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What is the stumbling block for a world of "Alphas"? [closed]

In 149597871's utopia, there will be no need for that as only a small minority of "alpha" males would be allowed to impregnate girls while the rest of the (beta) men will only support them ...
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What ways could an underground society decompose bodies?

What methods could an underground society with no access to the surface help to speed the decomposition rate of bodies? Ideally, is there a method they could speed decomposition and still use the ...
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How would a group with strong leadership skills create an initial government? [closed]

A group of 1000 political “dissenters” and their families have been captured and forced into an underground bunker. Because many of them have some sort of background in politics and/or leadership, it ...
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What would the survival rate be for a group of people forced into an underground, bunker style community?

Suppose 1000 people were forced underground into a relatively well set up bunker style community. Assuming they have no official leadership or organization to begin with, they must rapidly learn their ...
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Most in-demand items/skills in dystopian future [closed]

Civilization as we know it has fallen. You want to begin to rebuild and/or set up a village shop to turn a quick buck. What goods or services from the past (aka, now) would be most in demand?
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In a post intergalactic WW3 where most of scociety has moved into a VR world to escape, what created the zombies that roam outside (Not nuclear war) [closed]

Basically, this is after a war between human civilizations on multiple planets in our galaxy. Most people have decided to live the rest of their lives in a fully immersive VR world and a very small ...
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Where would be the best place to set up a government building in a world that constantly had earthquakes?

so I’m trying to figure out where a government would set up their main base in a world where earthquakes and natural disasters are imminent and happening all the time. I want it to be iconic like in ...
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Synthetic hydro carbon based Life

This question includes Genuine Artificial intelligence as life so long as it is self replicating and sapient. Hard science only please. Can a sapient self replicating entity be designed to exclusively ...
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How far away could a tech similar to RFID be scanned?

Let's say a three letter agency wants to track everyone using an ID card tied to a database. It's simple enough to put an RFID chip in it that gets read at some point of contact, but let's say we want ...
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Social Credit System in a Non-modern-technology Type World [duplicate]

Dystopian fiction is fun, but it often relies on futuristic/modern technology - such as cameras watching your every move - and various other devices that can track whatever you do. In a world where ...
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How long would it take a city to starve? [duplicate]

In the dystopian story that I’m writing with my dad, there are two races of people: humans and mutants. The dictator of the only surviving state finds out that his son turned into a mutant and ...
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Could a mechanical bird with the wingspan of Vermont be able to fly?

I know it sounds kinda stupid, but I’m trying to create a really ominous figure that would always watch the player in this a hypothetical video game that I’m writing with my dad. We both agreed that ...
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The ultimate far-future fortress [closed]

In the year 4000, a single gigantic government authority controls the world. In the dystopian capital mega-city of "X" lies their core center of activity, where the highest of ranking ...
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What would be the consequences of a society literally run by sociopaths?

I was listening to a worldbuilding discussion on another site and somebody came up with an idea for a dystopian setting that they called "the worst of all possible worlds". Basically, the ...
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Is a utopia a necessarily aged society?

Following the issues raised in the question How to limit population growth in a utopia? I'd like to ask a related question. In a stable utopia, would the population be old-aged, compared to less-than-...
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Can you modify children's DNA after they are born, and if so, up to what age? [duplicate]

My story is Dystopian placed after a nuclear fallout, in a small group of isolated cities with futuristic technology. The plotline is that the government is kidnapping children with disabilities, ...
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Can People Fool Benevolent Brother's 'Alibi Trackers' and Escape?

Alibi Tracker Improvement Program Announcement Today, October 1st, 2074AD, marks the 50th year since 2034, when Benevolent Brother freed all of humanity on the only 2 continents of Earth. Since then, ...
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What sort of clothing would futuristic dystopian society develop? [closed]

I am trying to hint at in a story I write that the story takes place in a dystopian society. To be more specific I am talking about a technological kind of dystopian society that would be subtly ...
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Zodiac eugenics

Imagine a world slightly more developed then ours. For example internal combustion engines are becoming obsolete, they have fuel cells and electric cars. They also started using genetic engineering to ...
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Could firearms realistically have RFID reader built into them so they could be tracked?

Firearms on their interior are very lacking in space, and putting an RFID reader on the exterior takes up the space that could be used by attachments like a CornerShot or vertical foregrip. It would ...
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What would present day society be like if people were much more intelligent on average [closed]

My earlier question was closed because I didn't follow the rules properly. Truly sorry about that. I hope I'll do better this time. My question is, what would a society be like today if people had ...
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With as much scientific accuracy as possible, how would chemicals injected in one's body be removed?

I am currently writing the world, setting and characters for a project of mine called the ORION Project - a story set in a dystopian America in the near future of 2050, where the government has taken ...
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Storing a human consciousness in a flash drive or similar piece of technology [closed]

In a dystopian trilogy I'm writing, I want to include a way to have the government store a person's ideas in a small piece of technology. Basically, the government has a test of strength after you ...
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How to bring humans near to extinction? [closed]

So, I have a bunch of people (say a hundred) who want to bring humans to extinction. These "people" I'm talking about (let's call them demons, though they aren't actually demons) are stronger than the ...
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What pandemic could keep the world in isolation near indefinitely?

What kind of pandemic could keep nations on severe lock down for at least long enough to necessitate irreversible changes to culture and the economy (preferably a decade or longer)? Such as fast-...
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How could the Soylent Corporation remain in business after their horrible secret has been revealed?

