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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Can plasma be used instead of physical rails in a railgun?

The railgun utilizes two metal rails that, when under a electrical current, utilize the Lorentz force to accelerate a metal projectile to super sonic speeds. In light of this, Can the rails be ...
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How to fight an army of skeletons?

How would a standard Roman human army fight a smaller army composed of skeletons? The skeletons are strategic and will reassemble if you cut pieces off. The skeletons came from the army, and retain ...
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What would we see driving through a country or coastline of a distributed and hardened Hydrogen energy infrastructure?

I could describe the energy infrastructure of 15th century Holland by describing colorful windmills set up to drain swamps, saw wood, power woodworking mills, and process food. Dutch carpenters busily ...
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How would naval warfare change with the advent of advanced weaponry?

In my setting, rail guns, point defence lasers and supersonic missiles are the weapons of choice. What I'm wondering is, how do these weapons change modern naval warfare. More specifically, ship ...
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Can a secondary fuel economy ever be hardened against attacks?

If a society fully centralized their energy supply to a secondary fuel (artificial energy source like Hydrogen or batteries), the public loses the ability to directly access energy from the earth. ...
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In a more advanced society that experiences incursions by monsters, do you think weapons such as guns would cost more or less the same as our society?

I'm in the middle of creating my own role-play game set in a fantasy/sci-fi setting where the society is attacked fairly regular by monsters and the like; Due to this I'm having trouble with the ...
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Blood alchemy as a military weapon and health practice

Mine craft, TESO, have demonstrated the use of blood alchemy and alchemy traits for dragon's blood/dragon's bile. Tantric alchemy gave the most information about this form of practice. Is it quite ...
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How do soldiers of conquered states enlist into the army of their conqueror?

The entire Khangates of the Mongolian empire recruited soldiers and resources of conquered states. Of course these soldiers at most times were recruited against their will. Is it the threat of the ...
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What exactly can I hinge the lack of rebellion of several conquered states on?

Culture and religion have always been a contributing factor in the mass control of humankind. Although, more so of the latter. I'm currently writing a novel wherein a particular nation arises with ...
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Improving Weapons with only plant life

We live in a jungle that is devoid of metal and stone. A giant vine forest hanging high above everything. We’re totally reliant upon the plant life to supply to our every need. Which isn’t all bad, ...
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Would nuclear bombs be effective against clouds of nanites?

Would they be able to even destroy the nanoscopic machines, or would something like an EMP be much more efficient? The nanites in my setting are programmed to tear apart the human genome of enemy ...
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What information could a Time Traveller give to Nazi Germany to make them win WWII?

So, let’s say a certain type of person steals a Time Machine and travels to Berlin August 1st, 1939. He shows his time machine to Adolf Hitler, and tries to give him advice necessary to win WW2 before ...
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How do the Martian rebels defeat Earth when they're grossly outnumbered and outgunned?

It's the early 23rd century, and we are about 50 years into Mars being colonized. The planet, which was supposed to usher in a new era in civilization and the expansion of humanity into the stars, ...
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What would make the internet go away?

Assume that we're in roughly our currently timeline in present day, plus or minus 5 years (for increase or decrease in technology that would/could make a specific method plausible): what event or ...
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Warfare in the presence of magic users [closed]

In this world you have normal earth like technology and also magic. There are multiples levels in magic from least powerful to invincible. The number of magicians at a level is inversely ...
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Battlelines with both gun users and magic users?

In this fantasy world magic users are called rankers are graded into three grades: 1,soldier grade (Anyone with a magic weapon can become one.) 2,champion grade (requires years of training, ...
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Establishing an empire in a world with flying ships

In What would an age of sail flying ship look like?, my answer suggested ships that fly using 'keels' that utilise a difference in physics to that of our own world to achieve flight. Now, I am trying ...
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If ancient soldiers could firebend, would battle lines cease to exist? [closed]

Consider Ancient Rome. If some proportion of soldiers in Caesar's military had the ability to shoot small jets of fire out of their hands for a maximum duration of 1 second, and perhaps a total limit ...
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Interstellar war tactics with no FTL capabilities?

I have tried to conceive the most realistic hard sci-fi human/alien conflict scenario without invoking FTL magic. By realistic, I mean “War is the wrong answer but we do it anyway”. Im not trying to ...
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How would mesoamericans fight dinosaurs?

In my book series, there is a planet called Aztlan. The Aztlanians are essentially based on a mix of Aztec, Maya, and Inca cultures, with hints of Olmec, Nazca, and Mapuche thrown in. For example, ...
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How would an underwater race protect against pressure waves?

In my fictional world, there is a race of mermaid-like creatures that are having a bit of a problem. That problem is that the surface dwellers have made something called a depth charge. This makes ...
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what would allow for the use of cannons but not handheld guns

I'm looking to create a low fantasy world set in roughly the equivalent of the dark ages such that cities are defended with castle walls and armies are equipped with swords, axes, spears, bows, ...
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Who Would Win? Insects/Animals vs Humans [closed]

How would humans defeat all animals and insects to ever exist? I'm not looking for answers that ascribe human-level intelligence to animals or insects. This is real life, if insects are even close ...
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All Conditions Weapon Platforms? [closed]

Basically, how to make modern weapon systems, specifically, tanks and planes, work in all environments. Background I'm currently putting together a role-play setting, which is fair high tech. The ...
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Feasibility of (very?) low altitude ground attack aircraft

Background In this setting, sensor and image recognition technologies have advanced to the point where aircraft have a hard time operating undetected for any length of time. What radar doesn't catch, ...
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How can you coordinate an attack against a monster that cannot be gazed upon?

