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How to protect a secure compound breached by a small modern military?

I am trying to work out some of the final details of a modern urban compound, surrounded by perimeter walls and a gate. A battle (modern urban warfare with firearms and grenades mainly) takes place ...
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Can we get rid of all illnesses by a year of Total Extreme Quarantine?

Earth-Year: 2618. Location: Planet Hope, Proxima Centauri. Terraformation status: 97.8% Earth-like. Population: 128.596. The residents of this planet live in a paradise-like environment. The gravity ...
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Why would a flourishing city need so many outdated robots?

Near future, Boston, United States of America. This city brands itself as the leader in both medicine and quantum computing. The city looks awfully youthful and energetic; after all, they cured old ...
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How would airbubbles/moonpools be achieved in a deepwater marine mammal civilisation?

I am developing an ocean world for a story involving marine mammals, and the biggest issue I cannot settle on is whether to have deep or shallow civilisations. The main concern is that their ...
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Is it realistic to depict a gradual growth from group of huts into a village and town? Or is it more realistic to depict it as series of big jumps?

Is it typical or at least sometimes happening to have a town that started as a group of huts? And have gradually and organically grown into a village and later into a town? To be more specific, it ...
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Expanding a free floating underwater city

Okay, I have a planet with a global ocean of liquid water, and there are these cities in the ocean, floating a few hundred to a few thousand meters beneath the waves. They have spaceports that allow ...
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How do I create a realistic world and country?

I know this is a very broad question, so I'll try to narrow this down. I'm writing a novel about faeries who live in another realm, and the faeries live on an island. The capital city is there too, ...
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What circumstances could lead to city layout based on hexagons?

Most modern planned cities are based on grid layouts. Historic cities are more organic on a macroscopic level, but buildings are still generally square-shaped leading to grid-based layouts on the ...
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Could a city live in a money-free system in a medieval fantasy setting?

I am currently building a world based in a medieval fantasy setup. View it as if the world got a soft reset and cannot (I say cannot) go further than electricity, and I imagined a village where people ...
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How to Make Columbia from Bioshock a Reality [duplicate]

This is Columbia, the city featured in the video game Bioshock: Infinite. It stands out in that this city floats in Earth's atmosphere. How? Some sci-fi handwavium called "the Lutece Particle&...
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What would determine the rate that a hereditary condition reveals itself after years of dormancy?

Long ago, an Eldritch deity was summoned to the city of Innsmouth within a ritual circle, where it was killed and consumed by the population. Devouring the flesh of the deity increased the mana supply ...
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How do I strike a balance between real-world inspiration and purely fictional design, especially for alternate cities? [closed]

My primary question comes from a fledgling animator's perspective. I'd like to capture the general look and feel of a lot of South Florida's cities, while also combining it with my urban-fantasy/...
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What Would it take for Trees with Stone Core to be Self Supporting?

So I have an idea for a biome in which avian humanoids are the dominant intelligent lifeform. They live inside of trees that dwarf the redwoods of our world. The trees grow so tall and so thick (akin ...
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Medieval city trading hands frequently over 200 years

In my world there's this city that is primarily based upon sub-Saharan African Islamic architecture and culture, but it's on the coast connecting the rest of the world to the continent. It's the ...
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How many laws would a parkouring superhero like Spider-Man break by travelling around New York? [closed]

There are a large number of superheroes who get around via some kind of super-parkour. These range from superheroes who swing webbing like Spider-Man and his many imitators (e.g., Spinnerette), to ...
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What areas of expertise does a national council need? [closed]

First time asking a question. So my DM asked me to help design a city in our campaign country. Now to be able to give the city a function in the bigger picture i was wondering how the country could ...
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Can a city develop without exterior trading?

I’m exploring different scenarios for a future D&D campaign. I want to know if it’s possible, for a growing settlement, to develop without trading with its neighbors. Let’s assume that they can ...
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Why would a modern city built on flat land in a relatively large country have little to no urban sprawl?

I am making an RPG and am using this image (source: https://www.pixiv.net/en/artworks/58916801) as inspiration for a large city. This city: Is located in a country roughly the size of Panama Has ...
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How to hide a city?

There are about 1000 people, with medieval technologies, that want to build a hidden city (so other people can't find it, or with minimal chance). They must: have access water have access to food ...
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Nipping urban sprawl in the bud

'The culture of good place-making, like the culture of farming, or agriculture, is a body of knowledge and acquired skills. It is not bred in the bone, and if it is not transmitted from one generation ...
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How can I prevent the invention of skyscrapers?

Introduction I want my story, set in the modern day, to have a unique architectural feel. Part of my strategy - no skyscrapers. Wikipedia: The term skyscraper was first applied to buildings of ...
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In futuristic domed cities terrified of pandemics, how would spread be prevented between domes?

With the Covid-19 pandemic currently underway, it's a bit easier to imagine a world where the virus is more lethal and even brutal measures are used to contain the spread of diseases. In the scenario ...
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Planning intra-city public air transport

I want to have air transport as the dominant means of public transportation in my fictional city. But how would such a system operate to handle many commuters with maximum efficiency? Specifically I'm ...
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What condition would the Guggenheim building in Bilbao, Spain, be in 400 years from now in a post-apocalypse?

(I posted something earlier and was asked to edit it. I'm new here so … learning is painful, what can I say) I'm Derek B. Miller. I'm the author of Norwegian by Night, The Girl in Green, and American ...
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How bright and lit up could cities be in the future?

