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Questions tagged [military]

For questions relating to the structure or relations regarding a fictional military or its parts.

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Why wouldn’t the government reform the secret service? [on hold]

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 ...
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How to enforce an international ban on the use of human enhancement to one's advantage?

So, technology has become available to enhance human abilities, legislators and the public want to make sure people cannot use this to their advantage. If someone applies these enhancements later in ...
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Military Training from Toddler Age

I saw this question, but mine is slightly different. Could a hyper militaristic society get better soldiers by training all children from when they are toddlers? They would be put in state-run ...
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Would a National Army of mercenaries be a feasible idea?

Would it be practical for a small, largely isolated country to have a drafted army to be hired out to other countries as guards for caravans or a policing force? The soldiers would all serve around 4 ...
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Understanding the daily life and function of officers in a space navy [duplicate]

In the process of world-building my space opera's allied navy, I realized I really need to know more about what the functional roles of some of the officers aboard ship are; you know, not just their ...
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Why are all my replica super soldiers young adults or old teenagers?

So, I was working on my setting when I thought, "if I'm going for maximum JRPG feeling, I need several teenager protagonists, who somehow still stand a chance against the armies of Darkness." ...
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Why would space fleets be aligned?

Recently I noticed how space fleets are all constructed so the ships are all aligned. With 'aligned' I mean the way how all ships seem to have a 'right way up' and that all the ships have the same ...
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How does a mid-19 century military combat a modernized one?

So, let’s say in a post apocalyptic world, there are two fighting forces. One army is equipped with Civil War-esque weaponry (cannons, rifles, horses) called the USCA and the other army is fighting ...
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Spells that would be effective against a modern day army but would NOT destroy a fantasy one [closed]

I'm developing a story about a few hundred modern day US Marines who are transported to a fantasy world and must do battle with an army of Orcs and dragons. I know they will be extremely effective at ...
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Mechanized infantry of the medieval age

Using resources already available at the time, could medieval age armies form their equivalent of a mechanized infantry and perhaps implement a sort of "blitzkrieg" strategy during battles? If so, how ...
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Help with military structuring [closed]

I'm building a military for this sci-fi book I'm writing, and I'm struggling with the hierarchy of command this military should follow. At this point, I'm just worried about the planetary forces, ...
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Occupation Forces

So, I'm well aware that Sci-fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale. This is an effort to avert this for intragalactic conquest. My mighty space navy has crushed a solar system's defensive fleet, and now ...
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What stops a race of giants from wiping out humanity?

Starting from 435 A.D., a race of sea-faring giants has made land-fall in Eurasia and is raising hell. Due to socio-political pressures in their island homelands in Polynesia and Australia (constant ...
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Small Species - What weapons would make sense?

One thing that I've been thinking about, for one of my sci-fi worlds, is the main race that inhabits it. They’re a small mammalian species, about three and a half feet tall on average, evolving on an ...
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How strong would an armor made out of steel grain bonded with living GMO plant root possibly be?

In my setting that take place around a century from now, there is a military organization which consist of multiple fraction from various lawless independent industrial colonies. Their technology ...
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Full plate - ways to make individual suits look more distinct

So I have a fairly large empire led by knights, and there are a lot of different households with their own proud histories and strong personal identities. As a natural consequence of this, a culture ...
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What advancements in firearms technology to increase overall effectiveness could we see with material science more advanced than what we have today? [closed]

If there was access to more advanced material sciences (such as polymers, metallurgy, plastics, and ceramics), what new developments in weapons technology could we see that can be as paradigm changing ...
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Why Have Faceless Helmets? [closed]

What are plausible reasons for equipping an army with the Faceless Goon style helmets? Is there a good reason at all? Please note that its a faceless helmet not a Balaclava or other form of covering ...
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What's a modern era armor that would be best for a late medieval-style fantasy world?

Armor has changed to meet the needs and demands of a particular time period's training, technology, and combat styles. If you were sent to a medieval fantasy world- full of monsters, mounted knights,...
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Use for a giant in a space military?

In this story I am writing, I am trying to figure out a place for a giant race in a military for a galaxy-spanning civilization. We'll call them Meat Boys, for joke sake and namesake. ...
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What roles would a six-man reconnaisance team need? [closed]

My current piece requires the main characters to travel towards an observation post that's manned by an XCOM/F.E.A.R.-style organisation on the edge of a S.T.A.L.K.E.R.-style disaster zone. The OP is ...
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Micro Missiles combined into a compact rifle platform?

In this story I am creating, there is an airborne infantry that specializes in disabling small ships, rapid reaponse deployment, and supporting ground forces with a large number of them. For reference ...
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Would a non-lethal military be effective?

An empire spanning the globe has a military force trained and equipped for the temporary impairment of combat forces, such as sleeping gas, shields and nets. The empire is by far the most ...
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How can you use an army of dimunitive soldiers effectively? [closed]

Pompey has been exiled from Rome by his treacherous former ally, Julius Ceaser, after his failure in the civil war. While in exile, he happens upon a mysterious looking ship from the future that he ...
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Plausibility of Self-Replicating Alien Drones Part 2

In my story, humanity comes under attack by extraterrestrial forces determined to sieze Earth's resources (water particularly). In my research it seems to be more plausible that aliens would attempt ...
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Plausibility of Self-Replicating Alien Drones?

