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Why would two completely different species, who are newly adjacent to each other, not go to war?

Say portals randomly opened up on Earth that lead to an occupied alien planet, the denizens from one planet can survive on the other, and it's confirmed for both sides that the portals were not ...
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How can medieval knights fend off against army of radioactive ghouls? [closed]

On the night of November 27, 1419 somewhere near a river bank the water glows bright blue. It was due to a phenomenon known as Cherenkov radiation which was unheard of back then, all these high energy ...
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How would one defend against a being that can turn parts of itself intangible at will? [closed]

There are a number of stories that contain a being that can turn parts of itself intangible at will, meaning it won't interact with most objects: The twins from the second Matrix movie; The demon ...
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Best Northern Australia location for a colony in 1700

So I'm doing a story where the time traveling MC decides to make a go for Australia in 1700 before any other powers start giving it some attention. What I'm debating on is where is the best location ...
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Can a secondary fuel economy ever be hardened against attacks?

If a society fully centralized their energy supply to a secondary fuel (artificial energy source like Hydrogen or batteries), the public loses the ability to directly access energy from the earth. ...
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Planetary Defenses Against Interstellar Grey Goo Cloud?

I'm writing a story in which a cloud of grey goo is entering the solar system and humanity must prevent any particle of it from reaching Earth (and potentially other worlds too). Alternately, I need a ...
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Establishing an empire in a world with flying ships

In What would an age of sail flying ship look like?, my answer suggested ships that fly using 'keels' that utilise a difference in physics to that of our own world to achieve flight. Now, I am trying ...
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Internment camp for magical beings

TLDR: What would an internment camp look like, if it were designed for magical beings in a high medieval society (with no gunpowder, but fantastic metallurgy)? Setting/Context I am building a world ...
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How could an overseer of a space colony make sure that the defensive weapons the settlers are using cannot be turned against him?

I have this idea of a mining colony on an isolated planet. It's a dome like structure in a middle of an desert surrounded by a force field and some physical walls. The complex is lead by an overseer ...
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City defenses against kaiju attacks?

In this series I'm mulling, kaiju have been around since prehistory, turning up off and on right up until modern times. In the near-future of this alt-history, say in the next twenty years (2040ish), ...
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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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Could a small private island protect its sovereignty?

Imagine the modern day world where an eccentric billionaire (plus a small group of others) has decided to declare their private island as their own country. (lets say the island is about 1 square ...
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How could a civilization end up confined within walls?

In Shingeki no Kyojin humanity is confined within walls to protect them from giants on the outside. In this case, I'd like to imagine a civilization (doesn't need to be all of humanity) within a huge ...
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What Practical Reasons May Encourage an Empire to Build a War Academy Campus in a Fortress or Structure that can be mobilized for War

I have a large modern fantasy Empire in my setting, and it focuses on the exploits of several students in a military academy. At some point in the story, however, a war breaks out and the academy ...
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Does it make sense to occupy open space?

I was thinking about space as a measured and marked series of boundary lines to denote ownership and governance. The problem is that I'm having trouble seeing that as useful. If there's no particular ...
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How do I convince the general population using large monsters is the most efficient means of protecting our compact cities?

Context Monsters are a bit of a problem on this world. Though most pose a marginal threat and are categorized as vermin, others represent a serious risk to major population centers as a consequence ...
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Fortification of an island kingdom? [closed]

In the story I'm working on, there's an island kingdom that has historically been attacked by invaders from the mainland. This island kingdom's culture is akin to that of ancient Djibouti or Eritrean ...
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Should castle walls be circular or square?

In many medieval portrayals, the walls of castles are always portrayed as square. But would the castle be better off if the walls were circular instead of square?
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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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How to patrol a 2,000 mile-long border

The Second Civil War has begun. Ignoring how succession happens, the American west coast (including Baja California & the Mexican state of Sonora) becomes an independent republic. Their border ...
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Low-gravity Bronze Age fortifications

I’m designing a human Bronze Age civilization on a world with only ⅓ of Earth’s gravity. This reduced gravity will allow humans to jump much higher than they could on Earth. It will also allow humans ...
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How to hide an urban landmark?

Picture an alternative history Second World War Paris. The Third Reich must destroy the Notre-Dame de Paris, and the inhabitants must prevent this. The French do not have access to anti-air weaponry ...
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Defense against endless hordes [closed]

Imagine humans of the present day and an enemy who suddenly appeared (seemingly) out of nowhere. The enemy has following capabilities: Their army consist of all kinds of creatures from kind of ...
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Would a medieval-type castle still arise in an alternate history? [closed]

So, to set the background a bit. I'm writing a story that is an alternate history basically diverging midway through the 1st century BC: the roman empire falls. Here I am looking at a Germanic people ...
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How would a military counter the use of genetically modified insects used to defeat CBRN protective gear?