I'm the CEO of the Soylent Corporation, and we have a problem. Some cop just revealed our secret: Our premiere food product Soylent Green: is made out of people! (sigh) We're going to lose ...
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Why do villages in my artificial desert need their water delivered by caravan? [closed]

I'm making a strategy RPG, and I'm having trouble justifying the gameplay's core premise in light of some recent developments in the world I've built around it, and I need some help filling in the ...
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How to Get Past The Apocalypse - Quickly [closed]

Inspired by this question, it's an often used gimmick to juice interest by ending the world. It could be the machine uprising, nuclear apocalypse, zombie virus, nano disease, unbeatable army of undead,...
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To what extent would a 21st Century Industrial power collapse under an airborne HIV-like virus? [closed]

In an alternate 21st Century Earth, an airborne strain of HIV, or a brand new airborne virus that causes the same symptoms of HIV evolves. The new Super-HIV virus retains the ability to transmit by ...
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What would people who have never seen a plane before call it? [closed]

In my story, my characters live in the wilderness, and they have no modern technology. They do see ruins from the past (from now) but other than that they have no idea how advanced other parts of the ...
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Does this type of organization make sense if it's all people have known?

These were taken from a bulletted list, so sorry if the grammar is weird. ...They do all this to keep the wealth and luxuries of the world within the city, so that no one inside is poor; it is a ...
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What type of clothing could be made naturally in England?

My story takes place in England about 1000 years from now, and due to the circumstances there is no modern technology. (Modern as in after the 1800s.) So of course there are materials and plants that ...
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Can this underground culture survive for 200 years

I have a underground culture that has been cut off from the surface for near on 200 years, and I am trying to understand what issues will I need to cover and am most likely to run into for there ...
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How Would Forced Relocation Affect a Community [closed]

In a dystopian setting where people are separated into a caste system of sorts, the lowest caste, know as ship-ins, gets their nickname from a peculiar treatment: if an offense escalates to a level ...
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How would a Dyson Swarm affect the temperature and light reaching the earth?

So, I'm creating a world in a dystopia format and I'm curious on other peoples opinion about how they would think a fully enveloping Dyson Swarm would affect the earth's temperature. I want the swarm ...
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How do I make my main character react realistically to the discovery of a Christian Bible, in a world where it is highly illegal? [closed]

So; I am working on a story that is inspired by my Christian faith to an extent, and I would like the main character to become a "redemptive hero" who becomes a hero by simply helping people to see ...
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Dystopian Future | Moon Destroyed What Would Our World Look Like in 500 years? [duplicate]

This question came to me after reading this question on the Astronomy Page, and having a length discussion with colleagues about the 2002 movie "The Time Machine". As a result I am looking for hard-...
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What would cause a world wide pandemic?

I am writing a story about being "alone" on earth, I want it to be caused by a virus but I am unsure about the details of it. I know that the virus: Should kill most of the worlds population leaving ...
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Dystopia Fantasy Magnetic or electronic field as a fence [closed]

I am writing a dystopia. In this world there is currently an electromagnetic fence that prevents anyone from going in and out unless they are in possession of a certain sword that neutralizes the ...
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Loss of Humanity [closed]

I have been looking at and researching dystopian fiction in hopes of writing my own story based in one. I know the kinds of factors that can all contribute to a dystopia, be it rigid governmental ...
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Would separating people into 2 groups help the economy in any way?

Would splitting humans into two groups, those that work and live during the night, and those that work and live during the day, help the economy in any way? What would be other considerations of ...
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Killing TV Presenters by Audience Consensus - Diss Topia

In a dystopian world (Diss Topia) of the future, being a TV presenter is a hazardous job. All viewers have the ability to vote to save or kill a given presenter while they are on air (more ...
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How would a resistance group stop or disrupt software development

I have an idea of a story that takes place in a near future dystopia, where the government is planning to deploy a new dangerous surveillance software. This surveillance tech is of course contracted ...
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Modern Conveniences in a dystopian anarchy [closed]

So for a story which I am writing, I want to have modern conveniences and utilities in place (e.g. Youtube, Amazon, stores, things of that nature). However, it is a post apocalyptic world with no ...
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What would sports be like in a dystopia? [closed]

I remembered Ready Player One's dystopian setting, and then wondered what would sports be like in a dystopia? This theoretical dystopia is a world that has been drained of most of its resources, like ...
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Would those living in a "perfect society" not understand satire [closed]

I wrote a little short story about a classroom in the distant future, where the world becomes "perfect", and the students are analyzing works of satire from different periods. The teacher uses these ...
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Could a technologically advanced civilization be possible without digital computers?

I've noted an interesting trend in Netflix, specially on Sci-Fi and hero series. The worlds often have these aesthetic characteristics: Computers are rare, very big or non existing Phones, but ...
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How would an Inquisition under a semi-dystopic government set in a post-apocalyptic world function? [closed]

The government in my world covers the entire Earth, but is run by 3 separate, cooperating continental governments (Europe, North and Central Africa, and Australasia). The rest of the world is a ...
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Earth under one roof: Feasible?

Okay, so how feasible is it- if even possible- to put the Earth under 'one roof'? So here is the premise. The world is heavily heavily over populated, so overpopulated in fact that almost all of the ...
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Never-ending string kebab for a dystopian future

For a Matrix-type future I want to feed people via solid food. This is to keep all their internal organs working properly. The idea is to feed them an endless kebab that is held together along its ...
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