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How to limit naval combat in a world of giant canals

My world is a drier variant of Earth and the civilization there has built a massive canal network that is used for moving water from the pole to the temperate zone as the temperate zone is lacking in ...
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What will happen if there are only two countries left in the world? [closed]

I would like to know what will happen if there are only two countries left in the world. Lets say after 100 years, there are only America and China. Will they try to defeat each other to unit the ...
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Why don't military spaceships use blockchain technology for ship log? [closed]

Straight to the point, cut out the backstory: If blockchain is so secure and difficult to hack why don't the military spaceship use it for logging important and also non essential events, navigation, ...
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How would medieval/Renaissance-era castles protect themselves from air raids?

Context : my fictional universe is set in a time period akin to the european Middle Ages/Renaissance. Think of the 1400s-1500s for reference. In most aspects (political, social, industrial etc.) my ...
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Military Strength of an HRE in the 1940's? [closed]

How strong would a reincarnation of the Holy Roman Empire be during the 1940s? This includes all of the former Roman Empire's territory (before its collapse) and the Holy Roman Empire's territory.
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Burning to increase mass? [closed]

I just saw a post that suggested that 1 gallon of gas (6.3 lb) burned through a combustion engine generates 20+ lbs of CO2. I am sure they just missed a decimal or did not remember correctly what they ...
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Age of Sail warships with magic flamethrowers

So, you are a powerful empire, where most of the army consists of magically self-enhanced warriors, who can for a limited but not short amount of time double(regular soldiers) to triple(elite soldiers)...
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Black powder machine gun in an airplane

So, you have found yourself in a situation where the city you manage has finished producing their first powered aircrafts, biplanes. They aren't too good. They barely fly 140 km/h, so they're pretty ...
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How is warfare affected when armor has (temporarily) outpaced guns? How can guns compete?

This a follow up on the previous post that asked how strong graphene armor would be and the general conclusion is that we have no idea sadly. So in this post I will ask a more relevant question. ...
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What makes an unstoppable droid army? [closed]

So my question is what would make an army of droids unstoppable when facing against humanoid species? (specifically how would droids be designed) For context one person sets foot on a planet with ...
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Ideal world for challenging manhunts [closed]

I need a world that is hard, but not impossible, to live on but also to be found on. How can I best accomplish this? I am working on a world sort of like the planet in the movie Predators. In the ...
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How strong would graphene armour be? What is the best design?

For quite some time I wondered how strong graphene is as armour. Don’t get me wrong, I understand what graphenes is and would no doubt make excellent armour. I want to know how good it would be ...
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What should I call the troops in my world where the US military consolidated into a single, unified force? [closed]

So basically, for some backstory, rising sea levels and a viral pandemic known as the Black Plague both killed off billions of people in 2015. During that time, due to the collapse of every country ...
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Small sizing in the military

People recently discovered an amazing technological - medical procedure, that allows them to shrink a living creature proportionally by a factor of 18. Lets call it small-sizing. It shrinks all organs ...
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Direct Consequences of Powered Armor [closed]

The Question What are the direct consequences of powered armor being practical? Background In the setting I have been working on, humanity has invented a man-machine interface, bio-mechanical cells ...
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Tank armaments: railguns vs coilguns

Assuming power can be provided, what would be the more practical primary armament for a tank using an electromagnetic cannon? I am looking for a good compromise between accuracy, cost and durability ...
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What would be an resonable amount to fund mechs while not pulling other resources form other projects? [closed]

I have already came up with the pseudoscience to explain how and why the mechs work (they're basically Gundam) but the problem I keep running into is the funding. An important thing is that ...
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Android vs. Biped/Humanoid Robot in the Military

In the story I am writing, a robotics company receives funding from the military to create a prototype for a combat android capable of passing as human but I am having trouble justifying the need for ...
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Can one guy with a duplicator initiate a nuclear apocalypse?

The setting: Present day. The country is up to you. Whatever would be easiest. The guy: Highly skilled. Maybe ex-Marine? Special forces? You can have him be "top of his class" at just about ...
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What is a realistic time needed to get a properly trained army?

The situation is the following: a country, in theory an industrial power (modern times equivalent), maintains a tiny (but well trained) peace-time army which could be used as a source of officers and ...
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Resources to learn about firearms?

I want to learn about firearms, how to handle them, how to use them and how to talk about them without sounding like a moron for my worldbuilding and writing projects. I've considered options like ...
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Gigantic laser facility with dyson-like reflector network as defensive system. Is it a good idea for my setting?

