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What would be the best way to capture a Giant?

After years of meticulous planning and crushing any and all opposition I've set my sights on conquering other races and nations. One group that I believe would be a valuable asset for my expanding ...
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How might a Dark Lord quickly overhaul a civilization?

Orcs, or more specifically the Black Orcs were originally semi-nomadic, kind of like a mix between some Celtic city states and the Mongols. Now in a relatively short time the "Dark Lord" has conquered ...
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Why would humans be the dominant species?

Humans, in most fantasy stories including in my own, are the dominant species. Why is that? Firstly, I guess I should give every race in my story strengths and weaknesses. Humans (same as us) have ...
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How could a “communal country”, shared by three races with their own countries adjacent, exist and be stable?

In my world, there are three distinct races with each their own country in a corner of the world, adjacent to one another and a central country. Simplified layout would be like the google chrome logo: ...
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Building a new country in northern Australia, how do we win an information war [closed]

I am building a world where a country is seceding from Australia. The country has over 600 citizens interested in the project, and can get tens of thousands more to join once it launches its "...
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What acts could an Extremist Anti-Peace group commit to make two friendly nations go to War

If there was an Anti-Peace group that wanted two neighboring nations to go to war, what kind of actions could they take? They're malicious, fueled with hate, and they have little to no empathy for ...
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Is magical humanoid by-product allowed in restaurants by the FDA?

What steps should a monster take to make good of their ability to create food, without getting shut down by the Food and Drug Administration in America? For instance, a dryad summoning her own leaves ...
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Fantasy Tax Rate Realism

In a story I'm planning, I want taxes to have an actual rate, and not just handwaved away. The setting is classical medieval with Inheritance (book) type of magic. I was thinking a flat 10% of ...
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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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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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How could one branch of government operate secretly for hundreds of years?

So in my world, a government and city was created to protect the rich from the 'outsiders'. In reality, these people are just survivors of a disease, and are completely normal. All the original people ...
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How can I convince the public that the evidence I have gathered is legitimate? [closed]

I have uncovered evidence of an international organization called the scp foundation that is supported and funded by various governments around the world. This organization investigates the paranormal ...
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Is there an example of a monarchy in which the king is not the head of government, but still retains many powers?

I am interested in designing a system of government in which a constitutionally-bound monarch has a far more active role in government than being limited to ceremonial duties. I don't want to have the ...
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Can blockchain for all currency eliminate financial corruption in society?

Suppose I create a country where all currency is a cryptocurrency with tracked transactions. All income and outcome for a given country is registered in a block chain. All the public workers (...
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How can the underworld nurture a relationship with the political elite? [closed]

I, John Gotti, am remembered as the greatest criminal Mastermind in American history. I became the head of La Costra Nostra, an underworld group of Italian businessmen who were unjustly prosecuted by ...
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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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A world government in the 1400's

I've got a setting in a low-fantasy world roughly at the technology level of late 15th century Earth. You have ocean-going sailboats and gunpowder, but no steam power or telescopes, and the world is ...
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Is there any way that an immortal being could go without being ever noticed? [closed]

I've started this concept of a series of stories, in which an immortal being causes all of the conflicts for his own entertainment. The question is how could he go unnoticed by any modern government? ...
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Why would two completely different species, who are newly adjacent to each other, not go to war?

Say portals randomly opened up on Earth that lead to an occupied alien planet, the denizens from one planet can survive on the other, and it's confirmed for both sides that the portals were not ...
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Could a technologically advanced society exist as a feudal monarchy?

The Enlightenment brought both technological and scientific advancement (starting a period of discovery and achievement that hasn't yet ended) and social/political advancement. We generally think of ...
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Is it possible to cover up a nuclear accident occurring at Area 51?

In 1986, the greatest heist ever attempted was carried out in secrecy not even KGB is aware of it. A group of special agents managed to steal the blueprint for RBMK-9600, a nuclear reactor which uses ...
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Where do I put nobles/royalty in a science fiction military?

In my story, I made a galaxy spanning civilization that has a constitutional monarchy with a imperialist view of seizing worlds. For a little more context, the agreement for the transition form a ...
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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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How do the Martian rebels defeat Earth when they're grossly outnumbered and outgunned?

It's the early 23rd century, and we are about 50 years into Mars being colonized. The planet, which was supposed to usher in a new era in civilization and the expansion of humanity into the stars, ...
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Speed of civilization change

Imagine one to three persons going back in time to a society like that of the Roman Kingdom (the period before the Republic), and they attempt to reform as well as modernize to an extent (up to the ...
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How can you coordinate an attack against a monster that cannot be gazed upon?

Cthulhu is the most pathetic of the Great Old Ones. After a brief resurrection, it was easily defeated by a human with a wooden boat, making the elder gods a laughingstock of the universe. However, a ...
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Protecting Seals from Forgery

In my very Earth-like world, the ruling entity possesses a seal of authority. It is essential that the validity of any seal is proven to be authentic, which had historically been achieved by having ...
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Ref 2 Quest-ion..could-i-have-a-culture-where-stealing-is-not-wrong? [closed]

When we think of how a world or word, is created we realize that it sprung forth from an 'input output' system where we have been cultivated to depend on certain faculties such as the givens..air, ...
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Is My Historical World Domination Reasonable?

