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Ancient artillery, throwing bombs with slings [closed]

a sling can throw a projectile up to 400 meters or further, in some cultures children grow up training with slings and in adulthood it develops into an extension of their arm, developing the ability ...
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How to defend a kingdom without killing anyone [duplicate]

What resources, schemes, and strategies does a medieval king need to protect their power without killing or torturing?
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Why would they use human soldiers over undead ones?

In my setting you can revive people from the dead as long as the brain is intact, though you have to remove all their organs and replace them with a suitable alternative Egyptian mummy style. The ...
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How would medieval warfare be different when society & armies are led by intelligent dragons?

So here's the parameters: The society is a feudal one where a noble/aristocratic class of dragons rules over humanity, who are legally, culturally, & religiously bound to the dragons' service. ...
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Realistic Rounds for Penetrating advanced body armor? A round for standard infantry against nano-machined ceramics

Ed: This is my first post here so sorry for any mistakes I made. I realize my question was kinda stupid thinking about it. Here's the gist, I'm having issue coming up with a round for standard ...
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What would replace/be the next evolution of tanks in the future

What would tank design or even replacements look like in the far future. The proposed tech level is something akin to the expanse, but for hand wavy reasons ships in orbit cannot just bombard enemy ...
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How to explain why the humans in my setting limit laser weapons to large anti-tank armaments instead of miniaturizing them

So, in my world, the human’s UEN military mainly uses conventional firearms as their primary infantry weapons. However, they do have one non-ballistic weapon: the heavy, shoulder mounted M/DEW-96C ...
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Minimum force needed for an air strike against a wind farm?

Mission Overview A long-simmering conflict is about to break into open war in more-or-less modern-day Earth. You are part of the staff of an air force general, who is in charge of planning a wave of ...
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Why would The Machines not hunt humanity?

The Slow War is almost over. The Machines appeared almost twenty years ago, and since then we've all but lost humanity without them firing a single shot. Instead they won through brute industrial ...
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Does microwaves (or other types of wave) be able to disrupt radar signals? [closed]

The idea is that this next generation fighter jet would have some microwave or electromagnetic emitters to disrupt the travel path of the waves radars emits and "disappear" from the map, but ...
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How do I make my soldiers jump higher

I need a mechanical way to make my soldiers who are combat explorers in a forest to be able to jump higher than normal. They will be equipped with a variety of weapons from normal hand held weapons up ...
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Recoilless Rifles vs Bazookas against non Mechanical Targets

I need a weapon that is shoulder fired that can deal with heavy monsters such as a minotaur and the likes, but light enough so that the user can carry at least another small arm without to much hassle....
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Shoulder Mounted Weapon Design in a dieselpunk/ww1 time period

In my setting a large city state has been cut off from the rest of civilization through the appearance of a large alien forest that sprouted up during the medieval times and cut off the city state ...
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What kind of education would telekinetic children get in a modern country?

In this case I'm assuming a low level telekinetics that can do anything they can see. People with Telekinetic skills are not discriminated against too much but they make up a small portion of the ...
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Why do military only use consumable portal scrolls to rather than reusable ones? [closed]

There are 2 kinds of portal scrolls which are equally reliable and can handle similar traffic regardless of distance, the consumable or one time use only and the reusable or can be used more than 2 ...
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Which geographic areas within an empire produce the best soldiers?

In my book series, the Aurean Empire is a vast entity spanning an entire planet. I'm kind of wondering what parts of my empire would the Aureans draw their best soldiers from (for example, the Roman ...
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Copper Armor as defence against laser weaponry?

As I'm sure many of you educated folks on this stack exchange know, copper is one of the most heat-conductive common metals out there. My question: if, for some reason a society with early 20th ...
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In a 12-Pointed Star Wall, Which Shape Would the Inner Wall Be for Maximum Defense?

In this generic scenario, there is a settlement protected by both an inner and outer walls. The inner wall protects an area of 72 hectares. Both walls are 40 feet tall and thick and made of brick. ...
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What would it have taken for navies to control air forces historically?

So the idea of space navies is extremely common in science fiction, with the navy as the branch that is more or less dominant. Generally speaking they have marines under them and there is rarely an ...
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How to jam a jet to shoot it down/capture it?

I am writing a near-future technology-based sci-fi about a war that would take place in the Mediterranean sea. At the very beginning, I want a French Rafale pilot patrolling and teaching a Greek pilot ...
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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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