Stack Exchange Network

Stack Exchange network consists of 174 Q&A communities including Stack Overflow, the largest, most trusted online community for developers to learn, share their knowledge, and build their careers.

Visit Stack Exchange

Questions tagged [society]

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

2
votes
5answers
121 views

What Motivates the Dead? [closed]

No brain eating zombies. I'm talking about something more akin to the afterlife. In the world of the dead, what would my motivations be? Assume a spiritual world where regular food is not required, ...
-2
votes
1answer
87 views

Prerogative of future world [closed]

It is a thousand years in the future. Humans brains are obsolete for thinking and are used only as a central control center for organ commands and heuristic processing (reactionary or first impulse ...
6
votes
6answers
2k views

Gods and Demons

Does anyone have any references to instances where gods have had sex with demons, with offspring resulting? In my novel, demons are not classified according to Judeo-Christian beliefs. Instead, they'...
-1
votes
4answers
107 views

Working your way up in a society [closed]

Many works of fiction are showing protagonist arriving in a new world with nothing but the clothes on his back, and quickly advancing to a remarkably high position. I am trying to understand what is ...
6
votes
9answers
272 views

The reason a cyclical world's lifespan diminishes over eons

I'm brainstorming ideas for a fantasy videogame and have been trying to list possible reasons why a fantasy world would have a lifespan diminish exponentially through countless cycles of death and ...
2
votes
0answers
162 views

After a war that killed a generation of men, what happens to that nation? [closed]

In my world a nation has lost every man between the ages of 18-40 to war. What possible impacts on society from such a loss of life would I need to consider?
31
votes
24answers
7k views

Why would a member of the lower class approve of his oppressors?

In a steampunk, class divided world, farmers are among the lowest people on the societal ladder. The establishment offer them very low wages for their labour and keep them where they are. Although ...
2
votes
3answers
425 views

How would the police investigate a supernatural event? [closed]

A police officer gets a call from a teenager that claims of having witnessed his friend getting killed by a werewolf. The officer look up in the archives of the department and realizes that this is ...
1
vote
3answers
154 views

Why would an intelligent dragon kidnap a princess or prince? [closed]

I am looking to write a part of my book were an intelligent dragon kidnaps the hero. So the question is: why would a benevolent and intelligent dragon kidnap someone?
1
vote
2answers
96 views

What would be the day-to-day ramifications of a post-encryption digitally-connected cyberpunk society? [closed]

If any encrypted data could be decoded within a day (or shorter, to the point of hours, given enough computing power and weak encryption), all wireless transmissions may be intercepted, and all copper/...
-1
votes
3answers
173 views

How many years must you have before you can become a bard? [closed]

The setting is a tribe on the edge of the Neolithic and agriculture. While this tribal group is not yet fully agricultural, there are others around who are. The 'tribe' is really a group of hundreds ...
28
votes
20answers
9k views

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. ...
-2
votes
3answers
208 views

Reasonable explanation of why Hogwarts students/teachers are massive smokers [closed]

I would like to design a satirical RPG (a parody, if you like it more) for my team in the Harry Potter world, where the vast majority of the students and teachers are very heavy (non-weed) smokers, ...
4
votes
8answers
2k views

How can I prevent a bloodline ability from being passed into competing clans?

The sharingan is an ability that is passed down the Uchiha family bloodline and grants several abilities to its user. It can copy the techniques of an opponent perfectly, allowing the user to steal ...
18
votes
9answers
4k views

How can a extremist group gain total political control of a medieval society?

The Dwarves, they mostly live within their mountains while a wealthy but small percentage of them own land on the surface. They are very isolationist preferring not to take sides when conflict arises ...
4
votes
1answer
220 views

How could genital dentata syndrome develop as a real condition among humans?

