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What would public opinion be on nukes if there were less than 100 in the world? [closed]

Right now I am writing a story within its own realm, sort of like Strangereal from Ace Combat, but with a total of 9 continents and 136 nations with technology and societal trends comparable to what ...
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What would international politics look like in a world where the supernatural is just apart of life? [closed]

This question assumes the world where religious miracles are common place and spirits visit the Earth. For more detail, see How to explain atheism in a world where religious miracles are commonplace ...
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How to stop overcrowding? [closed]

I'm trying to create a Coruscant type planet with massive cities. Any specific way to stop overcrowding? There's always long lines of traffic and millions of civilians walking all over the place. ...
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ABC with fluorescent hands' [closed]

Picture this: all of a sudden, at precisely 12:00 PM on February 29th, a magical condition immediately takes effect on all humans in this earth-like society. After this time strikes, any person under ...
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How would culture changed if we found a cure for loneliness? [closed]

After intensive research, we've found the genes responsible for loneliness and we created a cure. (BTW, there are scientific hints that it is possible[1][2]). This treatment basically removes all ...
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Mass human die off [duplicate]

If there was a mass human die off, let's say due to a super-flu pandemic, what would be the greatest danger to the survivors in regards to dealing with bodies? Typhoid? Any other secondary diseases? ...
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How would a person work his way to being a Kingpin of a city or country? [closed]

I am making a fantasy story where a guy who starts from the bottom eventually becomes top-dog of the entire area through his own efforts. Let's say a charming and highly intelligent modern person (a ...
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How would an economy and country operate without fiat money?

Imagine a country without fiat money. Everyone has a monthly allowance based on their job and position within their workplace. Imagine that a construction worker receives 100 currency points. With ...
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What if everyone has a gun, and you can shoot whoever you want, but you only ever get one bullet?

I'm trying to think of the ramifications of a hypothetical scenario: Everyone on earth, at the age of 18, gets a single-use gun. There are no other guns in the world except for the gun you are issued....
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How to keep soldiers from committing rape [closed]

Premise I have soldiers from all over the Earth doing their military deployment protecting fledgling human colonies on other planets from aliens. In a way, they're comparable to UN Peacekeepers, in ...
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Aborting Abrahamism [closed]

Let's imagine that some powerful evil eldritch abomination decided to hijack Roman Republic 45 BC, saving Caesar in the last moment and fashion itself as Mercurius (Hermes), who was sent by Olympus as ...
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Would a Matriarchal Society Be Likely to Practice Toplessness? [closed]

Having read the Wikipedia article about toplessness, seem like many egalitarian societies practiced toplessness until they were influenced by the Europeans. So, would it be correct to assume that a ...
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How would an evil and malevolent god gather followers? [duplicate]

I am a Malevolent and deceitful god. My cruelty and treachery is well known throughout the world. These true stories about me are spread by my nemesis, the god of love, kindness and truth. Worship of ...
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If only true love awakens magical power: How do i train mages in modern times? [closed]

A long time ago magic was common in humans. Our ancestors used that power to hunt mammoths using the most humble magic, Super strength. The key to magic was the True love between two sentient beings ...
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What would an infinite energy source actually unlock for our society? [closed]

Imagine some alien race anonymously "gave" us a Dyson sphere/swarm, and the means to channel the energy, in a way that means free electricity for anybody. What would actually change? It seems like a ...
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Name for lunar-affected magical folk [closed]

In a world where people are magically affected by the sun and moon being in opposition, what do you call that in the broadest sense? You have common werewolves, —bears, —sealions, and the occasional ...
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Could sexual abstinence destroy our society? [closed]

Lets say 50% of human males or females decided to reject human sexual relationships and avoided reproducing. I'm very interested about this set-up in our modern world, could the MGTOW movement or ...
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What would be the effects on the courts if Jury Nullification becomes common? [closed]

Jury nullification occurs when a jury returns a verdict of "Not Guilty" despite its belief that the defendant is guilty of the violation charged. The jury in effect nullifies a law that it ...
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Ideal time in human history for reveal of Demi-Humans and the Conditions for their coexistence

In this world, demi-humans (not just elves or orcs, but also other races like lamias, centaurs, minotaurs, driders, lizardman, alraune, vampires, etc.) have always existed but they did not start ...
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Turns out spider man is real. How long until people accept it? [closed]

So Spider Man shows up a solves a petty crime. He starts doing this once a week. Although he avoids law enforcement (since he is technically a vigilante, which is illegal), he otherwise doesn't try to ...
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Using hypersleep to offset time dilation? [closed]

Say you need to go on a business trip where you'll be traveling .5c for one year to get to where you're going, do what you need to do for a few weeks then head back - you'd come back to find everyone ...
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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 ...
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Create local money backed by gold, and spent all gold secrectly, can the money keep its value? [closed]

