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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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Arrow proof medieval glass

In my world, I have ''classic'' knights but with helmets that have transparent visors which are strong enough to protect from arrows. So which material available in medieval times could withstand an ...
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Genetically created centaur for combat purposes

In an effort to fight against a species of elementalists, humans resorted to genetic engineering to even the odds against this threat. Among various other projects, there is a subset of experiments ...
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does calling the armor of War hounds Barding sound realistic? [on hold]

cause to my understanding Barding is just animal armor? I tried google and found nothing
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How much alteration would be needed for the Cuban Missile Crisis to go nuclear? [on hold]

My story takes place centuries in the future, in the year 2567. Over 600 years ago, during 1962, an all out nuclear war broke out. Most modern day historians believe it to have occurred in autumn, but ...
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where can my protagonist get shot by arrows while in full plate and have them bounce off

my protagonist gets jumped in a cave by Goblins armed with Composite bows from about 30 feet away my protagonist has full plate and a kite shield, the goblins are decent archers but startled and ...
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How Effective Would War Mammoths be in Combat in a Medieval Civilization?

In my book series, there is a planet called Ryu 108 that has domesticated mammoths. Here are some things to consider: Due to the fact that space travel is done via magic instead of via technology, ...
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Would simultaneous hermaphrodites wage war?

I have a world where populated by simultaneous hermaphrodites. Which are like human women plus male reproductive organs, penis and testicles. They could father children like human males, and bear ...
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Historical evidence of military force deliberately refusing to use firearms without practical reasons [on hold]

Well, I know the title is quite a common question when building fantasy world involving gunpowder, and it falls under the well known "Don't bring a gun to a sword fight" trope. I'm well aware there ...
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Naval warfare in a Bronze Age setting - few big ships versus many smaller ships

I wasn't sure which StackExchange I should ask this question, but since the story I am writing is basically a historically inspired fantasy, I decided to present it here. The story in question is ...
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how can i defeat a lich without getting close to it? [closed]

This setting takes place in the ancient world. A lich is a creature who absorbs the mana from the environment around them to temproarily boost it's spells. As they get older, they become more powerful ...
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How can an empire on a super continent gain control over its neighbors without access to its coastline?

In this setting Pangaea never broke apart into different landmasses. Instead it stayed together as one giant super continent. As a result, most human civilizations developed along the coastline, where ...
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How would a medieval army conquer a treetop city?

In my book series, an evil space conqueror named Tate is attacking the planet of Aztlan. However, in order to do so, he must subjugate the Avian tribe and their capital city of Palo Alto. However, ...
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Competitive video games matches a possible replacement for war and conflicts? [duplicate]

Let's say by 21st century every country/faction on Earth have come to agreement that wars or conflict will be settled with some kind of online competitive video game match. The competitive game can ...
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Build an impregnable fortress in the middle ages with modern technology

Let's say we want to build the strongest possible fortress¹ in a medieval (1300 CE) setting while having access to any modern technology and material. Said technology can only be used during the ...
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Could your hand stop an arrow from hitting you? [closed]

Question: Would an unarmoured hand stop an arrow shot from a bow Story Details: I was doing my usual scouting route along the Great Divide, when I chanced upon a Sun Empire's camp on the other side....
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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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Consequences to the region near single battle front

Scenario Medieval technology and warfare. There's a war between two sides of a continent. Said Continent has a large mountain range crossing the whole land. At the north, there's and opening to this ...
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Why would anyone light campfires in The Zone of Alienation

The game The Zone in S.T.A.L.K.E.R. is set in modern day Ukraine and Belarus. In the story, a power surge at a research facility causes the explosion of a reactor. The area around the site is ...
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How would a world power create an artificial winter?

With the setting and criteria provided below, how would a country make an artificial winter that targets the North American Continent? Setting: The story that will use this artificial winter is set ...
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How can a nation of amazons avoid being invaded by their neighbors?

There is a large island populated entirely by women. Men are not allowed on the island and are killed or taken prisoner if they attempt to land. These females train to be warriors from the day they ...
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How can medieval-like coalition defeat or force a modern army into submission? [closed]

In my story, there would eventually be a final battle between a modern/high tech army from Earth and a coalition from another world. What are ways that the coalition can gain victory? Given that they ...
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How do I make a space battle both realistic, with physics in play such as no sound and weird motion, but also very epic and intense still?

I always wondered what it would look like for a Sci-Fi battle in space to occur if it were a bit more realistic. I don't plan to use any space fighters or anything like that, just big capital ships ...
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What would World War IV be like? [closed]

Everyone knows that if World War III was to happen, many nukes would be thrown around. So now, I am worried about World War IV! What new weapons would be invented, and what would fighting be like? ...
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Procedure for bionic eye surgery

So there's this guy called Joel who suffers from a case of bad luck. You see, Joel was just minding his own business (in a war zone) when a grenade decided to introduce itself to his face (we all have ...
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Feasibility of “in situ” ammunition production and salvage

In a (relatively) near future setting, several factions scramble to militarize as civil unrest on their planet turns into civil war. Factories are reprogrammed and prototypes sent to the front, guns ...
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Release the Dogs of War: use for my War Hounds in Medieval Warfare

I am Kaine!! God king of the Wraith-men exiles. I am busy defending against the Sun Empire's holy war, led by the usurpers own son Leon the Holy Fury. The last battle was... a bit sporting, Leon ...
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Defensive options for a 500km gap with steam trains and fireball mages?

