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How would a secret tunnel be kept entirely secret?

The world this is set in is located in a valley and doesn't allow anyone to leave. They are very strict about this so there are many watchtowers along the top of the valley sides, and soldiers ...
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How would a house security/protection work in a society full of shapeshifters?

My story has a country/society made up of mostly shapeshifters. How shapeshifting works is that once someone turns 21 they are allowed the gift of shapeshifting through an advance technology. They can'...
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If vault was magically pelted by stones the size of cannonballs for eternity, how long would it be able to keep it's contents safe?

If an average personal safe is somehow hit with stones the size of cannonballs for eternity, how long could it keep it's contents safe? I don't think the contents matter that much but assume it is a ...
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Is it Possible to Manage a Police State Prior to the Invention of Widespread and Reliable Communication Technology?

By “Police State” I mean a despotic sort of government in which the state is actively trying to spy on its citizens for political ends. Something like the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) or ...
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How can a secret machine cult hide the construction of underground forge complexes?

Prefacing information // The Creed of Forgemasters, a religious society worshipping what thry identify as the purity of machines and driven by the holy mission of liberating the pure, immortal souls ...
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How can seals of various complexity be the preferred option for a firewall?

Eons ago, an ancient demigod was imprisoned by a group of his siblings within a separate realm for crimes against humanity. A cult of witches in the modern day has formed to free this individual, and ...
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A city under supernatural siege: sounding a proper alarm

This is in effect a continuation the "using dead bodies materials for food/construction/etc" series. The world is suffering from the creatures of fantasy and nightmares which can appear with ...
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Dead man switch that would resist a nation-backed offensive

JE is a famous man that has an extensive amount of information incriminating the powerful of this world. He would like to ensure that an "unfortunate accident" does not happen to him by ...
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Corporate Security in a world with superpowers

There have been questions about how to protect against specific superpowers in the context of high-value/high-risk target with answers that require a very controlled environment, this question is more ...
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How would secret government organizations secure cooperation with police and military for their agents as well as civilians?

I am going to focus this question on the US, but I would love an answer that also includes the EU, or even the world. Let's say we have a secret organization. Something like the MIB or the SCP ...
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What are some realistic locations for a secure location high above the ground?

I am trying to work out whether it is realistic to have a collection of locations throughout a near future Earth, that are high above the ground (eg. sky, trees, buildings) but secure and either not ...
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What would prevent growing minions as cannon fodder from being a viable alternative to hiring henchmen?

I am a self-made entrepreneur who runs an e-commerce giant which has morphed into one of the most powerful and wealthy companies in the world. However, my business is actually a front for my secret ...
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How to design a secure private estate that can be stealthily infiltrated and exfiltrated? [closed]

I am trying to design a present day environment which is semi-realistically secure but at the same time has some realistic weaknesses that can be exploited. The aim is for this weakness(es) to allow a ...
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How do android regulates heat without triggering IR scanner?

Imagine that a robot disguised as a child walks into an airport to board a plane. Because of the pandemic there are many IR scanners stationed at every entrances/exits within the premises. This ...
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How can the dragon NORAD keep everyone safe and in its sights with minimal resources?

POV: Dragons live in an island group, referred to as Io's Blood. While there's still some tension between its resident clans, they managed to come together under The Council of Wyrms, which acts as ...
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Protecting Mermaid Pearls

Since the dawn of time, mermaids have been able to make pearls through magic. (Mermen create seashells, and these are what the mermaids wear.) These pearls form in the center of their seashell top, ...
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How could VR access affect the security of the underlying system?

How might access within a VR world affect security within the real world layer of the VR system? Would there be a reasonable way in which gaining access using VR would allow access that might bypass ...
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How to cancel all data memory (photos, audio, videos, and files) from a phone or a PC, with a signal or EMP through a remote or a specific device?

I need to wipe out all data from a multiple phone or PC devices, in a range of 1-6 meters. The best option should be with a signal from a device, like a remote or something, that sends a frequency or ...
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What transfer of goods would require a large military escort these days?

I am trying to write my first story and I'm having trouble imagining goods that would need a military convoy (included private) if they were to be transferred safely on a non-at-war soil. It doesn't ...
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How to prevent people from ever using the Founder Titan again without rendering it inoperable?

So, If you're familiar with the anime GATE (not to be confused with Stein's Gate) or A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, you probably know what's going on and why I have a boiling hatred ...
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How can I help to verify somebody is from future?

I want to help people to verify they're from future (if they are, of course). For this I publish some facts/numbers on my website, dayly or weekly or whatever, so that a time traveller can remember ...
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How would superpowers change bank security? (specific superpowers) [closed]

In a similar fashion than X-Men people have begun manifesting superpowers ranging from super strength to telepathy and society needs to adapt its security measures. Most powers are very mundane and ...
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What measures to put in place to reduce airlock being used for murder?

Consider a futuristic world where space travel and colonisation of the solar system's planets is an everyday reality. In space vessels, the airlocks are used quite often to execute people. It's fairly ...
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Protecting Seals from Forgery

In my very Earth-like world, the ruling entity possesses a seal of authority. It is essential that the validity of any seal is proven to be authentic, which had historically been achieved by having ...
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Designing a time thief proof safe

I'm a time traveler. Yes I know it's amazing for you to grasp but once Jebsus invented time travel in the mid 54th century we all became time travelers (he open sourced it). Now recently I came ...
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Security measures that could plausibly last 150+ years?

