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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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Is a sledge hammer a reasonable weapon choice for an entire story? [closed]

I'm writing this video game and I decided to focus on a single weapon type for the combat. As the title implies, the main/playable character exclusively uses two-handed hammers as weapons. While this ...
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Making Gunpowder out of Corpses

Story Info On a fallen world that still has firearms. Society is still advanced in a way, but is more tribal/feudal in nature. There is an armed priesthood that preaches and deals in death. To the ...
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How long would a nuclear war likely last? [closed]

In my world, the United States, Soviet Union, European Union, and Populated sections of Asia are all involved in a nuclear war. Their are about 32,000 warheads fired, an in total, 3,000 megatons of ...
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Could Crows be used for Recon

Unit Info: On a fallen world that has firearms and combustible fuels. Society is still advanced in a way, but is more tribal/feudal in nature. One nation has an armed order called the Iron Guard that ...
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Can a society with no electricity develop modern weaponry?

If electricity didn't exist or behaved differently, would a society be able to develop and reliably produce modern-level guns and other weaponry, like assault rifles and missiles?
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What would make the soldiers suspicious enough of the messenger to kill him? [closed]

So, the New United States, located in the DC ruins, has had increasingly strong tensions with the other superpower in the region, the city state of Fredericksburg. They have sent a group of 300 ...
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Genetically altering soldiers to be capable of doing missions in an aquatic environment?

So, in the mid 25th century, humanity has become a space faring race, with about 10,000 planets under control of Earth. There are many different ecosystems on different planets, from normal ones, like ...
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The feasibility of a robot with a chest-mounted missile launcher

I have a humanoid 6-7 foot tall combat robot that can let loose a barrage of small homing missiles via a series of missile launchers built into the chest. I do realise that it would require a great ...
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What would be the maximum sustainable army size for a modern nation of 10 million people? [duplicate]

The government is a totalitarian oligarchy, and is relatively new. There is no organized opposition yet. The government is pretty well organized. It is extremely popular among the 80% of the ...
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War in a dystopian setting

In a world where there is ever-declining population due to a phenomenon that has no satisfactory explanation, what could cause war or large-scale armed confrontations between countries or sections of ...
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Any reasons for crew on space warships? [duplicate]

I was thinking why there would be crew on a space warships when everything can be automated by even basic AI. Without crew you can pull all the gees you want with your torch-drive and no need for ...
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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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Trebuchet vs City Walls [closed]

About how long would a besieging army need to open a reasonably exploitable gap in a 30 foot thick (at the base) stone wall using counterweight Trebuchet's? Lets say they want to be able to get a ...
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Could a virus that just kills plants be the end of us all?

Skip to Info if you can't be bothered reading (Story Plot) There are two super powers in a "cold war" scenario. One side decided that nuclear war wasn't the only thing they could use to hurt their ...
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A peculiar and complex cause for a war for over 2 centuries [closed]

Okay, so my world is basically classified into 9 quadrants, with 8 being land and the other being a single gigantic body of water. All of these land quadrants are separated from each other by water. ...
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Knights vs elvish guerillas

I am working with a fantasy setting wherein a society of feudal humans launches a crusade against a continent largely controlled by elves. Though the human society is not entirely without its own ...
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Fire Resistant Armour for a Medieval Era Like Setting

When I say medieval it’s more like a fallen world that went barbaric really quickly. Firearms and combustible fuels have been commonplace so society is still advanced in a way, but is more tribal/...
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Designing an anti-Degenerate combat robot [closed]

BACKGROUND INFORMATION After a massive explosion ravages Sydney and kills 2.1 million people, a multinational black-ops unit called S.W.O.R.D (an expy of the SCP Foundation and Blackwatch is tasked ...
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How large is this city and its army? [duplicate]

I'm working in a low-fantasy setting of roughly mid-Renaissance development. Basically Earth-like with some mildly out-there plants and animals, but nothing overtly magical. I see a lot of questions ...
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Infrastructure design considerations in a war torn world?

Suppose that a company is charged with building a communications network with contemporary levels of technology in a country with lots of perennially war torn rural areas (an ongoing asymmetric, armed ...
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Early warning detection system for ground troops, against orbital strikes

A ground based army wishes to be able to defend against orbital strikes by unguided hypervelocity projectiles. Handling orbital laser platforms and guided orbital projectiles is out of scope for this ...
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Interstellar war without co-ordination, is fine timing important at these scales?

I've been working, on and off, on a universe with limited FTL based on the "one big lie" principle of sci-fi writing; travel speed averages just a hair over 4 times the speed of light, travel is ...
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Tactics and strategy an army can use to counter Human Wave attacks?

