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Questions tagged [industrial-age]

For worlds set the near the Industrial Revolution. This tag is often used to propose social, political, and economic changes set at that time.

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Keeping the dodos out of the field

About 100 people settled in a tropical area near a seashore five years ago. They've been feeding themselves by hunting and fishing, but now they're also trying to grow crops, including hemp and corn. ...
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19th century-like transportation without horses?

So, let’s say, hypothetically A NUCLEAR WAR KICKS OFF DUE TO PROLONGED INTERNATIONAL TENSION, AND TURNS THE EARTH INTO A BLEAK, HOSTILE WASTELAND. Now, let’s flash forward 197 years, to 2259. By now, ...
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How could the founding fathers have tackled slavery as an institution while keeping the union together?

America has just recently fought its first major war with the superpower of its day, and was struggling to keep itself together. Many of the colonies, united in their hatred of Britain, now have to ...
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Basing an economy around Coal, Slaves, and War Industry. Does it seem practical?

So right now I've been tasked to come up with a world for a story that centers around what we could probably describe as post-civil war era. Coal is a resource needed for fueling machines and modes of ...
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How can you build a secure, pre-digital distributed ledger?

A distributed ledger is a 'database' without a central administrator or central storage. Instead, each copy of the database replicates and saves an identical copy of the data and updates itself ...
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How can I test to find the continent's “best” young mages?

Some background The gods who have watched over us for so long are clearly angry. They've sent us this terrible trial in the form of a giant dungeon and told us if we can't complete it they'll wipe ...
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What roles could a mage do in an industrialized world? [closed]

Here is the scenario: In a fantasy world filled with orcs, dragons and other magic critters, most countries live relativly simple, as magic provides most things to life with strong king or ...
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Steam Locomotive without Industrial Revolution? [closed]

In the world I'm building, there is a steam-powered train, but it's a steam turbine locomotive, not a steam piston locomotive. Otherwise, the desired technological level of the world is (more or less) ...
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Alchohol fueled industrial revolution

My question is simple: In theory, would an industrial revolution driven exclusively by alcohol fueled internal and external combustion engines in the early 1800s be practical? What effect would this ...
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How does an infantry battalion combat a Blood Shaman?

Background This world has two continents, an old and a new. The Old World developed much as ours did, and finds itself in the throes of an Industrial Revolution. Due to the nature of the oceans and ...
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Is it reasonable for electric generators to come before steam engines?

Let us develop an industrial electric motor from first principles. Alessandro Volta developed a battery whose ingredients were copper, zinc, seawater, and imagination. These ingredients have been ...
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What do airships look like in the 1800s?

Say in the later 1700s/early 1800s handwavium is discovered. It's a metal that when heated causes more way more upward lift than hot air or hydrogen/helium produces in similar volumes. Air travel (and ...
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Would the ground actually shake due to the steps of a large quadruped machine? [closed]

Let's say there is this a very large industrial-era quadruped machine, somewhere on the order of magnitude of the Bagger 288. Construction is probably similar the Eiffel Tower. For more scale ...
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Would telephones necessarily appear ~50 years after the industrial revolution?

My world is about 60 years out from the start of mainstream industry (that's vague: roughly late 19th/early20th century, earth frame) . For my convenience, I gave the world the gadgets I need them to ...
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A post-apocalyptic industrial revolution

It's been a couple of thousand years since humanity bombed itself back to the stone age. Most places are now safe to travel through but there's barely any sign of the old cities, new ones have sprung ...
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How would the world adapt to a crazy grounded titan?

In this Earth-like world, gunpowder was invented just recently. After a secret lab exploded while trying to create a bigger bomb, an apparently very angry titan suddenly rose from the rubble. Luckily, ...
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Why do people continue to live in an unfavorable location when there are significantly greener pastures?

Backstory and Setting I'm forging a story that starts with our protagonists living in an absolutely awful urban location. Think near-post industrial revolution, without the regulations that ...
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Would it be possible to build helicopters without knowledge of radio transmission technology?

I'm putting together a little self-actuating industrial society in a post-nuclear desert. I want the chief mode of transportation for their military to be helicopters, similar to those used in the ...
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Could a time-travelling doctor produce a bacterial vaccine?

In a tabletop RPG I'm GM-ing, I have a far-future doctor who has found himself trapped on a world just beginning its Industrial Revolution (he hasn't really traveled through time, he's just crashed ...
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Could the industrial revolution pre-date the age of discovery?

It is the early 1800s. Some guy has just figured out a way to burn coal to heat water and produce power. His cohorts are beginning to ask the "what if" questions that will lead to trains, automated ...
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Cultural reasons to prevent the industrial revolution

In a world similar to Earth, how can I realistically prevent the industrial revolution from occurring as an event? I need it to be held off for at least 200 years. It has to be a ...
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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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Just How Powerful Could a Mechanical Computer Be?

We've all heard about the 1822 Babbage Difference Engine and other mechanical computer ideas of the 19th century. Sadly, Babbage's computer and printer ideas were never implemented in our world†, and ...
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The melancholy of tinkerbella

Set in the 18th to 19th century A.D. the industrial revolution started uncontrollably and began to take its toll on nature; more trees have been felled and rivers dried to make way for rail tracks. ...
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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 ...