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How would an avian city be different from ours?

Imagine a city where the primary population is an avian race. Well assume for the sake of argument that these birdlike creatures have "hands" as well as wings which allows them to develop and use at ...
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How can I ensure my cities don't all look the same?

I'm trying to create more opportunities for roleplay in a setting where most civilized cities are along the coastline of a "new world." Most cities are fortress cities on the frontier that serves to ...
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On the immediate effects of a small, short term black hole

What immediate effects would a small, short-term black hole have if it appeared in a residential backyard? How small or short-lived would it have to be to be survivable, if it is survivable at all? ...
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Repopulating humans AND zombies

So most zombie apocalypse stories involve wiping out 99.9% of the human race and having a small minority survive to try and keep living. But, let's say I want society as we know it to collapse, but I ...
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Surviving in buildings

Setting: Large city full of tall buildings, plus zombies The survivors have taken to the higher floors of the buildings. The streets are very dangerous, so going down there is only for emergencies. ...
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How to quarantine a major city?

We have an outbreak of a zombie-like disease in major metropolitan areas. The disease itself has a slow incubation period, and after a time it becomes clear that it is spreading faster than they can ...
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What adaptations would be made to a town to make it more merfolk friendly?

In my world I have a town seaside where merfolk and humans work side by side. I'm very keen to see actual interaction, not just humans on the land and fish in the sea. I want the merfolk to feel at ...
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Social Implication of Restricting Ecosystem [closed]

Assuming a world with multiple (more than ten) competing sapient species, and assuming that some of these species are restricted to certain ecological conditions, how would one expect political and ...
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How would a force field dome over a city affect the weather?

I put a force field dome over my city. How would that affect the weather inside the city, and outside it? Specification of the city: 10 × 40 km on the surface 1 km in height dome would be 2 to 3 km ...
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How do I drug a population in the most efficient way?

I want a whole city to be on drugs secretly, so they don´t know they are drugged by their government. The city is about 2 billion people and roughly structured like a Makropole from the Warhammer ...
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How would a completely urbanized city-planet be maintained?

Based off of this deleted question: Why and how would a completely urbanized city-planet exist? Related: How would a completely urbanized city-planet support its population? How would the global ...
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Why would a complete urbanized city-planet exist?

Related: How would a completely urbanized city-planet support its population? How a completely urbanized city-planet be maintained? How would the global environment of a completely urbanized city-...
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How would the global environment of a completely urbanized city-planet be affected?

Related: How would a completely urbanized city-planet support its population? How a completely urbanized city-planet be maintained? Why would a completely urbanized city-planet exist? The properties ...
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How would a completely urbanized city-planet support its population?

Related: How would a completely urbanized city-planet be maintained? How would the global environment of a completely urbanized city-planet be affected? Why would a completely urbanized city-planet ...
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What would be in a contract between lycanthropes to keep their nature hidden?

I have a large capital city that is in the middle of a particularly large lake set in a standard low magic fantasy setting. In this city there is a agreement between three factions of were-creatures ...
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Food sources for an undergound city

Lets assume a city exists underground, either in natural caves or synthetic tunnels. Are there any food sources underground, and what kind of population can they support?
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City in a hollow tree

As a tree grows new layers are added each year so that the trunk expands in radius. The living part of the tree is a relatively thin layer on the outside just beneath the bark, and the wood further ...
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How do I figure out how many people my domed city on a hostile planet can support?

I have a colony of humans on Mars, living in enclosed cities to maintain breathable air. (If they need to leave, they suit up.) Assuming modern-day technology, how do I figure out how many people a ...
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Population Range for a Booming/Dying Frontier Town

I'm designing a town in the Ozark mountain range circa 1871, and am unsure what population size to give it. River Bend is an isolated town in the Ozark highlands of Arkansas founded in 1845 on the ...
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What effects would a change in the nature of human sexuality have on society and infrastructure

Consider a group of humans at a bronze-age to early iron-age technological level colonizing a new earthlike planet. There is just one difference - there exists on the planet something which changes ...
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What software is available for map creation?

I'm looking for recommendations for software to build my world, physically. I want to be able to create maps of the entire world and then drill down to individual areas and define the towns and ...
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What considerations does a city built on an oceanic platform have to make?

In a world without enough land for a massive (and growing) population but plenty of water surface, experimental cities have started to spring up along the edges of various continents. The first is a ...
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How do you simulate the organic growth of a city when designing it?

Most cities don't just spring into existence, they aren't planned to be the way they are (there are a few exceptions, see Milton Keynes in England for example) but grow organically over time. However ...

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