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I began to plan out various tactics and such, when I realized it was all for naught. Let's suppose they breach the perimiter of the base. They will soon face an unsolvable problem. They don't have heavy weapons or explosives. A base, supposedly high-tech, important and secretive will be built with nuclear bunker specifications in mind. The base personnel ...


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Not all threats are for violence. Countries often threaten one another with sanctions without going to war. To intimidate another group you just need the threat of an action which is detrimental to them, not necessarily violent. Use your technological superiority to take their resources right out of their hands, consume a nearby plant with your mining, or ...


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why invade at all? Most structures of a civilisation are probably going to be on a surface. It is, after all, more difficult to build underground than on a surface. That means that most items of value can be simply blasted from above. But you might not want to blast them from orbit because these items might also be of value to you. You might want to avoid ...


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32 attackers, 221,968 distractions Coordinating a quarter of a million young men via Facebook event is a nightmare I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. Coordinating search and rescue for a quarter of a million men stranded in the desert and dying of thirst is even worse. I fully expect the national guard to be deployed simply to deal with the humanitarian ...


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Rule #1 of Storm Area 51 Club: Don’t talk about Storm Area 51 Club (SA51C) Secrecy and Surprise are important strategies in any act of Civil Disobedience Rule #2 of SA51C: Don’t carry weapons of any type. 1 rifleman can shoot a thousand civilians running across the desert. And, Close Air Support from a Spectre Gunship will ruin your day. But it ...


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It is already too late. Any decision you make will either be a) one you have been gently guided towards by a posthuman superintelligence (with or without your realisation of this fact) or b) one that the posthumans have noted and decided to be entirely compatible with their other aims. You can't wriggle out from under the unblinking omnidirectional gaze of ...


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I would like the reaction to the appearance of one of my nations navies to elicit a feeling of dread or fear Some answers have suggested sanctions and other such "pacifistic" approaches. I don't like these approaches, but you can try them. Just remember that Germany was France's #1 trading partner before WWI. My approach would be to be harmless but still ...


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Every good hero has a fatal flaw. Even Superman has kryptonite, and is arguably kindof a coward. For your speedster, maybe he's not very good at forward-thinking. The non-speedster only has to set up some bait and swing his bat -- the speedster hits the bat every time, and at those speeds, the blow does a lot of damage. For that matter, your speedster can'...


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Not really. Blitzkreig has lots of pretty pictures of fast-moving weapons, but the real power of the concept was based on synchronization and a short decision cycle. Weapons and soldiers didn't really move all that fast at all. Example: In 1940, it took over 6 weeks for the German army to reach Paris. Synchronization can be thought of as the use of pre-...


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They are simply too dull to attract attention from others. Think of ants or of other insects/bugs. As long as they don't become a direct nuisance, we don't really bother with them. We don't kill ants just because they are ants, but only when they start colonize our houses, we don't kill wasps just because they are wasps, but only when they become a danger ...


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We can add some real science back into this to help handwave some things. Science and handwaving, what fun! This speedster is fast, real fast, but where do they get the calories to burn for this speed? The faster they go, the more calories they need. Let's make a ballpark figure and say at full near light speed, they are burning 1000 calories a second. ...


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From the perspective of an individual soldier in an ancient army, there's really no difference before and after the amalgamation. Regiments will continue to be raised primarily from one part of the empire: say, three from Alicevania, two from Bobtopia, one from Evopolis. If you're a Bobtopian slinger, you serve in a regiment that is almost if not entirely ...


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Big Scary Ships If you can't make it, fake it. Enemies will leave you alone if they think you're a threat. Some animals make themselves appear larger and more threatening to scare off potential threats. Alternative, threats don't need to be violent. The right allies or the threat of loss of trade or the threat of secrets being released can be just as ...


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Trade, economy, political power, WiFi password or defensive system 1) Trade. It does not only cover imposing simple embargo. It also covers informing all other powers, that they are fully free to choose whether they want to trade with you or with that rogue state, but regrettably have to pick one. (US did something like that with Cuba) 2) Political power. ...


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Even assuming the Flash got all the powers he needed, super stamina, near indestructable body, etc, A real-life Flash running at hundreds of miles an hour would actually have several weaknesses just from the laws of physics. IRL, there are a few major problems with running super fast. Many of these problems would severely limit a speedster superhero. Both ...


