War...what is it good for? Well, in terms of real life, absolutely nothing. Unfortunately, the song got it wrong; sometimes war is the only option left. It is to be avoided at all costs certainly, and rarely works out as well as hoped once started, but it does inevitably happen. Star Wars is itself based on war; without the Rebellion, there'd be no Luke. Without the Clone Wars, there'd be no Anakin. Without the New Sith Wars, there'd be no Palpatine, and so we go on down the line to the earliest interstellar despots and galactic empires. Without war, we'd have no saga, no expanded universe, no fan fiction. Most of us here, it seems, prefer to write about love instead of war, and that's perfectly fine. But love often happens during wartime, as with Han and Leia. And for that reason, among others, I think war should be done justice in our fan fiction. This thread is for those who want to know a little more about interstellar conflict, where one can ask questions, share information, make suggestions or offer advice and experiences. Everyone is welcome and invited. For example, this website was created and maintained by a former United States Marine Corps NCO who served as a squad leader and is a veteran of Desert Shield/Desert Storm. It provides insight as well as a wealth of information in the form of recommended books, links to other sites, and essays by the creator on what military life and tactics is like in the real world. So, here we go. Have fun, and remember to keep it cool. War is violent, but this thread need not be.