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 do I limit the use of projectiles in a high fantasy world?

This is a follow up to: How can society based on strict gender roles be "fair and balanced"? Basically in this world, women have magic and men don't. In order for men to not be useless, ...
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How can conflict be conducted between nations when warfare is never an option?

Our world is surrounded by a magic barrier that keeps out eldritch abominations that exist in the void, such as Cthulu. However, this barrier is fairly sensitive and easily damaged. The violent ...
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How would flight capability affect medieval defenses?

I want the castle designs of my fantasy world to reflect the technology and ability of the world. Our castle designs were very effective and optimized for a world where people couldn't fly. I want to ...
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Is a mainly kicking combat style like Muay Thai, or Taekwondo realistic for a giant humanoid of around 15 feet?

I'm working on creating a realistic species of giant humans. I've changed the proportions, such as creating elephant like feet and muscular pillar-like legs to support the weight. They also possess a ...
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How to limit naval combat in a world of giant canals

My world is a drier variant of Earth and the civilization there has built a massive canal network that is used for moving water from the pole to the temperate zone as the temperate zone is lacking in ...
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Can realistic planetary invasion have any meaningful strategy?

The sea is used as an analogy in space travel, and sometimes it works well. Ships sail on long journeys, between distant lands, across a hostile medium. But these analogies tend to break down when it ...
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How could Mao Zedong have won the Chinese Civil War before 1931?

I'm aware of the history of the Chinese Civil War, from the First and Second United Fronts formed to combat the warlords and Empire of Japan respectively between 1927-1945, but I'm curious if there ...
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How to increase army size without modern farming/preservation inventions

i want to make renaissance era armies that are large in size and able to travel far( without plundering for resources) but I'm running into a problem regarding how to feed them since there is no ...
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Can flak be practical in an age of laser fighters?

In this article, laser fighter jets would be relagated to sub sonic speeds and fly low to avoid being shot at. That would mean that they would be closer to the ground and thus be more vulnerable to ...
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To catch a mocking dragon [closed]

So, you've decided to be a dragon slayer. There are less convoluted ways of assisted suicide. However, if you aren't here to end it all and genuinely think you will be hailed as a hero, well, you won'...
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How would projectiles used in my magic gun look like?

So, advanced [on average comparable to the end of 19th century Europe/America, though diverging in specifics due to magic] magical civilization has a problem. They have unique magic guns, that work on ...
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Modification of a standard cannon to project water instead of iron ball?

Cannonballs may be a thing of human warfare past, but it is not difficult to imagine the sense of dread at seeing a 40-pound metal projectile headed toward your ship, unable to tell for a few ...
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Cannonless ship of the line - could I have ship of line with magic catapults/balistae?

I am facing a conundrum. You see, my world has magic, but this magic is very restricted and has great limitations. As consequence of these limitations, they never got into metalwork, developing no ...
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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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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 aircraft patrolling skies of Arctic Sea. I have a big group (~1000) ...
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Starships without computers?

Say I've got a sci-fi setting where I have one faction using relatively advanced technology (think The Expanse, or pre-Covenant war UNSC from Halo, fusion rockets and high-yield magnetic accelerator ...
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Military Tank for an Interstellar War

OK, I'm putting together a bunch of concepts for a interstellar military, one that sits between the Colonial Marines(Aliens) and the UNSC(Halo) in terms of technology and equipment. Lasers exist, but ...
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Best skills to test in military training trials for space cadets

The setup: We have space cadets who have ascended the ranks of their military order, and they're ready to go through some final Trials of Fitness with their head-honcho and soon-to-be commanding ...
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Combat training for a multi-species society

A certain planet, currently over 50% populated by humans, features a planet-wide civilization where almost every citizen is given military training. The planet has recently become a major trade hub ...
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How to protect against killer insects?

In my world, modern humans are at war with elf-like humanoids who are harmed by the touch of iron and steel. So instead of modern tools they use bio-tech and elemental magic. The human army is trying ...
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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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Could the Landkreuzer P. 1000 Ratte changed the outcome of WWII?

So, This is a VERY VERY BIG TANK. So big it crushes everything in its path (even the path itself). Assuming I lead Nazi Germany, I WILL deploy/create this tank. The issues of this tank are: (taken ...
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What kind of natural armor would stop bullets?

It should not resist 50 cal bullets, but an armor which could protect a creature from the US standard issue rifle, for example. Here are a couple of things the armor needs to do: Protect the creature ...
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Protecting Space Ships

I need a scientifically sound invention (or group of inventions) that ensures that battles fought in space will not just turn into a battle between systems that launch missiles and systems that ...
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War's just a [meta]game, son!

They often say "war's no game, son." But what if it was a game? Consider the resources wasted in war. Resources expended are, of course, part of the nature of war. That's why we have things called ...
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In a world with very common wizards, how would the military use them?

Suppose wizards are are very common, like 1 in 3 people. Magic ability is inherent, but basically useless without special (fairly expensive) training. Obviously the military would not ignore them. I ...
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What are the Limits of Laser Weapons in Space?

In my eternal quest to model a decently-realistic sci-fi space combat system, I've run through the limitations of particle weapons, magnetic accelerator cannons, and fusion rockets. Now it's time to ...
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What strategies would be used in the hypothetical siege and defense of a city between two modern superpowers? [closed]

I've recently been listening to Dan Carlin's Hardcore History. A topic that comes up early on is the extreme changes that War itself went through between the 19th and 20th centuries. The ...
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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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Ice Construct Weapons

The Ice Mages of a world I'm crafting can create constructs made from ice. Now, a master Ice Mage might be able to do fun things with his construct like project them in showers of ice shards, but ...
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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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How would medieval/Renaissance-era castles protect themselves from air raids?

Context : my fictional universe is set in a time period akin to the european Middle Ages/Renaissance. Think of the 1400s-1500s for reference. In most aspects (political, social, industrial etc.) my ...
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What would be a reason for taking over the Washington Space Needle in a Post apocalyptic world battle [closed]

In the last battle of a story I am working on the last battle to be over the Space needle in Seattle Washington and I need a strategic reason why... The Set up: Two groups are fighting over the Space ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Ring-Shaped Particle Cannons and Circular Coilguns

In my previous question a guy called Thorne pointed out that I could make a high-velocity coilgun without using a barrel of enormous length by taking a page out of the LHC's book and using a circular ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How Would Warfare Change if Everyone has Horses?

So, using the background of the main question here, if a peasant could own a horse, possibly multiple, how would an army with access to that many horse be like? Would their army become entirely ...
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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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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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How to build a fortress to survive against mythical creatures

I need a fortress that will stand up to the following magical creatures, must be above ground and have a fairly large (20-50 thousand) civilian population as well as a roughly equal number of soldiers,...
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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 ...