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What's necessary for this stratified, flood-prone city to be plausible?

I have a fantasy city where the respectable areas are literally built on top of the slums - essentially, it's on a series of bridges or pillars, with lots of forgotten crawlspaces and hideyholes for ...
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What methods might an ancient civilization use to desalinate sea water?

Following on from my previous question here concerning the ancient civilization I have called the Androy and their struggle to survive terrible drought conditions on their planet. After years of ...
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A world with sentient life but very few natural resources to spare

Background: My settings world has sentient life around the space-faring level. The problem is that the planet itself has very few natural resources available, they’re too deep down to harvest or ...
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How would people find a city that is always moving?

I have a country of desert nomads called Sahid, and the capital city is called 'Al'magor the wandering city.' This being literal, how would people be able to find this city easily? I have imagined the ...
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How steep a road could a horse/horse-and-cart travel?

I'm in the early stages of designing a city, and would like some advice about to structure its roads realistically for transport. The city is circular, with large roads entering the city at north/...
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How does one typically gain influence and power in a modern city? [closed]

Let's say there is a business man who owns a company (also a CEO) and moves to a wealthy municipality. He wants to be the mayor or at least the de facto undisputed ruler of the area. How would he go ...
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Fire prevention in a low-tech city

If you live in a town of wooden buildings, fire can be a big problem. If you have the luxury of being able to plan the layout of a city, how do you plan the city to avoid major fires? Notes: Low-...
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How to manage water in a city 2500 feet below sea level?

In my Pathfinder RPG campaign setting I have two continents separated by an isthmus. An artificial canyon carved through the isthmus from one ocean to another divides the continents. The canyon is ...
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How would a person work his way to being a Kingpin of a city or country? [closed]

I am making a fantasy story where a guy who starts from the bottom eventually becomes top-dog of the entire area through his own efforts. Let's say a charming and highly intelligent modern person (a ...
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Deriving price from a framework of production in a medieval economy (ie “Can I have a 1,500 gold meat pie, please!”)

It bothers me in games when the price of something is seemingly arbitrarily set. Shop owner: How much gold do you have? Player: Er, 10,000? Shop owner: Then that meat pie is 1,500 gold, please! Pig ...
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Logistics of high-quality lifestock delivery for alien megacity?

Essentially all the members of an alien species live within a single relatively sparsely inhabited megacity. The city has a surface area of about 30,000km². The species happens to be almost ...
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What geological/geographical features are needed to support a Greco-Roman 'City of Fountains'

Belsaria is the City of Fountains. The capital of Nowheria, it's truly a civic marvel, due to the thousands of fountains that jet water into the air at every intersection and in the courtyards of ...
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An underground city beneath another city?

How plausible would it be to build an entire underground city beneath another city? Would it be structurally sound? And I do mean an entire city, underground with skyscrapers holding up the ceiling.
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How realistic is the placement of the cities and borders on my map?

I need some help with the placement of the cities on a map of one of my continents. I'm not looking for opinions, but more for a reality check on how realistic it is in terms of where things are and ...
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How to calculate maximum altitude difference between metro stations?

For story purpose I am trying to design a mass transit system for a perfect city. Right ... maybe not so perfect, if you look carefully into the details, but actually the mass transit system is ...
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Getting large amounts of water to the Australian outback

I want to build a city in the desert outback. It needs drinkable water for its citizens, what's a few different ways to get it? (pipes from coastal areas, desalination of salt lakes, etc) What are ...
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Is it viable to wall modern cities against “zombies”?

Let's say the city covers about 40 square miles (104 square kilometers), that machinery and some oil refineries are still usable (for construction vehicles), and that there is a lot to salvage in way ...
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Cities of a civilization of sentients capable of natural flight?

We have a species, let's call them Aves Sapiens for now, which a winged creature that reaches an average height of 143 centimeters and can fly up to 300 km/h. (Assuming that the planet's gravity can ...
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The Palladium Skyscraper Skeleton

There is talk of a better alternative to steel, and one among the subject is "palladium glass". Manhattan Gold & Silver sums up the backstory of p-glass's construction, written in October 2014: ...
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Which minerals are needed to make a sustainable medieval country?

Which minerals (iron, coal, copper, etc.) are needed in the same country to make it sustainable (medieval age)? For example: A country is made in the middle of a gigantic island (like a little ...
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Lasting power structure in a city of monsters

I am trying to build a city populated almost entirely by monsters, but I am having difficult conceiving a power structure that can exercise proper control over this city. Given the evil dispositions ...
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How long can New York City sustain the Snakebot of Doom's hunger for Iron and steel?

The time: January 27th, 2017, 7:00 AM local. The place: New York City and environs. Jormungandr, the Snakebot of Doom, has just finished steamrolling New York City into something more closely ...
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Could this villainous urban development scheme be easily detected?

THE SCENARIO: I've been inspired by shows like The Shield and The Wrong Mans to come up with my own (even more flamboyantly evil) development scheme, to use as the backdrop for the action in a low sci-...
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Medieval city with extreme size and population [closed]

Assume there is a medieval city with 100 million souls inside. Let's ignore the questions why they wanted to build such a city. In next given conditions, could this city be possible? the world ...
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Undercover agency hideout [closed]

In my world half the population is dead, the rest enslaved after the uprising of a nefarious rebel faction. Most of the world's armies have succumbed to defeat. However, a group of former intelligence ...
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How Many People Per Dam Arcology?

