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Where could you obtain neon/argon in 1931 Las Vegas?

First question ever asked, so apologies if I've done this incorrectly! My current predicament: characters in 1931 Las Vegas are looking to get their hands on some neon/argon (for use in neon signs). ...
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How long do I need to influence language development? [migrated]

Taja is a language with Verb-Subject-Object word order. However, emperor Kai wants to always be the first, so, he wants all sentences where he is the subject to have a Subject-Verb-Object word order. ...
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What sort of jobs would exist for the average peasant or member of the gentry/burghers in an early modern world? [closed]

Basically, I'm looking for a list of any and all potential jobs that people could have in a 1500-1650s time period. I'm trying to make sure I really color the world full of occupations (when needed) ...
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I’m a billionaire that will time travel to the year 1100 CE with a shipping crate. How can I take over the world? [closed]

I have recently bought a time machine. It’s capable of sending me as well as a shipping crate full of items back to 1100 CE. I have one year to prepare and learn any skills that will help me I ...
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Blowing Up the Aswan Dam: How Many People Get Flooded? [closed]

Let's say in some war scenario, an enemy of Egypt decides to fire a missile which can crack the Aswan High Dam. How many Egyptians would become casualties? You can interpret that to include people ...
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Methods of revolutionizing Medieval England using modern knowledge [closed]

I'm interested in writing a book about someone sent back in time between 500-600 AD/CE and looking for ideas on how an individual with access to modern knowledge and substantial time would be able to ...
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Can a city develop without exterior trading?

I’m exploring different scenarios for a future D&D campaign. I want to know if it’s possible, for a growing settlement, to develop without trading with its neighbors. Let’s assume that they can ...
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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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Are there any historic armed combat sports that don't simulate sword-fighting (other than jousting)? [closed]

I'm focusing on a medieval warfare setting similar to Fire Emblem, and the tiresome abundance of swords has me thinking about alternative weapons to shine a spotlight on. I'm also thinking about the ...
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What key technologies in today's world would not exist if flight was never discovered? [closed]

For an alternate world sci-fi novel, I'm trying to figure out which technologies they have. I would prefer for flight not to exist. Would this interfere with things like computer technology? I ...
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Could Byzantines bridge a deep strait separating 2 continents?

In my book series, there are 2 main continents on the planet Aurea: Koumaris and Louzi. There is a spot here where the 2 continents come very close to touching, separated only by about 2,500 feet (760 ...
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How effective could a dragon be in wwII style warfare?

For my question, the dragons are no taller than the average human, and they would have about the same intelligence as a human as well, their colouring is grey-ish blue, and they have access to all ...
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Plausible reasons for a whole planet to have a temperate oceanic climate?

In my book series, I’m worldbuilding a planet whose culture is based on Celtic mythology and history, and in order to be consistent with real life I feel like the whole planet’s environment needs to ...
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Should languages ​spoken by two similar races have the same protolanguage, or can they be not related by protolanguage?

Should languages ​​spoken by two similar races have the same protolanguage, or can they be not related by protolanguage? I guess they should be similar for example in phonetics or in some other ...
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Could written documents last for 3 million years?

This is another question about my fantasy version of Pluto. Basically, I’d like the Plutonian’s civilization to be at least 3 million years old, and there are written documents from when their ...
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How would people in the 1920s-1930s explain or rationalize superpowers?

In June 1938 Action Comics #1 was published, introducing Superman to the world and codifying the modern idea of a superhero that the world has known for almost the past 80 years. There were ...
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Why would a civilization develop a taboo against a highly nutritious food that grows well in its climate?

A human civilization, civilization X, decides that food Y is not fit for consumption. Food Y grows well in its climate, is highly nutritious and tasty, and is not harmful to its inhabitants. Food Y ...
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Could pre-New World Native Americans open a modern safe using only their tools?

Suppose you've got a standard, protect-your-important-papers type safe like this one: And you've got a group of 15th century Native Americans: horses, fires, knives, bows and arrows, etc... Could ...
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How difficult would it be to invade Mainland China during WWII? [closed]

In an alternate history WWII scenario, the Republic of China became a fascist, one-party state similar to Nazi Germany (who they're closely allied with; Adolf Hitler IRL even considered the Chinese ...
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Did people have an idea of DNA in the 17th century? [closed]

I know that DNA was discovered later in time but during the 17th century, specifically around 1620 and onwards, would people have known anything about the idea of DNA? If so then how much would they ...
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Clear Waterproof Material in the Dark Ages

A traveling scholar during the Dark Ages, with full knowledge of how precious books were, decided to keep his rolled up in a scroll. He's fashioned a clever case for it that allows him to turn a nob ...
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How could the Empire of Japan and America be allies in WWII? [closed]

I am slowly building an alternate history story where America and the Empire of Japan are closely allied during the early 1940s instead of at war. They are so close, in fact, that Anchorage is seen as ...
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Plausibility of Star Trek's Voth

In Star Trek Voyager, the Voth are an intelligent, humanoid species of descendants of dinosaurs (hadrosaurs). Paleontologists estimate, that up around 99% of species, that ever lived, died out. ...
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The German Empire refuses to back Austria-Hungary's declaration of war against Serbia in 1914. What changes from there on? [closed]

When asked by Austria-Hungary to back their declaration of war on Serbia, the German Empire refuses, stating that with how unstable Europe currently is a war would be disastrous. How could WWI play ...
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BCS: Chola Empire colonizes Australia? [closed]

So, here's the premise- in the mid 11th century, a Vellalar prince, looking to gain influence and power in the Imperial Chola court, funds and organizes a small colonial expedition to search for new ...
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Can agriculture and megafauna coexist?

