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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Stealth in Space: How realistic is it?

This has been considered other places on the net, but I thought it would be good for the hard-science challenge, since it is often an example of the subtle difference between soft and hard science. ...
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Plausible Reasons for usage of Combat Mecha

So, assuming that the technology is readily available and that we could build these mecha as easily as we build modern tanks or planes. What would be a good advantage in using a legged (not ...
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How does a spacecraft attempt an intercept course with a hostile one realistically (Part II)?

Well, gentlemen. Here is Part II. We know what to do about the manoeuvre, but we need to know possible tactical options the two Task Groups would use. Background Now, as previously specified, we ...
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In what war would one modern military vehicle make a difference? [closed]

Somewhat related to this question. Take one modern, new-off-the-production-line, Challenger II battle tank, and one time machine. To what war do you need to send this tank before it can really have a ...
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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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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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What are the enabling factors for melee combat in modern or future settings?

Swords are neat. Unfortunately, they aren't very practical with guns around. What sorts of technologies, social circumstances, environmental factors or magics would allow for people who train to fight ...
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Would a full body diamond armor and sword guarantee survival and victory against a medieval battalion?

As usual I write stuff like any professional fictional writers do, my protagonist worships a deity calling herself "The Expensive One" and she bestowed a flawless full body diamond armor which comes ...
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Would a bear cavalry be feasible?

Over the course of history humanity rode several kinds of animals to war: horses, camels and elephants being the most common. However, bears are not amongst them. So I was wondering, if they could be ...
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What shape of a ship would be most effective in real life space combat?

What shape of ship would be optimized for space combat in the context of a future space navy? What advantages and disadvantages would the shape you have chosen have and why is it the best for future ...
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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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What percentage of a population can be part of a medieval military?

Here are the particulars: Medieval era and technology City population is 25,000 Arable farmland available as needed Ocean access for fishing Good sized trading hub Politically stable What percentage ...
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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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How to defend when attacked by an avian species?

Bird people are humanoid creatures with a wingspan of 4 meters, they are as tall as humans and the fittest of them weight 72 kilograms or slightly less, so they are quite lighter than the average ...
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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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The role of anthropomorphic foxes in a medieval army

In my universe I am designing anthropomorphic foxes similar in appearance to the japanese mythological kitsune. For those who are familiar with the game League of Legends: Ahri is a good example of ...
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Early Army without foraging: How do we keep ourselves supplied in the field?

In a previous question we determined that to survive on an alien planet, we'd be heavily reliant on stuff we brought with us. Whatever plants we could convince to grow that we happened to have on hand,...
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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 US states are most likely to rebel?

A Little Explanation I have come across many books and trilogies based on the premise of a war torn United States. The latest of these is Burning Nation (link to Amazon page) in the Divided We Fall ...
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Hammer-proof armor

We know, unlike what Hollywood would have you believe, that plate armor was actually incredibly effective when it was being used. In order to combat this, some bright spark came up with the concept of ...
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Would gorillas with human-level intelligence make effective soldiers?

Suppose I take a troop of gorillas and modify them to have human-level intelligence. How effective would they be in a war when compared to modern human soldiers, when comparably equipped? Aside from ...
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Would charging unicorns survive the impact with a line of infantry?

The unicorns would be used to charge a line of infantry with their horn. They are as big as a horse and the horn is similar to this image: The infantry is a standard medieval army made mostly of ...
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How effective would Dragon-Dragoons be?

So, based my other question here, concerning dragons, one thing that came to mind, and was brought up often was that a dragon knight system with 1 guy on 1 dragon would lead to the guy not doing very ...
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What would be the most effective way of keeping a psychopath with a spaceship from wreaking severe havoc in a suicide crash?

Any spaceship over several hundred tons is an extremely dangerous weapon in the wrong hands, particularly if it's intended for reentry. Made mostly of metal and possibly shaped to be able to breach ...
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Styles of Melee Combat developed in microgravity

How would melee combat develop in a zero-g environment? What kind of formations, and techniques would be developed to combat both other zero-g melee combatants and arrow fire? This applies for both ...
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How will my nerdy Mars astronauts do battle between their colonies?

What would battle tactics look like outside the scientific research stations? Year: 2100ish Mars: Two 'surface,' permanent scientific research colonies with a little over 100 scientists and engineers ...
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How large a bioengineered mobile lifeform could exist on Earth?

In the movie Pacific Rim, we see the beginnings of an alien invasion using very large mobile lifeforms. Given that we want as large a lifeform as possible with the following traits: It must be able ...
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How would the inhabitants of one planet kill the inhabitants of the other?

