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Currency exchange across time [duplicate]

Congratulations! The year is 2030 and after a few months of waiting on a list you've been chosen to become one of a select few individuals who will be allowed to time travel to your chosen year of ...
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Pandemic & minimum viable population of complex society [duplicate]

I am currently writing a book about a pandemic. If you want more informations, see my previous posts here and here. Imagine a bacterium with a very high infection rate, so that within a year, most ...
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What would the job market look like if half the population suddenly disappeared? [closed]

Half of all humans on planet earth one day suddenly disappear, leaving no trace. My question is, how would this affect the job market? First I assume there would be a lot of grieving over lost loved ...
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What would be the consequence of a traffic light system where the users with green light pay the users with red light?

Traffic lights are mechanisms that control the usage of intersections. I'd like to perform a thought experiment for an alternative mechanism. The basic idea is that the intersection is a shared ...
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Why would a government release a virus that preferentially kills old people; would a country struggling with an aging population secretly do this? [closed]

Inspired by current events, and the ongoing problem of too many old people and not enough young people creating a burden on pension/healthcare systems in Asia and around the world. For starters, I ...
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Society with photosynthesis-capable humans

What would motivate photosynthetic human beings to work on menial jobs like cleaning , dish washing etc. - jobs where earning for food is main motive? For such creatures, food could be prepared from ...
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Alternatives to a modern world that uses unemployed as a resource [closed]

In a human, modern, developed, technological world, the benefits of modernism begin to deliver bad results. It takes a huge force to concentrate in large cities, housing is unaffordable, jobs have ...
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How would aliens abduct an entire nation of millions from a planet?

I am looking for as hard science answers as possible, but I am willing to bend some rules for a good answer. Assume they need to move 10 million 100 million people off of a planet what technology ...
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Attempting to Cripple Society while Preserving Biosphere

Asking for a project that's floated in and out of my head for the past few years. I'm desiring to create a scenario where human society is globally affected - not wiped out, not even Mad-Maxed, but ...
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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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What is a feasible timeframe for a super-reactor to obsolete all other energy sources?

A super-reactor was created by SRE, Inc (Super Reactor Energy), and it can provide as much clean energy as needed. There's no way to copy it or make another. It operates without problem or fuel - ...
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One half of my population was eliminated. How do I restore them without causing havoc? [closed]

A few years back, the Evil Overlord magicked away half of the world population - they were effectively locked away in time, for all intents and purposes. Then, against all odds, the Super Team was ...
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If a mayor were to find his city was about to be razed to the ground, who would he appeal to? [closed]

Let's imagine a scenario, where, in a dystopic industrial society, a mayor of a medium-sized city learns that his city is about to be destroyed by some powerful force within the bureaucracy of his ...
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Medieval City Region Economic Model

In the attached diagram, the grid on the left side shows several layers from my world-building project. Each square represents a 4x4 sq km (2.5x2.5 sq miles) area. Layer 1: Terrain, showing the ...
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Basket of goods in SF

I'm creating a SF-cyberpunk universe. The action is set somewhere in 3600, 1600 years after today. Humanity has colonized several hundred star systems around Milky Way. Even thought there was no ...
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How would a new planet join an intergalactic united nations and economy? [closed]

Wordy title, heh. Say a new planet gains access to spacefaring capabilities comparable to that of what exists in some galaxy or galactic cluster. And in that galaxy or cluster, there's a body akin to ...
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How much tribute can a dragon get away with?

Okay, here's a classic situation: The countryside is plagued by a dragon, who demands tribute from the local city on the basis of them being in his territory. Now, the dragon here doesn't actually ...
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How big should my particular military be under post-apocalyptic conditions?

So some background so that you’re caught up: In the world that I’m working on now, in 2005, the deadliest plague in history struck the world. The Black Flu as it was called caused havoc and ...
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How can I explain a continent with extremely un-equal progress between its nations?

A long-running concept I have for my fantasy continent of Diggoran is its isolated and unequalized technological and industrial progress. By ''isolated progress'' I refer to the fact that Diggoran's ...
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Why is there a cap on magical currency despite unlimited magic power?

Set in the modern day, only a small portion of the population is aware of magic and some of them has unlocked their innate magic potential at a young age. There is a governing body that ensure fair ...
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Can superpowers come to exist without wars of expansion? [closed]

Our world is surrounded by a magic barrier that keeps out eldritch abominations that exist in the void, such as Cthulhu⁠. However, this barrier is fairly sensitive and easily damaged⁠. The violent, ...
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Could a waiting list be used as a monetary system in a post-scarcity society?

I'm writing a futuristic sci-fi story that takes place in a mostly post-scarcity economy. Resources are abundant, and no one needs to work for basic necessities or luxuries. Robots do all manual labor,...
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Can Communism become a stable economic strategy? How? (Update) [closed]

Inspired by this question, I'd like to re-review if Communism can ever become a stable form of government. To help restrict the scope of this question, please allow me to add the following ...
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Why would anyone buy zombies? [closed]

In the shady city of Tarahan, ruled by the Cult of Carmine Heptagram, you can experience all sorts of arcane oddities, like hooded wraiths phasing through the buildings, stray imps being treated like ...
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How can a nation today become a super power without any nuclear programme?

I suspect being economically strong and independent aren't enough to become a super power in today world, I realised that US is slowly losing it's grip as a super power after it starts shifting focus ...
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Creating a convincing mafia? [closed]

I am currently in the process of creating my own world for an upcoming RPG, in a Victorian Era/Industrial Revolution/Steam Age setting. It's not overly steampunk but light elements of it are ...
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What can I profitably manufacture with a large amount of electricity but minimal infrastructure?

