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How would a government lay claim over a Space Colony that it never founded? What legal arguments could they make to cite it’s always been theirs? [closed]

I’ve read some books with a premise of leaving an increasingly centralized and decadent Earth for the stars before it heads a turn for the extra worse Part of their premise is Earth Governments ...
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What would break equality? A virus made millions of people live to 120 healthy years, but not all, could they still be "equal" under the law? [closed]

I was prompted to create a story that forces us to abandon the principle—that ostensible principle we advance, at least—of equality under the law. It's a benchmark which has served our needs for the ...
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How to enforce a Ban on Vegetarianism

Let's say that Vegetarianism is banned in my country and meat eating is mandatory. The technology is modern. Stuff like Tofu, Quorn and other things that can make vegetarianism more popular are banned ...
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How could an AGI have legal protections in an our current society? [closed]

First: assume society is as it is today, British common law Many “stories” try to package AI as citizens (DATA of Star Trek, Sonny of I Robot). They manipulate society to make AI fit with some certain ...
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US citizen, with a clean record, needs license for armored car with 3 inch cannon [closed]

I’m writing a sci-fi story with the protagonist being a superhero/ flying brick. He’s the only super in the world and as a result, many governments, NGO’s, cartels (etc.), and powerful individuals ...
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Non-persons in a world of machine and biologically integrated intelligences

People who "... do not have more than 65% of their brain function provided by natural human neural tissue" according to a new, pernicious and poorly thought-out law "shall cease to be ...
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What laws of war would pertain to this futuristic situation, hundreds of years from now?

I was thinking of a story I wanted to write, but I had a legal question. It involves a war story, and a group of around 12 soldiers. Members of a regular armed force, with the authority of the head of ...
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Would the use of sulfuric acid "piranha" weapons be considered chemical weapons, and thus, War Crimes?

In an alternative reality, people where capable of taking information from the future, and thus, they decided to not only to replicate future technology for the betterment of manking, but also future ...
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How does a government that uses undead labor avoid perverse incentives?

The setting I'm working on is in terms of tech levels and society best comparable to early 20th century Earth. But with several big differences. One being the existence necromancy and mad science that ...
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What are good reasons to create a city/nation in which a government wouldn't let you leave [closed]

I am building a city that the main character will be prohibited to leave from and yet their intentions of entering the city are to save the world form an extra-planer threat. So they have to go in. ...
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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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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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Scooped up for military research: How realistic is it in this day and age?

Being 'scooped up' for military research - or being a creation of military research - has been a common trope of movies and TV for many years. However, in most western nations, if not most nations ...
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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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Why would a society persecute people who are antisocial misanthropes (sociopaths, psychopaths, narcissists, and sadists)? [closed]

An alternate-historical story is set in a third-world country in 1977 of the Gregorian calendar (the year George Lucas' masterpiece, Star Wars, was released). The country is a Costa Rica pastiche (...
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How does Santa protect himself from IP lawsuits?

As is well known, all of Santa's presents are manufactured by elves at the North Pole. However, a lot of presents are protected by various IP rights. Be it Adidas clothing, a DVD of the newest ...
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How many laws would a parkouring superhero like Spider-Man break by travelling around New York?

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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What are the legal implications of murdering a necromancer? [closed]

Someone has just poisoned a Necromancer in a modern society like ours (just with mages around since a few decades). The Necromancer's body died, but he had spells in place that automatically turn his ...
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Trojan horse for protecting against Roman inquisition [closed]

I'm imagining a world set in Medici Florence. As actual history plays out, despite the Medicis' growing power, the start of the Roman Inquisition still necessitated some concessions. For instance, ...
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What is the most altruistic economic system? [closed]

I'm trying to write about a world with an altruistic society, and want an economy that facilitates that most of the time. I'm looking for an answer that improves public goods, retains some level of ...
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Can a casino system prove my (divine) luck as cheating?

I walked this morning and met a street fortune-teller. This old gypsy invited me to get my luck told, and she just blabbed those old nonsense phrases about how this day will be my lucky day and such. ...
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If every action a human does is tracked, would serious crimes be greatly reduced?

Background Humans originate from the Skytree, a tower operated by an impartial AI. On birth, they are sent to their assigned communities, or Communes, where they live out the rest of their lives. ...
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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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Why would all drugs be legalised? [closed]

In my world, there is a species from the Homo genus named Homo magicus. They are my wizards (or sorcerers, if you want). Traditionally, magical humans/wizards/sorcerers are an EXTREMELY religious race:...
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What practices would keep ruling aristocrats young?

This world has a society with fairly modern technology (late 20th century or later) with a natural, reasonably healthy life span of 70+ years for people barring accidents, homicides, suicides, or a ...
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Is excavating alien technology legal? [closed]

I know that there are diffrent laws regarding excavating resources on other planets and asteroids,but they are far from being precise. Many conflicts arise when nations want to make one law that ...
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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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A.I. can make Video, Photographs, and Audio perfectly out of text prompt. How screwed is our legal system? [closed]

In the near-future (circa 2030), publicly available open-source A.I. can create any Picture, moving picture, or audio track imaginable from a text prompt. It takes a lot of computing resources (but ...
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Result of a goverment where extra votes can be bought, earned, or lost?

