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Using WMD against Earth will cause entire Earth to unite and demand revenge. Instead, I propose the same way that US gained its independence (while still requiring supplies from the old world): find a sponsor nation in the old word. Specifically, US was relying on France, which wanted to weaken Britain. Your colony could find a nation on Earth that is ...


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The same way the American Revolution and the Vietnam War were won. Just make it too costly to fight for the occupiers. Rebels don't need to win, just not lose. So stick to small-scale hit-and-run attacks on occupation forces. Assassinate occupation officials, vandalize the Earth-Mars Public Relations Offices (read: propaganda centers), ambush patrols, ...


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Not sure why you'd want to do that in the same room, but a low barrier with glass or a wire mesh should keep the seals away from the forge. (See reference picture ↓) ...wait, all the other answers interpreted this differently. ... Alright, fine. How about two or more negative seals (...the non-animal kind) that superimpose to create the positive seal? That ...


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Make the seal a signature Specifically, a cryptographic signature. The mathematics of an asymmetric cipher like RSA would be accessible to the Victorians, although they might not fully understand what they were doing (or understand why it is secure) they could probably work through the arithmetic by hand. This is also the era of Charles Babbage and ...


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A mirror You did not specify that the creature could not be victim to its own attack. Once it is paralyzed, simply drop a bomb on it from a plane without looking down at it. An advanced computer algorithm Develop a unique program "filter" that renders the image of the creature different enough that it does not affect those that stare at the screen. This ...


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Small Elite troops. "So the problem i'm facing is what position/rank should they have where the command large armies but cant screw the military over and/or take over the government" In military arms you will have Infantry/Air which in your case all may merge with Naval spaceships. If you place lots of troops under their command, historically the political ...


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Actual seals are so widely used exactly because it is close to impossible to fake them completely. Of course you can fake almost any seal to, say, pass a police check on the road. But experts would distinguish most fakes with ease. The reason is that any seal has it's own "fingerprint": scratches, wear, small features and even ink distribution (due to ...


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Wooden boats. Why mess up a working plan? Lots of them. Maybe all of them. String them together. Point row of boats at Chickamauga and fire up the engines. Crew disembarks from wooden boats and climbs aboard fiberglass boats. Wooden boats defeat Chunkymugga. Cthulhu snickers. An artificial intelligence trained to identify giant monster-gods using ...


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Strike. On Earth, employeers can send in strikebreaking scabs to work the mine or thugs to beat up the strikers. Governments can replace the strikers outright like Reagan did with the air traffic controllers. Despite this, worker's strikes have been pretty effective at winning concessions for workers. Martian workers have big advantages when it comes to ...


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Secretly radioactive Secretly add to the wax a slightly radioactive substance that emits radiation at a very precise wavelength. Seal-testing equipment openly scans for imprecisions in details, but also secretly scans for this wavelength. The wax is produced every year, and the half-life of the radioactive substance means that there is also a precise amount ...


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History has many different examples to choose from. The British Royalty has a long tradition of being very "hands on" militarily speaking. We can go back to Henry V or Richard III as true warrior kings fighting on the field of battle, to the more modern example of the House of Windsor sending their sons and daughters into service (and actually performing at ...


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TL;DR: use cryptography, and moveable elements in your seal. The seal is basically there to be pretty; the actual authentication will be done via clever mathematics. Lets get down to the basics here. What is the purpose of a seal, or signature, or official ID badge or anything similar? It is intended to enable someone who is familiar with what the article ...


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For reference: SCP-096: Shy Guy That's how The Ominous They deal with a relatively small monster who can't be looked at. Assuming your world-altering Old One is gigantic and more brutishly destructive, the human governments are basically waging a war against a kaiju in addition to the difficulties described in the SCP article. Sonar. I assume radar or ...


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Simple fix: You're only in danger if you see the creature or a perfect replica. Thus the troops that are engaging it are issued some goggles that simply display the image they see--except the red and blue signals are crossed--no need for fancy image processing or working with blurry images. Make a bunch of goggles, see who uses them the best and they get ...


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Just wait it out. Mars is not a particularly good target for mining; it is at the bottom of a fairly deep gravity well, after all. Not as deep as Earth's, but still very inconvenient. If mining offworld resources is important, the coporate and national interests who control the mining operations will eventually turn outwards to the asteroid belt. Much more ...


