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Male psychology in a matriarchy

I am developing a (magical) first-millenium CE alternate history based on an extension of historically matriarchal societies, and am trying to decide how this would affect the stereotypical male ...
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What would make adventuring mainstream?

Setting: Generic medieval fantasy world, suited for a game Mainstream adventuring In the real world, adventurers appear during times of new technology. The most adventurous period on Earth was the ...
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What physical and social effects could two stars cause?

Suppose a planetary system works in such a way that there is a rotating planet in the direct centre of a binary star (the star system's centre of gravity, also known as barycenter), such that the two ...
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Why would surrounding countries not claim accessible, habitable, and unclaimed land?

I am designing a world for high-magic, epic campaign for D&D 5e. I really am feeling this map, and am trying to figure out how the different countries would interact. Right now I have nothing ...
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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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Would humanoids with fur be offended by fur clothing?

One of the races in my world is a fox-people. They are basically small humanoids with a few vulpine features, including ears and a tail. They live primarily in a sub-arctic climate, where their ...
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How would relatively cheap and abundant (but not free or limitless) electrical energy at an up-front cost impact society?

A group of scientists has been slaving away largely in obscurity for two decades, with very few publishable results. Suddenly, one of them has an epiphany, which turns out to be instrumental to ...
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Can we have a meaningful cultural exchange with aliens if we never meet?

Humans have finally made contact with aliens! We've just received a signal from a civilization somewhere in the Orion Nebula. It contains a message from their civilization, talking a bit about their ...
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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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What are the societal effects of an easily available resurrection service?

Let's take a world where you can be resurrected, D&D style, but maybe a little cheaper, no constitution-based ill effects, and easier to access. Perhaps any cleric worth their salt can bring you ...
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How long would it take for people to notice a mass disappearance?

If 5 million people disappeared at the same time globally, assuming an even spread of random disappearances (not focused in any one location) how long would it be before people noticed there had been ...
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A single religion in which different individuals worship different gods. Why hasn't the religion split?

The religion of Blablaism recognises a small number of deities. Let's say three. While, strictly speaking, it regards these deities as aspects of a single supreme god (a la Soft Polytheism), it's ...
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The new rioters weapon of choice

The nation of Futurestan is a typical overly complex futuristic dystopian utopic society of the 23rd century. Fossil fuels are widely unavailable because only barbarians would think it was a good idea ...
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Can there be a single technologically advanced nation, in a continent full of non-technologically advanced nations?

The run down here is that there's this continent, and there is a lot of unclaimed land where countries haven't formed yet and a lot of tribes but there are some actual countries like kingdoms, (where ...
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Could human civilization live 150 years in a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier colony without resorting to mass killing/ cannibalism?

An un-treatable virus starts infecting and killing people. Societies are on the brink of collapse, and it is decided the best way to save the most amount of people is to move everyone who can fit into ...
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On a world where everyone is nomadic, how does civilization start?

As previously stated, I am constructing a world that has a day lasting nine years. The inhabitants must always be on the move in order to avoid the freezing wastelands of the night, but not so fast as ...
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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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How would society change around a benevolent Superintelligent AI?

Let's make the following assumptions: Artificial Superintelligence (ASI) is inevitable, much like Y2K was. People assumed that this ASI would have the power to prevent any other ASI from being ...
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How much would licensed necromancy affect the economy of a (European) Renaissance society?

I've been pondering this, and I'm curious to find out what potential issues could be created by even tightly licensed necromantic practices. Would the economy simply scale up to cover the extra ...
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Studying history in an “eternal” empire

I am assuming a theocratic state as a matter of religious dogma is eternal. It has no beginning and no end. It has always been and always will be. In reality of course history has simply been ...
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Mental condition that spreads through social contact

I'm making a mental condition that spreads through social contact. It is infectious, but having contact with someone who has it does not guarantee an infection. However, someone who is unwell might ...
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Can there be a country that favors girl babies?

All of the countries having highly skewed sex ratio are skewed towards a preference for male children. Some of the worst examples are China, due to one child policy and expectations that sons would ...
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Jobs in an AI controlled world [closed]

In a world fully controlled by an AI, humans have every basic need they may want. This includes housing and food, and also health related needs. Also humans do not give birth anymore, the process is ...
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How to make a person of color time traveller survive in the middle ages

The story centers around a group of people that get lost during in the woods and -for no apparent reason- suddenly find themselves in 13th century Europe (the Netherlands, to be precise). They don't ...
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In a highly charitable society, are there any ways to remain impoverished?

