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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 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"...
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“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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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.) ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Consequences to the region near single battle front

Scenario Medieval technology and warfare. There's a war between two sides of a continent. Said Continent has a large mountain range crossing the whole land. At the north, there's and opening to this ...
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Why would boarding school be mandatory?

In a society where everyone receives equal education regardless of who they are, why would they all have to go to a boarding school, rather than a public school? This is at no extra cost to the ...
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How would it look like when the Human Empire and the Monster Empire are forced to work together, but it is still peace? [closed]

So I have generic fantasy Human Empire, relatively Good folks, but mostly Orderly. Racially mostly homogeneous, some elves and dwarves are present, but 99% humans. And there is the Monster Empire, ...
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Citizenship removed and deported to desolate Island, viable alternative for prison?

I have a world in which several countries use, as an alternative to rotting prison for the rest of your life, the deprivation of citizenship from one's home country and deportation to a desolate ...
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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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What mandates travel in an interstellar society?

A while ago this question on medieval travel was asked. I looked at it again today and it got me thinking about situations that would mandate travel in other settings, in particular what would force ...
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How can a nation of amazons avoid being invaded by their neighbors?

There is a large island populated entirely by women. Men are not allowed on the island and are killed or taken prisoner if they attempt to land. These females train to be warriors from the day they ...
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why would a priesthood only accept young children into its ranks?

This is a follow up to this question: Why would a priesthood of a world religion worship a different god from their followers? This organization is the only official religious order in this setting. ...
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What are some alternatives to magic and technology? [closed]

It seems most worlds are run by either magic or technology. Sometimes it is both. But usually they are opposites. One may be the yin to the yang. Entire societies are usually based off of one or the ...
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How can I use magic to connect a series of pyramids thousands of miles apart?

This setting takes place in a time equivalent to the ancient world. My kingdom needs an unlimited energy source that doesn't run out and cheap to manufacture. To do this, I have captured a Golden ...
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World with 2 billion people [closed]

How much would fertility rate need to drop for the world to stabilise at 2 billion people in 200 years time? Would the world with this amount of people be vastly more peaceful and prosperous?
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historical examples of alternative typeset representations

In a scenario where scientists decipher a Math book of an alien culture, the last thing to expect is equations presented the way we know them.The way we write mathematical equations, is mostly taken ...
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Under what circumstances can law enacted via procedures of dubious legal validity survive?

There is a kingdom. During its history, the kingdom was ruled by many different regimes: absolute monarchy, constitutional monarchy, republicanism, tyrannical rule of usurpers, periods of anarchy, ...
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What would humanoid hermaphrodite family units look like? [closed]

My elves are hermaphrodites, but they need another partner to actually reproduce. Their pregnancies last for about two years, and pregnancy is very physically tolling. They usually give birth to one ...
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Why don't Vulcans just take the pills?

I am well aware that this question is on the border between the Worldbuilding and the Sci-Fi site. I decided to post it here, because I am seeking for a general society/worldbuilding answer and "...
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What is the earliest point in history that Big Brother could exist?

In the modern world, the technology to monitor your every movement and action is imminently feasible. No one doubts the ability of an omni-government to monitor people; hence GDPR. But Orwell ...
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Society of Sapient Elephants [closed]

So, having gotten some feedback to an earlier question I had regarding the societal structure of herd animals, I realised the preceding question was somewhat too broad, so I've decided to make things ...
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Do hunter-gatherers move or stay put in the winter?

A hunter-gatherer society exists in lands similar to that of Bavaria. There is plentiful game in the forests and glades, and there are many rivers with edible aquatic life. Smaller rivers can freeze ...
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How can a polyandrous society maintain its stability over the long term?

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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What would a city that houses humanoids, centaurs, and merfolk look like?

In the world I'm currently working on, there are several species of sentient creatures: humans, elves, dwarves, merfolk, centaurs, and avians (winged humanoids). I need to figure out how I could have ...
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How can isolated matrilineal societies avoid loss of genetic variation?

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 it's ancestry is based on matrilineal lines. Due to ...