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Questions tagged [logistics]

For questions about the management of the flow of goods between the point of origin and the point of consumption in order to meet some requirements

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What did shipping/storage crates look like in the Middle-Ages? [closed]

If you search "medieval crate" on google you get 2 things: 3D crates that look suspiciously modern or you get real, chest-like boxes. I'm wondering if the latter is the norm for the time period?
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How to determine reasonable population density of a three-dimensional volume

I'm attempting to rough-estimate potential population density of three-dimensional megastructures in space. Assume a filled spherical volume (i.e. death star, not Dyson sphere), where all internal ...
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Feasibility of “in situ” ammunition production and salvage

In a (relatively) near future setting, several factions scramble to militarize as civil unrest on their planet turns into civil war. Factories are reprogrammed and prototypes sent to the front, guns ...
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What's a plausible-sounding technobabble explanation for Mars to be a forest world supplying Earth with timber?

In the story I want to tell, it's a thousand years in the future and Mars has been terraformed into a forest world (something like the forest-moon of Endor). It's settled in a few small towns and ...
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How would a 21st century army supply an invasion of a floating continent?

Imagine a large chunk of land about half the size of the size of the United States cracked away from the main landmass and floated up into the sky for as high as a mountain (say, 2,800 meters, not as ...
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Where in Australasia can a 4.3 million strong armed force be discreetly stationed?

I have a paramilitary organisation with a 4,320,000-strong standing army stationed in Australasia supported by a sophisticated air force and a bigarse fleet. This force is commanded by two Major ...
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Effective 16th century military ration system for particular fantasy race

A race of pseudo-humans army must plan a system of rations for a long campaign on a faraway land in which they cannot rely on foraging. The campaign’s expected to last something between a few months ...
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Ballistically sensitive weak points in the modern military and civilian supply and manufacturing chain

This question is part of my series of questions about Jormungandr, the alien Snakebot of Doom. So far, the SoD has eliminated the majority of the world's land-based nuclear missile forces and the US ...
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Ratio of passengers to cargo on colony flights

Sci-fi scenario with flights to a colony planet. Tech level is otherwise close to today (e.g. no androids or desktop nanofactories). Planet is quite similar to Earth, so e.g. agriculture works, you ...
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Drop capsule shape

Sci-fi setting where cargo is being shipped to colony worlds. If a spaceship has to land and take off again, that costs a lot of money, so that mode of transport is reserved for people and urgent, ...
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Supplies for setting up a spaceport on an earthlike colony world

My space colonists have just travelled to a new planet, and they will be landing using shuttles. The shuttles are water-based (like a seaplane) and the colony is/will be set up on a river near the sea....
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How many slaves do I need to keep my mountain palace supplied?

As the (reputedly) Mad Wizard-King of Jagatap, I would like to move my court to the remote fastness I recently finished building in the be-jungled hills of Nam. (Image from DudQuitter at DeviantArt) ...
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Horse-logistics for a militia of 350

There is a walled town, situated at a river ford, which maintains a militia of ~350 for a regional population of ~1000 farmers, rivermen, minor estates, townsfolk etc. I feel that I'm getting the ...
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In a world without any beasts of burden, what alternatives for transport are there?

There are basically no non-sentient lifeforms of a size that could, and would be willing to, pull wagons from city to city. The only lifeforms that physically could, are sapient. Medieval, so no ...
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Can I overcome the bandwidth limitation on my photonic railways?

The Humern Empire is a vast, well established empire that spans the galaxy. Despite having no FTL travel they have kept their empire together with a series of subluminal transport methods. Heavy ...
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What are the logistic implications of using bottle caps as currency?

In a post-apocalyptic nuclear world, it has been decided to use bottle caps as barter and barter in the region. Since these are common but not so much, they are difficult to duplicate correctly and ...
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How does a medieval european (1200, let's say) army operate? [closed]

Let's suppose medieval army A is preparing to attack medieval army B. Both armies are out on the field. Q1: How close can they realistically be? Can one army see the other? If they were to charge ...
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Logistics of high-quality lifestock delivery for alien megacity?

Essentially all the members of an alien species live within a single relatively sparsely inhabited megacity. The city has a surface area of about 30,000km². The species happens to be almost ...
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How to secretly harvest/farm human beings as a primary food supply?

A group of individuals from a technologically advanced alien race have been found to be intellectual dissidents by their peers and exiled to Earth as a consequence. Earth was selected as the location ...
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On a world with differently sized humans, how do I keep wages fair?

Imagine that due to an excess amount of handwavium, my world has humans ranging from only a couple of inches, to around 20 feet. Society has evolved to include people of all sizes into the workforce ...
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What are the feasible means of keeping a space station existing and operational for thousands of years?

