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I am going to list a few assumptions The enemy knows of you, they are convinced you are the devil incarnate which is way each and every one of their civilians are willing to die fighting you You do not have meaningful assets other than what you've listed available to you Your planes can make round trips to and from the enemy continent Your planes can ...


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Read some books of the culture series. Iain Banks did write only about this. The trick is to bribe, convince, befriend and lure the bosses. As a superior in technology, you can widely control their networks so you know exactly who is standing where politically. Then you can arrange accidents and diseases for the ones most opposed to you, even in early ...


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It won't be a battle, it'll be a Slaughter. From a defensive POV Let me explain, the advanced nation is 100% safe. Basically, the advanced nation won't be affected, at all. The enemy lacks an airforce, so they can't project their influence aerially. And let's talk realistically, a few ironclads aren't going to stand a half-decent chance against 5 ...


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An ultimatum and a precision airstrike on the royal palace should do it. Followed by the same again if the next regime does not comply, and so on. It really should not take long for political factions in the larger nation to figure out that peace is the only option. Yeah, everyone says that they'll fight to the death, but nobody does. With this kind of ...


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Some really solid answers already. I agree with another comment - how could they not win? But I’ll give some details on how. What is the best way for the advanced military to defeat the enemy? Enemy Analysis 35 million personnel Degrade there concentration of force by separating troops, i.e. targeting multiple locations so they split up. Target their ...


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Assuming all the citizens of the nation will fight to the death as you have stated, then you can't win. You'd have to exterminate the population. Were I the enemy I'd fall back and fight a guerilla war, particularly urban guerilla fighting, making it too expensive for the other nation to "win" the war. Their fighters can disperse among the population, ...


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Offense or defense? Offense If our protagonists are trying to conquer them, it's pretty much pointless. The only real option against a society that will fight to the last is kill them to the last. Genocide. A well informed modern population is unlikely to support genocide. A modern society has an alarming number of ways to slaughter lots of people en ...


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the disparency in men power is a real problem on most modern military force. They are plenty of example of such events, in modern and colonial history (such as the conquistador). With your forces, the conquest phase submitting the or destroying the local political force should not be a problem at all. You may not even have to battle, because you have access ...


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The Ranger Green is closer to what I would expect, but lacks some consideration for the environment you've created. Assuming this is your 17 years later scenario, the reason for new uniforms is probably not just about combining the military into a single organization, but because all of your old uniforms have already been worn way past thier expected life ...


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I'll give a slightly different take on the question. In reality, there are two different components to 'science/technology': Theoretical Knowledge, and Technical Capabilities to Test/Implement Theoretical Knowledge. Let me give you some example of this. First off, Gut bacteria and the fecal transplant. Fecal Transplants is the result of an idea: that ...


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When all the requirements are taken together, the requested technology simply isn't possible (not with today's technology). Let's relax the current technology requirement a bit (and the power requirement, as it turns out). Now, you never actually specified that the force field need be electromagnetic in nature. One approach could be a swarm of nanobots that ...


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As everyone has explained, "force fields" are totally impossible for numerous reasons. The only thing that is similar in effect (but not in paradigm): your character (blue) is in force-field jail. imagine simply a frame (gray), perhaps 3m x 3m, which will be the "force field". It houses a number of incredibly advanced robotic laser guns. (perhaps ten or ...


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Bioweapons Bioweapons are the obvious answer. You drop a few virus bombs or aerial sprays that you have vaccines for and decimate the enemy population. There is no radiation or chemicals to clean up and your people are immune to it. No infrastructure is damaged and people with 1800 levels of tech have no real defence. It's the perfect weapon. Ethically as ...


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Frame challenge: it wouldn't Your requirements are: * Resistant to all small arms fire, melee weapons, some explosives, * Prevent any damage to the user from these weapons. * Use a 'reasonable' amount of energy * Can be carried and built by an individual * Producible with today's technology. It's hard to prove a negative, but I will state that this is ...


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Plasma Shields are the closest thing to energy shields that modern science understands. They are not a mature technology, but they can at least in theory do what you are asking according to modern understandings of science and engineering. They work by using lasers, electricity, microwaves, and/or magnates to rapidly polarize and heat up the air between ...


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Starve them out! Assuming that you are willing to play dirty, all you have to do is: Disrupt (burn) their means of food production (farms / fishing boats) Prevent external supply chains, either by force or threat of force. Sink supply ships, air strikes on caravans etc. Watch your enemy starve. It has been long said that an army marches on its stomach, the ...


