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What can kill an interstellar civilisation? [closed]

It is a common trope that interstellar civilisations rise and fall, only to leave ruins behind. The origin of this idea seems to be a mismatch between empires and civilisations. Yet while (West)Rome ...
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If a civilization could plant only three crops, which ones would cover all nutritional needs?

For example, beans and rice cooperate to make a "complete" protein, providing all of the amino acids the body can't synthesize on its own -- in fact, most traditional dishes that combine legumes and ...
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What would people in early civilization with magical food source do?

So, on a large (20-25 000 km^2) island, there is a lake, and in middle of that lake is a small lake-island, where there is a city of 9 thousand Skrits. These poor folks built their city on top of a ...
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Is a short lived race realistic?

So I have a species that has a life expectancy about half that of humans. In antique times, they mostly die around the age of 30 once they’ve passed the challenges of childhood. Their development is ...
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Ant colony in Zero Gravity [closed]

The image below is an Ant colony in the glass chamber. If the Ants in Chamber filled with soil can generate such structure of colonies. What would happen if the Ants are kept in the same chamber but ...
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Can my advanced civilization halt the expansion of the universe?

Do the laws of physics permit any chance for a Type III civilization on the Kardashev scale to halt or even reverse the expansion of the universe, or bring the galaxies back closer together, assuming ...
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How would a cave civilisation survive underground?

All I know so far is, they're a developed culture of humans who live in cave networks underground, made fit for life. They speak their own language, and they have some contact with outsiders, with ...
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How would a sapient species descended from felids become herbivorous?

In my fantasy world, I have created a sentient species descended from an arboreal felid (it evolved to eat squrriels and small monkeys). They are my elves. The one problem is that I want them to be ...
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How to teach the Mesoamericans seafaring?

I want to have a powerful Mesoamerican civilisation by the 1100s; one that decides to sail east and discover Europe. Earlier versions of the story had them contacted by Zheng He in the 1400s, but I ...
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Earth-like planet : the development of first civilisations

After building tectonic plates and today's continents shape of this earth-like planet, comes the time to put humans on it. On this planet, humans have expanded and traveled the same way Homo erectus ...
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What would the population and financial requirements be to create a self-sustaining country based on UBI that could be apart of the global economy [closed]

If a mega rich individual wanted to test the validity of UBI (Universal Basic Income) in the most efficient way possible and how it integrates into a global modern economy, what would the population ...
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Could a regularly erupting volcano create fertile soil for a fantasy empire to thrive?

I have recently learnt about the flooding of the Nile and the irrigation around it, enabling plentiful crops by depositing nutrient rich silt during bronze age Egypt. I have also learnt about volcanic ...
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Would a civilization living on a planet without a moon still come up with the concept of months?

We divide the year into months of ~30 days because that’s roughly the period of the moon, adapted to fit a solar year. However, would a civilization living on a world with no moon but a year of ~365 ...
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How could liquid nitrogen weapons exist in a medieval society?

It’s been awhile since I’ve been on here, and in all that time, I’ve developed my fictional world by a lot. But I’m still confused by something. You see, the society of my world is one modeled on ...
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Is a modern dark age possible?

For context, I'm considering a story similar to the Netfilx TV show The 100 in which humanity has to recolonize the Earth following a major extinction-level event. I'm aiming for the society they ...
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Can a polytheistic culture survive even if surrounded by monotheistic centralized aggressive warlike cultures like Christianity and Islam? [closed]

Let's say a pagan polytheistic culture survives in the Middle East, with some fertile land and a couple hills to be able to defend itself, while still being a hub for trade. Would it be able to evolve ...
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What could cause normal people to hate magicians?

In a civilization, some people are born with the innate ability to do magic (say like Harry Potter universe). All the people, magical and non-magical, have personalities like those in today's world; ...
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New variables for the Drake equation? [closed]

Has any scientist or sci-fi writer proposed adding new variables to the Drake equation? Science in every area has progressed a great deal since the days of Enrico Fermi and his contemporaries, after ...
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How Would I Believably Wipe Out an Entire Planet's Population and Culture Without Destroying Said Planet?

In my story, there is a planet. The planet's name is not really important for the sake of this question, so we're going to refer to it as "dead planet". Background: Dead planet is entirely hot ...
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Civilization going backwards. How to? [closed]

When we talk about civilization rollback, it's usually some kind of post nuclear war scenario, where everything is in ruins but the knowledge isn't lost. After some huge catastrophe, we'll still have ...
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World without ferromagnetism

In an alternative universe, Maxwell’s equations still apply but ferromagnetism doesn't exist. That is to say, the laws of electromagnetism are the same as in our universe, but things like iron aren’t ...
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How could a technologically advanced civilization in the ancient world leave no trace of itself? [duplicate]

Atlantis was the first great superpower of humanity, ruling the ancient world long before Alexander the great or the Roman empire came into play. It was dominant on all continents, leading a ...
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How can an alien civilization be so powerful that it can with almost 100% certainty destroy any other civilization without getting a scratch? [closed]

Context: There is civilization of God Seekers. They try to prove the existence of (a) God(s) by finding a god-chosen civilization that would be able to survive the genocidal attacks of the God Seekers....
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Intelligent life from trial by wildfires

In my question: Sustainability of Regular Global Wildfires Due to Oxygen Rich Atmosphere An answer was proposed for a kind of "Boom Bust Cycle". The atmosphere has little CO2 but a lot of O2....
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How advanced could an underground society get?

