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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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Stopping a Planet Cracker?

One of the issues with creating a model of space warfare that is both realistic and interesting is the ease with which one can destroy things using high-velocity kinetic kill vehicles (KKVs). For a ...
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Basing an economy around Coal, Slaves, and War Industry. Does it seem practical?

So right now I've been tasked to come up with a world for a story that centers around what we could probably describe as post-civil war era. Coal is a resource needed for fueling machines and modes of ...
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Can humans be conditioned to become non-violent and forget how to defend themselves?

Okay, so here's a quick scenario. Humans over the course of time have been selected to breed based on how docile they are. The violent ones are exterminated and all outside sources have been shut out. ...
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Harvesting automated war machines

Let`s say there is a planet on which fully automated machines capable of self replication, once belonging to several factions of highly advanced aliens, now extinct, are waging war against each other. ...
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How long would it take to recover from a galaxy-wide war? [closed]

The Great Galactic War has ended. The evil Tatian Empire has been destroyed, and a new power, the Aurean-Ishga Republic, has risen from the ashes. However, there has been tremendous damage done to the ...
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How to make variable super-soldier size the norm versus a single size

Imagine you can build your soldiers in a lab somewhere. You can control everything, and you've found a the ideal humanoid form (ignoring potentially better forms here). You could build them in all ...
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How to keep a country rigorous when not at war? [closed]

I'm trying to create a world that has a strong military and good citizenship even in times of peace. I'm kind of stuck at the moment, but I have done some research already, so here is a brief case ...
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War between human/animal shapeshifters and humans

In my story, set in medieval times, shapeshifters exist who have a human form and an animal form (only one, which they are born with). The majority of the population is human, many of whom hate the ...
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Napoleonic Future Warfare: Technology for Ground Combat?

In a 'verse with Conveniant Interstellar Travel (in the scale of a few weeks to a few months for neighbouring star systems), the East Orion Company controls large swathes of the sector thanks to their ...
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Need suggestion to gel combat from different era [closed]

I have an ambitious world that I'm building on my leisure time mainly for the purpose of game design, a pool of ideas that I might be able to use. Apologies if any of it sounds vague, I'm still ...
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Shooting down an enemy ship at FTL speeds

In the story I'm currently working on an alien race holds the monopoly on FTL travel. They're using a modified Alcubierre drive system, powered by Negative Mass. Humanity stumbles on a source of ...
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Shield only combat

Asking this for a more realistic view for ''rising of the shield hero' and possible uses in future writings. A shield is not a weapon, it is basically armor, that's why heavy armored knights rarely ...
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Could a giant excavator (like Bagger 293) breach an armored wall in a siege?

I am writing a siege battle that takes place on a fallen world. The defenders are behind a large steel reinforced wall (20m by 8m). The attackers, after suffering heavy losses, decided to bring in the ...
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Spaceship combat Similar to pre-airplane naval warfare? [closed]

In most Space operas, space wars involve battleships, fighters, energy shields, missiles , bombs and lasers (and sound in the vacuum of space). This largely mimics how planes and mother ships were ...
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How Do You Start a War? [closed]

TLDR: How would you start a war between allied nations? A little bit of background. My story takes place in world where people have the ability to use life force much like electricity. Three main ...
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Need to check for screenplay (Aziroazide azide) [closed]

For a screenplay - I need to know if the following is possible; joining the components to make up Aziroazide azide from three separate lakes where the items exist pulled up to a mother ship where they ...
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How could the Ming Dynasty's armada have made China a colonial superpower?

The Ming Dynasty was the ruling dynasty in China from 1368 - 1644. Early in this period, the emperor commissioned a naval fleet numbering some 317 ships. This armada conducted a number of ocean ...
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Kingdom Takeover [closed]

There is an army that destroys and massacres most kingdoms (not all). It’s not for power, money, resources (including land) or slavery. Why would they do this?
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Fighting by human cannonball - medieval kamikaze (part 1 - steering)

Kamikaze pilots were a part of the Japanese Special Attack Units of military aviators who initiated suicide attacks for the Empire of Japan against Allied naval vessels in the closing stages of ...
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Exploiting Sod's Law in battle

Sod's law is the axiom that "if something can go wrong, it will" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sod%27s_law In the world of Sod, this axiom is literally true and is one of their laws of thermodynamics....
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Selling food to the enemy

The castle is under siege. The inhabitants are running out of food but have plenty of gold. The attackers have food supplies but need money to keep them coming. Does it make sense for the attackers ...
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What kind of “space force” would be needed to protect space assets in the near future?

Premise Even at present day, space assets are very valuable: Our space assets, day by day, are growing by leaps and bounds. It's the value of that satellite to the economy. - Neil deGrasse ...
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Campaign Warfare in Avian Species [closed]

For this avian species, imagine a race of Hoatzin-like animals, with gripping appendages on their wings. The birds generally live in nest groups, building large communal nests. They are also larger ...
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How can I explain a world where everything is working together to kill the protagonist?

Say an explorer lands on a previously undiscovered land, filled with humans, humanoids, wildlife, elementals, undead, demons... you name it. One would expect that these existing inhabitants would ...
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How to mobilize army in country with no standing army?

