In many Sci-fi books, films and video games, the baddies need to have something that sets them apart from our strong jawed heroes. Typically in the form of a gas mask and trench coat (especially if they are space Nazis, hiss), and while looking both cool and good little black targets, it did get me thinking:
Why would a future military field a trench coat?
Asides from looking evil, possibly giving some warmth, comfort and maybe some protection if made of the right stuff, I just don’t see any practical reason why the standards issue uniform would be the trench coat. But I would like to know if someone else have any other ideas.
Some points the base our assumptions of of:
the environment that these uniforms are deployed in are earth like and in door. For sake of simplicity, environments like vacuum and extreme worlds such as Titan (Titans a moon I know) are going to be ignored. Because they would require a space suit to survive. Though if you want to add a reason why a Astro solider would wear a trench coat in such conditions, be my guest.
the military has access to advanced materials like CNT, graphene, spider silk, future polymers etc.
the length of the coat will be split into two types; long, which reach above the heels; and short, which hang around just over top or bottom of the knee’s. Any shorter and it’s a tunic.
Please note, I’m asking this question as something to keep in mind of when designing a world(s) I’m currently working on. I do not know if I’ll include trench coats into any setting, it really depends on this post and what I want in this world.