Arcologies are never defined by shape. One of the options to consider is constructing "dam arcologies". Envision the Hoover Dam with most of its non-support structure given over to living and ...
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How much available matter in the solar system?

Assuming all the energy in our solar system (solar energy, heat, etc) was converted into matter, and then using all the matter in the solar system, how big of a city sphere could be built? What I ...
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Panhandle property history

I am drawing a map of a fictional city (currently set in year 1900). All the technology is based on the real world. My map includes property boundaries. In certain cases, a property is behind another, ...
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What would a modern D&D village look like? [closed]

In this universe, Society has structured itself so that, while they still have modern tech, Adventurers needn't look far to find a wild forest or cave of monsters. How would a village look to be self ...
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Industry for the districts in a Cyberpunk world [closed]

What industrial sectors might you expect my world to have? I am designing a world, set in the 22nd century, in which a country is divided into nine districts (named after the nine planets). Each ...
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How deep can, historically or realistically, aqueducts and/or underground pipeline systems get?

I'm designing a city where there are multiple layers of tunnels- there are catacombs(because the nobles ruling there bury their dead underground), there are escape tunnels from the royal palace, & ...
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Would it be possible to build a city out of only oxygen, silicon, aluminum and iron?

Since the most aboundant elements by weight on Earth's crust are: Oxygen 46.6% Silicon 27.7% Aluminum 8.1% Iron 5.0% Would it be possible to build an entire city out of just these elements? So, for ...
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Where would be the most suitable place to build a capital for Earth-clone planet for modern society? [closed]

Assumptions, main: literally Earth like planet, looks just like modern Earth, just without humans, without pollution, without depleted natural resources, even megafauna is left. Just in this timeline ...
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Building a city on top of, alongside and inside a coastal cliff

The capital of the society my story revolves around is built on top of a cliff, similar to the White Cliffs of Dover (pictured below for reference). For story reasons, they settled in this location ...
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Ways to hide an elven city

How could a large (10,000-20,000 people) elven city hide itself from a person wandering through? These elves can bend plants to their will and stimulate plant growth by singing, so they could live in ...
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What effects does a sudden population shift, near doubling the population, have on a medieval kingdom?

Six kingdoms are on the verge of war with a larger, imperial force that is impinging on their lands. The empire is eventually driven out, but not before one kingdom A is caught in the crossfire. A ...
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In a medieval setting, how far apart should towns be?

This is a medieval European (fantasy) setting, with the following (highly tentative) parameters: Each town is vaguely autonomous, and have their own municipal government system. Towns do trade with ...
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What realistic data for a game based on management of polluting plants?

I am not a writer nor an artist but I am creating a video game and I am looking for a realistic imaginary world based on science. I am looking for realistic data to support the strategical framework ...
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What options are left for a hunted sorceror in this situation? [closed]

He quivered, but there was nothing he could do, even if he did escape, they'd capture him again. He was quaking. He knew he should be brave, but he was scared. Then the axe fell. The magician who ...
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Could self-driving light rail/subway/tram trains be much shorter (fewer cars) than systems where trains need drivers?

Tech level: more or less contemporary, no tech that would put you in awe. I'm trying to make realistic, driverless, mass-transit system. The first idea was that "driverless" implies that in each ...
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Capital placement on a country - are there any geographical trends?

Let's suppose a fictional world, with ancient / medieval technology and culture. This world has several countries and empires, each with its own capital. Some are purely coastal, some are landlocked. ...
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The impacts of the Moon's limited gravity on the design of a Moon city's transportation network

In the near future mankind could well permanently settle on the Moon. Whether for research or mining or just good old fashioned novelty is irrelevant. The colony includes: Large domed structures ...
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What is a city like after a hundred years or so of neglect?

I have a post-apocalyptic setting where the vast majority of humanity died off a few generations ago and the remnants were rounded up and placed on the island of Oahu, which has been made into a ...
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Megacity Shapes, Episode 3: Plumbing

I have an idea on how many people can work and live inside each of the three chosen shapes. I've received nothing on a reasonable cross-section of each shape. The third episode features an ...
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Will A Real City On Earth Ever Have 100 Million People?

Tokyo, Japan, with a current urban area (as opposed to "city proper") of 39.6 million people, is currently the largest city in the world. Is it likely that there ever be a city on Earth that has at ...
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Nuclear apocalypse! What would it take for people to survive in the underground of a large metropolis? [closed]

I'm thinking of a scenario similar to that of the Metro 2033 series (minus the magic, paranormal and mutants) A worst case scenario nuclear apocalypse has happened: 90% of the world's nuclear arsenal ...
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Architectural considerations for a city in a wind tunnel

A city-state has developed in the middle of a (magical) desert which is subjected to a constant wind and always regenerating its sand. This wind is gale force, always blows in a straight line from ...
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How can you build cities without cement?

Modern cities are built from concrete with steel rebar because it is abundantly available and provides enough tensile strength. Concrete requires cement. Cement is made from limestone. Limestone is ...
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Highly populated towns and cities

In a world where population has spiraled out of control the cities have become so densley populated that each square mile has over 400,000 inhabitants. Each town ranges in size between 12 to 15 ...
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Megacity Shapes, Episode 1: Population Capacity

This scenario is based on three specific megastructures that are considered but never realized: Japan's Shimizu Mega-City Pyramid, 2004 meters tall and covering an area of eight square kilometers, ...

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