Questions tagged [warfare]

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War and Conflict within a O'Neil Cylinder

I have an idea for a story I'm brewing but I want to know if such things are possible or even plausible. The basic idea is that the O'neil cylinder was created after a failed attempt of colonizing a ...
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What would still discourage my people from settling on this subcontinent?

Context: The inhabitants of my world, humans, live on a supercontinent divided into three subcontinents separated by seas. The supercontinent is located above the equator in what is roughly the size ...
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A War on Three Fronts

The antagonist of my story is planning to prosecute a war on as many as three fronts. What historical examples could I draw on to make such an operation seem plausible, even if it's doomed to failure ...
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Other than match and rope, is there any other way to fire what is essentially a musket/cannon?

Okay, so, weird question, I know. But I'm making a fantasy world long after the apocalypse and it is a world where people are running out of ammo and a specific tribe has gunpowder but fails at ...
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Can flak or some other method be used to detonate WWI-style artillery shells mid-air?

I'm working on a steampunk-inspired low-fantasy setting where combat is primarily conducted via WWI-style artillery. Airships are employed extensively in ship-to-ship and ship-to-ground warfare, and ...
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What are Effects of shielding on length of modern warfare?

In my setting there are particle shields that can be extended from a central source given enough power and particles to fuel the shield. This is a world where armor has outpaced weapons (nuclear ...
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Is a decade-long battle in medieval times with magic possible?

Question: Is it possible to have one or multiple battles to continue for a decade or more in a fantasy medieval setting? The primary outcome required from the war is to have a constant stream of ...
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How to balance a conflict between animal people when one of them has the advantage of flight?

Setup: Avians are a humanoid species with bird characteristics, they all posses the ability to fly. Just as other species they can learn to use bows, swords and magic. Their main fighting tactic is ...
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Air(warships) and the 'wet navy'

My early 20th Century (ww1/interwar/early ww2) alternate world has armoured airships (I haven't fully worked out the physics but I assume some sort of handwavium to allow armoured ships not just ...
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The cultural effect of torture, imprisionment and war in a community [closed]

So, I've been writing about a planet called Tabor, a tidally locked earth-like planet with harsh conditions that humanity decided to use as a prison for political and religious criminals. To summarize,...
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Muggle military tactics against mind-controlling wizards

Spoiler: Wall of text incoming, TL;DR provided. Once upon a time there were two worlds, separated by some kind of dimensional veil. One world is populated by WW2 level industrial civilization, the ...
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How realistic would the emergence of strong Artificial Intelligence leading to a global war? [closed]

If sentient AI emerges and begins to dominate every field and make most of the population unemployed--even to the extent of replacing governments--then humans would probably rebel against the machines....
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Energy sheathed bullets: What's the point?

In many sci-fi worlds, though mostly Star Wars, the main weapon of choice is some form of "laser" weapon that fires bolts that are way below the speed of light. In said universes, some ...
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How to justify guns being advanced earlier

In my world's history, firearms were developed in their medieval period, much like our world. However, they have things like culverins in the 1300s, and handgonnes that work better than in real ...
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How would warfare change if everyone were concentrated into giant cities?

Due to environmental concerns (very cold winters) humans are concentrated into a few large cities all around the world; smaller isolated settlements die out quickly. These cities would form the basis ...
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A weapon that can instantly kill millions without harming the bodies

I have a world set in the far future, no specific time for vagueness sake, that is completely war-torn by 2 warring factions. This planet is both sides' last stand, so it's all-out, no-limits warfare....
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The immediate and long term effects of slashing wounds in microgravity

What would be the specific long term and short term outcomes of slashing wounds in microgravity? The scenario is that a normal adult is slashed with a knife in a microgravity environment. Assume ...
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What kind of 'techniques' would a corrupt, power-hungry government use to dehumanize its army?

I am writing a story that takes place in an alternate universe in which the timeline is all screwed up. The society this question is about (let's call it Rome) has lots of futuristic technology, such ...
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What would a modern fortified castle look like?

Assume that paramilitary siege weapons were proliferated to the general public after America fell. Details below, but basically short of multi-billion dollar tactical weapons such as advanced fighter ...
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What environmental or biological factors would result in assassination being more common and more respected than soldiering?

