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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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Why do governments not permanently restrain super villains?

The argument for superheroes to capture villains alive is that superheroes are already illegally operating as vigilantes and compensating for muggle law enforcement is all they are morally obligated. ...
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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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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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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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Punishment in pacifist society

I'm building a race of plant-like creatures that are pacifists in a pre-industrial age world. Because they live hidden in forests, caves, etc. and often blend in with the natural flora, occasionally ...
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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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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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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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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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What would the ethical and legal concerns of Suicide Booths be? [closed]

In a fictional, alternate-reality Earth world, where euthanasia is a human right, as well as the choice to abort your own life (suicide), there are cheap, painless, widely accessible, publicly ...
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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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Why would the Federation ban escape pods that come with manual override?

The year is 2216 C.E., humanity develops an economic solution to travel to the Alpha Centauri A, our closest star system, in a matter of decades. Despite mankind's technological prowess our species is ...
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How many laws would Spider-Man break just by swinging around New York? [closed]

Imagine Spider-Man is web-slinging around New York. No crime fighting, no vigiliantism, no superheroing, just swinging around New York city to get from Manhattan to Queens. How many laws would he ...
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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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Making Laws for your world [duplicate]

How do you create laws for your fantasy world? do you just have code of honour? or do you have a list of rules?
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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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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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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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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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What would happen if the justice system is replaced with a zero sum game? [closed]

I'm writing about an augmented reality simulation world mirroring ours. In this reality the criminal justice system is based on the results of a coin toss. If a robbery victim files a police report, ...
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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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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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A Society Built Around Theft?

Would it be possible for a stable society to be built around the concept of theft as a positive action, and thievery as a virtue, while still having theft be technically illegal, but having the ...
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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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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 to prevent counterfeit donuts in a doughnut currency society?

A crazy politician (named Tronald Dump) is elected as leader of a country. Being crazy, he changes to the national currency to be donuts with the following conversion: Doughnut Hole = 1d Glazed ...
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Can I reduce the crime rate by penalizing criminals' children socially?

This is a social engineering method. The government takes background checks very seriously. A person's moral standing is not only determined by the actions of the person themselves, but also by his/...
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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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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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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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What would be the implications of using mind control as a way to enforce laws?

A government develops technology that can be used to remotely control people's brains for mind control. The government decides that instead of enforcing its laws by having penalties for people who ...
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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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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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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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Finding magic by repeating an experiment over a magical limit of the universe

Definition: Scientific laws or laws of science are statements that describe or predict a range of natural phenomena. A scientific law is a statement based on repeated experiments or observations that ...
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How to justify the presence of angels on earth when god doesn't pass judgement until after death

While I did draw inspiration from Christianity, this is not about the actual Christian religion. I just use the term "angel" because it helps to understand. In reality, those angels are more like "...
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In a typical line of succession, who has priority?

My society has a typical line of succession (like the UK monarchy before a female child was given equal status). The eldest son has priority, followed by other sons, and then followed by his daughters....
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How Do We Protect Humans in a Zombie Society?

I'm writing a story where an intelligent zombie society has defeated humans and won. The zombies are the main characters in this story. These zombies: Have human intelligence, emotions, and remember ...

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