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Additional officer ranks for large military organizations

Per my current understanding, a fairly typical military organization will have the ranks outlined in the Wikipedia page on comparative military ranks. The only problem is that, at most, this system ...
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Could a humantaur in the US be accepted to West Point and/or have a career in the US Military?

For the last seventeen years, Kerner Syndrome children, known colloquially as humantaurs (as in the image below, having a fully functional second abdomen and second pair of legs, plus a horse-like ...
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What tools should modern day werewolf hunters be armed with? [closed]

In my world, there are these powerful werewolves spread throughout modern day Earth. Anybody that eats recently-killed (less than a week old) human meat outside during a full moon becomes a werewolf. ...
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Why would authority figures' uniforms be more colourful than average people's? [closed]

In my world, there are magical humans often named wizards. Their scientific name is Homo magicus. However, there are standard humans (Homo sapiens as you shall know). Traditionally, wizards live in a ...
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How are militaries supposed to communicate if they completely shut down wireless communication because the other side can intercept all of them?

This is a story where two militaries are intensely fighting on extremely mountainous terrain, but both of them has developed technologies that is capable of intercepting a great range of signals; from ...
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What psychological strategies could be used for keeping an anti-military crew as close to military doctrine as possible?

I hope this question isn't too broad to be answered and clear enough (which I have a hard time figuring out by myself). Context: In this Earth-like world the society is still quite retrograde in the ...
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How Nazi Germany should use it's new Nukes to quickly and efficiently conquer the entire world [closed]

The premise is thus; A neo-nazi time traveler with a ton of money to throw around who's also done a ton of research into the manufacturing, mechanisms, and uses of nukes, brings a few construction ...
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How can a nuclear submarine cross an eldritch ocean safely?

Submarines are now the sole method of communication and transport between allies on the different continents of Earth. This is because eldritch monsters have begun appearing all over the globe, with ...
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Would it be possible, given current technology, ten years, and an infinite amount of money, to construct a 7,000 foot (2200 meter) aircraft carrier?

Given current technology, ten years, and an infinite amount of money, would it be possible to build an aircraft carrier with a 7,000-foot-long (2,200 meters) flight deck? This is about seven times as ...
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Making an Evil Empire not too humanized [closed]

In my world, there is an "evil" empire trying to expand its rule. However, in reality, they are just like any other empire expanding. Despite this, I still want to make them like a force the ...
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Why would soldiers continue using helmets after the Renaissance?

In my world, it is a mix of Renaissance and 17th century style. For soldiers, they wear helmets as part of their uniform and armor. However, even into their version of the 1700s and 1800s, they ...
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What would be done if a machine went haywire and all the scientists died? [closed]

Not sure how to word the title. In my story a piece of secret US technology was being tested in the congo, but it ended up exploding and causing a temporal anomaly that send anyone within its radius ...
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Can a medieval fantasy world have a world war?

So I basically have a medieval fantasy world, where there are several empires on an Earthlike planet. These empires originated from early Bronze Age civilizations, and have stood the test of time in ...
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How can mages conquer the world [closed]

So the socity of mages is tired of living in secret and want to transform the world into thier play ground where they can use and abuse magic in the open. To accomplish this they must conquer the ...
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Limb and body replacement is common. How many casualities before these small squads retreat? [closed]

I'm running a Cyberpunk Red TTRPG. In the setting: Combat is mainly ranged with modern/near-future small arms. Cybernetic limbs and bodies which are equal (in some cases superior) to organic ...
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How can unguided rockets be more effective than the main gun on a tank?

I have a setting where the environment is constantly changing on the ground level. As a result, hover tanks are used more often than tracked or wheeled tank destroyers/IFV/APCs. The ground can ...
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Glowing Eye Lenses: Why are the Mooks parading their location?