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Drones Why risk people? The USA have mastered the art of dispatching people remotely and without having to look at them. You don't need to look at the creature, just nuke the hell out of its vicinity, and the drones can be preprogrammed for that. To clarify: no visual processing is needed. If you know where the monster is, all you need to input to your ...


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Supplement the seal with secondary authentication How do you tell if a Banksy painting is authentic? You might check for a signature, sure, but fakes can copy the signature too - so you check Banksy's website, where genuine paintings are pictured. And of course, even if you could fake Donald Trump's signature perfectly, you couldn't just start mailing ...


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This problem is central to the organisation of one of the best-known settings: Warhammer 40.000 Once upon a time the then-new Imperium of Mankind had fully combined arms and was commanded by a single Warmaster: Horus Lupercal Horus rebelled and went traitor in an event you might have heard of: the Horus Heresy. This was the largest war the galaxy had seen ...


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all the world's countries have banded together International cooperation handwaves a lot of problems. Step 1: location, location, location If you already know where the darned creature is, skip to step 2. Otherwise use good old intelligence, an abomination like that can't be hard to find. You can then use satellites or drones to get its exact coordinates....


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The earthians only have to withold its supplies to defeat the martians. Earth can wait a while on the raw materials, but the Martians will suffer and potentially die if they dont get the necessary goods. So the solution isnt to fight them but to use diplomatic relations. You mention two options yourself. Throwing an asteroid is likely going to fail. The ...


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Lots of different strategies have already been proposed. But for the sheer warfare aspect, it really is very simple: They sit at the better position in the gravity well. The Delta-V need to shoot something from Mars to Earth is much less than the Delta-V you need to shoot something from Earth to Mars. Not only is Earth gravity higher, you also need to ...


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Short Answer: Officials of all classes start out lower and if competent are promoted to higher ranks. But officials who come from higher ranking classes start out at higher ranks than officials who come from lower ranking classes. And even the most democratic politicians accept that class bias because the number of levels in the government hierarchy ...


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Price War Since the information content of the seal can apparently be copied with ease (cryptography notwithstanding), then you are stuck with relying on the physical content to provide authentication. While using exotic materials is one solution, the better one, IMO is just to use very expensive materials that are too difficult for any but the wealthiest ...


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You did not specify the level of technology involved, however with cheap precision milling and measuring available I assume a reasonably advanced technology level. Whatever physical method is used to secure the seal it would be possible for someone to forge it with sufficient time, money and especially access to inside information. However it could be made ...


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You can't on your own. Most independences on Earth happened because the colonial overlord exhausted itself fighting large-scale warfare against other great powers. -Latin America: Spain and Portugal were defeated by Napoleon. -USA: Just after the 7 years war. -India: India is free not because of Ghandi but because of the Kaiser and Hitler. -Indichina ...


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SHORT ANSWER Forging government documents and seals was a problem throughout history, but probably not a big problem that required advanced technology to defeat. LONG ANSWER Four parts explaining why forging of seals was not as big a problem as the OP seems to think, and thus why highly technical methods to prevent such forging have not been necessary. ...


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Chemical compounds in the wax/ink There are many materials we have that when lit up by a certain wavelength, emit another. We use a lot of these for lasers, and some of them are synthetic or have certain mixtures of gas. However, it can also be biological. Bioluminescence is.. actually quite rare, but animals like fireflies mastered it ages ago. Some of ...


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This answer is quite simple: learn from the French France held a solid colonial empire until not so long ago. Then WWII happened. In 1940, France surrendered to Germany. History books gladly tell the tale of Charles de Gaulle going to England to fight the good fight. These books are light on the fate of the colonies. Here are two cautionary tales. TL;DR: ...


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If the Martian rebels are stuck on the surface of Mars, things are much harder for them. As other answers have noted, you're really only left with mass civil disobedience or terrorism as solutions. Not that these are necessarily a bad option - civil disobedience by Gandhi's supporters was the foundation of India, and terrorism by the Irgun was the ...


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Space Docks. The martian got the lion's share of them. Building starships is really sensitive to solar radiation and operating on the dark side of the planet is nonviable for safety. Thus we build on Mars. The martians are the prime shipbuilders who in turn can remotely access all the ships made in they space docks using maintenance protocols. Overrides ...


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