Questions tagged [warfare]

For questions related to the effects of certain circumstances, conditions, or locality changes on war. Related tags: [civil-war], [nuclear-war], [cold-war]

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In the event of a strategic nuclear war that somehow only hits Eurasia and Africa, would the Americas collapse economically or socially? [closed]

Let's say that there's a strategic nuclear war in Europe, Asia, and Africa - only - and does not involve nuclear weapons hitting Australia, the Americas, the Pacific islands, etc. What would the ...
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Viability of Sword & Knife Fighting

Sword and knife fighting: overview Dual fighting w/sword & dagger (military knife) Sword is used for range and additional strike power (swords are relatively larger and heavier and should ...
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Insurgent weapons on Mars

I read a story about a Mars war. There was a lot of shooting by the Martians, which made me think about insurgents weapons on Mars. It makes no sense to me for all these guns to be accessible. Not ...
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How stealthed can a high speed projectile be for space combat?

High power projectile weapons, often firing their rounds near the speed of light, are a staple of sci-fi. Under certain assumption sets these weapons are valid, I'm not interested in the science (or ...
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What could a 4th crew member do in a tank with an autoloader?

The tanks are normal tanks. Big gun, lot of armour, very fast, tracks, etc. It can't just be a dedicated drone operator. (It can be part of the role but not the whole thing) You can add whatever you ...
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What is stopping an enemy army from hiding underground?

This question follows Why would warring AIs need humans? NOTE: This takes place in a far future earth setting. Two AIs are fighting each other in the solar system. (Although this may be irrelevant, ...
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Conditions for Modern Trench Warfare

What battlefield/tech conditions would necessitate the use of trench warfare in a modern or semi near future setting? One thing I was considering was the significant advancement of railguns/AT guns ...
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secret underground tunnel underneath the city that the emperor doesn't know about- is it possible?

in the draft of my story, there is a city which is the capital of an empire. the empire has conquered many territories, but underneath the city, there is underground tunnels. the enemies infiltrate ...
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What would warfare look like on bodies the size of Ganymede to Europa?

As for more specific numbers these bodies are in the range of between the size of 2634.1±0.3km & 1560.8±0.5km in radius. The environmental conditions of them are that of the bodies of that size ...
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What sort of geopolitical environment would sustain generations of legendary warriors fighting battles everyday?

Background Fans of power metal band "Gloryhammer" might have already recognized from the title of this question that I'm talking about Knights of Crail as described in a song "Hail to ...
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What would make good weapons for literal birds?

These birds are Australian magpies, but with human level intelligence. No other differences. They have a near future level of technology available. There are 2 limitations: It can't be suicidal, the ...
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Why would warring AIs need humans?

NOTE: This takes place in a far future earth setting. Two AIs are fighting each other in the solar system. (Although this may be irrelevant, they cannot really leave the solar system since they lack ...
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How would a 21st-century war play out if every country had these alien directed-energy weapons?

Before we get into the gigantic wall of text, here's the question: what applications would the following device have in a 21st-century war - asymmetric, conventional, nuclear, etc. - if every country ...
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What would the utility of a commissars be in a all volunteer & loyal military?

Commissars typically exist to keep an army loyal to the state & indoctrinate them to the singular party of an authorities state. But with an army already loyal, they aren't all that useful in that ...
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How do examples of Power Armor stack against that of tankettes, and other small vehicles?

Many a time I've seen someone try to see how Power Armor could be used well, (in combat) they act like tanks on a smaller scale. It got me thinking "If these PA users can take small arms fire, ...
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ATGMs firing smaller missiles to trick active protection system, could it work?

I have a military that needs to get around tanks Active Protection System. (APS). The idea is to have a anti-tank guided missile fire smaller missiles when the big missile gets close to a target. So ...
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How large would space warships be? [closed]

How large would space warships be? Resources are limited to that of the inner Hills cloud & inward. The main concern is fighting within the solar system. Earth is still the only habitable planet ...
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What could make armoured trains viable in a near future setting?

The armoured trains need to be made viable without just removing other aspects of warfare. Tactical pure fusion nukes with a yield of under 75kt are common. The environment of the planet is earth like....
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How would basic telegraphs affect how ancient societies are governed? [closed]

At this point the only power source available are Galvanic cells, & the only other use found for them is light bulbs. Aside from the basic electricity everything is at the same level of technology ...
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People who are interested and some what experts of history and maybe tech, what would you do in this very isekai situation? [closed]

In this impossible hypothetical situation, let's say through some supernatural means, you are transported to the royal palace of a rather small but rich kingdom that are rich in resources/raw ...
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What would ancient warfare look like with basic radios & railways?

What would ancient warfare look like with basic radios & railways? The other changes are easy access to steel & very basic steam engines. Everything else technology wise is the same as the ...
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How would tough, high flying & heavy "skyships" affect warfare?

When I say this I don't mean airships, with their large & vulnerable gas bags. These Skyships have their lift providing method safely within their armour. Regarding their armour, it isn't light. ...
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Could a near future version of assault sappers work? [closed]

These units would be a version of the soviet assault sappers from WW2, updated with near future technology. The equivalent to their steel breastplates would be light power armour. The flamethrowers ...
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What could allow large scale paradrops to be viable against opponents with good air defences in the near future?

What could allow large scale paradrops to be viable against opponents with good air defences in the near future? Currently large scale paradrops just don't. For most western paratrooper forces lack ...
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What would a unit built purely for fighting in extremely large buildings for look like?

What would a unit built purely for fighting in extremely large buildings for look like? The biggest thing about this is that these buildings are so large that anything not carried with the forces in ...
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What conditions could make an army have its Main Battle Tank (MBT) be amphibious with all the tradeoffs that they have?

