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How can God warn people of the upcoming rapture without disrupting society?

A being known as Dea is the creator of all things in the mortal world. He created human beings as living batteries in order to fuel him and give him power. This god is in competition with other gods ...
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Units of measurement, especially length, when body parts vary in size among races

Historically, units of measurement are often based on sizes of body parts. Probably the most obvious example would be a "foot" literally being based on the length of someone's (or everyone's, or ...
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How to prevent criminal gangs from making/buying guns?

TLDR: What can modern governments do to force criminal gangs to use melee weapons instead of guns. So I am writing a novel where the main character is pushed out of society, and is forced to join a ...
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In what way can I increase the likelihood of miscarriages across a species?

Exowombs have become feasible from a technological standpoint. A number of trials conducted on animal embryos have proven successful, and talk has been made about how this can be beneficial for ...
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How can I shift my country's immigration policy to a skills based approach?

My name is DONNA TRUMPET, and I am one of the greatest leaders in world history. I was elected president in the nation of Carcossa a number of years ago, and have maintained broad support among the ...
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Social implications of complete separation of copulation and reproduction [on hold]

The Twelve Kingdoms is a fantasy novel series written by Japanese author Fuyumi Ono, and has been made into an anime series. In this series, humans, and indeed all other motile beings, are born of ...
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In the far future, humans wage war through spaceships that are mentally controlled solely by women. How would this affect the military and society? [on hold]

A bit more explanation on the premise. Humans now have extended their territory to the edges of the Milky Way galaxy and have hundreds of colonial planets. However, humans still fight among one ...
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How might a society that was once subjugated by superhumans react to their return? [on hold]

The premise is quite simple. Sixty years ago, superhumans were wiped out. The source from which they drew their powers was destroyed and the world moved on. Democracy, the rule of law, human rights ...
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How would a 4th trimester affect human development?

Newborn humans are born in a very undeveloped stage compared to other mammals. This is because if they stayed any longer in the mother, their head would become too big to fit through the birth canal. ...
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A practical post apocalypse bullet farm for the survivor on a budget [closed]

In a post apocalyptic society (let's say northern Arizona or southern Colorado) or just outside of a city what would be Needed to practically 'farm' (produce) modern bullets? The idea is to be able to ...
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What is the minimum human population necessary for a sustainable colony?

How many humans are needed in order to sustain and grow a steady population in a habitable area? Assume resources are adequate and the environment is favorable. To further refine this question, let'...
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What is the best way to cause swarm intelligence to be destroyed?

In my story, there is a large group of humanoid clones that help the city function, doing mundane tasks such as cleaning and maintaining the city. Doing all of the minimum wage jobs and 95% of the ...
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Does it make sense to occupy open space?

I was thinking about space as a measured and marked series of boundary lines to denote ownership and governance. The problem is that I'm having trouble seeing that as useful. If there's no particular ...
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Where to Put Self-Reliant, Rugged Individualists?

In fiction that tries to provide a wide diversity of cultural stances on the collectivism-individualism stances, there is often a trope that self-reliant, no-nonsense, rugged individualists (as a ...
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How can religions without a hell discourage evil-doing?

God in this verse is similar to a super-computer, a very large power source that continuously feeds on human souls to sustain itself. All human souls come from God, and remain connected to it through ...
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Minimum Population For a High Tech Society?

So I was thinking about minimum viable population levels for a colony and it hit me that there are two industries that probably can't be made to work at small population, but that you need to have a ...
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How would the line of succession be if the crown prince was declared dead? [closed]

Kind of similar to this question, but slightly different in some aspects. In my medieval fantasy Kingdom, the next monarch is usually chosen by direct line of blood with no regard to the successors ...
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What could prevent a sentient species from going to space?

I am still puzzled by the original The Planet of the Apes movie from the 70's. How come that sentient species invented weapons, but was unable to develop powered flight, or spacecraft. Thus, the ...
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How can religions be structured in ways that allow inter-faith councils to work?

The people of this world follow what is called "The Faith of the Seven". These gods represent different aspects of creation. They are: Khorne: god of war Tzenteech: god of change & ambition ...
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How do I make my dynasty last 1000s of years?

My Kingdom X is a great and prosperous nation, having a decent amount of natural resources. The kingdom's founding dynasty has stood the test of time for 1000s of years, until Kingdom Y launches a war ...
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How can I prevent corporations from growing their own workforce?

Artificial wombs have become a luxury in society, allowing them to forgo the burden of carrying a child for nine months. Originally, this was an expensive process that currently only the wealthy and ...
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Cause of periodic, random, forced migration?

I am looking for a (preferably economic or environmental) force/system that would every few months or years force a random sample of the middle/lower class of an area to migrate away. This would be ...
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How can government function in a world where everybody is a slave?

In this fictional society all people are owned by other people, in a way similar to that of share markets in modern companies. A person can have a 50% share in me, and that person then 'owns' 50% of ...
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What are some artificial Augmentations to stop the Illuminati's Army? [closed]

I am creating a future world where augmentations, all limbs and organs are the newest weapon by bolstering the natural human ability. For example, arm augmentations allow for a strength twice the ...
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How can royal families preserve the nobility of their bloodlines if children can be mass produced?

