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Questions tagged [society]

For questions dealing with how sentient beings interact with each other in a community.

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Would planting trees across an earth-like planet to reduce the CO2 and produce O2, be enough to keep it in balance?

An IPCC report of Oct 8, 2018 indicates - to keep the world temperature rise at or below 1.5 C, we need to reduce our CO2 emissions globally from the 2010 level by 45% by 2030, and a further 55% ...
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How would mankind respond to most of the population suddenly becoming allergic to sunlight? [on hold]

Okay, so a virus is created and the entire world population has been exposed. About a hundred million die off, but the rest survive. Of the survivors (adults and children), most (let's say 60-70 ...
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How can I explain a world where everything is working together to kill the protagonist?

Say an explorer lands on a previously undiscovered land, filled with humans, humanoids, wildlife, elementals, undead, demons... you name it. One would expect that these existing inhabitants would ...
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Could an industrial and a post-industrial civilization exist at the same time?

One of the big issues I have run into while building the story I'm currently working on, is the fact that their are multiple nations that exist in an industrial state, while others are far past this ...
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Could an extremely highly evolved society still live in peace with nature? [on hold]

As I've been developing my stories, one major point that has remained constant is the state of the major international powers. One such powerful nation, sahats, is an extremely advanced society. They ...
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Why would someone be cursed in order to be forced to hunt monsters? [on hold]

This is an idea that I've been wondering about for awhile now, and I can't come up with a satisfying answer. Most of the reasons I've come up with are pretty petty, and considering that this would be ...
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How could a highly advance society be functional if murder was legal? [on hold]

If in alternative realities there's a society much more advanced than us. But murder is legal and it's encouraged because it's good thing. So I was wondering how that society would still be ...
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I need help writing an alien as the central hero [closed]

I'm writing a story where the main character is an alien and his race is the central focus of the story. The alien works with a team comprised of other races to stop a terrorist orginzation from ...
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A world where nuclear fission does not produce radioactivity [closed]

I think the title explains it, but I am interested in how a world might differ from our own if fission had no radioactivity associated with the fuel, process, or waste/byproducts. The obvious answers ...
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The Emperor bans the number seven on pain of death. Does this inevitably disrupt a medieval society? (trade and commerce) [on hold]

The medieval Emperor is up to his tricks again. He has decided that the number seven is unlucky. Despite advice from his courtiers that it can't be done, he bans its use on penalty of death by any of ...
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How can a city state remain neutral among techno barbarian tribes? [on hold]

There was an ancient war between two advanced alien civilizations that culminated in a battle over Earth. These two armies destroyed themselves in this final battle, but the fallout indirectly ravaged ...
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Chores and tasks suitable to younger children [on hold]

This is a follow up to an earlier question about a post apocalyptic ‘civilization’ created only from those under sixteen, and not many of them. Thus, anyone who can work is needed. What tasks might be ...
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Creating a scientist-only country in our world [closed]

Wanting to innovate humanity, a multi-billionaire decided to start a new country. He was able to convince a country in Europe to sell a large portion of their land to him. He then constructed ...
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How would an economy, and country operate without fiat money?

Imagine a country without fiat money. Everyone has a monthly allowance based on their job and position within their workplace. Imagine that a construction worker receives 100 currency points. With ...
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What would be the culture of an advanced socially mature species? [closed]

The species is eusocial and incapable of stimuli such as adrenaline. They are highly affectionate, highly extroverted, can feel nirvana out of anything, are suppose to be masters at every social ...
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How could I market beauty products to a species with a mating season?

Culture is heavily influenced by the Mass Media. Social changes are tailored to reflect what humans think is “sexy” or “appealing”. Media influences us on what the ideal body is to the style of ...
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On a world of sapient anthropoid felines, can fur pattern be used for recognition?

On a world populated by sentient anthropoid species evolved from Terran felines, both big and small cats, could the local authorities use the fur patterns and colors the same way that we used ...
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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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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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What Motivates the Dead? [closed]

No brain eating zombies. I'm talking about something more akin to the afterlife. In the world of the dead, what would my motivations be? Assume a spiritual world where regular food is not required, ...
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Prerogative of future world [closed]

It is a thousand years in the future. Humans brains are obsolete for thinking and are used only as a central control center for organ commands and heuristic processing (reactionary or first impulse ...
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Gods and Demons

Does anyone have any references to instances where gods have had sex with demons, with offspring resulting? In my novel, demons are not classified according to Judeo-Christian beliefs. Instead, they'...
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Working your way up in a society [closed]

Many works of fiction are showing protagonist arriving in a new world with nothing but the clothes on his back, and quickly advancing to a remarkably high position. I am trying to understand what is ...
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The reason a cyclical world's lifespan diminishes over eons

I'm brainstorming ideas for a fantasy videogame and have been trying to list possible reasons why a fantasy world would have a lifespan diminish exponentially through countless cycles of death and ...
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After a war that killed a generation of men, what happens to that nation? [closed]

In my world a nation has lost every man between the ages of 18-40 to war. What possible impacts on society from such a loss of life would I need to consider?
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Why would a member of the lower class approve of his oppressors?

