Questions tagged [warfare]

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How would ninja warfare looks like?

There's a world where ninjas have vast magical powers (up to creating great fireballs, small tornados or tsunamis) and unhuman level of speed and endurance. On the other hand, there's no stupid ninjas ...
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How would a higher delta in human performance effect medieval warfare?

In this universe the average human's physical ability is the same but the extremes are greater. There is a 5 percent chance that a human is born much stronger/weaker then baseline humanity. This isn't ...
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How would telekinesis change warfare? [closed]

Another book idea. I'm shooting these things out to cull the unreasonable ones. In my world, which is set in a medieval setting on Earth, 1/1000 people have a magical telekinesis power. Let's call ...
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How could a fascist/far-right party have risen to power in 1930s USA?

In the real world, while the Great Depression hit the United States quite badly, several factors meant that fascist parties and organisations never really gained the traction they did in the US, as ...
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What would combat look like inside an O'Neill Cylinder?

Problem If you were attempting to take over an O'Neill Cylinder without destroying it or the majority of its inhabitants/ecology how would you go about it? What benefits or detriments to an attacking ...
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Spaceships can't land, and no ships are coming. How to keep the crew alive? [closed]

I've been happily writing along in my story for a bit, but now I've realized that I have no way to refuel/get cargo to my ships. Before, I had a few large ships that could, if needed, hold another ...
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How can you have an eternal war against vastly weaker opponents?

I want an empire that is simultaneously enlightened and barbaric. So the idea is to split the territory in two: the meritocracy in my previous question, a mostly peaceful realm, has a vast periphery ...
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Is it realistic for chieftain to conscript woman into service? [closed]

My story happens in the same settings as my previous questions: Would a trained falcon be useful as a scout? Are the draw weights of 90# to 100# realistic for women archers? There's a tribe as in ...
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Aliens took out our satellites, what military technology stops working or impacted to be almost useless?

Aliens arrive today (2020) and are not completely peaceful. The aliens destroy all Earth satellites instantly. So that means a lot of the more advanced military technology like guided missiles and ...
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In what war would 2020 semi-automatic pistols make a difference?

Just variegating this question for SEMI (NOT fully) automatic pistols like the M17 Modular Handgun System (variant of SIG Sauer P320) or Heckler & Koch P12. Pick whichever country and one of ...
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In what war would a 2020 Australian patrol boat with only guns make a difference? [closed]

Just variegating this question for a Royal Australian Navy Armidale-class patrol boat that has no aircraft or missiles. Like other question, assume a full weekly resupply of only ammunition and fuel. ...
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What would a Bandit Kingdom look like and how will it survive? [closed]

this question on this platform. My question is that, "What would a Bandit Kingdom look like and how will it survive?" This question had me thinking as I watched a gameplay of a Mount & ...
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Are the draw weights of 90# to 100# realistic for women archers?

I have a clan in early middle ages when both man and women of a military aristocracy train for war. All the daughters of the warriors train archery from the early age. It is expected they should be ...
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Is it plausible for a tribe to have a standing army?

I'm creating a parallel world inspired by migration period in the dark ages. I have a tribe that has a something akin to standing army consisting of infantry cavalry rangers Wealthier clan leaders ...
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What are most likely to be the first space weapons?

I'm trying to write a mostly realistic space story, and kind of hit a wall when it came to weaponry, so here's the question: What would be the first weapons to be put on a spacecraft? Due to physics ...
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Should my mechs have an artillery gun installed onto their back? [closed]

I’ve decided to add mechs into my world to act as a force multiplication unit as well as an anti-[zombie] horde asset. Yes, I know that mechs are unrealistic and impractical at best but I just want to ...
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least known most fortified place for 300+ soldiers with supplies

I have a rebel group. I have a government. The rebels have some guns. The government doesn't like the rebels having guns and is trying to hunt them down('cause that's just what governments do to ...
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What would be the most lethal melee weapon for trunks creature on land?

Imagine a race of intelligent humanoid beings standing almost 2m tall with 2 trunks instead of arms for handling and gripping objects, these trunk-like arms are similar to the elephant's except they ...
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Bodybuilders physique species impact on warfare?

So, when designing one of my sentient demihuman species for my fantasy world, I designed them to have greater sexual dimorphism. Astriads, as a species, are artificially [divinely] modified humans, ...
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What is a realistic space battle when you DON'T want to wipe out the other side?

Usually "space battle" posts want to achieve some particular fantasy aim (like, realistic where fighters still exists), or they are focused on aliens and whatnot. I am instead trying to ...
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What is a plausible combustible fuel on a colony planet?

The setting I'm trying to build is perhaps best described as "Mad Max in Space" - except civilization hasn't collapsed and tanks and airplanes are still a thing. Planetary colony ...
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How big should I make my space fleets?

I've had this story sitting for a while, but decided to come back to it. I plan on skipping ahead a few decades, where I have a giant space fleets. Assume that the ships are made for humans. Any ...
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What could dragons do in modern-day combat?

As I mentioned before, dragons are really hard to adapt to modern-day settings, when warfare is concerned. For every other race, even centaurs, it's fairly easy to find some kind of strength and the ...
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Would a trained falcon be useful as a scout?

Game of thrones has Orell who uses an eagle to scout the area. And in the real life, birds of prey have up to 8 times visual acuity of the humans. They are able to see white rabbits camouflaged in a ...
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Powered armor that enhances speed. How useful would it be?

I think people misunderstood my previous question, and that's my fault. However, I think it's a good time to test out something I've been working on. You see, I've been watching Lobotomy Corp ...
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How to prevent powered armor from letting people carry bigger guns?

