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What would a eusocial species of lepidopterans look like?

I am writing a science-fiction story that takes place some million years in a future Earth. There is a species of lepidopterans that evolved to become eusocial. They are my gnomes. My species is a ...
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What would make a species of sentient starfish rationally and ethically choose between sexual and asexual reproduction? [closed]

Starfishs or seastars have sexes( they are either male or female) but they can reproduce both sexually and asexually. The latter is possible using fission or fragmentation. In this planet there is a ...
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Medieval airship nomads

In a medieval society, an ethnic group lives most of their lives aboard airships. These airships are rudimentary, perhaps holding only enough room for a single family. They consist of slender wooden ...
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Everyday life in a country/society where intentional homicide is not a crime [closed]

In this hypothetical society, intentional Homicide (murder) is not a crime but society can develop normally and people carry out normal lives. I believe this could be possible because I read that ...
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Could these dragons participate in the economy?

The mule-dragons are a rare but extremely powerful type of dragon. They have a supernatural ability to seek out and hoard expensive shiny stuff like gold, silver, and precious stones, which they do ...
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Role of Flayt in Medieval Fantasy Society

Flayt are a sentient species of anthropomorphic animal, similar to harpies or tengu. Their intelligence is equal and like unto that of a human. General Physiology: Flayt are covered in white feathers ...
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Could a society work with members that cannot use language?

The society is a simple society. It is more-or-less a hunter-gatherer society, with a large hierarchy of leadership. They mostly live in independent families. Every family, including the leaders, ...
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How many rival criminal gangs can this fairly small fantasy city support?

The following is the map I am using for a D&D city I've named "Braedon". (It's just a map I found on google image search that I colored in.) I have established that this is a city with ...
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Everyday life in a world and civilization which do not have any money in the economy ( and not barter too)

I was reading about non monetary economies and it says that it is a kind of economy that do not have any money in the economy and all goods and services are free to everyone according to Wikipedia. I ...
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How Complex Can a Sign Language Get?

In this setting, I have a species with incredibly weak vocalization abilities, being hardly able to speak over what a human would consider a whisper. In this, they have relied entirely on using their ...
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What is one change a society of mostly humans would make to coexist with a class of werewolf-like super beings?

(I have edited this post for clarification) Context I am currently designing a world where there is a species of werewolf-like beings. They call themselves the Amali and live side by side with humans. ...
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How to stabilise a nation's growth and population despite high birth rate and endemic warfare? [closed]

The nation in question is a vast empire with advanced technology slightly beyond modern OECD nations. We will now assume that if something is genetically possible for a healthy human being, they can ...
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Role of Lamia in Medieval Fantasy Society

I have another all-female species in my world, and it's Lamia; women from the waist up, snake from the waist down. Sort of like mermaids, but more commonly encountered by humans, as they live in ...
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Anvillicious Illnesses: Too lethal for humans?

Anvilworld is a world just like ours, except for one difference: the world is suffused with a magical force called the Anvilforce. Anvilforce is not directly perceivable by homo sapiens and interacts ...
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Role of Mermaids in Medieval Fantasy Society

I have decided, upon due and proper consideration, to put All-Female Species in my book. However, if I want to have them as developed as Legend of Zelda's Gerudo, I'm going to need some help in ...
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How plausible is this religion? [closed]

the Cavnians organized their civilization around the geometric structure of Bismuth crystals, this is because it is believed that Bismuth crystals contain the energy of the Provider. When Ayak, the ...
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How many people needs to die for society to collapse? [closed]

A limited nuclear exchange occurs in the world, how many people would have to die for civilization to collapse? With the goverments falling and the economy in ruins. I need an approximate death toll ...
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Can a nonhuman species maintain an empire in a mostly human world? [closed]

In my fantasy world based on late antiquity/the early medieval era orcs have a large, powerful empire and seek to expand its borders to invade more land. Since most of the world's population is human ...
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Wizards have nuclear weapons now but how have they not killed themselves

The wizarding world is a cut throat place. It's divided between several great mage families. Each one of these has a network of lesser families allied to them through marriage. Relations between ...
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How do I stop annoyed wizards from killing people all the time?

How do I stop annoyed wizards from killing people all the time? In my fantasy world, wizards are quite powerful, and they can kill anyone they know the location of with a thought. The usual methods of ...
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How can tribes consistently defeat imperial armies?

The Daevanum Empire has many times tried to put an end to the Reuvic raids in their borderlands. Despite being by no means a sick empire (most crises that historians point as the cause of their ...
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Socio-economic effects of a black hole on a civilization [closed]

Suppose a "solar system", or "black-holar system"?, in which the star is replaced by a black hole. There is no source of energy, I know, but somehow an advanced civilization ...
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Could plankton create civilisation? [closed]

Could a species of planktonic beings, with sufficient intelligence, creativity, and physical ability to manipulate objects, create a technological civilisation at the same level as humans? While being ...
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How can libraries retain their relevance as religious centers of power in a world of e-commerce?

Libraries are buildings containing collections of books, periodicals, and sometimes films and recorded music for people to read, borrow, or refer to. They house updated material to meet the user's ...
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Making A Cat World: How would a cat carry supplies on their person?

