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World building: Thralls, Slaves and how to keep them from running away

Due to low numbers of humans, the death penalty is forbidden and impractical as it would bring mankind to the brink of extinction. All prison sentences are now changed to various forms of thralldom ...
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Aliens are evicting us from the earth; how much time should they give us?

One night, we see a giant laser from outer space burn a message into the Moon (in some human language or another): Earth Creatures, you are hereby evicted from Earth. Take your belongings and leave ...
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What are some reasons an employer could legitimately require your voting rights as part of your employment?

In accordance with Citizens United and with the acceptance that the real wealth creation of this nation is created by corporations, we hereby declare that the voting rights of corporations have been ...
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Will politics be able to update with the future technology?

Technology is going to bring drastic changes to society. Modern politics needs serious rethinking in order to keep up with the evolving technology. In the future we will have enormous social injustice ...
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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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Consequences of controlling intelligence

Suppose tomorrow, on present-day Earth, a group of scientists published a paper detailing a series of experiments conducted over the last ten years that successfully activated and deactivated the ...
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Freelance detectives

Bad guys will do bad things, no matter how far in the future we go to. Even with space travel and other lifeforms to live alongside humanity, crime will rear its ugly head no anywhere, anytime. So ...
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Suggestion for appropriate definitions for various levels of 'proof' required at a trial

This is a direct follow up to my last question: How/could a legal system whose punishments were based off of "level of certainty" that crime occured function? I suggested that a jury can ...
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What would have to happen to create a society of “floating” islands of ships?

I am thinking of a sub society that formed from 10's to 100's (maybe 1000's) of ships docked together. They would be on the high seas, outside the control of any nation. Could they form their own ...
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How can I commit a crime in Molossia without prosecution?

This question is just another attempt at the idea in Using international waters to avoid legal punishment. I have someone in a story that wants to commit a pre-meditated crime that others will know he ...
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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 culture develop if it had to cover its hands at all time [closed]

There is a culture has decided that hands must be covered or hidden at all times. Perhaps they see the hands as vulgar or private, in the same way we see sexual organs. In general, they hide them ...
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Which legal procedures should be used to protect legitimacy of sortitition based deliberative democracy?

"sortition based deliberative democracy" - I'm not certain how exactly such a system should be called in English. I mean a political system in which instead of making a general election or referendum, ...
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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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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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Is working for foreign dictator illegal?

I have a fighter jet designer who leads a project for a Pentagon competition. The company invests a lot of private funds which makes the project do or die. The designer is obsessed with the project ...
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How does privacy work if govt can access every camera throughout the city?

The 22nd century C.E. introduces a new concept of "smart city" in which everything is automated and requires little or no human intervention. For example, the daily household chores such as washing ...
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How to allow to imprison enemies of state, while still have opposition at large?

RL problem: Guantanamo. And that later Americans learnt that trying to imprison such people is so complicated from legal perspective that it is much less fuzz to just use drone. Later, the procedure ...
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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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Dragons and aviation bureaucracy, part 4: Studying for the PPL

So, the big, wingy, smart, talking, fire-breathin', scaly fella from this question managed (somehow) to become a legal permanent resident of the USA (green card or citizenship). Now, he wishes to get ...
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Panhandle property history

I am drawing a map of a fictional city (currently set in year 1900). All the technology is based on the real world. My map includes property boundaries. In certain cases, a property is behind another, ...
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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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Dragons and Aviation Bureaucracy, the spin-off: what about piloted, non-sentient beings?

A year ago or so, a series of questions has been posted about dragons and aviation bureaucracy, with the following 4 questions: Dragons and aviation bureaucracy Dragons and aviation bureaucracy, the ...
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How will police be armed and trained in a world where effective stun guns exist?

