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Questions tagged [social-norms]

For questions asking about current or future normal behavior in a given society.

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How would raising boys and girls separately affect the social structure of the family unit?

This society traces its lineage through matrilineal lines, with witchcraft being exclusive to the female line. Ritual magic involves using the mana of the world and directing it in a way to suit you ....
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Can a religious order keep the peace between nations with sacrificial games? [duplicate]

This world takes place in a continent with advanced 20th century technology. The one key difference from our reality is that war does not exist in the way we would think of it. Disputes between states ...
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How can I frame human sacrifice as an honor without marketing it to the disadvantaged?

All living things possess a form of spiritual energy called reishi. This energy is used by humans to fuel their magical spells, but is also necessary for life to continue. There is a ritual that ...
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How can I incorporate demigods into society peacefully?

Demigods, called devas, are humans born with a divine spark attached to their soul. They are marked by their golden eyes, amber-like blood, and divine aura that they give off. Devas are human ...
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Markets for the forfeit lives of convicted domestic abusers

A free-market solution to preventing domestic-abuse A society of normal humans have constructed a socio-economic system where victims of violent domestic abuse are given a murder-right over their ...
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How would people interact in a world with cybernetically “shapeshifting” humans? [closed]

I'm curious what a world similar to this question would be like if instead of genetic modifications, shapeshifting was done via cybernetic implants. This would not work by simply injecting some ...
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How to avoid lie detectors when they are prevalent?

Let's say that a method of lie detection was created that was 99.99% accurate, portable, and cheap. It is also very generally applicable, and there is no known method to fool it. Now, it is ...
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Why would a country persecute people with autism?

A alternate-historical story is set in a third-world country some time in the 70s or 80s. The country operates similarly to any semi-developed country in central or south America. The countryside is ...
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Why would a patriarchal system only have female rulers? [closed]

This country has a long line of female rulers going back since its inception. Due to a divine connection with the goddess, only queens can inherit the throne, and rules as both leader of the nation ...
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Would simultaneous hermaphrodites wage war?

I have a world where populated by simultaneous hermaphrodites. Which are like human women plus male reproductive organs, penis and testicles. They could father children like human males, and bear ...
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how can a society maintain its population if it considers maternal death rates a sign of weakness?

This human society is similar to the Drow in that their world is broken down into matriarchal houses. Each house has branch clans that support their own lineages, but pay homage to the main house. ...
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How can a polyandrous society maintain its stability over the long term?

In this setting, the family unit is based around a clan system. An individual's wealth and status is related to the clan they are born in, and its ancestry is based on matrilineal lines. Marriage does ...
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Why would male organs make better ingredients for a spell?

Witchcraft in this world is practiced openly by witches and is exclusively female. Magic works through long, complicated rituals that require multiple components. The most powerful of these demand ...
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Biological bonding mechanism

I've been toying with the idea of a society with alternative forms of families or social structures. In one individuals of coming of age (socially imposed) or due to a biological necessity (...
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In modern day combat, what would warrant singing during battle?

Cicad the singer is having a downtime in his career. Over the millennia, Cicad sang anywhere from royal courts to farmers' cottages and have been rewarded with many, many hand-claps. But to keep ...
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What is the cost of being a social animal? [closed]

Human beings are the ultimate social animals, what cost comes along with that? How does sociability expose us to vulnerability? The fabric of today’s society is held together by social association. ...
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US Police trying to arrest a god [closed]

I have a character who the police are trying to arrest for a crime that he was framed for. He doesn't want to be arrested, but rather than just change the situation, he is just not letting the police ...
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In what situation could royalty and organised crime lords mix?

I'm currently writing a story where privileged kids attend boarding school in order to become better leaders, however, the heir to a respectable and reclusive*empire falls for the heiress to a well-...
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At what point in time would it have been possible for anyone other than the nobility to attend a university? [closed]

I’ve got this idea for a sort of late medieval/early modern fantasy with a protagonist who’s the first in his family of peasant farmers and rural craftsmen to study hard enough and save up enough ...
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What kind of a following could a religion/cult get in a year if its prophet had actual demonstrable magic powers? [closed]

So the first phase of the story I'm writing is the year-long leadup to the utter collapse of society and infrastructure brought about by humanity's sudden ability to use supernatural powers. And one ...
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How does one create specific swears and slang?

I am writing about two characters that come to our world from their own mirror dimension. There is cultural exchange between the two, but not tourism-level. The two characters are a royal witch and ...
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What to do with the genetic ramifications of the war? [closed]

After a global nuclear war, most modern civilizations and technology were destroyed. And for reasons unknown, portions of humanity became mutant freaks, either from radiation or some sort of...genetic ...
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Viable Social Groups for species with three sexes

Stable Social Structures for Species with Three sexes As a continuation of this question, I'm curious about the viability of long-term social groups with the following characteristics: There are ...
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Selling the right to kill one's convicted abuser: how could an NGO make this profitable?

A free-market solution to preventing further domestic abuse This society has gone full-on free-market everything including the punishment of severe domestic abuse. As a check on the abuser, the ...
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How to Design Clothes for quadrupeds? (Otherwise: Quadruped propriety in an intelligent, clothed society?)

