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How to keep explosive projectiles without propellants?

In the world i'm making, humans are physically incapable of producing propellants. Why? Because their God won't allow it. That doesn't mean humans stop searching for better ways to kill each other. So ...
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Farming sense check

There is a highly militarized nation of 300k people between 0 and 60 years old – technology level similar to the Romans. For climate, think the Mediterranean with plenty of freshwater (streams & ...
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Roughly how many levels of command were there in a large WW2 army?

I want to build the command structure for a WW2 technology level fictional army. I’m struggling with all of the different units and especially the HQ’s. I need to understand how a real army of this ...
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What are things to consider and keep in mind when making a heavily fortified and militarized border?

Here are some maps for reference For some context, in my world, from 2030-2040, an event known as the Great Collapse saw the human race pushed towards the brink of extinction due to Unidentified ...
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How would a society dominated by mercenary companies work?

A continent I am building was entirely dominated by one race for centuries, with all other races as slaves. Throughout this time, there was an underground network, namely 4 huge coalitions of soldiers....
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How to kill an alien with a decentralized organ system?

I had a cool but not so original idea: aliens with many many redundant organs, and a nervous system spread across their bodies. This creates some issues. How do I kill one? What the Alien is like: The ...
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What is the best age to start training young children for warfare by an elite military?

Note: this is NOT a duplicate of this question as that question asks whether the process will create better soldiers or not, while in my setting it is already accepted by the empire that it WILL ...
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Why would a regiment of soldiers be armed with giant warhammers instead of more conventional medieval weapons?

What are real advantages of using big hammers(BIG) that these soldiers have been trained with for years (some since children)? There is a heavy cultural aspect to it, but right now I need only focus ...
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What would the world look like if everone was a wizard? [closed]

In my world everyone has magic powers. They aren't super powerful (no murder on sight spells...) but every single person has limited magic. What political, social, military and agricultural things ...
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The best type of reconnaissance for modern dragons?

My dergs: About the size of a large draft horse, 12-meter wingspan, human intelligence, able to talk in human languages. Scales are very tough, but an armor-piercing round from an M2 Springfield bolt-...
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How would centaurs fight British musket infantry squares of the 18th - 19th century (aside from using artillery)?

How would centaurs fight British musket infantry squares of the 18th - 19th century (aside from using artillery)? The centaurs would have the same technology as the British, more or less. Would they ...
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Reason to use tridents over other weapons?

So, I wanted one of my species in a world of mine to primarily use tridents as their weapons. I'm not sure of their location outside of a mesa. I did a little research and tridents were indeed used in ...
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How to kill a marine in power armor?

So there is a riot. This is not a normal riot; it is a uber-ultra-mega riot. The rioters are armed with the best of 21st century rifle tech and whatever they could make at home -- i.e. Molotov ...
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How to do repairs during high G maneuvers?

In Nemesis Games during the battle a character moves through the ship. Since the ship is maneuvering they get banged around a lot. My books are written with a tech level similar to the Expanse so this ...
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Which boarding option is easier?

So in my books I have a couple of boardings. Some of my previous questions make that clear. So I was wondering... Is it better to: A: use the available railgun tech to kill easier and just plug the ...
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Is there any way to make a nonlethal railgun?

Riot police are marching across the burning fields of the UN capital on Mars to quell pro alien insurrectionists. Ethics and activism dictate that no lethal weapons can be used on other humans. But ...
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Would cloth coverings be useful for power armor?

Numerous science fiction works feature super soldiers wearing power armor (powered exoskeletons fitted with armor plates that provide varying degrees of protection, strength, speed, endurance, and ...
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What modern tactical knives do you think will become future classics? [closed]

I’m developing a costume for some military characters in a story set in 2156. What knives of today do you think could still be popular and in use by armed forces in 136 years? What are the Fairbairn-...
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Dedicated castle assault unit

Medieval warfare can get ugly, particularly during sieges. Most will agree that the best course of action is to sit tight for a year or two and hope the defenders starve before your attacking force ...
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What Would Be The Effect of Avatars In The Military?

This is set in medieval society, where everyone has mana but not everyone has the capacity to use it effectively. To make up for this, there are Avatars. Avatars are beings created when someone takes ...
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Can combustion light gas guns use metallic hydrogen or something else to retain the compactness of a bullet

Can combustion light gas guns use metallic hydrogen or something else to retain the compactness of a bullet and its casing and would this mess with my world (it has a decently high tech level and the ...
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How Would a Modern Military Use a Templar Soldier? [closed]

The military has recruited a new asset, a mutant named Templar. Templar's skin is tough enough to make him immune to small arms fire, he's three times as strong as a regular human being, he has twice ...
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Simulated warship quarters?

This universe is 500 to 700 years in the future. Navy vessels are a kilometer long cylinder with rotating hab rings. The main cylinder is basically a railgun, reactors and a bunch a nuclear missiles. ...
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Best way to defend against a army of 100 thousand? [closed]

So our protagonist city-state is a decently sized, rich in resources, and populated(think 100 thousand people) kingdom with Early Medieval Dark Ages technology(no gunpowder or cannons). The attacker ...
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How does my 'Free Fall Corps' fight? [closed]

For whatever reason(I don't really care why), there is a portion of the military dedicated to combat while in a free-fall from varying heights. They are well trained at what they do and seem to always ...
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Would a portable watchtower be useful for the premodern military?

