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Why did Stannis emerge victorious against Wildling host?

Not really a plot-hole. You are forgetting the strategic, grooming and material advantages that Stannis and his Knights enjoyed as compared to ill-equipped, ill-disciplined rabble brought together by ...
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Why did Humperdinck want to start a war?

In the book, Humperdinck, along with the King, Queen and the Count were discussing how he needed to pick a bride. They agreed upon Princess Noreena of Guilder, as it would be a politically expedient ...
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Where do the regions of Westeros appear to align as of the season 6 finale?

The following is the political alignment of the regions in current timeline:                                                                        The North Currently held by Starks who are opposed ...
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Uninvolved, non-combatant world devastated by out-of-continuum bombs; seeks end to conflict

This immediately makes me think of Ian Watson's "Slow Birds" (1983), which I remember matching quite well. The blurb on Goodreads says: They were called slow birds because they flew through ...
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Why did Robb attack Tywin Lannister's Army at the same time as his surprise attack on Jaime?

System Down has sufficiently answered this question. This is merely to add graphical representation to add more clarity to the situation. Situation before the crossing Before Robb made his ...
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'The Needler' human alien war against the Soetti (sweaty)

The Soetti are the alien antagonists in Keith Laumer's Retief story "Courier" (available to read free on the publisher's website). The humans call them "sweaties" and there are ...
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How was the Vale of Arryn conquered during the Targaryen invasion of Westeros?

To complement Justin's concise answer as it is lacking in details, no the Valemen did not immediately give up fighting. They had in fact inflicted one of the first major setbacks on the Targaryen ...
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How can Mars compete with Earth economically or militarily?

Military Mars has fewer ships than earth but their technology is more advanced compared to Earth's ships. So, it's really like a quality vs. quantity thing. Same with the infantry. Mars is aware that ...
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Why did Catelyn side with Renly in the War of Five Kings?

They knew Renly's host would a be threat to Lannister power in the Riverlands and possibly Casterly Rock. In A Clash of Kings while Robb is in Riverrun they learn that Ser Stafford Lannister is gather ...
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Why do Hoster and Edmure Tully not rally their forces?

Sworn swords of the Rock First of all, the raiders from Westerlands were Clegane troops who did not need any persuasion from Tywin about looting. They were sworn to Casterly Rock as regular levies/...
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Can't remember short story, post-apocalyptic retaliation

This is probably "Thunder and Roses" by Theodore Sturgeon. From this Reader's Guide to the story: Pete Mawser and Sonny are survivors of one-half of a nuclear war, stuck on a military base,...
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Humans winning an interstellar war against hive-minded aliens due to human nature

"'In a Good Cause—'", a 1951 novelette by Isaac Asimov, also the answer to this question. Under the title "Ideals Die Hard" it was reprinted in Authentic Science Fiction No. 78, ...
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Why would Craftworld Eldar fight Craftworld Eldar?

The Eldar are a dying race and they seek survival more than anything. It makes sense that they will avoid fighting their peers of other Craftworlds by any means. In particular, they will not hesitate ...
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Short story about humans losing a space war due to having SUPERIOR technology

This is, of course, Arthur C. Clarke's 1951 classic "Superiority". The story is written by the surviving general of the defending forces as a letter to his captors, explaining why he cannot ...
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Looking for an SF story where Lebanon was the UN's petri dish for war

This is the 1989 story War Fever by J. G. Ballard. In the future the world is at peace, but the UN uses Beirut as a 'Petri dish' allowing war to flourish there and be studied, as the UN allowed ...
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How can Mars compete with Earth economically or militarily?

The Expanse Wiki (not an ideal source I know) makes the development of the Epstien Drive look like the key turning point. Eventually, in the 23nd century, the colonial government that administered ...
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How can Mars compete with Earth economically or militarily?

Let's split this question a bit: How Mars can compete Military with Earth: There is this fragment in the short story Drive that tells the story of Samuel Epstein, who tells about the current situation ...
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Why was the Separatist army so weak?

It wasn't really. The Confederacy of Independent Systems/Sepratists were know to have won the Battles of Abregado the Ryndellia system Felucia Devaron Patitite Pattuna Dathomir Florrum They ...
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All the Small Wars at Once

That's George Alec Effinger's short story "All the Last Wars at Once", originally published in the 1971 original-stories anthology Universe 1 edited by Terry Carr. It was also the (...
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How can Mars compete with Earth economically or militarily?

In the books Earth is much less united and focused than Mars and suffers from a lot of unemployment, inequality and environmental damage. Mars on the other hand has the “benefit” of being united under ...
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Why did Robert and Rhaegar fight at the Trident instead of down south in the Stormlands?

That's because Robert's allies were up north and he did not want to get surrounded by Armies of Crownlands, Highgarden and Dorne. Geography of Westeros In Westeros there are nine administrative units ...
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Why did Stannis emerge victorious against Wildling host?

Heavy Cavalry against undisciplined (non-trained) infantry will win every time. Can't remember exactly how many soldiers Stannis had with him but even with only 100 mounted knights he could have ...
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Why did only a portion of Mance Rayder's army attack The Wall?

The King beyond the wall had a large number of followers, but they were wildlings, not soldiers. Sending a horde of badly armed unarmoured "civilian" wildlings at a well defended gate would have ...
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Looking for a post nuclear war fiction book about a ship sent on a mission to continue the war

Possibly The Last Ship by William Brinkley? The unimaginable has happened. The world has been plunged into all-out nuclear war. Sailing near the Arctic Circle, the U.S.S. Nathan James is relatively ...
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Elite troops and Single Combat in Westeros

Kingsguard are not a battle unit Kingsguard are elite bodyguards, not elite shock troops. They do not fight in formation i.e. 7 armored knights whacking anything that comes their way. They are used ...
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Where do the regions of Westeros appear to align as of the season 6 finale?

At the end of Season 6, there are 4 kings/queens that the regions of Westeros are rallying behind. The King in the North - Jon Snow The North (as seen when Lyanna Mormont, et. al. declared Jon the ...
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Are there examples of the Empire fighting itself?

The new canon book Star Wars Aftermath: Life Debt shows that there are factions within the remnants of the Empire and that there are occasions when one faction will attempt to eliminate another or ...
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How can Mars compete with Earth economically or militarily?

There are plenty of examples from real world history of a economically weaker nation competing with a larger one on equal terms. Specifically, just look at the Cold War. The USSR, throughout the Cold ...
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Why did Catelyn side with Renly in the War of Five Kings?

Skooba has added a good answer but there is one thing that he has not mentioned from the book's perspective. Since you have added the books tag, I suppose I should mention it. Why choose Renly? In ...
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Are there examples of the Empire fighting itself?

TL;DR: Yes, after the death of the Emperor. From the Disney canon novel Star Wars: Lost Stars: “The Rebellion is sending out mass communications claiming to be the new power in the galaxy. The ...
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