There exists in folklore from various cultures of a condition in which rows of teeth are present in the female genitalia. The purpose of these stories, like most folktales, was to serve as a morality ...
1
vote
0answers
81 views

Societal issues stemming from having two sentient species that can interbreed generating infertile offspring [closed]

Premise: Both races are humanoid, covered with fur, similar in intelligence, dexterity etc... Evolved in parallel to fill very similar environments, and split off the other (genetically) relatively ...
9
votes
6answers
1k views

Fantasy and the germ theory

When developing a medival fantasy realm, especially one with no known healing and restoration magic, one may need to develop the people's understanding of science and medicine. A unique example of ...
1
vote
1answer
160 views

What would force the “illuminati” to cull the world? [closed]

Premise This is an uncomfortable topic, perhaps even bordering on distasteful. That being said, the world I have in mind will not be complete unless I can settle on a threshold that the "illuminati" ...
0
votes
3answers
141 views

I want to be a hero: fire-proof [closed]

Something I love is creative use of simple superpowers, so I'd thought I ask a for help coming up with the foundations of a character I've been stuck on. Basically, their sole super power is an ...
7
votes
3answers
126 views

How can a coven of crones operate in anonymity?

There is a ritual that allows a mage to steal the soul of another person. This adds their mana to your own, making your magic more powerful. It also extends your lifespan and makes your physical form ...
21
votes
12answers
6k views

How could a goverment sell prisoners as slaves (without giving advantage to richs)?

Imagine a society (medieval, but that isn't very important here) that has approved slavery. You can trade, buy, sell and hire slaves at will in the market. Introduction Slaves are usually "harvested"...
-4
votes
2answers
186 views

“An Even Blacker Death”, This Time in the 21st Century [closed]

Long ago, I asked a question as to how the culture of Europe would be affected if, instead of one-quarter or half of medieval Europe's population got killed by the black death but two out of three or ...
9
votes
13answers
6k views

How to prevent regenerators from becoming slaves?

When some humans, humanoids and mythical creatures have an incredibly powerful magical regeneration it seems quite obvious that in times of need and growth some countries would try to capture them and ...
5
votes
1answer
160 views

A kingdom brainwashing its aristocracy but not its citizens [closed]

So just for a quick "historical" context. This is a continent where numerous races other than humans exist as does somewhat weak magic. In the medieval era the humans attempted to genocide/enslave ...
-1
votes
5answers
183 views

Why shouldn't a super powered population be segregated from the rest of society?

If they should be, why? This is one of the questions I have about my own world, where the premise is that 5% of mankind possess a power. Those that deal catastrophic damage are rare, where as the ...
-1
votes
1answer
110 views

Switch men and women' social position? [closed]

In my world, women always covered powerful roles since the beginning of the human species. They were warriors, politicians, leaders, and the head of a family. How should my world differ from ours to ...
6
votes
4answers
580 views

Is it feasible to have farmers live in a city and travel out to work on their plots?

Hello and thanks to everyone who answered my other question, it's been really enlightening reading them all (unfortunately as I posted as a guest it seems that account was lost to the void). I've been ...
-1
votes
1answer
95 views

How long would it take for rebooting current technology level on a parallel earth given almost perfect information of our past roadmap? [closed]

In the classical dystopian future scenario, imagine Earth is doomed but somehow an alien benefactor race offers us the possibility of transporting a set of humans to an almost perfect replicate of our ...
5
votes
12answers
2k views

How can a society ensure farmland is not concentrated in the hands of the wealthy?

Premise: A city-state existing in a 'Dark Age' following the collapse of an empire. Trade is minimal due to lack of trust and banditry. The city is led by a democratically elected Council and there is ...
8
votes
5answers
2k views

Rings as a monetary system

Can rings be used as a monetary system? are there any flaws? I took inspiration from Celtic ring money, ring made from different metals- the value of a ring dependent on the material its made out of. ...
19
votes
9answers
5k views

How can I test to find the continent's “best” young mages?

Some background The gods who have watched over us for so long are clearly angry. They've sent us this terrible trial in the form of a giant dungeon and told us if we can't complete it they'll wipe ...
5
votes
4answers
2k views

how can a society maintain its population if it considers maternal death rates a sign of weakness?

