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Questions tagged [cities]

For questions about cities, their systems and evolution.

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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" and let them ...
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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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What is a feasible long way transportation system with technology up to 1699?

Exposition One of the biggest Problems my Renaissance city with 2.7 million inhabitants is facing is how two get food from outside the city fast enough to the populous before being spoiled. The ...
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How to get rid of human waste without using bodies of water

A particularly religious people living in a land filled with rivers need to get rid of their excreta. They have disfavoured sewers and dumping waste on water because they venerate oceans and rivers, ...
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What would the effects be if all power grids connected to nuclear reactors abruptly suffered catastrophic failure?

To be more specific, I mean what if every wire, every power cable and transformer on the connected grids to the nuclear power plants all ruptured at once. The transformers literally exploding, the ...
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After evacuation to a new planet, how would a population switch from a barter system to a monetary system with banks?

Okay, context. There's a modern human sub-species (about 9,000) that needs to evacuate earth to avoid genocide from their human counter-parts. They have access to a portal to take them to a new viable ...
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How can a devil reincarnate himself on earth without being noticed?

The devil is alive, and he walks among you. Eons ago, there was a battle between a powerful deity and a devil from the nine realms of hell. The losing devil, to avoid being killed, broke himself ...
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Method of constructing pre-modern shanties

In my world the technology is around the mid 1800s or a bit earlier, and I have a big city with an empire and all sorts of colonialism problems that are minorly irrelevant to this question. What is ...
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What are the elements required for an enclosed prison-city?

I'm aware that variants of this question have been discussed before (such as "how to build a self-sustaining medieval city?"), but my question comes at the problem from a slightly different angle. ...
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How long can my small American city be without Internet access? [closed]

Let us say that I want a somewhat isolated farming city to lose Internet access for an extended period of time. The requirement is that all Internet access into the town have been cut off by some ...
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How could carbon nanotubes help me build supertall skyscrapers?

It is the near-future. Breakthrough, mass produced carbon nanotubes have been invented and are relatively cheap. These nanotubes have the properties that we would expect, and are manufactured in '...
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Ideal Place For Kenya Spaceport?

Its 20 seconds in the future. The space age is truly dawning this time. And I the CEO of a wealthy aerospace company, am looking for the perfect place to set up shop with my new spaceport. I've ...
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3-Level Roadway Engineering

I'm the city designer for a new city we're calling Morrowville. Having some of the worlds top minds, flying cars have been invented, but can only fly a few feet (2-4) from the ground and not everyone ...
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How possible would it be for a whole city (and smaller towns) to be built on water?

The world is flooded and some people have survived and managed to build small towns and even massive cities on the ocean that now covers the world. Is this possible hypothetically? How much of the ...
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Is it feasible to have farmers live in a city and travel out to work on their plots?

Hello and thanks to everyone who answered my other question, it's been really enlightening reading them all (unfortunately as I posted as a guest it seems that account was lost to the void). I've been ...
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How long would it take to be able to live in New York after a nuclear bomb?

If a 50 megaton nuke was dropped in Lower Manhattan, New York, how long would it take for people to be able to live there again? The bomb detonated on the ground. My definition of live is to breathe ...
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Burning Down Chicago

The year is 2100. Internet 3.0 has arrived, with an ubiquitous Internet of Things. Even your wedding band has a fingerprint scanner to make sure it doesn't get stolen. An evil AI has been developed ...
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How to cut off a (unaware and unwilling) city (not an island city) from the rest of the world for a short period of time? (about 12 hours)

How could a group, very possibly militarized, cut off a small-medium sized city from the rest of the world for an overnight period? This includes outside responses like police, national guard, so on ...
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How would we overcome the sinking problem as sediment builds up around urban areas? [closed]

As sediment builds up over the earth, it is compacted into layers of rock, which can be seen in the geological record. However, urban areas typically have good maintenance which washes away any ...
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Winterizing a Municipal Water System

I'm the last person in a large city. Everyone else has left and I don't know when they will be back, if ever. I'm planning on staying in the city as long as I can. I want to avoid, or minimize, a ...
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What would the buildings in a city on a marsh be made of?