World: The world is 1/4th the diameter of Earth, and there are 2 continents + the poles, like our poles. Esia, 25% of the size of real-life Asia, and Aurope, 25% of the size of real-life Europe. Their ...
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How do I make my dynasty last 1000s of years?

My Kingdom X is a great and prosperous nation, having a decent amount of natural resources. The kingdom's founding dynasty has stood the test of time for 1000s of years, until Kingdom Y launches a war ...
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How can a medieval city built in the desert defend against sandworm attacks? [closed]

I'm writing this book series called the Weasel Sagas (link here for more on that) that has this planet called Aurea. Aurea is the planet in this universe most similar geographically to Earth, with ...
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What’s the ideal size for a human factory?

Context: The world has been in a world war lasting centuries. Casualty rates are through the roof and can’t be lowered. The warring countries' solution was to make human factories by incubating ...
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What would be the pros and cons of a merged military and police?

What would be the pros and cons of a merged military and police? In the world I am building war is an ongoing issue, and so the culture's military is quite extensive. Also the majority of people ...
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How to slaughter the Pixies in medieval pixie war?

In my world there are pixies/fairy's, little humanoids no taller than a standing squirrel, with 4 bug like wings yet intelligent as a human. Unlike traditional lore they have no magic. They do however ...
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What would a medieval war against a subterranean race look like?

To round off the little series started by this and this, I figured that I should add this question. The setting: there is a race of underground people living beneath a human kingdom. To avoid the ...
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Country at constant war - Is a permanent powerful economy possible?

In the fantasy novel I am writing, there is a world-wide war going on. The war spans several continents and has many fronts, but the actual fighting is very similar to that of WWI - mostly waiting in ...
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What would a medieval war against an air-borne race look like?

So I've been inspired by this question to ask what would a medieval war against an airborne hominid (let's call them harpies) be like? Basically most of the assumptions about the meerfolk of the ...
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What would a medieval war against an aquatic race look like?

The setting; there’s a large population of merfolk living in the ocean, and a developing seafaring human nation on the neighbouring coastline. These merfolk are entirely aquatic. They have gills and ...
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Possibility of using large asteroid as planetary attack weapon

I am writing a story where the human race is divided into two groups one called Martians (they left to live on Mars) and the other Earthlings (who stayed on Earth). The Martians want to destroy Earth ...
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How many aircraft could this submarine aircraft carrier carry on its flight deck? [closed]

I have a humongous submarine aircraft carrier (dubbed a Kharybdis-class submarine) shaped like a triangular arrowhead. This submarine can launch a wide variety of aircraft from its flight deck such as ...
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How to start a giant war that no one can stop? [closed]

I want to create a giant war, called the 10,000 War. This war becomes so big entire civilizations get wiped out, and no one can stop it, though everyone wants to. The war cumulated to become bigger ...
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War Whales use in Naval Warfare

I am Carrion the Black Hand, lord of the Ashfields brother to Kaine!! The God king. While Kaine is busy defending against the Sun Empire's holy war, I am planning a naval invasion. The plan is to ...
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How would an underground city-kingdom re-capture its surface land?

My kingdom has 2 entrances in a hilly field by the ocean shore, comprising over 100 acres. The entrances are the size of a road and can carry carts up and down tunnels leading 12 stories underground ...
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The practicality and feasibility of a fully-submersible aircraft carrier

There's this organisation with an underwater naval base on Île Pott masquerading as a third rate hotel resort. Said base features several underwater hangars housing a considerable fleet comprised of ...
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Rams for cavalry mounts

So the idea is that most people use horses, but in this deserted mountain range, people have had to adapt to rams, so the breeding, domesticating and all of that has been handled over generations. ...
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How to cut off a (unaware and unwilling) city (not an island city) from the rest of the world for a short period of time? (about 12 hours)

How could a group, very possibly militarized, cut off a small-medium sized city from the rest of the world for an overnight period? This includes outside responses like police, national guard, so on ...
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Weapons in a future Clean, renewable energy world

In my world, technology advanced considerably through a 'Utopia' phase of everyone working towards a common goal of survival and whatnot, eradicating the production of coal by creating successful ...
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How to realistically implement magic-users in medieval warfare?

So, I’ve seen other settings before where magic-users – mages, sorcerers, wizards and similar – are basically gods. There have been fantasy stories where a mage can singlehandedly wipe out an army, ...
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Oyster Shell Scale Mail

Would it be possible to make a crude scale mail out of oyster or some other mussel shells. If so how effective would it be? Do I need to invent some kind of super tough oyster for it to work?
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What is a viable military strategy for a distantly disjoined country?

Premise I am trying to piece together a world where a country has two territories. One territory is very far away from the other. Between the disjoined lands are long stretches of hostile enemy ...
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Martian warfare: could motorcycles be used in war?

This probably sounds like a ridiculous question but it is actually very simple. It seems possible to me to modify a motorcycle to be weaponized and indeed very deadly here on Earth (if you had the ...
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Planet Size Disaster [closed]

What kind of disaster could be large enough to wipe out an entire planets life and leave it like a complete wasteland, similar environment to what Mars is? Nuclear warfare or meteors are what I have ...