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Questions tagged [military]

For questions relating to the structure or relations regarding a fictional military or its parts.

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Why Have Faceless Helmets?

What are plausible reasons for equipping an army with the Faceless Goon style helmets? Is there a good reason at all? Please note that its a faceless helmet not a Balaclava or other form of covering ...
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What's a modern era armor that would be best for a late medieval-style fantasy world? [on hold]

Armor has changed to meet the needs and demands of a particular time period's training, technology, and combat styles. If you were sent to a medieval fantasy world- full of monsters, mounted knights,...
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Use for a giant in a space military?

In this story I am writing, I am trying to figure out a place for a giant race in a military for a galaxy-spanning civilization. We'll call them Meat Boys, for joke sake and namesake. ...
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What roles would a six-man reconnaisance team need? [closed]

My current piece requires the main characters to travel towards an observation post that's manned by an XCOM/F.E.A.R.-style organisation on the edge of a S.T.A.L.K.E.R.-style disaster zone. The OP is ...
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Micro Missiles combined into a compact rifle platform?

In this story I am creating, there is an airborne infantry that specializes in disabling small ships, rapid reaponse deployment, and supporting ground forces with a large number of them. For reference ...
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Would a non-lethal military be effective?

An empire spanning the globe has a military force trained and equipped for the temporary impairment of combat forces, such as sleeping gas, shields and nets. The empire is by far the most ...
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How can you use an army of dimunitive soldiers effectively? [closed]

Pompey has been exiled from Rome by his treacherous former ally, Julius Ceaser, after his failure in the civil war. While in exile, he happens upon a mysterious looking ship from the future that he ...
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Plausibility of Self-Replicating Alien Drones Part 2

In my story, humanity comes under attack by extraterrestrial forces determined to sieze Earth's resources (water particularly). In my research it seems to be more plausible that aliens would attempt ...
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Plausibility of Self-Replicating Alien Drones?

In my story, humanity comes under attack by extraterrestrial forces determined to sieze Earth's resources. In my research it seems to be more plausible that aliens would attempt to exterminate humans ...
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Feasible size for an itinerant military [closed]

The story I'm writing exists in a world technologically equivalent to the late middle ages and is about an itinerant militia that makes their living primarily through hunting large and dangerous ...
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TOP SECRET: How long before new technology becomes declassified?

A common trope in sci-fi is the idea of humans reverse engineering alien technology which results in breakthroughs in our own technology. My question is this: If a military/governmental organisation ...
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How would a multinational armed forces be organized followig a near catastrophic alien attack? [closed]

The novel I am writing takes place in a world where the United Nations became the Global Association of Nations, a union of the entire planet under a collective defensive and political federation. ...
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how To have military police see a lot of combat [closed]

What would be a plausible reason to have your average military police officer see a lot of combat Thanks for your time
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How to make firearms rare while metal is still widely available.

My world is in a Napoleonic era in terms of weapons technology, but firearms are extremely expensive and rare. How do I make his believable? Im doing this because I want to keep bows, swords, spears, ...
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What is our planetary defense capability against an Earth life destroying object?

This is World Building through a preventative measure. The Earth has been destroyed a few times in the past and it will happen again in the future, it is just a matter of time. For the first time in ...
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What does a naval ship's hierarchy look like in detail? [closed]

I am having trouble finding a detailed breakdown of the chain of authority on a naval ship. I have been able to find fully detailed charts for Merchant and Cruise ships, but not so much for a naval ...
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How would an attacking army take a port city by surprise on land in medieval times?

Imagine a busy port city with hundreds of ships in a medieval setting without gun power. The city is not heavily walled, and is located on a remote corner of the world, away from the jurisdiction and ...
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In the event of an attack on a city such as Chicago, how long would it take the US military to respond? [closed]

Assuming that the attacker was able to travel unnoticed or possibly used something like teleportation, how long would it take the military to arrive for a counteroffensive? If possible, I'd like time ...
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What would be the pros and cons of a merged military and police?

What would be the pros and cons of a merged military and police? In the world I am building war is an ongoing issue, and so the culture's military is quite extensive. Also the majority of people ...
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Building an Anti-Supervillain task force

I'll admit this question may be a bit vague, but a deliberate lack of knowledge is kind of one of the boundary conditions here. You, dear Worldbuilding Stack Exchange user, have recently been ...
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What is a viable military strategy for a distantly disjoined country?

Premise I am trying to piece together a world where a country has two territories. One territory is very far away from the other. Between the disjoined lands are long stretches of hostile enemy ...
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Martian warfare: could motorcycles be used in war?

This probably sounds like a ridiculous question but it is actually very simple. It seems possible to me to modify a motorcycle to be weaponized and indeed very deadly here on Earth (if you had the ...
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Could the power of PR disaster keep the military from creating a robot with an onboard AI

If I want humans to fight alongside robots, I have to take care of the competition first. According to the lore of my world, only 58 robots were ever created with an onboard artificial intelligence. ...
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How would one attack or lay siege to a flying castle?

So we already know that flying creatures are good at attacking castles. But what about a flying castle attacked by ground creatures? Let's say we have ourselves a medium-sized castle built on a ...
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How can this more technologically-advanced army efficiently fight against a less developed mixed human/undead foe? [closed]

I am looking for ways that the military, described below, can face off against Desert warriors akin to Ancient Egyptians. They're not at a high level of technology, mostly using bows for ranged ...
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How much “peacekeeping” force would a unified peaceful world need?

