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"So, I have a group of 6 small kingdoms (in a medieval low fantasy world) that share a lot of their culture, since they were just one country in the past. In my story, a powerful nation (let's call it P) is becoming too dangerous and has the potential to beat all these kingdoms in a war (and go even further)." To anchor a general world-view I will assume ...


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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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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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Viruses are highly species-specific, i.e. a human virus will only kill humans. So a biological weapon will do the job. The best virus to use is beyond my knowledge, and I am a bit concerned a terrorist would read this. If we stick to sci-fi convention, then zombie virus is the most obvious choice. But realistically, even the deadliest viruses leave some ...


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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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Her strategy invites conquest by P. If P is thinking about attacking, it can do it when these small countries are exhausted and in disarray from fighting each other. The question is whether your canny leader wants to avoid conquest or whether she wants to rule the 6 countries. With the threat of P the latter seems unlikely. If she wants to unite the ...


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Water is an essential resource, especially in bronze age. You can't have a city without supplying it, that's why the first civilization have arisen next to big rivers (Gange, Yang-Tze, Nile, Tigris and Euphrates). In your case the hyper-saline lake looks like a nasty environment even for a tribe. If you however want to have a city there, a way to have ...


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Because they are the most efficient way to deal damage to your specific target An (arguably) non-kinetic bombardment weapon would be an antimatter beam, which is a great opportunity to commit genocide..., no!!! cleanse heresy, no!!! strategically secure the target yes!!!. You did say that the planet should be captured intact, but there are many levels of ...


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Since she knows all the other rulers and knows that they probably won't work effectively as a group or accept to be lead by a female No medieval armies worked very effectively as a group. They weren't armies in the sense we understand them today, nor even in the sense that Wellington and Napoleon would have. Lords raised volunteers (or levies) from the land ...


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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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Your lacustrine island is pretty much akin to a marine one in terms of salinity, so it will have access to fresh water in the same way that maritime islands do. Rainfall over the island will create fresh groundwater that floats above the hypersaline waters due to being significantly less dense. In hydrology, this is known as a freshwater lens.


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Targeted robotic micro cluster munitions. Some humans might be resistant to a biological weapon, or be able to be isolated before infection sets in. Few humans will be resistant to a micro shaped charge to the head... Designed as hoppers, such devices could be sized such that they wouldn't leave notable damage to any part of the surrounding environment. ...


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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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Fire The most effective way of making spider silk thread useless is to apply heat to it, at which point it shrivels. (Cobwebs are a fire hazard because it's essentially a collection of airborne dust particles which is highly flammable. Kind of like a cloud of flour.) This isn't actually why we're using it, but it's a nice side effect, especially if there's ...


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Actually this has reminded me of a very interesting culture. The Aztecs built a huge city on an island in the middle of a lake, albeit a freshwater lake. The island was connected to the surrounding land by long floating bridges, and keep in mind that Aztecs didn't smelt iron and used bronze as your question outlines. This island city was their capital as ...


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how would they obtain it Probably the same way the Romans did it: with arched stone aqueducts. (There's nothing particularly complex about them. If you can build a big stone pyramid, you can build an aqueduct...) Stone aqueducts this early aren't historically accurate, but... close enough. After all, the Henge Builders hewed hard stone and moved it long ...


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For the question as stated, it is not necessary to use a bioweapon; Slaughterbots programmed to consider all humans "the bad guys" would do, too. In case you cannot see the video: The concept is a swarm of AI-controlled drones, each equipped with a shaped charge designed to penetrate a human skull. The drones are more maneuverable than a human hand, so once ...


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The main concerns are: Greater foe/ Politics: As you pick off the other kingdoms will they unite against you? Will they ally with the other large kingdom (you call it P) for defense against you, since you are the clear aggressor? Time limit You are time limited before the big foe attacks you. Most of the benefits of taking the lands will take a long time ...


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Modern explosives self produce the oxygen needed for their functioning (this is why you can fire them underwater), so the oxygen content of the atmosphere has negligible effect. With 3 times higher pressure you have approximately 3 times higher density. Density is important because the energy transferred by the shock wave increases by decreasing the ...


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Economies of scale matter on warships too If you look at naval vessels throughout history, they have always tended to evolve towards specialization in weaponry. The more different kinds of weapons you have, the more complicated your maintenance, logistics, and even design and construction of your ship get. This is why it's very rare to see a warship of ...


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I think what's called for is something akin to "rubber hose cryptography" (i.e. if you can't break the cryptography, break the person holding the keys). In this case, get the 222,000 people to all donate $100 dollars and offer the resulting funds as a reward to whoever smuggles something good out of the base.


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In open battle, yes And the answer takes two vital components - speed and strength. Your idea of weapons for these deinos revolve around human ones. But that's not the correct approach, it's talons. Large, wicked sharp talons that the deinos have on their feet which gives them better reach. They would attack humans by leaping in the air and landing on them, ...


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If you treat it as a super-versatile rope substitute, you have a wide range of traps that could escalate a conflict due to increasingly severe injuries or casualties, a kind of sunk cost fallacy. Trip wires that trigger swinging logs might be one of them. Could the silk be used as bow strings to bring archery or other ranged weapons into it? There are also ...


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Face recognition drones You can already find some pretty crazy simulations of swarms of bird sized drones, air dropped, that will just run to your head and detonate a directional explosive charge. add some bigger drones for door or window breaking, and you get a perfectly plausible mass killing weapon. Crazy expensive, but with minimal structure and nature ...


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I would say No Every time you conquer one of the smaller kingdoms, you are committing your forces to battle against theirs. It isn't as simple as One Kingdom taking over the other Kingdom peacefully. If your take over a Kingdom with force there will be battles so instead of a simple 1+1=2 you will end up with something like 1+1 = 1.5 due to the deaths from ...


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If the knight is standing on the ground (as opposed to sitting on his horse), he will be much easier to kill, and if he is lying on the ground, it is even easier since the weight of his armor will prevent him from getting up. Easy ways of knocking a knight off his horse with iron age weaponry are: Hit him with a big rock Lasso him and pull him off Kill/...


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Slim to none. Firstly, the notion of "Peak oil" is an extremely fuzzy one... there are a lot of marginal reserves, and various places where we could get oil but currently don't. Should oil availability decrease without a corresponding drop in demand, it will become economical to work more marginal oil reserves and in the limit start drilling in places which ...


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They'll need to follow in the footsteps of Marvin Heemeyer. Having armor-plated his bulldozer - nothing more than a garage job, is a long one - he proceeded to demolish part of town, standing up to police fire with firearms and even explosives. The military at Area 51, being an Air Force base, will have better tools to defeat such makeshift armored ...


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the slave mass can be effective offense if they can enlarge or dig new tunnel since the slave advantage is their mass, otherwise dealing with veteran will increase the dead body to choke or block the tunnel (effective for defense at least) but pretty much a waste. since the battle happen in narrow tunnel using gas or heat can also spread to friend unit so ...


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