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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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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 ...
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Why are cambions unable to reproduce amongst each other?

There is an ancient, satanical practice that is performed in this society called the sabbatical. This ritual takes the form of a festival, in which witches get together and discuss recent events, ...
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Is a Utopia worth it? [closed]

In a far away future, when/where technology has erased scarcity, competition and poverty, what purpose does civilisation still have? Suppose a civilisation reaches a level at which it can harvest ...
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Problems with a Distributed Government System [closed]

Inspired by this question, wherein the cultural effects of having the lowest possible privacy are discussed to lead into a more honest but less stable world, I'd like to ask if this solution that I ...
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Why can't mana-vampires use artificial wombs to grow humans to feed off of?

Dark elves, a vampire-like species, exist on a plane known as the fae-realm and must feed on other creatures to survive. Their souls are constantly being drained of mana by their deity, who ironically ...
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Defensive options for a 500km gap with steam trains and fireball mages?

World: The world is 1/4th the diameter of Earth, and there are 2 continents + the poles, like our poles. Esia, 25% of the size of real-life Asia, and Aurope, 25% of the size of real-life Europe. Their ...
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What could possibly replace beer?

What is the malted liquor, what makes you drunker quicker what comes in bottles or in cans? BEER! In addition to being delicious, beer is ubiquitous. There is evidence of beer ...
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How to provide health care in a rugged, vast and low populated country?

Background In a far flung land, there exists the country of Coldesia. It is large, around the size of the US state of Alaska. Most of the country is covered with either barren mountain ranges or ...
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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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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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What profession would a person with super-immunity benefit have advantages in?

In my fictional world, we have our John Doe (main character), an ordinary man who happens to be given a drug in the initial stage of testing that gives the user super-human immunity to biological ...
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Societal Structure of Sapient Herd Animals

So, bit of an unusual question, but here goes... As I've read on other questions on the site, a creature gaining sapience would not automatically translate to a society equal to ours, and I believe ...
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How can a change to the male refractory period affect the hierarchial structure of the family? [closed]

In this world, the cost of reproduction for males is higher due to the refractory period being much longer. After ejaculations occurs, the testes must take time to produce sperm once again. This can ...
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What event would cause a huge, dominant nation to adopt the language of a smaller, inferior one?

Inspired by this question. I was thinking about the constructed language I'm building and a group of countries in the history of my world, and ended up wanting to ask this question. Please do take the ...
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Who watches the watchmen?

Background I have a highly industrialized country that is rapidly economically growing, all the while expanding its territory (think along the lines of the USA's territorial expansion between 1820 - ...
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What if the world was basically reset but people still remembered things? [closed]

In my story, the world has come to a point where technology has advanced a bit farther than what we have now but the ecosystem is in a terrible state. With the aid of magic, one of the characters ...
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If all humans >1 years old disappeared, would the rest reboot society?

Would the babies between 0-1 who survive learn languages from videos, learn to read and write, find books, copies of wikipedia etc. and reboot society?
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Who gets to sleep in the palace?

Background I am Priam of Troy. No, not that Priam, he's great-great-grand descendant. I am the king of Troy from sometime between 2500 and 2350 BC--depending on what chronology you favor--what your ...
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Biological bonding mechanism

I've been toying with the idea of a society with alternative forms of families or social structures. In one individuals of coming of age (socially imposed) or due to a biological necessity (...
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How can I use my dominance of the software industry to get my customers to worship an eldritch abomination that they don't believe in?

The world is going to hell. Global warming, overpopulation, economic crises and other such issues plague humanity. The only logical solution is to summon Hastur, The King in Yellow, an elder god from ...
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Is it possible for non-mainstream science to be more successful than mainstream science and still being ignored? [closed]

Suppose there is a society where there is a majority consensus on certain principles within science. On laws and mechanisms. However, suppose that minority actually does alternative science that ...
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How to cut off a (unaware and unwilling) city (not an island city) from the rest of the world for a short period of time? (about 12 hours)

How could a group, very possibly militarized, cut off a small-medium sized city from the rest of the world for an overnight period? This includes outside responses like police, national guard, so on ...
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Every murderer and rapist in the world vanished without a trace. How many people is that? [closed]

In a worldwide catastrophe, every single murderer and rapist just vanished from the world at the same time. Nothing left behind, either dust, clothes, or whatever they were carrying at the moment. ...
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What might the political climate in the United States look like in twenty or thirty years? [closed]

I wrote a speculative science fiction novel in 2014, and last week I met a copy editor who suggested that I do some digging to find out how the society in which my character would be integrated would ...
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How high can maternal death rates be without adversely affecting humanity?

I am an elder god beyond time and space who mortals refer to as Shub-Niggurath. I have decided to travel to the middle ages of earth to design an experiment on the human race by opening a breach ...
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How could males be essential to a gender-specific magic system?

In this world, witchcraft is practiced openly and is respected. It exists in three forms: ritual and arcane. Ritual magic involves using the mana of the world and directing it in a way to suit you (...
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Could the power of PR disaster keep the military from creating a robot with an onboard AI

If I want humans to fight alongside robots, I have to take care of the competition first. According to the lore of my world, only 58 robots were ever created with an onboard artificial intelligence. ...
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What would society be like if sex couldn't be told apart until puberty?

Gender roles have been historically assigned at birth. As soon as parents establish the sex of their children, they are molded into certain social categories. But what if humans didn't display sexual ...
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Gods are dogs, but why? [closed]

It’s obvious, really: “God” and “dog” are just two sides of the same coin. Literally any pantheon, deity, or divine force that’s ever existed - yep, they’re all dogs somewhere. But why? What reason ...
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How can a sorceress reincarnate without drawing attention to herself? [closed]

A witch has discovered a kind of immortality that is granted with the use of a dark and ancient ritual. By using this spell on herself, she can continuously reincarnate through her own bloodline by ...
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What is the cost of being a social animal? [closed]

Human beings are the ultimate social animals, what cost comes along with that? How does sociability expose us to vulnerability? The fabric of today’s society is held together by social association. ...
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All hail the sun disk! How to maximize ancient Egypt's acceptance of Ahkenaten's religion?

Premise Ahkenaten was a bit of a heretical pharaoh in ancient Egypt. While it was customary at the time for the pharaoh to choose a god to be associated with, Ahkenaten went further and proclaimed ...
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A world without creativity; how well would it fare? [duplicate]

A lot of people have world-built (no pun intended) fictional countries, etc, that are based on the fact that creativity deserves to die; in other words, if you get caught doing creative stuff (like ...
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How can prostitution be made acceptable in a religiously conservative society?

The dominant faith in this world is religiously conservative and believes that the only legitimate form of sexual intimacy is between husband and wife, and that homosexuality and extra marital affairs ...
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How could embryonic diapause have naturally developed in humans?

embryonic diapause is a reproductive strategy that is used by a number of mammals. In embryonic diapause, the embryo  does not immediately implant in the uterus after sexual reproduction has created ...