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I have been asking numerous questions about alien civilizations when it comes to lacking things like greed, money or violence. The reason I'm doing this is because I'm designing an alien species which is completely peaceful with its own race and its environment. So my question is, how could a civilization develop if it was peaceful from the beginning?

I know that many of you would say that "this is my world and I should do what I want" but I want my world to be at least a bit realistic, and I could really use some help from professionals. Now, I have thought of a few things that may have pushed my race of aliens to be peaceful:

• First of all, my species evolved and develop civilization on a small island in the middle of an ocean. So at the beginning, there was only one small tribe that lived happily on its island eating fruits, insects and fishes (sidenote* there weren't any large herbivores for them to hunt or domesticate). Because of that, there was barely ever conflict in the island, because it was just one nation. If there were other nations then... well, most likely there would have been conflict and thus war. Plus, there were no other tribes in the rest of the world because as I mentioned at first, they all started at a small island.

• Secondly, the females of this species were considered superior. I'm not an expert, but I feel like women have a less violent nature than males, so making them be superior seemed logical to me in order for there to be more peace. (Again, I'm not sure, don't judge)

• Third, nature was like a goddess to them, even as they kept advancing. This sort of religion kept them away from causing mass destructions to their environment. It's not like they didn't alter their planet's ecosystem, but they never hunted other animals for fun and never took to much of what their world provided them. In essence, they thought that they were part of the other lifeforms in the world and that they should use what the world provides them with consent.

•Four: destroying the ecosystem wasn't an option anyways. Even with their religion there were some who supposed that they should do more massive changes to their planet but in term they could be harmful to nature. But this wasn't always easy due to the planets biosphere. Example someone wants to clear out the forest in which they live to keep predators out, while this worked it brought a problem. Without the trees to cover them they were an easy target for large aerial predators. Another example is when it comes to resources, let's say that in this species future they need metal and other minerals in order to build things like rockets or skyscrapers etc. While the best way to take a large amount of these metals was to create large mines, which would probably destroy a few forested areas, there was another problem. You see, in this world, there were large worm-like creatures that were feeding upon minerals. Since the people, were digging more and more of them, the "worms" sensed all this food and came to feast upon it. Now, many of you would say that the best course of action would be for them to drive other creatures into extinction so that they can develop, and I agree. But because of this whole nature religion thing, the decided not to. Instead they found new and better solutions to their problems. Basically, they were trying to find methods of keeping their effect on the world low.

• Another thing to keep in mind is the way they started producing energy. You see, on their planet there are plants and trees that can produce a sort of electric sort and thus energy. So the people had a renewable and sophisticated energy source.

•Lastly, they had a knowledge-based economy system. What do I mean by that? Well, to put it simply, if you wanted to buy something you had to learn something new. This something could be either an information or a new skill. Now each person had its own personal file, where what he or she had learned was written down. Not only did that economic system, make people more eager to learn, it also made crime a thing of the past. I mean, how can you steel knowledge? You can't.

Those are my speculations on how my race turned out to be peaceful. Now I'm just asking if these would really work and if anything else needs editing.

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    $\begingroup$ One thing for sure is that they must never develop anything that looks like a blue Volkswagen beetle. $\endgroup$ – Renan Aug 28 '18 at 20:27
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    $\begingroup$ "I feel like women have a less violent nature than males". There's a 60:40 chance that a random adult male will be more violent than a random adult female. That still leaves a whole lot of violent females. $\endgroup$ – RonJohn Aug 28 '18 at 20:34
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    $\begingroup$ Lastly, on "a small island in the middle of an ocean, there's just no room to "(keep) advancing". $\endgroup$ – RonJohn Aug 28 '18 at 20:37
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    $\begingroup$ @Cadence according to ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK207258 a lot of human violence is nature. Look also at young boys: raise him as anti-violently as you want, but he'll still knock down his blocks and laugh. $\endgroup$ – RonJohn Aug 28 '18 at 20:43
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    $\begingroup$ @elemtilas, or being in a shop at the beginning of sales season... $\endgroup$ – L.Dutch - Reinstate Monica Aug 29 '18 at 3:30
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If the entirety of the species is a single colony, then nearly all of the aggressive behaviours that humans have simply wouldn't be present in them. Since a lack of infighting means less violent individuals are preffered, they have the most offspring, and the gentle traits propagate quickly in the populace. They may even develop an aversion to fighting, where conflict actively causes their body large amounts of stress or releases calming chemicals to make them stop.

Although large predators means they will have more incentive to live in small groups as opposed to a single large one. I suggest instead, make them breed less often in favor of smarter children, eliminate predators so that they can live freely, and then make the world rich in food, but only about enough to support the colony. Lack of pressures to evolve will prevent them from developing their resources until they are smart enough to actively question the world around them, with individuals who are dumb die in accidents from being stupid.

So there you have it, a non confrontational alien species that evolved to live within a fixed environment, diverted resources to being better at living instead of having more babies, and eventually became intelligent.

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They did not evolve from predators.

Make them vegetarian and value living in harmony with their environment.

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    $\begingroup$ "Make them vegetarian and value living in harmony with their environment." There's no reason why vegetarians can't employ slash-and-burn farming. $\endgroup$ – RonJohn Aug 28 '18 at 20:31
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    $\begingroup$ No reason herbivores can't fight within themselves or against predators. $\endgroup$ – Clay Deitas Aug 28 '18 at 22:09

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