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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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How dangerous is someone who can make volumes of air act like immovable solids, measured by how expensive an army they could defeat?

Given a woman who can make volumes of air into solid, impenetrable barriers, how expensive of a modern military force could such a person defeat if her power has these conditions: Her effect is ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Roman bike charge

Due to a disease that spread throught most of known world, all horses died. Without a replacement that was easy to grow, roman engineers found a solution. They invented the bicycle ! Now the roman ...
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Weapons for Mer-people

Thanks to this question on undersea fortifications, I have begun to wonder about the kinds of weapons mer-people would use when fighting one another. Normally, mermen are assumed to use tridents, but ...
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War eagles, feasible?

Let's assume that there's a species of eagles that's about the size of an Andean Condor (about 3m wingspan, 1.5m length, 10kg) and that there's a culture that has managed to tame this creature (or ...
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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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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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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 would one weaponize a black hole?

Assume two massive space empires begin to war with each other. Now, they come to a standstill because they are so alike that they are unable to outnumber, outwit, or outmaneuver each-other and come to ...
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How do I encourage fully armored knights to carry a shield

I am told by my friend, who has some HEMA background, that real fully armored late-medieval to Renaissance knights generally did not carry or use shields. This was because of two reasons. Firstly, ...
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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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Is this alternate history plausible? (Hard Sci-Fi, Realistic History)

Is this alternate history I came up with plausible? What holes does it have? Are some events very unlikely to happen, even impossible? Should I change some dates of some events? Most of my knowledge ...
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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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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 ...
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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 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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Build an impregnable fortress in the middle ages with modern technology

Let's say we want to build the strongest possible fortress¹ in a medieval (1300 CE) setting while having access to any modern technology and material. Said technology can only be used during the ...
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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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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 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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Why is ground warfare smaller scaled than space warfare?

The universe is populated by a decent number of different spacefaring civilisations and races, the largest spanning over hundreds of systems. They have formed relations with each other: Diplomacy, ...
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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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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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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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Why would civilizations with advanced technology still use castles?

Despite being awesome marvels and once incredibly important, ever since explosives became a thing, castles have become obsolete. Until now... Imagine two equally advanced civilizations at war. Both ...
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In Giant Warfare, Why do Humans Need to be Around?

I am constructing a world where a small number of giants coexist rather well with humans to the point where any distinction between the two is rather moot. Government, armed forces, and, for the most ...
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How to stop madness when fighting illusion?

In this medieval fantasy world there are several deities that both help and hinder the prosperity of its various populations. One of the these deities is a god of illusion and lies. Master of ...
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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 can a planet-spanning empire keep their soldiers experienced without wars to fight?

Suppose you have a planet-wide empire that has the benefit of Ancestral Guidance. The empire has conquered the entire world long before it developed interstellar travel. There are no other inhabited ...