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How to protect a country with no army, no police, no guards, no military authority? [closed]

In this country there's no such job as "armed men", no one is getting paid just for killing others and standing around looking menacingly just to scarecrow away the aggressors. Considering ...
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What could cause a society to collectively forget about an event?

In my story, there is a nation(lets say it's NA) that invades another nation(NB). This war is unsuccessful, however shortly afterwards NB ceases to exist. NA also avoids that region of space in ...
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What would be the German and French attitudes toward marriage? [closed]

The story that I'm writing is set in an alternate, vaguely-medieval Europe. There are some differences, since in this world, magic has been a known and relatively steady influence on culture and ...
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Would gender segregation of bathrooms, locker rooms, and prisons make sense with a limited mating season? [closed]

In my world, the main sapient species are Naledis. Naledis are similar to humans, but they are smaller and have cartoon-like features. Another large difference is that Homo Naledis have a mating ...
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How many people can China geographically support?

I'm writing an Alternate History Timeline. In that timeline, the Self-Strengthening Movement implemented by the Qing Dynasty actually works. As a result, the Qing Dynasty is able to modernize, fight ...
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Could a species that is intelligent, but non-sentient, be able to create advanced technology? what would the ideal type of civilization be?

I took a single psych class in HS that I just barely passed, so the difference between intelligence and sentience is a little hazy to me. As best as I can understand it, intelligence is the means to ...
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Minimum Head-Count to Start a New Colony and Avoid "in-breeding" Consequences? [duplicate]

How many people are needed to begin a new colony without suffering the negative effects from in-breeding? Assumptions: Food supply, shelter, medical, etc. are all adequate for the initial and future ...
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How do normal species and a religious-fanatic species tolerate each other?

Setting: In this world (i.e. the one in which you’re reading a WBSE post), intelligent life turns out to be fairly common throughout the universe, just it tends to blow itself up somehow before it can ...
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What animals would herbivorous humans most likely domesticate?

When humans first domesticated goats, it wasn't for milking them. No, they domesticated them originally because they kept hunting them for meat. That's the primary purpose, the most aggressive and ...
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How can you change up medieval feudalism while keeping the concept of 'houses'?

My world is ruled by vampire-like superhumans, who have supernatural abilities like prescience and telepathy. The vampires require human blood to sustain their powers and long life. They lord over and ...
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An avatar from birth

In my 'world', there is the three-dimensional 'real world', and the four-dimensional 'realm of the gods'. The 'real world' is much like a magical version of our own world, while the realm of the gods ...
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How could I make literacy universal in a medieval society?

In a society with medieval tech, where the population is largely rural and agricultural, is there any way a majority of people could be literate? I have a religion that that actively encourages asking ...
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Why would two factions in a long-running civil war tolerate the existence of a city not controlled by either party?

In the world in which my story takes place, a large country is contested by two factions which both claim to be the legitimate government. There was armed conflict in the past, but both sides signed a ...
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Steampunk-inspired constructed world tips? [closed]

Nothing too complicated but what are some tips and tricks to consider when creating a steampunk-inspired conworld and the like?
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What event, short of a war or apocalypse, could cause social and technological regress?

In the world in which my story takes place, interstellar transport was achieved and some tentative voyages were made. But then, something happened to cause a general and widespread technological and ...
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How might weapons and armor evolve in a world where Humans coexist with Dinosaurs?

I'm thinking of writing a story where due to magic, a bunch of Neolithic tribes get sent to the Late-Cretaceous Period. While I was coming up with the idea, I realized that living with dinosaurs may ...
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What would the societal effects be, generally of inhabited worlds having time pass at significantly different rates [closed]

Thousands of years in the futures space was colonized, planets terraformed, history happening upon those planets and so forth. But it's not quite as was predicted, for in the initial foray of ...
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Can "innate" magic exist without fostering elitism? [duplicate]

It's a tale as old as literature; magic system is inborn, be it Harry Potter wizards, Tolkien's pretty elves, or the X-Men mutants, and you start to get people that think, "gee, it sure would be ...
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How might civilization develop if hunter-gatherers and/or early agrarian civilizations had access to highly advanced technology? [closed]

Imagine a setting where, across numerous worlds: people without memory, identity or culture wake up surrounded by the ruins and technologies of a highly advanced spacefaring civilization that ...
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Communism in a World With Magic [closed]

This setting takes place in a late Victorian era world, where magic is present, creating an additional upper class alongside traditional nobles, though nobles and magicians often intertwine. Magic is ...
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How to make a plausible foot-based mercenary nomadic tribe work in a Late Medieval Setting?

The background of the World setting is similar to 15th Century Europe with low-magic. The tribe in question is a sub-race of human, but having a culture similar to IRL Romani People, who roams around ...
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What kinds of damage would narcolepsy do if it was made to be infectious

In my short story I have a character that has access to gene editing. They want to cancel work and school with another pandemic however this character does not want to kill or make people suffer with ...
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How to justify a racist empire's use of other sentient species as shock troops? [closed]

I'm writing a novel where an empire is on the rise, with a lot of discrimination against other species, yet, for plot reasons they use shock troops that are of another species, elves. The empire use ...
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Is it biologically possible for one species to need another species to reproduce?

I'm writing a speculative story about a planet in another Solar System. On this planet, there are five types of reproduction strategies amongst the sapient species. There are androgenic, gynogenics, ...
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Would hotels/motels/hostels serve a purpose when everyone has a magic bedroom they can teleport to? [closed]

In my modern fantasy novel, there is a species of people called the Torus. The Torus are blue-skinned humanoids who suffer from dyslexia and dyscalculia. This makes it difficult for them to perform ...
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How to prevent theft in a society where everyone has hyperspace storage?

