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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 ...
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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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Artificial Industrial Revolution

How would someone artificially speed up a civilization's technology or cause an industrial revolution? Reading on what caused the industrial revolution in Britain makes it seem like it happened by ...
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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 ...
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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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What is the ideal time period for 'forgotten history' novels/stories to take place and still end up with our history?

In novels (SF and FF) that hint at being earlier in Earth's history, such as Lord of the Rings and The Wheel of Time, in which period would such a story need to take place to plausibly and ...
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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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Improbable events in human history [closed]

Imagine that by some futuristic means, it was possible to alter past events in some way by affecting probability (likely by using the word "quantum" a lot). Are there any important events in human ...
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Does the change of dynasty make a country weaker or stronger in the long run?

When we look at our own history and particularly in China, there were a lot of dynastic changes. Almost all of these changes came with destruction and the death of many people. War also disrupts trade,...
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Unifying two empires?

I have an empire that occupies its own landmass, defined by water boundaries. At some point in the past (maybe 200 to 400 years) it was two main cultural regions, the East and the West. The modern ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...