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What if Commodore Perry never gained access to Japan? [closed]

What if, in an alternate timeline, Commodore Matthew Perry never gained access to Japan and sakoku continued? How would WWII unfold? What would be the global impact?
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Is religion stronger than immortality? [closed]

There are immortal beings, of roughly the same intelligence of humans,but being immortal allows them to have more time to learn than us. -biologically immortal which means not aging but still being ...
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Regime instability of a government [closed]

Why would it be in the interest of the elites of certain country, which is an oligarchy or some form of an authoritarian regime to transition to democracy?
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If a civilisation is built on the back of a moving body, what is a day like? [closed]

What this question is asking is that if there were a group of people living on the back of a something that itself moves, how is the passage of time measured for days, weeks and seasons as these ...
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Sovereign State of Zombie-Apocalypse [closed]

The Earth is now suffering Zombie Apocalypse. But not as serious as World War Z, or Left 4 Dead situation. Some countries have collapsed, but first world countries of America, Europe, and Eastern Asia ...
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How would world looks like if indians doesn't exist at all? [closed]

Indians invented zero, fibre optics & lot of things etc. some Indian scientist Jagadish Chandra Bose said plants have feelings etc which leads to wireless technology etc., so How would world ...
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How to show the world your country [closed]

In my story, I need to make a country (don't need U.N. approval, just significant power related to a weak country) with 1,000 or less people, lead by a hypnotist (just accept this, I know it is ...
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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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How could someone dismantle Mother's Day in the United States? [closed]

Anna Jarvis was the founder of Mother's Day in the United States. Ironically, she spent the rest of her life trying to dismantle it because she felt it was too commercialized. Her efforts failed, so ...
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What would happen if about 1/6 the world population disappeared? [closed]

I’m writing a story where about 1/6 of the world population is moved out of the world (essentially killed off). The ones killed mostly held positions of power (i.e. Politicians, doctors, lawyers, CEOs,...
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How feasible is this human subspecies: Skydancers [closed]

I aim to create more of these posts in the future to experiment with the feasibility of my other species but right now I am testing out these boys. Context: A magical event has led to people with ...
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How would react a medieval magic world to the arrival of an Interstellar colony? [closed]

Edit (I rephrase the question a bit to try to not made it opinion based) A space colony comes to a planet who is pretty similar to how fantasy's worlds tend to be represented. The space colony is 44%...
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Prerogative of future world [closed]

It is a thousand years in the future. Humans brains are obsolete for thinking and are used only as a central control center for organ commands and heuristic processing (reactionary or first impulse ...
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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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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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Galactic Civilizations of Space Age Animals [closed]

I'm writing a story in which a bored god comes across the Milky Way and decides to create a space civilization to 'bring peace' to the chaos between the already existing space civilizations that exist....
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When worldbuilding, which aspect do you start with? [closed]

I personally started with the Pantheon of the Gods and Goddesses. That way, I can explain my world.
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Similarities between alien life and earthen life? [closed]

What may some similarities between alien life and earthen life be? Also, how would that change humans perceptions on alien life.
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OP Character That takes the Ideal of God & spits on it [closed]

So, I have a character that goes by the name of Mod. He is part of a group of 'Adept' beings that exist beyond the universe. He takes the Ideology of there being 'Gods' and spits on it by, in a ...
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Would sleep deprivation be an effective way of mass execution?

My army of kobolds (Small, bunny-like rapidly-breeding carnivorous creatures) captured an army of 100,000 human soldiers. The prisoners were transported to my massive underground prisons. My kobolds ...
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Student hating each student without hating too much?

So in my world, I have a university called The Institution. It is one of the best university in its era and graduation from it is considered as a guaranteed success in their future. The university ...
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What practices can a future human society employ to ensure that the number of “men of virtue” can increase over time? [closed]

The question is inspired by a couple of quotes by Confucius: The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort. The virtuous man is driven by responsibility, the non-...
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How society would evolve if supermarkets were disappearing tomorrow? [closed]

If tomorrow hyper/supermarket physically disappear : the walls and merchandise in it. Not shopkeeper or merchant. A supermarket is a store with a sales area of 400 square meters or more and selling ...
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Super-generic Fantasy World: The problem with Murder Hobos [closed]

Murder Hobo is a pejorative and very descriptive term. It refers to the player types or a band of those player types, who are basically homeless serial killers, responsible for ruining the currency of ...
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The end of torture? (Due to Omnipotence or International Legislation…) [closed]

How would a society have progressed from having torture to having it disappear from society the change being due to some omnipotent being or some kind of international legislation? The disappearance ...
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If the earth is sentient and can communicate with humans, shouldn't humans in general have more respect for its well-being? [closed]

