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Harder to cook in places without alternatives like peat or oil. No wagons or boats to transport fuels economically. Fuel becomes expensive (too much for some folks), particularly off-season. Malnutrition and seasonal starvation reduce the population. Hard to build a stone plow: More difficult agriculture means less food and reduces the population farther. ...


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Just so you know: a hovercraft hovers BECAUSE it applies great pressure downwards. If a 50 ton machine is hovering, it is applying a downward force of 50 tons in order to cancel out gravity. Helicopters and airplanes force the air around their blades and wings, but hovercrafts apply force on the air right underneath the skirt. That air will press against the ...


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You can't The whole point of power armour is to carry more and carrying more means carrying bigger guns and if you had power armour, people would make bigger guns for them to carry. Weapons soldiers use is limited by their ability to carry it around. Bigger weapons require a mobile weapon platform (ie wheels). Power armour is just another mobile weapon ...


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Actually, targeting lasers sound fine to me... The scout investigates the structure, carefully aims the (visible?) targeting laser when no one is looking... then switches it off. he actual emitter is some distance from the structure, so not likely to be noticed, and the targeting dot doesn't exist once the scout leaves until the missile is about to impact. (...


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$Strength \propto \frac{1}{Speed}$ Also known as "Speed versus Torque". Power armour loaded to slightly more than the typical soldier's kit allows you to sprint at high speeds without getting tired, leap 10 feet into the air, and punch like a charging bull. Power armour can also let you carry a metric ton of weight (e.g. a 1979 Volkswagen Beetle). ...


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As a completely different option to my other answer... you're going about this wrong. What you want is "passive LIDAR" (caveat: this means you missiles might only work during the day), combined with really good GPS. The scouts don't "paint" the targets in the field at all. Instead, all they do is passively collect enough visual data to ...


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Welcome to stone age warfare, where you weapons are stones, which you can throw with your hand or using a slingshot. No more wars then? Of course not, without wood you will hardly have walls, maybe some few meter high bare stone walls, but nothing imponent. Sure, there are examples of megalithic walls built with just large stones, but without doors building ...


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Warfare dissappears. Fighting still exists, and in fact is all over the place as people start starving, but war (organized fighting by armies led by commanders working for a ruler) is dead. You and your neighbour fight. Your country and your neighbour country engage in war. No countries = no war. At the first moment, fortified cities and fortress all became ...


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Healing Potions Spam Mid-Combat In most action-role playing games, there are healing potions that can be chugged mid-battle to refill that lovely red health bar on the top of the screen. These are great - you suffer from a fireball? Nope, healing potion. Sent through a pillar by an Iron Knuckle? Nope, healing potion. Tank a enraged dragon's Hyper Beam to the ...


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The amateurs discuss tactics. The professionals discuss logistics. You have a big army yeah. But the marching speed of the army is determined by the supply train. You have a thousand men but also a hundred wagons full of food and water. And we need to march through the desert before the enemy army, without our wagons getting stuck in the sand. Oh wait I ...


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Build a dedicated anti-hovercraft fuse. In the real world there is no need for such a thing. If there was a need, it could be built. I can think of several approaches which should be no more difficult than the sea mines tried during WWII. Hovercraft move on an air cushion trapped under a skirt. That means they will cause pretty drastic changes in wind ...


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Most science fiction trivializes much of the space travel, but it would add lot of useful limitations if they did. Space travel is tough. It should take a long time to get anywhere and even if you do have FTL there could be limitations that make carrying virtually unlimited weight in a ship impossible. So if you attack someone you bring three things: the ...


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The main problem will be the lack of firewood. Coal, which has been used in Europe since at least Roman times can replace it, but will become rather expensive and may be mainly used for metalworking, while the poor must burn peat or dung for heat and oil or candles for lighting. As for bows, horn and bone bows have been used in bows, usually in combination ...


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Personal Protection is becoming less required for a Military, but could be useful for Police I cannot see shields becoming useful for militaries. Warfare is increasingly becoming asymmetric, and indeed even in large 'conventional' military conflicts most action would occur at a distance, rather than in close quarters. So for Asymmetric Warfare, we get: ...