In my space western setting, I went nuts with the time scale, so now I have a faction living entirely in space stations (with planets used for transit and agriculture, but that's irrelevant for now), ...
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Capital of British Empire without Britain

It's around 1895 and the British Isles have fallen to a communist uprising. Or sunk underwater. Or invaded by Germany or covered in ice or something. So the government, the Royal Family and a large ...
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Early Army without foraging: How do we keep ourselves supplied in the field?

In a previous question we determined that to survive on an alien planet, we'd be heavily reliant on stuff we brought with us. Whatever plants we could convince to grow that we happened to have on hand,...
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How would literally evil societies function?

(This question moved originally from RPGs and pertains to the D&D game where individuals and societies may have explicit allegiances to good or evil.) A typical convention in fantasy settings are ...
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What's the “Tail to Tooth” (non-combatants to combatants) ratio of a premodern army?

In warfare, logistics are one of the most important aspects. Supply is arguably a more important factor than tactics and combat ability. Considering how important of an aspect it is, it is very ...
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How to hide ocean Fleet Construction at dawn of Industrial Age? [closed]

Setting Pseudo-fantasy medieval setting at the dawn of industrialization. Gun powder is now a secret. The first ships with black powder weapons in the world are being built several days upriver of a ...
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How would we maintain an unbroken line of communication with a moon base?

If we had to keep a channel for lunar communication with modern technology such that it was always open regardless of earth-moon positioning, how would we do it?
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🎅 How to deliver each kid a toy in this night? [duplicate]

HO, HO, HO, fellow worldbuilders. My name is Nicholaus, or simply Claus. However, most people will call me Santa. 🎅 I am the owner of a toy factory in the North Pole ☃. It is in the North's coast of ...
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How fast can giant underground shelters be built?

Detailed Synopsis: I started writing a story wherein advanced technology slowly stop working (starting from most advanced, and progressing until only handmade items function), while the global climate ...
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How to setup non suspicious blockage that deny access to all except witches? [closed]

In the 16th century A.D. the Magistrate of East Hampton in Eastern North America, which formed following European colonization, called for an annual witch hunt, in which wizards and witch hunters ...
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Would a food chain based on bacteria in hot springs be able to support a human population?

I'm designing a city built to take advantage of valuable mineral deposits in a large polar desert. The city is built around a Yellowstone-esque region of hot springs and geysers, where underground ice ...
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How to calculate your kingdom’s population size?

How do I figure out the population numbers in my various kingdoms? I've seen the population growth tables for the entire world showing how the population grew and died off over time (yes Genghis, I'm ...
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Medieval Europe With Modern Logistical Industrial Concepts

A medieval European ruler (specifically whom and of what country doesn't matter, but may be specified by an answer) one day finds in his bedchamber a group of textbooks and self-improvement books. ...
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Military Structure/Chain of Command (Army)

Meta This is a reality check about the organization of a specific branch of an armed forces, the army. As the parts interrelate, I didn't feel it was fitting to separate this into separate ...
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Modern military tactics and strategy effects on the past (WWII)

For reasons unbeknownst to them, a hundred US military personnel from 2016 have been thrown backwards in time, coming out in the middle of Kansas, December 9, 1941, one day after the Pearl Harbor ...
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Can I build a self sufficient medieval city?

It's the ideal city for a siege. They have all the resources and man power required to sustain themselves during a siege. They are able to: eat drink be merry mend weapons make weapons tend to the ...
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Military Logistics: F' 'em and Feed them Beans!

Lots of fantasy books have medieval style warfare in them and armies march all over the place to face one another in battle. Sometimes these armies are tens of thousands large, or even hundreds of ...
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Feeding an army by mobile farming

A small yet extremely wealthy (modern day equivalent) warlord is attempting to move her 10,000 strong army on a journey that will take at least 2 years (not space travel though). The exact distance ...
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How can I move a magical water-producing artifact?

An adventurer (named Moses, for humor's sake) finds a clear pool of water deep in a cave. Upon taking a swim, he finds at the bottom of the pool is a mystical stone that eternally puts out water, ...
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What would the consequences in the Napoleonic Wars be had Napoleon conquered Egypt?

It was discussed in this question what would have happened had Napoleon defeated Duke Wellington in the Battle of Waterloo. The French military in 1798 to 1801 was fighting in Syria and Egypt. The ...
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What does a medieval army cost?

Something I was wondering about recently. My world has a medieval/fantasy setting. Most of the factions are either empires or kingdoms and they all have some sort of standing army. In time of war, ...
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How Many Resources are Required to Feed 1 Million Soldiers?

Question I have a 1 million strong army of humanoid cat people called Felinus. Assuming they have similar metabolism what is the minimum amount of food (in metric tons) they would have to plunder ...
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How would a completely urbanized city-planet support its population?

Related: How would a completely urbanized city-planet be maintained? How would the global environment of a completely urbanized city-planet be affected? Why would a completely urbanized city-planet ...