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What kind of alternate history would lead to modern China being a federal constitutional monarchy? [closed]

I'm contemplating writing a fiction set in modern China in an alternate universe. I have thought about how it would look like, but I need a plausible alternate history that could lead to such result. ...
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Development of a multi-color writing system

On earth, the first writing systems developed for accounting. You just cannot run an empire like Egypt or Mesopotamia without writing down who paid his taxes. Let alone organize mega-projects such as ...
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Did young people REALLY drink alcohol in the 1800s? [closed]

In my studying of the setting for my story, a fantasy world analogous to 1800 - 1850, I've found a number of interesting things - one of these is that people in the past did a lot of really odd things....
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Writing Xuanhuan, but when did men start to wear Veil Hat's?

I dug into the whole Veil Hat thing in Chinese history, but I have come across a small problem. The weimao or mili seems only ever to be used by women. So I wonder if it would be accurate to have my ...
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How practical would firearms be for early humans?

The basic setup for this world is that whenever someone dies, their soul is subjected to reincarnation. However, every once and a while this system fails and the souls are lost into limbo where they ...
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Speedrunning medicinal science

Many believe that being incredibly rich equals to being god on earth and in artificial situations, yes it would make sense... except it never happened. All Kings and Queens got fooled, betrayed, ...
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What historical groups have used fur and/or bone amor? [closed]

I'm building a world where the main characters' civilization is seen as warlike and aggressive by outsiders (although this is not necessarily accurate). When designing their clothing aesthetics, I was ...
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How Would I Justify Keeping Most Magic Away from the General Public if it is Technically Learnable by Everyone? [closed]

In my book series, magic is a learnable skill that any person can learn to some degree (although some have much more natural talent with it than others and mastering even a single discipline of magic ...
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How long would it take for past information to be gone after a nuclear apocalypse

I have a post apocalyptic world where the main character is trying to learn more about the pre-apocalyptic world. However I don't know how long it would take for almost no knowledge to get to him ...
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How to justify new diverse cultures from the same ancestors [closed]

I'm struggling a bit in my worldbuilding on justifying the creation of different cultures on my land, when all originated from the same ancestors. So on my continent I have a group of humans that ...
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How would limited and mostly narrow living space affect pre-industrial warfare?

In my setting, the entire known world is clinging to the side of a humongous nearly vertical cliff. Living space is a kind of commodity since there aren't many cliff benches large enough to build a ...
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Could the Troubles in Northern Ireland and England have ended in reunification?

I am trying to plot the background of an alternate history story revolving around an Irish-British teenager living in a post-Troubles London where tensions are much higher. Unlike our timeline, the ...
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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 could a lost time traveller quickly and quietly determine they've arrived in 500 BC France?

A time machine malfunctions and spits a traveller from ~2015AD out in 500BC northern France. With nothing but the clothes on his back, and minimising contact with the locals (as that may risk altering ...
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What would have happened if the USA never dropped atomic bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki? [closed]

If the USA never dropped the bombs on Japan, how different would have japan looked today? Would it look like Taiwan or would it look like Europe? What would have been Japan's technological innovation? ...
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When is the latest a population of merfolk could have inhabited Zealandia without humans getting conclusive proof of their existence?

Inspired by this answer to this question. In my setting, there exist magical immortal mutants descended from humans who randomly became "magically active" and transformed into the first ...
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Why would a faction betray its leader in the middle of war? [closed]

Basically my protagonist is a medieval princess who refuses to marry either warring claimants to her throne. Eliminate one claimant, and his faction would naturally defect to the other claimant. Of ...
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What Are Some Good Example Cases of How Middle Ages / Medieval Period Armies Occupied Conquered Cities?

For narrative purposes I need to have a city conquered and occupied by a neighboring empire whose eventual goal is to conquer / absorb the entire kingdom. The setting I'm aiming for is roughly ...
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Does military might affect scientific development?

On Earth, at least in the United States, most marine science vessels are decommissioned Navy vessels. After all, it is far cheaper to reuse an old ship than to build a new one. The high weight ...
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Quantum History. What mechanisms are there for a newly discovered past to effect the more general past? [closed]

Let's say we start the simulation on Earth in 1900. And we use classical physics unless the participants start looking at tiny objects. This allows us to reduce the amount of memory needed to run the ...
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Could I have a 19th Century American Society Develop Solar Power from Blueprints?

