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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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How to not get blinded by an attack at dawn

I'm imagining a low-tech medieval fantasy world where an attack at dawn such that the defenders are forced to look into the rising sun conveys a huge advantage. The effect on my fantasy humanoids ...
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Would a Glass “Rupert Drop” Weapon be Plausible?

Can a large glass Rupert Drop somehow be manufactured into a useful and effective weapon in medieval warfare, such as a club? I've developed a society that primarily lives in the desert with sand in ...
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What international (or in this case, interstellar) laws would apply to the theft of a planet's moon? [closed]

I'm writing a story about a team of rebels and pirates who band together to steal a resource-rich moon from a solar system governed by a corrupt, oppressive regime. Some world context: The moon has ...
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How effective is golf equipment against zombies?

A golf club is being besieged by zombies. What standard golfing (and golf-course) equipment would make the most effective weapons to repel them?
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What are the logistics of wiping out the current world to the point a “new” generation of humans would not be able to find it? [closed]

Backstory I have a race of biologically advanced aliens that develop by fighting, adapting, and growing immune to the current highest standards of technology a species has to offer. By doing this they'...
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How effective are bows when used by a race with superior strength? (numerically)

The Situation: In this world a race of Neanderthal-like humans have grown and evolved separate from mankind in a harsh environment that forced them to be strong and warlike. Humans of this war have ...
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Nuclear Space Defence!

So I'm going for a pretty realistic setting and I don't like shields, they break the style of realism I'm going for. So for the most part defence is accomplished by dodging (which at the incredible ...
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How realistic were the tactics employed to defend Winterfell in Game of Thrones? [closed]

The fantasy series game of thrones has been largely based on a number of historic events. However I have had several people tell me the tactics in defending Winterfell make no sense and would not have ...
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What would a typical battalion soldier day look like? [closed]

I am wondering what a typical day for a soldier would look like. I am interested in a medieval setting. Like when do they get up, when do they train? What kind of food they have. Do they discuss ...
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Weaponising the Grasp-at-a-Distance spell

Wizards have developed a Grasp-at-a Distance spell. It has numerous uses in everyday life of course but the Emperor (may he live forever) wants it to be deployed as a weapon of war. Spell operation ...
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What might be the nature of interstellar warfare given access to instant communication and Alcubierre drive technology? [closed]

The title really speaks for itself. Given what we know about Alcubierre drives (and yes, I know they're extremely hypothetical, but for this question let's just assume they can exist as we currently ...
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Ambush tactics for dummy witches?

Magic in this world focuses on controlling the elements of nature (earth, air, fire, water). Witches perform magic by drawing in energy from the natural world and focusing it into a spell using their ...
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The logistics of corpse disposal

A pair of fearless killers, thousands of years old, guard a path to what is believed to be heaven. Of course, all towns in the area have different ritual and traditions where either their criminals or ...
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How do I give my alien mercenaries a fighting chance?

So, Earth has run afoul of an alien power. The aliens have a working FTL drive, but no one else (including us) does. They have used their technological superiority to create a far flung mercantile ...
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How to cultivate war? [closed]

Hard to say if wars (fictive or real) ever had any rules. And if there were some rules, then there were also attempts to break them, or at least to avoid them to take any advantage. So, it may seem ...
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How can I protect witches in combat who wear limited clothing?

On TV, witches often wear skimpy, impractical outfits when going into a fight. This is done for fanservice reasons, so I wanted a way to make this sensible. Witches perform magic by drawing in energy ...
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Modification to Chariots for Heavy Cavalry Analogue for 4-armed race

I have a 4-armed race in my world that is the predominant species of a country. [ Country A] This race is also too heavy to ride horses as cavalry. A major enemy of this country is a human race that ...
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How could a medieval army only use unarmed combat and still be effective?

This medieval fighting force, we'll just call them the Bruiser Army, uses only unarmed combat, but how are they still effective? They have absolutely no range compared to the spears and swords of ...
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How to regulate the expected result of fights between hired mercenaries?

In my world, the government has prohibited owning your own military-like force. So what is a filthy rich person supposed to do to get back at the one who has given them a deadly insult? Hire ...
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Missile strike detection (but it's not actually a missile)

I'm writing a story to be set around the late 1980s or early 1990s. The story opens with a spaceship crashing to Earth, hitting and destroying a large part of central London. The idea is that, before ...
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Feasibility or challenges of using stealth “fighters” for weapon control

So, say you have a stealth technology that is really effective. But, the tech is too big to mount on missiles, and anything over a certain size (like a space ship) is too large to hide properly. If ...
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How can I prevent magical armor from cooking it's wearer?

Magic works through a series of runes, which as required magically tattooed onto the skin. The individual activates these runes by using their own will and focus. These runes create effects which are ...
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There are diamonds 10 times tougher than ceramics, approaching some aluminum alloys toughness, are these diamonds useful as an armor? [duplicate]

According to this paper if diamonds are doped with some boron and nitrogen it will gain enormous toughness while retaining the superhardness characteristic of diamonds. This diamonds reach toughness ...
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Could a medieval trebuchet and parachute work to deliver a soldier past a 20-30 foot wall?

This is a ludicrous question and isn't meant to be serious. I had an idea of catapulting people with parachutes and thought it would be funny. This was inspired by Elemtilas answering a previous ...
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Why Choose Less Effective Armour Types?

Full steel plate armour is seen as the most effective type of armour from the Medieval period, viewed by some as the pinnacle of medieval/early-renaissance armour. It’s rounded surfaces and layers of ...
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Military Implications of Instantaneous FTL?

