You're the leader of an alien species set out to destroy humanity . . .
Posted 17 January 2015 - 08:04 AM - 0919521
Posted 17 January 2015 - 03:51 PM - 0919523
Ok, my plan is a bit more insidious, then going in guns blazing and hopfully wouldn’t damage the planet too much in the process
Step1:Cloaked Mother ship arrives at earth
Step2: Make a Plague that only kills humans. The Plague would have long incubation period (6 months), during that time they would be highly infectious(like an airborne illness) but will have no symptoms until the incubation period was over then the humans would die within 72 hours
Step3: Bio engineer 5000 of my crew to look perfectly like humans. They will talk like humans and act like humans. Infect them with step 2 plague and send them to every major airport, and city and have them tour around infecting people. Keep doing these drops until you have hit most major cities and airports.
Step4: For more rural regions, physically abduction would be needed. Directlyinfect individuals using small cloak craft with the plague and return them back to their communities.
Step5: Wait for the plague to cause havoc and massive death.
Step6: With the 5000 human-like and 15000 crew squash any remaining resistant with advance weaponry(orbital bombardment, ground troop etc.) which should be all but destroy by the plague in step 2.
Step7: Enjoy victory
Posted 19 January 2015 - 09:58 AM - 0919524
I guess the 'no WMD' rule means no poisons, no chucking meteors at the earth, no super death rays.
I'd also assume that the tech gap isn't wide enough to allow my 200,000 troops to defeat the combined earth forces
There are, IMO, three main options open:
1) Inspired by (alright, stolen from) John Wyndham's 'The Kraken Wakes' - go deep into the oceans. Knock out any shipping (automated mines would work fine, alien tech beats earth tech). Alter the warm water currents to melt the polar ice caps. Wait. Mop up the survivors.
2) Hide yourselves, but forment trouble between the nations. It could be fake terrorist attacks, fake military clashes, assassinations, a combination of these plus whatever else works. When WW3 clears, you'll have a screwed-over world that will be easy to dominate.
3) If your ships have weaponry that can hit the earth from space (and all that requires is being able to drop lumps of matter into the atmosphere) then you can sit up top, invulnerable, and dictate terms. You can either do it the friendly way (no initial bombardment, trick the majority into welcoming you, then squish them) or the evil way (initial bombardment of military / gov sites, hijack comms, demand humans evacuate areas or be squished. Once they are concentrated... squish them. Mop up survivors.
Option 2 followed by Option 3 would be better than either one in isolation, IMO.
Oh, bonus option 4! - build a big old sun shield in space. Earth in shadow = dead Earth before too long.
Posted 20 January 2015 - 07:37 AM - 0919525
I'll just go ahead and let my aliens have long life. I'd just wait for humans to wipe themselves out. I'm lazy like that, but I'm sure it won't take long.
Alternatively, just give the ol' moon a shove towards its parent.
Posted 20 January 2015 - 03:17 PM - 0919526
Mass sterilization, either via the atmosphere or water supplies. Wait for humans to die out. There could potentially be small groups who develop immunity, but they'd be small enough that my army could wipe them out after everyone else has died and/or all organized resistance has collapsed (see: Children of Men).
I like all the ideas posted here that focus on denying resources and turning humans against eachother. I think that's the key if you can't wipe out everyone all at once. Otherwise, you open yourself up to organized resistance. No matter how effective your initial strike is, there lies the possibility that the remainder, if unified around a common cause, can find a way to take you out (see: Independence Day).
Posted 20 January 2015 - 04:40 PM - 0919527
Phase 1: Intelligence gathering
- Presumably I have the capability to conduct covert surveillance (akin to satellite surveillance) from space. This should pretty much be zero-risk. It's important that I have as much information as possible, including details maps to track human movement.
- Seed undercover operatives around the globe. To prevent my plans from being discovered early or my operatives turning against me, I must take precautions:
- Operatives don't need to know anything, at all, in order to carry out their function. No knowledge of my plans, technology, army, etc. That way, they can't leak information if captured or turned.
- Operatives don't need to be cooperative or relied on for anything. At a certain point, I will collect them and debrief. If they have decided to turn on me, that's fine, I just discard them. I will also check their info against the accounts of numerous other operatives for inconsistencies, in case they tried to give me false information.
Phase 2: Target preparation
This phase involves a multitude of preparatory actions meant to destabilize the globe. It's important that none of it is linked back to me, so all my actions must be interpreted as plausible natural occurrences, as the result of bad luck or human nature. Some examples:
- Civil order
- Working with terrorist and other extremist groups to incite violence.