Someday in the far future, when creatures are born from sentience modules that can be easily embedded into other living, non-sentient, or even non-living objects, humans became capable of ...
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Human reaction to this type of reproduction [closed]

So humans and these aliens will be interacting in this story and reproduction will be one of the clashing differences they have, so my question is how would western human society react to this form of ...
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What if the internet was founded only for the rich and high class people? [closed]

What if the internet were only for the rich and high class people? would we still live in an anarchy? Would the rich be much smarter and developed than the poor people? How would our society look? ...
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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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Solution for sacrifice dependent society

In my fantasy world, a society depends greatly on the practice of ritualistic sacrifice on large scales. This is because of the world's magic system, that allows the wielders to insert a piece of the "...
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Oligarchy as a form of government

Can a country with an oligarchy as an offical form of government be successful and have prosperous citizens?
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How to prevent counterfeit donuts in a doughnut currency society?

A crazy politician (named Tronald Dump) is elected as leader of a country. Being crazy, he changes to the national currency to be donuts with the following conversion: Doughnut Hole = 1d Glazed ...
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The sexy zombie outbreak [closed]

Tomorrow hordes of zombies will invade the streets around the world caused by an airborne fungus. The disease is incurable and the symptoms are similar to rabies. These zombies try to infect and ...
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To what extent would the world change if penis sizes of every single male became publicly known to everyone? [closed]

Extracted from here To what extent would the world change if penis sizes of every single male on earth became publicly known to everyone? Penis sizes of world leaders, celebrities, sports stars, ...
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If Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump switched places, who would be happier? [closed]

Followup question: if Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump switched bodies who would be happier? Edit: I am trying to write a short story.
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Gold Standard with unlimited gold - short term consequences? [closed]

Modern times. Modern world. In my story it's possible for several countries (let's say USA and Russia) to basically get gold out of nothing (their prime cost to do so is <1% of current market ...
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How to structure society after my inevitable evil takeover? [closed]

Okay, imagine I'm your average megalomaniacal evil overlord. After a brief but spirited scuffle with local heroes, I've managed to employ an army of coal-fed death robots to seize control of the ...
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New laws for clone marriage? [closed]

After the evil Cynndor aliens destroyed our ability to naturally reproduce, scientists perfected cloning techniques. But for some scientific reason, you can only reproduce with a clone of yourself of ...
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What would determine the most powerful superpower? [closed]

I should probably start with this to get a few answers I know are coming my way right out of the equation altogether: No, this isn't the age-old question of "If you could have superpowers...?" but ...
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Times Square glitched out [closed]

The Situation: In Times Square, hundreds of thousands of people are milling around. Everyone was moving past the newly installed high-def screens during a "Good Morning America" broadcast. Meanwhile, ...
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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 different human society and behaviour would be if the talion law was imposed by a benevolent goddess since the creation of mankind? [closed]

In another universe and another dimension, humanity is created by an omnipotent and benevolent goddess. The planet in which these humans inhabit is a perfect clone of the earth and the goddess is ...
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What happens to victims of a terrorist attack [closed]

Two college students are walking through the city to get to school. When a terrorist attack happens, a number of people are killed and many more are injured. The terrorist are killed and the police ...
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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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The Emperor bans the number seven on pain of death. Does this inevitably disrupt a medieval society? (trade and commerce) [closed]

The medieval Emperor is up to his tricks again. He has decided that the number seven is unlucky. Despite advice from his courtiers that it can't be done, he bans its use on penalty of death by any of ...
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I Just stole all of the money in the world. What happens now? [closed]

Using a magical computer virus, I’ve stolen all of the money in the world. All of the cash. All of the money from every checking, savings, retirement account. Every bitcoin, etherium, and doge ...
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The profession “Torturer”/“Executioner” [closed]

During medieval times, torturers and executioners stood at the bottom of the social and professional hierarchy, comparable to the Untouchables of India. Due to the nature of their job, village ...
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What would happen if all possibly offensive opinions were censured? [closed]

In a society dominated by left-wing groups, all possibly inflammatory remarks (Opinions that are susceptible of hurting someone's feelings, including any kind of criticising) are banned as they are ...
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What kind of culture and society could humanity develop with one sapient gender? [closed]

Let's say we launch the first colony ship to a far system. The colony ship engines fail halfway and the ship drifts for a year across the space. The ship was recovered by drones of an automated ...
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Is it possible to use just the motion of self-resetting pendulums to generate a steady, clean and limitless amount of electricity for society? [closed]

The self resetting pendulums are described in the picture below. Yes, I'm aware of the laws of thermodynamics so no need to post snarky links to physics websites. This is a thought experiment or a ...