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Would a spaceport on Ceres make sense?

I'm writing a setting where humanity is colonizing the Solar System, and I'm wondering whether a Entrepot on Ceres, a la The Expanse would make sense? For context, most of the human population still ...
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Can an access to Matter Duplicator change a society of survivors stranded in pristine wilderness to evolve beyond Medieval level of civilization?

Clarification: based on the info below, are there non-obvious ways Matter Dulicator could be used to push the “tech level” of such a society so far past the late Medieval level that common dangers and ...
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What industrial facilities are needed to support a largely self sufficient interstellar mining operation? [closed]

Setup A while ago I asked a question concerning a plausible Room Temperature Superconductor. This question is about the on site industry needed to support a significant extraction and logistics afford....
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Is it more efficient to launch a spaceplane from a space elevator to a destination on the planet, or to simply fly the plane through the atmosphere? [closed]

Suppose you have a planet that needs to send and receive cargo from a space elevator at the equator. Due to various environmental factors, surface-based transportation is unviable so all cargo needs ...
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If you had an infinite amount of any element, which would be the best metal to make bullets?

Lead is pretty much the go-to metal when it comes to making bullets. That is because lead is cheap, dense, soft, and has a low melting point. But of course, bullets can be made out of other metals. ...
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In an Urban Fantasy Setting, Why Would a Magical Courier Be Hired Over Traditional Couriers? [closed]

The premise is that there's a guild of couriers that use a dangerous parallel spirit world for shortcuts through mortal space to deliver packages at great speed. Despite the advantage of speed, why ...
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Could superhuman pre-Industrial Orcs wage effective guerilla warfare against a modern military?

In my story, a portal links the modern world to a medieval fantasy world. This is sort of similar to Gate: Thus the JSDF Fought There. The North Korean military decides to go through their portal and ...
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How would a medieval army poise itself for invasion at a given moment?

I'm DMing a D&D campaign and I'm creating a story for it. It is set in a Medieval Fantasy setting. Essentially there is suddenly an unclaimed piece of land bordering two nations. They both want to ...
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Binary system travel time for war

To set the stage, 2 opposing groups exist in the binary Alpha Centauri system. The 2 stars have a roughly 80 year orbit that brings them as close at 11 AU together and as far as 36. A ship at a 1g ...
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How do you differentiate a time machine from a disintegration chamber? [closed]

In settings where time travel is possible but only backwards in time (Terminator), how did the scientists that developed the machine know that the subjects sent back in time actually were time ...
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24 hours to evacuate all of Florida. How many make it?

The year is 203X, and a small-ish asteroid is detected just 24 hours before it hits the atmosphere above central Florida. The kinetic energy is estimated to be "a few" exajoules (1 exajoule ...
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A War on Three Fronts

The antagonist of my story is planning to prosecute a war on as many as three fronts. What historical examples could I draw on to make such an operation seem plausible, even if it's doomed to failure ...
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Could a Preindustrial State Control an Entire Planet?

The Aurean Dominate is an empire controlling the entire planet Aurea and a scrap of the neighboring planet Awal (known as the Exarchate of Tifinagh). Aurea is around Earth-sized (although all of the ...
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How is it possible that some extra-dimensional pouches can store living things while others can't? [closed]

The extra-dimensional pouch is a portable and lightweight container that is capable of storing almost unlimited tangible objects of any sizes inside a pocket dimension, but why might certain extra ...
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Equipment, logistics and resupply of a team detecting hidden explosives in a warzone area?

I have a team (size can vary depending the answer to this question) that makes ends meet by sneaking through a warzone area and trying to detect a large amount of explosives hidden in for example a ...
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How to ensure every citizen gets exactly one Copper Ration?

The Silver Dominion The great and grand Silver Dominion has a steel clad stranglehold on the continent's metal economy. In possession of WWI era industry and technology themselves, they keep their ...
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Pre-modern logistics, how many food wagons are needed?

Assume that a pre-modern army numbering 50,000 men is going to campaign in a foreign territory for 180-days, during which they completely rely on their supply wagons which cannot be refilled, and each ...
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Controlling the late-medieval world with just a network of agents and instant communication

The World Controlling Agency I have long had a concept about a world-spanning NGO; an organisation with the power to start and end wars, and whose CEO any monarch would kneel to rather than risk their ...
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Why would very large trucks regularly be used for logistics?

The very large trucks are mining truck size. They can haul 300 to 100 tonnes of Thing™. They can be outfitted to carry containers. They have a roughly equivalent curb weight to their payload. They can ...
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What percentage of teleporters would a world with teleportation need, before timezones are required?

"Arrive at 3pm" "Wait, is that 3pm your time, my time or the destination time?" "Destination time, it's when the Wizard bar opens at hub-city" "When is that for me?&...
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Pre-Modern Shipping Containers?

Modern international trade basically runs on standardized shipping containers and the infrastructure developed to handle them. Looking at just a small part of it, using crane to unload full containers ...
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What kind of support forces would accompany a one-noble armored fighting vehicle into the mountains on a propagandized anti-insurgent mission?

So, this country has a caste system. There are some nobles on top, administrators/etc. towards the middle, military/enforcers further down, and the peasant caste on the bottom. Some of these peasants ...
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Constructing a secret villain base - best ways for covert short-range air transport?

