2(33.3%)
The LAST shot(s) fired in a conflict.
0(0.0%)
Both FIRST and LAST shots.
2(33.3%)
An escalation.
0(0.0%)
An escalation followed by a de-escalation, but still a hot conflict.
1(16.7%)
Crazy Harry playing the Bass Explodaphone.
1(16.7%)
Vakkotaur mucking about with Hell knows what.
0(0.0%)

Vakkotaur will be mixed up in all this...

exactly not all.
2(33.3%)
as a downwinder sheltering from fallout.
1(16.7%)
close enough to hear a rumble or see a mushroom cloud.
0(0.0%)
as part of the fallout.
0(0.0%)
accidentally gave away the key to making the nuke work.
0(0.0%)
...that was no accident.
1(16.7%)
as the one who didn't tell them how to make it "much bigger."
0(0.0%)
He's got this huge marshmallow and a really big stick...
1(16.7%)
He will check his stockpile to make sure nothing is missing.
1(16.7%)
Build spaceships faster! I hear Dueling Bass Explodaphones!
0(0.0%)

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