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The question shows a misunderstanding of why the Middle Ages were medieval. It's not that the people who lived in those times did not know any better. They did. In particular, they had good Roman books about military strategy, tactics and logistics; for example, they had and they actually read Vegetius's De re militari; the book was copied over and over, and ...


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FTL (faster-than-light) travel lane chokepoint The space battle(s) aren't actually fought about that planet, they're fought because this star system represents a strategically valuable chokepoint in the network of starlanes (or however you want to call them^^). Starlanes are connections between stars where FTL travel is exceptionally fuel-efficient due to ...


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I practice early medieval (Viking) style semi-contact as a hobby. With blunt steel weapons not with some LARP toys. I can tell you how we deal with an enemy with a shield and then some historical methods I know. Now our fights are not entirely realistic, they do not devolve into fierce unarmed struggles, at the end, where we attempt to scratch out eyes and ...


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Robot War The opposing factions are in fact the robotic fleets of two different civilisations that once occupied the planet, they populate much of the rest of the star system and have functionally infinite resources. They are continuing their last directive. Claim the homeworld at all costs. They will never ever stop fighting and their interminable ...


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Honestly the 'modern' military theory that would give Lord Gary the biggest advantage would be modern attitudes towards hygiene. It was extremely common in the time period you're talking about for a force to lose more troops to dysentery and other diseases than they lost in actual combat. By taking a very firm attitude towards latrine maintenance and ...


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First thought would be "make an army of lions, bears, tigers, wolves or whatever top predator you have". But that would be wrong. All of them are easily spottable from a distance, and are good targets for arrows and the like. Your key to success is: go small and go large numbers. While you can use small birds to carry on aerial surveys and track enemy ...


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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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I think you have unfairly disregarded the Phalanx Whilst other answers are correct about focusing on ranged weaponry and fortifications, they are primarily defensive measures. You need to be able to take to the field and push the enemy away, because focusing only on defence merely delays your defeat. However your Orthaks sound like they have a lot in ...


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He is fulfilling a prophecy. Maybe he has a different coloured skin from everyone else or he has unusual eyes. Maybe he wears a particular set of clothes or carries a particular weapon. Maybe he has some technology they don't know about that looks like something prophesied. The prophesies predict his appearance and state that he will come and break the ...


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Using WMD against Earth will cause entire Earth to unite and demand revenge. Instead, I propose the same way that US gained its independence (while still requiring supplies from the old world): find a sponsor nation in the old word. Specifically, US was relying on France, which wanted to weaken Britain. Your colony could find a nation on Earth that is ...


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I am going to claim expertise on this issue for a major reason: I live in the Arctic. I've also participated in search and rescues in the Arctic. The basic answer to this is that small groups of sufficiently-prepared people actively trying to evade detection and if no one is specifically looking for them can do it trivially by any number of means. It's hard ...


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You've removed the weight/protection tradeoff, so your lucky squire is going to be moved around on a cart because they're wearing so much armour. You've also removed the sensory/protection tradeoff, so your squire will be effectively blind and deaf for the duration of the battle. Why would they need eyeholes, after all? You can have huge armour spurs ...


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Raiding. As a general rule in long-term, low-intensity conflicts like this, you don't target the other side individually, you target their stuff. This has a number of benefits: they need to put effort into getting new stuff (instead of fighting you), they needed that stuff to bring up the next generation of people to fight you (usually by "stuff" we're ...


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Animals hire the mercenaries. There is nothing better at fighting humans than other humans. Mercenaries are fighters for hire. Appoint a spokesanimal. This talking crow will visit the mercenaries and arrange terms. The mercenaries will control access to the forest; they are forest guardians. Mercenaries do not really want to grub around for roots and ...


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Fantasy solution: The bridge to Heavens is above the pit to Hell. Anyone pushed over just vanish into its bottomless abyss. Just rule out accumulation. Biological solution: Scavengers. Some scavenger nest near the duel area and clean the corpses once sun has set. They learned to be afraid of the guardians after centuries of getting their butts whooped, ...


