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How do you make men relevant in a setting where only women can use magic?

The setting is one where only women can use magic. All females can access it as it is naturally inborn. It requires training, some females being stronger than others. Magic takes the form of spells ...
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What secular civic space would pioneers build for small frontier towns?

I am thinking about a part of a world with a lot of small towns on a frontier, like the early colonial era in the Americas, or pioneer days in the American Midwest, and later the Great Plains and the ...
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Is this alternate history plausible? (Hard Sci-Fi, Realistic History)

Is this alternate history I came up with plausible? What holes does it have? Are some events very unlikely to happen, even impossible? Should I change some dates of some events? Most of my knowledge ...
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How can faith be maintained in a world of living gods?

The demigods are immortal individuals that protect our reality from eldritch abominations, such as Cthulu, Niggurath, etc, on a plane that exists between our world and theirs. These battles against ...
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Is there a standard terminology for female equivalents of terms such as 'Kingdom' and if so, what are the most common terms?

I'm writing a political system where women hold a higher rank in society than men. Almost immediately, I ran into an issue with the naming of locations. Now, if a land ruled by a king is a kingdom, ...
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In what sequence should an advanced civilization teach technology to medieval society to maximize rate of adoption?

If a small group of an advanced civilization got stranded in a medieval-like society on another planet and they start to interact in a peaceful way, what would be the first technologies that they ...
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How can an independent region existing within an empire remain independent?

Witches are are powerful individuals with a knowledge of magic, and are respected and feared throughout the empire, which is divided up into to many competing states. However, magic is slow and ...
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How would a society evolve if some people are immortal?

The setting is as follow. In a planet like earth, one day, 10% of the population suddenly becomes immortal. The "immortals" are not physiologically different from the "mortals" and initially it is ...
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Consequences of all adults turning into ghosts for a week, part 1: Power grid

One of the major sources of conflict in my story is that, in my story's modern-day world, two to three times a year, a week-long supernatural effect is globally applied to everyone on Earth over the ...
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Ancient City Expansion

I want to write about a city in environments like the grasslands in France. Its progress from its rise until its fall. Could the city expand to an empire in one or two generations? (Middle ages ...
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how can the city of Carthage sustain a healthy population growth?

The Carthaginian Empire was one of the greatest empires in history. After crushing the silly Roman savages in the Punic Wars, they went on to establish territory and conquer the western world. The ...
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Everyday accomodations for autistic people in a world where Autism is extremely common [closed]

Related, but not a duplicate. Imagine a version of modern or slightly into the future earth in which it is quite common to be born on the autism spectrum. There are still plenty of neurotypical ...
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How can a resurrection system prevent the cheapening of death?

In my world, a form of magic exists which allows a person to be revived after death. Prior to death, a ritual is conducted which tattoos a rune onto a person's soul. This rune is connected to a large ...
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What would be the most viable form of government for the first space colonies?

The Setting It is the near future (say 2060ish). Some entity (corporation, government, private venture, etc.) has elected to build the first permanent (as in intended to become self-sufficient) ...
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How can a witch elf ensure that their soul is resurrected?

Drow society is broken down into houses, each with its own family. There are several royal houses which represent the political and religious power of the drow. Each house is headed by a matron, who ...
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Rapidly Spreading Disease Timeline - Fungus Based

I've been working on this concept where a deadly new fungus starts spreading from two central locations. One in Europe and one outside of a major city in the United States. Over the course of 16 days, ...
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Punishment in pacifist society

I'm building a race of plant-like creatures that are pacifists in a pre-industrial age world. Because they live hidden in forests, caves, etc. and often blend in with the natural flora, occasionally ...
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What would happen to a medieval town that suddenly has no industry?

Picture, if you will, a medium sized medieval town that is propped up by pretty much a single industry: the majority of working people in the town work on a river boat, transporting goods, materials, ...
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How can a long lived species deal with generational shifts in society? [closed]

The Great Generational Shift unfolding today presents a whole new set of challenges for employers, employees, and managers. Human beings have short lives, which push us to make an impact on the world ...
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How does privacy work if govt can access every camera throughout the city?

The 22nd century C.E. introduces a new concept of "smart city" in which everything is automated and requires little or no human intervention. For example, the daily household chores such as washing ...
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What professions would a medieval village with a population of 100 need?

Let's say I have a small village with 100 people of which everyone is able to work, what kind of professions do these people need? Background to the society: they are as smart as medieval people, ...
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Life on planet regularly hit with meteorites

Is it possible for life to evolve— and survive— on a planet that is regularly hit by [relatively small— usually no more than a few feet across when they make an impact] meteorites? If so, what effects ...
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What kind of society would a species of autotrophic plants create? [closed]

The setting includes both magic and 21st century technology. The species in question are non-sessile, sentient and sapient trees, and has evolved that way due to the threat of a xylophagous predator. ...
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Would society become matriarchal, patriarchal or balanced if the military consisted mostly of women but the top leadership are men? [closed]

The premise is that in this world, mankind has extended their territory throughout the solar system. We now have colonies on multiple moons and planets. War and combat between the different factions ...
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How would someone establish a dictatorship during the zombie-apocalypse [closed]

We're talking about a big group of ~3000 (possibly more) survivors around 5 years after the downfall. 1% of humanity is still alive, 59% is zombified (classic slow zombies, TWD-like), the remaining 40%...
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What are some modern policies that can be applied to or improve 17th-century European society? [closed]

Supposedly, a relatively smart + educated young woman from modern society is transmigrated into a body of a woman living in a country that is similar to 17th-century Europe. Monarchy and nobility ...
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A Magical Society [closed]

Quite literally. I have an idea for a world I want to make in which the ability to use magic is about as easy as something like learning how to code. It would be taught in schools, professions would ...
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How can I differentiate a eusocial organism from a hive mind collective?

