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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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Why Wouldn't The Military Intervene with a Zombie Apocalypse?

I was looking around the site bored for a while, when I found this question: Why would the military use tanks in a zombie apocalypse? Because I'm writing my own zombie story, I realized that I need my ...
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If you were wearing a bomb suit, would it be safe to set off a Claymore mine strapped to your chest?

The M18A1 Claymore mine is a directional fragmentation anti-personnel mine. It is designed to kill by projecting a lethal hail of steel balls within a 60-degree cone in front of itself. It seems ...
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Are there any heavier-than-air gases that could be made using medieval tech and have military applications?

I am trying to find a gas that would be used as a weapon, which could also be made by someone in a medieval setting. The gas doesn’t have to be explicitly deadly, but anything that would incapacitate ...
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Are Black Holes Military & Economic Assets? [closed]

I'm working on a sandbox astrophysics, economics and military simulation generator (there is no defined setting but I try to use real and hypothesized science for the most part) where different types ...
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Feasibility of active defense systems against kinetic weapons

Spurred on from an earlier post over here. The general consensus was that if a depleted uranium round is coming your way, don't be in its way. And if you do get hit, disperse the damage as much as ...
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Intercepting/surviving tank based high velocity kinetic weapons

Suppose in the future tanks are able mount higher velocity guns such as railguns or electro chemical technology (ETC) guns. Suppose these tanks slightly larger normal (no you can't mount a railgun on ...
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How would modern naval warfare be altered by a complete lack of fossil fuels?

Long story short, a bunch of people terraformed a planet and then were immediately technologically and societally forced back to the Stone Age thanks to interference/extermination/general-not-goodness ...
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How to stop soldiers from selling their equipment?

Assume there is a resource that allows for rapid regeneration of body parts and termination (magical deletion) of foreign objects in the body upon usage. Let's say it is scarce enough that you can't ...
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Creating a Species purely for Warfare

A species genetically engineered/corrupted/bred for warfare is a staple of fantasy. Lord of the Rings' orcs and Wheel of Time's Trollocs come to mind, for example. Creatures created by the bad guys to ...
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Feasibility of a Cannibalistic Army? [closed]

Among humans cannibalism has been practiced as a funerary ritual within numerous cultures across the world, and also as a way of ritualistically degrading defeated enemies, as was done most notably ...
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One reason Taiwan's military would be using weapons sold by China

I need a way to change history so that Taiwan, in 2015, be using weapons manufactured and sold by mainland China as well as some US equipments--sort of like how Pakistan uses both Chinese and US ...
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How to modernize military in a short time

Related to this. MC is trying to build a modern nation out from an ancient one, and he also needs a modern military. A modern military is not just about equipment, it is also about having modern ...
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How to weaponize the dinosaurs [closed]

If we had the ability to recreate dinosaurs; what technology would be required to overcome the hurdles of using them in modern combat? The things that came to my mind was cryogenic storage to reduce ...
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How would a futuristic style army use androids that mimic humans in any way? [closed]

In a army(or any military) humans can have qualities that act as flaws in a military. Disregarding emotions, lets say that you had an android, similar to any other droid soldier in popular sci fiction,...
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How capable would this android be against a modern military?

So I was thinking about a concept where this scientist/engineer in a post-apocalyptic America/an America-esque country(the rest of the world is pretty much normal) makes this android(a female if you ...
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Soft vs Hard: Which is the best system for a military exoskeleton?

Currently, there are two systems for exoskeletons to move with. Soft exoskeletons that utilize Soft Robotics and Hard exoskeletons that use electric motors, pneumatics, levers and hydraulics ...
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Why didn't the military give T-rex clones a bigger more powerful arms?

In the near future we have the technology to clone prehistoric animals. Although it will not be the same as the original, certainly we can make a meaner version of it. Especially when it comes to ...
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How do I justify the existence of a gynoid army?

A gynoid is just the term used to refer to female androids or “fembots”. Gynoids are typically female-styled robots and are usually more human-like compared to regular androids, with the accompanying ...
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How, if at all, could my secret immortal clans hold on to territory in small towns?

I have a story set in an alternate version of 1998 USA where nearly every single mythical humanoid humanity has ever believed in actually does exist (or used to before going extinct) and lives in ...
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What would be a realistic length of minimal compulsory military service for a modern country's occupants?

I have a world in which several neighboring countries are in an ongoing long term military conflict. The style of conflict fluctuates between a cold war USSR vs US, current North vs South Korea and ...
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How Could Someone Make an Army Which is Immune or Resistant to Magic Attacks?

