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Sci-Fi Military Proposal Part 1: Doctrine

Posted by Picard578 on December 2, 2017

Note: in keeping with Tolkien’s influences for Numenor and Gondor, I based most characteristics predominantly on those of 18th-19th century British as well as medieval Byzantine empires, but adjusting it for modern technology. For the latter I used two books about Byzantine Empire, particularly the book of Edward Luttak. I suggest everyone to read those books unless they already haven’t – Byzantine military art and grand strategy are in many aspects superior to most if not all modern countries, and if it weren’t for the Fourth Crusade, it is impossible to say for how long it would have survived – far longer than it historically did is for certain. It did indeed earn its nickname of “The Empire that would not die”, and between Roman Kingdom, Republic, and two eras of the Empire (the Roman and Byzantine era), it lasted for 2.200 years despite several massive disasters. Interesting fact I had noticed is that, while Republic and Principate-era Roman Empire used unit basis of 6 to 10 (10 men in decuria, 100 men in centuria, 600 in cohort, 6.000 in legion, later to be changed to 8, 80, 480 and 4.800), Byzantine-era military apparently shifted to a base-3 organizational system. I believe the reason for this to be the shift from attrition „meat grinder“ tactics of the Republic and Principate to maneuver tactics of the Byzantium. In fact, it seems that Dominate army might have started the shift to maneuver organization, reducing number of cohorts in a legion – and even if that was not actually the case administratively, fact remains that portions of legions (vexilliones) were often used in place of whole legions, thus de facto achieving the same effect. Late Roman legion of Dominate period thus often had 1.000 to 3.000 men.

So questions I want to ask is:
1) how effective would the approaches outlined be for an actual sci-fi empire (say, in Homeworld 2 or Mass Effect universe)?
2) how effective would they be for a modern First World country (disregarding obvious sci-fi elements)?
3) how would outlined military perform in conventional warfare, and how in insurgent warfare?

Keep in mind, despite the influences this is still intended to be sci-fi interstellar military, and not an actual medieval military.

The books mentioned in the first paragraph are Edward Luttwak – The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire and John Haldon – Essential Histories – Byzantium at War Read the rest of this entry »

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Psychopathy in politics, finance and military

Posted by Picard578 on June 20, 2017

This is also relevant for the military – military is the extension of society, and war in general brings out the best and the worst in the people. In the peacetime, psychopathy of rulers explains the seemingly contradictory procurement process – buying inferior weapons (e.g. F-35 instead of F-22); retiring useful weapons (e.g. A-10); and spending money on useless trinkets while ignoring needs of troops in the combat zone and veterans alike. The only possible solution to this problem is the direct democracy. Such a system however would not work in the military, because military requires quick decision making, which in turn requires a clear hierarchy and chain of command. This is why an overly powerful military always was a threat to democracy – a military which gains political power rewards psychopathy.

Psychopaths like power, and they want to keep it for themselves. This is why politicians promote supranational integrations such as NATO, European union and so on – they are antidemocratic, and therefore appeal to psychopaths who like to keep all the power for themselves. NATO still exists despite its purpose having been ended, because it serves the purpose of destroying the society. Same goes for European union.

War today is business. Military cannot operate without supplies, and flow of supplies heightens especially during the war. It is business corporations which provide those supplies, and they want to maximize profits. This is why efficient weapons and efficient politics are not pursued today. Greater the logistical footprint of the weapon, greater the profits – and complex weapons such as F-35 require extensive logistics support, because they cannot be fixed at the front line. They are also typically more expensive, meaning that greater percentage of profits goes to capitalists. NATO itself is business, because member states have to standardize their equipment, which for most means buying from the United States. And expanding NATO means greater profits for arms dealers. In fact, it is precisely the psychopaths such as George Soros that support supranational integrations.

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Songs about veterans

Posted by Picard578 on April 26, 2017

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