One military has developed insects with strong jaws capable of chewing through the weaker parts of CBRN (Chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear defense) gear and then injecting neurotoxins ...
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How do I defend a person against an attacking teleporter?

Inspired by Personal Teleportation as a Weapon Using the teleportation rules from that question: The Teleporter can teleport themselves and/or any object (including people) they are touching, ...
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How can The Temple of Elementary Evil reliably protect itself against kinetic bombardment? [closed]

This building is the centerpiece of my world and the reason for everything. Why would chromatic dragons and adventurers fight together? To take down this temple, of course. But why do I need them? I'...
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How to protect a small modern military base from a large number of primitives?

So, let’s imagine a force of about 500 people, armed with what we would consider modern weaponry (or, more so, 1960s weaponry), are facing up against a force that outnumbers them at a ratio of 34:1, ...
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How can a religious order prepare their abbey for a siege?

A religious order has learned that the Big Bad wants their MacGuffin. They have contracted a local adventurer to prepare their defense as best he can before the enemy arrives. What is the most urgent ...
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How would an Inquisition under a semi-dystopic government set in a post-apocalyptic world function? [closed]

The government in my world covers the entire Earth, but is run by 3 separate, cooperating continental governments (Europe, North and Central Africa, and Australasia). The rest of the world is a ...
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In a world of magic, why would cities still find high walls useful?

In a world where magic exists. A large army can hire several mages that able to cast spells as, or even more, powerful than a 16-19th century cannon. The city walls will not keep out a determined mage ...
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How long would the military stay supplied with high powered defensive gear

In our world, when the world breaks down because of an influx of mythological creatures(Krakens, giants, etc...) sea travel becomes nigh but impossible because of people dying on their ships and ...
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English Medieval town layout

In Medieval England how would a stronghold town be laid out, and what would their defenses have been? I'm putting a city together and one important point is that it is secure from attacks. Attacks ...
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How Should I Design my Medival Fantasy Fortress? [closed]

My name is Austin I am a writer trying to design the concept of a "perfect fortress" that can viably defend against all kinds of adversaries. However, I am in need of suggestions to improve the ...
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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 to fight a kitty army?

Let's imagine an alien life form attacking Earth. Their technology and their number do not overtake very much human ones, but they have a very powerful weapon: when a human looks right at one of them,...
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How would a city with high defences fare against airborne creatures?

This always has been a point of trouble for me as a World Designer. How would a fantasy city be well-protected against airborne creatures? In all the examples we have on our own world (Earth) being ...
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Best strategy against anti-material monsters [closed]

For my story the inhabitants of the setting find themselves fighting against endless hordes of monsters. But these monsters have several traits that will require unique strategies against them which I ...
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What missile defence system can defend a country from thermonuclear ICBMs? [closed]

I have a fictitious country, let’s call it Democratica, which is a democratic western nation, threatened by a neighbouring communist state (called Sovietania.) Sovietania has a number of Soviet and ...
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How effective is a defensive wall without a wall walk?

I see a lot of historical and fictional illustrations of walls that do not have wall walks. My understanding of medieval tactics is largely based on cinema and some wikipedia, so as far as I know a ...
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How would a newly established town defend itself against giant wolves?

So in a medieval based magic fantasy world, a town was established next to a river in a large forested area. Basic infrastructure and facilities are up. Suddenly, patrols found shadows flitting across ...
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What kind of a unit/army would prefer fighting from a low ground position?

It's a well-known fact that attacking or defending from a high ground gives a wide range of advantages over an opponent occupying a lower position. I'm DM-ing a campaign where PCs are about to defend ...
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Defensive options for a 500km gap with steam trains and fireball mages?

World: The world is 1/4th the diameter of Earth, and there are 2 continents + the poles, like our poles. Esia, 25% of the size of real-life Asia, and Aurope, 25% of the size of real-life Europe. Their ...
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Geopolitical consequences of a secret peace-keeping organisation backed by the UN Security Council?

In my world, there is a top-secret counter-intelligence/peacekeeping organisation called SWORD that answers directly to the UN Security Council. SWORD was formed in the wake of War World II in order ...
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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 useful is an impregnable castle?

When we place castles on our fictional maps, lots of effort is often made on how to make those castles virtually impregnable. Walls, moats, defensive weaponry etc. But one aspect is often overlooked ...
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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 can a defecting pilot improve their odds of survival?

A bit of context first, this question is inspired by the famous North Korean pilot No Kum-sok, and his defection to the United States during the Korean war. A quick summary, he breaks formation, ...
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Would it be dangerous for the average country to drop its army?

The money a country spends in defense is usually really high. There are many countries in a world like ours where the army is hardly ever used. Could it be possible for a country that is surrounded by ...
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What would induce a country to actively guard an empty wasteland?

One of my favourite stories features a major fortress built on the edge of a poorly surveyed wasteland. In that context, the Butte makes sense, as a safety measure against the unknown. Once the wastes ...