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It makes no sense, as the attackers will obtain all the gold of the besieged anyway, as soon as the defense has fallen. Selling food to the defenders is the worst possible action, as it increases the losses of the attackers who need to resupply, keep their troops healthy and motivated without being able to do much. Time is essential in a Siege. The longer it ...


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War is generally held to be bad for economies over the long term because war is inherently destructive and expensive. An army of (say) 10,000 people (I'll use this term loosely in the given context) still needs to eat, still has families to support, and still wants to live a long and useful life so as to continue to support themselves and their family. As ...


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The elves have handlers. Here is Theodore Roosevelt on safari. He and his buddy there are the great white hunters. Do you see all those other people? Usually they are moved out of the picture but not here. Those are locals who are along to do the work - the beaters, bearers, animal skinners etc. Bringing the hunter to places where there is likely to be ...


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The same way the American Revolution and the Vietnam War were won. Just make it too costly to fight for the occupiers. Rebels don't need to win, just not lose. So stick to small-scale hit-and-run attacks on occupation forces. Assassinate occupation officials, vandalize the Earth-Mars Public Relations Offices (read: propaganda centers), ambush patrols, ...


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Sure. It's even possible to be very familiar with violence and not be good at warfare; think about the difference between a warrior and a soldier (current US military propaganda notwithstanding): a warrior is an individual. A soldier, by definition, is one element of a fighting group. Being good at one doesn't automatically mean being any good at the other. ...


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Honestly, the humans don't stand a chance. Go the Viet Cong route, various types of pit traps and deadfalls. With a plethora of burrowing and gnawing animals these will be very easy for the forest creatures to make. The big risk is getting caught in them themselves. Of course they can use scent markers the humans will not notice. Even better, burrowing ...


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War is peace https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ministries_of_Nineteen_Eighty-Four#Ministry_of_Peace The warring nations are locked in an eternal war unable to gain the upper hand because they don't want to gain the upper hand. Both nations are using the war as a means of population control. As for why they are fighting around this primitive world, it is ...


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This might not be the answer you are looking for, as it doesn't result in lots of exciting space battles between the alien warship and the humans. However, if your aliens are interested in winning rather than putting on a show, then this is how a grown-up civilisation would wage an interstellar war. The warship's advanced alien technology is... Not slowing ...


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A really big solar flare could do it. Something on a similar or greater scale to the Carrington Event back in the 1800s. Getting hit with a flare that large, or larger would damage or destroy unprotected electronic devices worldwide. Most of or all servers globally that didn't have military-grade EMP protection would be wiped. The GPS would be gone, along ...


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Ritualized, Ceremonial and/or champion combat Constraints and problems: Here's the problem. It's hard to have a truly stable state of war with advanced technology and space travel. In an all out war even rocks thrown fast enough are enough to tear a planet to shreds. Any "real" all-out war you'd expect to end in a reasonable timeframe that boils down to ...


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Bubble curtain. https://www.eurotrib.com/comments/2012/9/6/165418/5127/3 Depicted - an oil rig with a circumferential bubble curtain to reduce underwater noise. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bubble_curtain A bubble curtain is a system that produces bubbles in a deliberate arrangement in water. It is also called pneumatic barrier. The technique ...


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I wonder, how long can your Orthaks sustain their horse-speed running. In my opinion that would be a bigger problem then increased weight and strength. First thing first, I wouldn't discount the cavalry charge so readily. A mounted knight with horse and armor would weight 1200-1500 pounds at the very least, twice as much as a heaviest Orthak. Given a long ...


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Could you have a ship equipped with fusion reactors and all the rest actually function with just clever engineering, human oversight, and clockwork computers? What issues would arise? A fission rocket on a civilian mission on a well defined trajectory with lots of time to check for problems and correct them might do ok. Anything more complex than that ...


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If dwarves have a steam engine, then it's not a big leap from there to a powerful defensive weapon: Filling any chosen tunnel segment in their domain with scalding superheated steam. In order to use this weapon, the dwarves do require insulated doors that will hold against attack for the few minutes required to roast their foes. Then they will require ...


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