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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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Martian warfare: could motorcycles be used in war?

This probably sounds like a ridiculous question but it is actually very simple. It seems possible to me to modify a motorcycle to be weaponized and indeed very deadly here on Earth (if you had the ...
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Planet Size Disaster [closed]

What kind of disaster could be large enough to wipe out an entire planets life and leave it like a complete wasteland, similar environment to what Mars is? Nuclear warfare or meteors are what I have ...
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How useful is an impregnable castle?

When we place castles on our fictional maps, lots of effort is often made on how to make those castles virtually impregnable. Walls, moats, defensive weaponry etc. But one aspect is often overlooked ...
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How would one attack or lay siege to a flying castle?

So we already know that flying creatures are good at attacking castles. But what about a flying castle attacked by ground creatures? Let's say we have ourselves a medium-sized castle built on a ...
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How big can my tank be? [duplicate]

In an alternate 1950s cold war, the Soviet Union and the United States (and their NATO and Warsaw pact allies) are locked in an arms race not unlike our own. What's the difference you ask? Instead of ...
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How can I explain why my mechs don't sink into the ground?

Everybody loves the concept of mechs, but there is one big practical problem with them that gets worse the fewer legs they have: ground pressure. tl;dr: big heavy object on two small thin spindly ones ...
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Dragons vs WW1 airplanes

Dragons, or wyverns, are of course creatures that fly, that are fierce and can participate in dogfights against other dragons. I wouldn't be surprised if in a fantasy world humans domesticated dragons ...
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How many dead bodies are required to stain a river red?

Historical accounts of battles sometimes talk of rivers running red with the blood of fallen combatants. Many Lancastrians were killed while fleeing; some trampled each other and others drowned in ...
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Why Would an Enemy Army Retreat if they Will Die Anyway [closed]

I am Kaine!! God king of the Wraith-men exiles. With my brother Carrion and his twelve sons and their hordes, we have laid waste to many realms. It is only when we went to war with holy city of ...
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Is a pig-mounted cavalry possible?

Recently, my neighbour upset me. I have discovered that he plans to somehow improve his trebuchets to throw nasty things across the river. I told him that my pig-mounted cavalry will attack him. I ...
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How long does it take to build a medieval city wall?

There is a medieval city that, for multiple reasons, doesn't have any kind of structural defense, but they decided to build a wall now as there is risk of a war in the bordering kingdom, which can ...
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Help designing which metals are associated with specific magical powers in my magic system [closed]

In my world, one of the magic systems involves people crushing special objects in their gauntlets to gain the dormant energy that exists within them. Essentially, imagine there are certain energy in ...
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Why would surrounding countries not claim accessible, habitable, and unclaimed land?

I am designing a world for high-magic, epic campaign for D&D 5e. I really am feeling this map, and am trying to figure out how the different countries would interact. Right now I have nothing ...
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Help my Assassin Kill His Target [closed]

This normal looking man here is called Sam, and he’s about to kill a VERY important person whose death will bring about a great war. This would-be assassin is posing as an Alliance guard, face lift ...
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How could a medieval army defeat Sauron's army?

For context : I would like to know if it is plausible to build a realistic european medieval world where Sauron appears at some point Sauron's army was one of the most powerful in Middle Earth in the ...
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How to go with “convert and convince” tactic in post-apocalypse settings?

My backstory goes like this: Russians develop deadly virus which kills you if you are not a Russian. They decided to release it in the USA to solve the cold war once and for all. However, something ...
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Pacific war with Europe at peace [closed]

January 1939, Hitler has a dream where he sees that he will lose the war he is planning. Thus, he renounces to war and doesn't invade Poland. Mussolini does the same dream a few weeks later and ...
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What are some ways stop magicians from using magic without resorting to the old 'special anti-magic metal' cliche?

In my world, the magic-users have to open small, thin 'holes' in reality to tap into the power from the Realm they are tapping into. As a result, said tears in reality must stay open for them to use ...
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Would ai surpass humans in bipedal combat?

I was thinking of writing a story where a bipedal walker has the tactical, mechanical, and autonomy of a real person. Would it be viable to use an base ai that has already learned and trained to pilot ...
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How can this more technologically-advanced army efficiently fight against a less developed mixed human/undead foe? [closed]

I am looking for ways that the military, described below, can face off against Desert warriors akin to Ancient Egyptians. They're not at a high level of technology, mostly using bows for ranged ...
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Dirigibles: Feasibility as (Effective) Aircraft Carriers

The flying aircraft carrier has been in the imaginations of many a writer and engineer, but to date the only true flying aircraft carrier has been USS Akron (and to a lesser extent, her sister ship, ...
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Help balancing my six-sided magic system?

I'm basically looking for advice on how to balance the magic system I'm designing for my novel. Basically, the way it works is this: There are six known Realms beyond this one where almost magic ...
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What is a good excuse for why an early 1900's-like fantasy world has not yet invented rifles / guns of any sort?