So, the world experienced an apocalypse about 150 years ago. Sad times. Me and a couple buddies are the the salvaging business, and hello, recently we found a jackpot, an untouched military base. When ...
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Dystopia Fantasy Magnetic or electronic field as a fence [closed]

I am writing a dystopia. In this world there is currently an electromagnetic fence that prevents anyone from going in and out unless they are in possession of a certain sword that neutralizes the ...
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How to encrypt the activation signal for my kill-switches to make them impossible to hijack

Dragons are awesome, but they're still vulnerable thanks to their low-numbers and a certain type of people... So, to prevent those from killing even a single dragon I came up with the wedding rings ...
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I can break AES. Now what? [closed]

The story The protagonist (whom will be referred with a first person narrative in this question) had a friend, Eve, who was a math genius. Eve was dying of cancer. She kept her mind occupied in her ...
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What could prevent concentrated local exploration?

In my world there is a village with a hot spring, the only one on the entire island. The spring emerges from a local cave which has been filled / caved in by a past civilisation, since the water is ...
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How do I keep my slimes from escaping their pens?

Hmm... Time to take inventory of the slimes real quick... Lamp Oil Slime, O- Slime, Yellow Paint Slime, Pur-... Red Paint Slime? Blue Paint Slime? You two didn't...! Great... So I need a new RPS and a ...
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What items from the Roman-age tech-level could be used to deter all creatures from entering a small area?

Please assume the following: There is a item on the ground and I want nothing but bare earth touching it. I cannot move the item myself. The item is impervious to fire. I cannot afford to guard ...
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A properly malfunctioning gun [closed]

A friend of mine wrote me: "I have designed a rifle that cannot be used for a terrorist attack. It fails to shoot in the instance of it. Other than that it is a good gun. In fact it is the best and a ...
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Ancient Egypt - Primitive Blockchain Technology

Premise The goal is to implement a bronze age version of blockchain in ancient Egypt to introduce a layer of security for the royal tombs. Tomb raiding was rampant, and at times even the legitimate ...
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How can the remains of a god's corpse be kept off the black market and out of the hands of mortals?

A demigod is a mortal being infused with divine energy. This essence comes from a divine spark in their soul that activates due to some external traumatic event. This spark is very rare, and most ...
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How to protect a small modern military base from a large number of primitives?

So, let’s imagine a force of about 500 people, armed with what we would consider modern weaponry (or, more so, 1960s weaponry), are facing up against a force that outnumbers them at a ratio of 34:1, ...
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How can I keep my planet the safest in the galaxy and still engage in war?

Background info In the galaxy that I'm working in, 20 other nations exist. Around 15 of them possess thousands of planets and billions, sometimes trillions of people (they spread throughout universal ...
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Fortifications capable of withstanding atmosphere-clearing blast

On the Atomic Rockets site, there is a series of handy tables, the first of which is aptly named "The Boom Table", providing examples for a wide range of energy releases (in both Joules and TNT ...
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Carrington Event Shield

If a nascent colony world can be wiped out by a geomagnetic storm on a scale similar to the Carrington Event, what could the colonists build either in space or on planet to protect their electronics ...
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Maintaining assets during time jumps

I started to ask this question in the Writing SE, but realized that I want both a method and a mechanism, so decided that for the latter, I'd come over here. I'm building a novel where the MCs are ...
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How to prevent superluminal traveling idiots from wrecking half of the universe?

Linked but not a duplicate of this question. An example of the problem During the last Star-Wars movie, I was dumbfounded by the sheer stupidity of admiral Holdo's move, during this particularly ...
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Team of people need to destroy a highly guarded room without hurting anyone [closed]

In my fantasy novel, there is a rebellion that needs to be stopped. They have a weapon in a highly guarded room that is under ground. The team tasked with stopping the rebellion plans to drop several ...
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How could intelligent animals defend against humans?

Some Context This story is a fable set in a magic forest full of intelligent animals that live in a huge community. Maleficent depicts a forest that's very close to what I'm thinking. The magic ...
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How to keep the anonymity of people attending a regular event taking place at the same location everytime?

In my setting, a handful of characters have to attend a daily event (such as classes). They do so anonymously, as attending this event could endanger their civilian life if the wrong people were to ...
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Locking an old spaceship from the outside?

I know it may be a bit of a silly question and not really something of great importance to a story, but how would you secure a spaceship when you leave? For example; when the Millennium Falcon lands ...
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How to use a certain technology to communicate with colonies but keep the how-to a secret?

I'm building a world for a role-playing game campaign using the Stars Without Number system. Some background information first: Stars Without Number Original Setting: In the original story ...
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What did shipping/storage crates look like in the Middle-Ages? [closed]

If you search "medieval crate" on google you get 2 things: 3D crates that look suspiciously modern or you get real, chest-like boxes. I'm wondering if the latter is the norm for the time period?
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Why might the government keep the gold at Fort Knox, even though super-villains steal it all the time?

So, I’m creating a world were superheroes, and villains, are real and exist in the real world. Everything else is the same, like the gold depository in Fort Knox, Kentucky, which brings me to my ...
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Smartphone camera resolution can image a human retina: can we save retina biometrics?

RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ – April 2, 2019 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announced that the new, award-winning Galaxy S11 and Galaxy S11+, which have been recognized by smartphone reviewers worldwide ...
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Vigenère cipher with a regularly-changing key

There's a plot point in my current piece that involves some encrypted radio messages to/from a hidden lab and corporate headquarters, some time in the 1910s. In-universe, the corporation's board of ...
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