Technology will obviously make lamps much brighter and with wholly new designs and functions like self-illuminating walls, surfaces and glowing objects. Genetic engineering could also create trees and ...
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Outside of architecture, what other things can be considered city “style”? [closed]

In the design of cities, you add a style factor to a city to flesh it out for your readers and players to give it a solid foundation as a place to visit. The primary style is its architecture. ...
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U.S. Army/Military's response time to an army appearing in the middle of a major city

In the scenario I have in mind, a handful of portals appear in a major U.S. city from which an army of golems starts pouring forth with the intent to cause as much damage as possible. The specifics ...
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Urban design that counters shapeshifters?

Set in the present day Shanghai, China. Humans co-exist with another intelligent species with the ability to shapeshift at will, the shapeshifters like to morph into various objects (both animate and ...
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Need a North American location with a large city and whitewater river for post-apocalyptic fiction

My story has several key locations that I would like to ground in a real place in North America. It takes place 50-60 years in the future after 97% of humanity has been wiped out. I'm having a hell of ...
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How big could a meteor crater be without causing significant secondary effects?

I need to wipe out a city. Not a huge one (I won't let them grow beyond a certain limit), but big enough to need to do some pretty serious damage. Let's say something similar in size to Pompeii. (yes.....
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How can an urban street gang develop into a nationwide criminal organization?

Inner city street gangs are often made up of minority groups in disadvantaged neighborhoods. Bloods, crips, latin kings, etc are just a fee of these groups that plague their communities and make their ...
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How bright were medieval cities at night, seen from the sky?

I'm a witch flying on my broomstick over 14th century England. I've got regular human eyes, and my cruising height is 500 metres or up to a kilometre, depending on the weather. Assuming it is a ...
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Speed of civilization change

Imagine one to three persons going back in time to a society like that of the Roman Kingdom (the period before the Republic), and they attempt to reform as well as modernize to an extent (up to the ...
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Considerations on settlements and urban development on a colonized exoplanet

When humans are colonizing a new planet, what are the considerations that need to be made for settlement placement and development? For this particular question, let's consider the following ...
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How can the vagrant mafia use pigeons to deliver messages?

My name is the Bowery King, the ultimate information broker in my City. My plan to take over the criminal underworld involves using homeless people as spies and informants. This network would keep ...
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Practical uses for a city on top of another city?

So I was playing Deus Ex and came across Hengsha, a city so large they built another city on top of it. This got my mind wondering about the practical uses of such a city. Let's assume that the ...
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How could a medieval fortress manage large groups of migrants and travelers?

The Red Keep was built thousands of years ago to defend against the invading hordes. The Red Keep itself is a fortress, the main wall of which blocks off the main pass through the mountains. Over the ...
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How would a civilization that evolved with access to buoyant building materials approach modern architecture? [closed]

In this world, there exists a type of material that has mass, but is incredibly buoyant in atmosphere. 1 kg of this material attached to 1 kg of any other material will be neutrally buoyant at sea ...
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Why do people prefer metropolitan areas, considering monsters and villains?

About fifty years ago, a number of people started to get really lucky. While normal humans when exposed to toxic waste, radiation etc. die, these guys actually managed to exploit previously unknown ...
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What jobs would people work in a frontier railroad town? [closed]

What would people do in 1860s railroad towns? In a place similar to frontier America, it seems towns are built around very clear purposes. A majority of people would follow the town specific ...
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How to hide an urban landmark?

Picture an alternative history Second World War Paris. The Third Reich must destroy the Notre-Dame de Paris, and the inhabitants must prevent this. The French do not have access to anti-air weaponry ...
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Colonizing Earth

After several centuries in exodus, humanity returns to earth to recolonize the planet. Naturally, their first question is the same as mine: Where are the best place(s) on earth to settle? Parameters:...
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Underwater city sanitation

In a vaguely Medieval setting with some limited magic, how would an underwater city handle sewage? Sanitation was one of the biggest limiting factors in the growth of human cities, and being under ...
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Multiple fireplaces in an apartment building?

I was working on a short story set in winter--a good time to contrast the cold, deprived life of the main character, reflecting his mental state, and the warmth and joy of other characters. There is ...
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Random body shuffle every night—can we still function?

Imagine a world where every time you wake up you wake up in a randomly selected body from among the bodies that were asleep at that time. There are some limits—the body should be in at most a roughly ...
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Trading Upstream

I've created a city at the joining point of two rivers, and I'm trying to determine the population ceiling. I'm just going for a general idea of relative size, and so far I've just been making towns ...
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Costs/Income from potential craftsmen [closed]

I run a D&D game in which my players have built an outpost and are now attempting to "staff" it with craftsmen: Blacksmiths, Farriers and the like. I want to give them a "choice&...
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Could a medieval fantasy world sustain itself by occupying important trade hubs and taxing trade?

The civilization I'm talking about is marked in pink (cities A and B). The trade routes are marked in yellow. Owning the city B (the entire island) means they only need to travel across two ...
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What are the economic effects of an electricity shutdown that lasts weeks in big city? [closed]

How this affects the economy of the big tech industries like factories and the media like radio stations and television? What are the effects that this brings in the life of normal people?
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Calculating City Size based on Population

Question: I'm trying to determine how large (geographically) my city will have to be to accommodate for 1 million people. I have a city that was basically formed by the gods to be fertile land with a ...

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