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Where are villages usually placed?

Do villages always live next to or near mountains? I live in a country where villages are still around, however the only ones I know off are placed near mountains. My intention is to: Write a village ...
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Can an entire planet remain isolated and stagnant?

For context, there is a planet that is kept isolated from the larger civilization of star systems it should be connected with—in terms of communication. A base population is already present on the ...
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Minimum staff size for a modern day small town school

The world for my current work in progress is a fiction American small town with about 500 residents and 100 kids, located in geographically isolated location which makes busing to larger nearby towns ...
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Can we get rid of all illnesses by a year of Total Extreme Quarantine?

Earth-Year: 2618. Location: Planet Hope, Proxima Centauri. Terraformation status: 97.8% Earth-like. Population: 128.596. The residents of this planet live in a paradise-like environment. The gravity ...
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Can a large village or small town be self-sufficient over a lifetime?

I've been twiddling values in the donjon Medieval Demographics Calculator and The Domesday Book, both based on Medieval Demographics Made Easy by S. John Ross (sorry, links I've found to this document ...
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Can you survive in a pub cellar for a week? [closed]

This is for research for a kaiju horror story. I'm toying with it being set in an English pub cellar (like that of a Wetherspoons) as the surface is crawling with newly emerged kaiju, the plot ...
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Can Earth be isolated from a settled Solar System?

I was considering Kessler syndrome, however this is not a long-enough duration and I'm unaware of a way to prolong it for the course of several millennia. I don't want Earth to be destroyed, just ...
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How would an Isolationist Country go about opening its borders?

I'm writing a novel in which an isolationist republic has to open its borders following a series of volcanic eruptions in its territory that destroyed most of the crops and coal mines (the republic is ...
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How can an American town keep itself secret and isolated?

A town dating back to the late 1880s in northern Wisconsin has a dark secret that must be kept hidden by as few people as possible. How can this town keep itself isolated and off of maps during the ...
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What would cause a world wide pandemic?

I am writing a story about being "alone" on earth, I want it to be caused by a virus but I am unsure about the details of it. I know that the virus: Should kill most of the worlds population leaving ...
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Can a person who gained immunity to a disease become an infectious carrier?

If a person is sent out of their hermetically sealed community and in the process becomes immune to a deadly disease. When the person returns will the immunity make them a carrier and infect/kill all ...
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How to maintain a closed environment for one person for a long period of time

Background: In the early 2020s a magical life-extending "elixir" is created but is in short supply. However, a very reckless individual steals most of the US's supply and drinks a sufficient amount of ...
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How would humans survive being on a rock formation in the middle of the ocean? [closed]

You're just walking down the street not expecting anything when you suddenly black out and wake up on a small rock formation seemingly in the middle of the ocean. Looking around you see four other ...
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What are some reasons a society might isolate its citizens for a few hundred years? [closed]

I hope I've narrowed down the general idea of my question enough-- Basically, I've started with the idea of a desert society with access to a hidden energy source ruled by a body of immortals. At ...
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How would an isolated world grow its population, then keep it stable?

The scenario In the scenario that I'm imagining, a small group of people (ideally 100 or less) travel to a parallel universe and begin a new society. The new planet that they land on has one land ...
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Plausible reason for Earth not be able to get updates about terraforming on Mars?

I’ve been working on a story where terraforming robots are sent to another world and the colonists come along later. Originally, I had the new world be extrasolar, but for other plot reasons, I’m ...
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What things could someone living on a human farm island notice to discover that it is a farm?

Imagine an island where humans are the crop. People are harvested at age 20, they leave the island and never return. They are under the impression that they are part of a socio-economic experiment ...
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How often would an isolated village be visited?

Let's imagine a very tiny medieval village with a population of 20 to 50 people. This is the furthest village, the land next to it is very difficult to use. It is in the rough part of the country, ...
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How many troops would be needed to occupy a city with a population of 2.9 million? [closed]

I have a city that has a population of 2.9 million and an urban footprint around 2,037 square kilometres. For reasons unknown, it's been sealed off from the outside world by a shadowy military ...
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Could two populations maintain a common language over hundreds of years following sudden isolation?

Background A previously subjugated population flees a region, settling in an extremely remote location and remains isolated for a few hundred years. The population, upon fleeing, speaks the same ...
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How many humans do you need to maintain a population indefinitely?

So this might be a slightly weird one, but I"ve seen answers to questions about minimum numbers for re-population and such, but what about a system where reproduction was controlled and coordinated, ...
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What would a country need to survive isolation?

What can a country do to become self sufficient in isolation and can it improve its technology as fast as countries such as the USA, Japan, or Russia?
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Single person coping with extended isolation [closed]

I have seen a related question, but the answers don't seem to provide solutions, just notes that it is indeed a problem. The Unfortunate Human Being (otherwise known as Main Character) must make a ...
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The universe is erased, two humans wake up in a ship on its way to New Earth, their trip duration Is 100 years. How do they react and do they make it? [closed]

It is an ordinary day, people all over Earth are living their lives like it is any other. The hours and minutes go by, and then in a second everyone is gone. They are erased and it is like they never ...
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What is a realistic growth rate for a space colony?