What conditions could make an army have its MBT be amphibious with all the tradeoffs that has? While many nations have made amphibious tanks, none (other than sweden that one time) have done it for ...
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Aside from scouting & message delivery, what roles would sapient parrots fill in an Early Modern military?

So in this fantasy world there's a region populated by sapient parrots as well as humans. The parrots are equally as intelligent as humans & fully capable of human conversation. The tech level is ...
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Warfare and economy with a widespread magic system where each person can create a semi sentient clone of themselves

I'm trying to form a world around a magic system that involves someone creating a shadow clone of themselves. Said clone can be willingly given away to another, but with some high risk. To elaborate: ...
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Which of these would be a better way to organise these airborne IFVs? [closed]

I have a nation with 4 airborne divisions, each made up of 3 regiments, each made up of 2 infantry battalions, with each infantry battalion made up of 4 infantry companies. (Not including support ...
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What would make Orcs wear less armor?

Orcs are typically depicted as being extremely warlike creatures. With their average intelligence slightly lower than humans. But they have more physical advantages such as superior strength and ...
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How could a genetically engineered creature possibly be dangerous to a modern military?

We hit a point in warfare very very long ago where no creature was truly dangerous to a modern military. But could a creature that is be made? This creature has to be able to pose a serious dangerous ...
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Do aliens need to invade humans? [closed]

Everything has gravity, even the smallest things. NASA and ESA considered using drones and rockets rotating around asteroids to to pull them away with their gravity in order to avoid apocalyptic level ...
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What kind of war would lead to Ultra-Heavy tanks being useful?

Ultra-Heavy tanks are a fun concept. Simply scale up a tank to weigh 1000+ tonnes, add a stupid amount of guns and armour, and you end up with something like the image below. Of course, this monster ...
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What magic system would empower peace? (Retaining free will) [closed]

Imagine you're an all powerful god and you want to reduce the likelihood for unsavory behavior like crime, war, and disaster capitalism. Without taking away free will, or micro managing all actions - ...
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What's necessary for people in a besieged city to grow up emotionally healthy?

The underground city of Anwei is the last human refuge from the invasion of alien robot zombies. The enemies are very patient, and they are willing to besiege the city for decades if necessary. ...
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Why would large fortifications make a comeback in the near future?

Why would large fortifications make a comeback in the near future? When I say fortifications I don't need Maginot line type defences, just fortifications in general. It could be closer to something ...
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How could mercenaries become a lot more prevalent with well funded & competent militaries still in existence?

How could mercenaries become a lot more prevalent with well funded & competent militaries still in existence? Basing isn't a problem as there are many areas in this world that aren't (well) ...
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What kind of weapon would be most useful for a fantasy civilization of blind creatures?

In my low-fantasy setting there is a civilization of completely blind humanoid creatures. Their ability to perceive the world is directly related to the other senses (hearing, smell and touch), which ...
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How could simple but cheap robots be used in combat?

How could simple but cheap robots be used in combat? These robots are capable of more than what we can do today but are still very simple compared to a lot of sci-fi. They can move across rough ...
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Uses for Griffins and Other Flying Creatures in a Modern Air Force?

My book series is set in a rapidly industrializing galaxy, and one of my planets (which has a sort of late medieval-early Renaissance tech level) has griffins, pegasi, hippogriffs, and other large ...
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If stealth in space doesn't work, how might you hide?

While there have been numerous arguments about ways of actually pulling off stealth in space, what I'm interested in is the scenario in which you can't conceal your presence in the conventional sense ...
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What could justify large amounts of troops that can move entirely by helicopter & organically have the means to do so?

What could justify large amounts of troops that can move entirely by helicopter & organically have the means to do so? This nation has saudi levels of m o n e y (in proportion with their military'...
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Water mages in moder war [duplicate]

Could water mages be useful in a modern war? Range:50 meters Cost: physical energy similar to mild to heavy exercise. Basic level Ice manipulation: can turn water to ice and ice to water. Wave calling:...
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Would Armoured Trains be effective in a city with a extremely well developed rail network?

Would Armoured Trains be effective for direct combat in a city with a extremely well developed rail network? This city has a rail a mostly above ground network built around the concept that there ...
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What could centipedal mechs do that tracked & wheeled vehicles couldn't do?

What could centipedal mechs do that tracked & wheeled vehicles couldn't do? It's been 6 years since the 2 legged mech question, it's been 3 years since the spider mech question. It's time for the ...
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Would large power armour or tankettes be superior for "medium/line infantry" support? [closed]

Would large power armour or tankettes be superior for "medium/line infantry" support? The power armour is 10-12ft tall & weighs about 3-5 tonnes & has all round protection at STANAG ...
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Would there be a use for armoured vehicles on dwarf planets?

Would there be a use for armoured vehicles on planets between the size of Ganymede (~2634 km radius) & 120347 Salacia(~423 km radius)? While these bodies are small would they still be large enough ...
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Fire mages in modern war? [closed]

Is there a place for these fire mages in modern war? Abilities: Range 50 meters. Base level Flame thrower: The standard modern flame thrower. Fire ball: This type of fire ball shoots a 6 inch ...
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Why are ground troops necessary in intergalactic warfare [closed]

Problem: In a space-age war (with magic), why would ground troops be used, rather than just dropping orbital marines onto problem areas? Elaboration: So to set the stage, we’re dealing with wars ...
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What POD Would I Need to Make the European "Flag Samurais" a Reality? [closed]

In honor of the much-delayed Tokyo Olympics, Japanese artists (I've never found their names) have drawn the flags of all the nations personified as anime warriors. For this question, let's focus on ...

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