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Questions tagged [races]

For questions about differing intelligent species that are co-existing.

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How would a previously hidden nation form diplomatic relations with other nations and international bodies?

Assume that the events of this question begin in a current-day (2019) world. For the purposes of this question, let's base the scenario on Atlantis. The intelligent sea-creatures inhabiting the ...
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What are the implications of a race with multiple personalities [closed]

In my universe there is a race of proto-humans known as legionaries. They have a are a minority group and used to be even smaller, only living on one planet in the past. This race used to give birth ...
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What kind of places would goblins live in a fantasy setting with strong states? [closed]

So I got a fantasy setting that left the Medieval era and entered the Renaissance with strong states that can maintain both order and infrastructure across their territories. While there are 'wild ...
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In a world with multiracial creatures, what word can be used instead of mankind? [closed]

So, I've been trying to find a word which means all the people in the world. One would think of humanity, humankind, mankind, or just people, but I want something that can express the meaning properly ...
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Will a country ruled and dominated by women work?

I'm writing a fantasy comic, and in my comics, I plan to introduce a country/nation/race, where women dominate everything. Men from this race/nation are submissive to the women. Women have all the ...
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What happens if all peoples are converted to German? [closed]

What happens if all peoples are converted to German race? Explain Why!?
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Societal issues stemming from having two sentient species that can interbreed generating infertile offspring [closed]

Premise: Both races are humanoid, covered with fur, similar in intelligence, dexterity etc... Evolved in parallel to fill very similar environments, and split off the other (genetically) relatively ...
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How can orientation-discriminating people keep their views when it turns out they live on a non-orientable surface?

In my world, there are two types of people, lefties and righties. They have opposite orientations, which means they are mirror images of each (they are Enantiomers of each other essentially). ...
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One Race in the Future? [closed]

My novel set in the future where everything is automated and fake: lighting, air, and food are all modified or simulated, and the government controls it all. This automated world is set on a planet ...
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Story arc for introduction of aliens with their own story [closed]

Apologies if this has been asked before, but it has been bugging me as I finally move toward the point of releasing my novels and not just writing for myself. Many of my stories involve humans ...
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What to name a race of rock people? [closed]

I'm looking for a good name for my race of crystalline/rock people. Preferably a fancy/sciency sounding one, as "rockulon" & "bouldera" don't really fit the tone of the story.
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How would a collection of space faring civilizations treat a race that on an individual level could destroy them? [closed]

To be as brief as possible I have a setting in the far future. This setting has various races, most resembling humanity to the point that with only a cursory glance you couldn't tell one from the ...
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What is a logical explanation for why a race of stone humanoids wouldn't become the dominant race on the continent? [closed]

So, I have a major problem with one of my fantasy worlds that I can't seem to figure out. I recently added a race to one of my worlds called the Athar, who are a race of intelligent humanoids made of ...
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Ant people polymorphism ( Queen )

(Perhaps termite people would be more appropriate) In my world, the Gbajumo (think race of semi-gods) decide that the humanoid beings of the world have become too cocky and comfortable in their ...
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How can I provide reasons for racism?

OK, I know the question sounds a little bit extreme, but I'm writing a story in which there are two races of a same species, both rational and civilized, with cities and everything an actual society ...
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What interaction is possible for multiple species of human like intelligence that live on the same planet? [duplicate]

I would like to know if possible, however I do not want to know how it would happen but what it would create and how stable that co-existence would be. I would like to know not how it would happen as ...
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How might a government pass a law without the population knowing?

I want to have a government pass a permit law without the public knowledge overnight. The story is set in the United Kingdom, where half the population are cat people. The recently elected government ...
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Elven life cycle and population

I'm currently brainstorming the rules for some Tolkien-esque elves. I'm trying to do some research to make them as realistic as possible, but all the science-y things go right over my head. I've ...
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Suggested steps for creating a new race?

For one of the novels I am writing, I want to create a race based off of the Chinese Zodiac. However, I don't know exactly where to start with creating said race, so I was curious to see if there was ...
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What relations of civilizations living on the same world but not the same living environment would be?

I've got a planet similar to Earth, with three species rising from prehistoric nomadic life to sedentary civilizations at the same time and learning speed, but in three different living environments: ...
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Creating Fantastical Race Without Using the Terms Magic/Sorcery

I have a world where I have anthropomorphic fantastical race that was created through ritual between the humans of that world and their spirit dragons (who are like gods in a sense). The ritual in ...
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How would be our society if it was populated by anthropomorphic dogs? [closed]

A dog has a great smell sense: while a human has about 5 million scent glands, a dog has between 125 to 200 million. The part that controls smell is also 40 times larger than in humans. A human can ...
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Biological explanation of age stopping in near-human aliens

There's a species called Foos. Foos are fairly similar to humans. In a primitive society, in fact, they would appear identical to humans in actual physical appearance, mannerisms, and base behavior. ...
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Species and Race diversity and names

what are the rules I need to follow to name different races of a specie and different species that have one ancestor in common ? Additionally how do i know when a race becomes a species ? Is an ...
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World Government: What Term Replaces “Nationality”

Today, we identify a person's "nationality" as French, English, Czech, etc ("I'm French" / "I'm from France" being the grammatical form of its use). But in a future World Government, "nationality" is ...
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Are intelligent races necessarily diverse?

