Britain was at war with Sweden for almost 2 years without ever actually fighting. There were zero causalities and ships traded as usual.
There’s a war that lasted 300 years but had 0 casualties. The Three Hundred and Third Five Years’ War (1651 and 1986) was between the Netherlands the Isles of Scilly and possibly the most peaceful war ever. It is said to have been extended by the lack of a peace treaty for 335 years without a single shot being fired, which would make it one of the world’s longest wars and a bloodless war.
In the animated series Futurama, the Democratic Order of Planets (DOOP), created in 2945 after the Second Galactic War, is an allusion to the creation of the United Nations in 1945 after the Second World War. The inhabitants of the planet Omicron Persei VIII are often in conflict with the DOOP. Logo DOOP («doop») is an ambigram. Despite the DOOP’s activity, the interplanetary communications are weak, wars are constant, invasions are usually poorly planned and clashes are happening over silly reasons or for no reason at all.
A British soldier who fought in both World Wars was shot in the face, head, ankle, leg, hip and ear, survived a plane crash, tunneled out of a POW camp, and bit off his own fingers when a doctor wouldn’t amputate them. He later said “frankly I had enjoyed the war.”
Violence has steadily declined over the course of human history, and we are currently in the midst of the most peaceful era yet.
In 1916 an amendment was proposed to the Constitution that all acts of war would be put to a national vote. People voting yes would have to register as volunteers for service in the United States Army.
The US invasion of Iraq was originally called ‘Operation Iraqi Liberation‘, but was quickly changed after realizing that spelled ‘OIL‘.
The eastern part of Laos was so heavily bombed during the Vietnam war that most people can supplement their income by collecting scrap metal 40 years later, some completely rely on it.