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I have a fictional race which lives on a small island. The environment on that island is of no use to any of the races on the mainland but is the perfect environment for them. They are a human/spider hybrid kind of thing and have the ability to produce silk, which is prized by the mainland races. They do not have much technological advancement but that is not because they are stupid, they just don't have the resources. They would not stand a chance against an attack from a mainland race although it would be hard to capture/kill all of them. They cannot eat anything except the mosses which grow on their land and the animals eating the moss.

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to worldbuilding, please take a good read at our help center to understand the kind of question we expect here. You are asking many questions, all of which boil down to "it's your world, it's up to you". Please give us a worldbuilding problem $\endgroup$
    – L.Dutch
    Oct 30, 2021 at 10:15
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    $\begingroup$ Many wars were fought for the possession of Malta, although the wretched island does not have any resources to speak of, much less any kind of valuable resources. Guess what, an island might have value even if it is of no use as agricultural land and has no valuable minerals. For example, the island might be desirable as a strategic point to control traffic, or as a resupply base. $\endgroup$
    – AlexP
    Oct 30, 2021 at 10:38
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    $\begingroup$ Hi @rainbowcat welcome..WB is very keen on rules and quality, your question "Will this race be attacked" is too broad and it would yield too many opinion-based answers. In order to prevent closure of your first topic here, I changed your opening to be a little more specific. I took one of your questions as the main topic. Can't promise this will prevent closure.. if you don't like my changes, you can put your text back, of course.. $\endgroup$
    – Goodies
    Oct 30, 2021 at 13:16
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, I think that works as an edit. @Goodies $\endgroup$ Oct 30, 2021 at 13:38
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    $\begingroup$ @ARogueAnt. too bad it invalidated the only existing answer $\endgroup$
    – L.Dutch
    Oct 30, 2021 at 13:48

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You can make it whatever helps your story.

  1. The spiderfolk are wiped out.

  2. The spiderfolk are exploited by commercial powers wanting silk.

  3. The spiderfolk are made a protectorate by a powerful country, protecting them from less powerful / reasonable interests, and allowing the spiderfolk (and interests in the powerful country) to profit from their silk.

  4. Spiderfolk island is made off limits by a powerful country in the manner of the Andamanese and allowed to do their spiderfolk things without outside interference.


Ho hum. I find it more interesting if

  1. Spiderfolk moss turns out to grow like wildfire in the outside world, becoming an invasive species nearly everywhere. Spiderfolk leave the island and thrive.

  2. Spiderfolk carry spiderfolk syphilis which decimates the persons of the outside world.

  3. The reasonable philosophy of the spiderfolk turns out to be very popular among persons in the outside world. The silk is nice, but the spiderfolk religion is really what people want. Spiderfolk persons are in great demand to head up temples everywhere. Spiderfolk island is the site of pilgrimages and becomes wealthy as a center of religious teachings.

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    $\begingroup$ You know, "you can make it whatever helps your story" kinda admits that the question violates the help center (The goal of the site is to help you build your world, not to tell your story.) On the other hand, I'm delighted that you included stuff about how to better develop the creatures, which would be beneficial for the OP. $\endgroup$ Nov 1, 2021 at 19:46
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Everybody gets attacked

A defeated army retreats to an island they can fortify against their pursuers. Refugees desperate for farmland pile into boats and head to sea. Pirates scout for a base of operations. Conniving merchants arrange for a land office to issue them a deed, then they look for any possible way to make their holding pay off.

Your scenario may be reminiscent of Congo Free State, and you might be interested in working in some elements of that tragedy - the international scientific organization, the nationalist call for colonization, the utopian capitalist model of a state ruled by a corporation. It is not much of a stretch from rubber to silk, really.

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