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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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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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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 ...
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How does a mundane army defeat an immortal army?

In trying to both invent and prevent mediums with which opposing armies can defeat "Army X", I come to you, stack exchange, hoping for some second-opinions on how to 'defeat an immortal army'. In ...
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A weapon that only works against the powerful [closed]

A class of Tyrants has been abusing the Oppressed for decades, centuries; taking everything they could from them. But the Oppressed cannot endure anymore, they have to fight back, before everything ...
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How could one board a spaceship during combat?

Captain. 3 Klingons have beamed onto the ship. It is illogical, the laws of physics should not allow for teleportation. So how do you board a spaceship that is able to defend itself without ...
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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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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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How do I make my dynasty last 1000s of years?

My Kingdom X is a great and prosperous nation, having a decent amount of natural resources. The kingdom's founding dynasty has stood the test of time for 1000s of years, until Kingdom Y launches a war ...
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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 much would a civilisation develop without war?

Conflict between civilizations has played a key role in the technological development of the human race. If humanity never had a single war, how would technology in such civilization evolve? Would it ...
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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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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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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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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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What would a modern soldier trained and equipped to operate in burning forests look like?

So, let's just say that the US Military has a tactic that involves setting forests alight and deploying troops there for combat. I don't know if this is plausible, or why they would do this, but I ask ...
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Death from Space: Taking out an Enemy Fortress by Launching a Destroyed Space Ship at Them

Scene Description in my Book: (You can skip this part if you want, I will put the details below) You are an admiral for "army Red". You have just gained space superiority over the planet you plan to ...
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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 one take over the world? [duplicate]

Let us assume that this overtaking is in our day and time with the technology available today, how would an average person take over the world to control it or to destroy all humanity?
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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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How would an event that killed 80-90% of my world's population in the past have an effect on my world's economy and culture? [closed]

My world is a medieval age with magic setting, with a fantasy style map (assume flat earth. Not entirely true but accurate enough). The world is several times bigger than Earth. An Empire which ...
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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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In a world of magic, why would cities still find high walls useful?

In a world where magic exists. A large army can hire several mages that able to cast spells as, or even more, powerful than a 16-19th century cannon. The city walls will not keep out a determined mage ...
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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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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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Mermaid Land (and Sea?) Combat

I might have a bit too much saltwater in my brain. I'd like to discuss (can you do that in this format?) the ideas of combative mermaids on land. If you say my other questions, you say my bring up ...
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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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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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Melee combat in futuristic setting? [closed]

How do I make melee combats with swords and shield more viable in a futuristic setting, where laser/plasma weapons exist? (Assuming the combatants are durable enough to take a few shots before being ...
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Can an interstellar war be remunerative from an economic point of view?

I was thinking about writing a short story about an interstellar war, but there is something that does not leave me rested: My invaders (the race of the protagonist) would start the war against a ...
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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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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 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 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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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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Occupation Forces

So, I'm well aware that Sci-fi Writers Have No Sense of Scale. This is an effort to avert this for intragalactic conquest. My mighty space navy has crushed a solar system's defensive fleet, and now ...
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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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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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What kind of weapon would enable fairies to defend against the invading 13th century medieval army?

The adult fairy is non magical being as tall as a tennis ball with a wing span of a standard tennis racket. They are fairly agile in the air with maximum flight ceiling of 1000 m from ground level ...
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What would be the fastest way to end hostilities with the USA (without surrendering) for a superpowered being?

A somewhat benevolent, previously unknown superpowered flying knight, appears out of thin air and upon arrival (somewhere between New York and Washington DC) the USA government took him for an hostile ...
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Feasibility of Centaur Hussars

Would centaur cavalry be able to hold their own in an early 1800s setting? What kind of advantages and disadvantages would they have over the regular man-on-a-horse cavalry? What kind of niche would ...
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What would a medieval war against an aquatic race look like?

The setting; there’s a large population of merfolk living in the ocean, and a developing seafaring human nation on the neighbouring coastline. These merfolk are entirely aquatic. They have gills and ...
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What would a medieval war against an air-borne race look like?

So I've been inspired by this question to ask what would a medieval war against an airborne hominid (let's call them harpies) be like? Basically most of the assumptions about the meerfolk of the ...
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Sapient species that is immune to damage from heat. What are the ramifications?

So I'm writing a story that has a species that's immune to being burned or suffering any kind of ill effect from being heated, functionally regardless of the temperature (I'm not planning on tossing ...