In my story, humanity comes under attack by extraterrestrial forces determined to sieze Earth's resources. In my research it seems to be more plausible that aliens would attempt to exterminate humans ...
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Feasible size for an itinerant military [closed]

The story I'm writing exists in a world technologically equivalent to the late middle ages and is about an itinerant militia that makes their living primarily through hunting large and dangerous ...
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TOP SECRET: How long before new technology becomes declassified?

A common trope in sci-fi is the idea of humans reverse engineering alien technology which results in breakthroughs in our own technology. My question is this: If a military/governmental organisation ...
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How would a multinational armed forces be organized followig a near catastrophic alien attack? [closed]

The novel I am writing takes place in a world where the United Nations became the Global Association of Nations, a union of the entire planet under a collective defensive and political federation. ...
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how To have military police see a lot of combat [closed]

What would be a plausible reason to have your average military police officer see a lot of combat Thanks for your time
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How to make firearms rare while metal is still widely available.

My world is in a Napoleonic era in terms of weapons technology, but firearms are extremely expensive and rare. How do I make his believable? Im doing this because I want to keep bows, swords, spears, ...
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What is our planetary defense capability against an Earth life destroying object?

This is World Building through a preventative measure. The Earth has been destroyed a few times in the past and it will happen again in the future, it is just a matter of time. For the first time in ...
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What does a naval ship's hierarchy look like in detail? [closed]

I am having trouble finding a detailed breakdown of the chain of authority on a naval ship. I have been able to find fully detailed charts for Merchant and Cruise ships, but not so much for a naval ...
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How would an attacking army take a port city by surprise on land in medieval times?

Imagine a busy port city with hundreds of ships in a medieval setting without gun power. The city is not heavily walled, and is located on a remote corner of the world, away from the jurisdiction and ...
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In the event of an attack on a city such as Chicago, how long would it take the US military to respond? [closed]

Assuming that the attacker was able to travel unnoticed or possibly used something like teleportation, how long would it take the military to arrive for a counteroffensive? If possible, I'd like time ...
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What would be the pros and cons of a merged military and police?

What would be the pros and cons of a merged military and police? In the world I am building war is an ongoing issue, and so the culture's military is quite extensive. Also the majority of people ...
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Building an Anti-Supervillain task force

I'll admit this question may be a bit vague, but a deliberate lack of knowledge is kind of one of the boundary conditions here. You, dear Worldbuilding Stack Exchange user, have recently been ...
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What is a viable military strategy for a distantly disjoined country?

Premise I am trying to piece together a world where a country has two territories. One territory is very far away from the other. Between the disjoined lands are long stretches of hostile enemy ...
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Martian warfare: could motorcycles be used in war?

This probably sounds like a ridiculous question but it is actually very simple. It seems possible to me to modify a motorcycle to be weaponized and indeed very deadly here on Earth (if you had the ...
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Could the power of PR disaster keep the military from creating a robot with an onboard AI

If I want humans to fight alongside robots, I have to take care of the competition first. According to the lore of my world, only 58 robots were ever created with an onboard artificial intelligence. ...
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How would one attack or lay siege to a flying castle?

So we already know that flying creatures are good at attacking castles. But what about a flying castle attacked by ground creatures? Let's say we have ourselves a medium-sized castle built on a ...
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How can this more technologically-advanced army efficiently fight against a less developed mixed human/undead foe? [closed]

I am looking for ways that the military, described below, can face off against Desert warriors akin to Ancient Egyptians. They're not at a high level of technology, mostly using bows for ranged ...
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How much “peacekeeping” force would a unified peaceful world need?

Five hundred years ago, a world-spanning, decades-long war triggered a planet-wide apocalypse. Survivors from the warring countries had to cluster and work together to survive. Survivors were also ...
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How to effectively force celibacy among a large mixed medieval army?

I have a large army, Let's say 100,000 male and female adolescent soldiers, my commanders are old veterans and they are few but they need a way to prevent pregnancies among my shieldmaidens. How do ...
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Can a Military Officer Change their Combat Roles if the Situation Demands it [closed]

A well-organized insurgency group is attacking an outpost. The peacekeepers that are garrisoning the outpost are outnumbered and about to be overrun. The only person that can reinforce them in time is ...
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Army composition in a “Dies the Fire” scenario

For those not familiar with these books: Dies the Fire* and the subsequent novels by S.M. Stirling are a fantasy companion to his Island in the sea of time series where Nantucket is sent back in time ...
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Which common military equipment could last 500+ years after an apocalypse?

So I’m writing a story set 500 years after a nuclear holocaust. In the scarred, charred wastelands of the former United States of America, a beacon of light, a humanitarian, righteous organization ...
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How many troops would be needed to occupy a city with a population of 2.9 million? [closed]

I have a city that has a population of 2.9 million and an urban footprint around 2,037 square kilometres. For reasons unknown, it's been sealed off from the outside world by a shadowy military ...