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Weird being walking around, what would you do [closed]

This mf was seen walking around in the forest, nothing like this has ever been seen before. Seing it from a distance, it is never hostile, no animals are hostile to it. It is just walking around, not ...
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Is it possible for a fairly large community to remain hidden in Scandinavia until the start of the 20th century?

The world I'm building is pretty much exactly the same as the real world, with one exception: there are some immortal people with access to magic. These people have so far remained hidden from the ...
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how far would a forcibly undeveloped world be able to get in 1000 years if they were left with fundamental concepts of today [closed]

First, to set the stage: a magical emperor had forcibly taken over the world, and destroyed pretty much all actual physical technology that would be any unreasonable stretch ahead of 1500s, but after ...
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Impacts of matricentric reproductive laws [closed]

My world is a matricentric America that holds men legally responsible for unplanned pregnancies. Roughly, the idea is that if an unplanned pregnancy occurs and the woman does not get an abortion, the ...
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Why would a society be matriarchal but patrilinear?

In my universe, there is a species from the Homo genus named Homo haematophagus (which means hematophagous human) (they are still humans, just not Homo sapiens) (their scientific name is a reference ...
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What could be the justification for having isolated domes all over a planet with people living inside them and not knowing about the real world?

To elaborate a bit further: let's say there's a planet in which some higher power installed several giant "domes" where people live. Each of these domes, which are the size of a small city, ...
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In a fantasy world where people can ride monsters and fantastic beasts, why does the horse still remain in active duty?

A fantasy staple, the fantastic mount (TvTropes). People in Fantasy Land ride giant yellow chickens, giant wolves, giant beetles, caterpilars, ants, and other insects, evolved bears, sharks, miniature ...
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Could advanced Aboriginal Australians have domesticated the Emus/Cassowaries?

In an alternate universe where Eurasia is less advanced and the native peoples of the Americas and Australia build powerful civilizations, what animals could be domesticated that weren't domesticated ...
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I'm a billionaire, how would I set up a incorruptible communist society? [closed]

I'm a billionaire with unlimited funds/political influence. It is my belief that communism has always failed because in the real world true communism has never been tested, rather every time it's been ...
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If every action a human does is tracked, would serious crimes be greatly reduced?

Background Humans originate from the Skytree, a tower operated by an impartial AI. On birth, they are sent to their assigned communities, or Communes, where they live out the rest of their lives. ...
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How to Counter Mosquito-Borne Diseases in a Premodern World

In a setting I am working on there is a civilization based in a tropical floodplain that’s dependent on paddy field agriculture to maintain its population. Problem is that all the standing water and ...
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Is there a paternity test method given medieval level technology with low false positive rate?

Determining genetic fatherhood is very important in my worldbuilding experiment for lots of reasons, one being succession, but regardless it's the genetic component that's important But it's possible ...
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How can an alien civilization mostly stay as a Monarchy but still be advanced enough to travel around the Galaxy?

They have tried Democracy The civilization is very much similar to human civilizations but I want it to stay as a monarchy yet still have technology advanced enough to travel around the galaxy. Is it ...
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Are there plausible ways a spacefaring society could develop along feudal lines? [closed]

There are works in science fiction (the Dune saga probably being the most famous of them) where in the future, a space-faring human society has somehow, instead of being a republic (at least in name, ...
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Surgical techniques for physical makeover

In the world the elite tends to be tall. The commoners tend be much shorter two or more feet shorter. https://www.hss.edu/conditions_limb-lengthening-overview.asp talks about several inches of ...
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What conditions would bring a kingdom/country to want a dark lord ruling them (again)?

In my world, because of how difficult the dark lord antagonist is to kill, he was permanently trapped in a weird substance. However, centuries later, he gets out and he is free. He awakens now in my ...
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Would a post-apocalyptic village full of only children be sustainable? [closed]

In Fallout 3, there is an infamous settlement the player has to go through called Little Lamplight. Little Lamplight is a cave town that exclusively consists of children and tweens under the age of 16....
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What could be the main source of national income for a small nation made up of small islands, with a main workforce for that income be exploited group

Background: Story Background: Exploited people are leaving their situation, resulting in a lack of work being done by that group. The exploited group (once rested and feeling restored) take advantage ...
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What type of diet would be needed to sustain the Seadominians and keep them thriving

I created this fantasy race called Seadominians, they are basically merfolk. They are mostly bipedal, have scales covering all over, and live all throughout the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean, also the ...
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How do normal robots in a machine society go "rogue" without outside interference?

The robot society exists on a lifeless planet called Abios-5. As the name suggests, these robots are the closest thing resembling life on the planet. Originally explorers, the ancestors of these ...
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What are the cutting edge technologies for a complete makeover? [closed]

The recruits are young women. They undergo surgery, genetic alterations, and conditioning. What are the plausible technologies to do that? The checks in the world are basically fitness and cognitive ...
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How could peasants protest against superhuman kings?

In history, there were multiple theories like the Divine Right of Kings or Mandate of Heaven that stated that royalty weren't normal human beings but blessed by the Almighty himself. In my fantasy ...
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I would like others to explain to me how to use marriage as upward mobility strategy [closed]

I was thinking of fake identities and cosmetic surgery like in red rising for the upmartiagers, so this is also about tools and technologies.
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How to eliminate male on male competition? [closed]

What behavioral and biological changes would be needed to make males not fight each other, basically I trying to make a inverted patriarchy were males are the peaceful and friendly ones and females ...
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Could the Malagasy domesticate the Dodo bird?

