Questions tagged [society]

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Places LEAST likely to be looted in an Apocalypse

I'm writing a book about zombies and I'm making a list of places that the characters can loot that most people would not think of that would have useful stuff. In most end of the world situations ...
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how can harvesting slaves be made more preferable than the use of slave markets?

Magic is performed through a series of steps. A mage sits in the center of a drawn invocation circle, surrounded by the various ingredients needed to perform the spell. The mage then utters the ...
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How could mages regard fast magic as a form of evil? [on hold]

There are 2 forms of magic in this world, the first of which is performed through a series of steps. A mage sits in the center of a drawn invocation circle, surrounded by the various ingredients ...
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Would 5 years be long enough for a small society to start producing a surplus of food?

Would a community of around 300 people be able to start producing plentiful food in ~5 years post a civil war and plague? They were an isolated quite wealthy community, in a sub-tropical area, mainly ...
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How would/could a communal society introduce currency?

So I've been working on the history of a particular fantasy world and one of its main societies. Specifically how it rebuilt after a civil war that destabilizes government and destroyed larger cities ...
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Why there are messed up teens in a world where everyone can be designed to be perfect

I have a book where in the future a sterility disease spreads across the world making people unable to have children. Then, a company rises to power and using CRISPR are able to make babies again. ...
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How to make my matriarchal society more realistic [closed]

So I am playing with idea of fantasy matriarchal society. I want it to be realistic and coherent. This is what I have so far: Aim I wanted to avoid a simple patriarchal flip, where social structure ...
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How could I make Mercenaries function in a contemporary fantasy world?

My fantasy project of ''Diggoran'' ( pronounced as Die-Ah-Ran ) is set on the continent of Diggoran which is a large and fictional continent located on a fictional planet in its own universe with no ...
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How to make a long lasting peace at the Medieval ages?

as known in the medieval ages wars and death were a normal thing and wars were frequent, in my world, there are two super nations with equal power, but I want to eventually unite them against a third ...
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Convince happy nomads to settle down

The population of my world is well fed and water can be plentifully scavenged from the plant life. We live in a wonderful tropical utopia that boasts a large nomadic population. The weather systems ...
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Immortal Passing Ritual [closed]

On a different planet, humanoid creatures called immortals have achieved immortality. The society is built specifically for these immortals, so in general, the immortals enjoy and cherish their lives....
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How close to the modern day can Scientology be established to make it a mainstream faith? [closed]

Ron Hubbard founded a religion in the 1950s called scientology. This faith celebrates individualism and mastery over one's own mind and will, establishing that all human beings are ultimately divine. ...
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Interstellar war tactics with no FTL capabilities?

I have tried to conceive the most realistic hard sci-fi human/alien conflict scenario without invoking FTL magic. By realistic, I mean “War is the wrong answer but we do it anyway”. Im not trying to ...
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Introducing currency in a barter trade society

I am writing a book where I have a main character who comes to a young civilization. The young society only works through barter trade, and he wants to introduce a form of currency, such as money. ...
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how can I enforce the prohibition on love potions?

Amortentia is a powerful aphrodisiac that creates an intense feeling of love or obsession in the person who drinks it. There are different kinds of these love potions, each designed to have various ...
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Could a dystopian society control non-perishable foods to prevent escape / mutiny?

Here are some sub questions: Are there habitable earth environments where non- perishables (even raisins and honey) are hard to discover? Are there agents that could be added to make foods more ...
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Climate in an hypothetical Planet [closed]

Let there be absolutely none, exactly 0 axial tilt. Let the earth's orbit around the sun be a perfect circle with 0 eccentricity and a surface to surface ( constant) radius equal to the harmonic mean ...
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Would a society of totally colourblind fare better than a society of people without a sense of smell? [closed]

There's two isolated islands, each big enough to support a population of millions and with all the natural resources they need to advance to the industrial era. But there is one hereditary flaw in 100%...
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Building a society of “fungus people” where humans have developed a symbiotic relationship with a parasitic/fungal organism [closed]

In this universe, humans discovered a previously unknown fungus. Similar to the cordyceps fungus, this particular organism uses its spores to enter the body of its host, and grows within it. It will ...
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Designing society for happiness

I’m designing a utopia but there’s one problem remaining. The setting is one of a highly advanced human society. We’ve eliminated disease and allowed the natural environment to replenish. ...
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How would martial arts be different for a winged race?

TL;DR I have a race of half-dragons in my near-future scifi story. I know that having wings and a tail would affect my characters hand-to-hand fighting abilities, but I'm not sure how. Additionally, ...
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How would a young girl/boy (about 14) who never gets old survive in the 16th century? [closed]

In fantasy setting, in medieval time, there are a disease, curse... for simplicity in this scenario, let's call it "vampire". The victim who is afflicted with this "vampirism" does not get older. So ...
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Native American Society in a World Where Beringia Is Still High and Dry

Multiple times in Earth's geological history, a bridge connected Asia to North America, bringing in an influx of colonists. Without Beringia, North America would never have the iconic Triceratops or ...
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How can an immortal member of the nobility be prevented from taking the throne?

