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Legal implications of unproven magical powers [closed]

In this world, roughly 1% of people have actual supernatural ability (a combination of magical, deific, witchcraft, whatever). Their abilities range from the spectacular (pyromancy, flying, ...
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Navy tribunal after public attack [closed]

I'm not sure if this should be posted here, on writing, or somewhere else. But I am curious as to the procedure the navy (maybe like the US navy or even the British Royal Navy) would take after a ...
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How could publicly accessible information proving that a public figure is corrupt go undetected for at least a year?

How could publicly accessible information proving that a public figure is corrupt go undetected for at least a year? Assume that the public figure is a moderately noteworthy politician (equivalent to ...
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How will resurrection affect inheritance law? [closed]

In our world, but in the future, humans have just discovered a technology that will resurrect any person for which a sample of DNA can be obtained. Now, for the first time, some people have been ...
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Magica Oscillation

A mysterious asteroid flew across a time rift, entered the Earth's upper atmosphere, and crashed into the Pacific Ocean. Its sudden appearance updates the physical fundamental constants. Now there is ...
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How would society that embraces only non-answer still prosper? [closed]

Set in the modern day society a bill was passed in the parliment just recently to force all its people to only use non-answer for all questions including daily conversation as part of the Personal ...
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How to monitor speed limits on roads in the medieval time? [duplicate]

A decree has been issued by King User VMDCCLX in the 12th century CE to control traffic within the kingdom, a significant portion will be pour into upsizing the military. Despite it's unpopularity the ...
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Can quantum computer fixes the trolley problem?

Set in the immediate future. Trolley problem happens when the decision we are making turns into a nightmare situation, we are forced into considering the lesser of the evils but should we justify how ...
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Would the “Rule Lawyers” pen-and-paper game be feasible? [closed]

Anri (DM): All right, new turn! Gyvaris (in-character): DM, I believe that Viri was using hearsay as evidence, which is inadmissible. Viri (in-character): Actually, it's not hearsay if you aren't ...
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Is it murder if I stop a person's parents from meeting?

Suppose time-travel is common. There is someone who I want to eliminate for nefarious purposes of my own. If I go back in time and kill that person, then surely it's murder, but what if I go back and ...
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Reason for non-powered superheroes to not have guns

In my world superheroes are a branch of UNE (United Nations of Earth); think the EU for most of Earth. Many of them have super powers, but many do not. They have access to more advanced technology ...
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Is technology a natural consequence of civilization?

Can a civilization be highly evolved as far as culture, ethics, societal norms, laws, language, literature and arts, but not ever come to develop any sort of advanced technology besides main practical ...
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What is Santa's defense against an unlawful withholding of welfare charge?

Santa's1 been taken to court! Kids in the United States have complained that they're getting too much coal and the class-action lawyers heard their cries for redress! Obedient to a summons from the ...
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What circumstances would lead art and artisan works to be considered 'worthless' or detrimental in society?

Context: I'm looking for justification of the above in my story so I can have clandestine artists. But I'm having a little dificulty finding a situation in which art becomes to inherenty detrimental ...
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What are the best way for powerless individuals to earn power and control over a city? [closed]

A very small group of social outcasts desire to earn more power within a city in order to improve their situation from the inside. What would be the best course of action?
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How could one erase a culture? [closed]

Out of a cultured society, an Evil Empire™ has arisen. Naturally, the Evil Dictator™ wants his people to be obedient to him. In this process, he wants to erase his Evil Empire™'s culture. This would, ...
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Single Time Zone on a spherical planet

I am particularly interested in the case of feasibility to have all countries and all regions of our planet, the Earth, to have a unified Single Time Zone (say UTC). Suppose all countries and all ...
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Can Global Disasters caused by Bearers (People with Terrible Luck) be Properly Contained?

The Bearer: Background On Alternate Earth, studies and cases have shown that a small percentage of the population (10%) is responsible for 90% of the bad luck. These people are targeted by bad luck, ...
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Can a modern company effectively take ownership of Beethoven's 10th symphony? [closed]

Let's say someone discovered a collection of dusty papers in the attic of a tavern that Ludwig van Beethoven stayed at in the late 1820s. It is a complete manuscript of the supposedly unfinished Tenth ...
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Legal consequences of AI [closed]

The context is simple, a company builds a neural network, Amara, with the goal of it becoming self aware. Reason for that being, the neural network is supposed to study and understand human memories. ...
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How to set a law allowing space explorers to collect keepsakes

I'm in the early stages of thinking up a space science fiction story about a particular group of scientists and young explorers on mission to investigate some points of interest in the galaxy. Their ...
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Single-injection amputation [closed]

The Ministry of Peace and Justice is looking for a method to carry out sentences of amputation in a labor or military setting quickly and effectively. The subjects will be workers and military ...
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What do I need to consider for a justice system for powered people by powered people?

In one of my stories, there are people with powers. Inherited from parent to child or through accident and experimentation. There's the main government like ours, and a para-military agency ...
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Would more options of the death penalty be believable to present day audience and setting? [closed]

In one of my stories, my MC is a spy and has an ability to come back from the dead (but can't reveal such a fact) and after her first murder (she got killed by a mole and had her arm cut off with an ...
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The legality of Direct Neural Link Technology [closed]

One of the most prominent features of the future is the technology to link the world with the human mind. The applications of what I like to call Direct Neural Link technologies are as varied as they ...
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Why would spaceships still practice venting precious air?

