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An alternate Earth has two species coexisting in it: Humans and Khnosh (/x'ʔɒʃ/) since the Stone Age. Adult Khnosh have the intelligence of the average 8 year old human but the strength of a human adult. Humans and Khnosh cannot interbreed with each other. Khnosh have the body shape of humans, but have blue skin and orange eyes that make them visually distinct from each other. The ratio of Humans to Khnosh is 4:1.

Khnosh are capable of performing simple, repetitive tasks such as screwing caps on bottles, assembling furniture, cooking food in restaurants, lifting and organizing boxes, and farming (without the use of complicated machines). They can live on their own and perform most tasks needed for independent living (making beds, cooking, brushing teeth, etc.) but most Khnosh cannot perform certain functions in life (ex. paying taxes).

Humans first encountered Khnosh in Anatolia (Western Turkey) when both species were living as hunter-gatherers. From Anatolia, they soon spread throughout Europe, followed by the Eastern Hemisphere, and were introduced into the Americas by European colonists. This means that Native Americans did not have Khnosh in the pre-Columbian era.

So what would a society where humans coexist with a second species with the intelligence of an 8 year old look like?

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  • $\begingroup$ 1 question per post, narrow enough to not require a book to be answered. please $\endgroup$ – L.Dutch - Reinstate Monica Feb 15 '20 at 6:02
  • $\begingroup$ I revised my question. Is it good to go now? $\endgroup$ – Galactic Feb 15 '20 at 6:17
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    $\begingroup$ It's still quite broad, but I'm voting to reopen. $\endgroup$ – Hyfnae Feb 15 '20 at 10:41
  • $\begingroup$ @L.Dutch-ReinstateMonica, is this question focused enough to be reopened? $\endgroup$ – Galactic Feb 15 '20 at 21:54
  • $\begingroup$ I still count 3 questions, and some of them opinion based. $\endgroup$ – L.Dutch - Reinstate Monica Feb 16 '20 at 4:21
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So what would a society where humans coexist with a second species with the intelligence of an 8 year old look like?

Look back into slavery.

Every culture that said "this race is mentally unable to do X." Well, now it's true. Only need to replace maids, butlers, farmhands, drivers with you homemade race.

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    $\begingroup$ Slavery, all the way $\endgroup$ – maxisalamone Feb 18 '20 at 19:42
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    $\begingroup$ @Gustavo, would enslaving Khnosh be any different than enslaving human beings with an average IQ of 100? $\endgroup$ – Galactic Feb 19 '20 at 5:48
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    $\begingroup$ @galactic_analyzer slavery needs not a reason, barely an excuse. The people in the story could point fingers because they look different, even if they were bona fide DaVinci. $\endgroup$ – Gustavo Feb 20 '20 at 1:04

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