I am starting a theorycrafting thread in a video game forum. It deals with the creation of a Hegemony created by the descendants of a colony ship that was cut off from returning to Earth (wormhole ...
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Living on an Isolated Peninsula - Armor

Question This is one of a series of questions centered around how an isolated group of people would survive. Each question focuses on a single aspect of survival. Details about the peoples' situation ...
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Living on an Isolated Peninsula - Shelter

This is one of a series of questions centered around how an isolated group of people would survive. Each question focuses on a single aspect of survival. Details about the peoples' situation are below:...
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Living on an Isolated Peninsula - Population vs. Ecosystem

This is one of a series of questions centered around how an isolated group of people would survive. Each question focuses on a single aspect of survival. Details about the peoples' situation are below:...
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Living on an Isolated Peninsula - Resources

This is one of a series of questions centered around how an isolated group of people would survive. Each question focuses on a single aspect of survival. Details about the peoples' situation are below:...
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Living on an Isolated Peninsula - Making it Impossible to Leave

This is one of a series of questions centered around how an isolated group of people would survive. Each question focuses on a single aspect of survival. Details about the peoples' situation are below:...
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Living on an Isolated Peninsula - Animals

This is one of a series of questions centered around how an isolated group of people would survive. Each question focuses on a single aspect of survival. Details about the peoples' situation are below:...
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What would be the likely cultural development of colonies after long periods of isolation from the motherland ?

2035 a human population on Mars of 500 (mostly workers i.e.: miners, biologists, medical staff, engineers, etc. Most of the colony is underground with above grou lead bunkers. They have an established ...
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How would a group of average people learn to behave in a simulation where a god-AI forces extreme plot devices on them for 10 years?

Let's say that a secret laboratory creates a simulated miniature universe- in which modifications to people, places, and their 'state'(say age, gender, powers, DNA composition, among other things that ...
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Hiding nature from the civilians in a massive city that relies on natural resources?

I'm trying to find a convincing way to describe the lives of people in a city where the concept of nature is completely hidden from them. Of course, the buyers of the resources and corporations that ...
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How do I isolate a city?

Is it possible, the world being as it is for a city to be isolated completely from the world? Assume technological advancements to be the same as they are today. Would such a scenario be feasible? ...
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How could a human civilization have happened to live underground, in Antarctica?

Let's assume a human civilization have been living for centuries, nay millennia, in a very large cave, not too deep under Antarctica - deep enough not to freeze, but shallow enough not to die because ...
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What could be the consequences of economic isolation in a medieval post-apocalyptic fantasy setting?

I'm running an RPG campaign (using Fantasy Age rules) in a medieval setting, a few generations after a sort of apocalypse happened. The region the characters are in is the one that was least affected ...
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How to avoid inbreeding in isolated population?

If, for some reason (global nuclear war and necessity to stay in a closed vault for several hundred years, for example), a group of people will be forced to live within an isolated community without ...
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Planning of population explosion after an apocalypse

After a global apocalypse, a remote, large island with fertile areas and large amount of livestock and pre-apocalypse technology is populated with 8 humans. Description of 8 humans are as follows: ...
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How to bring water and heat to an isolated and poor mountain village with extremely low costs?

The village background: It is located at an elevation of 2,119 m (about 6,952 feet) above sea level with a population of about 1,800. It has a continental climate with Oceanic influence. Summers are ...
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Isolation of a population in medieval times

I decided to re-watch Jericho, and I got quite fond of the isolation scenario. Jericho is a TV-series where... How could a city that meets the following criteria be isolated from the outside world? ...
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Language among isolated population of 2 million?

Picture this scenario: all of humanity in its beginning is on a single island roughly the right size to support 1/2/3 million people. For some reason (sea monsters, too much ocean, whatever reason you ...
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What would politics be like in a nation spanning the known world? [closed]

Assume the existence of an organized state that spans the entire world known to it, or at least as much of the world as it can interact with. This could be a global empire. It could just as easily be ...
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How should I go about inciting a civil war in a primitive, isolated country? [closed]

The country in question is small, more like a single city than a sovereign nation, fear-wracked, and under the imposition of a fascist matriarchy. The country exists in roughly the early Middle Ages. ...
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Purpose of a small group isolated within a planet

Suppose a planet/space station is a hollow sphere, and in the center of this sphere is a smaller sphere. This sphere would be solid, with grass and dirt like Earth. The only thing holding this smaller ...
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What would happen to a human Galapagos?

What would happen to a human settlement on Earth, on some deserted island, that had no contact with the outside world for a thousand years? Something like a human version of the Galapagos islands, ...
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What would be required for a completely self sufficient 1 man habitat?

For the sake of this question, let's say that there would be a space mission that would send one man on a 40 year journey that will require him to be in a completely self sufficient habitat for the ...
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What would have to happen in order to force us to live in the ocean?

What kind of a scenario would have to occur in order for human beings to seek survival on the sea floor? It could be man made or natural, ice age or heat apocalypse, sudden disaster or gradual ...
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What's the point of clothes?

I'm developing a world with many different races, many of whom live in relative isolation. I'm trying to understand how the fashion of each cultures/species would evolve. In our world we're obsessed ...
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