Questions tagged [nuclear-war]

For questions regarding war involving nuclear weapons. This includes detente, mutually assured destruction, proliferation, explosion yields, and survivability. For after-effects, use [post-apocalypse].

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Stopping a nuclear missile? [closed]

Would you be able to stop a nuclear missile by hitting it with a liquid nitrogen missile, As a means to prevent the nuclear radiation from spreading or falling to the ground from impact?
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Losing Knowledge

Is it plausible to create a world in which the people who live inside it developed technologies like the ones we had in WW2, but after their progress came to a halt they forgot their knowledge. ...
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How to eliminate mankind: concentrated nukes or scattered ones?

Assume the entire governments of US and Russia are possessed by aliens from beyond to use nuclear weapons to exterminate the human race. For now ignore the fact that there are may be more effective ...
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The HAMMER protocol: A geopolitical system replacing MAD, allowing war without nukes. Is it stable?

I want to check if the geopolitical system of my world is actually stable. Here's the background on the HAMMER protocol, the treaty that unwound Mutually Assured Destruction: MAD gets tested, but ...
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What circumstances would lead to someone involuntarily having nuclear codes placed in their heart? [closed]

Going off the quote from this link - https://taskandpurpose.com/president-nuclear-authority-kill-heart-fisher-protocol/ The gist is that in order for the president to launch a nuclear weapon, he must ...
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How to explain why every country was destroyed by the war?

So there was a nuclear war between two superpowers, the USA and the Soviet Union in the late 2060s. The war lasts 4 and a half hours, and by the conclusion America, Canada, Russia, all of Europe, ...
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What would be the main challenges of rebuilding civilization after a nuclear war? [closed]

A total nuclear war happens between two superpowers, and destroys most of the northern hemisphere and parts of Oceania and South America. 42,000 nukes are used, and hit dozens of cities and cause mass ...
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Minimum nuclear weapons required for deterrent?

The principle of the Cold War was Mutually Assured Destruction... but what if this idea is now obsolete? In the 1950s the US planned to deliver hundreds of atomic weapons to Soviet targets via a ...
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How does life recover after a nuclear war? [closed]

Let's suppose that on a planet the intelligent beings started a nuclear war and destroyed most of the surface of the planet. Now, the intelligent beings are all extinct. Assuming this were an earth-...
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Could mutants be created from nuclear radiation?

Setting There’s a nuclear war and it ends the world. Most people evacuate to shelters, but most are left on the surface and die from the nuke itself or radiation poisoning. But, some people weren’t ...
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What would be the long-term effects of nuclear war on the climate?

It has been 500 years after a large nuclear war between America and the USSR. Almost 3,000 nukes hit cities across the globe, like Los Angeles, Washington DC, New York, Moscow, Paris, London and more. ...
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If the US launched air strikes against Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis, would any Soviet missile sites be able to survive?

So, this is a question I wanted to ask in relation to the blog post I made introducing the Cuban Missile War series of blog posts, which is the result of the Cold War escalating into World War III ...
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Geological Effects of Nuclear War

Can nuclear war cause geological impact like earthquakes and could it say break the USA into four large quadrants NE, SE, NW, and SW.
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How to preserve scientific knowledge following a major nuclear war [closed]

Suppose we are at the brink of a nuclear war between two major nation-states. These states have many thousands of warheads and the war is likely to lead to a nuclear winter that would kill most of ...
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Nuclear holocaust survival? [closed]

Okay, so I'm writing a story about a character in one of the rebuilt cities of the world about 2000 years after a mass nuclear war that took place around maybe 100 years from now, a war that destroyed ...
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How long would the southern hemisphere survive after a nuclear war that, while intense, was limited to the northern hemisphere?

I remember hearing/reading something somewhere a long time ago about how the weather patterns on earth mostly cycle away between the equator and the poles, and that this means if there was a northern ...
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How to solve NK? [closed]

How to solve NK? NK is developing a nuclear missile program that might target sooner or later, various states in the world. As a result, there could be casualties ranging from thousands to ...
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How could a new world war happen without ending civilization? [closed]

It's generally accepted that a total nuclear war would be the end of human civilization. I want to develop a world similar to ours, but with conditions that would allow for a world-spanning conflict ...
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How to dry up Earth's water while keeping the planet survivable

In my story I want to create a post apocolyptic scenario where a good deal of the Earth's water has been evaporated or simply drained. Leaving a vast desert. There are suvivors that are attempting to ...
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In a post-nuclear apocalypse, what's the largest settlement that could survive for more than a year?

Assume enough bombs have been dropped for there to be a nuclear winter which would impede the growing of crops and cause famine. Modern infrastructure in most major nations has collapsed, and all the ...
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Would the capability for Japan to drop a nuclear bomb on the USA have deterred the USA from dropping a nuclear bomb on Japan?

Would the USA have been deterred from dropping a nuclear bomb on Japan if Japan had the means of retaliating with a nuclear weapon in WW2? Leading on from that, would Japan have used the nuclear ...
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If the Cold War went hot in the early 1970s, would the Warsaw Pact be able to reach the Rhine River?

So, let us go back in time to the year 1973, specifically around October of 1973; the time frame of the Yom Kippur War. In our timeline, the conflict almost became WWIII after the Soviets threatened ...
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What should UN resolution demand? [closed]

Two small countries run by tin-pot dictators that nobody likes are fighting each other,sort of like the Iran-Iraq war, and nobody cares very much about them. That is until one of the dictators ...
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Effects of the detonation of the majority of our nuclear arsenal in the upper atmosphere?

Okay while approaching Earth, aliens have bombarded three of our largest cities into smoking craters. Obviously they mean us harm. So when their large motherships start to enter our atmosphere our ...
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Archeological evidence of nuclear warfare

I'm working on a story set roughly 2 million years in the future involving future archeologists discovering evidence of a nuclear war and ensuing winter wiping out humanity. What sort of clues would ...