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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Army made up of entirely (or almost entirely) bowmen? [closed]

Inspired partially by the question regarding whether an army made entirely of spearmen would be effective, and partially by the battle of Agincourt, I am wondering whether an army made up entirely or ...
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How to make this “friendly war” plausible?

I'm trying to come up with this scenario in a sort of "medieval fantasy" setting. There are two towns. One, Caertydin is a large city with all the appropriate tropes, while the smaller town, Siege is ...
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Would there be alternatives to firearms in an industrializing society?

I'm trying to figure out how necessary firearms would be in an early to mid-industrial setting. From what I've gathered, it would be a stretch to say that the technology for firearms would go ...
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Best weapon to be wielded by tentacled creatures?

In my world, there's a tentacled race of amphibious creatures. They evolved in water, but can also survive on land. They're roughly human sized, but they're boneless and they move around on six ...
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Could an army armed with only spear-like weapons be effective?

The superiority of pole arms and spears in particular has become a pretty common meme across multiple online communities, so that got me thinking; what if you had a fighting force in which the only ...
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What would be the best way to capture a Giant?

After years of meticulous planning and crushing any and all opposition I've set my sights on conquering other races and nations. One group that I believe would be a valuable asset for my expanding ...
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Medieval military tactics, given the presence of a single invincible champion in every nation's army

The setting is low fantasy medieval. Magic (and other supernatural things) belong exclusively to the realms of the gods, and are not for mortal beings to wield. However, there is one major exception. ...
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Attempting to Cripple Society while Preserving Biosphere

Asking for a project that's floated in and out of my head for the past few years. I'm desiring to create a scenario where human society is globally affected - not wiped out, not even Mad-Maxed, but ...
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Would mission command, squad tactics etc. make sense in an ancient or medieval setting?

In my setting I want my isolationist, low-manpower city state or duchy to turn the tables on an invading empire --which employs rigid/ritualistic tactics similar in spirit to the phalanx-- through ...
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Would there be any advantage to employ once enemy mercenaries to fight in a medieval war?

Imagine 2 kingdoms are constantly at war and both sides would hire mercenaries for this cause, usually they will hires mercenary soldiers from the adjacent villages but this time one of the King's ...
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Land power and science fiction militaries

So in reality, navies and air forces really are less effective than armies at projecting power and winning wars. The problem is that people live on land, and so seas and the air are only important as ...
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What acts could an Extremist Anti-Peace group commit to make two friendly nations go to War

If there was an Anti-Peace group that wanted two neighboring nations to go to war, what kind of actions could they take? They're malicious, fueled with hate, and they have little to no empathy for ...
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How can pole vaulting in medieval battle be useful?

I'm thinking of an elite stealth forces consisting of a handful of soldiers from the medieval times with the sole purpose of carrying out sneak attack on enemy camp especially to destroy important ...
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U.S. Army/Military's response time to an army appearing in the middle of a major city

In the scenario I have in mind, a handful of portals appear in a major U.S. city from which an army of golems starts pouring forth with the intent to cause as much damage as possible. The specifics ...
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What impact would a magic that slows down the loss of body heat have? [closed]

TL; DR I want to give my "snow elves" a magical ability to slow down the loss of body heat, which when used would constantly drain their mana and make their other spells weaker. It would be greatly ...
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at what point in the ancient world would a world war be feasible? [closed]

According to our history books, there was a massive earthquake in the ancient world which left effects on a global scale. Millions of people were killed in this tragic point in history. However, the ...
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Modern military equipment in a fantasy world

So we've (re)discovered a portal to a magical realm akin to 12th century Europe but with magic. We have giants, trolls, dwarves, wizards, etc. One faction calls upon our aid. Invoking a supposed ...
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Does God as depicted in Jewish/Christian/Muslim sources have any weaknesses? [closed]

I've heard a few stories, like Left Beyond Quest and the plot of the game Messiah, in which humanity attempts to fight/conquer Heaven and Hell. The general consensus is that, since there aren't any ...
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What are some plausible factors and societal changes that could result in a modern civil war in the United States?

I am working on a short story that will take place somewhere twenty and fifty years from now and I want there to be a civil war occurring in the United States. I have seen a lot of speculative fiction ...
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How big should my particular military be under post-apocalyptic conditions?

So some background so that you’re caught up: In the world that I’m working on now, in 2005, the deadliest plague in history struck the world. The Black Flu as it was called caused havoc and ...
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What does a global war look like from space?

In the game Mass Effect 3, several planets are invaded by scores upon scores of hostile aliens, who have enough resources to spread their forces over an entire galaxy and still be largely unstoppable. ...
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How does material-magic change pre-industrial warship-building?

My magical civilizations have a unique type of magic, material magic. This magic allows them to improve strength and hardness of wood. As an example: with a cannonball, the magically treated wood ...
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How can a city-state keep their monopoly on firearms

I created a low-fantasy world (there is magic, but it cannot really do much) centered around a city-state similiar to medieval/renaissance Venice. On the broken remains of an old empire they became a ...
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A modern war without nuclear weapons [closed]

On Earth, no major, all out wars have been fought since WW2 as a result of MAD. My world, Dane, has had a similar history to Earth, with many major wars that suddenly ceased when MAD became an issue. ...
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Can superpowers come to exist without wars of expansion? [closed]

Our world is surrounded by a magic barrier that keeps out eldritch abominations that exist in the void, such as Cthulhu⁠. However, this barrier is fairly sensitive and easily damaged⁠. The violent, ...
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Best fish for a giant force of combat?