Some say that one of the reason humans developed agriculture is because megafauna (specifically the Pleistocene megafauna) were hunted for food to extinction and humans were forced to develop ...
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Ideal Firearms for time travel or low tech universe exploration

I am a world-hopping warlock who regularly goes on adventures in various worlds with differing levels of technological knowledge. Being a crafty warlock, I have a number of tricks, weapons, and ...
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At what point in time would humans notice a 21st century satellite observing them?

I was considering a story based on a version of Earth that was being observed from the beginning of civilisation (Around 3000-4000 BC in my understanding "Early civilizations arose first in Lower ...
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A Soldier With an Asymmetrical Shoulder: Which Weapons Would He Use?

Let us assume that we are reading a historical fantasy about a Chinese or Korean soldier set anywhen between the 11th and 15th centuries CE. Not exciting, so here's the real standout--his right ...
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Building a phone charger 500 years ago

Imagine a theoretical scenario where I am transported backwards in time 500 years with nothing but a mobile phone containing all of human knowledge. Clearly I want access to this valuable resource but ...
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How was currency converted in the middle ages?

I have tried to look for an answer using the [currency] tag but none of those questions had answers that sufficed. I understand that back then there were a myriad of currencies, most of these were ...
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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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When is the earliest in Earth history when Grade 5 Titanium alloy could be made, assuming one knows the formula and has the feedstock?

Bob the time traveler has a problem. He went to 75,000,000 BC to get some dinosaur eggs (don't ask) and his time machine re-combobulator broke and a big chunk is missing. Fortunately he can still ...
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How can I pinpoint the closest time period to the modern world to develop a religion?

I am an entrepreneurial religious leader on the path to god hood, and have been said to be able to heal individuals of illnesses incurable by science. It has even been claimed that I brought a dying ...
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Are there examples of rowers who also fought?

In my world I plan to have a naval army with boats that are driven by manpower. The rowers are not slaves but are also soldiers. However, I am struggling to find examples of times in history where ...
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What would be day to day life like, for people during a renaissance like period in a world I'm building [closed]

Like I said, what would people eat, what would they drink, how'd they spend their time. I realise this isn't really a hypothetical question, rather a question that requires some information from an ...
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At what point in European history could a government build a printing press given a basic description?

Say a time traveler ends up back in time and has earned the good graces of one of the nations' kings by sharing some of his future knowledge. Knowing that the printing press was an important ...
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Would a medieval-type castle still arise in an alternate history? [closed]

So, to set the background a bit. I'm writing a story that is an alternate history basically diverging midway through the 1st century BC: the roman empire falls. Here I am looking at a Germanic people ...
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Highest level of 1930's Technology possible [closed]

Backstory I have a character who goes back in time to plant an idea in the minds of government scientists during the 1930's. The idea is to analyze a DNA sample and recreate it for future use in the ...
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How effective are bows when used by a race with superior strength? (numerically)

The Situation: In this world a race of Neanderthal-like humans have grown and evolved separate from mankind in a harsh environment that forced them to be strong and warlike. Humans of this war have ...
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Could a percussion rifle be produced in the 15th-17th century?

Could a percussion rifle such as the springfield m1861 be made somewhere between the 15th-17th century? If so how would it be made?
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Why is old stuff good? [closed]

It's a common pattern in nearly any imaginary world that "ancient items are powerful artifacts" and stuff. But for what plausible reason? I'm trying to come up with some realistic explanation on why ...
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Making a historical museum after effectively all artefacts are lost

Forsaken space colony on an exoplanet, tech regressed towards modern like level Population level ~10 milion, by XXIst century standards rather affluent and well educated, but nothing breathtaking. No ...
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Gunpowder in the 15th-16th century [duplicate]

If smokeless powder was already invented then and machines to help make rimfire cartridges, could a sub/light machine gun be invented?
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Leaf-based clothing: Practical? Historical? Fictional?

Plant-based clothing comes in a variety of forms, both stereotypically and historically: grass skirts, barkcloth, et cetera. But one form I have only ever seen in fiction is clothing made from ...
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Rules for Early Migration [closed]

So far, I have created a natural world, and I'm starting to think about putting a history of human interactions in it. First I'm going to start with the early history. That includes early migration, ...
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An Undercover Army

Suppose you want to invade Russia. But, beating it in a conventional or nuclear war isn't possible for your people for some reason. What if, instead, you line up 500,000 soldiers to move to Russia ...
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What was the range of Greek Fire? [closed]

As stated above, what was the range of this Byzantine superweapon and could it be modified to increase its range? If so, how would the Byzantines have done it?
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1800's gatling gun as aircraft gun [closed]

I understand that by ww1 lmg's were already made and was far superior than the 18th century gatling but as stated above, if an 1800's gatling gun was to be mounted on a ww1 fighter for use in both ...
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Ideal Time Period for a Global Pandemic

I'm trying to figure out what period of time in human history gives an influenza-like virus the best chance of exterminating 80% of human life within the span of no more than 2 years. Basically, it ...

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