In my world there is a city built on a mighty river just as said river opens up into a marsh as it hits the sea. The river is quite wide and deep and when it reaches the city has already crossed a ...
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Mozart city proposal

So here is my proposal for a fictional place I call Mozart city. As could probably be deduced from the name, Mozart and his family run the place. Just to clarify this is in an alternate universe ...
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How many troops would be needed to occupy a city with a population of 2.9 million? [closed]

I have a city that has a population of 2.9 million and an urban footprint around 2,037 square kilometres. For reasons unknown, it's been sealed off from the outside world by a shadowy military ...
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How spread apart were cities, towns, etc. in the Middle Ages given food production capabilities [closed]

There is a video about why certain cities are a specific distance apart and how it has to do with travel capabilities of the time and other economic reasons. I was wondering how this applied to ...
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What would happen if about 1/6 the world population disappeared? [closed]

I’m writing a story where about 1/6 of the world population is moved out of the world (essentially killed off). The ones killed mostly held positions of power (i.e. Politicians, doctors, lawyers, CEOs,...
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Naming fictional places/ cities/ towns/ etc? [duplicate]

I want to name some fictional places but don't know how. (I'm terrible with names) Are there any websites/ things i can look at to find good ones?
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Convincing a large medieval city of an incoming catastrophe

A tiny subset of a medieval city's million-person population is aware of an imminent magical cataclysm via dreams or visions. They are unaware of each other. Magic in the world is rare and limited. ...
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How long can sewers last unmaintained?

There is a nuclear war. It lasts for 4 hours and most cities are destroyed. How long could a sewer last without maintenance?
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Why might the UTF combine cities into Megalopolises? [closed]

So, in the late part of the 22nd century all the countries and people of earth combined to form the United Terran Federation. Its capital is in DC, but each former country has its own capital in its ...
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How large is this city and its army? [duplicate]

I'm working in a low-fantasy setting of roughly mid-Renaissance development. Basically Earth-like with some mildly out-there plants and animals, but nothing overtly magical. I see a lot of questions ...
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Arctic City part 1: Electricity

Background Info So a humanoid species has been found in the arctic. Or rather, a humanoid subspecies. That subspecies is Humanoidus Keplerianus Arcticus. They have dense hair all over, sort of like a ...
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How to convince primitive tribe that cities weren’t built by gods?

So, in this story, my main character and his friends go to the ruins of an old city from the pre-apocalypse years. He needs to go there to retrieve a valuable artifact, but the local tribe that ...
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Superhero Civil Engineering Techniques

It's 2018. Dr. Evil tried to [rob a bank/destroy the city/take over the world] using a [unstoppable robot army/death ray/zombie ninja T-Rex]. Just when hope is lost, Superdude comes flying in with a ...
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Rebuilding Kowloon Walled City? [closed]

I need to house 50,000 people but I only have a 2.7 hectares (126m by 213m). Just like Kowloon Walled City. However, the land is currently empty and I can plan for that many people before they all ...
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What supplies would be needed to build a modernish town/city in the post apocalypse?

So the nuclear apocalypse happened, and 90% of the population died from the either the blast, radiation, famine, violence or disease within the next 5 years. Fortunately, the United States government ...
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How big of a city could my volcanic island support?

Now this volcanic city is not just any volcanic island, it is only a couple hundred miles above the northernmost tropic but that really isn't important, what is important is that the coasts of the ...
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How to completely destroy a city, without leaving clues for humanity 4,000 years later?

Background I want to burn down a city completely. Nothing must remain, ashes to ashes, dust to dust. Even though I'm a supernatural being, I want this to happen in a natural way. I also want the ...
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Could a Megacity be a Penal Colony?

This question is inspired by a premise from the video game Batman: Arkham City, in which a portion of Gotham City has been closed down by the public to be reserved for prisoners from such places as ...
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What would the government of a medieval city-state be and how many people would be running it?

In my book I'm writing one half of the island is littered with city-states. I was wondering who would be in power there and what type of government there may be. Here's some information that may help:...
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Effects of Hostile Environment on Population Distribution

In my world, humanoid races are an afterthought added by the gods only after they'd spent millennia treating the world as their personal canvas, designing it however they found most interesting. This ...
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Non-Iron Skyscraper Framing

I'll confess that I have a real issue with iron--it rusts quickly. In fact, the History Channel program Life After People constantly states that, left to its own devices, the iron that makes up a ...
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How long would cities be recognizable after a nuclear war?

In 2068, a nuclear war is fought between the USSR and the USA. 42,000 best bombs are used, and 2,000 megatons are used during the war. My story takes place mostly in 4 regions of the United States, ...
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How to sustain/create a 4 foot tall city?

For my story, I intend to include a city/civilization that is entirely 4 foot tall- with plants, greenery, walkways etc. on top of the connected 'houses'. This city is located in the middle of a ...
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Lifting water from a subterranean lake by boiling it?

A medieval-tech desert city relies on a nearby subterranean lake for their water source. In lieu of employing thousands of slaves carrying pots up a long series of tunnels, could the intrepid desert ...
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Scavenging metal resources in post-apocalypse after 100 years

This is another question for a setting I mentioned in previous questions (currency, ammo). The setting is: It's happening in post-apocalyptic SE Europe (Balkans specifically), about 60-80 years from ...