Experience shows me that some people dislike when a given world has monolithic species. By this I mean the planet has one culture, language, empire or purpose that unifies all of its member. Most ...
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What mental trait or combination of traits could make a race well suited to warfare?

For my space-fantasy setting I created that I will refer to as Dragon-Folk here. The Dragon-Folk look more like humans with reptilian features than humanoind dragons. The Dragon-Folk like the other ...
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Human-sized insects - What bodily difference from smaller scale species?

The flight-mechanisms and exoskeletons of insects are only practical at their current scale -- the wings interact with the air as more of a 'fluid' medium at their scale, than gas as birds experience ...
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Advantages of different thumb orientations?

What would the most advantageous alternate thumb orientation be? I.E. on the underside of the hand, in the middle of the wrist, or in between the fingers (replacing the middle finger). Would there ...
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Specism Vs Racism [closed]

Until a few dozen years ago most cultures on earth were extremely racist, everything from colored bathrooms to slavery. But in a world where along with multiple races there are multiple species would ...
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Karyotypes of partially interbreeding human races

In a non-magical world where homo sapiens has evolved into several races or breeds (like dogs) or even species as in Q10102 and Q12190, that can interbreed for the most part, how can one model the ...
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How would racial history between Europe and Africa be affected if everyone's skin tone was reversed? [closed]

There have been a good amount of racial issues between 'blacks' and 'whites' throughout history (I win the understatement of the year award!). This racism is due to many causes, such as an instinctual ...
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Race relations in the land of human shapeshifters

What happens in regards to race relations when anyone can arbitrarily change their appearance? This is based in a near-future Earth where normal humans the world over have gained the ability to ...
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How can I make humans NOT WANT to investigate how a supernatural ability works in an intelligent, non-human creature?

We've had a few questions where answers state, to a lesser or greater degree, "humans would investigate this ability to figure out how it works" in another creature with abilities not readily ...
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How can I make names that are racially similar, yet diverse? [duplicate]

I've always had trouble with inventing names. They refuse to come, or when they do, they sound funny or cheesy. However, a name will occasionally pop into my head, fully formed and sounding perfect. ...
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How can I prevent a backlash in the mountain fortresses?

My evil nature mage and his army of Felinus have conquered most of the human kingdoms. Upon breaching the forest pass and entering the human kingdoms his 1 million strong army of Felinus separate into ...
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How to make the orcs meet these biological standards?

This is loosely linked to my nature Mage questions. In my fantasy world I want a race of Orcs. These are the characteristics they have to have: Stand between 6 and 7 feet tall Have crude weapons ...
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How much genetic variation between a human and an alien would allow the human and alien to have, even infertile, offspring?

Background: Human Origins: We originated from a space-faring civilization. A breakaway faction that hates advanced space level tech traveled here and set up shop before destroying their advanced ...
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How Do I Draw the Elves into the War?

Background: My evil Nature Mage (named Erilius) resides in a tropical forest where he has abundant access to local life (of which all the flora and fauna except people can be controlled by him) and ...
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How would multiple races impact space faring? [closed]

Assuming I have elves and humans both evolved on my world: The United Federal Sapients is a government similar to the US government with similar systems in place (e.g. Congress, Senate, President, ...
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What if a person can bear a child that is genetically identical to its parent?

We all know that genetic diversity in our species (homo sapiens) is maintained by sexual reproduction. Man and woman provide each half of genetic information randomly selected from their own to their ...
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Fantasy races nobility systems [closed]

For my world building I added Elves and dwarves (and possible some darker, more evil races). I am now wondering what sort of nobility systems are in place for these races. 1) Are they generally the ...
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What Common Ancestor Would the Basic Fantasy Races Evolve From? [duplicate]

In the world that I am building, I have four (major) races: Human, Elf, Orc, and Dwarf. Humans are the run of the mill; average in physiology, psychology and magical ability. They can survive almost ...
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What would the social implications of the creation of humanoid races be?

Assume scientists in the near future create a successful clone of a Neanderthal. This is not too far off since we have already mapped the Neanderthal genome. Now, assume that these scientists decide ...
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Would a centaur-like race favor asymmetric bows?

A race in my WIP has a humanoid torso and a quadrupedal lower body. I like the look of the Japaneses Bow and I was thinking of having it be developed by the centaur-like race. It is theories that the ...
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What conditions are believable for a racial society majority to accept a racial minority, and those to reject them?

What conditions are believable for a racial society majority to accept a racial minority, and those to reject them? I have two races. One is a racially pure majority and the other is a mixed breed ...
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How would a crouching frog person fight?

Suppose I have some frog people, who are of slightly smaller frame and build than a human. I was imagining that when they fight, both in a war and dueling context, they would crouch down, a bit like ...
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How to promote nationalism for a multi-racial kingdom, against other such multi-racial kingdoms

So, I have an empire, many political notes about which can be found here, although I will put more relevant notes here as well. There are many fantasy races, all of them some form of animal person, ...
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How would an Empire survive weak crown authority?

Within my setting, there is a large empire which includes all of civilized humanity, within a late medieval setting. There are no notable external forces, so any and all conflict has always been from ...
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What would the reaction times and or cognition speed of an alien with a photonic or partialy photonic nervous system be?

In my reading of sci-fi I came across a fascinating concept: an alien race called the Chromatics that had a partially photonic nervous system. They were described as having very fast reflexes. Now I ...