In my modern fantasy novel, there is a species of people called the Hammerts. The Hammerts are small orange humanoids who have issues running and jumping after they reach adulthood. To compensate for ...
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How would be society's reactions if scientistis created an hermaphrodite man capable of giving birth? [closed]

If genetic engineered and/or bioengineering was used to create a man with true hermaphroditism( he would also have male gender identity) who could get pregnant on his own by self fertilization or ...
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What would justify the use of homing pigeons in a world where sending digital messages is a viable option? [duplicate]

The setting is a post-scarcity civilization, where a galactic government exists, but due to the limitations on faster-than-light travel, each world is relatively self-governed. I want a city on one of ...
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How are sapient crows utilized if there are phones for communicating?

A shaman society secret to normal humans, in the late 2000s era where phones and the internet exist: why and how would they still put to work their black feathery friends? They were crucial before all ...
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Office Superpowers: which augmented soft skills help with happiness? [closed]

Office Universe: In my fictional universe, superpowers exist, but they manifest in a peculiar manner. Individuals are granted abilities that are strictly related to enhancing their office work and ...
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How magical powers would affect the distribution of wealth [closed]

In the world I'm building, a certain amount of humans have the ability to gain magical powers. I'm still playing with the exact ratio, but let's say around 20% for now. These magical powers would ...
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What would be an appropriate size for an interplanetary bulk cargo ship?

I've been working with a friend to design a sci-fi setting for a TTRPG campaign and one of the issues I've run into is the scale of food production and transportation within the setting. In the ...
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My Medieval kingdom has birth control, why is the population so high?

My world is roughly the same as the middle ages but has a natural form of birth control in the form of a root that can be grown and consumed to prevent pregnancy. Because of this root, opportunities ...
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Could humanoid life survive the violent formation of a planetary ring system?

The deepest mythological archetypes in my Earth-like world hint at a wondrous and terrible disaster in the ancient past. ~10 tya a celestial body (perhaps a small, second moon, or a wandering asteroid,...
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Societies After A Sudden 'Ice Age'

About 300 years ago, my world underwent massive climate change. It suddenly shifted from something we'd consider normal/livable to a climate similar to that of the last glacial maximum. (Side note: I ...
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What would a society where life expectancy is in the early twenties look like [closed]

I'm putting together a scenario where in a post-disaster earth, most environments are so toxic that humans tend not to live beyond their early twenties. This would be through unavoidable health ...
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What are the best blackmail and extortion paths for haberdashers in post-apocalyptic Victorian cities? [closed]

In a Victorian city on an apocalyptic world, a haberdasher has gained social power. All things pertaining to the Victorian life circa 1880 would be proper here, save for the equine industry. He has ...
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Keeping tech at 1890s levels without fossil fuels [duplicate]

How can I explain the technological stagnation at a level roughly equivalent to the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The world is Earth-like and has the following characteristics: Absence of ...
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What AI force strength would be needed to defeat modern humanity? [closed]

When (not “time”, but at what force size/distribution) would my artificial life have enough presence to believably conquer humanity? My story takes place during a war between two species: Humans and ...
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How long would it take for a civilization to forget how it began?

In my scenario, all of current humanity on Earth and space is teleported to a whole new planet in a different universe with new laws of physics that mostly govern a magic system based on energy ...
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Dealing ethically with future human monsters

My world is similar to modern-day Earth, though with additional magical realms not readily accessible from the Rational Realms that are familiar to us. In this world, as many as ten people in every ...
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How do robots gain independence? [closed]

Something I'm working on- in a spacefaring human society, while most robots are still considered property of a specific human being or institution, a slowly growing number have managed to gain an ...
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A country where citizens are supposed to have a name with three to ten parts [closed]

In my world that is set in a near future, there was an EXTREMELY big country fusion. Since the country has more than 500 million inhabitants, people are required to have a name with at least three ...
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When universes collide, how much of an emergency is it?

The world of Pandemonium is a world in another universe where humans may exist, that is gravitationally connected to Earth in our universe. Over the course of history since the big bang, these ...
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How would a fantasy world change if every mage exploded/caused natural disasters upon death [closed]

In a fantasy world I'm building, one of the main two types of mages have innate control over natural elements. About 1 in 50 people in this world have the ability to take part in the ritual to give ...
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Uses for a gastric bypass

The world of Pandemonium is a world in another universe where humans may exist, that is gravitationally connected to Earth in our universe. Over the course of history since the big bang, these ...
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How would a modern society be ruled by a warrior class? [closed]

I want to know if it is possible for a modern Western society to revert to a form of feudalism, with a warrior caste or 'knights' that rule and protect everyone else for food and money. How would such ...
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Safety and practicality of a sweating ritual using hot coals

I am imagining rituals for a society that I am developing. I've heard of native american sweat lodges and global sauna culture, and I am considering something similar for my Pandemonic society. While ...
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How could an AGI have legal protections in an our current society? [closed]

First: assume society is as it is today, British common law Many “stories” try to package AI as citizens (DATA of Star Trek, Sonny of I Robot). They manipulate society to make AI fit with some certain ...
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How would perpetual motion technology (and "free" energy) affect poverty?

I'm writing a near-future story in which a form of teleportation has been invented. It's only been around for few decades, and is still very complicated (and expensive) to build, so it's only used for ...
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