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Would Scientists Deliberately Awaken A Kaiju?

Assume the Kaiju is a six legged crustacean, 200 feet all, weighs 4000 U.S. tonnes and is being held in a massive cryosleep chamber. With no knowledge of its behaviour, would scientists or would a ...
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Can you have a multicultural meritocracy?

I want to ape Ming dynasty China for my setting. Key points are that there's a big empire, several centuries old, but hereditary transition of power is practically non-existent. Instead, the country's ...
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How would Police (and the government) respond to a time traveler? [closed]

Say a house is suddenly thrust backward in time (In this specific case, the house ends up in 1985, but the question can be answered more broadly than that) along with everything inside it, and the ...
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What leverage would the US government have to stop the other governments from collectively making humanity's first official contact with ETs? [closed]

Suppose a federation of extraterrestrial civilizations have been monitoring Earth for thousands of years. They are ready for official relationships with the human civilization, but also have a strict ...
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How easy would reunification be after Second American Civil War? [closed]

So in a story series I've been writing, it is set in an alternate 21st century where the United States of America reorganized itself into a theocratic imperial military dictatorship (think Gilead in "...
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How do governments keep people accountable for contracts and oaths in a civilisation without a writing system?

Let’s say we have this fictional civilisation. It doesn’t have a writing system; its traditions are oral and so is its system of government. How do you keep people accountable to what they’ve sworn? ...
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What would a blind civilization look like? [closed]

Blind humans basically, though they are more adept in echolocation. They're also not born blind, they just believe that sight stains our understanding of the world, that it is a curse that must be ...
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Which map below would make more sense for a post-apocalyptic federal government to control if it wanted to liberate the country?

So I’m currently stuck between the peninsula-map and this one . Between the two, which would make more sense for the federal government to have control over 17 years after zombies and a virus both ...
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Smallest required change to elect Thomas Dewey as POTUS in 1948? [closed]

As the question says, let's hear your ideas for how this famous headline printed in error could have been made a political reality... Bonus points if your history changes begin after the end of WWII (...
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Countries are suddenly isolated, can they maintain/recover the current technology level? [closed]

Let's say suddenly, today, transparent and invisible barriers appeared along the borders of all countries. Here are the mechanics of those barriers : They let air, light and animals pass, however, ...
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How would a region with no government affect the people, local villages and farms in a medieval setting?

I'm writing a story at the moment where a griffin has imprisoned a lord while taking his castle as a new roost. Almost all the lord's men and servants have been disposed, therefore any kind of ...
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How do I classify a law? [closed]

I have this idea in my head where all the books of law in this large star-system empire are stored in some sort of mechanical library. You can access it by going through categories. For instance: ...
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Three law judicial system [closed]

Premise Most of the time, the simplest answer is the best one. For instance, a complicated and convoluted judicial system is kind of hard to keep track of: "does this law interfere with this law?&...
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Would it be possible to alter the memory of an entire population within 2 generations?

I am working on a country that has been conquered by a foreign power. However, they did not manage to conquer all settlements and fortresses. In and beyond a giant mountain range at the southern ...
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How would a long lifespan affect the economy?

My species have an average lifespan of 500 years. In the first 20 years and the last 30 years, they age normally, but for the rest, they appear barely to age at all. If we were to compare them to ...
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Under what conditions might a police station enlist the help of a minor? [closed]

The story is set in New York City, and the protagonist is a world-renowned for solving mysteries. However, they are only fourteen years old. Would it be illegal for her to assist the police in solving ...
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How long would a victim of murder be kept by the police before burial? [closed]

In my story, a man has been killed by being shot twice in New York City; once in the shoulder, once in the chest. The police believe that they know who killed the man, but they are not entirely ...
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What “big con game” could an alternate-reality traveller play on a knowledgeable and suspicious civilization?

I have a cosmos where FTL travel is via an alternate dimension. The problem is when you return to our universe, you find yourself at the right destination, but a completely different parallel world ...
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What would be a reason for a nation to secretly take over other nations? [closed]

In my universe, planets function like nations, and although travel is possible between them, the number of people who travel between planets is fairly low. Additionally, while broadcasts from other ...
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Why would a government support organizations with completely opposing goals?

The SCP (Secure, Contain, Protect) foundation is an organization devoted to the containment of scps: dangerous supernatural anomalies or individuals that pose a threat to humanity's existence. It ...
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Would my version of a post-apocalyptic US federal government make sense and/or function properly?

So here’s some back story to catch you guys up: In my story, the Black Flu broke out around 2002 and lasted from then all the way until 2010 where it burned itself out. The Black Flu was the most ...
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Why get rid of the world government?

So I've got a setting in a late-medieval-ish period, where one family of bankers have actually united the world. Take their existence as a given (the short of it is that there's some very basic magic ...
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Would “reverse feudalism” be feasible?

In (very oversimplified) feudalism a vassal gets usage of a land and protection from his lord in exchange for loyalty and services. If the piece of land is big enough the vassal can parcel it to his ...
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Would a Interplanetary, Totalitarian System Still Work Under This Government? [duplicate]

To make a few limitations doctrine-wise: This religion/cult is headed by a single entity (claims to be God within a vessel) with various Lesser Gods acting as privy council Promises salvation through ...
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Would my species even create a government?

My species are INCREDIBLY individualistic, self-centered, and independent. Evolution has promoted and favored individuals whom can, and prefer, to stand on their own, utterly unaided. My dilemma is, ...
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In a world where people can freely swap bodies, how does the government keep track of your identity?

Let's say you can have some sort of surgery through the powers of superscience to transfer your consciousness into another body. They'd need a method to prevent all sorts of crimes, I think. For ...
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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? [closed]

Orcs, or more specifically the Black Orcs society originally resembled ancient Celtic society being relatively sophisticated and placing a high value on honor. Now in a relatively short time the "Dark ...
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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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