After realizing how aliens and irradiation are not really suited for my world, I came up with a different idea for how Belgium could become a global power, one which I like more.
Basically, at birth, each person gets an ancestor to guide them. This manifests differently for everyone: some people get voices, some people get dreams, some people can see their ancestor, and there might even be other methods of ancestral guidance.
These ancestors would realistically be from the person's own family. Most people would only have 1 ancestor, but some might have more. The only culture that has ancestors initially is the group of tribes that were known as the Belgae in Roman times, although ancestral guidance is like a dominant gene: anyone who has an ancestor that was born in that area gets an ancestor. Once someone dies, the link with the ancestor is lost and that ancestor goes back to the spirit lands. The dead person also goes to the spirit lands.
The idea is that the ancestor serves as a second set of senses that is not confined to the restrictions that a human has:
- They have 360° vision and hearing on all axis, not limited to wherever their guided one is watching.
- An ancestor can see infrared and X-rays and ultraviolet, on top of visible light, and can hear ultrasound and infrasound. Some ancestors can even see gamma rays and VHF-light. To put it in numbers: The idea is that visible light is 400-700 nm. All ancestors can see between 1 nm and 1 mm. Some ancestors can see from 1 pm to 1 m.
- The sense of smell of an ancestor is far more sophisticated than that of a normal human. it's closer to that of a dog than that of a human.
- After training, an ancestor/guided one couple can even share touch and mental capabilities, allowing guided ones to use their ancestor's power to feel objects at a distance, and in effect unlock an additional brain.
Ancestors have limits. The most important of these is that they cannot affect any aspects of the world directly. They cannot move objects, they cannot be observed by anyone apart from their coupled guided one and they cannot sense beyond a certain distance. Ancestors can see each other.
What would be the consequences of such a perk? I'm specifically looking for the consequences on everyday activities (like working and house chores), violent acts (like war and crime) and the exercise of power (like governing and managing).