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How could embryonic diapause have naturally developed in humans?

embryonic diapause is a reproductive strategy that is used by a number of mammals. In embryonic diapause, the embryo  does not immediately implant in the uterus after sexual reproduction has created ...
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How to balance my magic robots so they don't monopolize my story?

A setting I've been planning for a while involves a function of magic that can animate objects using the magical equivalent of programmable functions. A wizard/witch/magic-user uses a magic language ...
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How would the centralization of world politics affect society? [on hold]

How would the centralization of world’s power affect politics and society in general? The society should be set in a period where artificial intelligence is well advanced to supplement in areas such ...
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Hiding a handful of immortals on a Generation Ship?

I have a handful of immortals that have spent the last 6000 years stuck on planet Earth. They really, want to get out of here. They missed their chance back in Egypt before The Fall of the Pharaohs**. ...
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What would happen if the quantities of silver and gold mined by humans were switched in a fantasy world?

Basically the title. What would happen if, in the world I'm writing, people have thus far found considerably more gold deposits than silver? Specifically, I'm wondering how this might affect their ...
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Why would surrounding countries not claim accessible, habitable, and unclaimed land?

I am designing a world for high-magic, epic campaign for D&D 5e. I really am feeling this map, and am trying to figure out how the different countries would interact. Right now I have nothing ...
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Lying to prevent mass hysteria?

Say a huge asteroid came along, around the size of the one that wiped out the dinosaurs. It was unnoticed for quite a while, similar to the 2018 GE3. Then somebody saw it, and scientists calculated ...
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Could a magic-filled world have religions that are unrelated to magic?

Essentially, this is a sort of brainstorming question: Say a world has many kingdoms and cultures, and each of these have magicians who can use magic, which includes things like improving physical ...
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Farm animal rebellion

George Orwell published in 1945 his famous novel Animal Farm. In this novel, the animals of "The Manor Farm" decide to revolt and manage to take over the farm. However, the rebellion remains inside ...
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Individually applied multi-government

I have a world with 4 colossal cities. Like, more area than the earth big. They are inhabited by a population orders of magnitude greater than ours, consisting of many different species. Due to the ...
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Formulating likelyhood for civilization to face weapons-based self-destruction [closed]

Premise I would like to create a formula that tackles the question of how likely a civilization is to commit self-annihilation. At first glance it doesn't sound possible or practical for that matter. ...
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A 21st Century Duelling Code

A few years from now, perhaps 10 or so, after a horribly botched first-contact led to the temporary conquest of humanity by aliens until humans could adjust to alien technology, humans are once again ...
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What would a civilisation be like whose people have predetermined lifespans? [closed]

Imagine a civilisation resembling our own, except that the "people" there have predetermined lifespans. That is, in the absence of unnatural death (deaths caused by external forces like car accident, ...
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Can I both use the terms “serf” and “slave” without the risk of confusion when describing my country's social system?

In my fictional country (a dictatorship), the social structure is very rigid. A complex system of classes, sub-classes, castes and professional groups exists, with little or no social mobility. The ...
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In what situation could royalty and organised crime lords mix?

I'm currently writing a story where privileged kids attend boarding school in order to become better leaders, however, the heir to a respectable and reclusive*empire falls for the heiress to a well-...
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JFK has clones, is he still safe?

Premise Human cloning tends to discombobulate our moral compasses; the potential for scientific gain and the potential for abuse are vast. Now, contrast this moral dilemma with the public sentiment ...
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How to justify the coexistence of countries with different levels of development? [closed]

Note: The word "culture" refers to a collective of peoples and countries using the mentioned technologies. So I'm running into the problem that I want multiple technological environments in my world ...
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Would children born in winter be weaker than the ones born in other seasons?

Setting is a dark ages medieval world. Equivalent to Earth circa century V AD. Agriculture has no crop rotation, and most of the harvest is lost to plagues and pests (those damn wabbits). Would ...
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How can I ensure my existing lifestyle stays the same if I'm immortal?

I'm immortal. Yes, I could give you the secret and also no I won't. Unless...that is...you help me solve a bit of a dilemma I'm facing. I recently found out that both my wife and I are immortal and ...
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Survival strategy for a time traveller in the Roman empire [closed]

I would like to know what would be the best strategy to survive and prosper in the roman empire for a time traveller? Let's say that the time traveller is a 30-year-old Italian from the XXI century ...
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Why would a intelligent and manipulative demon in human body not integrate in society? [closed]

I have a demon (Jhora, Rakshesha), which has a very attractive female human body who has to drink human blood to survive. It was banned from the city where the other demons live. Jhora is very ...
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Regime instability of a government [closed]

Why would it be in the interest of the elites of certain country, which is an oligarchy or some form of an authoritarian regime to transition to democracy?
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Oligarchy as a form of government

Can a country with an oligarchy as an offical form of government be successful and have prosperous citizens?
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How to handle a warrior caste? [closed]

For generations, a hundred petty kingdoms have been in a state of constant war. This has led to the emergence of a warrior caste within the hundred kingdoms. The members born into this caste are ...
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How much “peacekeeping” force would a unified peaceful world need?

Five hundred years ago, a world-spanning, decades-long war triggered a planet-wide apocalypse. Survivors from the warring countries had to cluster and work together to survive. Survivors were also ...
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How to avoid the language barrier when there is no time to learn the other language?

