Questions tagged [alternate-worlds]

For questions about worlds other than Earth that are significantly different. This could be a water, ice, barren or other planet. For questions about planets similar to Earth with specific differences use the *earth-like* tag.

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A World of Low-Tech Critters

So, I'm writing a fanfiction; I don't know if this is a shunned topic here, but I'm asking anyway. In this fanfiction, a human finds himself in the Redwall universe, equipped only with a duffel bag ...
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Can I just stack the Earth?

We live on this sphere of matter, and most people are content with that. However, it is really inefficient! A sphere is the shape with a minimal surface area compared to its volume, so assembling the ...
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Alien Papers — how would someone from another reality use *their* native documents to function in our reality?

Related to this question, which deals with the no-papers visitors. However, in my case, instead of a character with no paperwork whatsoever -- we're dealing with someone from an alternate reality who ...
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Is the human bias in fictional universes a best-practice or a lack of imagination?

In most sci-fi literature, the 'human bias' is very visible in every aspect of fictional universes. Here are some examples. Future technology is just a modified version of today's items. In 2001, a ...
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Would a world leaning towards technocracy be more “advanced”?

Back on the Earth, or in the West at least, we think of democracy as the ultimate political regime. Revolutions demand its establishment and some countries even add 'democratic' to their names (e.g.: ...
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What naming conventions could we use for a person based on time of origin?

So typically in a three - dimensional setting we tend to refer to people by their geographical point of origin (eg, Americans, Asians, even Jovians if we want to leave Earth). My question is, what ...
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Everyone has two right hands [closed]

What would differ in a world where everyone has two right hands (i.e. the orientation of left hands is reversed)? I'm most interested in how this would impact everyday life (social interactions, work ...
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An Earlier Pleistocene = Mass Extinction?

Five million years ago, the warm Miocene gradually descended into the cool Pliocene before dropping into the frigid Pleistocene. Such a change in temperature was so gradual that life went on without a ...
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The neverending winter

In a story I am working on the entire earth has fallen into winter that; exists in the same level and temperature all over earth and never ends. The top scientists around the world have been trying to ...
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Being the Warden to the Correctional Prison Planet called Slearth, What types of rules would you regulate? [closed]

What rules would you inforce to have total control of Slearth inmates? What privileges would you give the inmates of Slearth to keep them at ease? Would you just enforce medication to all Slearth ...
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How much United States military power depends on the West Coast and Pacific territories?

Let's say West Coast states, Hawaii, etc., are not a part of United States. Maybe California still belongs to Mexico and Hawaii is an independent kingdom. Doesn't really matter. My question is, how ...
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Dragon evolving from humanoid: Ice dragon

On an Earth-like planet, there were humanoids. They themselves evolved from reptiles. Now, this is happening in reverse. That is humanoids are turning into reptiles. But not your ordinary reptile. The ...
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What would humans look like if they had evolved to live in Russia [closed]

Let us assume that the ancestor of the first animal of the Homo genus (Homo Erectus) was transported to what would now be Moscow. They should be hairy enough to survive(unless they already have ...
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From where will Santa deliver after North Pole melts?

I know that Global Warming is controversial topic, so for scope of this question please accept below statements as facts. (And if you have hard time accepting them, just assume alternate Earth): By ...
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What If We Had More Iron?

Back home, 84% of Earth's core is iron, one of the most abundant elements in the cosmos. We have used it for many purposes in the 6,000 years of human history, from the heads of arrows and spears to ...
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One day, China suddenly stops all exports. What happens to the world economy?

I am more curious about the immediate effects on local and global socio-economics rather than the likelihood of the rest of the world declaring war on China or were the other countries would get their ...
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What would happen if everyone in the world desired equally to start a business?

Consider the following concept: Everyone in the world is naturally a hard worker. Everyone in the world is naturally of equal intelligence. Everyone in the world receives equal educational ...
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Flat world and water

If the Earth had no mountains or valleys (if the world were flat) would it be covered in water? So basically, is the mean height of the total surface area of the world (without counting the water, ...
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How does Santa keep the elves from revolting?

As it's that time of year I thought I'd do a Christmas themed question that is a big problem for the old man up north; Why don't the elves rise up and kill Santa? First let us consider the horrible ...
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How to accomplish planetary independence

Inspired by this question: How many of a Typical Sci Fi Army would you need to take a planet? Let's have a Galactic Empire which spans the galaxy. The Empire is ruled by The Emperor from one central ...
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Could a habitable planet form with no major bodies of water?

In the book Dune by Frank Herbert. Arrakis is a desolate planet composed entirely of deserts. Water is a precious commodity due to its rarity. The Fremen have found ways to live on its surface, ...
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What would have the impact been on WWII had Germany had a more sizable U-Boat fleet at the start?

From Wikipedia: At the outbreak of war, the Kriegsmarine had a relatively small fleet of 57 submarines It took the allies until middle of 1943 to gain an upper hand against the German u-boats. The ...
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Where to hide the Illuminati?

Go to the kitchen, open your baking utensils and make yourself a tinfoil hat. Put it on your head before continuing to read this question. Done? Ok: Let's have an alternate Earth where The Illuminati ...
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Polar Solar: A world on its side

I am working on a world and I have run into a minor roadblock. The world is altered such that one of its polar regions is constantly facing the sun and the other is always facing away. I figure that ...
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Can humanity discover Monsters world?