Just an interesting idea for a government, not really sure if it's a good idea, but still interested in the results of one existing. The idea is for your traditional representative democracy, or ...
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How would the world governments define a super person?

DC, Marvel, X-men...etc style people, or things, exist. Great. Now the existence of those people would definitely change laws and many legal practices. And of course the governments of the world would ...
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Is it "Force Majeure" if I invited the god of storm and he kills people? [closed]

Suppose I'm in charge of the opening of a new safari somewhere in the United States. The particular venue is chosen because it is not near to any known epicenter, fault line, volcano and the last ...
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Am I culpable for negligence if my spell allowed visitors to meet their own demise? [closed]

Imagine there is a big Island the size of New York city populated with dragons of all shapes and sizes, I put up a spell around the island to prevent the dragon's escape but visitors can pass through ...
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Why would Patent Terms be extended to centuries?

I need technology patent terms to last centuries, thousands of years even (not necessarily millions though). Obviously I don't need the Patent Laws to change overnight. The Laws can take its time to ...
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In a society based around moral relativism, how would the courts or government in general work? [closed]

In one of my worldbuilds, there is a very popular and atheistic philosophy that is based around absolute moral relativism and total opposition to religion. But, I'm struggling to come up with ways a ...
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How to distinguish between immoveable spell and ownership spell?

Suppose I have 2 different type of spells namely immoveable spell and ownership spell, assuming the requirements and magical costs for both are similar I need help to distinguish between the two. ...
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How does the Law handle temporary curing of sociopathy?

I know that sociopathy isn't technically in the DSM any more, but what I mean by the term is an individual devoid of a conscience. They don't feel guilt no matter what they do and as such so long as ...
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Government assisted suicide process, can it work and what should be the steps? [closed]

Imagine a country similar to the USA but one that is not completely opposed to suicide. This country believes there can occasionally be situations where death can be preferable to living in pain (be ...
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The Secretary General of the UN is dead. Who acts in his place?

António Guterres, the Secretary General of the UN, and many other UN employees were killed when Jormungandr, the Snakebot of Doom steamrolled New York city in January 2017. Now, in early February 2017,...
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If magic can manipulate memories for inmates on death row, why hasn't capital punishment been abolished?

This is set in the modern day but in a parallel universe. As usual we have a food crisis and climate changes, etc. Imagine a serial killer was finally arrested and sentenced to death, as the country ...
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What is the worst crimes/misdeeds to be called a villainess? [closed]

I’m trying to make my character be perceived as a villainess, but I don’t really know what kind of atrocities she would do to be called one. I thought about it a lot, she has a line that she can’t ...
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How would you legally design a permanent curse of private investigation against a ransomware operator's family?

The problems of one character from 2060 go back a long way. In 2022, a ransomware gang infiltrated the computer systems of a local power company, threatening a widespread blackout unless a ...
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What are the Legal Responsibilities of a Police Officer with this Runaway Child?

So per this question- a month before the Police Officer meets the Runaway Child 'magic' suddenly appears in a 90s era Earth. Roughly 1 in 10,000 people start demonstrably using 'magic' and they can be ...
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Despite scientific advancements that can eliminate all birth defects, why would incest still be a taboo?

First and foremost: do we all agree that the main reason that incest or inbreeding is bad is because it leads to the passing down of recessive genes and these birth defects can severely impact the ...
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How to modernize military in a short time

Related to this. MC is trying to build a modern nation out from an ancient one, and he also needs a modern military. A modern military is not just about equipment, it is also about having modern ...
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What would this character potentially be charged with in this situation? [closed]

In my sci fi short story I'm working on, a company called Generation sometime in the future, develops a viral based treatment for a new kind of cancer that has arisen in young children. Around fifteen ...
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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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How do werewolves cope with integration into human society with tough ban on transformation? [closed]

In my world werewolves are humans but would transform into part man part wolf when they stares at round and shiny object such as a full moon, the humans knew about it and even extended their welcome ...
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Can the use of lightning weapons be considered a war-crime? [closed]

Note: Just assume that there is also a Geneva convetion in this scenario because it is basically our earth in a few years in the future. So, I just found of this news that the US had developed an ...
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Is it realistic and legal for someone who lives remotely in the UK to have a private mobile repeater?

Edit: Question has been edited due to confusion and details have been clarified on why they need a mobile signal. I'm currently writing a short story and have the idea that someone that lives in a ...
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What issues could multiple lanes of travel in the air pose in a city?

In the world I am working on, society is made up of multiple species of equally intelligent/sapient humanoid insects that operate extremely similar to humans. Cities contain many different species of ...

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