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Questions tagged [society]

For questions dealing with how sentient beings interact with each other in a community.

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How would react a medieval magic world to the arrival of an Interstellar colony? [on hold]

A space colony comes to a planet who is pretty similar to how fantasy's worlds tend to be represented. The space colony is 44% formed by "humans" only 8% of these still look like classic humans, the ...
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What would a society without cryptography look like?

In this world you have access to computers powerful enough to decipher messages as long as the method used to encrypt it has at least one theoretical weakness (those computers cannot defeat an ...
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Men only world downsides [closed]

It's year 2156 and humanity as we know it is drastically changed by alien radiation. Six years ago an alien ship teleported above Earth and emitted what we later found out to be radiation that causes ...
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What would make good clothing for an underwater species?

A soft and vulnerable intelligent underwater species, you can consider them closely related to Earth's octopus - in the way chimps are closely related to humans. Consider that clothing is often worn ...
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Does military conflict between commercial companies make sense?

In cyberpunk genre, we often see commercial companies (Big Scary Corporations) engaged in military conflict against each other. This can be seen in videogame "Syndicate" and other media, for example. ...
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How can I feed an entire population on corpses?

In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only war. The world has become a barren wasteland that is inhospitable to the the human race, which has been forced to take residence in hive cities. ...
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Dispersed Empire, Homogeneous Culture?

Note- Empires, in the traditional sense, are large tracts of land, connected by land. A good example of an empire this question is not based on is Russia. Russia is connected and fairly culturally ...
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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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Self-sufficient Ark

I'm trying to figure out what a huge swimming ark that is able to support maybe 10.000 people would look like. It's for a P&P campaign. And please excuse any bad grammar, spelling or poor word ...
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What are the implications of a race with multiple personalities [closed]

In my universe there is a race of proto-humans known as legionaries. They have a are a minority group and used to be even smaller, only living on one planet in the past. This race used to give birth ...
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Mass human die off [duplicate]

If there was a mass human die off, let's say due to a super-flu pandemic, what would be the greatest danger to the survivors in regards to dealing with bodies? Typhoid? Any other secondary diseases? ...
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How would one communicate with the hive mind of the human race? [closed]

Imagine each human is like a neuron in a brain. Then the totality of all humans communicating together would create some kind of hive mind. But a single neuron isn't "aware" of the mind of the brain ...
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Societies are built on PR stints and propaganda. Why are people okay with this? [closed]

Every time I read, I find out that more and more 'truths', 'traditions', 'common knowledge', etc. were fabricated by some PR person in the not too distant past. People are okay with this though, and ...
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What are the exceptions to Natural Selection? [duplicate]

Consider a population where a low percentage of people (5%) posess a genetic advantage over the rest. In my fictional world, let’s assume this small percent of the population can wield magic while ...
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Abolishing slavery [closed]

I have a series of weakly interconnected magical realms, in which there is limited movement between the realms. The technology in these realms varies from the medieval to the early 1800s. There is ...
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How could gods/deities have been on earth controlling natural phenomenon, and have remained nameless? [closed]

To extrapolate, these gods/deities can be seen and are in some kind of physical form or another (perhaps they possess living creatures or just create bodies of their own). They are essentially ...
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How many deaths can be caused by a Coronal Mass Ejection (Solar Flare)?

Where should I shoot a solar flare that is at least as strong as the solar flare(s) in 2012 for the most death? What else would happen? And how much death, in percentage of world population, would the ...
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How to make society ravaged by random killing, prosper and remain happy?

Set in near future. Human population is at most a hundred thousand. Everyone lives in mountainous regions to escape deadly miasma. The air is infected by nanites which can cause cardiac arrest in ...
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In a world with multiracial creatures, what word can be used instead of mankind? [closed]

So, I've been trying to find a word which means all the people in the world. One would think of humanity, humankind, mankind, or just people, but I want something that can express the meaning properly ...
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How can I ensure that advanced technology remains in the hands of the superhero community?

There is a brilliant scientist who regularly tangoes with external threats to the planet Earth, where a race referred to as "humaniti" reside. He, along with a team of scientists, operate out of a ...
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Could winged humanoids perch on public transit?

In modern times, public transport, whether it is buses, trains, or taxis, makes long-term travel more convenient. Also in that same world, there are winged humanoids capable of actual flying, with ...
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Everyday tasks on a space ship

There is a space ship, flying from planet to planet for multiple years. It is a science vessel, so, once they reach a planet, they do research. But what do they do if they are in transit between ...
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How would a legal system deal with random groundhog day events? [closed]

I have seen similar questions about groundhog day but they were about either a single unique groundhog day or a permanent one. In this case, each day may or may not repeat. There are no limits so ...
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Highest Possible Level of Development (HPLD) examples of cultures and motivations

What motivations would citizens of an ultra-high technology society plausibly have besides boredom? How would lower tech beings meaningfully interact with them? Here are some examples that pop-up in ...
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Horses went extinct, people domesticated something else. - What is it and what would change?

