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World-Domination Machine

Put a gun to the globe.
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Choose obscure island of modest size. Bury the largest hydrogen bombs you can build. Make sure that they are of a size and power-level that is more than sufficient to cleanse the planet of all life-forms. Connect to portable hair-trigger and "deadman switch" device. Then: publish detailed schematics, photographs, etc. to prove that the installation exists and can do what you claim it can do. Then, become World Monarch and establish a hereditary dynasty.
dsm, Dec 20 2000

Deadman's Switch http://www.theouter...witch/deadmans.html
World domination--a job for Pinky and the Brain. [reensure, Dec 20 2000]

Dr. Strangelove http://wso.williams...r/strangelove2.html
In Stanley Kubrick's classic movie, Russia develops almost exactly what you describe, but they call it a "doomsday device" [AfroAssault, Dec 20 2000, last modified Oct 04 2004]

//Choose obscure island of modest size// http://www.edinphot...ap_britain_1987.htm
[ConsulFlaminicus, Nov 02 2005]


       Nice. How do you plan to obtain financial backing?
Lemon, Dec 20 2000

       They were second, actually, Peter.   

       *slow grin*   

Detly, Dec 22 2000

       We're not capable of building weapons powerful enough to "cleanse the planet of all life-forms".   

       There's not really much point in using hydrogen bombs; nobody will care that you've blown up your island, they will care about the radioactive fallout. For that, you probably want devices scattered around the globe that will release atomized Pu or something.   

       Even if you did manage to get your hands on the required materiel, I'm pretty sure the world's leaders would rather see the cataclysm happen than unanimously abdicate. And any such deadman device will have its weak point, especially if you publish the schematics...
egnor, Dec 23 2000

       "What are we going to do today, Brain?"   

       "Same thing we do every day. Try to take over Starbucks!"
globaltourniquet, May 01 2001

       Bush won't negotiate with terrorists
sninctown, Nov 02 2005

       Hell, he can't even find the one he started out looking for.
normzone, Nov 02 2005

       //Bush won't negotiate with terrorists//   

       Bush won't negotiate with the cafeteria lady, either. So what?
Detly, Nov 09 2005

       But would you be happy? Seems like a naff idea to want to rule the world. You'd have no-one to moan about, because everything would be your fault.
Jacob Marley, Nov 09 2005

       The Euro is one example of a move towards world denomination.
bristolz, Nov 09 2005

DocBrown, Nov 09 2005

       You have inspired me to bake! Look for the Deadman's Switch Lock any moment now....
luxlucet, Nov 10 2005

       "Ha...uh...yes, Howard.. And thanks to you and CBS for the interview. Now, the way this works is...yes..here, just let me shift this switch..Hahaha..I call it a "dead man" switch...to the other hand so I can hold the microphone...Oh...oops...
Blisterbob, Nov 11 2005


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