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There's a big difference between owning and operating Owning? No problem. I see two different questions here. The first is is it possible for the DC government to own this pile of military hardware? The answer is yes. We have room for all that hardware. The ships may have been at sea during the insurrection and out of reach of the enemy forces. One radio ...


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Let's talk about your goal Historically, a "civilization" was defined in a one-world-centric and highly political way: if the ruling government, its supporters and military, were completely demolished — that civilization was considered destroyed. The Myans, the Easter Island peoples, Cahokia, the Olmec... Oh, for the most part their genetic code ...


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Divide and conquer. /First of all they are a splinter group from their "state" they are radicals and believe in their superiority over everything/ That is their leaders. Under those leaders are competent military persons. Within the first week of conflict it becomes clear from military decisions made who the competent military persons are. This ...


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The drone is the marker. The drone (which looks like an insect or a bird) simply lands on the weak spot. It transmits the homing signal. Okay, it's destroyed by the missile but the cost of a sacrificial drone is tiny compared with the cost of the missile itself.


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Whegs instead of wheels? Would a rough, ride though and tiring for the horse. The more spokes you have, the less the center of mass moves vertically which makes it easier on the horse, but the more you approach a wheel. There are many variations so I won't post any due to all the references involved but you can Google images. Or a setup with wheels at the ...


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You can basically check hollywood movies. They rarely show real life problem like dysentry, after-battle death rate or long-lasting wounds. I think your warfare will be much mobile. Less suffer from disease on marches, quicker after battle recovery. I suppose that archery will cause less damage without internal bleeding. Heavy armored soldiers will be even ...


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They had fraction of C drives rather than FTL drives. So when they surveiled Earth from their home a few hundred or so light years away, they saw a backwater bunch of apes barely capable of fighting off the most basic of plagues. Decades went by and technological advancement was minimal at best. Even being generous in estimating human development, the aliens ...


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Your "generic medieval setting" quickly becomes a nomadic steppe setting. When all trees disappear, it is logical to assume that they will be replaced with grasses. This might be difficult to imagine for Western Europe, but in other parts of the world the lack of trees is common, and we shouldn't look too far to see what the warfare would look like....


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FORCE FIELDS: All that armor is nice, but it's real virtue is in being a surface that conducts energy for personal energy fields that foil all those heavy weapons. These fields conform to the user's armor suit, and they are most vulnerable to contact with other armor, since the fields interact. So lasers refract, plasma scatters, projectile weapons are ...


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Put the entire chariot on top of a sufficiently large mount, such as an elephant. Pictured above (from the aforelinked Wikipedia entry) is an 18th-century Indian force including elephant troops. As you can see, there's plenty of room on the elephant's back for multiple people and all the pageantry and panoply of a chariot, while being much better at ...


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Besides allowing for much greater maneuverability in combat situations and navigating complex water ways, oars are surprisingly efficient! This study by Cornell puts the efficiency of oars at 84-85% The real reason for a paddle wheel is to convert rotational energy into motion so you can use your steam engine to turn a paddle wheel and push the boat upstream....


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Two mechanisms come to mind: Tilt rod triggers. These are simply wood, plastic or metal rods which are attached to the fuse mechanism, and trigger the mine when they are pushed past a certain angle by a vehicle or person tilting the rod. They can also be placed in other positions - in former Yugoslavia, tilt rod mines were sometimes found in trees with the ...


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It's not feasible If powered armor allows people to wield and shoot a Barret M82 like it was nothing, the whole point of finally letting armor catch up to firepower is lost. There is a quote: "If it works, it's already obsolete". It's inevitable that people would try to use find something to counteract the counteraction. For example, There is ...


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Jack of all Trades. Your bard is not much use in a fight. But this trip is going to take a few weeks and the bard is a great addition to the party for everything except combat. He can cook and play music at camp to keep morale high; wrap wounds and set broken bones; polish and sharpen weapons; speak several languages (in particular Orc). He knows the ...


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Tradition and agreed-upon rules on the field of honor: Chariots are a hard sell, but if there are strong cultural reasons for upper-class warriors to be obsessed with chariots, I think the accepted rules of war amongst this society would cause them to adopt traditions allowing chariots to still be used. They will only fight over flattened terrain. The ...


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