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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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Third World Countries societies created and populated only by young people

Related, and in continuation to How would societies be if created and populated only by young people? In the previous question I asked about society as it would exist in western/first world countries ...
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What would be the cultural implications of landmasses floating in the air? [closed]

Here's the question: What do you believe would be the social and cultural implications in a world that has floating landmasses (floating as in "floating in the air")? These "islands" float much like ...
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Coming up with controversial topics for a fantasy political system?

I'm writing about a human community (all immigrants or descendants of) in what is basically an elfin city. The main political question facing the community is isolation versus assimilation, but I ...
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Will politics be able to update with the future technology?

Technology is going to bring drastic changes to society. Modern politics needs serious rethinking in order to keep up with the evolving technology. In the future we will have enormous social injustice ...
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How would societies be if created and populated only by young people?

I’m writing a post-apocalyptic RPG, but I have a problem when dealing with the reconstruction of the society. The apocalypse left alive only the young people up to 21 years of age. Even though the ...
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What would be an execution method in a culture glorifying strength, power and fire?

I'm currently inventing a culture based on strength and power. They believe there's a fire in everybody that gives them life and power. They glorify warriors and strength. The culture lives in an ...
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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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Global effects of a “free” energy device

Suppose I have a "free energy" device of the following characteristics: Cheap, Materials Easily Accessible Basic wire (coils) and electronics components in an unintuitive configuration Solid State ...
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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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What would be some realistic social reactions to a shapeshifter?

I'm working on a story where the main character gains the abilities of a shapeshifter. In this case, defined as a human who can become any non-human animal, indistinguishable from the real thing, and ...
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What factors need to be taken into consideration for a self-sufficient refugee camp

I have been pondering on this for quite a while. With all the recent developments in the world, more and more people are driven from their homes and have to rely for a prolonged period of time on aid. ...
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Modern Society… Without the Americas?

Supposing explorers from Europe either never sailed to the Americas, or were all killed off and never seen again, could the world resemble the way it is today? A couple things that may have been ...
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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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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 many chickens would it take to overthrow a farmer? [closed]

Hopefully this is the right place to ask this question. I'm looking for intelligent, logical answers, and will accept from any viewpoints (e.g. farming, political). Take any factors into account and ...
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How to create a world where birth defects are common and where women are still treated equal to men?

I have a world I'm working on designed to be the setting for an eastern-style RPG. In the past, magic was used until the mana fueling it ran out and everything people depend on failed. At about the ...
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Traffic in Space (a traffic controller for low earth orbit)

In a future where space travel is common, how would access to space be regulated? From what I know, currently the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) assigns slots for geostationary ...
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Communication with a big insect

Plausibility check of the whole "insect race". As background, I want some poor astronauts to "crash" (safely land, but because they had no other option, possibly some engine malfunction) and meet with ...
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What would be the societal effect of a higher technology planet visit a lower technology one?

Say an alien species with the capabilities of space travel were to visit a planet like Earth. (or vice-versa) Given that the "invasion" is so big that any government or army would be able to cover it ...
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When the shoulders of giants isn't enough? [closed]

If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. This fine quote describes how technological advancement happens as successive generations build upon the accomplishments of the ...
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Culture shock… Alien Social Activities

As discussed in this question certain social activities such as eating could be hard to support between alien species with very different dietary requirements and eating customs. What social ...
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What is a reasonable amount of population growth for 900 years?

Starting with about 500 humans and allowing for 900 years to pass, about how many people would there be at the end? (Just asking for a rough estimate, maybe a range.) Assuming: People are generally ...
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Maggots at a party… How would alien races dine together?

Communal dining of some form is a custom amongst virtually every human society. Whether inviting friends around for a meal or going on a date together social eating is a common way of tying ...
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In what ways humans could adapt to communicate if there was no languages at all? [closed]

Assuming language is a barrier when it comes to socializing. How would people socialize? How would they be mean to each other? How would they sound at all? When I say language, I mean the code, ...
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Could a utopian society exist with no system of exchange?

Let's set the scene: A virus or other global disaster sweeps across the globe wiping all but a group of 1,000,000 or so survivors. Our current technological level is still maintained. For the sake of ...
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Is empathy a requirement for civilisation?

There have been a few races in science fiction (e.g. The Dwellers: from Iain M. Bank's The Algebraist) that have no concept of empathy. They do not care about the fate of others in any real way, the ...
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How would a Martian colony be able to celebrate Christmas?

