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Questions tagged [nuclear-weapons]

This tag should be used for questions specifically asking about the nuclear weapons. The question can be about the usage in war, its construction under certain circumstances or its effects in a given scenario. When using this tag you should also think about using the tag [weapon-mass-destruction].

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A modern war without nuclear weapons [closed]

On Earth, no major, all out wars have been fought since WW2 as a result of MAD. My world, Dane, has had a similar history to Earth, with many major wars that suddenly ceased when MAD became an issue. ...
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How can a nation today become a super power without any nuclear programme?

I suspect being economically strong and independent aren't enough to become a super power in today world, I realised that US is slowly losing it's grip as a super power after it starts shifting focus ...
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Could a robot that can survive at the center of the Earth also survive a nuclear explosion?

The robot in question is a very large, worm-like mining robot with a huge drill on its front end, built to survive staggering levels of heat and pressure. It's so resiliant, in fact, that it can ...
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How could humans destroy the Earth completely and quickly? [duplicate]

Scenario : A group of insanely evil people decides to completely wipe out our home planet. All humanity's knowledge and resources are at their disposal and they have access to all kinds of weapons ...
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How to build a Nuclear Pistol?

I came across the design of a nuclear pistol from a deviantart artist, shown here: I want to know if this can actually be built. My additions: The “egg” needs not be uranium, which has a huge ...
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Where should the terrorist destroy to destablize global economy [closed]

In my story(setting--modern day), a group of terrorist got one nuclear device from North Korea(50-100 kiloton). Their goal is to destablize global economy so the common people in first world nation (...
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Realistically, what type of weapon is the best at delivering a specific radiation in space battle?

It's 20 years into the future, and humanity is (trying to) reaching for the stars. And congratulation, we have met a lot of quirky alien civilization, as per SF tradition. Unfortunately, this isn't ...
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What happen if a giant cargo ship full of nuclear weapons crash-landed? [closed]

This is a big boi cargo ship we're talking about, the kind so large that it can't "blast off" - it has to be built in space and stay there. It is definitely not death-star sized. Let's say it's as big ...
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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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How to make nukes useless?

I am currently trying to write a story about a World War 3, but the major issue I am having is the presence of nuclear weapons. I want the war to constantly escalate to a point where it becomes a ...
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What are the chances of national superpower declaring war and launching nukes at each other over remaining petroleum reserves? [closed]

I am a fan of the movie Mad Max: Fury Road. In the beginning of the movie, people speak of "Oil Wars" and people "Killing for Guzzolene (Gasoline)". But what are the odds of that happening? And could ...
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Realistic nuclear land mine in megaton range

Situation: there is an are of likely attack, something in line of Fulda Gap which looks indefensible in case of serious war, so classical approach would be just a barrage of tactical nukes the value ...
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How to shrink the human population? [closed]

So I'm writing a post apocalyptic story. Basically, a war happens and after a solar storm there's very few human survivors on Earth. This world has "magic" crystals, rocks that emanate energy. The ...
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Nuclear Space Defence!

So I'm going for a pretty realistic setting and I don't like shields, they break the style of realism I'm going for. So for the most part defence is accomplished by dodging (which at the incredible ...
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Tsar Bomba Red Forest [closed]

Since 1986, a thousand square miles of eastern Europe is off-limits to average people. That is because of the nuclear accident at Chernobyl. Ironically, the fact that people aren't allowed in the ...
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Solar Flare disabling Nuclear Weapon defenses?

I have a nuclear post-apocalypse that isn't 100% depressing. It's only 95% so. /s I was contemplating an origin story of a solar flare doing some rather nasty things to circuitry related to nuclear ...
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Single-use nuke-propelled mass driver spaceship

So this is in the context where space battles are fought by ships that are little more than giant railguns (or other electromagnetic mass drivers), and therefore are fought at extreme ranges with very ...
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Apocalypse by Atomic Catalyst

This question is a continuation of Unprepared and Without a Homeworld. The premise of this idea is that a substance called an Atomic Catalyst exists that can lower the temperature at which particles ...
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Suspicious helicopter-borne relief packages

Jormungandr, the Snakebot of Doom, is sitting in the ruins of New York City, busily extracting iron and steel from the rubble in order to turn it into railgun slugs - and also extracting any survivors ...
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Suppose I have an Earth sized planet whose oceans are made of pure glass - what would be the effect of striking said oceans with nuclear bombs? [closed]

This question was prompted to me by my answer I gave to this question. In it I stated that an Earth sized planet would satisfy the criteria if it's oceans were made of glass or at least regions of ...
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How dangerous is a 500-year-old nuclear warhead?

Inspired by this question: For several excellent reasons, a 500-year-old nuclear warhead is not going to produce an actual nuclear explosion. But that doesn't mean it's not dangerous anymore. ...
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A world where nuclear fission does not produce radioactivity [closed]

I think the title explains it, but I am interested in how a world might differ from our own if fission had no radioactivity associated with the fuel, process, or waste/byproducts. The obvious answers ...
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How long could a nuclear warhead remain functioning underground?

So, in my world, a nuclear war engulfed the Earth in the autumn of 1962. It is now the year 2568. In my story, a cult of mutants known as “The Followers Of Uranius” have sprung up in Kansas City. ...
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How long would it take to nuke an alien spaceship in orbit?

