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How could regime prevent future democracy to grant citizenship to hated ethnic group?

Imagine a country under a rule of a regime that is under pressure to democratize. The regime could hold for a decade or so, but the population is growing, while economy is not. And without needed ...
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Two exact replicas of Earth in our solar system [closed]

If there were two exact replicas of Earth in the solar system (both in an equally habitable and stable orbits), with all of the people included, how would they diverge economically and technologically?...
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Is there a way for a country to rebrand itself?

My story is about government of a country with a nasty recent past. Like beating up their neighbors, stealing their lands, expelling the undesirable population, etc. Fortunately for them, and ...
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What can be used as a money in a high-fantasy magic world where noble metals are in practical use?

Imagine a high-fantasy magic world where magic has the place of a science. Noble/rare metals – such as silver, gold, platinum – have the ability to conduct magic energy, which is commonly used in all ...
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Time travel to the mid-1980's - how do you sneak into society and make a ton of money as fast as possible? [closed]

The scenario: You are from the distant future, and are trapped in a parallel universe in the mid-1980's. You cannot expose your true identity and your only resource is a hidden laboratory where you ...
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Encouraging Kindness in Rich People? [closed]

As the video linked here shows, there is some evidence linking greater wealth to a greater chance of being more of a jerk. Assuming that we're talking about humans or a sapient race with more or less ...
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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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Why does this one planet still have slaves?

The year is gazillion and five and humanity has spread out across the galaxy. As we expanded, empires were formed, then toppled, federations coalesced, then unraveled, feudal kingdoms cropped up and ...
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How to stop economic inflation in a future whole-world kingdom?

I am the new king of Earth. All current wars have ceased, and the whole planet operates as one kingdom. We have also decided on a currency. However, in order to pay off debt/create more buildings and ...
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Societal evolution in a post-scarcity economy - hardest thing to change? [closed]

Not as much looking for opinions as much as I am presenting a springboard concept for story ideas. Do we have a category for that? In a post-scarcity economy, a great deal of learned social behaviors ...
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Strategic Value of a 720 degree line

In this world, there is a line of 720 degrees, as opposed to Strategic Value of a line of symmetry which has a line of 180 degrees. In particular, looking at a cross section of the world, imagine ...
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Is there a way to govern an industrial zone with foreign population?

I have a country X that's rapidly growing and badly needs a work force nearby. Unfortunately for the business community population is deeply xenophobic and immigration is a non option. So the ...
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How can a colony of teleporters make the most money while keeping their teleportation a secret?

The Situation A colony of 100 teleporters (between the ages of 20-40) have been hidden away living like monks for 1000's of years to prevent their detection. With the death of their old leader, a ...
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Medieval Setting - Castles Per Capita

I'm creating an rpg medieval setting, and I want it to feel pretty real. Castles make fun locales, so I'm trying to figure out how many castles I can plausibly cram into a 5,000 mi² region. The ...
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Selling the right to kill one's convicted abuser: how could an NGO make this profitable?

A free-market solution to preventing further domestic abuse This society has gone full-on free-market everything including the punishment of severe domestic abuse. As a check on the abuser, the ...
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Why might soda be valuable to people post-apocalypse?

So, imagine you are a prospective merchant named Joe, who happens to live in a post-apocalyptic world. One day, you and your business partners visit Atlanta and find -- drumroll please -- the recipe ...
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How to justify a positive headcount from one segment of the economy/society to the other in a dual setting? [closed]

edit2: I have searched around and didn't find something relevant to my question. My question is on topic; it is related to "*Effects of events or world elements, including biology, technology and ...
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How to mitigate the economic impact of immortality?

So, I'm writing a story about the modern world after a mysterious event starts giving humans superpowers. While most people can only keep a couple of them at a time, there were a few that everyone ...
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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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Property prices in a rotating space habitat? [closed]

In a rotating space habitat, something like a Bernal Sphere, the 'equator' would have stronger gravity than the location closer to the 'poles'. If people living there have to buy their own house (and ...
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How can I use a potential invasion to further my political power? [closed]

Notice I asked why this question was too broad on WorldBuilding Meta, and JBH was kind enough to explain at length. There isn't anything in particular with my question, so much as the question ...
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How to explain the lack of artificial pollination in space colonies?

My story is set in the future where space travel is cheap and humanity has colonized Mars and some parts of the asteroid belt. Asteroid colonies can grow their own staple food, but crops that require ...
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How to monetize uploaded consciousness?

In 2039, our company was the first to bring a safe and reliable solution to upload someone's mind to the cloud. Although it was 10 years ago, you probably remember the news, don't you? We guaranteed ...
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Recovery from destruction of power plants?

If all the power plants of an industrialized country like (Germany, France, Italy, Korea) are destroyed how long would it take for the country to rebuild its power grid and get back to normal ...
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What materials would we need to have melee weapons and body armor become the norm?

