The BBC on Wednesday night showed a grim sight: Russian forces invading Latvia, forcing a response from the British government and NATO. The situation quickly escalated until nuclear weapons began flying.
But, of course, none of it was real.
As the Daily Mail describes it, "retired senior military and diplomatic figures convene around a table in a war room, just as a Cabinet Office committee would give their advice to the Prime Minister."
That's all well and good, but what has Latvians less than thrilled isn't just the target country in the scenario — it's how it all unfolds.
Despite being fictional, the program had already prompted serious discussion in Latvia before it even aired. One general said that the game showed that NATO countries were totally willing to defend the Baltic states against Russia.
And though the program didn't air outside of the United Kingdom, Latvians still found a way to stream it less than legally online.
Some wondered why their country was the target at all, like this user who wondered why the scenario's designers didn't have Russia aim bigger, like Sweden or Turkey.
At least one person got totally freaked out by the whole thing.
And no less a personality than the Latvian Foreign Minister took to Twitter to air his grievances with the show.
As it turns out, though, nobody is happy with the war game: Russian media feels dismayed at Moscow being cast in the villain's role.
Hayes Brown is a world news editor and reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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