For the story I'm planning out, the setting is on one of the worlds of a technologically advanced extraterrestrial race well-known for their economic infrastructure, which includes incredibly ...
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How can I define good in a religion that claims no moral authority?

Faith is defined as a belief in God based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof. Religion and science can be seen to oppose one another due to conflicts between people of those practices. In my ...
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Learning a new language without any reference

In my world the characters find themselves in a new land. They do not understand the locals nor do the locals understand them. How could these characters learn to understand the locals withing a month ...
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How would society react if they found indisputable proof that the universe is a virtual reality?

This is similar to this question Some scientists found indisputable evidence that the universe is all just a simulation. Maybe they found the code that is running the simulation (I don't know how) ...
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What kind of historic event would precipitate a worldwide corporate dystopia?

I have an idea for a story set in a not-too-far future where the political lines of the world map have been redrawn, not by nation-states like France or Belgium but by corporations like MacroCorp, ...
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How do I recruit members for a secret society?

Are you familiar with the Fermi paradox? It asks why the Earth hasn't already been (convincingly) visited by aliens - there are so many suns and planets older than the Earth, that aliens should be ...
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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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The cost of switching to electric cars?

I'm developing a world where all car manufacturers must switch to producing only electric cars like Tesla, Leaf. All the other cars (gas, hybrids, whatever) will be banned. Vehicles already produced ...
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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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Effects of “tax your vote” political system

I know that there was question about political system based on your wealth. This is little variation of it: What if your amount of votes was waged according to what you pay to the system? Rules: If ...
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“Leveling up” as a cultural/societal function?

I asked a similar question here on the site but it was too broad, so I'm attempting to break it down into smaller topics for people to dissect: this will likely be one of many. I am attempting to ...
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What effect would a means of reproduction without pregnancy have on the population?

In sci-fi, we can find the concept of artificial fertilization and incubator quite commonly. I work in a company that's heavily involved in that technology, so I became curious to adapt this to my ...
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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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Why would an immortal make good on his loan?

Premise My world that has undergone a transformative breakthrough in biology and genetics. It's not just the ultra-rich who have it; rather, everyone is immortal. However, this world's understanding ...
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Could inequality and class warfare still exist in a post-scarcity society?

Let's assume post-scarcity in this case means everyone, regardless of income or employment status, has unlimited access to food (or bio-engineered food substitutes), a place to live, means of ...
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How to avoid offending original culture when making conculture inspired from original

My conculture, Sakha, is based on Puebloan culture. They live in a mudhouse, practice dry agriculture, don't wear feathers (do they? I thought they're more of Plains culture) and are matrilineal. ...
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How could a goverment sell prisoners as slaves (without giving advantage to richs)?

Imagine a society (medieval, but that isn't very important here) that has approved slavery. You can trade, buy, sell and hire slaves at will in the market. Introduction Slaves are usually "harvested"...
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Symbiotic benefits for large sentient bio-machine

I’m working on a setting, and have a state I want to achieve but need to come up with a compelling reason for why it is the way it is (even if no one but me ever knows the ‘why’.) I’m after a reasoned,...
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Kidnapping children for magic training

Background : In a certain medieval world with magic, people are always in danger of being attacked by non-human races, like orcs, trolls or giant spiders, etc. Villagers keep the village safe by using ...
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How to promote nationalism for a multi-racial kingdom, against other such multi-racial kingdoms

So, I have an empire, many political notes about which can be found here, although I will put more relevant notes here as well. There are many fantasy races, all of them some form of animal person, ...
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Are there any good alternates to iron?

I know iron is valuable, but I was wondering if iron was extremely rare, rare enough that it could not be used for construction, weapons, or anything our society uses iron, what this society would ...
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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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How large can a medieval Empire conceivably get and still be considered a single political entity?

I was reading a book on the Byzantine Empire, and at its height it controlled much of the Mediterranean. I looked up the Arabs and saw that at the dawn of Islam they built an empire that lasted for a ...
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What would the social implications of two intelligent humanoid species on Earth be?

There's this what-if scenario that's been kicking around in my head for quite a while now. Basically, what if both Homo sapiens neanderthalis and Homo sapiens sapiens had survived? What if, due to ...
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How can religions without a hell discourage evil-doing?

God in this verse is similar to a super-computer, a very large power source that continuously feeds on human souls to sustain itself. All human souls come from God, and remain connected to it through ...
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How to make a language evolve quickly?

Imagine a world in which the language barrier is a means of propaganda defence. In this world, one of the primary concerns of each country is the migration of natives, since they know their native ...