In an alternate universe where other groups explored the world before Europeans, what new animals could have been domesticated? In my alternate history world, the Malagasy that came to Madagascar not ...
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I would like others to explain social classes in a space opera setting to me [closed]

I would like others to explain social classes in a space opera like Star Wars setting to me
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Could medieval Native Americans domesticate the bison?

In an alternate universe where Eurasia is less advanced and the native peoples of the Americas and Australia build powerful civilizations, what animals could be domesticated that weren't domesticated ...
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Could robots live in Antarctica?

In my world, intelligent androids get invented. These robots have an appearance, mental attributes, and physical attributes very similar to humans. However, they are still ultimately robots. That ...
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In a capitalist society where automation has made the value of human labour worthless. What would keep the rich from just killing off the poor? [closed]

Suppose, at some future date, AI has reached a point where it is better at every possible job than humans and has entirely replaced human labour in the marketplace (including in the military). In a ...
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Would intelligent humanoid carnivores start a civilization?

Let's say in an alternate world, Homo Sapiens died out but another Homo species evolved. Homo Carnivorous is very similar to Homo Sapiens with one big difference. Homo Carnivorous can only digest meat ...
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Will this "miraculous" change have a long-term effect on technology? [closed]

In a fictional world, the following changes suddenly happen to all humans (and future newborns) for no apparent reason: Their temper becomes better. They now enjoy socializing with each other more ...
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Can a "criminal" country exist in the modern world without getting blockaded and invaded?

In my world, there is a remote island country (unofficially named Banditland or Sin Island) started by cartel/mafia kingpins and unethical businessmen from across the world. In this country, very few ...
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Is it reasonable that a nation reject reincarnation?

On my world, a magical device known as a Reincarnation Anchor (RA) was invented. The effect of a RA is that any human who spends a significant portion of their life within sight range of a RA becomes ...
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A subtle war between the sexes

In this question, I detail a world with a third human sex, lilim, who have bat-like wings and taloned feet like a bird's. The TL;DR is that lilim give birth to equal numbers of men, women and lilim (...
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How do people live in bunkers & not go crazy with boredom?

This is a problem I ran into while writing a piece set into a post-apocalyptic urban fantasy future. For a short background: I proposed a world where a large Island-country had disaster struck and ...
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How could sapient dogs develop 17-century technology without having hands? [closed]

In my world, dog-like creatures gradually developed a 17-century civilization over time. It is believed that a now extinct species modified the dogs to have human-like intelligence. The dogs have ...
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How complex can racism get? [closed]

In my world, there are humans and a variety of fantasy races. Of course, due to instinct, there is going to be racism and forms of discrimination. For realism, and just tired of the usual fantasy ...
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Why would a language lack gendered given names? [closed]

Most real life human languages only have gendered given names (they can only be female or male). In my world, there is a species of Euarchontoglires from the Homo genus named merfolk (their scientific ...
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What does a post-industrial world look like if there was no oil or gas, only coal?

What might the world look like if easily accessible oil and gas wasn’t available and coal was the only option? I’m trying to understand was a post-apocalyptic industrial society might look like (I’m ...
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Why would a nation require immigrants to fulfil a decade of military service to gain citizenship? [closed]

A militaristic, autocratic nation masquerading as a democracy resembling a mixture of Communist Romania & Post-Soviet Belarus exists in the future. This country has two pathways for migrants to ...
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Why would priests, priestesses, shamans, monks, and nuns have the right to marry and to reproduce? [closed]

In my world, there are magical humans often called wizards (their scientific name is Homo magicus) (so, they are still humans, just not Homo sapiens). They are traditionally a very religious race. ...
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Is there any practical reason to keep a primitive civilization on an artificial habitat

A planet with an early civilization (Middle age like) is doomed to be destroyed by an unstoppable event. So an advanced civilization decides to do a planetary evacuation to save the species and their ...
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What's a viable reason for why underground societies are more accepting of slavery?

In fantasy, a relatively common trope in fantasy settings, particularly D&D, is underground societies that are more willing to endorse slavery than surface-dwelling societies. We see it in the ...
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A.I. can make Video, Photographs, and Audio perfectly out of text prompt. How screwed is our legal system? [closed]

In the near-future (circa 2030), publicly available open-source A.I. can create any Picture, moving picture, or audio track imaginable from a text prompt. It takes a lot of computing resources (but ...
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What unique differences might evolve in a society where an exclusively nocturnal and exclusively daytime species shared the same space?

Using 21st Century Western Anglophone society as a baseline: How would the infrastructure of cities (For example shared leisure spaces, transportation networks and homes) differ from our own in order ...
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How would short nights affect human life?

My world is a flat disc, with a sun orbiting around it, and a stationary moon in its center whose shadow simulates nighttime. Due to this, the central and outer regions experience a state of perpetual ...
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How could a pandemic trigger a renaissance? [closed]

In all this gloomy pandemic reporting of the last 3/4 years nobody ever noticed that one of the worst pandemics in known history happened at the beginning of the renaissance and it did not stop it. It ...
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When given the option to win $1M or die with the press of a button, what known winning probability would cause the most deaths?

Let's say every person at this very moment gets the option to press a button that will either let them win a million dollars or die (painlessly). They all know what the probability of winning is, and ...
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Building a colonial government similar to the United States, but with a few tweaks [closed]

Okay. This is the idea that I had. Our colony ship left Earth, specifically the United States, shortly after 2105, We have landed on an Earth-like world, orbiting a yellow star similar to our own. ...
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What theological problems could arise from the discovery of human like extraterrestrials and sapient non human extraterrestrials [closed]

I am working on a science fiction setting (near future and about ninety years after first contact with an alien civilization and the discovery of a bustling galactic community) and I'm wanting to ...

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