This is the first in what I plan to be a series of questions on how cats with a human level intelligence would be able to work things out. I was inspired by an artist called Neytirix and the world she ...
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Irrigation in ancient societies [duplicate]

In what kinds of environments would the irrigation of crops require authoritarian governments ? This would be about ancient pre industrial societies.
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Social Etiquette for a Winged Sapient [closed]

On Damarian, my gas giant moon, many species live and interact, and have their own nation (Often an offspring nation of a nation on the species' home world, as Damarian is a sanctuary planet). One ...
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Why are potions always brewed in extreme bulk?

This isn't a question intended for any specific setting. Rather, this is a general point of curiosity that occurred to me while brainstorming my story. Potion brewing is almost inexorably tied to the ...
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External parasitism : Authority

Fungi that control ants and other other small animals, internal parasites with authority over their victims...... old story. I'm looking for an external parasite with authority over their victims. The ...
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What issues could multiple lanes of travel in the air pose in a city?

In the world I am working on, society is made up of multiple species of equally intelligent/sapient humanoid insects that operate extremely similar to humans. Cities contain many different species of ...
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Sailing Ships For The Vārẽn Sea

PROJEKT ' ABYDOS ' The (as of yet pretty ill-defined) setting of one of my worldbuilding projects is the Vārẽn Sea (working title). It's a large gulf that opens into waters with a large amount of ...
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How would this island tribe survive when a tornado meets a volcano?

What would happen if a hurricane went inside a volcano and sucked up all the lava at the same time that the volcano was erupting? Details: The island is 10,754km$^2$ and has just under 4 million ...
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Why do the enemies have finite aggro ranges?

Edit: (September 18 2021) So far there are are many good answers that address why a group of guard monsters or unaffiliated group of humans might have a finite aggro range. However these answers are ...
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Would women be seen as expendable as men in a world with artificial wombs? [closed]

My world is about 500 years ahead of ours in terms of technology, with a notable bit of tech being the artificial womb. A sperm and an egg are placed in one and a baby develops in their over the span ...
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How will the future of work look like? [closed]

A few observations. Actual job - which fill directly and efficiently real human basic needs - are getting scarce, there is a surge of bullshit jobs, an accrual of complex and rhetorical organizations ...
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Best Weapon For Diplomats

In Alendyias, just like most places, there are diplomats. Those who hold the Class, however, have a distinct problem. You can win plenty of battles with words, but not against people who can't or won'...
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What effects would a advanced society interfering with a less advanced societies affect the less advanced societies culture? [closed]

The more advanced society uses technology similar to that of today but with a understanding of genetic engineering. The more advanced society uses mostly uses guns & grenades but roughly 1/3 of ...
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Will the management class disappear soon? [closed]

Do you see the management class, in companies, public organizations, politics, all kind of institutions be eradicated and disappear soon ?
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How would basic telegraphs affect how ancient societies are governed? [closed]

At this point the only power source available are Galvanic cells, & the only other use found for them is light bulbs. Aside from the basic electricity everything is at the same level of technology ...
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Reasons for competing groups of characters being small in a fantasy setting

I have a fantasy setting where groups of characters, let's call this groups "guilds", compete to gain the favor of the king by doing missions for him. I wonder if there is a plausible reason ...
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Give proof or pay [closed]

In this kingdom the king really loves freedom of speech, thus he decided that dissonesty is a capital crime and sin. When saying something, everyone involved must be cited by name and with date and ...
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Complications from drafting human breeding stock [closed]

We all know about the various obsessions of the kings from olde times... Some women liked bathing in the blood of virgins, well ex virgins after watching them being raped by guards and animals...some ...
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Could this method of controlling the number of children people have work?

Could this method of controlling the number of children people have work? The way this works is that everyone born in the country gets 1 "ticket". Each ticket allows for someone to have one ...
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Utility of Grafts In Medieval Society

What Are Grafts? Grafts are special bodily modifications, created through magic and typically used by a small percentage of adventurers who care more about performance or cool abilities than ...
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How can a male klepton species sustain a settlement without kidnapping women?

The male klepton is a unique humanoid. It has no females, and reproduces by mating with other humanoid females, who bear children that are clones of the klepton father. No females are born, and all ...
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Why combat machines in this world are colorful

For all of the combat machine we see in real life, they are painted in colors to blend into the background and lower visibility in every spectrum. Except for when they are participating in a parade, ...
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How long would it take for society to reform? [closed]

In this scenario, all of humanity spontaneously disappears. Earth is left untouched for a while, but not for too long. Buildings stay mostly completely intact, and most importantly, so does the ...
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Warfare and economy with a widespread magic system where each person can create a semi sentient clone of themselves

I'm trying to form a world around a magic system that involves someone creating a shadow clone of themselves. Said clone can be willingly given away to another, but with some high risk. To elaborate: ...
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What if Homo Florensiensis survived and was taken by Homo Sapiens as a "servant" species? [closed]

First, before we start, let me say that I do not in any way, shape or form support or condone slavery or even ill-paid work. This question rationale is just for the sake of storytelling. Let's say ...
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Why convert to a religion that sees you as inferior?

Why would an alien convert to a religion that would make them subservient to humans? Given a Galactic religion that sees humans as the "chosen" race, destined to rule. Aliens that convert ...

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