Titan missile in its silo

On 26 September 1983, the nuclear early warning system of the Soviet Union twice reported the launch of American Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missiles from bases in the United States. These missile attack warnings were correctly identified as a false alarm by Stanislav Yevgrafovich Petrov, an officer of the Soviet Air Defence Forces. This decision is seen as having prevented a retaliatory nuclear attack based on erroneous data on the United States and its NATO allies, which would have likely resulted in nuclear war and the deaths of millions of people. Investigation of the satellite warning system later confirmed that the system had malfunctioned. –Wikipedia

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of an alternate history where missiles were actually launched or where no missiles were launched but the Soviet Air Defense Forces believed they were.

Journaling Prompt: How do you find peace in a dangerous world?

Art Prompt: False alarm

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience this story and challenge them to re-evaluate their beliefs about how we ensure peace.

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