War is a state of armed conflict between societies. It is generally characterized by extreme aggression, destruction, and mortality, using regular or irregular military forces. An absence of war is usually called "peace". Warfare refers to the common activities and characteristics of types of war, or of wars in general. Total war is warfare that is not restricted to purely legitimate military targets, and can result in massive civilian or other non-combatant casualties.
While some scholars see war as a universal and ancestral aspect of human nature, others argue it is a result of specific socio-cultural or ecological circumstances.
The deadliest war in history, in terms of the cumulative number of deaths since its start, is the Second World War, from 1939 to 1945, with 60–85 million deaths, followed by the Mongol conquests which was greater than 41 million. As concerns a belligerent's losses in proportion to its prewar population, the most destructive war in modern history may have been the Paraguayan War (see Paraguayan War casualties). In 2013 war resulted in 31,000 deaths, down from 72,000 deaths in 1990. In 2003, Richard Smalley identified war as the sixth (of ten) biggest problem facing humanity for the next fifty years. War usually results in significant deterioration of infrastructure and the ecosystem, a decrease in social spending, famine, large-scale emigration from the war zone, and often the mistreatment of prisoners of war or civilians. For instance, of the nine million people who were on the territory of Soviet Belarus in 1941, some 1.6 million were killed by the Germans in actions away from battlefields, including about 700,000 prisoners of war, 500,000 Jews, and 320,000 people counted as partisans (the vast majority of whom were unarmed civilians). Another byproduct of some wars is the prevalence of propaganda by some or all parties in the conflict, and increased revenues by weapons manufacturers.

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  1. USMC-03

    War Stories from SOG

    Jocko Willink’s interview with a former green beret who served in MAC-V SOG. The CAR15/XM177, among other firearms, play a prominent role. I haven’t listened to chapter two yet but expect it to be every bit as interesting.
  2. ciph34block

    National  CIVIL WAR 2 in America - WHO WOULD WIN? In-Depth Analysis

    This is an interesting analysis to watch (52 minutes long but worth the watch). I would like to believe that most of this would be true but not sure things would play out this way. In my view, the determining factor would be at what point in time would a civil war "start"? After all guns are...
  3. svxr8dr

    Opinions on the best "Go To War" round in 30.06?

    Is it M2 FMJ, or 180gr Winchester Ballistic Silvertip's? Or is there something else?
  4. surevaliance

    War Veteran Stabbed to Death on Appalachian Trail Was Hiking to Overcome PTSD

    War Veteran Stabbed to Death on Appalachian Trail Was Hiking to Overcome PTSD My better half and I we hike a lot and normally only I am the one who is packing. Now she is going to carry on hikes as well.
  5. The Heretic

    Salem, Oregon - Stolen cannon from private war memorial

    On Friday, May 3rd, the Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of the theft of a war memorial cannon. The cannon was taken from a Vietnam War memorial at a prrivate residence in South Salem. The victim, a local Vietnam War veteran, assembled this memorial to honor their family and friends who...
  6. angry dave

    Civil War numbers

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  7. O

    Survival tools of Civil War soldiers

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  8. RicInOR

    .22LR -vs- Revolutionary Musket - Which is better choice for war?

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    Presidents at War

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  10. mkwerx

    China Tries Starting War with Alien Overlords

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  11. J

    Fox News – Venezuelans regret gun ban, 'a declaration of war against an unarmed population'

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  12. CountryGent

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  13. RicInOR

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  14. mingus

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  15. RicInOR

    International  S.Africa 'close to war zone' with 57 murders a day: minister

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  16. telemakos

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    Sometimes, in an entire opinion/agreement, there is a small mustard seed that grows to be the capstone to your whole garden. Read it for yourself. You are being redirected...
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