Five hundred years ago, a world-spanning, decades-long war triggered a planet-wide apocalypse. Survivors from the warring countries had to cluster and work together to survive. Survivors were also ...
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How to effectively force celibacy among a large mixed medieval army?

I have a large army, Let's say 100,000 male and female adolescent soldiers, my commanders are old veterans and they are few but they need a way to prevent pregnancies among my shieldmaidens. How do ...
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Can a Military Officer Change their Combat Roles if the Situation Demands it [closed]

A well-organized insurgency group is attacking an outpost. The peacekeepers that are garrisoning the outpost are outnumbered and about to be overrun. The only person that can reinforce them in time is ...
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Army composition in a “Dies the Fire” scenario

For those not familiar with these books: Dies the Fire* and the subsequent novels by S.M. Stirling are a fantasy companion to his Island in the sea of time series where Nantucket is sent back in time ...
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Which common military equipment could last 500+ years after an apocalypse?

So I’m writing a story set 500 years after a nuclear holocaust. In the scarred, charred wastelands of the former United States of America, a beacon of light, a humanitarian, righteous organization ...
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How many troops would be needed to occupy a city with a population of 2.9 million? [closed]

I have a city that has a population of 2.9 million and an urban footprint around 2,037 square kilometres. For reasons unknown, it's been sealed off from the outside world by a shadowy military ...
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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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How to alert Houston of the coming barbarian invaders in time, without instant communication?

Background Centuries ago, nuclear inferno engulfed the world, and billions were killed. Most people were knocked back to Texas, one of the mightier states in the bygone era, was split up into many ...
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Why might the military not have its soldiers cut their hair?

So, I’ve been working closely with a friend and other user on this site, Jasper, to develop and worldbuild a sci-fi world, which takes place in the 26th century. In that world, all people on Earth and ...
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Plausible reason why Santa and his elves would start a military force? [closed]

So, I’m doing a story we’re my main character accidentally injured Santa Claus in a hunting accident. Him and his friends have to fill in and deliver all the gifts. He messes up, Badly and ends up ...
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The feasibility of a robot with a chest-mounted missile launcher

I have a humanoid 6-7 foot tall combat robot that can let loose a barrage of small homing missiles via a series of missile launchers built into the chest. I do realise that it would require a great ...
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Designing an anti-Degenerate combat robot [closed]

BACKGROUND INFORMATION After a massive explosion ravages Sydney and kills 2.1 million people, a multinational black-ops unit called S.W.O.R.D (an expy of the SCP Foundation and Blackwatch is tasked ...
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Tactics and strategy an army can use to counter Human Wave attacks?

TL;DR: What tactics can a professionally trained army use against a horde of untrained conscripts using human wave attacks? (This scenario takes place in the very-near future.) Background ...
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How to explain why there was no military presence after the apocalypse? [closed]

In the year twenty-hundred and sixty eight (2068) commie demons rose up from the underground and scorched the United States, and the United States Kingdom demons rose up from the underground and ...
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Strategic Value of a 720 degree line

In this world, there is a line of 720 degrees, as opposed to Strategic Value of a line of symmetry which has a line of 180 degrees. In particular, looking at a cross section of the world, imagine ...
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What measures might an early-medieval society take to deal with draugr?

The Background I have an early medieval/late dark ages society roughly equivalent to Anglo-Saxon Britain or Viking Scandinavia. Everything's fairly normal...apart from the fact that people who drown ...
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Texas expansion: Military

Alternate Timeline So let's say that there is a dragged out War of 1812 that splits the north and south. Southerners moving west will be moving into Texas. There is thus more manpower in Texas and so ...
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Designing a plausible Corinthian-style modern combat helmet

I recently asked about the plausibility of a fully-enclosed modern combat helmet, whose design took cues from the Corinthian helmet, a human skull and a scowling face. This "Corinthian-Type Helmet" ...
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Could siege weapons be used in field battles against massed enemy troops?

In my fantasy universe, dwarves use a tactic that involves using a lot of catapults and ballistas mounted on carts that look like Polish/Cossack tabor or Hussite war wagon, which are parked behind the ...
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The practicality of Corinthian-style combat helmets

I'm considering creating a fictional multi-national black ops unit called S.W.O.R.D (Special Worldwide Offensive Resolution Division) designed in a highly organized and militarized manner such as you ...
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Is it possible to win many wars while not being highly regarded in the military art?

I have a commander who won several wars with relatively small casualties, against opponents who were similar in strength. Is it possible his victories to be disregarded as flukes and opportunism, and ...
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What type of weapon makes the most sense for use on a spaceship [duplicate]

Supposing your spaceship was long and narrow, what type of weapon would be most practical on a spaceship made of the materials we make spaceships out of today with scaled hull thickness to equal the ...
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What would a modern soldier trained and equipped to operate in burning forests look like?

So, let's just say that the US Military has a tactic that involves setting forests alight and deploying troops there for combat. I don't know if this is plausible, or why they would do this, but I ask ...
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Army composition of feudal gunpowder society

The Society The society in question is feudal in structure. The most advanced widespread technology defining this society is the flintlock muzzle-loading firearm (I'm undecided as to rifled or not, ...
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Destruction of modern suburbia by railgun

Jormungandr, the Snakebot of Doom, was intended by its designers to destroy human infrastructure by rolling over it, however it was also provided with the means to accelerate around 30 metric tons of ...