Two planets rotate each other and are tidally locked. They are where earth is around a star nearly identical to the sun. One planet is much wetter, featuring oceans, swamps, jungles, and forests. The ...
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Why would a space-faring civilization use live crews and infantry? [closed]

The Qualian Star Empire has lasted for over 1,100 years (500 years ago it became the “Star Empire”). They have advanced technology rivaling the United Terran Federation in technological marvels; ...
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How to add tactics and maneuvering into space warfare

I have a setting with space fleets fighting, the include both capital ships and human flown 'space fighters', which I already put some work into justifying: How to keep humans pilots instead of AI in ...
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If the insects declared war, who would win?

It is the near future and insectoid aliens pass our planet. They are shocked and dismayed to find that disgusting fleshy creatures seem to be in charge. Using their alien technology they imbue all of ...
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Conquering a Metropolis with near-zero own casualties

You have a trillion dollar/year military budget. You can buy all the toys (that are physically and financially possible to build with current technology). You can hire the manpower, command the ...
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Aerial battle of knights riding flying creatures... How would they fight? [closed]

In my world, we have two cities, each on a high mountaintop, separated by a vast valley. In order to wage war, the warriors of each city bridge the huge gap between them by using flying creatures. ...
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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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Zero Emission Tanks

When we look at the future with our sci-fi glasses on, most new weapons are electrically powered, such as coil guns, railguns, laserguns. But what about vehicles? In 2014, Tesla released all patents ...
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What kind of war would lead to Ultra-Heavy tanks being useful?

Ultra-Heavy tanks are a fun concept. Simply scale up a tank to weigh 1000+ tonnes, add a stupid amount of guns and armour, and you end up with something like the image below. Of course, this monster ...
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Probable criteria for Ramming to become popularized for Space Combat

The society that I am developing is reminiscent on Early Medieval Society, and I want a version of the cavalry charge (and the cavalry cycle) to exist in my universe as well. Essentially I want ...
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Would 'magic' muskets be a significant advantage over actual muskets?

In my world I have one side armed with 'muskets' which utilize a simple form of magitek. Their 'bullet' is actually a magical 'blast' of condensed magic from the air. Despite being magical in theory,...
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The new rioters weapon of choice

The nation of Futurestan is a typical overly complex futuristic dystopian utopic society of the 23rd century. Fossil fuels are widely unavailable because only barbarians would think it was a good idea ...
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How could war be replaced by sports?

Pacing back and forth in the war room, vice president Biden carefully considered his options. The fate of the world was in his balance. Sweat condensed on his brow, and time was running short. He ...
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How many of a Typical Sci Fi Army would you need to take a planet? [closed]

I am writing a fan story for a well known universe with typical Sci Fi armies. (For those who want to knows which, in this universe people seems to love Pauldrons and gothic architecture) They ...
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Star Matter Gate Blast Radius

In an act of magical warfare, a wizard opens a gateway leading to the center of the Sun. Matter can pass through the gate freely in either direction. The gate does not last very long -- the wizard ...
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Can massive military land vehicles be made practical?

The largest self-powered vehicle in the world is the NASA crawler-transporter, a 2700 ton machine designed to transport the Space Shuttle a short distance and in a straight line. During WW2, German ...
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How do you keep warlike people warlike in peacetime?

I am thinking of making a world, using the Earth as a template, that is in "sort-of" Medieval ages, but at peace. In other words unlike our own Medieval times people and countries are not constantly ...
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How can I make steampunk airships less flimsy?

I've been thinking about a steampunk style world where a lot of the transport is done with balloon powered airships. Obviously there are conflicts and I'm trying to think of ways these craft could be ...
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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 non-metallic materials would allow making guns and bullets?

(Related: Warfare without Metal) In my setting, metals (including common metals such as tin and iron) are a rare commodity. Because of this, humans have to make weapons such as firearms (guns) with ...
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Aerial battle of knights riding flying creatures - preferred weapons for the warriors

I've done a question about Aerial battle of knights riding flying creatures... How would they fight?, that was put [on hold] for being too broad. So I'm splitting the question into a series. The ...
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How Powerful a Starship Coilgun Can We Make?

I've spent a good deal of time working through the mechanics of 'realistic' space combat, and figure that good old kinetic projectiles will probably still at least be part of the arsenal, if not the ...
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Can a super-governmental military body like this work?

Setting: In my conworld there is a huge region (let's call it the Midlands) spanning from the northern borealis to the wide green pastures further south, of the northern continent, which is not one ...

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