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Using spherical stones for cannon practice

My story is set in a fantasy Age of Sail. For the most part, anything magically made/ enchanted is quite expensive compared to the non-magical version. This all to ask, in a sailing ship of forty guns,...
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Field Promotion to Captain [closed]

In a future space navy universe that is heavily based on modern wet navies, would it be acceptable for a vessel XO (rank of Commander) to be field promoted to Captain from a single Fleet Admiral? To ...
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Nuclear Propulsion System [closed]

Is it plausible to: Have a huge nuclear powered aircraft carrier to be propelled by H2-O2 rocket engine (size adjust) where you generate both reactants from sea water through Electrolysis. What would ...
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XO of a naval cruiser leads an internal investigation

In a future space navy setup, a Long Duration Mission cruiser experiences a mysterious death while in deep space. A member of the crew mysteriously dies while at their station and causes a series of ...
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XO Commanding a cruiser

My universe uses a lot of parallels to modern and World War Era navies. With that, I am trying to make a plausible space navy operating several centuries from now. The particular ship for this ...
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War strategy between cities on the coast of the same inland sea? [closed]

I'm working on a fantasy story where a major empire collapses into a civil war, and many of its most important cities fall in a region called the Cradle—a fertile region of floodplains and woodlands, ...
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How would modern naval warfare be altered by a complete lack of fossil fuels?

Long story short, a bunch of people terraformed a planet and then were immediately technologically and societally forced back to the Stone Age thanks to interference/extermination/general-not-goodness ...
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How Can River Nomads Protect Themselves?

A tribe of peripatetic nomads (Think Travelers or Romani rather than Mongols) ply their trade along a vast stretch of river, profiting as merchants, moneylenders and cargo haulers for an ...
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A world with WWII warships but more diverse classes/roles

I am trying to build a world where USN, RN, IJN, and KM are companies that build WWII ships that compete for ship components sales with more diverse/versatile roles in armour, turret, shells, rather ...
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Is there any use for a sea navy in a sci fi universe in which most planets are controlled by one government?

I just want to know if there is any purpose to having a water navy in a sci fi universe where you don’t really worry about countries on your own planet attacking you, since you’re the only one there. ...
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What kind of sea conditions would my 'Warp' have that wouldstop submarines from being able to operate effectively?

In my creation of a semi-realistic armed forces for my world's main faction, I took the unrealistic decision to make a way of keeping battleships. To that end, I adapted my existing idea of creating a ...
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What would 17th century warships look like if gunpowder had not been invented?

In our age of sail, more or less every ship used cannons as their primary weapon. However, suppose that gunpowder had not been invented, but sail technology still advanced to the point that massive, ...
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How would WW2-level navy deal with my "merfolk"?

The abovementioned fictional race aren't exactly merpeople from fantasy, but I call them like that just for the sake of convenience. Rather, they're semi-aquatic humanoids, who are really good at ...
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In an age of aircraft and long-range missiles, what justification is there for battleships?

The title says it all: in an age of long-range force projection, why would battleships still be a thing? Clearly, they're rather obsolete in our world, but I'm not talking about our world; what ...
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How would 18th century style naval warfare be different if conducted with catamarans?

So in this fantasy universe the dominant maritime powers developed & embraced multi-hulled ships akin to Polynesian catamarans very early in their history. They've made the same developments in ...
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Navy tribunal after public attack [closed]

I'm not sure if this should be posted here, on writing, or somewhere else. But I am curious as to the procedure the navy (maybe like the US navy or even the British Royal Navy) would take after a ...
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Which Neotropical Woods are Best for Shipbuilding?

In my book series, while most of the Aurean Empire has essentially a combination of the plant life of the American West and the Mediterranean, the northern provinces are a bit different because all of ...
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How much further could ship-based radar see on a flat world?

On our spherical planet, it is highly advantageous for modern navies to have airborne radar, because it can seem much further than even the best ship-based radar, simply due to the greater distance to ...
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battleship vs pirate ships [duplicate]

So I was thinking of a scenario where a fleet of 5 warships got sucked into a portal that dumps them in a glitch in time. They were dumped into an ocean world where pirates of the Caribbean-ish keep ...
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Possibility of a seafloor vent used to sink ships

Okay, here's the idea. There's a weapon that an nation built a hundred or so kilometers from its coast(s), installed into the seafloor, what works by absorbing dissolved gases from the water. When the ...
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How could my newborn AI convince humans to (at least marginally) trust it? [closed]

So, I'm writing a story that involves a newly awoken sentient computer intelligence of genius human level intelligence. It 'grew' naturally from the self-learning 'Expert System' of an automated ...
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How soon could the Argentine military have developed any sort of anti-satellite capability?

Try to stick as close to real-life history as possible, but what would be the most logical progression which could lead to the Argentine military deploying anti-satellite weaponry? Ground, sea, or air-...
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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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