In the modern day a isolated country with no standing army (and no military agreements with other countries with a military) is invaded. The country in question has similar characteristics to Iceland (...
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Freeman needs your help, how to get crates behind the enemy lines? [closed]

Warning: this question contains potential spoilers for Half-Life 3, but as the game will never come out, I just made a partially irrelevant warning. Garry Man is an avogadrolionaire, so he has a ...
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How can I make magical projectiles cost effective enough to be practical?

For many centuries, magical armor has outpaced projectiles in warfare. Armor is enchanted with runes in order to make it more effective, as well as proscribed certain abilities to it. Runes are ...
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Zombie infection is worse than imagined: how can humanity survive? [closed]

This plague takes some of the worst from every zombie movie you might have seen and puts it together. It's airborne and can survive for a week in the air, and it is transmitted to humans through all ...
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Technologically advanced civilization still using melee armor and weapons

Similar idea to this post, why would an advanced civilization able to create AI/ droids ranging from 'hardshell' (I-Robot (movie) or C3P0) to 'soft' (Bishop (Aliens)) still have use for melee combat, ...
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Eternal space battle around a planet. But why? [closed]

The Setting A planet (large continents, mostly steppes, deserts and plains) is settled by nomadic tribes (think Mongols, Tuareg or Apache). The tribes lack written history, but the legends speak of a ...
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How win a medieval war with air superiority?

There is a new empire trying to conquer the world and it is populated by an avian species (looks like an early bird-dinosaurs with bigger head) and their first target is a human kingdom Abilities : ...
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Mutually invisible foes. How can they fight?

For millennia the Arbol and the Byrond clans have engaged in bloody warfare. A benevolent wizard who is passing by and hears of this decides to stop them once and for all. He casts a powerful spell ...
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How could spartan society spread its influence across the greek peninsula while maintaining control of its slave population?

The Spartans today are regarded as the greatest warriors in history. A true Spartan dreams of dying in battle, for a glorious death is the greatest glory a real man can ever know. Every man trains his ...
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Would it be possible to use chlorine trifluoride as the payload of an artillery shell?

Let's assume that a country with technology at about the same level as Germany in the early 1930s wants to weaponize ClF3. Would they be able to use them it as the payload of artillery shells? What ...
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How to fight against Lion People?

In the story I would like to write, humans temporarily fight a race of lion people. In the story, there are two sides. Standing Alliance and the Animal Alliance (it sounds dumb, but I haven't come up ...
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How to correct aim in aerial airship combat?

Report! Correct aim 2-20 fore, figure in enemy speed at negative 15 knots relative decelerating. Ready? Fire in Sequence on my mark... MARK! LCDR Arnold Dering, Commander of the "X"-Turret, GKS-B-...
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How do dwarves defend their City-under-the-Mountain from a dragon?

The Kingdom of the Dwarves has been rich and prosperous since the days that the first Dwarf-father awoke in the roots of the mountain. In the uncounted ages since he rose, the depths of the mountain ...
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Naval warfare: Big guns vs Artillery rockets

In a fantastic world known as inner space, created by Deviant artist Wingsofwrath, technology is similar to our world during the 1920s with a few twists here and there. One of these twists Is the lack ...
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Why would a war be the most traumatic for the winning side just before the enemy capitulates? [closed]

My world is in a time period analogous to the 21st century. Within it, one of the main powers goes to war against a much weaker and highly politically unstable adversary (insurgency groups, ...
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After a war that killed a generation of men, what happens to that nation? [closed]

In my world a nation has lost every man between the ages of 18-40 to war. What possible impacts on society from such a loss of life would I need to consider?
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Application of magically-created chimeras [closed]

So, in a typical fantasy world, mages and wizards have discovered a ritual to create chimeras - they can produce monstrosities by fusing animals together. Note that by 'fuse', I do not mean any fancy ...
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How to defend when attacked by an avian species?

Bird people are humanoid creatures with a wingspan of 4 meters, they are as tall as humans and the fittest of them weight 72 kilograms or slightly less, so they are quite lighter than the average ...
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Why don't mages use side weapons? [closed]

In fiction mages usually only hold wands, staffs, books or some magic orbs/discs floating around them and most of the time they run around empty handed. How can it be justified other than the rule ...
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Combat in a subterranean environment and how it would be waged

Dwarves and their underground cities and the vast network of tunnels that connect them, a stereotype older than Tolkien. What I wonder is how would warfare be waged in this tightly restricted area? ...
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How can a extremist group gain total political control of a medieval society?

The Dwarves, they mostly live within their mountains while a wealthy but small percentage of them own land on the surface. They are very isolationist preferring not to take sides when conflict arises ...
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Why everyone hates the undead? [closed]

After death some might turn into undead by different means of magic. when brough back to life as an undead gaining new sheer strength and magic powers is to be expected while things like sense of ...
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Would it be possible to create a flexible and useful armour with woven metal wires?

Essentially could I make flexible cut proof clothing with flexible metal wire? Or would making the wire flexible require making them so thin that slicing is easy? Edit: naturally gambeson or some ...
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What Sea Creatures Would Make Good Undersea Cavalry?

In my book series, there is an underwater civilization called the Lobster Empire (basically underwater Rome inhabited by Crab and Lobster people). Stuff to know about the Lobster Empire: Roman-esque ...
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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 ...