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    Posted: 19-Aug-2004 at 04:30
What if gunpowder was never invented? How would modern warfare look like?
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  Quote Temujin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19-Aug-2004 at 07:41
I can think of huge crossbows mounted on planes...

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Very hard to say.  Without the resources obtained from the Earth with explosives, there might have been no industrial revolution at all, or just a smaller one.

Socially, the West wouldn't be as egalitarian, because gunpowder weapons helped destroy the idea of noble superiority when a lowly peasant was able to take a hand cannon and slay a noble knight.

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  Quote demon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19-Aug-2004 at 15:11
I guess the mongols conquered all of the World
Grrr..
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  Quote Tobodai Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19-Aug-2004 at 15:22

maybe people would have skipped over gunpowder and headed straight for nitroglycerin.

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  Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19-Aug-2004 at 15:49
These types of what-ifs are really tipsy.  I mean, you can't really say that gunpowder would never have been created- what's to say that it would not have been invented, say, 20 days or 20 years later than in RL?
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King Jeff, let me remind you that you are in the Historical Amusement section.
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  Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-Aug-2004 at 16:05

if the gunpowder... we never, ever had Die Hard movie, or something like this.

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That would be a truly sad world, no Die Hard trilogy is a horrific thing to imagine.


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  Quote Arkhanson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02-Sep-2004 at 09:19

MP 40's could be Machine Crossbow 40

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  Quote Dari Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04-Sep-2004 at 16:23

Ooh! And grenades would be like the Mayan/Aztec ones, filled with angry wasps!



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The guns would be like in Half Life.

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  Quote Shifty Russian Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15-Oct-2004 at 16:52
I would have invented it, and made the world and exciting place to be again  theres only so long throwing stones can be amusing* chucks granade out the window for fun......................................................... ........... BOOM!!!!!!!... LOL
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  Quote TMPikachu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 15-Oct-2004 at 19:52

Originally posted by demon

I guess the mongols conquered all of the World
The Mongols used bombs and smokescreens adopted from the Jin and Song.

 

Hmmm...

big crossbows.

I've been developing a fantasy world idea with no gunpowder. Lots of crossbow type weapons.

 

NO FIREWORKS!

and no firecrackers on new years...

that would be wierd...

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