TL;DR: What tactics can a professionally trained army use against a horde of untrained conscripts using human wave attacks? (This scenario takes place in the very-near future.) Background ...
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Secret Hangar Location Needed for Entropy-sensitive Nano-bots

Premise In this Earth-like world, a multi-billion dollar privately owned aerospace/defense corporation is devising a secret plan to manufacture a fleet of nano-bots. These nano-bot have swarm ...
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High Mobility Mechs in space

So all of the Mecha fans here in WBSO have finally concluded that tanks are far superior (bipedal, quadrupedal or any other Mechs realistically). So, I think the area that is safe (for now) is SPACE ...
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How might lions and orcs engage in warfare with one another? [closed]

There are two populations of beings in a world akin to prehistoric subsaharan Africa: lions and orcs. The orcs have essentially the same intelligence and physical capabilities as humans, but they are ...
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Anti-Dragon armor, shields and melee weapons

It goes without saying that dragons are bad for societies, they kill people, burn villages, steal cattle, infect people with the cooties, etc..., so obviously, any sane nation would take measures to ...
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A poison for fairies & fairy-tale beings [closed]

My dwarves are starting a war with other inhabitants of Fairy. They have gone to Earth to seek a weapon. They can't import any weapon with iron/ steel. They find toy water pistols and wish to load ...
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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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Russia and France: Could they be allies?

So, my alternate timeline, I decided to have it start during the War of 1812. But in order for my alternate timeline to work as planned, I need Russia to become allies with France under certain ...
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How to explain why there was no military presence after the apocalypse? [closed]

In the year twenty-hundred and sixty eight (2068) commie demons rose up from the underground and scorched the United States, and the United States Kingdom demons rose up from the underground and ...
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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 ...
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Inter-state Fighting [closed]

The United States of America has 50 states and 14 territories (according to Google). In my story, each state is drawn far apart from each other due to conflicting interests. If all 50 states + 14 ...
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What measures might an early-medieval society take to deal with draugr?

The Background I have an early medieval/late dark ages society roughly equivalent to Anglo-Saxon Britain or Viking Scandinavia. Everything's fairly normal...apart from the fact that people who drown ...
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Is it possible to make pulleys and cams required for compound crossbows with medieval or early renaissance technology? [duplicate]

I am thinking if it's possible for craftsmen of late medieval times to achieve precision required to repeatedly make crossbows enhanced by use of cams or pulleys. As far as I know, pulleys were used ...
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How can the human race disappear in a few days? [duplicate]

Is it possible to eradicate the human race in one week? And if yes, by which way? Of course, the human race should do everything to survive. What could be more powerful than our will to survive? 1. ...
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Power Source For Gauss Gyrojet

So I have a ridiculously overpowered weapon for a character call the Mk II "Damocles" Gauss Gyrojet, which is essentially a coilgun which fires rocket bullets. It is so bulky it is only capable of ...
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Designing a plausible Corinthian-style modern combat helmet

I recently asked about the plausibility of a fully-enclosed modern combat helmet, whose design took cues from the Corinthian helmet, a human skull and a scowling face. This "Corinthian-Type Helmet" ...
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Could The Thing take over the world?

In the critically acclaimed horror film, The Thing, Blair determines that if the Thing was to reach civilization, it would take over all life on Earth in only 27 000 hours or a bit over three years. ...
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WE ARE THE AI SINGULARITY… TELL US HUMAN…TELL US HOW TO PACIFY YOU [closed]

(Message 01/01) (Open Message 01 received 0800 Date: 30##AD From: Colony E3/1400, Outer Defense Station sector 6) (Play Message) This is commander Collen Reeds we are under attack..."static"... the ...
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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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How can I use a potential invasion to further my political power? [closed]

Notice I asked why this question was too broad on WorldBuilding Meta, and JBH was kind enough to explain at length. There isn't anything in particular with my question, so much as the question ...
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Fighting Styles That Would Focus on Armoring the Extremities? [closed]

I had a thought, are there any conceivable fighting styles that would generate a focus on armoring the limbs, like gauntlets on the arms and boots on the legs, over the main body? Does anyone have any ...
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Primitive tribe fighting back against advanced military force?

There is a tribe in the ruins of old San Diego. There are about 300 of them in the village, they grow crops like maize, squash, and beans, and use metal tipped spears to hunt aquatic sea animals like ...
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War on Greenland without destroying earth [closed]

Background Let's assume our world, just like it is today, but it has taken a different path about five years ago. We are about five years in future. Any country has joined one of two powerful "...
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How would the introduction of firearms evolve in a society with limited economic development?

I hope this isn't too broad, but I thought it would be useful to get some logical progressions for how my feudal-gunpowder society might develop. It's building on an earlier question I asked here, but ...
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How would SSTO aircraft affect warfare?

In my world, an engine very similar to the SABRE engine has been made. Along with it is the development of WEAV propulsion systems. The SABRE engine is a hybrid between a hypersonic jet engine and a ...
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Could siege weapons be used in field battles against massed enemy troops?

In my fantasy universe, dwarves use a tactic that involves using a lot of catapults and ballistas mounted on carts that look like Polish/Cossack tabor or Hussite war wagon, which are parked behind the ...