Whenever one thinks of something new to introduce to war I always think: Yeah. They were smarter than you and more experienced. They had the ability to think of your basic idea and did not. Probably ...
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How to weaponise Anti-Gravity?

Antigravity, as a recap, is the phenomenon of creating a field that is free of / opposes normal gravity. Supposedly Antigravity is real and can be created. The most common idea is to have a rotating ...
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Protection for a diplomatic mission [closed]

On a diplomatic mission, how many men would be reasonable to ensure an ambassador's protection and what rank would they be? It's a diplomatic mission to secure an arranged marriage between two ...
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A Scientifically Plausible Platform-Independent Information-Destroying Monster? [closed]

I have dragons, unicorns, gryphons, whatnot. They live happily until the evil Monster Hunter Association shows up and starts killing them for sport. Well, it didn't happen yet, but I received intel ...
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Are dragons useless when there are guns?

Right now, I'm facing a problem: Dragons are useless. This is dragons every time they come into contact with any fireteam. Most of my characters are non-humans. Among them, dragons have the problem ...
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How might you design a modern military like Starfleet?

I've been thinking about the extremely unusual structure of Starfleet as a military organization, and thinking about what the equivalent would be as a modern military. The obvious trait that would be ...
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How could one erase a culture? [closed]

Out of a cultured society, an Evil Empire™ has arisen. Naturally, the Evil Dictator™ wants his people to be obedient to him. In this process, he wants to erase his Evil Empire™'s culture. This would, ...
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Would dragons with automatic grenade launchers strapped to their backs be useful?

My Dragons: Smaller and cuddlier than their original version (well, most writers copy Smaug to varying degrees). They have long lifespans and human intelligence. They can mimic just about any sound ...
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What would cause a heavy military or civil presence on an island with no strategic value?

Let’s say I have an island, similar to the likes of Kerguel in the Indian Ocean, as the island is hundreds of miles away from any mainland, has no immediate resources, a tiny population and no ...
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Importing Asian Technology and Political Support into Mesoamerica

This is the year 1400 CE. I am a prince in my early teens, belonging to the Zapotec civilization, Mexico. I always get recurring dream that in less than 4 generations, hostile people from far away ...
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Four superpowered soldiers as global threat [closed]

I’m writing a story in which the beginning of superheroes arises when four people with vendettas commit extreme acts of violence using elemental abilities against a few countries. Powers are as ...
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In this universe with these technologies would HUMAN infantry still be useful for the military?

In my previous question about galactic empires the subject of human infantry was not the main focus so it was not discussed properly. And so I think it needs to be covered as I'm really trying to ...
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Military/Government Breakdown in Post-Apocalyptic USSR

Background: In an alternative universe the Cold War (circa 1975) turns hot after some satellite communications errors. Nukes start flying — but for the purpose of the question, let's just focus on the ...
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Humanity is an FTL capable empire with great technological capabilities, what will our fighting machine or machines be like?

First I love the whole desperate infantry squad against a sea of trouble premise of so many stories. Even when some of them is set in the future. There is the rub. How on earth would I have a setting ...
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Increasing respawn times. How?

How Regenerators work As I mentioned before, thanks to the Foundation, this setting has access to "Regenerators", enormous machines that can bring thousands of people back to life if ...
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How would a medieval military deal with the costs of magic/magitek?

Can be seen as a continuation to This, but it is not necessary for this question. This question is only applicable to regular, non-specialised and very elementarily trained soldiers. Qualified wizards ...
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People dying and respawning, would it increase their pain tolerance?

Another element of my meta-setting was the Foundation. What they exactly do changes from story to story, but they're usually a peacekeeping force, low in numbers but insanely powerful. One reason for ...
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How might you design a solarpunk military?

So the ideal of solarpunk is obviously that you would not need one, but if not every nation went in a solarpunk direction at the same time, you would likely need a defense against those that did not ...
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How could dragons and gryphons reduce their hitbox?

So, the thing is that this world (let's call it World A) is shared between several sapient races, some smaller (kobolds), some bigger (dragons, gryphons, minotaurs, centaurs) than humans. Storywise, ...
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Nuclear-powered helicopter? [closed]

Have there been any plans to use fissionables as a power source for helicopters in a military role? What would some of the envisioned difficulties and missions of such a vehicle? I imagine long ...
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Technology is Magic: how do I explain the lightning-fast transportation/deployment of conjured troops?

Though it's probably bad for originality to use D&D and Lobotomy Corporation as basis for my world, I doubt there'd be any left of the former by the time I'm done with it. Things like ...
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Just how big of an advantage would an army with bronze weapons & armor have over another more primitive army armed with stone & bone made weapons?

The reason I'm asking is because I'm building a fantasy world where iron/steel is exceptionally poor and the materials necessary for bronze (copper, tin...etc) are super abundant and readily available ...
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Are there any advantages to bioengineered submarines?

So, Blue Submarine No.6. Other than the nightmare-inducing CGI, it's also notable for being furry/scalie bait, complete with the fish lady, Mutio. Most of this bait is thanks to Dr.Zorndyke, a ...
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Is it plausible for a tribe to have a standing army?

I'm creating a parallel world inspired by migration period in the dark ages. I have a tribe that has a something akin to standing army consisting of infantry cavalry rangers Wealthier clan leaders ...
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What tactics would be employed by armies with different light preferences?

Say we have a men vs. orcs warfare scenario in a world with roughly medieval-type technology. The men can see well in daylight, but almost not at all at night. The orcs can see in the darkness of ...

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