Oh yes, personal powered armors, such as MJOLNIR, are a staple of sci-fi. A sci-fi that disguises itself as fantasy needs to have some for the knights! But, there is one thing I don't want to let it ...
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Internet memes and psychological warfare? Is there a way to determine what is and isn't a good idea? [closed]

So, whenever something meme-related stuff happens in a battle scene, I explain it with a catch-all excuse: Psychological Warfare While there is some novelty in using cheap holographic (read: smart ...
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What explosive mines discriminate against hovercraft?

Tech level is post WW2 era. Hovercraft is often loaded with tons of explosives which is then set off within the proximity of an enemy vehicle or infrastructure, they can cover a large distance in a ...
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How would a desert civilization develop their battlesuits and powered armors efficiently?

I had did one for a jungle civilization How would a jungle dwelling civilization utilize powered armor efficiently? , so I decided to do another one, but this one for desert dwellers. Since desert ...
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How would religion be affected if two nations who worshipped the same gods went into war?

So my world has two nations who are at a constant war for land and resources, destroying the landscape all around their always changing frontier. But this war is just a secondary plot which drives the ...
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Bipedal haptic robot warriors - can they stand up and walk?

Currently (2020) there are bipedal robots that can walk. However they contain a lot of expensive electronics in order to support their self-contained AI. In crude (and heartless) terms, it's less ...
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How would a war in open fields be fought? [closed]

Make it with WWI technology. If two sides of about equal military capability were to start fighting one another on a front with overall flat grass, what can they do to try to one-up the other side? ...
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Undead Powered Boats- Oars vs Paddlewheels

Assuming magically animated skeletons capable of projecting the same muscle force as an average human (note: not someone who has trained a bunch or such, average) that are tireless and unceasing, what ...
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How would a jungle dwelling civilization utilize powered armor efficiently?

Let's take for example an society that dwells in a jungle (75% of the world is jungle). Now, how would this civilization be able to develop and use powered armor and battlesuits efficiently? As we ...
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Defending a kingdom against highly arboreal (6-limbed) enemies

Before getting on to the main topic, I should point out that the defenders and attackers are both the same species, no humans are present in this scenario, as it does not take place on Earth. The race ...
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Does my military make much sense?

For some context, my world takes place in the year 2027, just close to a two decades ever since the Black Flu pandemic ripped across the human race and the zombies initiated the Great Collapse, ...
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How would medieval-era warfare adapt if all access to wood was suddenly cut off?

For context, take any generic medieval setting and don't change anything leading up to how society got to that point. However, one day, every tree in the country disappears. Eventually, the wood in ...
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How practical would it be to have VTOL aircraft be part of a military in a post-apocalyptic dystopian setting?

For some backstory, in my world, the United States Garrison is the new military of a post-apocalyptic dystopian US where modern civilization and every single country around the world fell due to ...
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An alien group attacks earth but fails, what level of military power they need to have to achieve that goal?

I think the closest example is Nazi Germany attacking the USSR and Imperial Japan attacking the USA. Afaik the Japanese were not as suicidal as it appears, they had a particular goal in mind and it ...
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If soldiers that don't die from infection or bleeding exist, how would pre gunpowder medieval european warfare change in terms of combat and strategy?

The soldiers in question are, for lack of other words, magically enhanced due to a 2 yr training regime with potions such that their veins close immediately in case of injury and their immune systems ...
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Magic is illegal in warfare, how would generals workaround that? [closed]

First I know I did not explain everything in the title. It's a little complicated. Similar to the rules in this question. Magic potions exist with the following rules Pre-industrial revolution world. ...
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What can kill an interstellar civilisation? [closed]

It is a common trope that interstellar civilisations rise and fall, only to leave ruins behind. The origin of this idea seems to be a mismatch between empires and civilisations. Yet while (West)Rome ...
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Usefulness of shields in future wars

I like the image of heavily armored troops fighting wars. I understand that body armor is very cumbersome, and does not totally protect from damage. So what about shields? Imagine we had access to a ...
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Chariots for rocky terrain

A particular culture inhabiting a continent defined by tumbling wastelands, rough soil and bumpy highways is fixated with chariots. Ain’t nothing more lovely than riding and parading on them for these ...
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I just made a song, its called “Ain't going there no way no how”. Bards are useless cowards, how do I make them useful in combat? [closed]

This guy said he was an adventurer, we paid him to help us on a mission to kill some orcs. Because screw orcs! Turns out the guy really is just an useless bard, his sword is just for show, all he can ...
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Warfare result of stamina potions?

In a world I'm working on there is magic potions of all kinds. However since using magic directly in war is illegal, and few wizards make courage potions. The only thing left for generals to use is ...
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Homing device for missile, which can be applied remotely

The goal is to find an element which can be applied remotely to a target (like from a laser), and work as a homing device for a missile. (Or at least, to find a homing device which could be applied ...
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How can enchancing a soldiers abilities decrease their life expectancy?

Griffith, a warlord from the ancient world, leads a group of mercenaries called "The band of the Hawk". They have achieved many victories and ultimately desire to build a kingdom of their own. ...
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How can I limit the application of resurrecting spells?

A cauldron is symbolic of the goddess Cerridwen, a goddess associated with rebirth, and have been useful to warring armies throughout the centuries. There is a spell involving ressureccting a corpse ...
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Military strategy in a world of fixed opaque wormholes [closed]

(This is based on the old wargame Starfire... but don't bother providing answers based on newer versions of said game.) Spacecraft travel by inertialess drive -- that is, beyond mere reactionless ...

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