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Questions tagged [law]

For questions related to the sets of rules set in place by organizations to govern the behaviour of the people.

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A road system with no traffic rules - what sort of vehicle is best?

In Britopia there were the Leftists who believed motorists should drive on the left and the Rightists who believed they should drive on the Right. The vote split exactly down the middle and it was ...
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(Mostly) Legal reason to seize an in-danger minor [on hold]

I figure this question belongs here though it definitely has a legal counterpart to it. But since it's fiction and supernatural no less, I didn't think it would make sense to put it in a more legal-...
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What methods might a government employ to stay wealthy?

I currently have a world-spanning empire doing great deeds such as supporting the poor while creating massive pieces of machinery and swimming in art and lavish decoration. Surely they have a ...
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How can I prove that an individual was possessed during the act of committing a crime? [closed]

Devils are alive, and walk among us. This has been known to the human civilization ever since the gates to hell opened up, releasing the Devils upon our world. Although the gate was sealed and the ...
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How does a super-power salesman not get shut down for legal reasons?

I am in trouble: my boss, a multi-millionaire, has just come up with a scheme, but it has problems and he wants me to solve them. The whole thing started when he saw this picture: This gave him an ...
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What Could Cause A Kingdom To Keep Slavery Despite the Royal Family Refusing To?

Slavery in my story's world is common. Most don't see it as a good thing and slave-owners are rarely liked, but slaves are common enough nonetheless. The royal family had personally stopped using ...
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Why would a country persecute people with autism?

A alternate-historical story is set in a third-world country some time in the 70s or 80s. The country operates similarly to any semi-developed country in central or south America. The countryside is ...
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How to discover hiding modified humans and their missions? [closed]

Consider an earthlike world where the following happened: An UFO "crashed" somewhere on Earth some yrs ago. It sunk into a swamp and was never found (since the swamp was huge and the UFO was small). ...
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How would Asiimov's “Three Laws of Robotics” be enforced effectively for robots built by private companies? [closed]

For a storytelling project, I'm trying to imagine a world in which fairly advanced, bipedal robots are being developed and produced by private companies. As these robots would be capable of easily ...
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What kind of permits do I need to control the weather?

My weather control machine works! I dragged it out to international waters on a barge and was able to seed a moderately sized rain storm.* I'd like to start using my device in the United States for ...
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Trial: If an animal has human or near-human intellect, how might a western legal system determine its personhood?

Suppose humans are living in conjunction with several intelligent and communicative species of animals, dogs and cats for example. These animals might be legally considered people; being held ...
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Anti-Psychic Countermeasures [closed]

Let's say you are the President/Prime Minister/What-have-you of a major world power. Your staff have just informed you of a troubling development: psychic abilities are not only theoretically possible ...
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How can I legally reduce religion in my world?

Religious rights are protected, and freedom to religion is secured, how can we reduce religion in a country without breaking religious rights laws. Here are some examples: Ban religious schools (...
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Extreme lifespan vs. criminal justice “long sentences”

In many countries, stipulated term criminal sentences (i.e., not indeterminate or "life") can be extremely long, well over a hundred years. The US is one well-known example. Assuming all other ...
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Consequences for a world introducing A/B laws testing? [closed]

Assume any law or policy was subjected to A/B testing after being enacted. A/B testing: "is a randomized experiment with two variants". Which consequences would it have on long term on the say ...
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Megapopulation Anarchist Government? [closed]

In a Dyson sphere world, there is enough space to support a population several orders of magnitude larger than our current population. With such a large population a single government cannot be ...
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What's a plausible-sounding technobabble explanation for Mars to be a forest world supplying Earth with timber?

In the story I want to tell, it's a thousand years in the future and Mars has been terraformed into a forest world (something like the forest-moon of Endor). It's settled in a few small towns and ...
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Crashland onto a new planet: Origin of the Legal System?

I've been researching the origins of my world's legal system. I'm trying to develop it over time in a somewhat logical and organic manner and I've come to realise that I don't yet have a clear idea of ...
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Individually applied multi-government

I have a world with 4 colossal cities. Like, more area than the earth big. They are inhabited by a population orders of magnitude greater than ours, consisting of many different species. Due to the ...
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How could “power control” laws be enforced with the fewest violations of civil liberties? [closed]

The central premise of my story is that one day in the year 2017, an unknown entity starts imbuing humans with supernatural abilities. A quick rundown of the system: Every human over the age of 13 ...
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Building a kafkaesque bureaucracy

Query I intend to build a fictional civilization which operates solely via a sprawling Kafkaesque bureaucracy. My question is this: what conditions are necessary to incentivize the generation and ...
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Can a Military Officer Change their Combat Roles if the Situation Demands it [closed]

A well-organized insurgency group is attacking an outpost. The peacekeepers that are garrisoning the outpost are outnumbered and about to be overrun. The only person that can reinforce them in time is ...
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What is needed for people not to carry swords?

