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World with 2 billion people [closed]

How much would fertility rate need to drop for the world to stabilise at 2 billion people in 200 years time? Would the world with this amount of people be vastly more peaceful and prosperous?
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How to maintain the independence of an isolated school?

Suppose a school was founded in a remote mountain valley centuries ago by the first representative of a now-prominent deity. This valley has a forest with a river flowing through it; there are no ...
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What are the negative effects of a society subscribing to Social Darwinism?

I've built a country with a culture that is somewhat progressive for today (i.e. men and women having equal roles in society, some religious tolerance and culturally-integrated acceptance of ...
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Could a society use bullets as money?

I'm making a world that is 1/3 medieval fantasy, 1/3 pre-civil war American west, and 1/3 Mad Max. The world underwent an apocalyptic scenario that destroyed the governing bodies at the time, but it ...
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Why does gold matter so much in a matter of life and death?

We've all played fantasy RTS (real-time strategy) games, like WarCraft or DOTA, where you're in a battle and you need to spend gold to upgrade. Maybe you're buying troops or gear or whatever. But if ...
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What would an industry do with a microbe on Titan? [closed]

The setting would be on Titan in the 2200s. Because the institute preventing intrusions on new worlds that have possible organisms has very little money, they scan Titan on the surface, they don't see ...
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How do I actually mine an asteroid?

Obviously, you can't just send a bunch of out-of-work Kentucky coal miners up there to give it a go. You need some sort of specialized equipment. What I want to know is: what equipment will it be? ...
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Country at constant war - Is a permanent powerful economy possible?

In the fantasy novel I am writing, there is a world-wide war going on. The war spans several continents and has many fronts, but the actual fighting is very similar to that of WWI - mostly waiting in ...
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Why would anyone build robots when they have human rights?

I have read (and answered) the question: "If true artificially intelligent robots could be built, would they be allowed human rights?". But let's explore the topic from the other direction. Let's ...
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Using fire as currency?

Long ago, modern humans died off. Only a few people remained, and they made all sorts of GMO plants, like moss that grows extremely quickly and can be dried into flour. Houses are made out of wood......
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Creating a living currency

I'd like to implement a currency that is "alive". Picture a small, rat-sized animal that is: only found in a small geographic region, making it reasonably scarce. lethargic, or in hibernation most ...
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Can government be funded by only printing more money and not taxing anyone?

In a society where government-issued currency (most current countries) is used, could the government fund itself by printing money to use instead of taxing its citizens? Would this work? If so: How ...
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Would high fertility rate among the rich crowd out commoners?

I'm creating a developed country where due to tax reasons affluent have more children then the lower classes. The marginal tax rate is very high 80% and there are no legal loopholes to avoid paying ...
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Taxless government?

Could a government work without taxes or are taxes required? I know that taxes are how all levels of government are funded, from city taxes all the way to federal taxes. It would be nice if I could ...
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How would taxation for a city-state work in a D&D-like world?

In a magic-rich, Tolkien-inspired world, I am developing a system of taxation for a city-state. Centerseat is an important trade city, with many crafts being made under a guild system. Valuable ...
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Effects of “tax your vote” political system

I know that there was question about political system based on your wealth. This is little variation of it: What if your amount of votes was waged according to what you pay to the system? Rules: If ...
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What kind of a tax system would encourage well-off to have many children?

This question is inspired by the Would high fertility rate among the rich crowd out commoners? . The tax rate presented doesn't seem to encourage the desired behavior. The starting assumptions are: ...
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If all taxes were replaced with a Land Tax, would this deliver a fairer society and improve the economy?

The average citizen in virtually all ideological societies will pay various taxes. These taxes fall into three subcategories: Tax due when they receive money (tax due on income from labour or selling ...
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Medieval gem values

I'm working on developing a realistic economy for my setting, but one thing my research has failed at is finding numbers that I can use to create a gem system that can be used to price gems of various ...
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How could the government not prevent a medical company from helping terrorists? [closed]

Recently, the government has found out that the biggest medical corporation (responsible for plenty of technological progress) has been financing and providing material aid to an organization ...
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Fastest way for an invincible young immortal to make $1 million USD?

So, I gave a $100 bill to a homeless person a few months ago who gave me "God's blessings" in return. Apparently, that conveyed immortality and invincibility upon me as I no longer age (I think) and ...
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What would a recession look like in medieval times?

I'm working on a fantasy setting for a game, the gameplay of which includes trading and government in a fantasy world that is experiencing a negative trend in trade. The setting is outwardly ...
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What would happen if the quantities of silver and gold mined by humans were switched in a fantasy world?

Basically the title. What would happen if, in the world I'm writing, people have thus far found considerably more gold deposits than silver? Specifically, I'm wondering how this might affect their ...
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How could a hacktivist group punish the political elite of a country? [closed]

In what ways could a group of hackers punish the political elite of country (like russia) so disastrously that its economy and politics will take decades to recover? The answer should lean more on ...
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Maximally Non-Geographic States

Imagine a world in which a household can choose which Commonwealth to be a part of, much the way that you might choose a cell phone provider or a religious denomination or a health insurance company. ...
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How to control alcohol consumption in my country?