My DnD character is a sorta artificer/warlock mix who has technical prowess and has a patron that can give him glimpses into technology from alternate universes (basically advanced knowledge on ...
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With contemporary technology, is it possible to produce a propellant for bullets that is stored as a liquid but that solidifies upon exposure to air?

I found this question on Worldbuilding Stack Exchange. A part of it interested me; specifically, the part about how, in Jay Dee's setting: Guns are more efficient by use of liquid ammunition that ...
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Why wouldn't tribal chiefs use berserkers in warfare?

So in my setting, there's this magical elixir that can essentially turn people into berserkers for a short time. They enter a state of "murder high" where they basically become hardcore ...
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How to justify small Hominids not being conquered by (anatomically modern) Humans?

So in my setting there's a group of Hominids distantly related to humans. They live in a forested continent on the coast of which humans have created colonies. They have patchy light brown skin for ...
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Can we "train" the body to be more resistant to internal bleeding/head trauma?

Well, in order to give some background, basically the army of this fictional country is taking military training to its limits, but not in the traditional manner. For example: One of the first steps ...
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Realistic sensor array capabilities?

This is a follow-up to an as of yet unanswered question: What would the local effects/affects be of a ring spinning near luminal velocity? If you can, please take a look at this question as well! ...
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How many people would make up the HQ and Staff positions of an Army Corp size unit, and what would their roles be?

Deployed to defend the Republic of Kievansk, and with it the northern flank of the United Commonwealth forces on the continent of West Ursia, is the 18th Corp, the Sand Vipers. This unit, comprising ...
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Line/Square formations with automatic rifles and sentient vehicles?

Is there any reasons a line/pike-square formation would be used with soldiers equipped with automatic rifles with bayonets? The army also has sentient vehicles that can transport troops and fight on ...
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Maintaining an advantage in a world of reactionless drives [closed]

Suppose, because I can't be bothered explaining the exact setting, that someone showed up tomorrow and started handing out spaceships with reactionless drives to anyone who asked for them. These ships ...
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Joint Nuclear Weapons Control?

As stated in a previous question, the main political entity of my world, the United Commonwealth, is protected by a combined Army and Navy, made up of personnel from all nations, and funded by all ...
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How Would a Highly Organized Standing Army Accomodate Different Sentient Species?

In my book series, the Aurean Empire has a very organized and professional standing military, heavily influenced by the Roman and Eastern Roman Empires, in which weapons and armor between soldiers is ...
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How rapidly can small nuclear weapons be produced?

In my setting, there is a ban on nuclear detonations greater than one kiloton in magnitude. This ban is enforced with a supranationally controlled strategic nuclear arsenal capable of essentially ...
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Why would a tank have multiple main weapons or a main weapon with multiple barrels?

Fiction is filled with examples of tanks with multiple main weapons, from Command and Conquer's Mammoth to Warhammer 40,000's Baneblade to World of Tanks's IS-2-II (although the IS-2-II was based on a ...
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How Might an Army with Modern Technology Gear up for Seal Clubbing Technologically Backwards Enemies?

In my book series, the Ishga Empire has a monopoly on technology that we would say ranges from an industrial revolution to sci-fi level, although their military tech capabilities for the sake of this ...
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How durable would a kaiju-sized human be?

I am writing a story that centres around a person who slowly grows larger and larger overtime, to the point of kaiju-size and beyond. They grow due to magic, so other than their vastly increased size ...
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Armored Fighting Vehicles in Heavy Forests and Mountain Regions

In my setting the world is practically covered in dense forests, mountains or mountainous forests. As to they whys, for now its easier to just say that's the way it is. Technology in this world is ...
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How could an ancient army go about defeating a giant army of monsters? [closed]

I've been trying to study military victories against the odds but a lot of the stuff doesn't apply it seems. The armies in those battles are usually not outnumbered as severely and when they are, they'...
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What wavelength of electromagnetic energy is best suited for burning into a tank's hull?

Background: in my setting, there's a defensive directed-energy weapon installation that runs off of four gas turbine engines similar to the General Electric T64. Between the four of them, ...
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What kind of sea conditions would my 'Warp' have that wouldstop submarines from being able to operate effectively?

In my creation of a semi-realistic armed forces for my world's main faction, I took the unrealistic decision to make a way of keeping battleships. To that end, I adapted my existing idea of creating a ...
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With modern-day/near-future (i.e. potentially realizable within 20 years) technology, can a nuclear reactor with these characteristics be built?

I'm writing about a nuclear-powered tank. Yes, I know about what the problems associated with it are. No, the people in the setting don't care about radioactive contamination of their environment, or ...
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