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Designing fictional non-competitive games

I'm creating a story set in a peaceful society. The society is actually very strict about being peaceful, to the point where they don't even play games involving competition. But at the same time, ...
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Crime rates in a post-scarcity economy

A post-scarcity civilisation is one where the automatisation of production and a universal basic income system have made it impossible to suffer unwillingly from the lack of means to satisfy the ...
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How would a city styled like Venice be built with lava instead of water?

Imagine a Venice like city, but instead of water, it had lava/magma flowing through it. Would this be possible? Materials? Society changes?
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Subverting 'evil humanoid' (orcs, goblins, etc.) tropes

TLDR: What believable real-world consequences can there be for killing orcs, goblins, etc. when such acts are not illegal nor necessarily frowned upon by one's society? I am preparing a Dungeons and ...
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Would cultured meat (artificial) render animal slaughter illegal? [closed]

Cultured meat, also called synthetic meat, cell-cultured meat, clean meat, etc. is a reality. It seems that the only limitation so far is the mass production of it. This might be accomplished in the ...
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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 can an advanced civilization forget how to manufacture its technology?

My alien civilization is highly advanced. Their ancestors created wondrous things from medical devices that can cure nearly anything to warships that can defeat nearly any enemy. The problem is they ...
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How to keep mages from taking over the world?

In my world anyone can use magic with the proper training. There are two levels of magic users: The first level is apprentice (someone with 4 to 8 years of magic education). They can move people and ...
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Warrior caste in an utopian society: what would keep them peaceful for centuries?

There is an Earth-like planet with human-like inhabitants. After almost destroying the ecosystem with weapons of mass destruction, toxic waste and such, the civilization changed to survive and an ...
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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 ...
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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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Everything Joe says is true. How can he most help humanity?

Please note: This is not a duplicate of my previous question, and in fact has a quite different premise. Joe is just an average guy, aside from one passive superpower that Joe has had since he was a ...
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What is the best way for a skeleton to impersonate human without using magic?

The classic skeleton that a necromancer has reanimated has gained independence and escaped from the group. Now, as a free individual, wants to know more about humans. Obviously, humanity sees it as a ...
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How can I ensure my existing lifestyle stays the same if I'm immortal?

I'm immortal. Yes, I could give you the secret and also no I won't. Unless...that is...you help me solve a bit of a dilemma I'm facing. I recently found out that both my wife and I are immortal and ...
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How to avoid FTL as a plot device?

Many SF stories feature faster-than-light travel as essentially a trope: Roddenberry has stated☡ that the Enterprise travels at the speed of plot. As an allegory of the south seas, or some throw-away ...
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How could names plausibly change over several generations of humans living in a space station on another planet?

I'm worldbuilding for a story in which a certain portion of the population relocates to a slightly habitable planet due to the complete inhabitability of Earth. It takes place several generations ...
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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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Wrong Planet, What would an Aspergers' planet be like?

Being on the autism spectrum is often described as a feeling of being on "The Wrong Planet" So I'm wondering what the right planet might be like... For those that are unfamiliar: Social conventions ...
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How recently could a god be born? [closed]

Supposing you were creating religions in your world, and your world has advanced along a technological spectrum similar to Earth's. What is the latest point in history that a new god could be ...
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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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Half of living beings in the universe die: Does society survive? [closed]

Some purple person, somewhere, collected the Eternity Baubles, clicked their heels and suddenly, half of all living beings in the universe just go poof.1 The effect isn't restricted to sentient ...
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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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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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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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How would a society develop that has no sense of value or ownership?

I'm not asking about communism. The society I am thinking has no sense of value or wealth at all. To them there is no sense of ownership either. It's not that everyone shares, it's that ownership is a ...
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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 can I frame human sacrifice as an honor without marketing it to the disadvantaged?

All living things possess a form of spiritual energy called reishi. This energy is used by humans to fuel their magical spells, but is also necessary for life to continue. There is a ritual that ...
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Is it possible for a religion with >1 billion followers to die out?

The religion of Zensunnistianity has over a billion followers in the Alt-World that is otherwise identical to our Earth. Its precepts are similar to the major monotheistic religions from our world, ...
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How far away could two countries be to have a relationship in ancient times?