My setting is inspired by fantasy-Persia: think Shahnameh, or if you're unfamiliar with that, 1001 Nights. Middle-eastern setting, no gunpowder. An element I want in my story is that people (noblemen ...
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How would a society ban artificial intelligence without banning computers? [closed]

One way to avoid a 'robot apocalypse' would be to just outright ban artificial intelligence. But what if they wanted to keep some computers around, just for practical reasons? What kind of limitations ...
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Possible punishment for breaking birth control law [closed]

In near future earth become overpopulated. The most populated countries issued birth control law. However,the government is unable to provide everyone with contraceptive, especially in poor countries. ...
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Legal Hurdles of the Living Dead. [closed]

Here's the scenario, John's wife died 10 years ago. He has gotten remarried, sold the house, and makes a nice amount of cash with the bicycle business he had formally owned with his dead wife. ...
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Could a person extend their life by having a living blood supplied organ donor? [closed]

An old person and young blooded close match person or clone to get some youth back? With a constant flow of fresh blood the older person the donor is not just donating blood but adding virtually all ...
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Could UN or USA take over territory for safekeeping?

More then 3 decades ago dictator from country A attacked a ship from a country of dictator B. Dictator B invaded and annexed 1000 square kilometers of coastal strip to teach A a lesson, and kept the ...
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Legally speaking, would shooting fire out of your hands, count as a Firearm? [closed]

So let's say there's someone who can shoot fire out of their hands. It's understandable that some people would be nervous. My main question is would this man's literal firepower count as a weapon, and ...
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What weaknesses could someone exploit to manipulate this “Approval plus RCV” electoral system?

Question I know that there must be ways that this system can be manipulated, but I'm having trouble figuring out what they are. I imagine that, since I created this system, I'm simply too close to it ...
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Can we have a happy and balanced society without currency or barter? [closed]

Currencies from gold to bitcoins have inherent issues, they require everything to be priced, they make money required for people to survive, they make people seek to earn money, and since money is ...
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How can I distinguish and balance sixteen branches of magic? [closed]

The protagonist can do magic. But not just any magic, no siree. And to do it, they have to negotiate with hallucinated personifications of ideals. Or what they'd look like if they lived up to that ...
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What are plausible explanations for different regions having homogeneous styles within their borders in a relatively free society?

In my mind, I'm picturing different human controlled regions throughout the Milky Way (maybe entire planets, continents on different planets, cities, et cetera). So the differing human nations would ...
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What questions should I ask myself when designing a legal system for a fantasy world?

QUESTION In the real world, the history of law in pre-industrial states is as sprawling and complex as can be imagined, and includes all kinds of unique and fascinating systems, from the Code of ...
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How would an execution by impalement be carried out at a modern US prison? [closed]

Let's suppose that a crazy murderer demands the right to be executed by longitudinal impalement. He wins the court cases over it, and the judges - after all, he is the one who wants it. The judges say ...
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Is it possible to change the philosophical orientation of judicial matters in small social structures? [closed]

I have a question about social structures in modern times. Why is it that people tend to build the strictest rules in small groups like forums and social media communities, even though in reality ...
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What legal ramifications would befall by turning ones' self into a new species? [closed]

The government came to take his research. So... he dumped all of it to the internet. Blogs, social media, email, torrents, deep web, forums, etc. Included are the instructions for, using readily-...
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In the US, how closely are people who die in a fire investigated? [closed]

Let's say a house burns down and there's a body in the house. The body is badly damaged but roughly matches the sole inhabitant of the house. How much effort is typically required to ensure the body ...
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What if we cancelled property inheritance? [closed]

Say there was a rise of a social democratic group inside the US Democratic party in 1990' that would in a matter of 5 years convince over 70 % of Americans that we should cancel inheritance, so that ...
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In a world where everything you do is recorded, should there be judgments? [closed]

This world has the following characteristics: Futurist world where death is already cured and our bodies are full of nanomachines that improve us. These nanomachines record everything we do. Ex. ...
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What is the probability of two people having two identical scars? [closed]

What is the probability of two people having the same scar on their body in the same spot and the same shape and the same backstory (drunk driver in a chevy '78) Could the scar be a viable form of ...
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How can I ensure that I don't miss something important to the functioning of society when building a government and set of statutes for my world?

So, I'm working on building a state (kingdom to be more precise) as part of my world, and as part of that exercise I want there to be some contact between characters in said world and the legal system,...
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Criminal law and backward time travel

Alright, this might sound pretty convoluted, but I would truly value an expert eye to help me with a very theoretical situation. I've been working on a science fiction novel where the whole world ...
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Legal consequences of duplicated and “resurrected” people in a Temporal shift [closed]

A plane goes trough some kind of atmospheric disturbance and ends up badly damaged, crashing after trying an emergency landing. Of 200 passengers onboard, only 80 survive, some of them badly injured (...
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A nation wants to add intelligent undead like vampires as legal citizens. What laws have to change?

The setting for my RPG has one large empire of humans that wants to establish a colony on a moon much like our own moon. No atmosphere, no food, no heat, no problem: The empire has a hundred ...
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Prosecuting crime when the means used to commit it are far beyond current understanding

This is a rewrite of this question in an attempt to bring it back in topic and avoid the story based objections. Imagine a world like ours but where a temporary portal could be constructed between ...
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Halloween: How can werewolf work in US?

Among those scary monsters visiting us every year, some must have been accustomed to us after several visits. If they wish to stay in US after the Halloween and work as foreigner from the Otherworld, ...
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Protecting “rights” of androids that are not considered persons by law

Consider a society where the population includes a number of sentient androids, practically indistinguishable from humans in appearance. In practice, they are treated exactly like humans under most ...
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1 in 10,000 people no longer need to sleep. Would different laws need to apply to them? [closed]

Tomorrow, 0.01% of the world's population will wake up and no longer need to sleep. (Some of these Awakened people may then be incapable of sleeping any more, but that's incidental). To give a rough ...