This human society is similar to the Drow in that their world is broken down into matriarchal houses. Each house has branch clans that support their own lineages, but pay homage to the main house. ...
0
votes
1answer
86 views

Would the nature of the marriage influence the rights of men? [closed]

It's a human-like race where women are bigger and stronger than men. For the most part, they are matriarchies. Roughly two types of marriages are predominant. In some societies, the man stays with his ...
-1
votes
2answers
82 views

how can I make communal societies develop technologically?

In early human history, we started out as a hunter - gatherer society. As time went on, we began developing tribes and fighting each other for territory and resources in order to survive the harsh ...
6
votes
3answers
196 views

How would an isolated world grow its population, then keep it stable?

The scenario In the scenario that I'm imagining, a small group of people (ideally 100 or less) travel to a parallel universe and begin a new society. The new planet that they land on has one land ...
5
votes
5answers
355 views

In a Society of Immortals, How Would Leadership Work?

This is sort of a vague question, and I do not have a specific setting in mind. However, if you had a society whose members were immortal, how would you ensure that the leadership was dynamic and ...
3
votes
3answers
115 views

How long would a location have to be quarantined to form a functional society?

Assuming disparate groups of people live within an indefinitely quarantined area, and initially have a vague notion of someday rejoining the rest of the world, how long would it take for people to ...
2
votes
1answer
103 views

How would a different society learn to use our technology

I'm a long time lurker and while browsing this site, I just got a question: If all of us humans are replaced with a different set of humans with a different script and language right now, how long ...
0
votes
2answers
152 views

Plausibility of this horrible cult [closed]

Central premise: A (nearly) all female cult of brainwashed women who are the consorts and children of a single male cult-leader--the Father. The Father possesses unusual longevity and remains fertile ...
10
votes
13answers
4k views

How are post apocalyptic police/paramilitary force funded?

Background World has had a disaster that has caused a global breakdown of society, along the lines of Fallout or The Walking Dead (90% of people have died or been turned into flesh-hungry zombies.) ...
3
votes
5answers
134 views

Why would genocide not hasten the apocalypse? [closed]

This is a follow up question to this link: Why would a deity not be made weaker as more souls are being born? When human beings die, their spirits go to the soul forge. This forge is at the center ...
0
votes
2answers
215 views

How to survive the collapse of civilization? [closed]

Say you're an immortal, who's seen civilizations rise and fall around your ears; and you've decided to ride the wave, the next time the barbarians are at the gates. You've had to keep your head down ...
-1
votes
2answers
131 views

How would corporations come to be more powerful than governments? [closed]

I am working on a short story set in a world where governments have been usurped and now has been replaced by mega corporations that span the Solar system. They have there own mini armies, colonies, ...
2
votes
1answer
93 views

What is a reasonable size for the elite of a dictatorial, neofeudalist superpower?

The Medwedian Democratic Federation is a dictatorship that occupies the northernmost part of Eurasia (roughly northern half of Russia) in an alternative world. Due to a better climate and slightly ...
7
votes
8answers
399 views

how can warlocks be prevented from taking over a coven?

Magic in this world is gender linked. Estrogen lets you focus and direct the power, while testosterone allows you to channel larger amounts. Shamanism is a field of study that calls upon the magic of ...
0
votes
4answers
270 views

The Greeks were right [closed]

So somehow, the world's scientists find solid evidence that the Hellenic Gods are the true gods. It's them and them alone. Think Zeus, Hera, Hestia, etc. This evidence is unquestionable. How would ...
0
votes
3answers
87 views

Animal motif for an organized horde of bandits? [closed]

There is supposed to be a bandit horde that is very well organized and terrorizes large parts of a province. It was thought that it had an animal motif, which is also its heraldic arms. Now that I'm ...
23
votes
9answers
7k views

Jobs in an AI controlled world [closed]

In a world fully controlled by an AI, humans have every basic need they may want. This includes housing and food, and also health related needs. Also humans do not give birth anymore, the process is ...
4
votes
0answers
63 views

What are ways to destroy a country's government/monarchy by using the underground/black market/illegal doings? [closed]

I'm creating a story in which the main characters want nothing more than the complete and absolute downfall of an entire country, starting from the top and its royalty all the way to the corruption of ...