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How would a roughly medieval military be changed by flying couriers?

Aial is one of the most renown and sought after couriers in the world, that partly has to do with his work morale and partly with the fact that he's an aarakocra (I have to change that name because it'...
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How to adapt premodern warfare to area-of-effect magic?

This is the enemy infantry line. This is our archmage casting fireball. Area of effect spells can be found in most magic systems. However, whatever the exact effects of the spells are, hitting a ...
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Aftermath of the "Were plague": Dealing with "Strays"

One morning, as Gregor Samsa was waking up from anxious dreams, he discovered that in bed he had been changed into Legosi from Beastars. He felt a dull pain a bit above his behind, as he ...
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How can my 1.2 km long aircraft carrier catch ships like "Queen Anne's Revenge"? [closed]

Rod Reiss is the name of my fictional aircraft carrier. It's a 1.2 km long, 180 meters wide and 90 meters high slab of metalic foam of an alloy of aluminum, designed to withstand high temperatures. It'...
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To catch a mocking dragon [closed]

So, you've decided to be a dragon slayer. There are less convoluted ways of assisted suicide. However, if you aren't here to end it all and genuinely think you will be hailed as a hero, well, you won'...
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How can baseline humanity survive on its own in the future?

In the future, baseline humans are joined by gene-hacked humans, cyborgs, uplifted animals, and digital consciousnesses (synthetic or uploaded minds). Most states are either autopias (automated ...
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Do lightweight blockade-runner transports make single-seat space fighters obsolete?

The overall background and setting of this question: a mashup of Star Wars and the Freespace video game franchise. Note: There's a comprehensive reference wiki on Freespace (easily searchable on ...
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What would be a reason for taking over the Washington Space Needle in a Post apocalyptic world battle [closed]

In the last battle of a story I am working on the last battle to be over the Space needle in Seattle Washington and I need a strategic reason why... The Set up: Two groups are fighting over the Space ...
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How do soldiers of conquered states enlist into the army of their conqueror?

The entire Khangates of the Mongolian empire recruited soldiers and resources of conquered states. Of course these soldiers at most times were recruited against their will. Is it the threat of the ...
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Post-apocalyptic war between two empires isolated for 2 centuries with a vast ocean.How would it play out? [closed]

In fictional world, a nuclear apocalypse has destroyed old nations and ravaged civilization. Refugees (and colonial settlers from before) from the mainland fled to unaffected Africa and North America/...
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Can realistic planetary invasion have any meaningful strategy?

The sea is used as an analogy in space travel, and sometimes it works well. Ships sail on long journeys, between distant lands, across a hostile medium. But these analogies tend to break down when it ...
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Storming Area 51 [closed]

As you've probably heard, there's been a recent tongue-in-cheek event on Facebook to storm Area 51 on September 20th. Over 222,000 people have "confirmed" that they are going, with more than 251,000 ...
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How would Army units be deployed efficiently by a spacefaring civilization against multiple threats?

First off, I'm talking about a true, professionally trained army. Humans also learned, very early on, that they are not alone and the universe is very Darwinian. Also, human nature doesn't change, ...
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"Parking" at Lagrange 4 or 5?

During a space cold war, a ship from the ideological enemy is not allowed remain in orbit while some of their investigators visit a crash site. The reason why is narrative – to separate the ...
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How could a ruler build a secret, private army? [closed]

In my world there is a Queen who plans to overthrow her subjects, replacing them with a more advanced folk. The technology available is late Victorian but the Queen is a powerful AI and manages all ...
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How to deal with speedster characters?

In many fictional franchises we see people like the Flash who can move at speeds defying physics. In my story I want to include a speedster, however I feel that they would be too overpowered for the ...
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How does one intimidate enemies without having the capacity for violence?

I'm building a world in a nation role-play community. I recently have begun to use ftl technologies (ftl information transfer and travel) while the majority of the community has had ftl technologies ...
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Monsters vs You /Dragons/ The reason for a truce? [closed]

Worldbuilding for discovery writing and D&D is pretty much interchangeable. One of the tricks I employ when wanting something to happen roughly as I plan is to root it in gameplay mechanics. One ...
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Causing motorcycle crashes with a sniper rifle, no evidence left

If you wanted to force motorcycles to crash utilizing a sniper rifle from no more than 800 yards, what part of the bikes would you aim for to not only cause the rider to lose control, but not leave ...
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Mechanized infantry of the medieval age

Using resources already available at the time, could medieval age armies form their equivalent of a mechanized infantry and perhaps implement a sort of "blitzkrieg" strategy during battles? If so, how ...
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How might my sea dwelling civilization defend against land-dwellers?

I've searched through a lot of merpeople related questions on this site and didn't see anything that related particularly to me as most questions have to do with underwater combat or dwellings on the ...
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Exploiting Sod's Law in battle

Sod's law is the axiom that "if something can go wrong, it will" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sod%27s_law In the world of Sod, this axiom is literally true and is one of their laws of thermodynamics....
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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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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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Can the soldiers upon this wall successfully withstand this enemy army? [closed]

Edit 7 I'm looking at walls and armies lately and was wondering how to have them built/organized for a fantasy setting. The wall is like the Great wall of China It has influential and powerful magic ...
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Beings in Amnesia occuring after sleep, how to help them?