In a hypothetical scenario humans have discovered a new material that is decently expensive (not antimatter levels). Let's say it's slightly cheaper than gold. What properties would it need to have to ...
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Can clay-magic be reasonable? [closed]

In a world where people can manipulate clay with their minds on such a large scale that they could create intricate clay-jars in seconds with their brain, how would it affect the economy if clay is ...
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What are the quirks of half-breed slavery?

For later reference here are some confusing terms or species interpretations that will be used later. Brownskins: this does not denote a specific race in any way but is a subgroup of intelligent ...
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Realistic applications of alchemy?

The original dream of the alchemists was to turn base metals into gold, however it's quite obvious that after that becomes cheap and easy it becomes basically useless since much of gold's value comes ...
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Value of ice during the Renaissance

This is set during the Renaissance, a mostly normal European setting. Magic works through controlling the flux of energy. A mage can't simply create energy, but he can store and change it. Most ...
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Resource Production Logistics for 15th Century Europe-Era Island

Please bear with any confusing explanations – this is my first question on here. I’ve started building a fantasy world with the rough geography and technological advancement of late 14th –15th ...
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What economic policy changes are needed to make Russia a 7- trillion $ economy by 2035? [closed]

What specific economic policy changes would you undertake, and how fast would Russia grow under your plan (GDP growth)?
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Can we have a happy and balanced society without currency or barter? [closed]

Currencies from gold to bitcoins have inherent issues, they require everything to be priced, they make money required for people to survive, they make people seek to earn money, and since money is ...
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Ideas for practical post-apocalyptic currency 100 years from now

First, let me introduce the setting. It's happening in post-apocalyptic SE Europe (Balkans specifically), about 100 years from now. Strange genetic disease wiped out large portion of humanity in a ...
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How to limit economic growth?

Assumptions Let's assume there is a one world government with a universal currency. It has a Central Bank, large gold reserves, and the currency is fiat-based. The global economy is currently booming,...
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Trading goods with harpies

The human country lies on a mountain plateau. On one side, the plateau stops at the top of a cliff, after which there are a collection of stacks and a group of tabletop mountains, none of them ...
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Backup trade economy for digital economy during a blackout

A small country uses a digital economy, meaning there is no cash used in daily transactions. All transactions are stored on a government's central database. An EMP attack/blackout manages to take ...
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Gold standard in an interplanetary empire

I want to create an interplanetary empire in a single solar system. It is ruled by an Emperor and his court officials. I want this interplanetary empire to utilize a complex economic system where ...
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Create local money backed by gold, and spent all gold secrectly, can the money keep its value? [closed]

Consider the scenarios, X is a colony of the Empire. People fight back and they establish the resistance government. The newly-founded resistance government creates its own money for their people. ...
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How can a banker successfully (and safely) lend money to an autocrat?

I'm the owner of a large bank in Europe, with vast resources at my disposal. I would like to increase my wealth by lending it out at interest. The ruler of the country I'm based in has his own ...
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Effects of unique magical artefacts on economy?

There's a city. It houses just over 200,000 people. What's special about this city, is that it's the only city. About nine kilometres from the center of the city, in all directions, is a fog. Any ...
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Hostile takeover of a bank by a state possible?

A large international bank with its central seat in Switzerland has accumulated tremendous wealth and absorbed many smaller banks, becoming a thorn in the eye of the government of a powerful ...
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The Gnome city: World Economics [closed]

So I have a race of Gnomes, (think smaller, less hairy dwarfs) that live inside a hollow mountain in the center of a desert on my fictional planet. This planet has civilization but it is mostly ...
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How would the (US or world) economy recover if healthcare became unnecessary?

The year is 2019. Someone has taken the most cutting-edge AI technologies to create a machine. It was tasked with studying the DNA humans, and making them indestructible. A virus was created that ...
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Medieval Professions that can be performed indoors and have walking customers

I'm making a game with the classic medieval theme. Where the player must manage a medieval store of some sort(it's a tycoon...) I'm struggling to find different professions or "types of stores" that ...
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Spices and Foods to Trade [closed]

Assuming a medieval setting, what kind of spices, foods, seasonings etc. . . are available to trade. Handwave transporting them and assume any and every possible biome to choose from. EDIT: Okay so ...
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If one tech giant (Google, Facebook, Amazon) were to go down, which one would be most detrimental? [closed]

I want to write a short story where the internet is damaged so much that it isn't as integrated into everyday life. The internet isn't gone, but it's used mainly for communication that isn't ...
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Economy of a Type II Civilization [closed]

How exactly would a Type II civilization, according to the Kardashev scale, have to structure its economy in order to be a viable system? For more information on the Kardashev scale and a Type II ...
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Society, Economy & Government of a Type II Civilization [closed]

How exactly would a Type II civilization, according to the Kardashev scale, have to structure its economy, governing body and society in order to be a viable system? For more information on the ...
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How long would it take to set up a galactic government [closed]

Let's assume that the Alcubierre drive has been created, and there are no problems with it, such as energy requirements or time dilation. The human species is united in a planetary government. ...
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How would the United States of Oceania become a Superpower?

Given the current geopolitical uncertainty and chaos, caused by the leaders of some of the current powers and super powers; New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and a number of other pacific islands join ...

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