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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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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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The practicality of Corinthian-style combat helmets

I'm considering creating a fictional multi-national black ops unit called S.W.O.R.D (Special Worldwide Offensive Resolution Division) designed in a highly organized and militarized manner such as you ...
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Could someone suggest a power source for an electric tank? [duplicate]

I'm designing a military force for my world, and I'm trying to build an electric tank, I have all of the other mechanisms, I just don't have a power source. I'm looking for a zero emissions electric ...
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The survival time for a fighter pilot in the vacuum of space with only a pressurized helmet [duplicate]

Scene Description in my Book: you are the squadron leader of a fighter wing in the midst of a great space battle. Your carrier ship has been destroyed and your fleet is on the retreat; they are being ...
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What materials would we need to have melee weapons and body armor become the norm?

In a hypothetical scenario humans have discovered a new material that is decently expensive (not antimatter levels). Let's say it's slightly cheaper than gold. What properties would it need to have to ...
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Rules of a puppeted nation/State

For a world I'm building I would like to have a nation that is a puppet of a larger empire. I know that a puppet state is a state that is supposedly independent but is in fact dependent upon an ...
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Synthetic Opiate Based Chemical weapon

So the idea is for chemical weapons to come back into use because they are marketed/propagandized as humane. I got the idea from a documentary on how easy it is to overdose on Fentanyl. Basically the ...
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How could a mind storing device exist where the creators can implant their minds into mindless beings when the nuclear war happening is over? [closed]

Could this be possible in some ways: A mind device or Black Box that holds the minds of a few humans without needing a body. The brains can exist in the Black Box freely, a place alike the holodeck ...
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What is a reasonable officer casualty rate in a combat action?

Define senior officer casualty percent (henceforth referred to as SOCP) as $\frac{C_{off}}{C_{total}}$ where $C_{off}$ is the count of officer casualties above the captain rank (for reference, ...
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Realistic fantasy Orcs [closed]

I want to figure out what kind of effects following physical attributes and in-universe conditions would have on Orc populations, society and warfare in a realistic low-fantasy setting: Physical ...
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Curved vs. Straight swords [closed]

Aesthetics aside, what are the pros and cons of a curved sword vs a straight one? Both are double-edged and the same length. Fantasy/medieval setting. Curved example: https://slytherinjess....
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What would a modern soldier trained and equipped to operate in burning forests look like?

So, let's just say that the US Military has a tactic that involves setting forests alight and deploying troops there for combat. I don't know if this is plausible, or why they would do this, but I ask ...
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Army composition of feudal gunpowder society

The Society The society in question is feudal in structure. The most advanced widespread technology defining this society is the flintlock muzzle-loading firearm (I'm undecided as to rifled or not, ...
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What purpose would Mechanized Walkers really have in combat? [duplicate]

Fair warning, this is a text wall that would make Trump hire me around the Mexican border. Edit: this question is not different from the other post, but the other post does not contain an answer and ...
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What is the most effective use of phoenixes in battle? [closed]

Phoenixes are sentient - willing allies, rather than beasts to be used. The size of a mature phoenix is comparable to a teratorn. They can do the usual resurrection thing, but a phoenix fresh out of ...
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Thermobaric weapons in dense atmospheres

Would thermobaric weapons be more or less effective in a denser atmosphere of another planet? On one hand the shockwaves would be harder because of the more tightly compressed air. On the other hand ...
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How to prevent allies from acting in an organized manner?

In my medieval world, a union of five states located on the south shores of a continent much like Europe is a subject of joined invasion by a northern continental empire and marine power coming from a ...
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Maximizing Nuclear Detonation Effects against a Lunar Colony

Nuke the Moon! Earth's had it with the Moon colony's insubordination and independence efforts. The situation has escalated to a hot war. The W90 nuclear warhead is nearing the end of development. ...
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What would a medieval mech look like? [closed]

My kingdom has the tech and arncane knowledge to build mechs,A soul is harvested and trapped inside a crystal core to power the war machines,However im limited to medieval europe materials. How would ...
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Why would a self-sufficient lunar colony not extort Earth?

Suppose a big (millions) self-sufficient lunar colony. A quick check in Worldbuilding.se shows them that they can almost literally throw rocks at Earth to create huge problem for the earthlings. Earth ...
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Weapon that can destroy an underwater city?

Two intergalactic superpowers, the Western Republic and the Eastern Empire, are in a Cold War. The Eastern Empire is comprised of mostly aquatic species, while the Western Republic is mostly ...
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How big would a giant pig need to be in order to carry a 10-foot tall humanoid on its back?

A book that I'm currently writing called Surge features an enemy faction called the Degenerates that are heavily inspired by the Scythians (Indo-Iranian horse nomads that ruled the Eurasian Steppes ...
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Sustainable firearm production?

In a colony 50 years into the future with few metal resources, but large population on a relatively densely forested (forests similar to those of north america) island similar in size to greenland is ...
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Can firearms be ignited by piezoelectric crystals?

Can firearm propellant be ignited by piezoelectric crystals that are activated by the trigger? This is for use in a world 50 years into the future similar to Earth. The people there are gearing for ...
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What effects would propellant that expands at near light speed have on firearm technology?

