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For questions about the basic social units that live within close proximity. This tag is useful in conjunction with other tags such as "society," "biology," and "social-norms" for questions that explore alterations to the real-life family unit. This tag is not useful if family is relevant to the story or context of a question but is irrelevant to the question itself.

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How long can last names persist, realistically? [closed]

Lets just say this particular last name/surname took birth in 1800s and is carried on by a dozen families today (in 2024). They all live in the same town. If this last name indicates a person's ...
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What would be some consequences if >80% of people were women? [closed]

The world: a dictatorship with advanced biology. The state controls reproduction for eugenic purposes, and engineers society for harmony. (The same could be said of Brave New World. There are ...
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Reason for a good parent to have to give their child to another to be raised for two years with minimal interaction [closed]

I want a protagonist to have to take over raising a friend's baby for ~ 2 years, fully knowing they will have the child for a long time. I want the friend to have chosen the protagonist to care for ...
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Why would a society be matriarchal but patrilinear?

In my universe, there is a species from the Homo genus named Homo haematophagus (which means hematophagous human) (they are still humans, just not Homo sapiens) (their scientific name is a reference ...
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Can anatomically modern human siblings have three decades of age gap? [closed]

In my story titled La Maison Sapiens, there is a HUGE nuclear family composed of the father, the mother, and their seventeen biological children. To be exact, the dyadic cisgender man and the dyadic ...
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Why would priests, priestesses, shamans, monks, and nuns have the right to marry and to reproduce? [closed]

In my world, there are magical humans often called wizards (their scientific name is Homo magicus) (so, they are still humans, just not Homo sapiens). They are traditionally a very religious race. ...
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What kind of genetic problems would arise after three, five and ten generations of inbreeding? [duplicate]

In this case I'm assuming that the family has been inbreeding to a level of 2 or closer for a certain amount of generations. Given this what would be the likely issues that would arise after: Two ...
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How long would it take for inbreeding issues to arise for a family that practiced inbreeding?

The magic in my setting arises from inbreeding. However to gain the powers a person must be in-bred. How long would it take before such problems arise from inbreeding if the people continued this ...
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The unmelancholic ones [closed]

why of this question Feeling really detached from my past lately, as if I never truly experienced it and it was not part of me. Just destroyed every single picture of me cause when I look at them I ...
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How can I write a society that has traditionally weak but functional family values? [closed]

The title is a bit wonky because I don't know how to properly describe the societal features I am aiming for since there doesn't appear to be a real-world equivalent for this specific concept. ...
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What aspects in the dark ages regarding family would be affected by this change in biology?

Sort of a follow up: What change in human biology would lead to wild gestational periods? In an alternate world during the middle ages, women are regularly with child for more than a year, with the ...
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How can I keep a vat-grown race loyal to their royal house?

Artificial womb technology is a common luxury in society by those who can afford its exorbitant costs. Wealthy families and noble houses use it as an extension of their own power. However, artificial ...
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How can royal families preserve the nobility of their bloodlines if children can be mass produced?

A powerful empire rules this world, which is divided into several sections. Each section is ruled and governed by various noble families, under the rule of the royal family led by the king and queen. ...
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Last name earning system [closed]

I just had an idea for a story based on Islamic Spain and Barbary pirates. But after doing some research I found some kind of chaos and randomness in last names. The people's last names are either: ...
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In a 1950s pre-war Fallout world-like , How would a Robot Nanny's capable of taking care of kids affect families? [closed]

In a parallel world where super-capable nannies where mass-produced, capable of taking care of kids and even educating them, how would this affect how families work in this world?
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A society in which the "family system" is similar to those of lions or monkeys

I envisioned a world where people are not bounded by marriage and females are free to choose those who they deem "accomplished" and have offspring with him. The males "occasionally"...
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What would humanoid hermaphrodite family units look like? [closed]

My elves are hermaphrodites, but they need another partner to actually reproduce. Their pregnancies last for about two years, and pregnancy is very physically tolling. They usually give birth to one ...
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