Some gigantic, and presumably evil, alien spaceship has taken up residence in LEO. This spacecraft is ominously blocking all satellite communications, and launching smaller flying saucers towards the ...
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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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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 would a nuclear blast affect me? [closed]

We all know what's a nuclear bomb, but how would a nuclear bomb affect the human body, for example, let's say a nuclear bomb as powerful as The Fatman 1000m away from me, would I survive the blast? ...
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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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Was it possible to keep the nuclear mechanism of the atom bomb a secret?

After the bombing of Hiroshima, US President Harry Truman issued a speech talking about the use of an "atomic bomb". But was it possible to keep this mechanism a secret? Perhaps by pretending it was a ...
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Why might people mistake a nuclear warhead explosion for Lucifer rising? [closed]

So, the cult of Uranius in Kansas City have just detonated a 50 megaton nuclear warhead, and the entirety of KC is now a deep, deep radioactive crater. A few people saw the bomb explode from about 40 ...
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What would happen if a nuclear warhead with a yield of 50 megatons exploded in a silo 160 feet underground? [closed]

Backround The setting is Kansas City, a few centuries after the apocalypse. The Worshippers Of Uranius, a band of 700 mutants, are the only inhabitants of KC, besides a few human slaves from out west....
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Could an object from space crash into Earth and set off a majority of the nuclear bombs created?

I'm currently trying to create a separate kind of Earth, without just changing my setting to a world that fits my criteria. So I'm trying to figure out a way for Earth to have a new beginning, so that ...
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Protection against h-bomb core explosion conditions thinkable?

Assume a human in direct vicinity (think 1-50 m [if you need more space for your intended device]) to the explosion center of a nuclear fusion bomb. Is survival via technology thinkable? The TNT ...
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Nuclear knowledge, can someone in this situation know they're about to die? [closed]

I was watching a movie which is mostly a fun fantasy romp that bears no relation to science whatsoever but there is one scene towards the end that got me thinking; a character is sitting in a pod ...
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Multi staged relativistic projectile usable in hard sci-fi space combat

Following this question, in the exact same setting I'm making a world where sub-FTL interstellar travel is a thing, and so is interstellar war, but for the purpose of this question we'll assume ...
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Railgun-launched nuclear warhead

I'm making a world where sub-FTL interstellar travel is a thing, and so is interstellar war, but for the purpose of this question we'll assume the scale to be of a single system. Spaceships have ...
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Could I EMP most of Earth using nuclear weapons without damaging it otherwise?

Let's say you have the entirety of Earth's nuclear stockpile at your disposal (you don't have to use it all, and if you need it there's an infinite supply of extra ICBMs) and that every weapon you ...
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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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Maximizing Nuclear Detonation Effects against a Lunar Colony

Nuke the Moon! Earth's had it with the Moon colony's insubordination and independence efforts. The situation has escalated to a hot war. The W90 nuclear warhead is nearing the end of development. ...
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Could a nuclear explosion occur naturally on a planet with crazy enough (but still possible) conditions?

My question here is if there is any circumstance, however unlikely, that could lead to explosive nuclear fission that was not set off by intelligent creatures. I'm working on some bizarre planets for ...
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How would one design an undetectable nuke to hit the Moon with?

Colonists have set up a viable, long term lunar colony on the near-side of the moon in the mid-21st century. They are quickly reaching total self-sufficiency and the earth governments who sponsored ...
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How long until the micrometeorites stop?

In my setting, a The Moon is a Harsh Mistress-style mass driver existed around Mare Tranquillitatis, and was destroyed by a 100 megaton nuke in a preemptive strike. While I understand that the nuclear ...
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How can Mutually Assured Destruction be made…not assured?

By the late 1950s, the USA, the UK and the Soviet Union had enough nuclear weapons and the ability to deliver them that any nuclear exchange was virtually guaranteed to result in the destruction of ...
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What would countries be like after nuclear war? [closed]

So there is a nuclear war between the Soviet Union and the United States Of America in 2068. All countries with nukes fire at their enemies. The countries of China, the USA, USSR, the EU ( with ...
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Building a workable nuke in my backyard is it feasible?

I was just reading the Wikipedia article about the 1961 Goldsboro B-52 crash. In the bomb recovery section there is this quote (emphasis mine): Excavation of the second bomb was abandoned as a ...
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Would it be possible to accidentally nuke ourselves?

I understand that the U.S. has accidentally dropped bombs on ourselves many times without actually detonating the bombs. These accidents have caused craters, but no radiation (or in a couple cases, ...
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Nuclear terrorism 4 billion years ago: Was natural uranium enriched enough to create weapons without need for further enrichment?

Natural uranium (NU) is a mixture of about 0.7% $\ ^{235}U$ (fissile) and 99.3% $\ ^{238}U$ (non-fissile). To create uranium-based nuclear weapons NU has to undergo a process called enrichment in ...
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How many nukes can explode in the US without seriously affecting Canada?

Perhaps you have read Margaret Attwood's story 'A Handmaid's Tale' (spoiler alert- entire plot synopsis)? I thought a prequil is in order. A story to explain how American society got to that point. ...
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How does an extraterrestrial spacecraft survive a nuclear explosion directly impacting it in LEO? [closed]

I am trying to think of some materials that an extraterrestrial spacecraft owned by an extraterrestrial species, known to humans as the Visitors, can use to survive a nuclear explosion in Low Earth ...
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What subatomic particle is best for a particle accelerator gun?

Theoretically, assuming it was possible and practical to take a particle accelerator and turn it into a gun/cannon weapon, and use it to shoot accelerated subatomic particles. What sort of subatomic ...