In an example future world, one can use some form of FTL to instantaneously transport any ship from one point to another point (within the same galaxy, to keep things simple). The device required to ...
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How to distinguish easily different soldier of ww2? [closed]

Not sure if it's on topic. I and some friends are doing a short movie, just for fun. The theme is ww2, and we have some soldier costumes, but they will be the same for all soldiers, so German, soviet ...
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Tactics for society with indestructible material

I'm thinking of creating a society with an indestructible material at its disposal, with molecular bonds impossible to break once it has been synthesized and cast. How would a society using this ...
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How would one optimize conventional modern weapons for fighting robots [closed]

Pretty straight forward What kind of conventional firearms would be best for fighting armored and unarmored robots. Is any particular round effective at destroying electrical components or motors? ...
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What armor for my giant slug species to do battle at sea?

Set in the medieval period around 1400AD, the atlantean set flipper on the land of the giant slug and destroyed many acres of crops, this provocative action angered the giant slugs. These giant slugs ...
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Feasibility of A Decoy Earth

I am currently writing a story that involves the never-ending-theme of alien invasions. Assume Humans are roughly at a Type I civilization at this point. Humans have unfortunately wandered into a ...
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How to protect a small modern military base from a large number of primitives?

So, let’s imagine a force of about 500 people, armed with what we would consider modern weaponry (or, more so, 1960s weaponry), are facing up against a force that outnumbers them at a ratio of 34:1, ...
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Which part of ship should be targeted while using guided artillery rounds?

Situation, short: gun has similar firepower to 5 inch gun (5/62) most available rounds used are standard high explosives, there are a few armour piercing rounds available, rounds are guided and even ...
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How can I keep my planet the safest in the galaxy and still engage in war?

Background info In the galaxy that I'm working in, 20 other nations exist. Around 15 of them possess thousands of planets and billions, sometimes trillions of people (they spread throughout universal ...
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How can a religious order prepare their abbey for a siege?

A religious order has learned that the Big Bad wants their MacGuffin. They have contracted a local adventurer to prepare their defense as best he can before the enemy arrives. What is the most urgent ...
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Agressive squad-level tactics with robotic squires, what would change?

Sometimes, your death on the battlefield will be the result of a string of minor inconveniences spiraling out-of-control. This is rather embarrassing, especially when happening to my main character, ...
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Would Small Mecha be well-suited for Underground Warfare?

Assume a subterranean civilization exists with technology roughly on par with the modern era. With changes due to lack of certain environmental factors being likely due to the vastly different ...
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Vacuum Cleaners as Weapons against the Spider Folk - improving their range

Background The spider folk, excluding their legs, are about the size of a golf ball but they are very numerous, they are highly venomous and, they're invading. Various tactics have been tried but the ...
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How does a mid-19 century military combat a modernized one?

So, let’s say in a post apocalyptic world, there are two fighting forces. One army is equipped with Civil War-esque weaponry (cannons, rifles, horses) called the USCA and the other army is fighting ...
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Discouraging missile alpha strikes

I am looking at tactics for using missiles as space-to-space weapons. The missiles in question will be chemically fueled, higher acceleration but lower deltaV than the warships. Since they are ...
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Best Way to Weaponize Malleable Golems

There is a race of golems that can Change their shape at will (although not their color) Manipulate objects within their body Change their hardness between modeling clay soft and rock hard The ...
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Alternative to horses in a dry climate

I'm looking for an alternative for horses. Why not horses? the short answer is the gods didn't want to create them. The gods in my universe like to annoy humanity. Horses only seem to really benefit ...
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Mechanized infantry of the medieval age

Using resources already available at the time, could medieval age armies form their equivalent of a mechanized infantry and perhaps implement a sort of "blitzkrieg" strategy during battles? If so, how ...
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How vulnerable are the undersea internet cables to deliberate sabotage by one of the major powers (US, UK, Russia, etc)? [closed]

Over 99% of the transcontinental internet traffic goes through a network of 280 sets of undersea cables. How vulnerable are these to deliberate sabotage by the major powers? I'd rather not focus ...
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What are the best weapons and armour for fighting underground? [closed]

First off assume that the technology is roughly that of the High Medieval age circa 1100 AD. The combatants are assumed to be humans in this case adapted to life underground after around 3000 yrs of ...
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What kind of near-future technology would enable extremely quick, mostly silent, communication between soldiers?

My book is about a near-future socialist insurgency. Think Che Guevara. Che Guevara won with only 22 men by garnering support of the local population. I've read his books and can't say I see many ...
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How do I create conditions to lead to a benevolent dictatorship? [closed]

In my world a nation currently involved in a civil war between multiple warring factions is nearing an end. The man who has appeared as the victor is a blood thirsty tyrant, who continually ...
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Feasibility of this Alternate History scenario (WWII France)

I was wondering about the feasibility of France maintaining a total war against the nazis in WWII following its disastrous military defeats in June 1940. Would it be possible for the bulk of the ...
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How would an underground society have wars? [closed]

Two underground dwarven races are fighting a war. Dwarfs usually live in mines, but they can also move on surface. One army of dwarfs also control giants. The upper ground terrain is made of mountains ...
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Cats versus Dogs with Cucumbers [closed]

In my world, dogs and cats are at war over a disputed territory between their kingdoms but they are at an impasse and have been for many years. Somehow the dogs find out that cats are terrified of ...