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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How to form an "international alliance of nationalists"?

We know the joke about having "flat-earther all over the globe" and "international alliances of nationalists". But how to set the latter up in reality? How to make these people, ...
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How many minis would it take to kill a unarmed/lightly armed giant, given the minis have roughly medieval tech? [closed]

Let us say medieval tech level mini people/humanoids trained for combat need to kill an unarmed/lightly armed(stick/rocks), average, untrained human/giant for some reason, maybe it is attacking the ...
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How to attack with War Lice?

You are the commander of the China Special Forces and Reconnaissance Company of the 13th United Nations Force Intervention Brigade, based at Minot Air Force Base. Your location in Dakota is part of ...
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Creating a Species purely for Warfare

A species genetically engineered/corrupted/bred for warfare is a staple of fantasy. Lord of the Rings' orcs and Wheel of Time's Trollocs come to mind, for example. Creatures created by the bad guys to ...
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Why are Orcs always at war for seemingly no reason? [closed]

Orcs are just as smart as humans. They have access to all the resources they need to survive in abundance. Why are they constantly at war? INFO Orcs are a society of roughly 0.8 Million people. Each ...
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Mercenary Nobles

To be elite in much of the ancient world was to be a warrior. There are a few famous kings who spent part of their youth fighting for foreign rulers, like Harald Hadrada, but in my setting there’s a ...
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How would a species in a world where magic is banned also ban Science? [closed]

The people in my world who can't use magic are at war with the people who can use magic. Both groups used to be at peace before political and global conflict started, and long before they were at war ...
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Ideal helmet shape that uses chiton armored goggles

A while back I learned that chitons have hundred's of small eyes that allows them to perceive the outside world without compromising the there armors integrity. This has also lead to some speculation ...
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Muzzle velocity of a metallic hydrogen firearm

Related and linked to Metallic Hydrogen Propellant and Barrel length of a metallic hydrogen firearm. In the two previous questions, I've explored different properties of a firearm that uses metallic ...
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Effectiveness of a modern-built Q-ship in the Napoleonic Wars

Let us suppose that at the beginning of the Napoleonic Wars, we have a 5th-rate ship similar in appearance to the 38-gun HMS Lively with a displacement of approximately 820 tons, and a top speed under ...
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A world with WWII warships but more diverse classes/roles

I am trying to build a world where USN, RN, IJN, and KM are companies that build WWII ships that compete for ship components sales with more diverse/versatile roles in armour, turret, shells, rather ...
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Would 1000 glass cannons made out of sapphire be invincible throughout the 13th century AD?

This is the same material used in luxury watches to prevent scratches, it is called sapphire glass and now I am planning to donate 1000 units of these scratch-resistant glass cannons to assist the ...
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Barrel length of a metallic hydrogen firearm

A overdue follow up for the question Metallic Hydrogen Propellant. One of the points that was brought up on the post was that since the gas propelling the bullet would be atomic hydrogen, the ...
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Can brittle but harder swords be preferred in period context or against unarmored opponents?

So its already been repeatedly established that any harder material will inevitably be more brittle than steel and more likely to break on impact in comparison to steel. However, what if the primary ...
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What would cause city walls to return?

Essentially, what would, in a modern (21st century) society, cause city walls to return? I don't necessarily mean stone walls; steel, titanium, and aluminum walls are perfectly acceptable. This ...
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Time Dilation and Melee Combat

Recently, I have been pondering the implications of a civilization being able to control gravity in shape they see fit. One of the more amusing uses of such a technology I've heard was that they ...
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What would cause full body armor to return?

Many times in sci fi, the concept of full body armor has come up again and again. Most famously in Star Wars where we see Stormtroopers wear white armor covering their entire body. What I'm ...
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How to power and animate origami soldiers?

Set in near future, a sheet of metal can fold itself into a soldier with the height of a full grown men and can pick up ranged weapon. This is inspired by the folding of solar sail technology of ...
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What would it take for aircraft to fully replace naval vessels?

Assuming technology within the next century or so, what would it take for aircraft to fully replace naval vessels such that a navy and air force could almost merge? While surface vessels and carriers ...
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How would a futuristic style army use androids that mimic humans in any way? [closed]

In a army(or any military) humans can have qualities that act as flaws in a military. Disregarding emotions, lets say that you had an android, similar to any other droid soldier in popular sci fiction,...
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How could pears be used as ammunition?

In a dramedy science-fantasy children's (for 8 to 15 years old) videogame I want to create, Salade de Fruits (which naturally means Fruit Salad) (my first language is French), there is a villainous ...
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What could make a good equivalent to late 1700s/early 1800s rifles/rifleman for a near future setting?

What could make a good equivalent to late 1700s/early 1800s riflemen in a near future setting? The The important qualities are that they're elite, use long range man portable weapons, & have it ...
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Soft vs Hard: Which is the best system for a military exoskeleton?

Currently, there are two systems for exoskeletons to move with. Soft exoskeletons that utilize Soft Robotics and Hard exoskeletons that use electric motors, pneumatics, levers and hydraulics ...
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How can the Vikings go up against a thunder wyvern?

During the dark ages (early middle ages), the Vikings visited an isle surrounded by strong waves and giant whirlpools that seemingly appears sporadically. The island is populated with many walrus and ...
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Use of magic life-sucking creatures in warfare

Imagine a creature that sucks life force out of wounds. The creature, called a Aurelias, will happily consume the life force of any being, regardless of their allegiance. It has some special features, ...
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Is ice armor better than nothing in medieval battle or is it just weighing you down?