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They likely would be able to successfully storm the gates without meeting lethal force, unless they were shooting first. In no circumstance, (other than border security apparently) could the United States government kill hundreds of thousands of people on US soil and not cause a larger backlash. Not even secret technology is worth the state they would leave ...


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Don't use the Flash. You are right speedsters like Flash are too OP. But it is cool to have people who are really quick. It might be even cooler to have them be just past the edge of what is humanly possible. My suggestions 1: Think of things you want your Speedster to do. For example, a person who could process fast and move fast might be just about ...


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Batesian mimicry. Batesian mimicry is a form of mimicry where a harmless species has evolved to imitate the warning signals of a harmful species directed at a predator of them both. You have probably heard of the coral snake and the milk snake: ”Red on yellow kills a fellow. Red on black venom lack” Due to the many colors of the eastern milk ...


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1) You have a way to cut off entire systems from the rest of the universe Through pocket dimensions/FTL scrambling/Very big shields... It's completely pacifist but very scary. 2) A sect of crazy murderous priests consider you are gods and will exterminate anyone that dares to attack you You don't like it at all but they wouldn't listen to your complaints. ...


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Is there any strategy or combination of tactics which could give the 222,000 men a fighting chance at at least some of them infiltrating Area 51? NO!!! Why? Logistics. 220,000 men is four Field Armies and a Corps. They've got to be: Transported. Sheltered. Fed. Washed. Have their bodily wastes disposed of. Area 51 is way out in the desert, and there ...


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222,000 men with 64380 AR-15s will find themselves in charge of a few square miles of desert, a decrepit airbase with rusting Quonset huts, some empty helium cylinders, and the shredded remains of a weather balloon. None of the neighbours know anything, and there was certainly no convoy of air transports leaving the area on September 19.


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Is it the threat of the slaughter of kindred that essentially forces these soldiers into the ruling army? That's a possible reason, but the overriding one is that they are soldiers, no work, no pay, they'll starve to death. So either they just work for a new employer who has been proven to be successful and might make them wealthy, or they run away and ...


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The posthumans leave you alone because they see value in preserving your culture (and their past) and consider it unethical to interfere with it, having learned from experience that such interference usually ends badly for the baseline human individuals involved. Basically, you're this guy, a Sentinelese: The Sentinelese, also known as the Sentineli and ...


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Mounted Infantry Cavalry comes in many variations, from knights with lances in full armor to light horse archers. There are two problems with cavalry: Horses and armor are expensive to buy and to maintain. Especially heavy warhorses. Cavalrymen will require plenty of training. A way around the second problem is to take infantry and to give them ordinary ...


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The most famous example of "medieval blitzkrieg" was the Mongol armies of Genghis Khan and his immediate successors during several decades of the 13th century. Of course they were mostly cavalry who not only rode to the battle but usually fought on horseback as mounted archers and mounted lancers, etc., but they did operate siege machines during sieges. ...


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People fear what they don't understand Your species - whether naturally or through the use of advanced technology - possesses a vast and unusual intelligence, or senses that no other civilization understands. Their motives and culture are so complex that they'll appear alien and incomprehensible to anyone who attempts to peek beneath the surface. Even ...


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Swim beneath their ships and bore holes in them long before they're anywhere near your balloons, or even do it in their ports. 20mph is plenty of speed to accomplish this and ships are not cheap, they wouldn't lose many before deciding it wasn't worth the effort unless your cities are full of gold, and even then they have no way of fighting underwater. The ...


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Your species has no weapons, but is naturally toxic to most other sentient life. Or their stress-released pheromones are toxic. This could be a chemical toxin, or that they emit radiation, or that they live at several thousand degrees hotter than any other species, ... Or if you really want to be nasty, they're made of antimatter...


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The "Orions Arm" website hints at a solution to this issue. The shifts are even more extreme, with super intelligences being in a series of nested hierarchies as well. In this universe, intelligences range from baseline humans (S<1) to godlike machine intelligences instanciated in Jupiter sized cpomputronium brains using principles that lesser ...


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This is our archmage casting fireball. It is a better example than perhaps you intended. That is an antiship missile. A NATO equivalent, perhaps the Harpoon, costs a million bucks a go. You don't use it on grunts; it is a specialist and expensive device intended to destroy big, tough and expensive targets. Fewer of these actually have the inclination and ...


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