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Ortillery refers to a weapons system striking from orbit, typically nuclear missiles or a kinetic system ala the THOR system described in real life by Jerry Pournelle. Dropping large objects from orbit can produce similar impact energy yields as small nuclear devices and are more difficult to intercept. Some ft nations may also employ orbital-based particle weapons like the Ion Cannon in Command and Conquer, the Zeus Cannon in Final Fantasy, and Sol in AKIRA.

For this reason, ortillery has often come to be considered bad form, although generally considered more appropriate than using nuclear devices.