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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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Would a war between superhoeroes last longer than a war between humans? [closed]

My planet's features, such as mountains, plains, and rivers were formed because the Tolks, people with superhero-like qualities, used it as a battlefield. They have offensive and defensive abilities ...
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Fighting Off an Alien Invasion

Aliens are invading earth! Pouring from portals hidden deep in the earth for millennia, they are sweeping aside the militaries of earth with contempt. Modern infantry rifles, even loaded with armor ...
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Would the revelation of Climate Control Technology to the Public render it unusable?

I assume two Empires, A and B. A direct conflict between them would be tantamount to total annihilation, as both sides possess nuclear weapons and noone will be the first side to use them. They also ...
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Why would a country collapse if the capital was taken?

Let us say that the siege here was 100 percent successful. One of the answers pointed out that even if it did, the country wouldn't just ... die. So we need a reason why, excluding: Religious reasons....
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What would be the problems during this type of siege [closed]

Let's say that a state has the following plan to attack a neighboring kingdoms capital, which they will declare war on. The city is known as impossible to break. Slowly send 1000 elite soldiers in ...
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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 warfare be different in a world made up of two infinitely large empires? [closed]

Suppose an infinite plane which is similar to Earth's surface and has uniform Earth's gravity field. The plane is devided into two infinite parts by a slightly curved line. On the both sides of the ...
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Help/Advice With Making My Designated “Good” Faction Read As More Obviously Good, And Making My Designated “Evil” Faction Read As More Obviously Evil?

As always, important parts are in bold, other details are non-bold, for those who like or dislike longer/shorter. So, a couple of just intro disclaimers and whatnot: this is sort of a “black and gray ...
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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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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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Postapocalyptic, Venus-like planetary atmosphere

This question is about the same postapocalyptic future setting as this one, so you might want to refer to it, if you have any questions… about my question: What species, if any, would survive this ...
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What species, if any, would survive this kind of apocalypse, and what would global environment be like?

So, this is going to be kind of a tricky question to answer, because the setting is a science fantasy world, in the sense that, on the surface at least, it looks like our reality and it seems like the ...
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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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Would we see cannons in a magic-using society?

In a society that has relatively plentiful magic, enough that spell casters would be a standard part of any size-able army, would cannons and artillery still develop? For the purpose of this question ...
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How could Golems best be used to defend a modern day city of Prague?

The Situation: The year is 2014 and the city of Prague is under siege. Cut off from supply, the city prepares to defend itself with whatever is at hand. The Jewish community offers the services of as ...
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Enchanting a cannon [closed]

In a fantasy world steeped in magic, gunpowder has emerged as a force to be reckoned with. Cannon and muskets have become commonplace on the battlefield; and far from replacing magic, have synergized ...
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How effective are bomb shelters for nuclear attacks

I was wondering how effective nuclear shelters actually are? If you assume that your house is equipped with a bomb shelter (aka fall-out shelter). The construction of the shelter is not over the top, ...
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What would World War I outcomes be if the Tunguska event had occurred over London in 1908?

I am exploring an alternative history of a timeline if the centre of the British Empire is wiped off the map in the early 20th century. The Tunguska event was believed to be an air burst comet or ...
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Weapons for boarding spacecraft?

With today's technologies firing a gun inside a spacecraft could be catastrophic, although not certain it's widely agreed that firing weapons inside the space stations is very risky. Assuming space ...
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Is there a technical term for a civilization that “eats” others to gain their knowledge, powers, etc.?

Is there any kind of technical term (and if not, can you think of one) for a civilization that “eats” others to gain their knowledge, powers, etc.? Such as… the Borg from Star Trek sort of did this, ...
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What are the implications for society if perpetual motion was possible? [closed]

Assuming perpetual motion was possible, what influence would that have on society? Would the ready availability of energy help the current third-world? Would that even exist given how history would be ...
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Tactical influences of an entirely electricity-based arsenal on starships?

Assuming a world where starships don't use missiles and bullets in combat much. They only carry those as a final strike or for convenience. Their arsenal is almost entirely composed of electricity-...
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What would be the minimum distance between front line trenches in trench warfare?

How close could two trenches be in a stationary war that lasted about 4 months? Specification: Infrastructure should be established and there is artillery in use. The no man's land is mostly plain ...
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How could combat involving Alcubierre-drive starships occur?

In a setting with Alcubierre-drive starships (as per my answer here), it is inevitable that once the technology becomes common enough and enough different polities and organizations have such ships, ...
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What conditions could lead to an indefinitely long state of war?

Could a war continue indefinitely? I see two parts to this question: Stability A war is often unstable, in that a slight advantage gained by one side makes them more likely to win further battles ...
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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 rudder protection against water elementals affect ship's performance?

In my world, there are two countries constantly in cold or warm war with each other, and one of them has quite a lot of magi in their army. In my RPG campaign, the party is sailing one of the best-...
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How different would land-based medieval warfare be if it had to combat area of effect attacks?

In plenty of fantasy words, there's a wizard who can drop fireballs on large swathes of combatants. There usually isn't a detailed explanation of how a medieval military force would deal with what is ...
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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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Would instantaneous teleportation encourage or discourage warfare?

Imagine that there are two nations at war, but fighting is limited to a small section where their nations border each other. Travel is "conventional", forces from one nation can block the other from ...