This can be considered a sister question to this question. The Beginning Outside of Ser, the world was a chaotic and dangerous place. Ser was the only neutral country in a world filled with violence ...
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How would a company take over a secret/private city realistically?

I've been trying to rewrite a novel I wrote in high school, but this time actually have it make (some) sense. Basically there's a decently sized company in the novel that takes over a private/secret ...
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Avoiding unintended consequences of balancing out the sex ratio of a nation?

In 1979, China introduced the one-chils policy, an extreme form of population control. The policy was part of a birth planning program designed to control the size of its population. Although ...
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Create a unique postal system for an unrecognised nation [closed]

I am building a nation in a world similar to ours which is unrecognised by other nations. The government is not a member of the universal postal union, and wants to create a postal system for its ...
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How can an independent region existing within an empire remain independent?

Witches are are powerful individuals with a knowledge of magic, and are respected and feared throughout the empire, which is divided up into to many competing states. However, magic is slow and ...
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Does a country really need a head of state? [closed]

I want to make a parliamentary country. The head of the government is the premier. The premier and each minister are elected (or replaced) by the parliament during the legislature, whose the duration ...
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How would someone establish a dictatorship during the zombie-apocalypse [closed]

We're talking about a big group of ~3000 (possibly more) survivors around 5 years after the downfall. 1% of humanity is still alive, 59% is zombified (classic slow zombies, TWD-like), the remaining 40%...
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Is it possible to have a “pure” feudal society? [closed]

Edit : Pardon my ignorance because I may very well be misconstruing terms that I have very limited understanding of. I read somewhere on this sub that pure feudalism is just a contract-law approach ...
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How might a society that was once subjugated by superhumans react to their return? [closed]

The premise is quite simple. Sixty years ago, superhumans were wiped out. The source from which they drew their powers was destroyed and the world moved on. Democracy, the rule of law, human rights ...
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Supers as political refugees?

Scenario: two states, (A) and (B). Both nations contain a very small percentage of supers, or rather, citizens with extended abilities (though low-level in nature, more circus acts than comic-book ...
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Departments of an Uplifted Galactic Government

One of the gods in the universe stumbled across an species with potential and decided to uplift it. Instead of uplifting over the course of a couple thousand years, the god decided to do it in one ...
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How do I convince the general population using large monsters is the most efficient means of protecting our compact cities?

Context Monsters are a bit of a problem on this world. Though most pose a marginal threat and are categorized as vermin, others represent a serious risk to major population centers as a consequence ...
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How could a medieval fortress manage large groups of migrants and travelers?

The Red Keep was built thousands of years ago to defend against the invading hordes. The Red Keep itself is a fortress, the main wall of which blocks off the main pass through the mountains. Over the ...
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Moving the US capital to the Midwest before 1900?

A few years ago, an old map started circulating around the internet from 1850 with a proposed Western District of Columbia located in western Kentucky, across from the real Illinois town, named in a ...
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U.S Government response to an entire city population falling unconscious for two days [closed]

In this scenario, some kind of field encompasses the city, causing anyone inside it or entering to fall unconscious with nothing able to wake them up. I already imagine that the direct consequences ...
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How will law be enforced if violence becomes impossible?

Yesterday, the alien wizard Handwavius flew by our planet. He saw how violent we were and decided to put a stop to it. He cast a spell on all humans to make us stop us being violent, then flew away ...
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How can a dictatorship government be beneficial to a dictator in a post-scarcity society?

In my scenario of a post-scarcity society in the far future, everyone has abundance in their basic needs from food and energy and the technology is very advanced that humans are more intelligent, ...
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How can a line of secret agents carry out their duties while retaining the same false identity? [closed]

This government regularly saves the world from megalomaniacal super villains bent on world domination. They accomplish this through a specific branch of agents that specialize in taking on this level ...
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Which branches of civilization deserve an overseer? [closed]

In my story's political system, which is in medieval setting, the ruler of the country has a council, which is made of six people from the kingdom's six states. I would like them each to oversee a ...
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Would the US government be able to hold control if all electronics were disabled for an indefinite amount of time? [closed]

In my story (modern fiction/ apocalyptic survival fiction) an enemy of the US sets up a EMP pulsing satellite over the continental US, and before we can respond all electronic systems are shut down. ...
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How could a government be implemented in a virtual reality? [closed]

In the not so far future a lot of people live inside virtual realities. But there are not only humans living in these virtual worlds but also machines (programs/AI/bots/etc...) on different levels of ...
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How to ethically utilize ability to transfer life from one human to another? [closed]

Lets say that a method has been discovered to transfer the 'life-force' from one individual to another, killing the donor but providing the recipient with healing and an extended life. The healthier ...

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