My inspiration was this: Could solar power be utilized and substitute coal in the 19th century? My world is this: Rail Transportation with Races Described Below - Specifically, Seating My people are 2,...
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What would bloodstains look like after 500 years?

I realise this is a bit of a strange question, but what would bloodstains look like after ~500 years? Specifically, what would a text written on parchment using (human) blood as ink look like after ...
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What person/group can be trusted to secure and freely distribute extensive amount of future knowledge in the 1990s?

This is another attempt at helping my previously mentioned time traveler to distribute a significant amount of 2020 knowledge in 1990. This time we're assuming 2-3 loops have happened and he can ...
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Chaotic World: Calendar and Events

Environment There exists a strange dimension called the Margins of Reality. All supernatural things in the world come from here and are caused by what the natives call "Margin Spirits." In ...
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An alphabet with alternating reading order

I am in the middle of designing a con-lang that features, among other things a letter reading order that alternates by line from left-to-right to right-to-left and back again. My justification for ...
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Is there something wrong with my fictional lighthouse?

I'm writing a story of a fictional location on Earth, or a very Earth-like world, perhaps set in the late 1800s, or at some point when lighthouses were still in use. It's located on the Eastern end of ...
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Would it be possible for Tsar to escape execution and form a great power elsewhere?

I imagined the scenario for a story where the USSR still forms and will later fight in a Cold War with the USA. However, I am imagining a scenario where the tsar escapes, goes with some loyal ...
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How to decide what language(s) to use for place names? [closed]

I have a homebrew world for a TTRPG where I have generated languages for each of the cultures populating the planet. When referring to those places (on a map, in the player's guide, in-game, etc.), I'...
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Could my island, its inhabitants, and its tunnels exist? If so, how? If not, how could I tweak it to make it so?

My island is on Earth. It is my intention that it was a part of a larger landmass at some point during ancient history, so not as early as Pangaea. That’s important because the island’s inhabitants ...
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How do I write a fictional alternate history to handwave in a higher predilection for firearms among world cultures?

I'm not a fan of the word "handwaving" it just makes me sound like I'm bullshitting something I want into my story with various excuses. Essentially I want to have all of the world's ...
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How can I establish a long term banking system for the Medieval period?

Bernius Madolffo was a good and honest priest who turned to entrepreneurship after the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire. The death of the Catholic Church and fall of Christianity in the world ...
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In what war would 2020 semi-automatic pistols make a difference?

Just variegating this question for SEMI (NOT fully) automatic pistols like the M17 Modular Handgun System (variant of SIG Sauer P320) or Heckler & Koch P12. Pick whichever country and one of ...
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In what war would a 2020 Australian patrol boat with only guns make a difference? [closed]

Just variegating this question for a Royal Australian Navy Armidale-class patrol boat that has no aircraft or missiles. Like other question, assume a full weekly resupply of only ammunition and fuel. ...
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How can I make Orion pulse vehicles take off?

During the Cold War, the United States initiated Project ORION. This program was intended to build and launch super-heavy vehicles into space. They wanted to do this not with the use of chemical ...
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What could be a valuable resource in an isolated desert, where workforce should be really small in an era before the discovery of electricity?

It's an era before the discovery of electricity and I'm aiming for realism. There is a small desert town of only 15 people by a river and along a strong trade route (so they don't have to produce ...
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What kind of names are suitable for colonies, in-universe? [closed]

I'm making an alternate colonial scenario, and it comes with its own client states, settlements, and other things that the coloniser must have a name for. Historically, those names were often ...
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How could world civilization lose the knowledge of a global event?

Every 1000 years, the earth, moon, and sun perfectly align to form a solar eclipse that is seen around the planet. During this time, the barrier separating this reality from the demon world break down,...
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Ownership of a house if no owner can be found [closed]

Background: Currently I am working on a haunted-house story. The house in this story, has existed for an undetermined amount of time (how and when it was build is not really important for the story). ...
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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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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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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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