Assuming that horses went extinct early in history, what would replace the horse, and how would the change in domesticated animal affect the development of the first civilizations? Info on horse ...
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Is a more visual language possible using spoken words?

I once participated in a contest. People grouped in pairs. The two members of each pair sit back-to-back. They can neither see each other nor what the other is doing. I was the one who opens an ...
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How could a hive-mind without true individuals create technology?

Imagine a species in which the ego never developed. There is no self-direction. This species is always making noise, however, and it is through this noise that the society itself experiences the ...
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What would define kingdoms in a fantasy setting? [closed]

Preface: This is a very abstract question since it really would depend on the worldbuilder, and the type of setting they are trying to build. In Established Works In works such as Lord of the Rings, ...
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How to fulfill a wish without causing a lot of troubles

A week ago, I was walking through an old district of Prague and found an old lamp. I tried to clean it by rubbing it... And you guessed that correctly: A genie appeared saying: "I will fulfill you one ...
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What are the economic effects of an electricity shutdown that lasts weeks in big city? [closed]

How this affects the economy of the big tech industries like factories and the media like radio stations and television? What are the effects that this brings in the life of normal people?
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Building structures underwater: What could a giant crab do?

Okay, so I was working on making a sapient creature that lives underwater ended up with what was basically a two-hundred pound crab. They have human level language skills, and I decided to justify ...
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How would people react if hundreds of gods appeared in new york [closed]

Tomorrow out of nowhere hundreds of naked humans appear in New York, they immediately announce themselves to whoever they encounter claiming to be various gods from human mythologies and religions. ...
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Can my giants and humans coexist? [closed]

See my earlier question for the Giants version ! How quickly the tide turns... In my world, Humans are a thing. These little people just appeared, I hope they can be friends with us, giants. ...
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How do I make my recruitment process vampire-friendly? [closed]

As Head of HR at a large urban bank, I have been getting a lot of flak (in the form of angry emails) from the 'Undead Defamation Society' about the fact that my company only employs a very small ...
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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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Harmony amongst Human Termites?

In a magical world there is a tribe of people divided into termite-like castes. They live in the wilderness, far from most regular humans. They are effectively human; fully conscious and ...
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How can a god justify it's own worship if it claims no moral authority? [closed]

Pantheism is worship that admits or tolerates all interpretations of deities. The human race exists throughout the multiverse, which was created and designed by God. Some are worlds that are ...
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Why wouldn't elves be the dominant species?

One of the commonest depictions of elves are as incredibly long-lived humanoids, sometimes utterly immune from death of natural causes. They are also more graceful and more coordinated than humans, ...
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Proper technique for eating grass?

In my world, a species of vertically challenged humanoids spreads out from their island homelands to the wider world, entering the interspecies race for global dominance. Now, this species of ...
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How can a patriarch ensure the loyalty of a competing clan through marriage?

The great war was a violent time in which clans battled each other for land and power. These clans were normally headed by the oldest or strongest male in the clan, called the patriarch. One of the ...
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How can I prevent the military from overthrowing the triumvirate?

This empire was founded on the basis of a triumvirate with each leader governing their own spear while being prevented from interfering with the others. The clerical spear is made up of the nation's ...
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What happens to victims of a terrorist attack [closed]

Two college students are walking through the city to get to school. When a terrorist attack happens, a number of people are killed and many more are injured. The terrorist are killed and the police ...
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How to get rid of human waste without using bodies of water

A particularly religious people living in a land filled with rivers need to get rid of their excreta. They have disfavoured sewers and dumping waste on water because they venerate oceans and rivers, ...
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What would be the difference in the reaction between trained and untrained people during an emergency situation?

For those who've read my previous questions, you might begin to see a "subtle" recurring theme. Context You can skip this part if you're just interested in the problem. Question Let's set the ...
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How can a species of natural time-travelers have a meaningful society?

Consider a fantasy species of "natural" time travelers. To define some specifics: Relevant Rules While it is not effortless, this species can move against the "arrow of time" much as a human can ...
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How can I regulate cloning as a form of insurance?

All religions in our world teach us that the soul is the sum of a human being and is eternal. It is a metaphysical form that exists separate from the body, and yet is intrinsically tied to it. The ...
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Would a Matriarchal Society Be Likely to Practice Toplessness? [closed]

Having read the Wikipedia article about toplessness, seem like many egalitarian societies practiced toplessness until they were influenced by the Europeans. So, would it be correct to assume that a ...
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What would eating/killing/rearing an animal be like when an animal person of that kind exists?

So, in within my setting, there are half-animal, half-human beings, as well as humans, whom they all share common divine creators. Just a bit of elaboration concerning the creation of life in my ...
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Discovery of life on Mars [closed]

For months now I've had a dream, with every night building upon it. Only till recently I've decided to write it as a story. I'm by no means a writer, but once I started writing, I got this feeling ...
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Zero Privacy: Culture

In this future, technology advances in such a way that privacy becomes obsolete. In other words, no one has decided to give up privacy, it's just that trying to hold onto it is like trying to keep ...