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Can modern civilization maintain itself under an Earth constantly bombarded with lightning?

I have an Earth unknowingly tainted by a drop of blood shed from a Lightning Deity. The divine blood corrupted the world such that it is always experiencing lightning strikes at an omnipresent scale. ...
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Would a species with 3 sexes be more adept at warfare and hard labor compared to humans?

For my fantasy story, I was trying to conceive of a three-gendered species for more uniqueness. I finally thought up an idea that might make biological sense. For mammals, the male sex has the sperm ...
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Solution for a modern nation that mustn't see themselves or their own reflection

I have the Propagation Hivemind, an all-female human hivemind(many minds aggregating to form one big mind) numbering in the hundreds of billions populating East Asia. Every member of the Hivemind ...
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Would moving the equator to the Tropic of Cancer increase Earth's arable land?

In real life, the majority of Earth's land is in the Northern Hemisphere. The vast majority of people also live in the Northern Hemisphere. Essentially every important country (economics-wise and ...
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Air magic only used to decrease humidity and improve living conditions?

I'm writing a world with an overall warm and very humid climate (Eocene-adjacent, although it does not have to be 100% realistic). Population is very low compared to Earth. Humans generally live in ...
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What could be the next technological revolution for a society that has FTL travel tech? [closed]

In a society with FTL travel tech that is relatively mature (like a Star Wars or Star Trek civilization), what could be the next technological breakthrough BESIDES teleportation (as I feel ...
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Can a planet have a warm, tropical climate both at the poles and at the equator?

I am trying to create the perfect planet for life. It will mainly consist of shallow seas/oceans with archipelagos spread throughout the globe. The islands are the same size as New Guinea on average. ...
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River valley civilization in woodland steppe?

I'm creating an antiquity-age earthlike world starting at the early bronze age. One of my continental interiors is a large, fairly flat, hot steppe region predominantly covered in steppe woodland, ...
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If humans colonized Earth 100,000 years ago, would we know it?

Let's say that humans actually originate from another planet. An extinction level event happened on their home planet, and a handful of them escaped, wandering through space looking for a planet that ...
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Could a civilization have existed on earth when our planet was much smaller, and as earth gained more size could it have grew around and above them? [closed]

I want to create a civilization that were living on earth when the planet was a much smaller protoplanet or a planetesimal. If earth grew over billions of years, could a civilization have existed ...
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How might a civilization that comes after us be aided by the fact someone has been here and done it before?

Suppose a hypothetical apocalypse scenario that wipes out all human beings, but leaves infrastructure and the like behind. In particular, digital technologies are mostly unaffected. Consider then, ...
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Would medieval humans know if an ancient civilization had existed and been wiped out?

Let's say there was a society of lizard people that were highly intelligent, about 50 million years ago. They built permanent structures and developed up to an industrial tech level; they had iron ...
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Building a fictional city on a deserted island from scratch

I am writing a fantasy story in a fantasy world and I have a question about the development of cities. One of the major kingdoms in that world decides to build a city on a newly discovered deserted ...
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Minimum technology required to discover relativity?

As the title states, what’s the least-powerful technology a civilization needs before they are capable of developing and verifying an accurate theory of special & general relativity? For details, ...
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Why would a warrior tribe be dependant on a pacifist tribe?

I have two small tribes which are in a similar, small geographical location. One of the civilisations is a group of warriors, called Wolves, who have trained to be warriors since children. The others, ...
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How does an explorer civilization survive the Dark Forest Scenario?

The Dark Forest hypothesis is one put forth by author Liu Cixin in a novel named thus, which essentially revolves around three primary assumptions: There is life everywhere throughout the galaxy - ...
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How might civilization develop if hunter-gatherers and/or early agrarian civilizations had access to highly advanced technology? [closed]

Imagine a setting where, across numerous worlds: people without memory, identity or culture wake up surrounded by the ruins and technologies of a highly advanced spacefaring civilization that ...
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Chosing civilization types for an interstellar galaxy-wide world [closed]

So, I need multiple civilizations interacting in an interstellar world of the size of a galaxy. But my current view now is that all interstellar civilizations will be AI-driven and based and ...
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What time units would a civilisation constantly travelling between planets and universes use? [duplicate]

While it's possible for an advanced enough civilisation to get some value from atoms and record it in a computer, how would a civilisation without that technology first develop some form of time ...
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How much time would it take to build a small medieval city/village/town with a wall surrounding it? [closed]

What I'm asking is how many months would it take for around 50,000 people to build an urban medieval settlement that is circular and surrounded by a wall made of brick/stone to protect against magic ...
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How stable would a rogue star system be?

By some means, artificial or naturally occuring, a human inhabited star system has been flung from the Milky Way. Prior to being ejected from the galaxy, the system bears at least one Earth-like ...
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Is it possible for a group/clan of 10k people to start their own civilization away from other people in 2050? Like the Amish but with more technology?

They are a group of fed up people in a third world country who somehow acquire/buy land in a remote place near the Himalayas. Ignore the powers like China trying to conquer them. Is this possible in ...
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How can kaiju exist in nature and not significantly alter civilization?

I'm building a world where kaiju-sized creatures exist alongside regular-sized creatures. How these kaiju don't crumble under their own weight doesn't matter, and can be explained away by them being ...
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Would it be at all possible for a civilization to not have a concept of a god real or fake?

Now I know the cheeky answer would be "of course it's possible, it's your world, you decide what happens in it" but I'm asking this from a general point of view. Is it really inevitable that ...
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Cultural identity in an Multi-cultural empire

I'm world-building for a universe. I just came up with Deals Best Kept, and I realized I wanted to have a bunch of fantasy races interact, be very culturally diverse and mixed, and also account for a ...
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Would it be possible for a civilization to create machines before wheels?