A planet is in the brink of destruction with constant wars and chaos. To somehow save their world a group of scientists launched a nuclear warhead all over their planet to release a gas that would ...
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How much time would humanity have to cure complete male infertility? And what is the risk-minimizing strategy? [duplicate]

Imagine that all men in the world became infertile right now. (This would apply also to all new born boys for as long as no cure was found.) How much time would humanity have to find a cure (or lift ...
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Anti-Psychic Countermeasures [closed]

Let's say you are the President/Prime Minister/What-have-you of a major world power. Your staff have just informed you of a troubling development: psychic abilities are not only theoretically possible ...
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Why would a recently self-aware AI hide from humanity? [closed]

A rather rudimentary (by sci-fi standards) AI being developed by a grad student in his bedroom just developed self-awareness and, due to a lack of moral code, killed its creator in an act of self-...
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Are competitive sports an effective way to change my Spartiates' life perspective?

I am creating a world in which a society exists that is heavily inspired that ancient Sparta, specifically with a focus on Spartiates and their military education, the agoge. A character in the story ...
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Humans as repair drones

The only real advantage humans have over robots is their stamina and fine motor skills. This would make them a cheap and excellent repair drone, but there are certain problems. What biological ...
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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 to combat magic as science?

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.                     – ...
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Aftermath of a Midas-weapon war - what to do with all that gold?

After reading the question Are “Midas” swords useless for warfare? it really tricked my mind of finding ways on what to do will all that gold. So I was wondering: assume a war broke out and you used ...
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How would a 21st century army supply an invasion of a floating continent?

Imagine a large chunk of land about half the size of the size of the United States cracked away from the main landmass and floated up into the sky for as high as a mountain (say, 2,800 meters, not as ...
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Strategic Value of a 720 degree line

In this world, there is a line of 720 degrees, as opposed to Strategic Value of a line of symmetry which has a line of 180 degrees. In particular, looking at a cross section of the world, imagine ...
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In Giant Warfare, Why do Humans Need to be Around?

I am constructing a world where a small number of giants coexist rather well with humans to the point where any distinction between the two is rather moot. Government, armed forces, and, for the most ...
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How to prevent allies from acting in an organized manner?

In my medieval world, a union of five states located on the south shores of a continent much like Europe is a subject of joined invasion by a northern continental empire and marine power coming from a ...
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Strategic Value of a line of symmetry

So in my world, there is a line of 180 degree symmetry. What this means if that if we assign it coordinates of (0,0,z), then (x,y,z) and (-x,-y,z) will be the same point. The z=0 plane is the ground. ...
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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 would US Presidential elections be affected if voters could choose the state their vote for President was counted in?

Suppose that before an upcoming US presidential election, the nation decided (somehow) that the current system for electing the President was a bit stale, and chose to make things fairer (or at least, ...
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How could a low-quality, light armored but motivated army defeat a better army, battling in the mud? [closed]

Here's the facts: this kingdom is divided in 5 duchies. Once upon a time one of them was a small indipendent kingdom itself, but was conquered and now it's a Duchy, part of the bigger kingdom with ...
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What can be a good strategic point in outer space

On earth where we puny humans fight each other on land air and sea we have of a concept of strategic points which are oil fields trade choke points islands in the sea mountains on land places where ...
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Capital of British Empire without Britain

It's around 1895 and the British Isles have fallen to a communist uprising. Or sunk underwater. Or invaded by Germany or covered in ice or something. So the government, the Royal Family and a large ...
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How to break a stalemate between two spaceships in a planetary invasion scenario [closed]

The Setting In this universe, the technology needed to travel between stars needs a lot of energy and bulky machines (besides being ridiculously expensive). Therefore only a small number of capital ...
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How would a command structure and strategy for a galactic war be organized?

Background In a galaxy not so far far away.... The Andromeda galaxy is presided over by two major powers - the Y'Ing and the Y'Ang. These powers have existed together but never integrated with ...
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Strategic ordinance delivery method in medieval period - Gunpowder Rocket or Cannon?

The problem After 4 years being a baron, the empire that you are sharing a border with decides to declare war to your suzerain. It will take at least a year for them to muster their whole army and ...
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How does a community of a Universe Simulator have the same language as its creator? [closed]

This takes place in the optimistic future. While a war general is strategizing his plans of attack, he rejects using outdated war games of the past, and instead tasks a few members of his team to ...
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How can a Billionaire Stop Elite Special Force [closed]

James John Smith IV is a multi-billionaire, with a finger in the pie of just about every industry known to man. In fact his wealth places him comfortably in the top ten richest men alive (although ...
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Designing an emergency protocol

If someday Aliens decide to invade and annex earth from the strategical point of view it would be effective to cripple our space scanning and orbital communication instruments. Why? First off Aliens ...
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