In many a sci-fi, the villains (and sometimes the good guys) have glowing lenses attached to their gas masks to help both identify them and provide a useful target for the protagonists. The obvious ...
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Is there a way a society could produce tanks as cheaply as cars?

In a book I am writing, one of the countries I am writing about has a militarized society, but also a strong sense of universal weapon ownership, to the point that more people in the society have ...
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Would power armor combined with reliable man portable anti-tank systems increase modern army sizes? [closed]

For many reasons, the size of modern armies are relatively smaller compared to even 20th century armies. In my setting there is a more infantry centric style of warfare, but one that's set in near ...
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What kind of tactical situation/s would be best approached with trained jetpack pilots?

I'm writing a story where there's a civil war fought by people with weapons and technology based on 50s experimentals, kind of like a subtle "What-if" aesthetic. How can I manipulate what ...
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Could a merchant city survive not having an military?

Picture a city set in the renaissance times (circa 1350, for example), a city surrounded by vast rich soil at the lip of a large bay. Given the city's close proximity to larger ally kingdoms (kingdoms ...
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Why would an otherwise near future modern society have too many willing recruits attempt to join the military? [closed]

I have a setting where there are multiple factions. Conflict and war are common to a degree on the planet, however, for the most part conflict only encompasses military units. Civilians are rarely ...
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Would the articulations/joints/bearings of a bulletproof full-body suit be easily pierceable?

Context: This armour was designed to be a full-body "bulletproof" suit, only capable of stopping bullets from military assault rifles that have the same capabilities of today's ones. Of ...
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Why would a military organize service/culture based on command zone rather than branch

The US has something called the Unified Combat Command. Essentially what it does is act as a central command structure to bring in multiple different branches in a theater so that an operational ...
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What are potential avenues in advanced materials/manufacturing for light, high-strength parts for portable cannons, firearms and ammo, and armor?

In my setting, there's a faction known as International Front that combines guerilla and para-militarism with advanced technology (for a guerilla group). Their main goal is to fight and conquer the ...
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What are potential avenues for firearms and weapons technologies for a biotech-centric species?

In my setting, there is an alien world known as Totaria and an alien race known as the Totarians, who possess a special cell that lets them develop whatever organs, limbs, and creatures they want, ...
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Under what circumstances is a lower rank officer justified in taking over command from his superior?

I'm writing a SF military novel and at some point lieutenant takes command of forces because his own captain went crazy. The captain still gives lawful orders but he's only taking things from his own ...
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What would be the range of a shaped charge gun "projectile"?

Context: A mix of Wild West with sci-fi elements where a character decided that it was a bright idea to have a shaped charge gun to blast people (humans or not) with molten "jets" (the ...
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What kind of alien homeworld would result in the following kind of alien (i.e. my Enslavers) naturally evolving? [closed]

Pictures are provided below. But overall there are three sentient alien species, at the top of the universe food chain in my setting. One of them are the Enslaver Aliens (different individuals shown ...
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Can a "criminal" country exist in the modern world without getting blockaded and invaded?

In my world, there is a remote island country (unofficially named Banditland or Sin Island) started by cartel/mafia kingpins and unethical businessmen from across the world. In this country, very few ...
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What would be better? Half a ton of ballistic armour or half a ton of sandbags?

Context: In this history, the army finds out a way of making reliable exosuits, but they can only help its user to carry more weight while walking and running, it can't throw cars, jump over buildings ...
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What advantages/disadvantages would Neanderthals have in a 16th Century military conflict? [closed]

Homo Neanderthalensis is a Homo species that went extinct 40,000 years ago. Let's say that Neanderthals made it to the Americas and was isolated on that continent until Spanish colonization. Let's ...
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Why can my power armor's magic lightweight fuel cells not be used for other things?

I have a setting where there is power armor along with a somewhat compact power source that powers not only the suit, but some basic weapons and additional features on the suit. The problem I am ...
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Ideal height for space marine super soldier? [closed]

Let’s say you want to create a powerful genetically engineered group of space marines. The main changes we’ll be making are, in order: increased musculature increased bone strength Increased eyesight ...
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What advantages/disadvantages would Homo Erectus have in a 19th Century military conflict?

