I’m looking for methods and/or software to list and cross-check the "rules" of a universe.
Ideally, I’d like to be able to save each rule in a document or cell and to associate it with its consequences, limitations and general impact on the universe.
Then I’d like to generate a list of every possible pairs of rules I'll then use to analyse their possible effects, conflicts (and solutions or workarounds) and impact on my story as well.
Allowing version control and frequent modifications of the list would be a huge plus.
I have half a dozen lists, focussing on different topics (magic, law, religion, government, robot behavior, etc...), each of them containing at least ten rules.
For now, I'm using a bunch of text (and one csv) files and things are starting to get difficult to maintain.
I'm looking for process or tools to make the whole thing easier, and prefererably that allows big number of rules to be analysed and cross-checked.
Also, I don't care if a proposed solution is completely different from my current one, as long as it gives the same results and is easy to use.
An example of what I’d like to do:
1. Write down all the rules and generate a list of their combinations :
Rule a = "..."
Rule b = "..."
Rule c = "..."
Rules a + b = "..."
Rules a + c = "..."
Rules b + c = "..."
2. Check every rules and every combination, and take note of any additional research work or changes I need to do
Rule a: There are no trees on the planet
a => TODO: List every common uses of wood and find alternative materials for each of them.
(Same for the rest of the rules)
Rule b: All manual labour is now performed by sentient robots
Rule c: Sentient robot are disgusted by the process of eating
b + c => Conflict, as robots won’t be able to cook or serve food
Solution: Drop one of these two rules.
Rule d: Tigers can fly
Rule e: Old people are allergic to silver
d + e => No impact
Rule f: Every spell necessitate a human sacrifice
Rule g: People travel through teleportation
f + g => Problem, if for each teleportation someone dies, there won’t be anyone left after a couple of years
Workaround: Teleportation is done using magic rings, which need only one human sacrifice to be enchanted and can be used for years without additional sacrifices.
EDIT: I've edited my question, please tell me if I can improve it.