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Writing an article on a town, how can I make it into an interesting and worthy article? [from my world's equivalent of Wikipedia] [closed]

I am writing articles on the various villages, towns and cities in my world. This is from my world's equivalent of Wikipedia and the entire wiki is a WIP, and you are welcome to help contribute to it. ...
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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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How would historians remember the Extraplanetary Wars from a neutral standpoint? [closed]

Well, as per the scenario I have been developing with these past few questions, I was thinking of putting this scenario in the year 2500 CE. For those of you whom have been living under a rock for ...
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What would be the best way to get clean, drinkable water in a medieval city?

Help! I've been transported back in time to London in 1303 AD. After saying hi to the flock of other worldbuilders who have inexplicably travel back in time to Medieval Europe, I decide to set out to ...
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What are the generally accepted terms used to define “magic users?” [closed]

There are many different words used to define magic-users Wizard Sorcerer Mage Magician Enchanter Witch/Warlock But is there an actual distinction between the names, or do some (or all) refer to the ...
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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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Age of Sails: What would be the reaction of major naval powers of 14-15th century to a 19th century made trading clippers and schooners?

So basically how would the major naval powers of the 14-15th century react to modern built trading schooners and clippers that are a lot faster than their 14-15th century counterparts if by any chance ...
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What is a realistic version of an American fighting with the Russian troops in World War II?

I'm toying with the idea of writing stories about the influence of World War II on Russia. The target audience are ordinary Americans, hence it makes sense to have a viewpoint character, who is an ...
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Can war be burst between two groups of the same race, magic and religion? [closed]

Assume the following "template" world (I'm saying it because it depicts an idea of mine, but can be derived to others' worlds too): Fantasy landscape, under the control of one god. God has direct ...
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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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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 if antibiotics existed in the Middle Ages? [closed]

I wonder what would have happened if antibiotics existed earlier, like in the Middle Ages. What do you think would have changed?
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What if the slave trade occurred at a later date? [closed]

In my world there are two dominant races, Lorani and Subloran (as seen in this question). The two have lived in a strained peace for thousands of years, primarily by ignoring each other. But in the ...
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Is psychohistory a practical leadership tool?

I just finished Isaac Asimov's novel Foundation, the first book in the Foundation series. Its premise relies in part on one character, Hari Seldon, planning the future of a scholarly world by using ...
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Methods for creating great people for your world's history

I am working on developing my world's history. Great people help give a world flavor. From profanity to holidays to religions and nations, great people can be the lynchpin on which the pendulum of ...
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What would modern IT look like if Silicon Valley had been completely destroyed in 1985?

In the 1985 movie A View to a Kill, James Bond discovers--and then foils--a plot by to destroy Silicon Valley, in a manner that makes it look like a natural disaster. The plot for doing so is a bit ...
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Balancing science and history when building a world

When building a world, I use one of two approaches: Either figure out the geography or write down the societal history. I can then use the one to influence the other and then move on to the rest of ...
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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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Upside of the Third Reich [closed]

I'm listening to a podcast by Dan Carlin, and he asked the listener to imagine the reaction of society to a book called "The Upsides of the Third Reich." Of course people could protest such a book, ...
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Sending a book to the past to give humanity artificial light technology

The time machine allows sending an object to an exact location(Earth only) and time(Medieval or Renaissance as early as possible). Suppose that only one book can be sent to the past. Book has hard-...
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How different would the world be without WWI nor WWII [closed]

Assuming that Hitler did not start the second World War and that Archduke Franz Ferdinand was not murdered, where would our species be? Keep in mind that during WWII, a lot of technology was invented ...
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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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Impact of a Nimitz-class carrier in hypothetical past wars

Inspired by: In what war would one modern military vehicle make a difference? A lone Nimitz-class carrier (with a full crew and pilots) suddenly gets transported back in time into a war and the crew ...
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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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Densely populated Siberia

In OTL, Siberia, except for a few regions, is a barren wasteland with a small village every 50-100 kilometers. What would lead to Siberia and the northeastern part of Europe being populated as dense ...
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What would the British have done in Argentina and the surrounding area if they had been victorious in Buenos Aires in 1807?

