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Recently, I saw this image, and later, this image, which inspired me to think about the culture of merpeople. I've got quite a lot worked out, but I'd appreciate hearing other's ideas. In particular, I'm looking about laws and government, and how they might vary from our own.

Some crucial aspects about the merfolk are

  • Human-level of intelligence

  • Near the human level of technology (exception is medicine)

  • Magic is rare but not nonexistent. The types of magic are controlling air, controlling heat, and healing.

  • Interactions with humans only happen once every couple of months and are mainly trading. The relationships from one species government to another are not hostile nor exactly friendly. The people are very interested in the other species.

  • The merfolk have a society that is very focused on equality.

  • Their eyes, nose, teeth, and hair are all designed for an underwater environment. Their hair isn't even hair, it just appears like it, and is used for mothers to carry their young. It can move independently.

  • The subspecies of merpeople are (along with the generic merfolk)

     Tropical
         Reef
         Island
     Coastal
         Coldwater coastal (mainly European)
         Warmwater coastal (only live in water that is warm year-round)
         Estuarian
     Freshwater
         River
         Lake
         Waterfalls
         Swamp
     Kelp Forest
    
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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to worldbuilding. Please take the tour and read through the help center. We cannot answer questions which require writing a book to be answered. $\endgroup$
    – L.Dutch
    Jul 20 '20 at 18:41
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    $\begingroup$ Whilst your edit is splendid, it doesn't help clarify what you need. As the help centre says, questions:: "Must be specific and answerable: What problem are you trying to solve?". Fishing for ideas sort of open-ended questions don't really work in our format. By all means though, write into the question your specific area of concern, then we can probably help. Welcome to WB.se $\endgroup$ Jul 20 '20 at 20:39
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    $\begingroup$ Basically what the others are saying is: break this down into about fifty manageable queries! Given that you're so inspired to work on your own Merfolk, I think you'll do well here --- looks like you've got a lot of material to work with as foundations for your questions! $\endgroup$
    – elemtilas
    Jul 20 '20 at 22:49
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    $\begingroup$ Seriously, you've asked about over 40 areas of the society. Just focus on one at a time, you can then ask questions in separate threads linked to the first question with full details in. Each new question can include tweaks and adjustments from what you've decided after reading answers to your previous questions. See for example: 1, 2 Cont. $\endgroup$ Jul 21 '20 at 0:22
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    $\begingroup$ Cont. 3, 4, 5 (and there's more if you search). They're not linked, but there is a clear thread. I recommend you pick a starting point to ask about. $\endgroup$ Jul 21 '20 at 0:24