Recent favorite fairy tale of my family is Pixar's classic: Monsters Inc. After watching it for millionth time, I have a question: Would we be able to discover that there is "Monsters world"? For ...
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Liquid universe: The beginning

The current Underwater tag challenge gave me an idea: What if the whole universe were actually liquid? To elaborate: How can a liquid universe come to life? Ultimately, I want to have a universe ...
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with $2million what kind of survival kit would you bring to a prehistoric earth like medieval world with dragons, dinosaurs and uneducated populace? [closed]

what items would you bring with you to another world with the budget of 2million dollars. You were given the information that they are not technologically advance and they have magic. On top of it ...
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Results of Pangaea

I have a parallel universe very similar to Earth but with a society with the technological level of Europe during the Middle Ages. I want this parallel Earth to be one big continent, one giant land ...
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Psychological effects of a “normal” human in a fantasy setting

I'm working on a deconstruction of a high fantasy setting. The plot starts with a female protagonist being forcibly summoned into said setting with few to none of her memories. The world is ...
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Corporations becoming actual humans [closed]

In real life, corporations are already considered juridical persons for legal purposes. But in my world they have started to spontaneously become actual, physical or natural humans. This means no ...
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How would society be different if humans possessed a heat cycle?

Primate evolution has led to the loss of a heat cycle. This has allowed us to have children at any time of the year. But imagine a world where humans never gained that ability, perhaps even evolving ...
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Could cosmic background radiation be used as a means of cataloging parallel universes?

In a situation where you have people traveling between parallel Earths, where they dropped in with little ability to tell which Earth they are on, could checking cosmic background radiation be a ...
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Is waterwalking possible?

I am working on a world situated on the Earth. There is normal gravity, normal conditions of living - normal everything, except the human population itself. The situation: Humanity as a species ...
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What would bat houses look like? [closed]

In This Question we discussed how likely bats are to become sapient. Lets assume that they could. They would weigh at most 150 lbs and would look much like flying foxes. Assuming they could evolve ...
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Building a Megalodon proof boat

A Megalodon was an ancestor of modern great white sharks. With the difference that it could have killed and eaten whales without worry of injury. It is believed that these creatures went extinct ...
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What would humans look like if their evolution had been slower?

Context God games are organised, in which a hundred immortals participate. Every "God" is given an alternate dimension. These dimensions are all identical and contain an Earth where Humans didn't yet ...
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What are some questions I should be asking myself? [duplicate]

I'm currently in the process of writing my first novel and have started to work on world building. Since I am new I'm not sure where to start. I was hoping you guys could help me by posting questions ...
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Earliest Possible Gun?

Assuming a technological progression roughly similar to that of Europe in our world, what is the earliest that a civilization could have developed rigid-frame Guns? As far as I know the Chinese even ...
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Would there be evolution on a perfect world?

Imagine a planet with the same climate all on the surface. There is only one living creature on this planet (let's say a plant to avoid food problem). It is perfectly adapted for the climate. And as ...
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What would life be like without sadness? [closed]

A recent pixar movie suggested that sadness was vital to our emotional wellbeing, as it is what makes us seek the help of others. I wanted to explore this further. In a world without sadness, we ...
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How to conquer a country, forever

I am going to post this question in general terms, but resemblance with our Earth is totally intentional - to the level that I am tagging this question alternate-world, so if unsure, assume the ...
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How would a world with an extremely high water level and only a small land mass differ from Earth?

Consider a planet identical to Earth except having such high sea levels that most continents never surface, and the only available land is a "small" continent very geographically similar to Australia. ...
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How would you construct an interesting story for a world without conflicts or society flaws? [closed]

When telling any story, it becomes easy to create it as idyllic with a flaw and the flaw creates a conflict that usually leads to the destruction of that society; or conversely a horror where the hero ...
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Accurately Measuring Sidereal Years For Calculating Tropical Year

I decided that a sidereal year in my world is about 435.126 days long. It would follow that leap years occur every 8 and 125 years (with a double leap year every 1000 years!), but I hadn't though ...
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How would racial history between Europe and Africa be affected if everyone's skin tone was reversed? [closed]

There have been a good amount of racial issues between 'blacks' and 'whites' throughout history (I win the understatement of the year award!). This racism is due to many causes, such as an instinctual ...
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Small universe - is there any point in interstellar communication?

Everything on Earth and in the Solar system is as we know it. However it is discovered that we live in a small but unbounded universe. That is to say if we travel far enough in a straight line we will ...
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Inconspicuous social control [closed]

Civilization A has a fixed population; so they need armies from outside sources to protect themselves. After many years of reign over a nearby civilization (Civilization B) to supply armies for A, ...
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Aircraft and Rockets on a Magical Super-Earth

In this setting I imagine the planet has about 4.2 atmospheres of pressure at sea level and 1.17 G's, this is not necessarily fixed and if other values would allow earthlike life and human ...
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International politics of gender swapped world [closed]

Continuing the idea of gender swapped world: The question: How would internatinal politics look in gender swapped world? Common ideas shared by vast majority in my alternate Earth: Goddess is woman....
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World where gender roles are swapped

This world is background for erotica story which came into my mind. Porn/erotica worlds are commonly totally unrealistic: Pizza delivery is always on time, always delivered by fit male at exactly the ...

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