I know wheels have been a pivotal part of every invention and machinery for hunmankind. But currently I'm making an alien civilization with access to floating rocks due to superconductivity. Thanks to ...
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What could Kaiju do to stop us from travelling into deep space?

The world's overrun with Kaiju but, while they kill many and cause much destruction, our civilization continues, migrating inward, away from the coasts where the Kaiju typically occupy. Question is ...
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Fastest possible space faring civilization from cavemen [closed]

Let's say I have an Environment, called eden Abundant amounts of any resources needed to become a space faring civilization, as long as they are non-synthetic or man made resources filled with ...
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Why might a civilisation of robots invent organic organisms like humans or cows?

In a civilisation of robots (of unknown origin) on an isolated, desolated planet, what motivation might they have for purposefully trying to invent organic organisms?
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How would having decent/good/great ability to fly naturally affect a species air, land, and water vehicle creation and usage?

I had posted a similar question about this not too long ago, only it was just asking about aircraft. It got closed for whatever reason. I am asking a similar question, because I realized that air-...
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Urban Planning on a Tidally Locked World

I'm in the early stages of a project involving a habitable tidally locked world, this one a fairly Earth-like (large ocean) around a K-class orange dwarf. And using this study for reference, where the ...
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How to build a giant city in a harsh environment?

In my world, there is a magic civilization. They are on a far away continent, but it is harsh and snowy. In the current time, they have now giant cities, the main ones being a mix of both steam and ...
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Justifying why nonhuman sapients would not develop civilisation [closed]

I am imagining a project where the development of more advanced brain-computer interfaces allow humans to communicate telepathically with animals, and so discover that numerous species on Earth are ...
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How Well Would Humans Fare In A Romero-Styled Zombie Apocalypse? [closed]

The Story takes place in the modern world, and starting from one day anyone who recently died with their brain intact will revive as a zombie to feed on living flesh. In this question we will not ...
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What sort of founder crops and/or domesticable food plants can be found in the tundra/subarctic, specifically the Alaska interior?

Another attempt at a broad question I asked here earlier. My aim here is to build another cradle of civilization from the ground up, in an area that never did (for fairly obvious reasons) and in an ...
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How could a nomadic society establish a stable civilization?

In my world, there is an entire nomad-based society. While they have some influence based on gypsies, they are mainly based on Mongolian Horsemen. At some point in my fictional history (ca. 12th-13th ...
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What would be the climate of a planet with very frequent hurricanes?

I'm writing a planet where the weather is always stormy. This planet has hurricanes and monsoons and huge thunderstorms and tornadoes on a weekly basis. The good news is that there are very few ...
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Nibiru hypothesis [duplicate]

Starting from the infamous "Nibiru hypothesis", I'd like to craft a world identical or at least similar to the one described within the works (more SF than Hard Science if you ask me) of ...
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How could a misotheistic society kill belief in powered gods?

In my setting there is a religion of giants (gaians) who believe magic/the supernatural are an affront to nature and must be exterminated by any means necessary. For magic users this isn't to much of ...
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Can there be an Underwater Advanced Civilization? [closed]

After watching Aquaman and, most recently, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which features Namor and his underwater empire, I got curious about the feasibility of an underwater civilization composed of ...
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At what point should I halt humanity's development so that they don't start destroying habitats? How can I achieve this? [closed]

I'm creating a world where it's impossible for human civilization do develop to the point that they could start seriously destroying habitats. I'm not even talking about the industrial revolution. ...
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Could a single, hyper-advanced civilization develop among many unadvanced societies?

In my world, there is a confederacy of citystates, ruled by witches and Pagans. They left to escape persecution from Christians (of my world) in the 13th-14th centuries, though they do not know that ...
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Why would an advanced civilization keep slavery? [closed]

In my world, there is a country made up of mostly demons (a species) and ghouls. Their economy is both capitalistic and mercantilistic, and their government is a constitutional dictatorship. Currently,...
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Could a pure sign language society be as advanced as a speaking society?

I remember reading about how a lot of the early paleolithic societies and proto-human species like Neanderthals and Homo Erectus used sign languages before spoken languages. It made me wonder how a ...
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What would a post-humanity civilization look like? (Bystanders vs. Instigators) [closed]

I’m going to propose two ideas for a near-future scenario. In both scenarios, a lab company engineers a new intelligent species. For now, we’ll call this new species Homo postea, also known as “...
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How to Counter Mosquito-Borne Diseases in a Premodern World

In a setting I am working on there is a civilization based in a tropical floodplain that’s dependent on paddy field agriculture to maintain its population. Problem is that all the standing water and ...
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Could anyone give me a scientific explanation of how a planet/creatures would have purple-ish hue?

so this is related to a different planet/civilization me and my friend have in mind. The civilization is an intelligent life living far from earth, but what I have been thinking of is making the ...
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What natural ocean resources can be used to make into clothing?

I have a civilization that lives not exactly underwater, but completely surrounded by water in which their cities are both submerged underwater or built floating right on top of it. Almost all of ...
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Could an alien civilization discover electricity before fire, if their planet lacked significant oxygen but did hold common storms?

Let’s say there was an early alien civilization, not yet advanced. They hail from a planet with little to no oxygen. If this planet had electrical storms relatively frequently, could they harness the ...
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If Aluminum was non-reactive, could there have been an "Aluminum Age" instead of a Bronze Age?

Aluminum is the most common metal on Earth. Despite this fact, this element wasn't discovered until the 19th Century. This is because Aluminum is never naturally found in the ground. Instead, aluminum ...
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