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Questions tagged [history]

For questions dealing with the past events of a given world.

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What would be left of a civilization founded in dinosaur times?

65 million years ago, a mass extinction event (likely caused by the Chicxulub Meteor) wiped out the dinosaurs, and their remains were hidden from us for millions of years. Humanity was not around ...
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In what war would one modern military vehicle make a difference?

Somewhat related to this question. Take one modern, new-off-the-production-line, Challenger II battle tank, and one time machine. To what war do you need to send this tank before it can really have a ...
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How far can a time traveller go into the past before his electrical equipment becomes unchargeable?

My time traveller has a maybe 20-minutes-into-the-future smartphone and laptop. They can store large amounts of data, on the Petabytes level or higher. The time traveller can effectively store the ...
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What are the implications for society if perpetual motion was possible? [closed]

Assuming perpetual motion was possible, what influence would that have on society? Would the ready availability of energy help the current third-world? Would that even exist given how history would be ...
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How do you layer history?

One of the facets of great fantasy worlds is the depth built into the environment. A well built world provides a complete setting in which stories can grow naturally and appear as a small sample of ...
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From which point on would including a dragon on one side of a historical battle not be an instant victory?

Inspired by this question, I am wondering something similar. In a modern war a dragon that simply flies over enemy forces and torches them with its fire breath there are several ways of taking it down ...
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What will remain from an eco-friendly civilization after 10,000 years?

Let us assume that about 10,000 years ago there was another human civilization, that was quite similar to humanity. Physically they are humans. The state of development of this civilization is quite ...
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Ancient tanks of war

I plan to go back in time and help Asterix and Obelix to turn the tide of Gallic wars against the romans. To achive this i will build ancient versions of our most dreaded land weapon: Tanks ! The ...
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Could mirrors be put in space to see ourselves in the past?

Could a mirror/s be made to reflect one side of the Earth from the edge of the solar system and viewed with a optical or radio telescope that is in orbit? With night vision, along with radio and ...
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How far would a team of 2 horses with carriage travel per hour?

I found a similar but not quite perfect question/answer at: Possible distance travelled by horse over 6 weeks? The thread was great, I learned about palfreys and relays, etc. My scenario is a little ...
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How would colonists from the Outer Solar System see UNAPA? [closed]

As you can tell, I had a question as to who was the bigger monster in the Extraplanetary Wars. However, that question is currently on hold, but I shall link regardless: The Extraplanetary Wars: Which ...
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Alternative History: If the Hindenburg Incident Never Happened

The Hindenburg Incident was a very famous tragic part of history, much like the Titanic, but what would happen if the famous airship never burned? Would airships continue to be the dominant force of ...
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What are the primary triggers for the decline and fall of great empires?

Let's focus specifically on the devolution of empires. How is it that something so powerful falls? The collapse of Rome, Byzantium, the Han, the Mayans and so on. What similarities can be seen in ...
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What kind of historic event would precipitate a worldwide corporate dystopia?

I have an idea for a story set in a not-too-far future where the political lines of the world map have been redrawn, not by nation-states like France or Belgium but by corporations like MacroCorp, ...
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I travel back in time: how could I know when I landed?

Today a weird guy with a pointy hat offered me and my friends to play a game: We will all travel back in time, to a random date somewhen from the antiquity to modern times. We will have a limited ...
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Online character generation resources: types of occupation throughout history

I need to generate some characters for my world, and at the moment, inspiration fails me. Now, before you reach for the 'Close' link, I'm not asking for the WB community to help me with character ...
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What advice could a time traveller give for use of an atomic bomb to end WW2 while minimizing loss of life or later nuclear brinkmanship [closed]

Say someone was sent back in time to roughly the time that they were considering using the nukes on Japan to end WW2. The time traveller wishes to minimize loss of life for both sides, but more so for ...
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Finding real world historic examples of cultures/organizations/tribes to represent Elves

I plan to make this a series of questions to avoid being overly broad. Each question will address a particular fantasy species ("race" in RPG terms). The "racial" traits will be based on the content ...
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Is it plausible that a country developed steam engines before gunpowder?

Man, I really have to find a way to stop getting into logic dead-ends. So, in the story I’m writing, there’s this country that developed big bad war machines that run on steam engines. The way they ...
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Creating a Classical civilization

By classical civilization, I mean one that form the ethical, governmental, scientific, or lexical foundation for cultures that follow. Such a civilization's impact lasts for centuries if not millennia....
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What would the impact of a global and unchallenged empire be on world history?

I'm currently doing some research for my first book which involves a planet with an empire that has had its roots in Antiquity. It's basically a country that formed about 2200 years ago and has ...
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Introducing money to a barter based economy

If a person from a culture that uses money was to try and introduce such a system to a tribe of people that use a barter-based system, how could they do this in the shortest amount of time? What ...
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Population range for a booming/dying frontier town

I'm designing a town in the Ozark mountain range circa 1871, and am unsure what population size to give it. River Bend is an isolated town in the Ozark highlands of Arkansas founded in 1845 on the ...
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For how long could a modern tank survive in a past war?

A while ago, I asked In what war would one modern military vehicle make a difference? I have now come up with a sort-of sequel. A modern, Challenger II battle tank has been sent back in time to a ...
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What would be the consequences of an exploratory group discovering a more advanced civilization? [closed]

The European explorers who came to the Americas were much more advanced than the Native Americans living there. To the Europeans back in the day, they most likely assumed they'd be more advanced than ...
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Why would people not settle an open plain?

My world consists of a relatively narrow strip of land with the sea on one side and the mountains on the other. However, to the north and south are simply grasslands, and maybe the occasionally forest....
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Would a fascist rebellion be able to take over a mostly libertarian country?

I've recently been working on a novel for school, (I want to discuss this with outside sources, and my teacher is fine with it, is good) and my current idea for context of the country has a fascist ...
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How can I incorporate a nuclear weapon in a fantasy middle-ages world?

I am continuing with my novel. Well, the Prologue itself is about the successful test of a new nuclear weapon. So, the questions are pretty straightforward- How can I portray its management? How ...
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Steam boats of ancient Rome

Ancient steam boats: Vitruvius managed to tame the power of the aeolipyle by connecting its rotation axis to a clock like mechanism. Soon, larger models were created, reaching 10kW sizes. Those were ...
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What would happen if Napoleon had won the battle of Waterloo

Okay, so the Napoleonic wars are raging. Many men are dying in Waterloo. It appeared as if the Duke of Wellington and his allied army would prevail, but Napoleon rallied his troops at the last ...
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How fast did the news travel at the height of the Mongol Empire?

When Ghenghis Khan was establishing his great empire, he felt that it was important to allow information to travel quickly. He created a postal system which allowed everyone from commoners to the ...
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France wins the 7 Years War

After France lost the 7 Years war, they were forced to give away land. No matter how little land they are forced to give, it is most likely that they will give away French Louisiana as all other land ...
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Why would Government want to fund time travel program to witness shameful history in the making?

Set in 2100 CE a group of scientists and engineers developed a working time machine that can send group of people into the past and back reliably and safely. Specifications as follow: Can ...
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How Would Warfare Change if Everyone has Horses?

So, using the background of the main question here, if a peasant could own a horse, possibly multiple, how would an army with access to that many horse be like? Would their army become entirely ...