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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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How would an elite force(special forces and SWAT) work in a medieval setting?

During the medieval ages we had the knights as the "noble" soldiers(although more akin to a commander or a general I think) of their king. But I'm not interested on the knights. What I want to know ...
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How to adapt premodern warfare to area-of-effect magic?

This is the enemy infantry line. This is our archmage casting fireball. Area of effect spells can be found in most magic systems. However, whatever the exact effects of the spells are, hitting a ...
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Gun & Pike Era Orc army and tactic

Probably beginning of a series of questions. Human armies I treat human as comparison point for other races. Their civilization level is around ~1500-1550 year of our world. Heavy cavalry is still ...
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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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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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