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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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Best weapons for warriors who are extremely strong? [duplicate]

The ruling caste of my empire consists of the descendants of gods. Although they are comparatively small in number, they play an important role in the military. They are extremely strong compared to ...
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WW3 The robot war [closed]

In the near future could robots that exist today be slightly modified to go off road or in water. In the show called "Battlebots" I imagine, what if it was bot vs Solder. The show is a must watch to ...
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Realistic, logical way for men with medieval-era weaponry to compete with much larger and physically stronger foes

I am currently writing/hard-core procrastinating on a fantasy novel that includes a race known as Orthaks. Basically an amended version of Orcs, they range from seven to nine feet tall, weigh between ...
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A widespread epidemic occurs that only allows our reptilian brain to function, would society collapse? [closed]

Writing a story where a rogue cybernetics company hacks our minds via AR contact lenses and causes mass hysteria. If they were able to hack people down to their reptilian brains only, what would be ...
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What is a viable military strategy for a distantly disjoined country?

Premise I am trying to piece together a world where a country has two territories. One territory is very far away from the other. Between the disjoined lands are long stretches of hostile enemy ...
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How can drunken, homicidal elves successfully conduct a wild hunt?

In this premise, the drow rule the fae-realm, an alternate dimension existing alongside the material plane. Every year on one night, the drow have an event known as "The Wild Hunt". During this night, ...
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Medieval weapons and Armor without gunpowder [Siege machines]

The firearm has thought to have been what had killed the age of knights and skilled swordsmen. While it could take years of hard work and practice for a warrior to master a blade or bow, he could pick ...
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What's the crew composition of any modern small attack submarine sub?

I'm trying to create a realistic composition of a mildly futuristic diesel attack submarine with API based on a Stirling radioisotope generator. The idea is that thanks to automation it's possible to ...
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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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Is a partial civil war possible? [closed]

I have a fictional world, consisting of a federation of 17 provinces (in blue on the map extract). Currently, it is in the late 1920's. The Dzevogurski and Quidthovitse provinces are on the brink of ...
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Advantages of “Spider Mechs” over Tanks?

I've seen the discussion on how bipedal mechs are inferior to treaded and wheeled vehicles in almost every way. However, all of these questions appear to be related to bipedal mechs. I'm wondering if ...
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Best shape for a necromancer's undead minions for battle? [closed]

A necromancer can reanimate flesh and bone to form mindless, undead creatures. The necromancer controls the minions like puppets through magic. An undead creature is not limited to its natural shape. ...
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Warrior caste in an utopian society: what would keep them peaceful for centuries?

There is an Earth-like planet with human-like inhabitants. After almost destroying the ecosystem with weapons of mass destruction, toxic waste and such, the civilization changed to survive and an ...
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How could a channeling spell be useful during battle?

In the Middle Ages, countries are at war with each other and wealthy nations will often hire mages to aid in their battles. Especially during an intense combat situation on the field, both sides are ...
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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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Command and control structures in a war where time-travel is possible

Firstly: I'd like to note that this post ( and the world it's based in) is partly inspired by the time travel mechanics of the game Achron. If you're confused by my question go watch some videos of ...
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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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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 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 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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Dog Breeds used as Horses - Warfare Applications

Follow up to this Realistic Horse-sized Dog Breeds So we got a 250 to 300 pound dog based creature that's been specially bred (so no back issues) to carry a fully armoured human warrior to battle and ...
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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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What would a planet be like if it had no oceans, just large lakes? Would it be habitable?

I have a planet I'm working on which is inhabited by war tribes. They fight all the time. They can hunt and farm a little bit but they mainly fight to the death. There are billions of these beings on ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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What technologies could allow for individual scale invisibility and what are their caveats?

In a science-based futuristic world, individuals (soldiers) are able to become invisible to the human eye while keeping a decent amount of agility. What could be the different possible technologies ...
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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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Farm animal rebellion

George Orwell published in 1945 his famous novel Animal Farm. In this novel, the animals of "The Manor Farm" decide to revolt and manage to take over the farm. However, the rebellion remains inside ...
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Potential uses for a neutrino-based weapon

It begins as a joke: A military agency goes to a scientist and asks him to build a superweapon capable of penetrating the strongest armor. He agrees, and proceeds to build... a neutrino laser. ...
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Space weaponry?

So in the sci.fi world I am currently building, I am trying for a fairly technical approach to space combat. Movement is cumbersome and you're strafing more so than performing maneuvers that aren't ...
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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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What single change would have given the best chance for the Allies to win the Battle of France in early WWII

The obvious WWII alternate history question is how could the Axis have won. Let's try something different this time. The Battle of France was a big gamble for the Third Reich. They sent more or less ...
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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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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 would medieval combat differ if its arms and armour were refashioned today?

Inspired by Would a full body diamond armor and sword guarantee survival and victory against a medieval battalion? and my question What would iron-age tools and weapons be like if they were redesigned ...
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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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War between two type III civilizations from the perspective of a type II civilization

In my setting we have two Kardashev type III civilizations who have been at war a long time and their war has now shifted into our neighborhood. These civilizations are until now unaware of human ...
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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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Can I build a self sufficient medieval city?

It's the ideal city for a siege. They have all the resources and man power required to sustain themselves during a siege. They are able to: eat drink be merry mend weapons make weapons tend to the ...