I've been writing stories for my own amusement since I was four, but recently I've turned more to building my own internally consistent universes instead. I've been working on one of my scifi universes recently and I was just thinking - How assymetric is future warfare likely to be? I've invented a hyperdrive justification, but it would probably be horrendously expensive to build, equip and crew a warship that moved fast enough to be of any tactical use outside of system defence. Apart from a few major powers, the Earth Empire, the Kyriosan Cluster, the Grand Church for instance, which have the money to equip fleets. But what of smaller colonies? Would they rely on ground forces equipped with out-of-date weaponry? Would their battles be fought with guerrilla actions and insurgent tactics? Would they use "fireships" in dockyards, and long-range radio-controlled bombs? What does the forum think on the topic of the poor man's war in the future?