In a steampunk, class divided world, farmers are among the lowest people on the societal ladder. The establishment offer them very low wages for their labour and keep them where they are. Although ...
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How would the police investigate a supernatural event? [closed]

A police officer gets a call from a teenager that claims of having witnessed his friend getting killed by a werewolf. The officer look up in the archives of the department and realizes that this is ...
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Why would an intelligent dragon kidnap a princess or prince? [closed]

I am looking to write a part of my book were an intelligent dragon kidnaps the hero. So the question is: why would a benevolent and intelligent dragon kidnap someone?
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What would be the day-to-day ramifications of a post-encryption digitally-connected cyberpunk society? [closed]

If any encrypted data could be decoded within a day (or shorter, to the point of hours, given enough computing power and weak encryption), all wireless transmissions may be intercepted, and all copper/...
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How many years must you have before you can become a bard? [closed]

The setting is a tribe on the edge of the Neolithic and agriculture. While this tribal group is not yet fully agricultural, there are others around who are. The 'tribe' is really a group of hundreds ...
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Alternative word for “human rights” but across multiple races (including demi-humans)

What would be best "human rights" word equivalent for all intelligent beings, including humans, demi-humans, and other intelligent life forms? Example of demi-humans are Lizard folk, Cat people, etc. ...
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Reasonable explanation of why Hogwarts students/teachers are massive smokers [closed]

I would like to design a satirical RPG (a parody, if you like it more) for my team in the Harry Potter world, where the vast majority of the students and teachers are very heavy (non-weed) smokers, ...
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How can I prevent a bloodline ability from being passed into competing clans?

The sharingan is an ability that is passed down the Uchiha family bloodline and grants several abilities to its user. It can copy the techniques of an opponent perfectly, allowing the user to steal ...
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How can a extremist group gain total political control of a medieval society?

The Dwarves, they mostly live within their mountains while a wealthy but small percentage of them own land on the surface. They are very isolationist preferring not to take sides when conflict arises ...
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How could genital dentata syndrome develop as a real condition among humans?

There exists in folklore from various cultures of a condition in which rows of teeth are present in the female genitalia. The purpose of these stories, like most folktales, was to serve as a morality ...
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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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Fantasy and the germ theory

When developing a medival fantasy realm, especially one with no known healing and restoration magic, one may need to develop the people's understanding of science and medicine. A unique example of ...
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What would force the “illuminati” to cull the world? [closed]

Premise This is an uncomfortable topic, perhaps even bordering on distasteful. That being said, the world I have in mind will not be complete unless I can settle on a threshold that the "illuminati" ...
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I want to be a hero: fire-proof [closed]

Something I love is creative use of simple superpowers, so I'd thought I ask a for help coming up with the foundations of a character I've been stuck on. Basically, their sole super power is an ...
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How can a coven of crones operate in anonymity?

There is a ritual that allows a mage to steal the soul of another person. This adds their mana to your own, making your magic more powerful. It also extends your lifespan and makes your physical form ...
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How could a goverment sell prisoners as slaves (without giving advantage to richs)?

Imagine a society (medieval, but that isn't very important here) that has approved slavery. You can trade, buy, sell and hire slaves at will in the market. Introduction Slaves are usually "harvested"...
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“An Even Blacker Death”, This Time in the 21st Century [closed]

Long ago, I asked a question as to how the culture of Europe would be affected if, instead of one-quarter or half of medieval Europe's population got killed by the black death but two out of three or ...
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How to prevent regenerators from becoming slaves?

When some humans, humanoids and mythical creatures have an incredibly powerful magical regeneration it seems quite obvious that in times of need and growth some countries would try to capture them and ...
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A kingdom brainwashing its aristocracy but not its citizens [closed]

So just for a quick "historical" context. This is a continent where numerous races other than humans exist as does somewhat weak magic. In the medieval era the humans attempted to genocide/enslave ...
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Why shouldn't a super powered population be segregated from the rest of society?

If they should be, why? This is one of the questions I have about my own world, where the premise is that 5% of mankind possess a power. Those that deal catastrophic damage are rare, where as the ...
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Switch men and women' social position? [closed]

In my world, women always covered powerful roles since the beginning of the human species. They were warriors, politicians, leaders, and the head of a family. How should my world differ from ours to ...
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Is it feasible to have farmers live in a city and travel out to work on their plots?

Hello and thanks to everyone who answered my other question, it's been really enlightening reading them all (unfortunately as I posted as a guest it seems that account was lost to the void). I've been ...
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How long would it take for rebooting current technology level on a parallel earth given almost perfect information of our past roadmap? [closed]

In the classical dystopian future scenario, imagine Earth is doomed but somehow an alien benefactor race offers us the possibility of transporting a set of humans to an almost perfect replicate of our ...
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How can a society ensure farmland is not concentrated in the hands of the wealthy?

Premise: A city-state existing in a 'Dark Age' following the collapse of an empire. Trade is minimal due to lack of trust and banditry. The city is led by a democratically elected Council and there is ...
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Rings as a monetary system

Can rings be used as a monetary system? are there any flaws? I took inspiration from Celtic ring money, ring made from different metals- the value of a ring dependent on the material its made out of. ...