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In 2004 there was a man named Marvin Heemeyer, due to his belief that the government was unfairly destroying his livelyhood he armored up a bulldozer and had a night on the town. It lasted around 2 hours before he got stuck in a basement. From what I recall the authorities were going to call in the guard to dispose of him, but they figured it'd do more ...


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For quick response, armed attack helicopters and / or jets. There are three weapons that armed attack helicopters provide for use against golems; some of the comments up stream imply that small arms may or may not be effective. (This answer, mildly informed by some QRF operations I was involved with IRL, is aimed at helping you tell your story) Hellfire ...


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I would think you'd want to chose the portal location based on how effective/fast you want the response to be. And there are further dials beyond that. LA LA is just north of "Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton", HumV's galore, LCACs (hovercraft that can take a tank, a few HumVs, or a crap load of soldiers), tanks, artillery, probably some attack ...


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The answers discussing USA response are very good (time to get armor from Hood, etc.) But I would add that air attack would be very effective (big bombs blow rocky golems apart, heavier canons for golem breaking) and unopposed (lack of golem ranging weapons). Within the day many, many Naval and Air Force aircraft in the Western US and offshore could ...


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These days all Western countries are alert to the danger of a Mumbai-style terrorist attack, involving a significant number of gunmen with automatic weapons attacking a crowded city location. It is reasonable to assume that LA is well-organised and briefed do deal with this. (In the UK, an SAS unit helicoptered in within minutes of a terrorist attack in ...


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Lightly-armed troops would arrive in a few hours. Useful amounts of heavy armor and weaponry would take days. This answer ignores USAF and USMC fighting response, since the OP asked specifically for Army. (looks like an edit changed that) Getting troops there isn't the problem. The nearest National Guard brigade is at San Diego, with subordinate ...


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It wouldn't be an 'all at once' kind of scenario. It would probably go down something like this: 0-1 hours: Initial invasion. Massive wave of 911 calls results in large scale but uncoordinated response by local police. 1-2 hours: Scale of event begins to become apparent. SWAT teams are deployed, but not in a very coordinated way. State Governor calls up ...


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If the Kaiju are part of the worlds history as you said, I don't think you can just drop our version of humanity into it. Think about how humanity would have developed i this situation. For example, it is not likely that humans would have developed large and impressive buildings. After all, why would you deliberately build something that could attract a ...


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Build your 75,000 strong military. Then use it. A whole bunch of hungry men sitting around waiting to fight is a drain on resources. Unless they fight. If you have the resources to feed and equip such a force, your army should be used for wars of conquest. You will build the United States back into the country it was bit by bit. The Virginia ...


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I hate to write this kind of answer, but you're taking this the wrong way round. Forget population for a moment: exactly where does DC rule? You suggest neighboring counties. OK, let's start with Fairfax and Arlington in Virginia, and Prince George's, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Montgomery, Howard and Charles in Maryland. This gives a fairly compact area bounded ...


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You don't need a modern military unless you're going to fight against one Fighter and bomber jets are very expensive for a post-apocalyptic scenario when there's no real enemy that they can shoot at -- no other air forces or large-scale targets. It sounds like in your scenario the regime's enemies are "militia", meaning ordinary people and small groups ...


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75,000 troopers is plausible, but unlikely As with all things, someone on the internet has done some research on this already. John Savage talks about this in the context of a fantasy/medieval nation, but his work should give us a good first guess. You have a population of 450,000 citizens. Our first pass is to remove people who are not eligible due to ...


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Depending on what the threats are the numbers will change so try updating your question with some more information about it. But to give a bit of a ball park that would be realistic if you ask me. No real threats, just a police force ~1% Some military for exploration in possible hostile territory 1.5% Confirmed hostiles in the area but no real war 2.5% ...


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As is so often the case, you should ask yourself what problem you want to solve. Having an army is an expensive and also a dangerous hobby. It means having a large group of well-educated and armed people, that sit around doing nothing while still needing to be fed, clothed and equipped. You have a post-apocalyptic setup, and all of the population of a medium-...


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