Nowadays distance between countries doesn't matter too much. One of the United State's worst enemies is on the other side of the world! There have been wars that are fought thousands of miles away ...
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Would wiping out all debt crash the economy?

I have an AI character who has determined through simulation that, though "greed or the lust for money is the root of all evil" is a valid statement, it does not necessarily logically follow that ...
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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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What society might survive the 3 generation rule

A not widely accepted psycho-social phenomenon but one our descendents might sometime face, the Three Generation Rule states: that the degree of social discipline needed for a space habitat to ...
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Creating Fictional Slavic Place Names

I have a very simple question regarding a small problem I cannot find a single satisfying answer to. I am trying to create a country with a prominent Slavic culture. In my story, an alien world has ...
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How can I make my deteriorating world's society accept that only 1% (fairly chosen by the government) can have better living conditions?

One very common idea in sci-fi stories is ships or 'dwellings' in outer space. It is impossible to create gravity just with a static platform, but one way you could emulate gravity in space is with ...
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In the year 2999, there are pills instead of food. What do commercials look like?

Year 2998. December 20. One thousand years ago, there was a big change in the world, called Euro, and most Europeans had a radical change in their daily lives (in year 2851, all the world agreed on ...
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How to Convince Humans to Allow a Machine Take-Over

In a lot of stories there are fights between man and machine; rogue AI that has decided humans are inferior in some respect and chooses to wipe them out. What if the only chance for any remnant of ...
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Prosecuting crime when the means used to commit it are far beyond current understanding

This is a rewrite of this question in an attempt to bring it back in topic and avoid the story based objections. Imagine a world like ours but where a temporary portal could be constructed between ...
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Is there a reason why similar or the same musical instruments would develop?

In a lot of fantasy world's the instruments used are the same or very similar to our own, the real reason why is obvious: the creators would have to create a music system from the down up which is ...
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What's the impact of a “cloning” teleporter?

Extending upon my prior question, could-a-viable-interstellar-civilization-form-with-this-technology. From what I've read there's two basic ideas which describe how teleportation might work: Destroy ...
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Everyone now has two bodies: what do you do?

An alien artwork carelessly flung out into space (most likely an Assiti Shard) strikes Earth, with the following effect: all live humans present on Earth at the time have their bodies duplicated. ...
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Could a civilisation exist as 'space-nomads'?

In a civilisation similar to humans (although not necessarily humanoid) living on a planet the size of Earth, could the whole civilisation (no limits on size, although I was thinking a few thousand at ...
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Why would magic users not try to take over kingdoms? [closed]

I am writing a fantasy story, set in a period that is, technologically, much like 15th century Europe. Warriors still ride horses, swords are used in combat, and the occasional plague often hits a ...
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Why are interstellar colonists lone rangers?

The time is The Future. Humanity is spreading throughout the stars, aided by the invention of Schwarzschild gates. The gates allow for FTL travel by tearing open wormholes in space. There are three ...
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How would people behave if society could vote to send people to a rubbish planet?

Let's say that due to some intricate societal laws and advanced technology, people were allowed to nominate someone for a "judgement". This person who is nominated, is usually someone who is terrible; ...
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How could a humanist civilization favor the selfless?

In a world based on secular humanism, the powerful strive for universal well-being and individuals prefer the long-term profit for all to the short-term profit for one. Because everyone is striving ...
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Would the members of an online imageboard (or any community) be able to build a post-apocalytic society upon their reputation?

Youtube, Vine, Twitter, Tumblr, 4chan, Reddit, Stack Overflow, heck, even Github or Slashdot...all these online, primarily social sites have been able to build up not only tremendous communities, but "...
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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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What city and town structures are important in a low fantasy medieval world?

I've been working on a procedural map generator that draws cities and towns on continents and islands and I've gotten to the point where I'd like to add lists of structures to the settlements. I know ...
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Everyday tasks on a space ship

There is a space ship, flying from planet to planet for multiple years. It is a science vessel, so, once they reach a planet, they do research. But what do they do if they are in transit between ...
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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 ...