In my medieval world, population A and population B have not had any contacts for thousands of years. But pressing events will make them look for each other. However when they meet... how are they ...
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Why would an immortal make good on his loan?

Premise My world that has undergone a transformative breakthrough in biology and genetics. It's not just the ultra-rich who have it; rather, everyone is immortal. However, this world's understanding ...
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Would sleep deprivation be an effective way of mass execution?

My army of kobolds (Small, bunny-like rapidly-breeding carnivorous creatures) captured an army of 100,000 human soldiers. The prisoners were transported to my massive underground prisons. My kobolds ...
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Building a kafkaesque bureaucracy

Query I intend to build a fictional civilization which operates solely via a sprawling Kafkaesque bureaucracy. My question is this: what conditions are necessary to incentivize the generation and ...
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AIDS vs Great Plague in medieval period

The Great Plague is known as one of the worst pandemics in human history as it killed between 75 and 200 million people from 1347 to 1351 (according to wikipedia). I would like to know if AIDS had ...
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Explanation as to why Male/Female Wizards have sexy bodies [closed]

I know that RPGs employ eye candy tactics to players of their preferred sex in order to entice the players into the game. Male Wizards are sexy and muscular. Female Wizards are sexy and have big ...
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How often would an isolated village be visited?

Let's imagine a very tiny medieval village with a population of 20 to 50 people. This is the furthest village, the land next to it is very difficult to use. It is in the rough part of the country, ...
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How can the longevity of elves affect family structure?

These elves have a maximum lifespan of 250 years. Their life cycle is as follows: Puberty at 40 Menopause at 160 Retirement at 200 This gives elves about 120 years of fertility. Children are born ...
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Trans-humans: neural chip implants and the Dunning-Kreuger effect

Premise The Dunning-Kruger effect is a sociological / psychological phenomenon whereby low-skilled individuals mistakenly think they are good at something. In other words, individuals lack the meta-...
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How long should an elven generation be?

A human generation is generally seen to be 30 years. The adolescent stage for a person would be teen years. 20s and 30s are usually the years that people start having kids. 40s and 50s would be middle ...
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What consensual human experiments would provide the most geopolitical value? [closed]

In the world I envision here, some countries take a much less fundamentalist stance on human rights (maybe a more extreme version of China) than we generally take for granted. For the purpose of ...
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How to effectively force celibacy among a large mixed medieval army?

I have a large army, Let's say 100,000 male and female adolescent soldiers, my commanders are old veterans and they are few but they need a way to prevent pregnancies among my shieldmaidens. How do ...
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All disease and sickness suddenly cured in humanity, what happens next? [closed]

It’s 2018 and a powerful magic is used to warp reality. Every living human suffering from any disease or sickness is suddenly cured as if it never existed (down to a genetic level). However, this is ...
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Could a Civilization be made With Children as the Leaders? [duplicate]

This question keeps coming to me from my son. He wonders if a civilization could be built around young leaders, with the primary citizens being youth as well. The idea that he has excludes grownups ...
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How to move a prisoner to closed jail, so no one would object or ask questions?

In my world there two kinds of prisons: Nearly all of the prisons follows the same rules, which are quite similar to nowadays Earth prisons. Run by a government's agency, where prisoners are fed, ...
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What is needed for people not to carry swords?

My setting is inspired by fantasy-Persia: think Shahnameh, or if you're unfamiliar with that, 1001 Nights. Middle-eastern setting, no gunpowder. An element I want in my story is that people (noblemen ...
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Economy in a society where 99% of the world adult population is owned by the other 1% [closed]

We are in a world similar to our current world (with the same technology level notably), but there is a huge catch: everything is considered as property, including human beings. Every human child is ...
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How to kidnap a person, so the world wouldn't object or ask questions?

In my world there's a company that needs to kidnap a person or a number of persons (reasons are out of scope of this question) and must do this in the way that no one (and I mean: no one) would object,...
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What would be good reasons that prevent mages from making it into government? [duplicate]

I have a world where the mages are strong enough to defeat great demons, and can use their power to build anything from toothpicks to elaborate weapons. I understand that with all that power they ...
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Modern trading card game viable in late medieval / renaissance times?

A tad bit late perhaps, but the creation of Gwent in The Witcher 3 PC RPG game has got me thinking: would a modern trading card game(hereafter referred to as TCG) like Magic: The Gathering be able to ...
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If the earth is sentient and can communicate with humans, shouldn't humans in general have more respect for its well-being? [closed]

Someday in the far future, when creatures are born from sentience modules that can be easily embedded into other living, non-sentient, or even non-living objects, humans became capable of ...
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The flying state, estimating an “ideal” size

The in-universe solution to the Infinite Sea problem, crossing millions of kilometers of landless ocean, is actually "create a flying island of X acres and take the trip in style" because there is ...
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Would an earlier HIV pandemic be a realistic, plausible historical apocalypse scenario?

The most recent common ancestor of the HIV-1 M group, responsible for the HIV pandemic, dates back to the Belgian Congo city of Léopoldville (modern Kinshasa), circa 1910. And the genetic history of ...
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How does super-tech rarely filter down to Main Street in comics universes?

In the DC and Marvel universes, alien invasions seem to happen almost weekly, super-villains have impossible technology, which they use to rob banks, and genius super-heroes invent equally impossible ...
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Why would mages hide their power level? [closed]

In this fantasy setting based on medieval Europe, scary monsters and minions of the Undead King plague the land. In response, large cities have started to employ those proficient with sword or bow ...