Homo Erectus is one of the oldest of the Homo species that went extinct 100,000 years ago. Let's say that Homo Erectus made it to Australia and was isolated on that continent until British ...
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How would modern militaries respond to a large number of unknown spaceships suddenly launching towards the moon from Earth? [closed]

I'm working on a backstory for a science fiction setting and one of the factions are meant to have started out as a worldwide network of political dissidents operating in a sort of parallel ...
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How could the effectiveness of guided weapons be reduced against a non-paranormal giant monster?

How could the effectiveness of radar, heat seeking, or laser guided weapons be reduced during a battle between a monster the size of a 7 story building and the military of a small country. The monster ...
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What would be a realistic distance for Tank Buster helicopter to engage a giant monster from?

In monster\Kaiju movies it is common to see the military engaging giant monsters, using air power, at extremely close range. An early example of this was in the 1933 rendition of King Kong the biplane ...
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How would a medieval kingdom survive a zombie outbreak [closed]

In my world, there is a zombie infestation that destroys and takes out many kingdoms, citystates, and villages. These zombies are fast and like the ones from zombieland. It is possible to get cured, ...
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What are Effects of shielding on length of modern warfare?

In my setting there are particle shields that can be extended from a central source given enough power and particles to fuel the shield. This is a world where armor has outpaced weapons (nuclear ...
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Does my command structure work?

Background The first 'Engev' (Emperor of Lazaeron) sees a need to unite the entire planet to defend against an alien threat, only he knows of this threat and he has no way to definitively prove this, ...
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How might navies and maritime trade have evolved around a Pangaea-like landmass?

So I was thinking about the possibility of a Pangaea like landmass in a secondary world setting. Assuming more or less historical technology and humans, how would the concept of a navy and maritime ...
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How would anti-gravity airships change 1950s warfare?

The antigrav is a bedroom-sized cube of smooth sheet metal walls encasing complicated metallic machinery inside. When switched on, it generates an anti-gravitational field enough to lift a stone ...
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A better way to do a planetary invasion?

Planetary invasions are usually depicted using drop-ships which come straight down from the sky. Pretty much armoured Apollo Era capsules. These can be bigger, for example Warhammer40k has company ...
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How might these advanced humans restrain their dragon test subjects?

THE DRAGONS When standing on all fours, a typical full-grown dragon is about 3 times as tall as a human. They are quadrupedal with opposable thumbs, with four legs and two or four wings, and can ...
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How to identify friendlies in active camouflage

One of the main difficulties that have harped militaries from prehistory to the modern day has been identifying who's your friend and who's the foe. Many solutions have been used to solve this ...
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What reasons might these advanced humans have to abduct and then dismember, traumatize, and possibly even kill dragons? [closed]

THE DRAGONS When standing on all fours, a typical full-grown dragon is about 3 times as tall as a human. They are quadrupedal with opposable thumbs, with four legs and two or four wings, and can ...
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How would a human organization get 20-foot tall fire-breathing, winged, sentient and intelligent lizards to comply with experimental procedures?

THE DRAGONS When standing on all fours, a typical full-grown dragon is about 3 times as tall as a human. They are quadrupedal with opposable thumbs, with four legs and two or four wings, and can ...
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Is there a practical way to simplify modern warfare with worldbuilding for a science fiction setting?

The problem is that modern or especially futuristic warfare is inherently complex when compared with fantasy or historical warfare. Using modern warfare as an example for the sake of familiarity, you ...
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What defences did Camp David have circa 2017

The aliens whose kids sent Jormungandr, the Snakebot of Doom, have shown up at Earth, and have announced that they will be taking over administration of Earth for the foreseeable future. As part of ...
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