Alright, suppose that fish can breathe in the air. What species of fish, assuming there are 50,000 of them in a 10 year war against modern humans, would most likely prevail. The only conditions are ...
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How difficult would it be to invade Mainland China during WWII? [closed]

In an alternate history WWII scenario, the Republic of China became a fascist, one-party state similar to Nazi Germany (who they're closely allied with; Adolf Hitler IRL even considered the Chinese ...
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If you could train them, would bulls make good cavalry?

If you had elves who can train bulls and other animals to do all sorts of tasks... would bulls be useful as cavalry for war? Would they be useful enough to use a bull instead of a horse, in some ...
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How would an elite force(special forces and SWAT) work in a medieval setting?

During the medieval ages we had the knights as the "noble" soldiers(although more akin to a commander or a general I think) of their king. But I'm not interested on the knights. What I want to know ...
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How would a roughly medieval military be changed by flying couriers?

Aial is one of the most renown and sought after couriers in the world, that partly has to do with his work morale and partly with the fact that he's an aarakocra (I have to change that name because it'...
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Would nations invest in the cannon if ranged weaponry were not cost effective?

This world employs advanced magitech as a staple of life. Ironically however, warfare hasn't advanced beyond the medieval period. Weapons are imbued with runes, which infuse the object with Mana. This ...
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How to adapt premodern warfare to area-of-effect magic?

This is the enemy infantry line. This is our archmage casting fireball. Area of effect spells can be found in most magic systems. However, whatever the exact effects of the spells are, hitting a ...
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Is there a good non-reactive metal alloy for gun making?

So, due to reasons magical, civilization has aversion towards metals which are above antimony in reactivity series. Yet, that doesn't stop them from developing gunpowder and wooden cannons. But while ...
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Massive naval cannons on age of sail ships?

So in a related question, I asked about cannons vs ships made of treated (magically) hardened, and while answers weren't as helpful as I hoped, comments provided a direction in which I focused my ...
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Tactical illusion combat countermeasures (password system)

I'm directing a small team of highly skilled, intelligent operatives to raid a top secret research facility. Unfortunately, our reconnaissance has revealed that not only is this secure facility ...
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How fast could a group of slaves in rebellion build a palisade fort with a gate and flanking towers/ whats in it? [closed]

I have a high fantasy story about a slave rebellion in an adjacent kingdom being backed by an empire who wishes to seize control over the kingdom. The deal is they'll help win the war and end the ...
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Naval cannons vs ships made of magic wood

In my magical world, for reasons magical, metals such as iron have never gotten used, and even use of bronze is scarce. On the other hand, magic allowed for refinement of wood, similar to the ...
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What are the best tactics to use against an anti-magic species when ranged weaponry aren't effective?

Elves are an innately magical species that produce Mana from their souls to power their magi-technology. Due to this,their entire society revolves around magitech that make them far superior to all ...
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Could the Unarmed Knight be successful in a battle?

So, one of my characters is this mysterious guy, called the Unarmed Knight. Basically, for some reason, he doesn't use any weapon, besides his body, in combat. Some say it's because of pacifism, his ...
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How would flight capability affect medieval defenses? [duplicate]

I want the castle designs of my fantasy world to reflect the technology and ability of the world. Our castle designs were very effective and optimized for a world where people couldn't fly. I want to ...
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How can conflict be conducted between nations when warfare is never an option?

Our world is surrounded by a magic barrier that keeps out eldritch abominations that exist in the void, such as Cthulhu⁠. However, this barrier is fairly sensitive and easily damaged⁠. The violent, ...
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How do I limit the use of projectiles in a high fantasy world?

This is a follow up to: How can society based on strict gender roles be "fair and balanced"? Basically in this world, women have magic and men don't. In order for men to not be useless, ...
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How to limit naval combat in a world of giant canals

My world is a drier variant of Earth and the civilization there has built a massive canal network that is used for moving water from the pole to the temperate zone as the temperate zone is lacking in ...
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How could Mao Zedong have won the Chinese Civil War before 1931?

I'm aware of the history of the Chinese Civil War, from the First and Second United Fronts formed to combat the warlords and Empire of Japan respectively between 1927-1945, but I'm curious if there ...
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How to increase army size without modern farming/preservation inventions

i want to make renaissance era armies that are large in size and able to travel far( without plundering for resources) but I'm running into a problem regarding how to feed them since there is no ...
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To catch a mocking dragon [closed]

So, you've decided to be a dragon slayer. There are less convoluted ways of assisted suicide. However, if you aren't here to end it all and genuinely think you will be hailed as a hero, well, you won'...
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Can flak be practical in an age of laser fighters?

In this article, laser fighter jets would be relagated to sub sonic speeds and fly low to avoid being shot at. That would mean that they would be closer to the ground and thus be more vulnerable to ...
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How would projectiles used in my magic gun look like?

So, advanced [on average comparable to the end of 19th century Europe/America, though diverging in specifics due to magic] magical civilization has a problem. They have unique magic guns, that work on ...
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Modification of a standard cannon to project water instead of iron ball?

Cannonballs may be a thing of human warfare past, but it is not difficult to imagine the sense of dread at seeing a 40-pound metal projectile headed toward your ship, unable to tell for a few ...
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Cannonless ship of the line - could I have ship of line with magic catapults/balistae?

I am facing a conundrum. You see, my world has magic, but this magic is very restricted and has great limitations. As consequence of these limitations, they never got into metalwork, developing no ...

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