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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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How can armor compete in a world of biological enchantment?

Enchanting is a form of study for the eldar race that involves ascribing runes to a particular object in order to give it certain properties it would not have normally. Through this method, the human ...
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Help with elves' procreation problem [on hold]

In my world, there are two elven cities: the very old wild elves and the recently formed high elves. They live in a world very similar to the medieval German Holy Roman Empire, where principalities, ...
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What city and town structures are important in a low fantasy medieval world?

I've been working on a procedural map generator that draws cities and towns on continents and islands and I've gotten to the point where I'd like to add lists of structures to the settlements. I know ...
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Half of living beings in the universe die: Does society survive? [closed]

Some purple person, somewhere, collected the Eternity Baubles, clicked their heels and suddenly, half of all living beings in the universe just go poof.1 The effect isn't restricted to sentient ...
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How could someone dismantle Mother's Day in the United States? [closed]

Anna Jarvis was the founder of Mother's Day in the United States. Ironically, she spent the rest of her life trying to dismantle it because she felt it was too commercialized. Her efforts failed, so ...
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What is the best way for a skeleton to impersonate human without using magic?

The classic skeleton that a necromancer has reanimated has gained independence and escaped from the group. Now, as a free individual, wants to know more about humans. Obviously, humanity sees it as a ...
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How to make a language evolve quickly?

Imagine a world in which the language barrier is a means of propaganda defence. In this world, one of the primary concerns of each country is the migration of natives, since they know their native ...
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What cultural nuances and customs might a medieval, largely agrarian society with a strict caste system have?

I apologize in advance, because this will be pretty long. I already have a vague idea of some customs, so I need to include both the sociopolitical aspects of this as well as those customs. The ...
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Crime rates in a post-scarcity economy

A post-scarcity civilisation is one where the automatisation of production and a universal basic income system have made it impossible to suffer unwillingly from the lack of means to satisfy the ...
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What security advantages would an all-female bodyguard system offer? [closed]

Long, Long ago in a galaxy far, far away, there existed a superpower that was made up of seven tribes. This nation was led by a king who was selected from one of these tribes by through ritual combat. ...
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Using hypersleep to offset time dilation? [closed]

Say you need to go on a business trip where you'll be traveling .5c for one year to get to where you're going, do what you need to do for a few weeks then head back - you'd come back to find everyone ...
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How long would it take to eliminate the lovecraft mythos from the human consciousness?

Hundreds of years ago during the black plague, an individual named Howard Phillips Lovecraft started what would lead to the doom of humanity. Although a mediocre writer himself, his works of ...
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Removing racism on a multi raced world [closed]

The continent is inhabited by 2 sentient races that coexist with each other. Humans and elves. One empire expanded and annexed the continent. Now the empire want to make a meritocratic society that ...
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What would determine the most powerful superpower? [closed]

I should probably start with this to get a few answers I know are coming my way right out of the equation altogether: No, this isn't the age-old question of "If you could have superpowers...?" but ...
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Can there be a single technologically advanced nation, in a continent full of non-technologically advanced nations?

The run down here is that there's this continent, and there is a lot of unclaimed land where countries haven't formed yet and a lot of tribes but there are some actual countries like kingdoms, (where ...
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How long would it take for people to notice a mass disappearance?

If 5 million people disappeared at the same time globally, assuming an even spread of random disappearances (not focused in any one location) how long would it be before people noticed there had been ...
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What would the culture of isolated humanoids made of stone look like? [closed]

info In this world there is a large plateau completely isolated from life other than flying creatures which is mostly composed of rocky grass and badlands although does have some large patches of ...
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How broken would a ~5ms reaction time be? [closed]

Suppose we've got one character, who for whatever reason (handwave.gif), has around a ~5ms reaction time (20-40x regular people's). That's enough to be many, many times faster than the rest of the ...
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What happens to holidays as time passes? [closed]

As the answers in How can I create original holidays for my world? discuss, humans in the "early days" of humankind had no science, so for questions like "why is winter coming?", religious beliefs ...
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Random body shuffle every night—can we still function?

Imagine a world where every time you wake up you wake up in a randomly selected body from among the bodies that were asleep at that time. There are some limits—the body should be in at most a roughly ...
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Loss of Humanity [closed]

I have been looking at and researching dystopian fiction in hopes of writing my own story based in one. I know the kinds of factors that can all contribute to a dystopia, be it rigid governmental ...
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How can crones minimize risks of exposure in a human trafficking enterprise?

A person is born with a certain amount of mana, which increases with age and peaks at a certain point. Individuals are born with all the mana they will ever have, but it can be refined with practice ...
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How to cultivate war? [closed]

Hard to say if wars (fictive or real) ever had any rules. And if there were some rules, then there were also attempts to break them, or at least to avoid them to take any advantage. So, it may seem ...
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Likelihood that a superbug or lethal virus could come from a landfill

Landfills seem like disgusting, nasty places that could be breeding grounds for all sorts of viruses and bacteria. What is the likelihood that the next lethal superbug or virus (like Ebola) could ...
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How can I define good in a religion that claims no moral authority?