To briefly summarize: former slaves to a race of flying dragon-like humanoids (I've made some modifications to them based on feedback, but the gist is more or less the same) have escaped into the ...
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Why would a civilization develop a taboo against a highly nutritious food that grows well in its climate?

A human civilization, civilization X, decides that food Y is not fit for consumption. Food Y grows well in its climate, is highly nutritious and tasty, and is not harmful to its inhabitants. Food Y ...
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In a future post-scarcity civilization, how would evolution change humans when survival is no 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 old do surviving children need to be to keep human civilization from failing?

This question is inspired by several similar questions on this site. The scenario: at one moment, all people above the age X disappear without a trace. How low this X can be that human civilization ...
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Feasibility of a Super Crop

In my setting there is a civilization that has a decisive advantage in a fundamentally agrarian world; a crop of exceptional yield and nutritional value. Would it be feasible for a plant to have ...
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How would Instant communication affect early Civilization Economy

There are three stones that allow basically instant communication. The brighter the stones the clearer the message. A brownish red stone wouldn't be as good as a bright red one. The way these stones ...
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Could Quasi-Europe Exist in the Southern Hemisphere?

In all fantasies that I'm aware of, the setting is in the northern hemisphere (noted by frozen north and barren south). So... Could advanced civilizations exist on a continent that's located in the ...
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Why would a food that is harmful to the environment be widely consumed in a society?

In a previous question, I asked why a taboo would develop around a food that grows well in a civilization’s climate and has no harmful effects. However, I will now ask the opposite question: why would ...
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Why would a flourishing land-based civilisation move under-water?

For what reason would a civilisation experiencing an almost golden age in industry and agriculture, experiencing no catastrophic plague almost all move underwater in as such that they live entirely ...
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Could the people of a civilization without sight imagine things?

If there was a whole civilization of people without sight, how would they imagine things? Would they be able to picture 3 dimensions in their heads by feeling things?
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How to rock the universe without provoking intergalactic war?

Even in the distant future stupidly loud rock metal is being played and enjoyed by many humans, even those that finds it irritating still recognise it as a form of music alright... officially it's ...
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How would a civilization adapt to handle a series of unkillable deadly people? [closed]

How would a civilization adapt to a typical video game protagonist? People who always seemed to win any fight in front of them, but where there was only one of them, or a small team? Background. In ...
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How Could People Utilize a Hypereutrophic Sea?

In a previous post I asked about the feasibility of connecting the ocean to a dried sea bed with hand tools and it was pointed out how environmentally disastrous this would be. So the bronze age ...
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Human uses for megafauna besides food or traction?

Ancient Man feasted on megafauna. From mammoths to every variety of deer and flightless bird humans have made the most of large wildlife, to the point of tragic excess. So what happens when the animal ...
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What would the proposed advanced civilization be like in the Young Dryas? (12,000 years ago)

It has been proposed that an advanced civilization existed 11-12,000 years ago and was wiped out by a comet strike which hit glacial ice and caused a massive flood. Remnants of this civilization are ...
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If it wasn't maintained for hundreds of years, would the Channel Tunnel collapse?

The title says it all. If it wasn't maintained for hundreds of years, would the Channel Tunnel collapse?
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How could people travel from England to France with 17th century technology without using a boat?

This is a continuation of my last question about how long it would take the tunnel between the two countries to fall apart. So let's say that there's a group of people who have no more than 17th ...
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is it possible for a kingdom to live off of rice, beans, eggs, potatoes, and chicken, and general food from foraging and hunting?

my question is literally right there. the general amount of people is about 2500 people. 1000 are men, 1000 are women, and 500 are kids. whatever farm area amount is required, I won't mind. as long as ...
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Why would a civilization want to contact with a hypothetical extraterrestrial civilization?

Mankind has been always interested in making contact with another (extraterrestrial) civilization. We have launched the Pioneer 10 and 11 probes with plaques explaining where the Earth is located. ...
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How can a world with constantly-moving nomads form?

I've been working on a world for a game I'm making. The basis of the game is that you have to carefully manage your resources, and to keep moving. I'd like to build a world which fits that. These are ...
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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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Feasibility Check- Is aquaculture a possible food source for my civilization

Inspired (loosely) by societies like the Gunditjmara and natives of the Pacific Northwest, I always have envisioned a system of aquaculture for one of my concultures, though agricultural studies are ...
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What species has the most chance of becoming the next civilised species? [duplicate]

I'm considering creating a world which take place on earth after all humans are dead/gone (we don't care actually). In this situation another/some other species develop enough to be a civilization. ...
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How can baseline humanity survive on its own in the future?

In the future, baseline humans are joined by gene-hacked humans, cyborgs, uplifted animals, and digital consciousnesses (synthetic or uploaded minds). Most states are either autopias (automated ...
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Manners Maketh Man

Working on the art book for my post apocalyptic world building project I got used to accompanying the introduction of each character or topic with a quote to set the mood and to emphasize how little (...
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How could a civilisation develop in a desert with little water and food [closed]

I want to create a world full of different civilisations and I want one in a desert but how would I make it believeable.

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