View Poll Results: The #1 war determining factor is:

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  • Understanding the culture and the people of the enemy

    52 57.14%
  • Wealth to fund the war

    12 13.19%
  • Military strategy

    14 15.38%
  • Other

    13 14.29%
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Thread: Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

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    Re: Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

    Military strategy... is the main factor. And what you are willing to lose... or rather not willing to lose.

    And what you consider a "win". It is all on your terms, you can make it very hard for yourself to win or make it easier by your own policies, but the deciding factor is strategy.
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    Re: Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

    Quote Originally Posted by Declan View Post
    I don't get how you reach that conclusion. The north lost 10% more troops and the war ended at the same time.
    The Federals did far more damage to the South than the other way around.
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    Re: Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

    Given history, there exists no single greatest factor. In some wars, some factors more than others. In the end, it depends on the war itself, the nations/factions/groups conducting the war, etc... So in a sense, the factors that influence a war are determined by factors themselves.
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    Re: Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

    Military strategy, training, and preparedness.

    Second on the list is how well equipped the military is.

    Understanding the culture of the enemy is more in the realm of "winning the peace," which is equally if not more important in the long run. But if we're just talking about winning a war, per se, then the list above stands.

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    Re: Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    "Inflicting more damage, in less time than the enemy"
    i think guerrilla wars prove that wrong.


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    Re: Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    i think guerrilla wars prove that wrong.
    Actually, they don't, but I don't expect you to know why, so I won't get into it.
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    Re: Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

    I'm having a tough time answering the question, simply because "winning the war" is a bit too vague.
    how we define "wining" is is ultimately how we would determine what factors lead to it.

    victory conditions of each war are simply not the same.

    is "winning" comprised of simply destroying the warfighting capabilities of a nation?... it is inflicting enough damage to overthrow a governing authority and replace it with an allied authority?... is it a war of reprisal, in which we simply dole out massive amounts of damage with no specific strategies involve the aftermath?

    so , as i see it... if we are talking about WW2...wealth was the primary factor, or least the productivity that wealth can bring in building a warfighting machine.
    in wars such as Vietnam, I think understanding people and culture are more of a factor.

    I think the more we focus on tactical considerations, the more wealth becomes a factor, but the more we focus on strategic considerations, the more understanding becomes a factor.

    overall, concerning a generic war, with generic victory conditions.. I would say wealth... but i'm uncomfortable with generics, so i'll have to waffle a bit on this one.

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    Re: Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    Actually, they don't, but I don't expect you to know why, so I won't get into it.
    One country. Nicaragua. But hey, you "wont get into it".


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    Re: Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    i think guerrilla wars prove that wrong.
    no, they certainly don't prove that wrong, they nearly all prove it right.

    be careful of limiting your understanding of what "damage" is.

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    Re: Single most important factor in determining the outcome of a war.

    Quote Originally Posted by Thrilla View Post
    no, they certainly don't prove that wrong, they nearly all prove it right.

    be careful of limiting your understanding of what "damage" is.
    Ok. What about that "damage"? Damage to the ruling state? Damage to their economy?


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