Cthulhu is the most pathetic of the Great Old Ones. After a brief resurrection, it was easily defeated by a human with a wooden boat, making the elder gods a laughingstock of the universe. However, a ...
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Design for an Extendable Melee Weapon?

Design for an Extendable Melee Weapon? Background I've been working on a RolePlay setting, for me and friends. The setting mostly uses energy weapons, and at the higher levels, anti-energy shields (...
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How would martial arts be different for a winged race?

TL;DR I have a race of half-dragons in my near-future scifi story. I know that having wings and a tail would affect my characters hand-to-hand fighting abilities, but I'm not sure how. Additionally, ...
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What should I call the troops in my world where the US military consolidated into a single, unified force? [closed]

So basically, for some backstory, rising sea levels and a viral pandemic known as the Black Plague both killed off billions of people in 2015. During that time, due to the collapse of every country ...
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Can a USA-rest of the world war last long? [closed]

I was thinking to a plot where the 2020 USA is attacked by the rest of the world. Is it realistic, in our timeline, to build a story about a long lasting war (> 1 year) or the forces are too uneven ? ...
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How Would an Anti-Gravity Gun Function

The Question How would a gun, that uses anti-gravity as propellant, work? Is it even practical? Background I have been toying around with the idea of a gun that uses anti-gravity to shoot off heavy,...
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Is it possible for a country to develop the equivalent of a Second Industrial Revolution while under a war of attrition?

I'm developing a setting that has majoritarily experienced a First Industrial Revolution after a period of peace, preceded by a period of warfare sort of equivalent to the Napoleonic wars. Now I am ...
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How Weaponizable Are Optical Illusions Without Camouflage?

I'm playing around with the concept of a society that is built around optical illusions. This society would heavily incorporate these illusions into their architecture and their very way of life. As ...
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Is My Historical World Domination Reasonable?

This can be considered a sister question to this question. The Beginning Outside of Ser, the world was a chaotic and dangerous place. Ser was the only neutral country in a world filled with violence ...
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Is it now possible to undetectably cross the Arctic Ocean on ski/kayak?

Consider current level technology - surveillance satellites, patrol boats, coastal guards, both USA and Russian anti submarine jet air planes patrolling skies of Arctic Sea. I have a big group (~1000)...
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Is it realistic that an advanced species isn't good at war?

A non-human society is engineering minded by nature and is extremely advanced, to the point where they (with wide-scale community effort) have learned how to create wormholes and have practical space ...
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How could a bioweapon designed for warfare go wrong and kill billions, and have additional side effects? [closed]

In the 22nd century, the major world powers are at each other's throats, fighting over dwindling resources and territories. One of the sides develops a biological weapon, let's say a virus, to be ...
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Forced Conversion of Majority

Say, that Nation A absolutely destroys Nation B in a battle and annexes them. Can Nation A realistically demand that the conquered people either convert to their religion or be expelled? If we assume ...
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Could a small private island protect its sovereignty?

Imagine the modern day world where an eccentric billionaire (plus a small group of others) has decided to declare their private island as their own country. (lets say the island is about 1 square ...
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Would my post-apocalyptic US Government be able to work and function properly?

Let’s set some things up so that we’re all caught up: In 2015, the apocalypse happened; rising sea levels compounded with the Black Flu (deadliest pandemic in human history killing billions around ...
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Modern warfare theory in a medieval setting

Let's assume a medieval lord named Gary I of Flowers lives in a "Europe-ish" continent with no gun powder or magic. Somehow, he's aware about modern warfare theory. Maybe he found out a time-traveler ...
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Destroying Hypervelocity Rounds With More Hypervelocity Rounds

In a previous question, I asked about using a scaled-up whipple shield to protect against a 250kg tungsten round traveling at about 60 km/s. The round in question is 'about' 10 cm in diameter and '...
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How would Centaurs be utilized in modern armies?

My world is in a modern setting but populated with a variety of fantasy/mythology races and creatures. I am trying to figure out how each species would best be utilized in a modern military, assuming ...
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Are starfighters a realistic evolution of space naval warfare?

I’m making my story as close to real and theoretical science as possible. I remember reading an article a while ago saying realistic space warfare would be capital ships engaging in missile warfare ...
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Teenage Revolution: How to overthrow parental dictatorship worldwide? [closed]

Setting: Earth 2020. Young people are sick of parental suppression, worldwide. They develop a vastly different understanding of social principles, compared to their parental generation. They can´t ...
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Beyond Futuristic Technology for an Alien Warship?

So, it's several hundred years in the future and the majority of humanity now live on artificial habitats, either clustered together into nation-sized groups or scattered individually across the solar ...
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Can a Scaled-Up Whipple Shield Protect from Hypervelocity Rounds?

Specific situation question: I have a ship with a 'whipple' shield consisting of 5cm of titanium (or a material similar to it) spaced about 50 meters away from the main hull (which is itself pretty ...
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What could potentially lead to a AI/robot-driven post-apocalyptic world?

Let's say that it's the 23rd century. Climate change has gotten worse and resources are dwindling to dangerously low levels. Coastal cities have flooded, displacing hundreds of millions of people ...
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A Mecha, made out synthetic muscles, and advanced materials

I have been thinking about this for an unhealthy amount of time, truth be told. Simply put, a 4 meter, eight meter if stretching the limit, tall mecha, made out of carbon based synthetic muscles, ...
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Nuclear Cannon: Viable Alternative to Coil / Railguns?

In one of my previous questions, I asked about the viability of creating a coilgun for use on a sci-fi warship which would be capable of accelerating a 1000kg projectile to a velocity of 30 km/s or ...