In an alien society, humans, humanoids, bipeds, and quadrupeds mingle on a daily basis. Assuming all the humans and humanoids wear clothes as we are accustomed to them, what would be the quadruped ...
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What are the most realistic impacts killer infants with elemental powers would have on various societies? [closed]

If you're upvoting this question and are capable of also voting to reopen it, please consider doing so. It has received four votes to reopen before edits, as well as multiple upvotes since it was put ...
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Reality Check - Cultural issues of a slave race being partially color blind

For a world I am working on humans managed to create a race of demi-human cat people. These people where tradionality treated as slaves/property but have in recent times been gaining some degree of ...
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Factors that Promote Female Warriors? [duplicate]

Assuming that magic use and similar things are not present in the setting, what scenario(s) would lead to female warriors being considered fairly acceptable? The only example that I can think of from ...
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How do I make a matriarchal society in a Medieval Fantasy setting? [closed]

Quite a strange question, I know. The title sums it all up pretty much, as for potentially affecting factors: Magic is present, it's not extremely wide-spread though. Resources aren't that much of a ...
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Opinions that could be totally mundane to us, but a future society might spend great resources to get rid of? [closed]

I'm looking for an opinion that to us would be as low impact as preferring cake to pie, but in the future would be consequential enough to be considered "wrong think" to a dystopian government. ...
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A realistic human civilization where there are no religions at all at any time? [closed]

Let's try to imagine a human civilization where no religions were "invented" at any point in time. How could it be possible? My thoughts are about some specific type of thinking in such a ...
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How would people speak with rulers? [closed]

There is a question about the title for a ruler (What royal title can an absolutistic ruler have?). That is a question about the title for the ruler and it was very well answered. But: How to speak ...
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Might a ritually cannibalistic society gain a head start or have an advantage in the study and development of the sciences?

This is largely inspired by two questions that @dsollen has asked over the past year or two. The first: Would ritual cannibalism of the dead lead to issues with disease? The second: Cultural beliefs, ...
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Why would a psychic subspecies of humanity choose not to communicate telepathically? [duplicate]

Human beings have the ability to communicate with their minds. This form of telepathy is quick and efficient, relying on concepts and ideas rather than words. A person can mindlink with others in ...
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Why would people be fearful of the dead?

Zombies do not exist in my universe, at least as far as my planet's reality, maybe in some other place, but not on BlinketyBlink. My world is very much like Earth, in that different people are at ...
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What would cause an alien species on an alien world to behave in a (specifically) repugnant way?

One of my projects has been developed around the idea that humans in the future visit an earthlike planet in Andromeda. The planet is populated with humanoid creatures that are “well endowed.” Ex: the ...
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How long could a race, making recourse of eugenics, survive while trying to keep “pure”

They not only traditionally dispose of most females for believing males are more valuable workers/warriors, but also of any offspring which doesn't look the right way after the first couple of months (...
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If an inventor discovered how to build a teleportation device and used it, what laws would he have broken and could he be successfully prosecuted? [closed]

Imagine a world like ours but where a temporary portal could be constructed between two different locations allowing people to simply walk between these two places with a single step. Now imagine ...
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What if hell is real… by necromancy?

This story set in a medieval world, where necromancy is forbidden by law, but openly deployed by the church to simulate hell. There is a dedicated pool of fire just below the church of this kingdom, ...
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Everybody has dual personalities, how do you keep your interactions in order?

In a world I am building, the days last 9 years. One of the results of this is that many species have evolved to sleep like dolphins, one half of their brain at a time. The two sides and thus two ...
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How to structure society after my inevitable evil takeover? [closed]

Okay, imagine I'm your average megalomaniacal evil overlord. After a brief but spirited scuffle with local heroes, I've managed to employ an army of coal-fed death robots to seize control of the ...
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What if kings had to change diapers to go to war? [closed]

Kings don't change diapers. They just don't. The queen does it or the maids do it... Someone does it because it has to get done but definitely it's not the king's job to do it. But what if in order ...
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What happens when genetics and popular politics collide? [closed]

Disclaimer: I understand that the question I'm about to pose has the potential, even the probability, of creating a firestorm response. I'm hoping it won't happen and thank everyone in advance for ...
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Biological CPUs - why would the developed world fear them?

There is a bottleneck towards Strong AI in my universe. For whatever reason, no one has ever figured out an AI that is sufficiently autonomous to be left alone without intervention, and no one has ...
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What would prostitutes wear in a setting where skimpy clothing is a sign of rank [closed]

I'm in the early stages of a fantasy late medieval world where only women can perform magic. The society is run by witches (all witches are part of the nobility and all of the nobility are witches). ...
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A believable place for your secret lair

In a modern, "western" country, where can I set my secret facility so that authorities won't find me for about 30 years? The needed amount of area is relatively large, a bit less than 200 m2. The ...
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What would make the gatekeepers of life and death of humans wipe out the species? [closed]

Keep in mind, these 'gatekeepers' are usually morally strong. They kill those who need to go, whether to end suffering or in justice of a major wrong doing. They walk among the streets as humans, ...
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Student hating each student without hating too much?

So in my world, I have a university called The Institution. It is one of the best university in its era and graduation from it is considered as a guaranteed success in their future. The university ...
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Acceptable time count

Supposedly we human are able to terraformed Mars decades from now, then in few hundred years able to enhance our genes to be more adaptable to live on harsh conditions, creating space colonies and ...
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In a post-modern world, can meeting new people mean preference over local communities and/or families?

Gonna be hard to put it to words, especially because of the rather broad scope of my question, but I think it can be a proper submission here. Here on Earth, regardless of the period and location, in ...