That is an excellent way to win an argument. Just label someone "insane", and boom you win.
Meh, it's a reactionary response to ignorance on my part, sorry.
Ok i'll indulge your nerdish tendencies with a debate.
I'll also make a fair few assumptions based off your science fiction universe.
Granted, NUKES ARE BAD, I agree with you.
Maybe if you'd added like a million exclamation marks after that statement it would be more appropriate, nukes aren't just bad, nukes are the most destructive insidious weapon created by mankind to date.
However, I would imagine that because a high yield nuke disperses it's radiation in every direction, unless you score a direct hit or the detonation is VERY close in astronomical terms, probably 200-300 kilometers.
I agree, and your estimate of proximity is much more sensible but still relies on a number of factors.
What exactly is the yield of the weapon?
If i may answer this, In the last 50 years we have increased the yields of our primitive nuclear weaponry by huge leaps, The problem faced with nuclear weapons is efficiency, the bomb dropped on Hiroshima during WW2 contained 64 kg of uranium only 0.7 kg underwent nuclear fission, and of this mass only 0.6 g became energy.
So it's a ridiculously inefficient process, one i'd assume in the B5 universe would be much more advanced than our own and nuclear weapon yields would be astronomically more devastating with substantially smaller weapons.
Who knows, maybe someone with a bomb disguised as a water canteen could wipeout half a fleet.
Also, as Muja has pointed out, outside of a few hundred kilometers, most ships would probably be well projected against such radiation.
Well no he didn't point that out, you shouldn't cover for his stupidity.
And why exactly is it so hard to get a warhead that close to a ship anyway?
I'm sure you've seen numerous engagements where 'fighter class' ships get within Muja's ridiculous 1 kilometer radius of capital class ships, there even might be a few episodes where B5 is struck by crashing ships, it wouldn't surprise me in a Science fiction universe, and you're going to try and tell me that one of those ships isn't capable of carrying a nuke?
Today you can get weapons that fit into briefcases.
I assume that the B5 universe has energy shield tehnology?
How about you design a shielded miniature torpedo, heck put multiple shield generators (as many as you like really) onto a torpedo carrying an atomic weapon.
Once the weapon gets close enough it detonates, the EMP alone would cook every circuit in the target, life support no longer works, not even the escape pods would work and everybody inside either surrenders or suffocates.
There i just won the B5 universe for you.
Additionally, the lasers in the show are high focus lasers designed to carve through the armored hulls of the ships. Yes, I do realize that lasers are Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation.
You didn't seem to when you brought the point up.
Besides, if it was that simple to just blow the up the other vessels with nukes, than everyone would probably have a ton of anti-nuke interceptors or missiles. That or everyone would use nukes exclusively and fleets would consist of hordes of missile frigates, not destroyers armed with High Yield Laser batteries.
Ahh now we get to the crux of the problem, B5 is a television show for nerds who generally know absolutely nothing about military tactics OR weaponry for that matter, B5 is about the story right?, not nukes.
However, until one of us actually builds several starships of B5 calibre and blows them up in space under varying conditions, this is a pointless argument.
You're absolutely right with this one, B5 ships don't exist and can therefore only be theorized on.
Atomic weaponry of multiple designs actually does exist and actually has been used or extensively tested and we have rock solid information on what they're capable of.