Necromancy is a time-honored profession that goes back thousands of years. A necromancer is prized because of the gifts they can bestow to wealthy individuals, specifically the noble class. When ...
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What should I call the troops in my world where the US military consolidated into a single, unified force? [closed]

So basically, for some backstory, rising sea levels and a viral pandemic known as the Black Plague both killed off billions of people in 2015. During that time, due to the collapse of every country ...
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Why am I measured against points? [closed]

Why are we suddenly in a didgital 'social' heirachy..where my questions and answers are based on how I PLEASE u! Why do i want to stay in a world like this?
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Small sizing in the military

People recently discovered an amazing technological - medical procedure, that allows them to shrink a living creature proportionally by a factor of 18. Lets call it small-sizing. It shrinks all organs ...
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How can I desensitize my audience to participate in a bloodsport? [closed]

I, Rex Machismo, am the host of a bloodsport called deathbattle. In this show, contestants go through a number of trials in different environments to fight for their survival. These contestants would ...
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Is it plausible for a certain area of a continent to be/remain/become uninhabited for a long period of time?

If is plausible, what are the most reasonable factors to bring to bear? I have a large continent where a number of races/cultures are present in the present day, but I want the one in the south to ...
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Environmental factors that would result in my fantasy creature's traits and appearance

Have this hoofed biped with pale nearly furless skin with a bit of thick blubberyness. I imagine a bit like some of our sea mammals. Green blood can be seen somewhat through the skin. Around human ...
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How can the vagrant mafia use pigeons to deliver messages?

My name is the Bowery King, the ultimate information broker in my City. My plan to take over the criminal underworld involves using homeless people as spies and informants. This network would keep ...
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Direct Consequences of Powered Armor [closed]

The Question What are the direct consequences of powered armor being practical? Background In the setting I have been working on, humanity has invented a man-machine interface, bio-mechanical cells ...
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If North America and Latin America unified into one country, how would the highway system work?

Canada, the US, and Mexico all have pretty nice highways. However, that isn’t the case with most Latin America countries that don’t even have paved highways. Would the supercountry use all of its ...
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How Do We Protect Humans in a Zombie Society?

I'm writing a story where an intelligent zombie society has defeated humans and won. The zombies are the main characters in this story. These zombies: Have human intelligence, emotions, and remember ...
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How can I combat the laziness of the final generation in human society?

In this world, a God known as Dea has warned the world's population of the impending rapture very early in earth's history. It has been well known from the begining of recorded history that the ...
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How Weaponizable Are Optical Illusions Without Camouflage?

I'm playing around with the concept of a society that is built around optical illusions. This society would heavily incorporate these illusions into their architecture and their very way of life. As ...
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Could an American state survive nuclear war?

In a timeline where the USSR didn't collapse and the Cold War escalated into a full-blown nuclear conflict sometime around the year 2100, the world is left utterly devastated. Both the Soviet Union (...
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What Should the Size of These Secret Superhuman Organizations Be?

Background: Around 600 years ago, the whole world was in conflict. Outside of Ser, the world was a chaotic and dangerous place. Ser was the only neutral country in a world filled with violence and ...
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What are some occupations that would exist in a small settlement in a post-apocalyptic world where going outside would not be a requirement?

Let's say it was a nuclear holocaust and billions died. The setting is the US so distances are large - people are very far spread apart. There are bigger settlements/cities but for our purposes we'll ...
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Is it realistic that an advanced species isn't good at war?

A non-human society is engineering minded by nature and is extremely advanced, to the point where they (with wide-scale community effort) have learned how to create wormholes and have practical space ...
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What motivates this species?

In my story, there is a planet that experiences near constant sunlight. Since sunlight so plentiful and reliable most organisms are, at least in part, photosynthetic. The only intelligent life on ...
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Avoiding unintended consequences of balancing out the sex ratio of a nation?

In 1979, China introduced the one-chils policy, an extreme form of population control. The policy was part of a birth planning program designed to control the size of its population. Although ...
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A Society Built Around Theft?

Would it be possible for a stable society to be built around the concept of theft as a positive action, and thievery as a virtue, while still having theft be technically illegal, but having the ...
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Would my post-apocalyptic US Government be able to work and function properly?

Let’s set some things up so that we’re all caught up: In 2015, the apocalypse happened; rising sea levels compounded with the Black Flu (deadliest pandemic in human history killing billions around ...
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What kind of system can society put in place for a demigod going through puberty?

The demigods are immortal individuals that protect our reality from eldritch abominations, such as Cthulu, Niggurath, etc, on a plane that exists between our world and theirs. These battles against ...
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What are the most important factors in determining how fast technology progresses?

What are the most important factors in determining how fast technology progresses? And roughly how fast might that be under optimal circumstances? Innovations have to be dreamed up, but there must ...
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How could I show most of my fictional world through propaganda prospects/posters?

I have a specific idea to draw out an alternate society. My plan is to design propaganda prospects or posters. Do you guys have some tips how I could show/tell most through-out this medium to ...
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Teenage Revolution: How to overthrow parental dictatorship worldwide? [closed]

Setting: Earth 2020. Young people are sick of parental suppression, worldwide. They develop a vastly different understanding of social principles, compared to their parental generation. They can´t ...
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How can I speed up the evolutionary process in humans?

God had decided that humanity as a species is an overall disappointment. After wiping out all life with a flood, he decided to start from scratch. Humanity's new environment would be constantly ...
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What secular civic space would pioneers build for small frontier towns?

I am thinking about a part of a world with a lot of small towns on a frontier, like the early colonial era in the Americas, or pioneer days in the American Midwest, and later the Great Plains and the ...