Faith is defined as a belief in God based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof. Religion and science can be seen to oppose one another due to conflicts between people of those practices. In my ...
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Is a “Democratic” Oligarchy-Style System Possible?

I am considering a story where a group of human colonists looking to colonize an alien world come across another human society on an alien world on the other side of a wormhole. The colonists crash ...
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What would happen to a Neanderthal today? [closed]

If a time machine were created, and we used it to steal a newborn Neanderthal, then give it to a volunteer to raise, what would become of it? Could it learn English, and possibly even have children? ...
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How do you conduct xenoanthropology after first contact?

In the very near future, humans (somehow) travel to a distant planet - and discover aliens who turn out to be uncannily like us. Their appearance is, to put it bluntly, freakish, but they are humanoid ...
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How to prove your identity in an extremely posthuman civilisation? [closed]

In my setting, the founders of the first transhumanist state, The Consensus, are considered to be somewhere between interesting and wise historical figures to some and are to others something akin to ...
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How can a race remain “good”?

There is a world where gods exist—but they are just mighty beings. Not almighty and surely not omnipotent. However, far beyond any capabilities of any mortal beings (they're gods after all). Gods, ...
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How can I determine the largest possible population that a ring world can comfortably support?

The gods have given up on the habital planet scheme and have decided to design this universe differently. They have filled it with a space structure called a banks orbital. These habitats are purpose-...
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Why would telepaths have difficulty communicating with each other? [closed]

Humans in this world are born with the ability to communicate telepathically. The range and skill grows with age and practice, with adults being able to communicate between 5 - 7 ft. An individual can ...
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A Permanent Norse Presence in America, Part II: How Would Europe React to This?

Previously, I had asked a question on what point of departure I would need to make the Norse's presence in North America permanent. Perhaps the best answer I got was summarized right here: If one ...
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How can I establish a nationwide combat training program for a country without causing economic or political instability?

I am the dictator of a nation with a population of 350 million people. In order to keep our nation strong and independent, I have decided to institute a nationwide combat preparation program in which ...
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How can a long lived species that reproduces slowly prevent themselves from going extinct?

We Eldar are a beautiful race that have a maximum life span of 500 years. We are stronger, faster, more intelligent, sexier, and frankly just superior to you humans in every way. However, we cannot ...
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A cop's situational handling [closed]

I have this scene I'm writing were 10 16 year olds (three girls and seven boys) are loitering in a casino parking lot around a van, Cops have been called cause the kids haven't left. I'm trying to ...
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What would happen if a modern model city was found in a fantasy world?

Now to clarify, when I say a modern model city, I don't mean simply getting New York and plonking it somewhere on fantasy land #27544. I mean a city specifically designed for the purpose of being ...
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Post-Apocalypse Technology? [closed]

I’m currently writing a book where there is a large explosion in Mid-USA, in the year 2025. Following this, there is a world war that diminishes the US population to ~70 million people. There is a ...
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Modern Conveniences in a dystopian anarchy [closed]

So for a story which I am writing, I want to have modern conveniences and utilities in place (e.g. Youtube, Amazon, stores, things of that nature). However, it is a post apocalyptic world with no ...
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How do I create costs of living for people of different incomes in a society? [closed]

Something tells me costs are a bit relative based on location, at least for things like houses. So if my society or nation state is not based off of America it may have different homes and different ...
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How can ruler support the invention of useful things?

Good rulers support invention of useful things. But this question has two sides. Support of invention Prevention of fake inventing Basis: Many inventions arise as side-effects of searching for ...
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How would react a medieval magic world to the arrival of an Interstellar colony? [closed]

Edit (I rephrase the question a bit to try to not made it opinion based) A space colony comes to a planet who is pretty similar to how fantasy's worlds tend to be represented. The space colony is 44%...
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Men only world downsides [closed]

It's year 2156 and humanity as we know it is drastically changed by alien radiation. Six years ago an alien ship teleported above Earth and emitted what we later found out to be radiation that causes ...
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Mass human die off [duplicate]

If there was a mass human die off, let's say due to a super-flu pandemic, what would be the greatest danger to the survivors in regards to dealing with bodies? Typhoid? Any other secondary diseases? ...
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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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Societies are built on PR stints and propaganda. Why are people okay with this? [closed]

Every time I read, I find out that more and more 'truths', 'traditions', 'common knowledge', etc. were fabricated by some PR person in the not too distant past. People are okay with this though, and ...
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How would one communicate with the hive mind of the human race? [closed]

Imagine each human is like a neuron in a brain. Then the totality of all humans communicating together would create some kind of hive mind. But a single neuron isn't "aware" of the mind of the brain ...
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What are the exceptions to Natural Selection? [duplicate]

Consider a population where a low percentage of people (5%) posess a genetic advantage over the rest. In my fictional world, let’s assume this small percent of the population can wield magic while ...
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How could gods/deities have been on earth controlling natural phenomenon, and have remained nameless? [closed]

To extrapolate, these gods/deities can be seen and are in some kind of physical form or another (perhaps they possess living creatures or just create bodies of their own). They are essentially ...
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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 ...