I have a problem with too many men suffering from alcoholism in my country. I tried putting large taxes and limiting the stores that sell alcohol but that led to cottage industry of low quality ...
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What pre-information age jobs benefit from running at a higher speed?

Chronopolis is a city built on modern time-technology ("chronology") and is split into three sectors, slowtown, midtown, and fasttown, whose residents function at 1/2, 1, and 2 times natural speed, ...
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What would it take to build a bridge that crosses North Atlantic Ocean from Canada to Spain?

I had this idea the other day just for the heck of debating about if it would be feasible to build a bridge that crosses North Atlantic Ocean from Canada to Spain. I mean from St-John's (Newfoundland,...
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Regime instability of a government [closed]

Why would it be in the interest of the elites of certain country, which is an oligarchy or some form of an authoritarian regime to transition to democracy?
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How might an economy in which multiple planets are involved function?

I created the above illustration to help convey my meaning, here is what everything means so that you can read it effectively: E = Earth V = Venus M = Mars The dots in the lower left hand corner ...
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Oligarchy as a form of government

Can a country with an oligarchy as an offical form of government be successful and have prosperous citizens?
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Why would an immortal make good on his loan?

Premise My world that has undergone a transformative breakthrough in biology and genetics. It's not just the ultra-rich who have it; rather, everyone is immortal. However, this world's understanding ...
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Backing Futuristic “Credits” with Energy?

A lot of worldbuilders that I know and have spoken too, insist that unbacked currencies and items with constantly changing values would be what the economy is based on. I, however, am skeptical of ...
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How low could global hegemon be in economic power ranking?

Currently USA is both world largest economy and a global superpower. If China growth continues that will change in near future. I'm building an imaginary world where global hegemon is NOT an economic ...
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Could a sedentary civilization prosper without agriculture?

In my world there are this people that live in a great jungle. They are as advanced as the other civilizations of the world (late medieval standards) with a complex society, work specialization, ...
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Food economy of pre-civilization carnivorous humanoids

Imagine a race of humanoids who only eat meat, and are unable to digest vegetables. Is it possible for these humanoid to be able too create/gather enough food(meat) to the point that job ...
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How Can I Keep an Economy Stable Using Food as Currency?

I am creating a world where the currency (the only currency) is tablets that dissolve in water to create food. Each tablet provides all of the nutritional needs for an average adult for one day. The ...
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Help with designing currency

Imagine Europe around 1810. Imagine the Netherlands. Imagine that it is the colonial age. Imagine also that the colonies are mostly under open rebellion. Imagine that the region of Netherlands (...
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How hard would it be for Santa to give a present to one child?

Santa has to start getting ready for Christmas 2018, and that means he needs a budget. Now, you might assume that this will require billions of dollars. But that assumes that every child is either on ...
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How much to charge for fictional substances in Victorian England setting?

I'm working on a little steampunk setting, which incorporates a lot of the elements of Victorian England. One of the similarities is the economy, in that prices and wages in this world are fairly ...
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What economic effects would magically-enforced isolation have on the Victorian age British Empire?

The year is 1862. A magician raises up an impenetrable magical barrier around the British Isles. The barrier is spherical in shape, and it contains England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. It also ...
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All disease and sickness suddenly cured in humanity, what happens next? [closed]

It’s 2018 and a powerful magic is used to warp reality. Every living human suffering from any disease or sickness is suddenly cured as if it never existed (down to a genetic level). However, this is ...
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How would annually making all crime legal for 12 hours on the same day every year affect the US economy?

I recently watched The Purge 2, which inspired me to write this question. If every year, on a non holiday (e.g. not Christmas), the government made any crime excluding assaulting government officials ...
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Can using zombies for labor be more cost effective for an employer than a living worker?

In the future, Big Business owns the government. Corporations such as Target, Walmart, General Motors, etc... now have a major hand in deciding policies in the country. This has a major impact on how ...
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Economy vs Defensibility for cities?

Ok this is 2 questions but they are so closely related I'm sure it's OK The Premise The world is geographically similar to Earth. The kingdom has the same climate as Germany. The technology is High ...
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Economy in a society where 99% of the world adult population is owned by the other 1% [closed]

We are in a world similar to our current world (with the same technology level notably), but there is a huge catch: everything is considered as property, including human beings. Every human child is ...
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Modern trading card game viable in late medieval / renaissance times?

A tad bit late perhaps, but the creation of Gwent in The Witcher 3 PC RPG game has got me thinking: would a modern trading card game(hereafter referred to as TCG) like Magic: The Gathering be able to ...
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He bought ALL the apples? [closed]

This is a simple premise, that I think could yield a lot of interesting interactions - especially in areas that wouldn't be obvious straight away. In a current-day Earth, what (if any) large-scale ...
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In a post-fossil fuel economy, what could natural gas pipelines be used for?

The United States (as well as many other countries) is covered in a vast network of tubes: These tubes vary greatly in diameter. Some could hardly fit a baseball, while others are large enough to ...
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I Just stole all of the money in the world. What happens now? [closed]

Using a magical computer virus, I’ve stolen all of the money in the world. All of the cash. All of the money from every checking, savings, retirement account. Every bitcoin, etherium, and doge ...