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What should I consider in a society with basic unconditional income?

I'm creating a city of about 200 000 people in a nation equivalent to a modern western nation, like Germany, France or the United States. Strong economy and a calm society, but still a conspicuous ...
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Self-sufficient Ark

I'm trying to figure out what a huge swimming ark that is able to support maybe 10.000 people would look like. It's for a P&P campaign. And please excuse any bad grammar, spelling or poor word ...
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What would be the overwhelming smell of life in my domed city?

I am writing a YA adventure novel that takes place in a domed city. For my model of the dome, I am using the Mir mine project design: http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2010-11/17/russia-domed-...
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Locations for space centres

The basic question is: When is a location good enough to build a space centre on it? Some info to the function of the space-centre: The space centre has a lot of traffic, also humans. I imagine it ...
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Most Energy Efficient Barricade

My story requires humans very quickly creating a ~5km barricade to protect them from the monsters that live in the forest. These monsters are between animals and humans in power/intellect. Currently, ...
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Constant artificial light

Is a scifi setting of constant artificial light everywhere plausible? I'm thinking to the point that the average adult person has not gone out of a city and has no experience of general darkness (...
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How soon will the first underwater cities be built?

Considering that the oceans are rising (and that humans don't seem too keen on doing anything about it) and that population is growing exponentially, is it plausible to imagine that in a not too ...
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How do I go about generating names for neighborhoods in the capital city in my fantasy novel

The capital city in my novel is called Mirrorith. There is one extremely affluent neighborhood and two poorer areas. One area is the industrial center where people work in large warehouses to ...
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Are two cities in enmity within visibility range of each other reasonable?

So, I would like to know if it is reasonable that two walled cities exist in extreme proximity of each other. A little background: The story is set in an imaginary world, comparable to the Late ...
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What's the most logical shape for my city in space (space station)?

Science fiction shows us two common shapes for large space stations, rings and tubes: Deep Space 9 (image source): Similarly, 2001: A Space Odyssey (image source). On the other hand, we have ...
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Problems of a failing economy?

I'm writing fan-fiction for the superhero serial novel Worm. The main setting in Worm is Brockton Bay, a failing city of about 300,000 people. The economy has been in decline since the decline of ...
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In a city where cars are forbidden, would any major change happen?

This story happens in a near future where environmental concern has become a critical issue. Cars are just got banned within the limits of all major cities out of necessity. Rail public transport (...
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Where to place industry in a megastructure?

I am currently designing a megastructure which is supposed to provide living- and workplaces for about 100.000 people. It is supposed to be designed in a way that it provides everything the ...
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What is the distance between large settlements?

Is there a theory, model, technique that could help when placing cities on a map, instead of placing them randomly? I have an estimate of the population for a given territory so I know more or less ...
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I want a big city in a tropical/subtropical climate, what conditons make it possible?

Starting condition: I know how small cities form. It is mostly a trade center that requires an access to water and food. But some cities have more than 100 000+ people. Angkor, Cambodia had ...
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I want a big city in a temperate area, what conditons make it possible?

Starting conditions: Climate: It is located in a temperate climate. In this classification, most C and D climates are temperate. Mostly: Cfb, Cfc, Dfa, Dfb, Dsa, Dsb, Dwa, Dwb. And also, Csa, and ...
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I want a big city in the desert, what conditions make it possible?

Starting condition: I know how small cities form. It is mostly a trade center that requires an access to water and food. But some cities have more than 100 000+ people. Climate: It is in the desert, ...
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How big is a big city?

According to two RPG (role-playing game) systems, Dungeons & Dragons and Pathfinder, a metropolis is the largest category for a medieval city. The population of a metropolis starts at 25,000 ...
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In a world of magic, why would cities still find high walls useful?

In a world where magic exists. A large army can hire several mages that able to cast spells as, or even more, powerful than a 16-19th century cannon. The city walls will not keep out a determined mage ...
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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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