On a mission to establish diplomatic relations at Star Cluster NGC321, Kirk and Spock beam down to planet Eminiar 7 to learn that its inhabitants have been at war with a neighboring planet for over 500 years. They can find no damage nor evidence of destruction but soon learn that their war is essentially a war game, where each planet attacks the other in a computer simulation with the tabulated victims voluntarily surrendering themselves for execution after the fact. When the Enterprise becomes a victim in the computer simulation and ordered destroyed, Kirk decides it's time to show them exactly what war means.
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Spock refers to himself in this episode as a "Vulcanian" rather than a Vulcan, one of very few times in the series where the longer synonym is spoken. Also, the Enterprise's protection is called screens rather than shields. See more
Scotty moves the Enterprise to a higher orbit, out of range of the planet's weapons. But the Enterprise has already been hit by a simulated weapon from another planet. So the weapons must be able to hit several planets away - a ship in any orbit would be in-range of the planet it's orbiting. See more
Computers, Captain. They fight their war with computers, totally.
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Referenced in Star Trek: By Any Other Name
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