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Politically An enemy is only defeated at the point they accept defeat; ruling a continent-sized land mass with 1bn people who are in open rebellion is totally impossible irrespective of your military and technological capability. Your technological state will likely have to go city to city, or state to state and 'persuade' the leaders to accept their new ...


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One explanation could be that you have a magnetic (or electrically charged) fluid held in place by a potential well- as the fluid moves away from the minimum of the potential well it gets 'pushed back' into the centre by the field acting on it (kind of like a marble in a half-pipe). Any force upon the fluid, such as from gunshots or shrapnel would be ...


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It must be resistant to all small arms fire, melee weapons, some explosives, and be able to prevent any damage to the user from these weapons. You are just giving a fancy description of a carbon fiber or polymeric shield, like those used by anti-riot forces Riot shields are typically made out of transparent polycarbonate between 4–6 millimetres (0.16–0....


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Sell them your guns. Sell them your culture but not your know-how. Exploit the class divide you have created by funding separatists so that you can defeat their patriotism. Once their love for their mother land subsides, and they realise that they are ‘primitive’ for being how they were, you have already won. Alternatively, try this https://store....


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Have you read World War Z? If you have, then this question is 100% redundant. As Brooks realised, if you're fighting zombies then you don't need bulletproof body armour, camouflage, heavy weaponry, any air force except for transport, or any navy. For your uniform, what you need is just full-body covering, made from material which is reinforced to be tear- ...


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Since you are low on manpower, use the manpower of the enemy country against them. Find powerful political figures and military generals within the enemy country who are hungry for power and willing to work with you. Next, wait till the enemy government is in session and use cruise missiles to blow up their capitol buildings and military headquarters in a ...


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Zombies are going to be your primary villain, but there may be other governments or rogue elements running around in this world. It's going to be a messy place and not everyone is going to be friendly toward your protagonists. (At least I think they shouldn't be all friendly) That being said the troops may at some point logically need concealment from human ...


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If the choices are STRICTLY between Marine Combat Utility Uniform and a Ranger Green utility uniform, I'd go for Ranger Green just because it's easier to make and utilitarian enough. Camouflage is not an issue against zombies, obviously.


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There are multiple answers here as to why this makes little sense, from different branches of the military exist for different purposes (an Infantry Colonel has theoretically the same rank and authority as a Naval Captain, but is not going to be able to effectively command a ship, nor will the Captain be able to effectively command a battalion), to resource ...


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Establish 10 km beachheads at desolate locations. Since the enemy has no navy, this will be easy. Then before reinforcements arrive, dig trenches around and build runways in each of the beachheads. Whenever they send troops, they will be destroyed by machine guns, plane strafing, and artillery. The planes should primarily be used for surveillance- ...


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How about a practical consideration: Whatever you found enough of in a warehouse. Unification in the face of crisis is going to be quick. Urban areas may not have manufacturing facilities. So you use what you can find. Even if it is something silly like a sports jersey. Later on, you might start stylizing it. A few tweaks after a decade, more the next, ...


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What makes the most sense to me if I'm writing it? Keep the old uniforms and use the appropriate cameo for the mission or platoon/squad/whatever size based units. That is your forces would be more specialized and depending on the stats and experience you would use that unit, broad sense here not actual term, for the mission. Why? Because who cares about ...


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There are a lot of bad answers here that mainly seem to come out of a few pervasive myths about European colonialism. There is no need to go around killing the natives at a ratio sufficient to match their relative population. There is barely any need to fight the natives at all. Naval or ranged bombardment is neither necessary nor all that effective in the ...


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A lot depends on the skill and morale of both armies and the tactics employed. There have certainly been many cases in history where a technologically superior army crushed a technologically inferior one. The European conquest of the Americas come to mind. But bear in mind that it's not a given. When the Spanish under Magellan landed in the Philippines and ...


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So in a zombie-filled post-apocalyptic scenario, what uniform would make more sense for the Garrison to adopt for everyone? As this is US-based and 80% of the US population is urbanized, the military will end up using the perfect urban camouflage and dress up in trash (clickable pic): But instead of using their camouflage to scare humans, they'll just lay ...


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The short answer is artillery. With no "navy" to speak of, they can't perform a "Dunkirk". Use advanced technology (tanks, APCs) and air support to herd and pin the enemy against the coast, then annihilate them with artillery from land or offshore.


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A combat uniform has several purposes: Camouflage gives you an advantage if you are ever caught in firefight, where you have a marginal advantage in not being visually distinguishable to your surroundings Promotes a sense of camaraderie and belonging to the group - if everyone is dressed the same However your setting may be a bit different: Camouflage may ...