I am writing a book where the world is split into multiple kingdoms, with each kingdom using a similar magic system to the rest, but using different powers. IE one can control the elements, another ...
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Are “Midas” swords useless for warfare?

Are swords, spears, and arrows that turn slain enemies into pure gold useful, in medieval combat, or are they useless aside from free money? Notes about the weapons: flesh wounds don't turn people ...
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Is a mainly kicking combat style like Muay Thai, or Taekwondo realistic for a giant humanoid of around 15 feet?

I'm working on creating a realistic species of giant humans. I've changed the proportions, such as creating elephant like feet and muscular pillar-like legs to support the weight. They also possess a ...
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How to handle a warrior caste? [closed]

For generations, a hundred petty kingdoms have been in a state of constant war. This has led to the emergence of a warrior caste within the hundred kingdoms. The members born into this caste are ...
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Why would two Superpowers not invade a neutral country? [closed]

I've done some research on the question and found this, but unfortunately those questions refer to a Cold war. This war in my question is very hot indeed, a stalemate that's lasted over a decade with ...
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Combat on an alien world [closed]

(I'm copy pasting the opening from my other question here ) I'm currently working on a science fiction comic about humans marooned on an alien world for generations. My question is related to what ...
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Can a two handed sword bludgeon when swung?

Would a large, two handed sword have enough weight behind it when swung, swung, not thrusted, to bludgeon heavy armor like chainmail or plate? So If you swung this giant sword and it hit someone's ...
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How can a defecting pilot improve their odds of survival?

A bit of context first, this question is inspired by the famous North Korean pilot No Kum-sok, and his defection to the United States during the Korean war. A quick summary, he breaks formation, ...
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How to make a war to end all wars

My alien civilization is at a stage of technological development about 60 years ahead of us. A great war has broken out between the three world powers, with many smaller countries picking a side or ...
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Supersonic submarine: what replaces sonar?

Premise Despite the streamlined appearance of submarines, it is actually difficult/expensive for them to travel at high speeds. Much of this cost comes from the drag that is induced by the speed ...
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How dangerous would this pyromancer be? [closed]

A pyromancer has the ability to increase or decrease the temperature of both objects & air within 57,600 square feet. No matter what the object is the character can manipulate it as long as it's ...
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What manner of weapons and armor would be suitable for freezing conditions in the middle ages?

In this story I'm giving a go at, humanity as a whole have been under siege from creatures that can be best described as humanoid demons. Things haven't been going well for the human race, as the ...
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Can a Military Officer Change their Combat Roles if the Situation Demands it [closed]

A well-organized insurgency group is attacking an outpost. The peacekeepers that are garrisoning the outpost are outnumbered and about to be overrun. The only person that can reinforce them in time is ...
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How to Defend Damaged Space Ships from Raiders

Story Details After a massive space battle that took place over a planet, the invading forces won, but with heavy losses on both sides. The space around the planet was littered with the bodies of 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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Plausible reason why the astronauts wouldn’t get involved in the aliens war? [closed]

So, two astronauts, Gregory and Jessica, just got marooned on an alien planet. They went down into a Canyon, were they discovered some tiny, and sized beings, who had developed into a Bronze Age. They ...
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Realistically, could post-apocalyptic America be reverted to the medieval ages?

So, in the year 3241 AD, 1,200 years after the “Big One”, a nuclear war, there is about to be a huge crusade. Pope Paul XLIII wants to claim the holy city, New Denver from the Kodiakist Church. ...
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Creating a medieval fireball thrower weapon? [closed]

I want to create a medium-distance personal weapon that hurls fireballs with medieval technology for light infantry against heavy infantry. It needs to be similar like a crossbow. Is it possible to ...
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Which superpower is a huge advantage in medieval fights, but not so much in modern fights?

In my story, there is a special kind of humans, let's call them s-man. They look like humans, but they have some advantage. Around 1200, the s-man were feared as warriors in the Holy Roman Empire. ...
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Surely someone with explosives can take anything as a hostage? [closed]

You're a police officer. A few minutes back, your walkie-talkie crackled and you were told that the Criminals (an infamous group of criminals whose identities are unknown) have struck again and this ...
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How could the Episolians conquer and enslave humanity, given their shortcomings? [closed]

So, on the planet of Episol live the species Episolians. They have conquered and enslaved most of the galaxy, and recently they have laid eyes upon a planet called Earth, with a primitive species they ...
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What would happen if South Korea invaded North Korea and some of the major powers weren't able to do anything about it? [closed]

So, I'm writing a sci-fi novel that takes place roughly 200 years or so in the future. I'm currently creating a timeline to figure out what nations would be space-faring nations and which ones would ...
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How to alert Houston of the coming barbarian invaders in time, without instant communication?

Background Centuries ago, nuclear inferno engulfed the world, and billions were killed. Most people were knocked back to Texas, one of the mightier states in the bygone era, was split up into many ...
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How do i make skeletons formidable hand to hand fighters? [closed]

In my kingdom I hired a group of necromancers, they are powerful but their thralls are weak, mainly skeletons and half rotten corpses but I can equip them with anything and the magic of the ...