In my setting, there are sectors in a statist union that take a role of defending union's asset, so the military doctrines in those sectors are designed around defending their own sectors. One of ...
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Would society become matriarchal, patriarchal or balanced if the military consisted mostly of women but the top leadership are men? [closed]

The premise is that in this world, mankind has extended their territory throughout the solar system. We now have colonies on multiple moons and planets. War and combat between the different factions ...
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Preconditions for 'Classical' Space Fighters and Carriers

Let's say that I, like many other worldbuilders before me, want to have 'classical' (space-operatic) space fighters and carriers in a space setting. However, I don't want to do it by fiat and ...
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In the far future, humans wage war through spaceships that are mentally controlled solely by women. How would this affect the military and society? [closed]

A bit more explanation on the premise. Humans now have extended their territory to the edges of the Milky Way galaxy and have hundreds of colonial planets. However, humans still fight among one ...
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Infinite energy, helicopters and world-wide attention

Story is set in our days, modern Earth with all it's current problems and conflicts. Let's say someone had secretly found a way to produce almost infinite (reasonably infinite, of course) amount of ...
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What would actually happen if one million people stormed Area 51? [duplicate]

I asked this over on travel.SE, but they weren't pleased and I was directed here. For those out of the loop, this (hopefully) satirical facebook event has garnered quite a lot of attention, with one ...
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Which of the Armed Forces would an interstellar service be most like? [closed]

In my story, I have an Empire, established on Earth and ruling across the few dozen nearest star systeme to it. This needs to have a fleet of ships manned by an armed service for law enforcement, ...
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Storming Area 51 [closed]

As you've probably heard, there's been a recent tongue-in-cheek event on Facebook to storm Area 51 on September 20th. Over 222,000 people have "confirmed" that they are going, with more than 251,000 ...
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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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What factors could lead to bishops establishing monastic armies?

In a fantasy world I have planned a historical event was the "Bishops War" in which the bishops of multiple large parishes waged war with one another with large armies of warrior monks. But I've run ...
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Military for a planet-wide nation [closed]

The setting is: Imperial Guard (Astra Militarum) in the Warhammer 40.000 universe. I find their regimental structure too unrealistic, sending only a few regiments to defend/attack a given planet. So ...
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How would a militaristic society that viewed the laws of war sacred develop? [closed]

While different nations have different laws of war, this society has laws of war similar to those followed by the United States Armed Forces; how would a militaristic society develop that saw its laws ...
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Archery in modern conflicts

Imagine someone who could do everything Lars Andersen can, but with even more accuracy and power, in addition to being very strong and athletic and being able to do it with a heavier bow and faster ...
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Best weapons for warriors who are extremely strong? [duplicate]

The ruling caste of my empire consists of the descendants of gods. Although they are comparatively small in number, they play an important role in the military. They are extremely strong compared to ...
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How would modern naval warfare have to have developed differently for battleships to still be relevant in the 21st century?

So basically, battleships are awesome. I am interested in creating a setting where they were never superseded in their role of long-range command vessels and fire support by aircraft carriers, ...
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Are there examples of rowers who also fought?

In my world I plan to have a naval army with boats that are driven by manpower. The rowers are not slaves but are also soldiers. However, I am struggling to find examples of times in history where ...
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WW3 The robot war [closed]

In the near future could robots that exist today be slightly modified to go off road or in water. In the show called "Battlebots" I imagine, what if it was bot vs Solder. The show is a must watch to ...
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When creating a fantasy nation, how deeply should I dive into it, and what parts aren't required to know? [closed]

I've been trying my hand at fantasy stories for close to five years now, but one thing that always throws me for a loop is CREATING THE WORLD. I realize it's a long slow process, and I've been making ...
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Military academy in geostationary orbit

Say a novel is set 100 years from now, when a confederation of nations establishes a unified military force. (Yes, I know, but this is fiction after all) Would a military academy, training astronaut ...
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Best shape for a necromancer's undead minions for battle? [closed]

A necromancer can reanimate flesh and bone to form mindless, undead creatures. The necromancer controls the minions like puppets through magic. An undead creature is not limited to its natural shape. ...
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Why would a military not separate its forces into different branches?

In the steampunk era of my world there is a military academy that trains officers for the United Anglicynn Kingdoms' military. To be a little different I decided that cadets all train together with ...
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How could a ruler build a secret, private army? [closed]

In my world there is a Queen who plans to overthrow her subjects, replacing them with a more advanced folk. The technology available is late Victorian but the Queen is a powerful AI and manages all ...
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What would a typical battalion soldier day look like? [closed]

I am wondering what a typical day for a soldier would look like. I am interested in a medieval setting. Like when do they get up, when do they train? What kind of food they have. Do they discuss ...
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How would a private global security force receive funding?

Intro: In my story, there’s an organization VERY similar to S.H.I.E.L.D. from the MCU (Pre Winter Soldier). The changes though are that this organization is more heavily rooted in realism and the ...
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Humans separated by two terran planets one 0.8g, other 1.4g [closed]

I am writing lore for a project and am mostly clueless about gravity's effect on human beings in these circumstances. The brief history is that bronze/iron age people had access to "primitive" ...
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Governmental control in a world filled with ledges

My world is a giant wall filled with ledges Rather than a planet, this is a wall with massive ledges scattered across the surface. The wall can be dug into, and there is magic in the setting, as well ...
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Why wouldn’t the government reform the secret service? [closed]

So, in my world, nuclear war happened, and the US has been forced to retreat into underground bases and shelters, were they stay for the next 90 years. During their time underground, they grow ...
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Causing motorcycle crashes with a sniper rifle, no evidence left

If you wanted to force motorcycles to crash utilizing a sniper rifle from no more than 800 yards, what part of the bikes would you aim for to not only cause the rider to lose control, but not leave ...
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An Undercover Army

Suppose you want to invade Russia. But, beating it in a conventional or nuclear war isn't possible for your people for some reason. What if, instead, you line up 500,000 soldiers to move to Russia ...