Essentially, I am imagining this scenario: Somewhere there is a world where, in all the major civilizations, assassins are more numerous and more highly respected than soldiers. In such a world, wars ...
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How might dragons react to humans kidnapping and 'training' dragons [closed]

Basically, the dragons are European dragons, with fire breath, wings, and everything else. They are normally highly independent, but will cooperate when under duress. They do have a writing system but ...
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Can this town gain ecological advantage from their limnic explosion region?

I want a war between two iron-age cultures, Town A and Town B, based on the "haves" and the "have nots" where they both exist in the same exact climate and geography, however, Town ...
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Is there a practical way to simplify modern warfare with worldbuilding for a science fiction setting?

The problem is that modern or especially futuristic warfare is inherently complex when compared with fantasy or historical warfare. Using modern warfare as an example for the sake of familiarity, you ...
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Why can't the military stop my hidden pirate haven from illegal gambling and smuggling?

My pirate safe haven runs gambling rings, horse races, and trades contraband but no one can find it or penetrate it. Why? I've got a story revolving around pirates and a rescue. The pirates have a ...
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Designing a railgun to disable man-portable firearms

I'm trying to design a railgun to meet a very particular purpose: to destroy (i.e. render inoperable) modern man-portable firearms, such as pistols, rifles and grenade launchers, from a Glock pistol ...
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Can demigod city be spared from divine judgement by staying neutral?

Lately more and more worshippers are becoming materialistic and are abandoning their faith emass, this has been brought up to the attention of the Olympian god who suspect it was the doing of the ...
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How does a military fight while trying not to be nuked?

To avoid detail in the name of getting at the underlying question, I've got a modern-adjacent military being invaded by well-equipped nomads supported by angry aliens in space who have far too many ...
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What would cause horse-riding cavalry to return?

Basically, what would cause an army to go back to riding creatures in cavalry, as opposed to armored vehicles. The mounts can be armored, but they have to be what you'd normally think of as creatures;...
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How to counteract a trojan horse when the horse is the anti-virus software?

I have got caught behind the 'irresistible force meets immoveable rock' conundrum. A predatory country has been making very long-term plans for building an empire. This country, as part of a very long-...
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Maximum effective range for a modified Long Tom cannon in high density?

My airships in combat come upon each-other and initiate combat with their 12-foot long-tom guns. My problem is, I don't know what range they would be at when they decide to fire, because the post-...
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Airship combat in dense atmosphere - What charge for 26-lb cannons?

For an airship combat scene with cannons on a world with a dense atmosphere, what would be the powder charge for effective beam-to-beam attacks at a 100-yard range? The projectiles are 26-lb cannon ...
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How could people in the medieval times defeat an armored vehicle?

In my setting there is a mad artificer making armored cars for the army. The cars have wooden frames with 10 mm of steel on every side, wooden wheels with metal plates covering them, and are propelled ...
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How can a system of laws regarding rules of engagement become prevalent in the ancient world?

The number of males in the ancient world has been on a decline in recent decades. This is because of the rapid increase of male infants being born dead. The resulting gender imbalance as led to ...
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How destructive would a antimatter bomb be?

I already know that antimatter is a destructive thing. But how destructive is it? I want in my far future human reality there be a mass produced bomb using antimatter that makes sure aliens know to ...
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Absorbing Radiation

Everything was fine and dandy on planet Earth until a stargate like portal appeared and connected Earth to a different version of Earth aka Earth2. On this other Earth, humanity evolved differently, ...
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How would a futuristic robot soldier look like? [closed]

I feel that whenever I search for something like “futuristic robot soldier”, the results are always similar and they look like designs and concepts made by ARTISTS, not ENGINEERS. As far as I know, ...
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War strategy between cities on the coast of the same inland sea? [closed]

I'm working on a fantasy story where a major empire collapses into a civil war, and many of its most important cities fall in a region called the Cradle—a fertile region of floodplains and woodlands, ...
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Feasibility of active defense systems against kinetic weapons

Spurred on from an earlier post over here. The general consensus was that if a depleted uranium round is coming your way, don't be in its way. And if you do get hit, disperse the damage as much as ...
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Intercepting/surviving tank based high velocity kinetic weapons

Suppose in the future tanks are able mount higher velocity guns such as railguns or electro chemical technology (ETC) guns. Suppose these tanks slightly larger normal (no you can't mount a railgun on ...
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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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