Are there specific writing ways to differentiate from the two (eusocial vs. hivemind)? I would like to start writing more notes and lore upon something I've been working with, but it does seem hard ...
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Units of measurement, especially length, when body parts vary in size among races

Historically, units of measurement are often based on sizes of body parts. Probably the most obvious example would be a "foot" literally being based on the length of someone's (or everyone's, or ...
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How can God warn people of the upcoming rapture without disrupting society?

A being known as Dea is the creator of all things in the mortal world. He created human beings as living batteries in order to fuel him and give him power. This god is in competition with other gods ...
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How to prevent criminal gangs from making/buying guns?

TLDR: What can modern governments do to force criminal gangs to use melee weapons instead of guns. So I am writing a novel where the main character is pushed out of society, and is forced to join a ...
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In what way can I increase the likelihood of miscarriages across a species?

Exowombs have become feasible from a technological standpoint. A number of trials conducted on animal embryos have proven successful, and talk has been made about how this can be beneficial for ...
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How can I shift my country's immigration policy to a skills based approach?

My name is DONNA TRUMPET, and I am one of the greatest leaders in world history. I was elected president in the nation of Carcossa a number of years ago, and have maintained broad support among the ...
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Social implications of complete separation of copulation and reproduction [closed]

The Twelve Kingdoms is a fantasy novel series written by Japanese author Fuyumi Ono, and has been made into an anime series. In this series, humans, and indeed all other motile beings, are born of ...
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In the far future, humans wage war through spaceships that are mentally controlled solely by women. How would this affect the military and society? [closed]

A bit more explanation on the premise. Humans now have extended their territory to the edges of the Milky Way galaxy and have hundreds of colonial planets. However, humans still fight among one ...
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How might a society that was once subjugated by superhumans react to their return? [closed]

The premise is quite simple. Sixty years ago, superhumans were wiped out. The source from which they drew their powers was destroyed and the world moved on. Democracy, the rule of law, human rights ...
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How would a 4th trimester affect human development?

Newborn humans are born in a very undeveloped stage compared to other mammals. This is because if they stayed any longer in the mother, their head would become too big to fit through the birth canal. ...
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A practical post apocalypse bullet farm for the survivor on a budget [closed]

In a post apocalyptic society (let's say northern Arizona or southern Colorado) or just outside of a city what would be Needed to practically 'farm' (produce) modern bullets? The idea is to be able to ...
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What is the minimum human population necessary for a sustainable colony?

How many humans are needed in order to sustain and grow a steady population in a habitable area? Assume resources are adequate and the environment is favorable. To further refine this question, let'...
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What is the best way to cause swarm intelligence to be destroyed?

In my story, there is a large group of humanoid clones that help the city function, doing mundane tasks such as cleaning and maintaining the city. Doing all of the minimum wage jobs and 95% of the ...
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Does it make sense to occupy open space?

I was thinking about space as a measured and marked series of boundary lines to denote ownership and governance. The problem is that I'm having trouble seeing that as useful. If there's no particular ...
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Where to Put Self-Reliant, Rugged Individualists?

In fiction that tries to provide a wide diversity of cultural stances on the collectivism-individualism stances, there is often a trope that self-reliant, no-nonsense, rugged individualists (as a ...
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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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Minimum Population For a High Tech Society?

So I was thinking about minimum viable population levels for a colony and it hit me that there are two industries that probably can't be made to work at small population, but that you need to have a ...
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How would the line of succession be if the crown prince was declared dead? [closed]

Kind of similar to this question, but slightly different in some aspects. In my medieval fantasy Kingdom, the next monarch is usually chosen by direct line of blood with no regard to the successors ...
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What could prevent a sentient species from going to space?

I am still puzzled by the original The Planet of the Apes movie from the 70's. How come that sentient species invented weapons, but was unable to develop powered flight, or spacecraft. Thus, the ...
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How can religions be structured in ways that allow inter-faith councils to work?

The people of this world follow what is called "The Faith of the Seven". These gods represent different aspects of creation. They are: Khorne: god of war Tzenteech: god of change & ambition ...
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How do I make my dynasty last 1000s of years?

My Kingdom X is a great and prosperous nation, having a decent amount of natural resources. The kingdom's founding dynasty has stood the test of time for 1000s of years, until Kingdom Y launches a war ...
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How can I prevent corporations from growing their own workforce?

Artificial wombs have become a luxury in society, allowing them to forgo the burden of carrying a child for nine months. Originally, this was an expensive process that currently only the wealthy and ...
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Cause of periodic, random, forced migration?

I am looking for a (preferably economic or environmental) force/system that would every few months or years force a random sample of the middle/lower class of an area to migrate away. This would be ...