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What would nordic culture be like in a desert environment? [on hold]

In my fantasy world ''Diggoran'' ( pronounced Die-Ah-Ran ) there is a currently unnamed Nordic Country comprised of 6 autonomous eco-political regions. This Nordic Country was initially and still is ...
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What is the most REALISTIC cause of a worldwide catastrophe/apocalypse in the near future? (next ~100 years) [closed]

Trying to figure out a post-apocalyptic scenario and looking to stay somewhat within the realm of possibility. Given how tech levels MIGHT be in a 50 years, what would you say would be the most likely ...
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Optimal geography for a thriving caldera centered civilisation?

What would be the optimal geography for a thriving capital, located in a caldera ? I'm building a fantasy world with multiple intelligent species and civilisations. There is magic in this world, but ...
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Civilization on an Earth-like planet without using waterways for transport

On Earth, civilization grew up around river valleys. Rivers are useful as a water source, a food source, and a waste disposal system, but their most important function to a civilization is enabling ...
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What secular civic space would pioneers build for small frontier towns?

I am thinking about a part of a world with a lot of small towns on a frontier, like the early colonial era in the Americas, or pioneer days in the American Midwest, and later the Great Plains and the ...
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What reason would a hidden, deep ocean society have to come up to the surface of a post-apocalyptic Earth and claim the land for themselves?

This is strictly Earth based. Would it be possible for a society to develop their own civilization underwater (nothing fantastical like Aquaman or whatever, but more of a grimy, hardscrabble existence ...
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In what sequence should an advanced civilization teach technology to medieval society to maximize rate of adoption?

If a small group of an advanced civilization got stranded in a medieval-like society on another planet and they start to interact in a peaceful way, what would be the first technologies that they ...
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Earth like planet, more surface area under water?

Planet: earth like, half the radius of earth, gravity is .7g. Assuming this is possible and humans live on this planet, would it be possible to have 90% of the planets surface area be under water? ...
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How long would it take for all evidence of humanity to be erased from Earth? [duplicate]

Suppose that due to nuclear warfare or some deadly disease, the entire human population of earth died off in the near future. All humans gone, but most of life survived, including domesticated animals....
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Is development of technological civilization without ecological damage possible?

A god once created a beautiful planet and populated it with all kind of plant and animals. He brought up humans, because no world is complete without them. But then he paused. Not because he needed a ...
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Units of measurement, especially length, when body parts vary in size among races

Historically, units of measurement are often based on sizes of body parts. Probably the most obvious example would be a "foot" literally being based on the length of someone's (or everyone's, or ...
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Departments of an Uplifted Galactic Government

One of the gods in the universe stumbled across an species with potential and decided to uplift it. Instead of uplifting over the course of a couple thousand years, the god decided to do it in one ...
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In a 'Zootopia' situation who's in power, the Elephant or the Mouse?

Imagine a situation kind of like Zootopia with many different creatures all living in one environment, some significantly larger than others. These species aren't necessarily furries like in Zootopia,...
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What is the smallest land mass to develop human civilization? [closed]

(Related to this question about the smallest land mass to support a civilization, possibly dropped in fully-formed by magic or advanced technology. This question is asked in response to comments there ...
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What is the smallest land mass to support human civilization?

Let's say we have an Earth-sized planet and the same general solar activity and climatology. However, the continents are much smaller, and it's effectively impossible to accomplish travel between them ...
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Could a large enough semi isolated population keep up with Eurasia in technology? [closed]

Could a semi-isolated country island about 3,000,000 square miles and 1000 miles south of India avoid becoming a colony and develop into a rich and strong modern state today? They have about the ...
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In a future post-scarcity civilization, how would evolution change humans when survival is longer a challenge? [closed]

Let's imagine a post-scarcity society where everyone has unlimited access to food, energy and the aging problem has been solved so people are practically immortal. Now my understanding is that, our ...
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How could an armless race establish civilization?

A race of humanoids with only legs, prehensile feet and a mouth equipped with two rows of teeth made of magnetite, which they can magnetise using their natural electricity generation. How could such a ...
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How many people are necessary to maintain modern civilisation?

Modern Earth; a series of connected events (natural disasters, mass migration, drug-resistant pandemic, collapse in biodiversity, armed conflict) have led to a significant reduction in human ...
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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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What would be left of a modern city 50,000 years from now?

I've seen questions here about what cities would be like after being abandoned for a thousand years, but what would be left after timescales of tens of thousands of years? Ancient settlements like ...
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How would a plan to bootstrap civilization after a full collapse look like? [closed]

Provided civilization collapses, as it probably will sooner or later, how could a plan to bootstrap it after look like? A satellite system that provides information at the right moment (after cities ...
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Which branches of civilization deserve an overseer? [closed]

In my story's political system, which is in medieval setting, the ruler of the country has a council, which is made of six people from the kingdom's six states. I would like them each to oversee a ...
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Would a life form with the intelligence of a human but without an appendage for manipulating its environment be able to have advanced technology?

On another planet there is a life form that has the same level of intelligence as humans on Earth, but it has no appendage to manipulate its environment. It has similar social structures to humans ...
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Could Giant Ground Sloths have been a good pack animal for the ancient Mayans?

In my world, the Mayan Empire expanded into the Caribbean and met the relict ground sloths of the Caribbean. In this same world, the Mayan empire saw the use of these creatures as useful domestic ...
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How can I establish a nationwide combat training program for a country without causing economic or political instability?

