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figuring out a fitting name for the “Super Thor” [closed]

Because the word "super" is already occupied by other units, fresh ideas are needed, however I find it hard to find a fitting name, as i know little about Norse mythology. The inferior units is ...
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How expensive were castles? And how were the costs distributed?

In, Castles, Battles, Bombs: How Economics Explained Military History, I came across this passage : "The cost lay mostly in direct labor cost, as most labor had to be paid. (In contrast, raw material ...
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How would a real life force field work?

Requirements for the force field: It must be resistant to all small arms fire, melee weapons, some explosives, and be able to prevent any damage to the user from these weapons. It has to use a ...
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What is the best way to defeat a enemy of superior numbers, but inferior technology?

Our protagonist civilization is based on a large island in the middle of the pacific(think half the size of Australia), has a population of 100 million, has abundant resources and is totally self-...
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What should my military’s combat-utility uniform be?

For some backstory, the United States Garrison is the new military of a post-apocalyptic US where modern civilization and every single country around the world fell due to zombies and a ravenous virus ...
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In a general sense, would it be better to equip troops with plate carriers, body armor, etc. if they’re fighting against zombies?

In a general sense, would it be better to equip troops with plate carriers, body armor, etc. if they’re fighting against zombies? Right now, my Troopers (what someone in the US Garrison is called) ...
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How Many Soldiers are Needed to Patrol/Defend a Medieval Wall?

I have a walled city in a medieval RPG setting. It's out in the middle of a desert and has an impossibly efficient means of acquiring water and producing food off of farmland inside the walls (magic ...
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Would shotguns be a practical weapon to arm certain members of an anti-zombie military unit?

Let’s get some backstory first: So I’ve recently came up with the idea of this combat support anti-zombie unit that’s dedicated towards fighting both human enemies and zombies (but mostly zombies (...
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Aircrafts during Carrington Flare

TLDR: Sun is barraging Earth with frequent but unpredictable EMPs. I have an event in a story inspired by Carrington event set in near future, but the event duration already passed several years. ...
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Would this presidential directive be practical to implement?

So I currently have something call the National Defense-Continuity Directive (AKA Directive 0), which is basically a national call to arms. Directive 0 is only signed off on when there is a truly ...
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Warfare under lasting EMP field [duplicate]

I have world destroyed by a war, but still on certain level of technological advancement. The basic thesis is that due to technological advancement of warring nations the people came up with lasting ...
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Could Richard Nixon stop another Nixon from nuking Washington DC? [closed]

A doppelganger of Richard Nixon orders a nuclear strike on Washington DC from NORAD after aliens arrive to make first contact in 1969. The real Richard Nixon is in Washington DC and desires to prevent ...
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Medieval military logistics with cannibalism and anthropophagy

General Urk is commanding an army of orcs in a pseudo-medieval low-magic fantasy world. Orcs are basically like humans in terms of smarts and toughness and equipment, but with one key difference: ...
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What should I consider when making walls or fortifications that can stand against zombies, bandits, and enemy militaries?

So recently I’ve decided to add a wall to Washington, DC and this is where the wall (named Federal Wall) would end up encircling, with the area being within the Wall being known as the Federal Defense ...
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How would the navies of the present hunt down a sea monster with sonar invisibility?

I am assuming that present day navies would hunt a sea monster using techniques similar to ASW (anti-submarine warfare). According to my research most ASW weapons like torpedoes, mines and missiles ...
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Where are documents about all US military bases and their locations kept? [closed]

First of all, I don't know where to post this question, I am asking about the "real" world. How would someone locate all military bases and facilities in a country, especially the US? For example, ...
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How practical are walls and other tall fixed fortifications when it comes to the defense of a city in a post-apocalyptic setting?

I want to have Washington, DC have a militarized defensive wall (called the Federal Wall) somewhat similar to the Hoover Dam but with artillery, air, and infantry support stationed on its (imagine ...
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How damaging would the loss of hearing, smell and sense of touch be on an open battlefield? [closed]

Only hearing, smell and sense of touch would be affected, visibility/eye-sight would be unchanged. (effects are temporary) Melee weapons : spears/polearms, swords, something something magic melee ...
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Lightning strikes a medieval army. What happens?

In a battle, a mage uses a spell that summons a bolt of lightning from the heavens to strike whatever the mage desires. The lightning lands smack dab in the middle of a tightly packed formation of ...
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Justification for placing an army of supersoldiers under the control of an unstable psychic commander? [closed]

Armchair Chem is your cookie-cutter evil corporation in one of my settings. They're primarily focused on military tech and behind the curtains, unethical experiments. Their latest project was ...
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What organization could take over monster hunting, which was the job of a single organization that's completely gone now?

Now, there are monsters in this world, not exactly the most original though. You have your vampires, werewolves, zombies, wights, etc... Monsters were always at odds with humanity, especially the ...
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What could be used for orbital bombardment?

In my world Mars is fighting Earth. the problem is what would they (Mars and Earth) use for orbital bombardment. Things to know: set in the early 2100s both worlds are inhabited by humans both have ...
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What societal or economic pressures would cause a martian settlement to fight earth? [closed]

In this world our hero is martian and fighting against earth alongside the rest of mars, its set in the early 2100s but there's one problem. Why would mars want to fight earth? Things to know: earth ...
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Why would a future military field trench coats?