- Destabilizing nation populations, especially those with strong central governments and/or high military spending. This can even be for "good" reasons, so humans don't catch on. e.g. the Arab Spring is arguably "good", but it also makes the nations involved vulnerable to external attack.
- Use spies to release sensitive government information to their populations, eroding trust in government.
- International tension
- Use of misinformation and the "fog of war" to create international incidents that damage peaceful relations. Hopefully this leads to war, especially between the superpowers. At the very least, it creates mistrust and breaks down cooperation and coordination so those powers have to start from scratch if they attempt to organize a planetary defense.
- Focus on international hotspots and "wildcard" players. North Korea is a perfect target. They would be easy to manipulate or even completely take over without anyone knowing, given how secretive and isolated they already are.
- There is another possible alternative to promoting war between nations, and that's securing peace. If nations stop fighting and organized terror is subdued, governments have less incentive to continue to spend on the military. If world peace is truly achieved, they'd be easy to conquer by an external power. Unfortunately, this runs counter to the destabilization plan outlined earlier, so you'd have to choose one.
- Government influence
- If agents could gain footholds within national governments, we could begin pushing our own agends, like:
- War among rivals.
- If no suitable rival nation to fight, encourage demilitarization instead.
- Isolationist policies.
- Discrimination against minorities, to encourage riots and uprisings.
- Food supplies
- There is ultimately one destabilizing factor that contributes more than any other, and that's food and water. Even populations living under a brutal dictatorship don't often take collective action until their basic needs are threatened. If there would be any way we could use our advanced technology to destroy crops, create droughts, or poison water supplies, it should be done.
- Depleting fresh water reserves could be easy, given how little we have. That should be a primary target.
- Invasive species of plants, insects, and animals could be introduced to key regions to destroy crops.
- Introduction of new diseases or re-introduction of diseases thought exterminated.
- Spread of misinformation regarding proper treatment of diseases.
- If possible, sterilizing the population.
- If foul play is suspected, place blame on governments.
- Introducing contaminants into the air could be possible given our level of technology, with numerous side effects:
- Reduction in air quality to create health issues and overwhelm medical infrastructure.
- Acceleration of global warming. Flooding caused by melting ice, if accelerated, could catch humans off-guard and cause massive amounts of property damage, tanking the world economy.
If I think they are catching on, I can always cut this phase short and move on.
Phase 3: Attack
After the world has be sufficiently destabilized, or we run out of time, a swift and devastating "shock and awe" campaign is the next step. If we don't have weapons of mass destruction and can't swiftly exterminate large population centers, we'll have to work more surgically.
- Attack military, government, and law enforcement locations to prevent organized resistance.
- Knock out any centralized power grids across the globe.
- Destroy all public services, e.g. hospitals, that may still be running.
- Destroy industry, e.g. factories, to prevent rebuilding.
Phase 4: Resistance
After the initial attack, there will likely be many survivors, since we don't have WMDs and our numbers are small. At this point, the focus shifts from aggressive pursuit to a more passive role in weeding out the rest of the human race.
- Completion of preparatory actions
- There may have been things we couldn't do in Phase 2 because we needed to stay under the radar. That's not an issue anymore, so anything that's still applicable should be taken to completion.
- Destroy, contaminate, or otherwise make unavailable natural resources such as food, water, and materials.
- Exterminate large population centers
- Any cities not yet abandoned should be destroyed.
- Lure survivors to gather together through rumors of safe havens or organized resistance, then exterminate.
- Hunt down most capable survivors
- Using details maps gathered previously, search possible hideouts, bunkers, etc. throughout the globe.
- Track human movement and attack resistance attempting to organize.
- Turn survivors against eachother
- Luke C had great ideas here so I'll just summarize them:
Find the worst humans left alive and empower them to wreak havoc. Provide limited weapons and supplies to groups of survivors, especially violent/insane/cannibal/etc ones.
Prevent society from rebuilding by publicly torturing and executing figures who try to create law and order or call for peace.
Organize our own sponsored societies and have them do our work for us (finding and killing survivors) in exchange for supplies.
Once these societies have run their course or are becoming too powerful, wipe them out.
Posted 14 April 2015 - 08:38 AM - 0919528
Use propaganda to turn humanity against healthy eating & exercise. Wait until we're too fat to breed.