I am the dictator of a nation with a population of 350 million people. In order to keep our nation strong and independent, I have decided to institute a nationwide combat preparation program in which ...
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How would a Type I civilization not cook itself?

A type 1 civilization is defined as a civilization that can utilize the maximum amount of energy equal available to its entire planet, roughly 1017 watts for Earth. This is equal to the amount of ...
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How would react a medieval magic world to the arrival of an Interstellar colony? [closed]

Edit (I rephrase the question a bit to try to not made it opinion based) A space colony comes to a planet who is pretty similar to how fantasy's worlds tend to be represented. The space colony is 44%...
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What society/government would be stable if people get superpowers randomly? [closed]

To refine the question: Goal: a society/government capable of lasting centuries. This takes place somewhere within a technological time period (1000BCE to 1000CE). No gunpowder or explosives. I'm ...
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What defines a civilization as being advanced? [closed]

Are there any hard rules or requirements that constitute a civilization as being considered advanced? Or is it merely by comparison to other (neighboring?) civilizations? Is a civilization considered ...
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Could black hole civilizations even exist?

I know that currently, black hole civilizations are only theoretical. But here are my thoughts on why black hole civilizations are impossible. Black Hole Civilization Issues 1. Gravity This is an ...
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Forced Evolution to Turn a Class I to a Class III civilization [closed]

So here's my idea: Every 2 years the class I civilization is inspected by an outside Class III civilization. If the Class I civilization has made progress then they will move on. If the Class I ...
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Can a civilization arise around insect cultivation

Unnecessary Setup In my story, a race of gods arrive in our solar system from the far flung colonies of a Type III civilization. When they arrive at Earth and see the rise of hominids, they split ...
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Need a specific event that wrecks the surface, allows the race to survive in bunkers, and affords an aftermath suitable for them to rebuild

One rule: it cannot be caused by aliens or AI invading the planet. But it is okay if an alien race causes the destruction in any other way. It's an Earth-like planet. I need the effects of the ...
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What are some reasons a society might isolate its citizens for a few hundred years? [closed]

I hope I've narrowed down the general idea of my question enough-- Basically, I've started with the idea of a desert society with access to a hidden energy source ruled by a body of immortals. At ...
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How would a Viking-age civilization deal with kraken-and-dragon-infested seas?

In my book series, there is this planet called Ryu 108. Ryu 108 consists of two continents: Bjørnholm, which is heavily forested and bears a strong resemblance to southern Norway or southern Sweden, ...
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Why would a peaceful race construct weapons? [closed]

In my story, there is an immortal peaceful type iv civilization that has spead across the universe, helping other species to advance and to bring peace. They have left behind their need for war or ...
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How realistic is it for civilization to regress to a pre-industrial era? [duplicate]

So here's a quick setup: One or two calamities hit as once. No one is spared and every nation on earth is effected by it. Soon the population dwindles to roughly the same number as the 1800's which is ...
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How long would it take to recover from a galaxy-wide war? [closed]

The Great Galactic War has ended. The evil Tatian Empire has been destroyed, and a new power, the Aurean-Ishga Republic, has risen from the ashes. However, there has been tremendous damage done to the ...
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How could a civilization end up confined within walls?

In Shingeki no Kyojin humanity is confined within walls to protect them from giants on the outside. In this case, I'd like to imagine a civilization (doesn't need to be all of humanity) within a huge ...
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How can I incorporate demigods into society peacefully?

Demigods, called devas, are humans born with a divine spark attached to their soul. They are marked by their golden eyes, amber-like blood, and divine aura that they give off. Devas are human ...
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Preventing Technological Progression

Normally, technology in numerous fields will advance due to breakthroughs driven by a need for something like more efficient weapons or farming. How can I explain a civilization being "technologically ...
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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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Will a civilization need to make weapons if their use of magic is limitless?

OK here's the scenario. After 1000 years, the elves were able to build a kingdom for themselves. They were given by their creator God the ability to wield unimaginable magic, magic that can shape ...
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Hypothetically, should cultural/genetic Homogeneity in Aliens be considered the Exception, or the Rule?

Humans all belong to a Single Species, localized on a single small-ish planet... Yet we are incredibly diverse in both Culture and Individual Appearance/Adaptation to our environment. This also seems ...
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Could natural nuclear fission reactors be used to energetically sustain and catalyze the progress of an alien civilization?

According to Natural nuclear explosions natural nuclear fission reactors could occur. Could it happen that a primitive alien civilization has its social, economical and technology evolution ...
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What energy sources would a species use if they didn't have access to fossil fuels?

I'm designing an alien race that hasn't developed electricity yet. Now, one thing about their species is that they haven't discovered fossil fuels on their planet to use, like coal, oil, etc. (The ...
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If a civilization lands on a new planet and comes into contact with native tribes, how would their language change over time? [closed]

So around 13,000 years ago, a group of refugees from a planet with Greco-Roman culture and technology were kicked off of their planet by what were essentially space vikings (space travel is done via ...
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How advanced would human civilization get if it was destroyed by insects every 20 years?

In this world there has been a recurring population surge of ferocious insects every 20 years for many centuries. The setting is approximately our own time in relation to the existence of "cave men". ...
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How do you think a telepathic society will work? [closed]

I'm currently trying to design a telepathic, mind-controlling alien species that resembles early theropods, like Dilophosaurus, or an abelisauridae, like Carnotaurus. My main concern is not the design,...