I stumbled upon this map of northern Quebec the other day, and what really struck me was just how empty the interior was. No populated places, no roads, no navigable rivers - as far as I know no ...
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Where should compounds be built for an impending "zombie" apocalypse? [closed]

I have been working on a post-apocalypse world where over 90% of the world’s population died in a “zombie” apocalypse (technically living zombie trope). This apocalypse occurred around 125 years prior....
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Best way to hunt (a) Bigfoot with multi-million dollar resources?

A multimillionaire is going to hunt for Bigfoot in North America (let's just assume confined to USA). Capture preferred, kill acceptable. What would be the most sensible way to do it (highest success ...
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Logistics Problem With Water Creation Magic

There's a facet of my magic system that uses a certain kind of crystal to create water out of the magic energy stored within. But, I don't want to solve the entire world's water supply issues with ...
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What would be the logistics behind evacuating the Western United States?

Assume Godzilla rampaged the West Coast in to a fine powder and is moving east, into the western states of the United States (Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, southern Idaho, and a small bit of ...
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What Are Some Good Example Cases of How Middle Ages / Medieval Period Armies Occupied Conquered Cities?

For narrative purposes I need to have a city conquered and occupied by a neighboring empire whose eventual goal is to conquer / absorb the entire kingdom. The setting I'm aiming for is roughly ...
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How would harpies get supplies up and down their mountain homes? [closed]

Clearly, harpies can fly up and down between their mountain homes and the ground. They may be able to do this while carrying a considerable weight. But that's still the hardest, most manual way of ...
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Huge lasers firing into orbit and eye damage; how to prevent mass blindness?

There are a few uses for ground-to-space lasers in science fiction settings. One is the laser broom, used to shoot space debris until it deorbits and burns up. Another is beam propulsion, or sending ...
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How would a higher delta in human performance effect medieval warfare?

In this universe the average human's physical ability is the same but the extremes are greater. There is a 5 percent chance that a human is born much stronger/weaker then baseline humanity. This isn't ...
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Is there an immersive justification for littered resource crates in game worlds?

It is common to find resource/loot crates in games that be opened/broken by the player to find money, ammo, resources, and similar. For instance, Warframe contains both loot crates that drop resources ...
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How fast could a 300 foot wide, 300 mile long road be constructed in the same manner as the Roman Empire would?

The road is to be used to resupply a city siege. The best estimate of speed for how fast the Roman's could build a road I can find is their construction of the Appian Way or "Queen of Roads". This ...
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What should my kaiju eat?

So, strength is a bit unusual in that though he's a kaiju that's clearly inspired by Godzilla, he's completely artificial and was created deliberately to serve as a mobile fortress in The Union's (no, ...
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Medieval military logistics with cannibalism and anthropophagy

General Urk is commanding an army of orcs in a pseudo-medieval low-magic fantasy world. Orcs are basically like humans in terms of smarts and toughness and equipment, but with one key difference: ...
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Feasability of replacing roads with far inland canals [closed]

What problems am I going to have to address with regards to man-made continent wide/spanning rivers ? Ecological hazard, erosion, pollution ? CLARIFICATION : This is a completely fantastical setting, ...
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Modern military through a portal logistics

Background: It's 2020 and the US military needs to invade an alien planet for freedom purposes. Unfortunately, the only way to get there is through a Stargate-esqe, non-moveable wormhole located at ...
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Modern military equipment in a fantasy world

So we've (re)discovered a portal to a magical realm akin to 12th century Europe but with magic. We have giants, trolls, dwarves, wizards, etc. One faction calls upon our aid. Invoking a supposed ...
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What is the yield per worker of a fantasy mine-shaft

The tunnel bores deep into the mountain, wooden supports placed periodically along the length of the passage. Torches illuminate a set of rails leading into the distance, and what appears to be a ...
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What would the optimal beast of burden created by biotech look like?

Assume an Earth-like planet. The task is to transport a very heavy object through mostly light and some difficult terrain. The object is resting within a basket or pouch, formed like a slingshot and ...
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How much industry is required to keep maintain in a western living-style for 10000 people?

I'm trying to design space habitats and need some estimates on this. Maintaining the lifestyle means that they are capable of produching anything you could get in the West today and are capable of ...
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How would Army units be deployed efficiently by a spacefaring civilization against multiple threats?

First off, I'm talking about a true, professionally trained army. Humans also learned, very early on, that they are not alone and the universe is very Darwinian. Also, human nature doesn't change, ...
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One man kidnapping job [closed]

I want person A to kidnap person B with no additional help. They're both women around 20 years old, and both fairly muscular, although person A is stronger. A should kidnap B while B is sleeping in a ...
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The logistics of corpse disposal

A pair of fearless killers, thousands of years old, guard a path to what is believed to be heaven. Of course, all towns in the area have different ritual and traditions where either their criminals or ...
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How to run a prison with the smallest amount of guards?

So, this takes place in a post apocalyptic world, within the borders of a government called the USC. 30 miles north of The Junction (modern-day Bakersfield) is the JSCF, or Junction State Correctional ...
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Victorian long-distance express transport?

In my world, law enforcement is dispatched from the capital to places around the island. The reason for them being dispatched in this fashion is due to there being few officers and the capital being ...
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What is the minimum number of staff members of each role to keep a Medieval estate running?

Before we begin, I know full-well that the answer changes based on the time-period, size of the estate, number of people being taken care of, amount of money available, and so forth. A correct answer ...
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Logistics: How to move humanity onto a spaceship that is being built from planet Earth?

Humanity builds a spaceship to leave Earth. For eight billion people or so, that vessel has to be gigantic. Using the metal from Earth's core for the construction and the biosphere to create a habitat,...
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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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