Accept that we had a reason to go to Mars, managed to build a colony there, and what we found on Mars is valuable enough to ship back to Earth. There is now a self sustainable colony living under the ...
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Police Investigations in Fantasy World with Medieval Technology?

I'm trying to write a murder mystery in a fantasy setting without much technology - certainly no DNA or fingerprint evidence - but I've realized that I have no idea how they would go about solving the ...
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If an invading army from an unknown land was defeated after inflicting major damage, what would happen to the surviving invaders? [closed]

A horde from parts unknown arrives on a continent, burns their ships, and starts taking over land. The Horde managed to conquer over half the continent and they burned down many major cities. They ...
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Would a war between superhoeroes last longer than a war between humans? [closed]

My planet's features, such as mountains, plains, and rivers were formed because the Tolks, people with superhero-like qualities, used it as a battlefield. They have offensive and defensive abilities ...
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What are the social implications of discovering a formula for immortality?

Here is a hypothetical, but not entirely plausible, scenario: An organization or company (likely pharmaceutical) discovers the formula to develop a drug that stops aging (the human body's cells are ...
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What would the real Miss Universe pageant be like?

Let us say that the humans, with our era of technology plus 5 to 10 years, are contacted by an intergalactic alien union. They want us to join them, and we gladly do. As it is common when several ...
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Why would robots move us around if we don't want to go anywhere?

I'm imagining a world where every human spends their entire life in a confined space that just barely fits the human and provides the with everything they need. Essentially, it's like wall-e taken to ...
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Sociology of Inter-Species Romance

Assuming a society in which -- for whatever reason -- there exist multiple sapient/sentient species. They are significantly different enough to completely preclude procreation. Inter-species relations ...
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Does the change of dynasty make a country weaker or stronger in the long run?

When we look at our own history and particularly in China, there were a lot of dynastic changes. Almost all of these changes came with destruction and the death of many people. War also disrupts trade,...
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What would be the effect of instant communication which is limited to certain individuals, in an otherwise medieval-Europe-level world?

What if my world had instant communication via some magical means, such as a scrying device that allows two wizards on the opposite side of the world to hold a conversation? The technology level is ...
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What needs to be considered when creating a world in which magic has evolved along with technology? [closed]

I'm trying to design a world in which (for the storyline) magic has evolved along with technology (ideally at a somewhat equal rate if this sounds coherent but I'm flexible) until the world has ...
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Transitioning Away from Dynastic Rule

I have a country which, prior to the events of the story, had been ruled by a monarchic dynasty for a good 200-300 years. This dynasty was ended by violent upheaval. The reign of the monarch who ...
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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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Background for hi-tech in low tech

For some time, I have been playing around with the idea of a medieval-like world, but with the twist: Some sci-fi tools exist and are fully operational. But I cannot come up with good and plausible ...
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What would change with transmission of knowledge and ability through touch?

The concept of a "spark" is our shorthand for an idea describing some neural nets in your body (well loosely anyway), its a catch-all for anything that can be an electrical response. Some of the ...
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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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What would it take to build a bridge that crosses North Atlantic Ocean from Canada to Spain?

I had this idea the other day just for the heck of debating about if it would be feasible to build a bridge that crosses North Atlantic Ocean from Canada to Spain. I mean from St-John's (Newfoundland,...
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How would law enforcement be different if we could talk to the dead?

There are many application of being able to communicate with the dead but in the interests of scoping I'm interested in law enforcement and sentencing. The method would be scientifically proven ...
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Could a government control its people using frequencies?

Setting: Earth, in the future, near 2060 or 2100 Technology: a bit more advanced than ours Armies and police forces are already using systems for crowd control. Some devices can generate discomfort ...
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Could the Roman Empire have survived if it existed alongside an advanced feudal state? [closed]

There are two ways of looking at history of humankind: In one, most of the changes taken through the history are from less advanced to more advanced societies. In another, there are many random ...
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World of Methuselahs

Suppose that, after puberty, human beings aged about 15 times more slowly than in our world. Some would still die young (by their standards) due to diseases, wars, accidents, etc., but it would be ...
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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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What should three men and three women do if everyone else is dead?

Recently, I asked what could kill all humans except for those in low orbit. Out of the answers that popped up (which included the Ragnarök), I picked a plague as being the most desirable for my ...
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What might today's society look like without (addictive) social media?

What characteristics of society/culture might change if we would not have developed social media? or, if we had developed it, but it was somehow not as addictive as it is... Would this generation's ...