In many Sci-fi books, films and video games, the baddies need to have something that sets them apart from our strong jawed heroes. Typically in the form of a gas mask and trench coat (especially if ...
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Can a group of sufficiently trained and armed high school seniors form an ad hoc force and defend against a battalion of militiamen? [closed]

Yeah this sounds really crazy but hear me out. So I’m working out this semi-alternate history and post-apocalyptic story that’s essentially similar to The 100, The Division, The Hunger Games trilogy,...
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How else could you organize a ship's crew? [closed]

What other structures could you use to organize a ship's crew than the standard traditional one of a Captain with officers and a crew? NASA's approach would sort of work, in which there is a mission ...
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Most realistic reward for Military action [closed]

I am writing a story where a fantasy nation's military feature prominently, but I want the way that this military works to be at least somewhat realistic. I have a certain battle scenario and I want ...
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If humans had evolved with “natural forcefields”, would blunt-trauma weapons replace spears as dominant battlefield weapons? [closed]

EDIT: I now realize that asking for a logical extrapolation from the consequences of auras upon ancient, post-classical, and modern warfare was far too broad considering warfare in these periods ...
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Modern military through a portal logistics

Background: It's 2020 and the US military needs to invade an alien planet for freedom purposes. Unfortunately, the only way to get there is through a Stargate-esqe, non-moveable wormhole located at ...
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How can a mage who can only cast in-situ thermonuclear explosion spell moves up the ranks?

Set in the modern day, many talented citizens especially those who can cast magic spells are encouraged to join the army. A very small group of mages can tap into the nuclear forces at will but they ...
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How to Capture a Castle on a Tidal Island?

In my setting there is a tidal island fortress similar to Mont-Saint-Michel that is the refuge of important nobility and is therefore a target for an invading army. The fortress also has a library ...
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Viability of a Matchlock Rotary Gun?

The first effective rotary gun was the Gatling Gun, invented in 1861 and it was a brutally effective weapon that had the advantage of high quality steel, rifling, and percussion caps. But for most of ...
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Is The Use of Mounted Infantry a Viable Tactic for a Nomadic Empire?

By “Nomadic Empire” I am referring to an expansionist power that resembles the empires created by Eurasian Nomads throughout history ranging from the Scythians, Huns, and of course Mongols. Their ...
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Could an army armed with only spear-like weapons be effective?

The superiority of pole arms and spears in particular has become a pretty common meme across multiple online communities, so that got me thinking; what if you had a fighting force in which the only ...
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How to make powered armor viable as a substitute for guns?

I'm thinking about the idea of powered armor replacing guns. What would allow this to be possible? The obvious problem is that it is vastly easier to build slightly more powerful weapons than it is ...
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Kirov-class battlecruiser time travel to WWII [closed]

A russian scientist wanted to develop a new superweapon : Time travel, will be like if one Kirov class cruiser modernization return in 1942, what they will do, how their technology will affect history ...
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Could one build an effectively anarchist military structure?

So I was watching a somewhat recent video from the Leftist Youtuber Renegade Cut about why Star Trek has appeal among conservatives. Among other points, he notes that while Star Trek eliminates ...
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Land power and science fiction militaries

So in reality, navies and air forces really are less effective than armies at projecting power and winning wars. The problem is that people live on land, and so seas and the air are only important as ...
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What acts could an Extremist Anti-Peace group commit to make two friendly nations go to War

If there was an Anti-Peace group that wanted two neighboring nations to go to war, what kind of actions could they take? They're malicious, fueled with hate, and they have little to no empathy for ...
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U.S. Army/Military's response time to an army appearing in the middle of a major city

In the scenario I have in mind, a handful of portals appear in a major U.S. city from which an army of golems starts pouring forth with the intent to cause as much damage as possible. The specifics ...
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How long would it take to kill an army of 100k

The time period is similar to the crusade time instead of asia there is an entirely different island continent. The people on it are not homosapiens but some different earlier branch. they are though ...
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What is the feasibility of an open air contaminant (carbon monoxide) for warfare?

Militia Y intends to burn massive amounts of wood in order to produce carbon monoxide to be used as an air contaminant in warfare. Defence: to be asked as a follow-up question. Time period: ...
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Preindustrial Poison Gas?

Chemical weapons in the form of poisoned arrows have existed since the Stone Age, but gaseous chemical weapons weren’t utilized until WWI. The hideous scourges of Phosgene and Mustard gas required a ...
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Swords as a standardized sidearm and tool

The swords in question are basically machetes, being built for toughness and as a slashing weapon. The army that is using these swords is a professional force of pikemen and crossbowmen, but is ...
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How would magic users be incorporated into the military?

My magical world is getting into the medieval age and plate armor is becoming a thing. My magic system is simply drawing runes in the air(sometimes)/ground. A skilled person could draw a simple rune ...
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How big should my particular military be under post-apocalyptic conditions?

So some background so that you’re caught up: In the world that I’m working on now, in 2005, the deadliest plague in history struck the world. The Black Flu as it was called caused havoc and ...
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How much would this super mutant have to mess up before the military discovers him?

So this alien super mutant is hiding out on Earth in human form. These are the things that make him different: Shapeshifting takes too much effort for him to want to change to something different ...
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Why would a country with high population suffer from low manpower?

This country has very low mortality rates and basic medicine, it is also very well-connected with a strong government and homogeneous culture and people. The country is self-providing of all resources....
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Feasibility of mute Soldiers on a medieval battlefield

In a story that I am building, I want to have an elite force of cavalrymen who are totally mute. In typical fantasy settings, soldiers in an army loudly announce their presence on the battlefield (...
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Justifications for Axe Bayonets

A rather simple question in my opinion compared to my typical: Why would a nation with Napoleonic age technology and weapons use axe bayonets over the more standard 'spear-like' bayonets? They were ...

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