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Pinneys. Aka scrimmage vests. In your future world good clothes are hard to come by and changing clothes all the time is a luxury for the super-rich. Your soldiers wear what they wear. But it is good to know who your friends are and so they have pinneys to put on when they are active. Your troops have actually come into possession of a great number of ...


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Client state. You do not need to colonize this land to resettle your excess population. I cannot imagine the Asians are invading you. Probably you want wealth and you want to justify your military expenditures. Ideally you want the wealth without administering the territory as your own, which is hard work. You trade with the Asians, presumably. There ...


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Firstly do a lot of reconnaissance and find out where the large centres of population are, who the rulers are and where they live. Monitor the rulers with spies, remote sensing devices and hidden spy cams.Then start spreading rumours concerning the second coming of Christ amongst local priests backed up by some demonstrations woven into the narrative perhaps ...


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I would argue that the modern day military would have to monumentally screw up in order to not wipe the floor with the 1600s era military, no matter how great the numerical disparity. Chances are they would not even have to meet the enemy in the field. All it would take is a show of force with a flight of aircraft bombing their forts and government ...


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I'll assume you're unwilling to resort to bio-weapons. No worries, you don't need to. You have tanks. They are effectively invincible. You have planes. They are invincible; the enemy literally has no way to fight against them. You have bombs that can almost certainly obliterate whatever fortifications the enemy can throw together. You have machine guns ...


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It depends what the zombies are armed with, and how accurately they are able to fire. Ceramic plate armor is only useful if they are firing relatively high-velocity or large caliber weapons at you. Otherwise Kevlar should be fine. If your concern is protection against bites, then a standard uniform is no use, as it leaves exposed areas. A bite-proof ...


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Ok, I admit, this is not really an answer on your question. But, it could give you new insights. Zombie camouflage Wouldn't it be more interesting to equip them with some equipment that makes they are not perceived as food by zombies? For example, if in your world zombies feed on brain, why not make them emit a scent of lavender strong enough that they ...


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In any combat, your enemies and their capabilities dictate your response, such as weapons, armor, and tactics. Modern body armor and weapons are designed to make gunshots "survivable" so WIA can be evacuated to field hospitals and be treated, while doing the same (or worse) to the other side. It'd be mostly worthless against zombies hordes, assuming WWZ ...


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In World War Z, trying to treat zombies as a "military" threat is what got most of the army killed to begin with; so, if you're going down that rabbit-hole, you will want to reimagine everything about what it means to be an anti-zombie trooper vs regular infantry. Your ideas may be good for scouting areas that may or may not have zombies, but actually ...


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another alternative would be M203 grenade launcher under mounted to the M16. Besides conventional grenades there is a buckshot round the M576.


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Patrolling depends largely on visibility. Two blokes can walk up with a ladder, put it up against the wall and get over in half a minute. Someone more athletic could throw a grappling hook over with similar effects. So basically you've got to have fairly continuous visual coverage of the approach. In daytime, one guard per mile might be fine. Then heavy ...


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Wall dogs. This answer is only for the monster question. Your wall is patrolled by wall dogs. These dogs actually spend their time at the foot of the wall, roaming in packs. They are trained and come for food to their food stations. Each pack has a section of wall of about 1 km. The wall dogs are really for the monsters. A monster which comes out of ...


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I highly doubt it. Shotguns specialize in high spread saturation fire, and if we’re going off World War Z, the only way to destroy a zombie is to destroy its brain. This means that you would need to get a full blast at its head to (hopefully) decapitate it.


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What shape is your city? It could be irregular, rectangular, square, octagonal, round, or have a lot of other shapes. The more regular and equal sided the city is, the more land can be enclosed for the same length of wall. Thus there can be more soldiers supported by the city to defend the wall. If the city is perfectly circular and has wall 12 miles ...


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There are a few reasons to bring shotguns, especially the pump-action variants. If you are fighting the tough running zombies that don't fall over after a few rounds hit them, a shotgun in close quarters is a good contender. They can rip a lot of flesh off the zombie and even such tough semi-magical zombies will slow down or be incapacitated by such shots. ...


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If you are simply grabbing what is available, then a 12 gage pump action shotgun with an extended tube is likely the "go to" for room clearing, CQB and so on. However, in a military setting, there are weapons which make a lot more sense. If you are looking for a secondary weapon, the M-26 is compact, feeds from a 10 round box magazine and can either be ...


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Perhaps not directly applicable to the city you have described, but the burghs might be a good data point for medieval manning levels. The burghs were a network of fortifications through Wessex and later England in the 10th century. Farmland was outside the walls, but the farmers would retreat to the walls to protect against raids, and the burghs were also ...


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