This question is in the same world as this one: What would the rules for carry and use of weapons be affected by reliable stun guns? stun weapons exist and abide by all the rules listed in the linked ...
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GPLv4: All our code are belong to Micro$oft. How much damage is done? [closed]

Let's say that Microsoft or some other company somehow takes over the FSF (I haven't filled in the details of this take over yet. We'll just say that they filled their food with mind control nanites ...
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Humans can now spit acid. How does culture change? [closed]

Lets pretend for a moment that this isn't completely stupid. How do or don't the collective governing bodies of the world respond? Humans are completely normal except for this ability Limited by the ...
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Sensible regulations on sentient AI with citizenship rights

In the science fiction universe I'm working on, I've had it written that sentient AI have citizen's rights. I've been developing this setting for nearly a decade. Trying to refine the older parts now ...
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What would be the main reason to avoid providing confidential data to the police by a company? [closed]

First of all: hello everybody. This is my first time posting here, and i want to apologize in advance for my bad english, as it's not my native language. I've been following this page for quite some ...
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What if the judical law was much more strict? [closed]

Imagine a world just like this one. In a highly developed country (like US): No one could (ever - from the beginning) own a gun (or a harder weapon). All penalties (including the death penalty) would ...
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How to ethically utilize ability to transfer life from one human to another? [closed]

Lets say that a method has been discovered to transfer the 'life-force' from one individual to another, killing the donor but providing the recipient with healing and an extended life. The healthier ...
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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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Human rights in space

We've done it. We've finally devised the technology that will allow us to safely and efficiently leave Earth behind and explore our corner of the galaxy. We're still working on the intergalactic ...
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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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If androids are suddenly proven to be without conscience, what would happen to their rights? [closed]

I want to query about a society in which androids are given the same rights as humans. After a long struggle fought over decades a majority of the people voted in favor. The main reason was that ...
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Plausible? Industrial Technology is forbidden, rulers are not allowed to use magic, and court mages are responsible for keeping magic in check

I'm in the midst of worldbuilding a science fantasy story where once, many of its inhabitants were capable of using magic including the kings who ruled over it with harmony. Eventually, an industrial ...
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Could US president start and expect to survive a global nuclear war?

Consider the following, modern-day scenario: A relative madman is elected as US president The US president can irreversibly launch nuclear weapons under 60 minutes without oversight by congress, ...
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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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Logical legal basis to outlaw the use of automobiles within cities? [duplicate]

So, I’m creating a post-apocalyptic world set 97 years after nuclear war, in the former state of California, AD 2059. The Californians, compared to the rests of the wastes, have done good for ...
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Human population vs. rising ocean levels

Because the Earth is a (effectively) closed system and matter can neither be created nor destroyed, only moved or transformed, a wild theory was proposed that increasing the human population could be ...
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Corporations without human members

Is it legally possible right now for a corporation to exist without any human members? If so, under which jurisdiction(s) in what region(s)? I am looking for a likely setting where sentient AI's ...
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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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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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How to design a sort of semi-innocuous penal district?

Setting: Partially rebuilt post apocalyptic world Technology: Comparable to early 21st century Affluence: First-world equivalent Capital city with a few million people Extra info concerning ...
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How to handle plea bargains in a court where punishment is based off confidence that the accused committed a crime

an expantion to this question: How/could a legal system whose punishments were based off of "level of certainty" that crime occured function? The basic idea is that there are different ...
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Immigration in pre-industrial culture

The setting is not earth, but a fantasy world whose technical and cultural advancement parallel that of Europe and North America circa 1790-1820. In this era, what sort of immigration laws and ...
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Could insurance fraud be profitable in a world of constant piracy?

So I need a little bit of some legal/mercantile help. I'm crafting a story in a fantasy world where piracy is a ubiquitous practice and constant fear for sea travelers. Would it be possible for ...
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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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Murder on the Moon [closed]

Set in this modern time, NASA sent a team of astronauts made up of different races and sexes to the Moon. Their directives are to setup a "campfire" and perform a series of "moonwalk" during their 7 ...
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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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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 ...