Despite advancement in air filtration and recycling technology, many spaceships still keep the practice of manually venting air from unoccupied enclosure within the ship. Such practices had been ...
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How many laws would a parkouring superhero like Spider-Man break by travelling around New York? [closed]

There are a large number of superheroes who get around via some kind of super-parkour. These range from superheroes who swing webbing like Spider-Man and his many imitators (e.g., Spinnerette), to ...
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Ownership of a house if no owner can be found [closed]

Background: Currently I am working on a haunted-house story. The house in this story, has existed for an undetermined amount of time (how and when it was build is not really important for the story). ...
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Laws between humans and anthropomorphic dragons (WIP / Questions) [closed]

I am currently creating a society for a short CG film. My main character is a young a,thropomorphic dragon living in the same standards as humans (as you can see on the image). I would have wanted to ...
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Method of premature change of president and vice president in alternate version of the USA [closed]

I'm working on a world (for a series of stories) not much different from our reality. The laws are almost same to the letter - the timeline diverged ~2013 but with no important changes in the law. ...
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What standards should the police have to meet to look up someone's powers in a super power database?

Imagine a world somewhat like x-man where a subset of humanity will develop 'super-powers'. Most powers are relatively minor, but a subset of them are potentially lethal, and others have the ...
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How accountable would a person be for a crime committed when under alien influence?

In my story, my MC ends up hosting a known (and common) alien life form within their head to keep it alive by joining with another sentient being; as a result, both host and alien life form's ...
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Is it possible to detect encrypted communications [duplicate]

I'm writing a detective novel, in which a series of terror attacks are carried out in the United States by a group of mercenaries using military grade, channel hopping radio to communicate. I would ...
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Youth Safehouse [closed]

Youth in their teens come to this safehouse from hundreds of miles away in order to find safety from their family, develop a sense of personal identity, and have a place to stay while they build a ...
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How do I classify a law? [closed]

I have this idea in my head where all the books of law in this large star-system empire are stored in some sort of mechanical library. You can access it by going through categories. For instance: ...
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Three law judicial system [closed]

Premise Most of the time, the simplest answer is the best one. For instance, a complicated and convoluted judicial system is kind of hard to keep track of: "does this law interfere with this law?&...
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Under what conditions might a police station enlist the help of a minor? [closed]

The story is set in New York City, and the protagonist is a world-renowned for solving mysteries. However, they are only fourteen years old. Would it be illegal for her to assist the police in solving ...
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How can I make the concept of “sister wives” acceptable in a traditionally monogamous religion?

In 1534 the act of of supremacy passed by the solidified the break from the Catholic church and made the king the supreme head of the church of england. Although there were many reasons for this going ...
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How could religious institutions operate after losing their tax exempt status?

The United States of America was founded on the principals of democracy and separating church and state. The core of the founding fathers, the Illuminati, reportedly referred to themselves as hard-...
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What colonial-era company would employ a lawyer?

My scene is set roughly between the years 1600-1800. I'm writing about a lawyer who is employed full-time by a company, but I don't know what kind of company from that time would need a full-time ...
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Is magical humanoid by-product allowed in restaurants by the FDA?

What steps should a monster take to make good of their ability to create food, without getting shut down by the Food and Drug Administration in America? For instance, a dryad summoning her own leaves ...
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Why has the law of equivalent exchange failed to create a proper homunculus?

The law of equivalent exchange says that for anything to be gained, something of equal value must be lost. This means that if you put in the hard work, you will be rewarded with success. I am a half-...
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How can an animal rights organization prevent the extermination of dragons?

I am a descendant of the Unsullied, who once served Daenerys Targaryen, the First of Her Name, The Unburnt, Queen of the Andals, the Rhoynar and the First Men, Queen of Meereen, Khaleesi of the Great ...
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Why do every future relativistic spaceships have an atomic clock?

Set in the not so distant future nearly all commercial, private and military spaceships capable of fractional speed of light travel would always have a time keeping device powered by radioactive ...
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If a human own the planet, by proprety law, what can he do? [closed]

Let me explain myself the term "Owning the planet" refer to the possession, the control a person intentionally exercises toward a thing, here, the planet and what it's composed of. The concept of "...
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How can I determine whether a person has been demonically possessed after the fact? [closed]

I am Phoenix Wright, an attorney who is considered the best in the world. My current case involves a football player accused of two counts of first degree murder. He had allegedly killed his wife and ...
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Why ban magic carpet despite it comes with certified safety belt?

With effect from today any kind of magic carpet regardless of model and brand are banned nation wide, statistic shows that for the past couple of months alone there have been 3 fatalities resulting ...
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Superheroes position about drugs [closed]

We often see superheroes confronting drug dealers and their henchmen, after all, drug use and commercialization in most countries is considered illegal. However, there is a growing current of thought ...
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How could I make Mercenaries function in a contemporary fantasy world?

My fantasy project of ''Diggoran'' ( pronounced as Die-Ah-Ran ) is set on the continent of Diggoran which is a large and fictional continent located on a fictional planet in its own universe with no ...
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Can you train primates to perform every day jobs that humans perform today?

I want to know how / if we could train monkeys to do a variety of human tasks. Is it possible to teach monkeys human trades and set them free throughout major cities to do jobs and interact with ...

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