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Questions tagged [siege]

For questions about the military tactic of surrounding a position aiming to force a surrender.

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Build an impregnable fortress in the middle ages with modern technology

Let's say we want to build the strongest possible fortress¹ in a medieval (1300 CE) setting while having access to any modern technology and material. Said technology can only be used during the ...
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Why weren't medieval city gates backed with a system that would turn the gate into a rubble filled wall?

Before gunpowder, one of the common ways to break a city is to break the gates. Since they have to be opened and closed they are intrinsically weaker than the wall itself. There were various ...
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Heat regulation in an asteroid base powered by a small nuclear reactor

So, I’m writing about the siege of an asteroid base. This asteroid is near the outer edge an asteroid belt at the solar radiation equivalent of Saturn’s orbit from its star (although the raw distance ...
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How do we defend the great canyon city of Hurr from siege?

The setting is medieval fantasy (for example, D&D) with some magic (although I would prefer solutions without magic). "The majestic canyon city of Hurr, the gem of the Durr desert or whatever" (...
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Siege technology for massive migratory fleets in a fantasy world

In a fantasy world that I am working on, the world is covered in one massive ocean, with the only land being these 300 square miles "god" corpses (that do not decay) that can grant people magical ...
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Seal off a modern town

Say I have a modern Era USA town. This town has a population of about 30,000 and an area of about 30 square miles (79.4 square km). It is a predominantly rural area, lots of farmland around the town. ...
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How to design a fortress in a mountain to keep it hidden, but still have it easy to defend?

How could a fortress that could hold around 5000 people with the technology available in medieval Western Europe (1200-1300) be built into a mountain? The fortress would be designed so it remains ...
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Assaulting a floating city: Two-Stage Ballista solution?

An evil empire is besieging a floating city. While not particularly high off the ground, none of the siege weapons can reach it effectively. They also need a way to get troops into the city. An ...
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In what ways could a traitor help the attacking forces overcome a siege? [closed]

In the story I'm working, there is a city by the lake, build upon a river delta. It has full fortifications and the landscape advantage to withstand a long siege by its enemies. The world could be ...
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How to build a fortress on a floating island?

The question How would a fortress built on a floating island look like? what kind of defensive emplacements and structures could be expected to be built for such a construction in order to defend it ...
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Can I build a self sufficient medieval city?

It's the ideal city for a siege. They have all the resources and man power required to sustain themselves during a siege. They are able to: eat drink be merry mend weapons make weapons tend to the ...
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What is the minimum number of medieval troops required to conquer and hold a city?

For the sake of simplicity, we will use 1200's Medieval Paris as an example. The city has walls 40 feet high and the initial defending army (army A) is 1500 strong. The attacking army has to breach ...