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Jobs for Giants in modern society

Me Gam. Me Giant. Me not very smart but me need food. Me need to find job. In my world Giants are a thing. And they need to eat too. In fact, they need way more food than most of us. Therefore, ...
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The world is ending, how to convince/force chosen ones to come quietly?

The apocalypse has come - nuclear war+asteroid hitting+alien invasion+Skynet+vampires. Doesn't matter which, the world government/s knew this was coming (lets say, a year in advance) and they have a ...
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Is there a precedent for inventing a new technology many years before anyone else?

History shows that most inventors of groundbreaking new technologies, for example, the light bulb or the telephone were not actually the first to invent this technology and that there were actually ...
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Learning a new language without any reference

In my world the characters find themselves in a new land. They do not understand the locals nor do the locals understand them. How could these characters learn to understand the locals withing a month ...
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Making the First contact

Visiting the Worldbuilding site plays with my creativity and imagination. So I am going to describe the dream I had: I am member of a different (alien) culture, from a different star system. Also, I ...
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Incorporating Women into a Fantasy World Army?

I have a fantasy world with roughly medieval technology (swords, crossbows, and chain mail for instance), and I have an egalitarian country with an army that's somewhere from 10 to 40% women (it ...
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What effect would elemental magic have on the work force

Imagine a society where everyone controls a variation of one of the four elements: earth, fire, water, and air. What I mean by variation is some might control metal, but not rocks. Others control ice, ...
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What would be the most viable form of government for the first space colonies?

The Setting It is the near future (say 2060ish). Some entity (corporation, government, private venture, etc.) has elected to build the first permanent (as in intended to become self-sufficient) ...
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How would literally evil societies function?

(This question moved originally from RPGs and pertains to the D&D game where individuals and societies may have explicit allegiances to good or evil.) A typical convention in fantasy settings are ...
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What would be different if a person has broader visual spectrum than normal

[Note: this question was posted on Sandbox] What would be differently perceived from a person with broader visual spectrum than normal? So I've seen this question, especially the accepted answer, ...
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How to help give vampires a more positive reputation?

"Congratulations, you're hired!" Is usually something everyone is happy to hear. Except, the job... You're the local vampire lord's publicist. Well, congratulations. Your job is quite literally to ...
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Evolution of a non-human species with no concept of gender?

In the world I'm building, there's a non-human race that I want to have no concept of gender. Their language doesn't contain gendered words like "man" or "woman," and sexual attraction is not based on ...
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How to handle dangerous, potentially unstable children/teenagers

Imagine if one day, in the future, random children were born with the ability to cast magic. This magic comes naturally to them, like an instinct, so they need not be taught how to use it, though ...
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How to build a self-sufficient town

Other questions have tried to address how big/small towns have to be in order to function, but I'm more interested in approaching it from a different angle: How big would a town have to be to support ...
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Is the world of a Roguelike RPG plausible?

In this context, I will define a Roguelike RPG world to be a world where a lone adventurer fights scores of monsters who drop magical weapons, armor and artifacts that the adventurer may pick up, use, ...
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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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What should I consider in a society with basic unconditional income?

I'm creating a city of about 200 000 people in a nation equivalent to a modern western nation, like Germany, France or the United States. Strong economy and a calm society, but still a conspicuous ...
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Alternative word for “human rights” but across multiple races (including demi-humans)

What would be best "human rights" word equivalent for all intelligent beings, including humans, demi-humans, and other intelligent life forms? Example of demi-humans are Lizard folk, Cat people, etc. ...
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Could inequality and class warfare still exist in a post-scarcity society?

Let's assume post-scarcity in this case means everyone, regardless of income or employment status, has unlimited access to food (or bio-engineered food substitutes), a place to live, means of ...
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What is a good reference size for a settlement?

I have been sporadically building a particular world, mainly by developing its cultures with events (often paralleling Earth history) and individuals, rather than shaping the cultures beforehand. One ...
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How would fembots change society? [closed]

The next year fembots came to the market by the price of 3000 US dollars. These androids have realistic synthetic skin and genitalia, semi-autonomous intelligence, are able to clean the house, cook ...
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Implications of a world where mercenaries are more capable than most militaries?

I have been working on an RPG (a video game) where one of the key plot "themes" is the prevalence of mercenaries, of very varied capabilities and fame/infamy/secrecy. After lurking answers on here ...
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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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With some exceptions, what makes the most powerful mage on the planet, not kill a merchant and steal his goods? [closed]

So I am the most powerful mage on the planet. A merchant offers me an artifact that is too expensive for me to buy. With some exceptions, what makes me, the most powerful mage on the planet, not just ...
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What would poverty be like if there was an infinite supply of food?

Taking into account a medieval-ish lifestyle, one of the most important things, I would imagine, correct me if I am wrong, is food. If you could eat food, you were probably also not poor. Now, ...
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How would a primitive society react to a cataclysmic event that disproves their beliefs?

My novel deals with a primitive society, geographically similar to ancient Egypt, based on a planet with rings. The society, known as the Motek, have a very strong sense of order -- everything has a ...
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Why would a priesthood of a world religion worship a different god from their followers?