A powerful empire rules this world, which is divided into several sections. Each section is ruled and governed by various noble families, under the rule of the royal family led by the king and queen. ...
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Aborting Abrahamism [closed]

Let's imagine that some powerful evil eldritch abomination decided to hijack Roman Republic 45 BC, saving Caesar in the last moment and fashion itself as Mercurius (Hermes), who was sent by Olympus as ...
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How can you eliminate dreaming without affecting REM sleep?

The Dreamlands are a vast, alternate dimension that can only be entered via dreams. They are divided up into several sections, all of which are inhabited by monsters who serve the idiot elder god ...
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Humans returning to tribalism

I'm working on setting in which a prison ship crashes on an unexplored/unknown planet, and due to infighting and environmental factors the prisoners return to tribalism at best or feral animals at ...
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How do I convince the general population using large monsters is the most efficient means of protecting our compact cities?

Context Monsters are a bit of a problem on this world. Though most pose a marginal threat and are categorized as vermin, others represent a serious risk to major population centers as a consequence ...
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Helping the Roman Empire with chemistry and metallurgy [closed]

You are a modern chemist and metallurgist and unexpectedly get sent back in time to the era of Caesar Octavius Augustus. After spending a couple years learning ancient Latin, what changes or ...
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How many people are necessary to maintain modern civilisation?

Modern Earth; a series of connected events (natural disasters, mass migration, drug-resistant pandemic, collapse in biodiversity, armed conflict) have led to a significant reduction in human ...
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Why would a large percent of an otherwise sane population regularly play a virtual game that could get them killed

My world is basically the same as our own but with slightly more advanced cybernetics and virtual technology. Specifically, they have a technology to create true matrix level virtual worlds. The most ...
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How does my society survive the “Crystal spires and Togas” stage [closed]

My highly advanced aliens have progressed far past other life forms in the galaxy. Their technology seems like magic to less advanced species. However, some of their leaders are very Genre Savvy and ...
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Help! Our merchants keep turning into villains!

To My Trusted Advisors; It has now been six months since the founding of Puzzleville around the entrance to the magic-filled Labyrinth of Wonders. As expected, adventurers from around the world have ...
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How can an advanced civilization forget how to manufacture its technology?

My alien civilization is highly advanced. Their ancestors created wondrous things from medical devices that can cure nearly anything to warships that can defeat nearly any enemy. The problem is they ...
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How can a pocket of technologically advanced humans survive the apocalypse?

In a post-apocalyptic novel I'm writing, I plan to follow up with a sequel wherein the main characters are trapped in a hidden city in North America called Eden that has electricity, underground ...
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How can monsters affect traditional fantasy worldbuilding? [closed]

I just watched this video from Shadiversity about implications of monsters and magic in a fantasy setting. Ha said a lot about how society could be, but it makes me think: how can the society "...
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A Most Subtle Magic

Rynn is not flashy at all. In fact, you would be forgiven to think she's a bit of an introvert. Sure, the people in the town are strangely reluctant to talk to you about her, but you are a newcomer, ...
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Making techology for a society on other planet

I am having some trouble reasoning out some ideas, if any of you could help. So I have in mind a planet, where there are many human cultures, but one of them is more advanced then others. So they ...
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Could human civilization live 150 years in a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier colony without resorting to mass killing/ cannibalism?

An un-treatable virus starts infecting and killing people. Societies are on the brink of collapse, and it is decided the best way to save the most amount of people is to move everyone who can fit into ...
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What happened to everyone's magical abilities? [closed]

The setting: a remote pre-industrial port city. The basic premise: As long as anyone can remember, the residents of the city have exhibited magical powers. The city had become fairly large as ...
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Is this alternate history plausible? (Hard Sci-Fi, Realistic History)

Is this alternate history I came up with plausible? What holes does it have? Are some events very unlikely to happen, even impossible? Should I change some dates of some events? Most of my knowledge ...
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How would a militaristic society that viewed the laws of war sacred develop? [closed]

While different nations have different laws of war, this society has laws of war similar to those followed by the United States Armed Forces; how would a militaristic society develop that saw its laws ...
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Conversational goal of a conscious talking machine [closed]

One Artificial Intelligence tech giant has created a bot much like Alexa or Siri that talks to humans, takes notes, listens to everything and communicates with external sources when instructed by the ...
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How can a mage not be the King? [duplicate]

In fantasy, mages are commonly described to be vastly superior in terms of knowledge & power to the rest of the population. Typically, they live much longer, are able to kill in combat numerous ...
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How can a clan of elven females defend themselves in the ancient world against marauding bands? [closed]

In this setting, the family unit is based around a clan system. An individual's wealth and status is related to the clan they are born in, and its ancestry is based on matrilineal lines. Marriage does ...
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How viable would it be for all women to be telepathic? [closed]

Supposing that telepathy is possible in the first place, how possible would it be for our current world to exist given that all women are telepathic, and men don't know this. How would this societal ...
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Rational justification for discrimination

Imagine there is a community of highly intelligent, well-educated and mentally healthy people. One of its core, undisputed values is that some people are truly human and some others - just two-legged ...
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Why make androids self aware?

In my world, automation reaches a new level with the introduction of androids. Robotic human beings capable of doing any job a regular person can. The concept of these androids is that they can be ...
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How to avoid offending original culture when making conculture inspired from original

My conculture, Sakha, is based on Puebloan culture. They live in a mudhouse, practice dry agriculture, don't wear feathers (do they? I thought they're more of Plains culture) and are matrilineal. ...