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No need for an army if you got a navy?

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No need for an army if you got a navy?

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Bronze_Elemental
01.30.2012 , 09:23 AM | #1
Why do they even need an army of clones/droids/soldiers if you could just bombard the entire planet surface to dust by controlling the space around it?

Sure, have some marines on board your capital ships to prevent/initiate boarding actions but other than that, why bother going down to the planets surface?

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sithspaceraptor
01.30.2012 , 09:24 AM | #2
Uh, because the point of most wars isn't to just obliterate everything on a planet, but actually to conquer it? Come on.

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Wolfninjajedi
01.30.2012 , 09:26 AM | #3
Quote: Originally Posted by sithspaceraptor View Post
Uh, because the point of most wars isn't to just obliterate everything on a planet, but actually to conquer it? Come on.
This....besides the enemy could also hold vital information that is needed, or they have a shield generator that protects from bombardment...or they be in a bunker.
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Bronze_Elemental
01.30.2012 , 09:27 AM | #4
By default don't you conquer a planet by blockading it long enough?

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Amaste
01.30.2012 , 11:03 AM | #5
Quote: Originally Posted by Bronze_Elemental View Post
By default don't you conquer a planet by blockading it long enough?
And if the planet is self sufficient? <_< Sure you can burn the planet to the ground, but a scorched earth policy on a galactic scale would, over time, dick you on morale, new recruits and most importantly (from the sounds of the strategy) supplies for keeping your fleet in working condition (Food, repairs, medicine etc.).
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WolfOfOdin
01.30.2012 , 01:58 PM | #6
Quote: Originally Posted by Bronze_Elemental View Post
By default don't you conquer a planet by blockading it long enough?
That and ruling a galaxy of smoking husks wouldn't be that impressive.

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wrong_turn
01.30.2012 , 02:54 PM | #7
Quote: Originally Posted by Bronze_Elemental View Post
By default don't you conquer a planet by blockading it long enough?
1. That might work for a planet like Coruscant which has no natural resources left and isn't self sufficient. But a planet is HUGE. Blockading a single planet would requires massive amounts of resources effectively ending your ability to wage war anywhere else. A blockade is a serious resource drain.

2. Most planets are going to be self sufficent because they are planets with self contained ecosystems that can produce their own food, water, and raw materials. Its possible they might not be living live to as high a standard, but most planets could probably hold out indefinitely.

3. How long do you think it takes to starve out an entire planet? More than likely, by the time a blockade would work, it wouldn't have any strategic value.

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Uh, because the point of most wars isn't to just obliterate everything on a planet, but actually to conquer it? Come on.
Also this, bombarding a planet into submission is hardly fool proof unless you kill everyone on it. That's generally not the point of conquest. Historically, trying to force a surrender in this manner backfires and the defenders just dig in deeper.

But lets go with our logic for just a second and assume that an orbital bombardment would work. And the planet has now been pacified. How do you think you would verify that with you navy floating in orbit and no troops on the ground to take control of your newly conquered territory?
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Rohanshot
01.30.2012 , 03:48 PM | #8
Why do real life countries like the US send in the Army rather than carpet bombing, napalm, or even calling in a nuclear strike?

Same concept really.
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JDTC
01.30.2012 , 04:14 PM | #9
u would look pretty bad in the galactic press if u destroyed every single planet that had an objective on it
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Kaskava
01.30.2012 , 04:18 PM | #10
Quote: Originally Posted by Rohanshot View Post
carpet bombing, napalm, or even calling in a nuclear strike?
You'd be amazed how many people want us to do that.

On topic; let's say you don't have an army, just a naval force. You go up against another political body with a navy, and a ground force. You try and launch an assault on one of their border worlds, which is guarded by their naval force, but also by a series of orbital defense cannons on the ground. All their navy has to do is hold you in place, while their cannons obliterate your forces, and there is nothing you can do about it.

And let's not even talk about planetary shields.
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