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- Ironically the author revealed that Armageddon had been rigged to give the demons the best plausible position -- had human air support not been available, humanity's response would have been nuclear-tipped surface-to-air missiles:
Without aircraft around, such weapons would have been free right from the start and nuclear initiations would have been commonplace. That means they'd have been used on the ground forces as well. Dis and every other major population centers would have been nuked as a matter of course. The story would simply be one of a nuclear onslaught and then humans mopping up the pieces.