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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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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What would be the most effective role to place 150-300 modern soldiers in during the Civil War?

So, let’s say 300-ish modern American Soldiers/Marines are sent back to the civil war. They lack any heavy weaponry, but overall this is what their armament consists of: 250 of them have basic M4 ...
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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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