This settings' world is united by a world religion that all countries pay homage to. It is controlled by a priesthood who, as well as fulfilling traditional religious roles, keeps the peace between ...
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A single religion in which different individuals worship different gods. Why hasn't the religion split?

The religion of Blablaism recognises a small number of deities. Let's say three. While, strictly speaking, it regards these deities as aspects of a single supreme god (a la Soft Polytheism), it's ...
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A King can't go to war

Imagine a late 16th-Century European Kingdom. The King is obsessed with invading a small neighbouring country for no good reason. He would not profit neither economically nor politically. However, ...
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Benevolent aliens will help us all- on one condition. Can we end all wars?

Background It's a nice spring day on May 23, 2016. You sit outside with a radio and tune in to the news. In the middle of hearing the station talk about [insert politician here], you hear a large ...
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How to reconcile a feudal system with a congressional/parliamentary democracy…?

I am currently trying to create a system of government for a project that, for reasons I can't quite go into, combines elements from both European feudal systems with current democratic governments, ...
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Killing all the explorers

The year is 1489, Christopher Columbus is planning to test his theory, that if he sails west, he will be in India much much faster than going to the east. Because he knows Earth is rounded, so this ...
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Is it possible to have a Society to evolve into a industrial age society without discovering gunpowder

I want my world to be set in early to mid Industrial Age but for various reasons that I won't go into here I don't want there to be any gunpowder based weapons. Is it possible for a society to ...
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Considerations for a Dwarven Volcano City

Related: Could a Dwarven Civilization Exist? Background: A Dungeons and Dragons world (for all intents and purposes, Tolkein lore is close enough) in which a group of colonists far from home are ...
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How to force opposition to emigrate?

This question happens in the same universe as my other questions: How should a country introduce a constructed language as the official language? How many years could you trim from schooling? Could ...
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How would it affect a human to suddenly have a sense of smell comparable to a wolf?

I want to change the biology of one human being via hand-waving to allow this individual to have abilities similar to a gray wolf - focussing for this question on an enhanced nose which should be able ...
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Why would telepaths have difficulty communicating with each other? [closed]

Humans in this world are born with the ability to communicate telepathically. The range and skill grows with age and practice, with adults being able to communicate between 5 - 7 ft. An individual can ...
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Could there be a group of people with highly advanced technology?

Is it possible that a group of "elite" humans have highly advanced technology, but have kept it hidden? For example, is it possible that some people already had powerful computers and automobiles (...
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What changes to human society would be necessitated by a race with small size and the ability to fly?

I have a world where the magic system is based pretty much on the Ars Magica RPG and a technological level roughly equivalent to 17th century Earth. Co-existing (in the same geographical areas but ...
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How would a Dragon society, separated from a human society for 500 years, up until the modern day, have advanced differently?

Let me outline the current world at the moment: Its a modern society, with smart phones and jet planes, much past the medieval ages where humans warred with dragons. The fact that dragons were so ...
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How might a colony treat the arrival of a new generation ship?

Assumptions Space travel is hard. Interstellar travel takes a long time. Chances for a successful trip and colony becoming self-sustaining are not considered super high. Therefore, each colony will ...
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How to make rich have more children? [closed]

My country has a problem with concentration of wealth, rich people have few children and they tend to intermarry with other wealthy people. The wealth concentrates in less and less hands and soon we ...
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The world that was split in half

Imagine there is a planet, which is populated by two entirely different intelligent species (though they may have some very distant common ancestor), but they are isolated from each other by some ...
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Help/Advice With Making My Designated “Good” Faction Read As More Obviously Good, And Making My Designated “Evil” Faction Read As More Obviously Evil?

As always, important parts are in bold, other details are non-bold, for those who like or dislike longer/shorter. So, a couple of just intro disclaimers and whatnot: this is sort of a “black and gray ...
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Society on an Island World

This question is linked to the post: Climate on an Island world In that post I've laid out a world that is built entirely of island groups with varied climates and geography to avoid rampant storm ...
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What would an Earth-like binary system be like?

I've been interested in binary systems lately, and I was recently wondering what Earth would be like if it was in a binary orbit with another Earth-like planet. Both planets exhibit the following ...
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Can a Government remain communist if it takes on democratic ideals like the US government?

Communism is basically the control of everything by the state, to be dished out in equal proportions to the population. Following this logic, shouldn't it be possible, if not probable that a ...
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Effects of “tax your vote” political system

I know that there was question about political system based on your wealth. This is little variation of it: What if your amount of votes was waged according to what you pay to the system? Rules: If ...
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The cost of switching to electric cars?

I'm developing a world where all car manufacturers must switch to producing only electric cars like Tesla, Leaf. All the other cars (gas, hybrids, whatever) will be banned. Vehicles already produced ...
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How to explain magic-using kings

For my current world, I have a continent whose countries were brought together into a single, massive empire. After the death of the last emperor, the central imperial authority crumbled and the ...