"Speed is the essence of war" - Sun Tzu, MBA. However, this war has dragged on for a long time and resources are getting scarce; new ice mages are issued a loin cloth while flame mages get ...
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Equipment, logistics and resupply of a team detecting hidden explosives in a warzone area?

I have a team (size can vary depending the answer to this question) that makes ends meet by sneaking through a warzone area and trying to detect a large amount of explosives hidden in for example a ...
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Could a coalition of powerful corporations protect itself from a hostile neighbour?

This is an alternative Earth-like world, which has just entered the rough equivalent of Cold War. The primary contenders are the large quasi-socialist country with a strong command economy, opposed by ...
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Why wouldn't tribal chiefs use berserkers in warfare?

So in my setting, there's this magical elixir that can essentially turn people into berserkers for a short time. They enter a state of "murder high" where they basically become hardcore ...
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How would being able to resurrect dead soldiers affect warfare?

How would being able to resurrect dead soldiers affect warfare? The setting is the same as last question Line/Square formations with automatic rifles and sentient vehicles?. The thing is in the ...
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How would a rebel group best utilise ww2 era planes/equipment against a modern state/dictatorship? [closed]

For context: Modern United States, UK and several other countries have been taken over by a totalitarian dictatorship plotting to revive a Lovecraftian god(This happens later, does not affect this ...
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Can the use of lightning weapons be considered a war-crime? [closed]

Note: Just assume that there is also a Geneva convetion in this scenario because it is basically our earth in a few years in the future. So, I just found of this news that the US had developed an ...
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Would Anthropomorphic Bugs and Crustaceans Need Armor?

In my book series, many of the sentient races that exist are anthropomorphized versions of real animals. This has been mostly problem-free with vertebrates, but I have a question regarding ...
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How to keep fire magic out of the Army?

The big Empire in my setting has some inspiration from the pre-Islamic Persian Empires, and thus they really like Fire. They were the first to develop fire-magic and all of their priests are educated ...
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Would a Nictating Membrane make better blackpowder Infantry?

From matchlocks to percussion caps muskets and rifles produced (to vary degrees) sparks, smoke, and granules which had the chance to injure the eyes, or even blind, the shooter. For smoothbore ...
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How would one contain and direct a beam of high energy plasma from a nuclear fusion powered gun?

It’s pretty much just that. If one designed a weapon that draws plasma from a fusion reactor using high powered electromagnets (that’s the easy part) how would it concentrate that beam and prevent it ...
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What are the minimum historical changes that would permit the use of Tanks at the beginning of World War I? (Central Powers)

What are the minimum historical changes that would permit the use of Tanks at the beginning of World War I for the central powers, so that they accomplish the following requisites: It should be ...
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How can these people fight these monsters? [closed]

On an alternate earth, lethal Pliosaurs size creatures infest the ocean, making sea travel impossible. Their cousin species tries to invade the surface every five years. The advantages of this ...
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What are the minimum historical changes that would permit the use of paratroopers at the beginning of World War I? [closed]

What are the minimum historical changes that would permit the use of paratroopers at the beginning of World War I, so that they accomplish the following requisites: It should be maintained a heavy ...
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What single change would have given the best chance for the Central Powers to win World War 1?

A common topic in alternate history fiction works is what would have happened if a major war had been won by the other side. These usually focus on the events after the war, and the change itself is ...
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Why would medieval sleeper agents gather in one place? [closed]

I am making a system of sleeper agents that work to support an invasion. This all takes place in a late-medieval Chinese-inspired setting, on a large island nation (let's say "Keiza") that ...
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How would this sort of limited teleportation affect strategies and tactics used to defend against a tactic like pincer movements?

How would this sort of limited teleportation affect strategies and tactics used to defend against a tactic like pincer movements? In my world, teleportation circles are not only possible, but ...
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Armored Fighting Vehicles in Heavy Forests and Mountain Regions

In my setting the world is practically covered in dense forests, mountains or mountainous forests. As to they whys, for now its easier to just say that's the way it is. Technology in this world is ...
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How can tribes consistently defeat imperial armies?

The Daevanum Empire has many times tried to put an end to the Reuvic raids in their borderlands. Despite being by no means a sick empire (most crises that historians point as the cause of their ...
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What event could lead to a scenario in which society has collapsed, but cloning facilities still operate?

I have this scenario where the world was thrown into chaos by something and in this event, shortsighted governments launched assaults on numerous military and civilian targets, leading to the collapse ...
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How would humanity fight against a neolithic aquatic race

In the early 1950s an aquatic race called merfolk for simplicity sake was discovered. But they weren't friendly in order to scare them off the crew that discovered them fired off a warning shot which ...
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How would an infantry army deal with infantry with shields? [closed]

Scenario: In a future conflict, one of the BRICS nation's infantry have effectively fielded personal shields, with medium long-term mobility. The logistics of the shield is such a way that every ...
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Can a group of assassins help win a war? [closed]

The Icratic empire and the Noctan Empire, both powerful empires, are fighting a war. The Noctan Empire has physically well-built soldiers that are well suited to the terrain they are fighting in, but ...
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Name for a neutral region created by multiple states

Four warring countries sign a compact to cease aggression. The compact establishes a city to act as neutral territory for economic and foreign policy meetings. The city has an independent government ...
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Why would a military use hybrid jet-propeller planes?

Hybrid jet-propeller planes in real lift where a weird thing that existed in the 40s & 50s, no type of them ever saw combat use or even limited production. In modern day not even much research is ...

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