Think of firearm technology similar to that of today with better materials, machining, etc. A colony of humans has discovered a way to make propellant that expands at near light speed. What advantages ...
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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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How would Ophiocordyceps unilateralis need to be modified to make a realistic “The Last of Us” apocalypse scenario?

In the story I am writing, the United States never pulled out of Vietnam, with the conflict continuing into the present day. During this time, the United States decided to use Vietnam to secretly ...
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Minimize or neutralize the effects of bad leadership [closed]

In war, an army is only as good as its leader, a strong commander can use a sub-par militia to its fullest and break even the most professional armies in his path, and the uttermost excellent hosts of ...
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What advantages do Manned Aircraft have over Remote-Controlled Drones?

(For ease of reference, ECT aircraft are the drones, SEDA aircraft are the manned jets) I have the same problem as How to keep humans pilots instead of AI in a sci-fi future?, except I have a few ...
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What would the world be like today if a nuclear winter started in the 60's?

Obviously, any technological advancements that would have happened between the 60's and now would probably not have occurred, but I was wondering what the other possible consequences could be. ...
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Glass arrow heads

Can arrows with glass heads be effective and optimally implemented in an early medieval war setting? I'd imagine it could be cheaper and faster to produce than metal heads, since the shape of the ...
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How might Uzbekistan conquer central Asia in 5-7 years [closed]

So I am part of this niche internet community called mapping (I don't know how to link(but if you want to know what it is you can look up my channel (Scout107) but please watch the newer ones as they ...
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How would a world full of magic adapt to fighting Mechas? [closed]

Setting In my world, magic has been the predominant force in the way countries have fought war. It's been used to help turn the tide of many battles and because of it every nation has been dependent ...
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Which comes first: Cyborgs or Androids?

As the title suggests, I'd like more insight into what a futuristic society would prefer for warfare. That is, from a skill and economic perspective what should countries invest more in? Should they ...
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Shard Technology Uses For City-Defenses [closed]

In my Fantasy world there is a magical resource called shards that is as follows: Shard Powers: For all the people of the world; the benefits and dangers of using shards are well known. Shards are ...
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How to maneuver and land a Zeppelin without engines

So my world is a fantasy setting (I wouldn't call it high fantasy) where a few hundred years ago a great empire invaded an island the size of Syracuse (due to overly aggressive flying natives ...
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Would tanks or small walkers be better for Lunar militaries?

This question is similar to my other question "would walkers work on airless worlds?", however even though it's the same setting and I am talking about the same battle group tactic that question dealt ...
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What would countries be like after nuclear war? [closed]

So there is a nuclear war between the Soviet Union and the United States Of America in 2068. All countries with nukes fire at their enemies. The countries of China, the USA, USSR, the EU ( with ...
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Would walkers work on airless worlds?

We all know that walkers are useless militarily as Star Wars so kindly showed us in Episode 5 of the Skywalker saga. However what I have noticed is that planes can only fly if there's an atmosphere to ...
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How would societies change after nuclear war?

So, a nuclear war happens and wiped out 80 % of humanity, along with all the cities. How would societies change after nuclear war? There are no mutants. There are about 150 raider gangs in North ...
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Handling a sword blade (directly) to stab

I'm ESL, hope I can deliver the questions clearly. Consider a regular and sharp longsword. Would it be possible to stab someone by handling it close to the tip or maybe in the middle of the blade? (...
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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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What countries would most likely be targeted in a total-nuclear war? [closed]

In an alternate timeline, the Soviet Union doesn’t fall like it does in our universe, and the US and USSR stay enemies until the year 2068, when nuclear war breaks out between the United and the USSR. ...
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Destroying an earth-like planet with a green-house

Due to global warming, Earth has become uninhabitable. The rich left off to colonize 'New Earth' while everyone else is left behind. For whatever reason, the people left behind have survived, but out ...
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Would a handheld particle accelerator weapon be feasible?

I saw this on an interesting reddit and wondered if you could replace all the handwave blaster weapons in sci fi with particle accelerator rifles or pistols and what tech would be required to make ...
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Effective orbital death platforms? [closed]

So I have this secret organization that needs to eliminate most of the humans on Earth. They have designed bunkers to save the right amount of people, but in order to start over they need to remove ...
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What kind of weaponry and tactics would be effective against a plant based species?

In my world the Human Empire had always been in a constant struggle against nature itself. One of the Empires foes is a parasitic/symbiotic collective of sentient plants. Basically treants but ...
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How would a sea-dwelling species wage a war with humanoids (and possibly win)? [closed]

There are two dominant species on the planet Someplace. One is humanoid, much like us. They have modern-day technology, and have similar physical traits. There are around 1 million people in the ...
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What size of battlefield? [closed]

This is a problem I have had many times. When I am planning battles the biggest problem for me is how large to make the battlefield. I can't find any references online. Is there a formula or ratio to ...
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How would the lack of nukes/fission technology affect warfare and conflicts between 'great powers'? [closed]

(First time poster, but I don't shy away from receiving criticism :) ) Let's assume that there are two great powers that are vying for dominance over the planet, but neither of them has discovered ...