If the British, under the command of John Whitelocke, had been able to capture Buenos Aires in July 1807 (after a much smaller British force was defeated the year before, following an initial victory ...
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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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Kirov-class battlecruiser could change history? [closed]

I was a big fan of zipang (anime) and final countdown (movie), will be like if one Kirov class cruiser modernization return in 1942
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Industry and Threat in 1850s

I'm designing a city in 1850's England. The city is known for its industrial/trade endeavors, and has gathered significant population because of them. I've done a fair bit of research and come up with ...
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How will people and cultures behave if they can have no certainty about their origins and history?

Imagine a large island, roughly the size of Australia. The sea around is is effectively endless: no-one from the island has found an edge to it, or any other land masses. This is a fantasy land, and ...
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“The American British Colonies Support Great Britain in the War Effort!”

In this scenario, the American British Colonies never revolted against Great Britain. Therefore, GB still has many of its colonies. Now, imagine that it is 1938, and the Second World War is right ...
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If Jesus performed miracles today, how could we convince the people of 4000AD that they happened?

The stories of the miracles of Jesus have survived 2000 years through written records by multiple witnesses. These records were compiled into a collection called "The Bible", which has been reproduced ...
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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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Money == Life What would the consequences be for the poor? (And other consequences.) [closed]

I have an idea for a specific fantasy-world and setting (for a pen&paper RPG), but I would like some thoughts of others on it. In particular, how such a world would lead to the formation of ...
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“Long forgotten history” explanation

In setting I am working on, humans have been brought to the world as mind controlled slaves of a race traveling between dimensions. This master race travels between worlds and harvest the energy to ...
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What if the Islamic religion was never founded? [closed]

Before Mohammed founded the Islam religion, the weak and religiously divided Arabian tribes fought each other on the Arabian Peninsula in the shadow of the powerful Byzantine Empire. Without Islam ...
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Why would the Old Gods retreat? [closed]

Many fantasy stories include Old Gods (i.e. pagan deities from largely defunct religions) who still exist during modern times. Whether they're like Marvel's Asgardians, who exist largely unchanged in ...
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What would be a good reason for having LOTS of sheep? [closed]

My nation is located in northern Eurasia, ranging from the Kola peninsula to Alaska, so LOTS of Taiga climate. It is a nation of nordic origin, and with humanoid bears instead of humans. So...what ...
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Who would be the best candidate to revive for the development of the current world? [closed]

A group of archaeologist found a very strange box. Upon discovery, it seemed to contain 2 paper-like objects. The first one is just an blank page, the second contains an alien writing. After being ...
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A modern man in a past class-oriented society

This question is specifically about the reaction of people in a class-hierarchical society, one that has never seriously considered egalitarianism, to a modern person with modern ideals. I imagine ...
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What would the consequences in the Napoleonic Wars be had Napoleon conquered Egypt?

It was discussed in this question what would have happened had Napoleon defeated Duke Wellington in the Battle of Waterloo. The French military in 1798 to 1801 was fighting in Syria and Egypt. The ...
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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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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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The Magical British Government: Diplomatic Encounters

Suppose that, while the British were busy making their empire, someone in government discovered magic and let his colleagues in on the secret. However, the magic they have discovered is fairly ...
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Would 100-200 years be sufficient to “erase” past atrocities?

In the particular world that I am working on, I am attempting to build a "utopian" society. A major piece of this society is that, effectively, all historical atrocities have been "forgotten" by the ...
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The Magical British Government: At War

Suppose that, while the British were busy making their empire, someone in government discovered magic and let his colleagues in on the secret. However, the magic they have discovered is fairly ...
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Can the present human understand people in the past verbally?

We are at 2015 present, and assuming we travel back in time and meet the people from the same country but long ago (make it 1000 years ago). Can we communicate and understand whatever each other say?
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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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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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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 ...