This might sound like a stupid question and maybe something everyone should know but i have not a clue.
I am stuck on a scene in my current WIP (Dystopian/sci-fi) where soldiers (France, Britain and America are allies) are at war with another nation. I know how in the olden days, people would just go to the battlefield and fight to the death or what-not but i was wondering, is that still how it is in present day?
Would they just barge into the country unannounced? How would they get there? Who would be involved? Would the everyday citizens be affected as well? Will buildings, schools e.t.c be shut down? Where would the fighting take place? Are there any non-fighting things that happen(e.g paperwork, lol)? What would be the outcome?
There are about a million questions that i have on my mind. I would appreciate any help at all i can get on this.
Also, and i suppose this is an opinion-based question, is it necessary for me to state which countries are at war or is there a way to generalize this?
This is quite a specific topic and i would appreciate any feedback i can get. If anyone has any experience (no matter how remote) with the military (specifically the army) i would appreciate any tips or advice.
Thanks in advance =D