It's twenty minutes in the future, and farmers across the 'big countries' (USA, Australia, etc) are facing a new scourge: light poachers. Every summer hordes of self-driving trucks crash into fields ...
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Why would a technologically advance space-faring civilization still use physical currency?

In this world human civilization has reached the stars and now spans across multiple galaxies. Technological advancements such as neural implants, FTL travel, and FTL internet access are ubiquitous ...
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Ideas for medieval currency [closed]

D&D and many similar fantasy settings use a (perhaps unrealistically) simple system of currency consisting of silver and gold pieces. (These are, of course, roughly analogous to pence and ...
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How might a multi-backed commodity currency work?

I have three post apocalypse tribes who each produce different goods, let's say black beans (protein dominant), potatoes (carb dominant), and vegetable oil (fat dominant). They're unifying into a ...
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Woodpunk World- 'Super Wood' developed in the mid-late 19th century?

So, here's the premise- in this alternate 'woodpunk' historical timeline, primarily focused upon Japan, someone stumbles across this development far earlier on, in the mid to late 19th century (as ...
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In a world where magic is common, how can an economy be protected from magical counterfeiting and transmutation? [closed]

Say it's a world where most people are at least aware that magic exists, and that some magicians can do things that would destabilize a real-world economy. How would economists, legislators, and law-...
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In a more advanced society that experiences incursions by monsters, do you think weapons such as guns would cost more or less the same as our society?

I'm in the middle of creating my own role-play game set in a fantasy/sci-fi setting where the society is attacked fairly regular by monsters and the like; Due to this I'm having trouble with the ...
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Why would currency retain value even after the kingdom that originally minted them is now gone

The land of Vau was once dominated by the Queens of the "Old Kingdom". The currency of the old kingdom was known as the "Argen". The Argen was minted in silver, bronze, and iron varieties. However The ...
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How to make my matriarchal society more realistic [closed]

So I am playing with idea of fantasy matriarchal society. I want it to be realistic and coherent. This is what I have so far: Aim I wanted to avoid a simple patriarchal flip, where social structure ...
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Where should the terrorist destroy to destablize global economy [closed]

In my story(setting--modern day), a group of terrorist got one nuclear device from North Korea(50-100 kiloton). Their goal is to destablize global economy so the common people in first world nation (...
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Perils of having a moon consisting of valuable material

In the 1960s we were disappointed to find that the moon is a pile of dust and rubble with no easily accessible valuable materials. Well, we kind of knew it before that, but we weren't sure. Anyway, ...
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Early stages of a police / surveillance state, experiment leading to totaliarian government [closed]

A democratic government starts tightening its grip on the citizens by tiny steps, slowly but surely they advance towards a state that resembles China today. In their first step, they start a ...
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What kind of transport infrastructure would there be in a new planetary colony?

Say humanity have the luxury to start anew. Colonizing a planet where speed of colonization is not an issue. Let's assume planet conditions and gravity pull similar to Earth. Technology relatively ...
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Considerations on settlements and urban development on a colonized exoplanet

When humans are colonizing a new planet, what are the considerations that need to be made for settlement placement and development? For this particular question, let's consider the following ...
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What system could incentivize medical care to keep all people as healthy as possible? [closed]

I want a world where doctors are incentivized to keep all people as healthy as possible with the budget society is willing to spend on healthcare. It should also be a world where people would like to ...
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How would a Disappearer make himself known as reliable?

A "Disappearer" sells the service of taking people and giving them new lives and identities. The Disappearer doesn't want to reveal identity to avoid being interrogated by the police or worse, ...
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What's the most profitable use for an elemental transmuter?

The cold fusion generator is ready, loaded with tons of heavy water. The scientists stand by ready to measure the energy output of the amazing new technology. They turn it on, and as expected, get ...
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Direct Consequences of Powered Armor [closed]

The Question What are the direct consequences of powered armor being practical? Background In the setting I have been working on, humanity has invented a man-machine interface, bio-mechanical cells ...
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If North America and Latin America unified into one country, how would the highway system work? [closed]

Canada, the US, and Mexico all have pretty nice highways. However, that isn’t the case with most Latin America countries that don’t even have paved highways. Would the supercountry use all of its ...
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Is it possible for a country to develop the equivalent of a Second Industrial Revolution while under a war of attrition?

I'm developing a setting that has majoritarily experienced a First Industrial Revolution after a period of peace, preceded by a period of warfare sort of equivalent to the Napoleonic wars. Now I am ...
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Can a successful economy exist without renting stuff?

Modern capitalism is considered as the most successful form of economy (and it clearly works better than, say, communism), but it too has its flaws. One of the most glaring ones (in my opinion) is the ...
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Can all citizens/residents of town/city be wealthy? [closed]

Was just reading a bedtime story to the kids where there was an isolated small town and "everyone was wealthy and happy" and that got me thinking, can it actually be true? If everyone is "wealthy", ...
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Will asteroid mining be economical in foreseeable future?

I see that asteroid mining had already been extensively discussed in the context of today's technology (Ex. Is Asteroid Harvesting economic?) and the answer is a definitive "No" - it's not economical ...
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Implications of a scifi society's industry [closed]

If a space faring society has access to such resources, and technological capabilities that they are able to make alloys strong enough to build large, armored space vessels, extract gas from a gas ...

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