Consider the scenarios, X is a colony of the Empire. People fight back and they establish the resistance government. The newly-founded resistance government creates its own money for their people. ...
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How would politics and culture be affected if “in the same country” means “within 300 km of each other”? [closed]

I was thinking a world in which there are no national borders between countries and no distinct countries but any two locations that are within 300km of each other are in the same country but any two ...
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The all knowing, the magnificent [closed]

It's modern times. A geeky university dropout makes some website (later mobile app, later device) that provides some features for everyone for free. The website is immensely popular and becomes a ...
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What would be good reasons that prevent mages from making it into government? [duplicate]

I have a world where the mages are strong enough to defeat great demons, and can use their power to build anything from toothpicks to elaborate weapons. I understand that with all that power they ...
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What would happen if every country forgot about the existence of other countries? [closed]

Like in the title said: What would happen if every country forgot about the existence of other countries and there is a huge force field of every border of country till space. The force field is 92....
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Societal effects of succubi invasion? [closed]

A year from now an ancient cult opens a portal to another reality with the hope that demons invade the earth, but instead they summon 2 billion playful succubi. They are harmless when in a good mood, ...
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What interaction is possible for multiple species of human like intelligence that live on the same planet? [duplicate]

I would like to know if possible, however I do not want to know how it would happen but what it would create and how stable that co-existence would be. I would like to know not how it would happen as ...
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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 ...
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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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If one nekomimi became intelligent while others were not, could they free their species? [closed]

One day, Bob the everyman wakes up in the morning and goes down to feed his 3 cats, only to find that they have transformed into cat-like people. Essentially they have cat ears and tails, and their ...
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How would people react if hundreds of gods appeared in new york [closed]

Tomorrow out of nowhere hundreds of naked humans appear in New York, they immediately announce themselves to whoever they encounter claiming to be various gods from human mythologies and religions. ...
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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 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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Can we make a Dividual with current technologies? [closed]

A Dividual is a copy of a personality surviving in more than one body. Obviously, the availability of more futuristic tech (like the neural lace) would make it way more belivable. What I'm ...
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A world where people have suddenly lost the ability to count [closed]

I'm trying to construct a world where people can only distinguish between three concepts of numeracy - nothing (0), something (1) and everything (2 to infinite). How will this affect the world, when ...
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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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How would the world change if cryptocurrencies supersede all conventional bank businesses? [closed]

What would happen if cryptocurrencies supersede all the current money businesses? Will economy create a different system to get stabilized anyhow? My current approach: Due to a lack of financial ...
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Reference for a dictatorship that split and inprison the society in small groups like familys, or small villages [closed]

Is there any author that made a dictatorship by compartimenting, either by magic or advanced technology, the society under his control in small groups, so that it made difficult the interaction ...
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Urban exploration - abandoned buildings [closed]

Hi I have been watching a lot of clips of urban explorers in abandoned buildings. So many perfectly sound houses have been walked out of and never returned to. There is evidence of families ...
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All disease and sickness suddenly cured in humanity, what happens next? [closed]

It’s 2018 and a powerful magic is used to warp reality. Every living human suffering from any disease or sickness is suddenly cured as if it never existed (down to a genetic level). However, this is ...
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What sort of weapons would a race of lizardmen use? [closed]

(This is in a medieval fantasy setting) Let me describe the creatures for you. There are a warm-blooded species of semi-humanoid dragon-like creatures. They have the traditional draconic features, ...
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What are the situations where chaos and randomness is necessary evil in the society? [closed]

Often chaos and randomness are seen as the harbinger of life and contribute towards the development of wide varieties of life forms. My question is what are the different situations where chaos and ...
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This could be the nickname for a nuclear family of females? [closed]

In omegaverse we can have a nuclear family formed by an Alfa Female and a Beta or Omega Female whose kids will be all females. I get the inspiration to call this kind of family "Doll house", but ...
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When all extroverts are gone [closed]

Mr. Hennahito has been living his life as an introverted person. He is happy with that, yet the environment he is living in is an extrovert biased one, and thus he was bullied for being "different". ...
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How would society react to a virus that makes you ugly? [closed]

In 2017, a mad scientist (let's call him Brad) creates a chimera virus. This virus is not lethal. It was designed by Brad to deteriorate and darken the skin and trigger the loss of 100% of body hair. ...
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Societies are built on PR stints and propaganda. Why are people okay with this? [closed]

Every time I read, I find out that more and more 'truths', 'traditions', 'common knowledge', etc. were fabricated by some PR person in the not too distant past. People are okay with this though, and ...
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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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What would be the right Cultural Name of People that Identify being from a Federation [closed]

In my sci-fi book there is a faction that is a Federation (so original right). So a bunch of Colonial Sectors joined together under a federal government to fight against a much more powerful faction. ...