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What should I call the troops in my world where the US military consolidated into a single, unified force? [closed]

So basically, for some backstory, rising sea levels and a viral pandemic known as the Black Plague both killed off billions of people in 2015. During that time, due to the collapse of every country ...
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Why am I measured against points? [closed]

Why are we suddenly in a didgital 'social' heirachy..where my questions and answers are based on how I PLEASE u! Why do i want to stay in a world like this?
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Small sizing in the military

People recently discovered an amazing technological - medical procedure, that allows them to shrink a living creature proportionally by a factor of 18. Lets call it small-sizing. It shrinks all organs ...
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How steep a road could a horse/horse-and-cart travel?

I'm in the early stages of designing a city, and would like some advice about to structure its roads realistically for transport. The city is circular, with large roads entering the city at north/...
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Is it plausible for a certain area of a continent to be/remain/become uninhabited for a long period of time?

If is plausible, what are the most reasonable factors to bring to bear? I have a large continent where a number of races/cultures are present in the present day, but I want the one in the south to ...
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Environmental factors that would result in my fantasy creature's traits and appearance

Have this hoofed biped with pale nearly furless skin with a bit of thick blubberyness. I imagine a bit like some of our sea mammals. Green blood can be seen somewhat through the skin. Around human ...
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Direct Consequences of Powered Armor [closed]

The Question What are the direct consequences of powered armor being practical? Background In the setting I have been working on, humanity has invented a man-machine interface, bio-mechanical cells ...
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How can the vagrant mafia use pigeons to deliver messages?

My name is the Bowery King, the ultimate information broker in my City. My plan to take over the criminal underworld involves using homeless people as spies and informants. This network would keep ...
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Could an American state survive nuclear war?

In a timeline where the USSR didn't collapse and the Cold War escalated into a full-blown nuclear conflict sometime around the year 2100, the world is left utterly devastated. Both the Soviet Union (...
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How Weaponizable Are Optical Illusions Without Camouflage?

I'm playing around with the concept of a society that is built around optical illusions. This society would heavily incorporate these illusions into their architecture and their very way of life. As ...
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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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How Do We Protect Humans in a Zombie Society?

I'm writing a story where an intelligent zombie society has defeated humans and won. The zombies are the main characters in this story. These zombies: Have human intelligence, emotions, and remember ...
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How could a sentient plant evolve and what conditions would be required for this evolution?

This is my entry for the fortnightly topic challenge In Day of the Triffids, many people go blind and the basic summary is this: virulent plague makes most of humanity blind giant, semi-intelligent ...
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How can I combat the laziness of the final generation in human society?

In this world, a God known as Dea has warned the world's population of the impending rapture very early in earth's history. It has been well known from the begining of recorded history that the ...
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What are the duties of a feudal lord?

I'm writing a story wherein a young woman becomes the lord/lady of a number of villages in a feudal society (she is the vassal to a king). The world is sort-of medieval, with cannons but without ...
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Using life-force as currency

In the movie "In Time," they live in a universe where Time is money and life. You age normally until a specific age, where your 'timer' starts and you have 1 year to live. But you can work and get ...
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What motivates this species?

In my story, there is a planet that experiences near constant sunlight. Since sunlight so plentiful and reliable most organisms are, at least in part, photosynthetic. The only intelligent life on ...
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Is it realistic that an advanced species isn't good at war?

A non-human society is engineering minded by nature and is extremely advanced, to the point where they (with wide-scale community effort) have learned how to create wormholes and have practical space ...
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What are some occupations that would exist in a small settlement in a post-apocalyptic world where going outside would not be a requirement?

Let's say it was a nuclear holocaust and billions died. The setting is the US so distances are large - people are very far spread apart. There are bigger settlements/cities but for our purposes we'll ...
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Avoiding unintended consequences of balancing out the sex ratio of a nation?

In 1979, China introduced the one-chils policy, an extreme form of population control. The policy was part of a birth planning program designed to control the size of its population. Although ...
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What are the most important factors in determining how fast technology progresses?

What are the most important factors in determining how fast technology progresses? And roughly how fast might that be under optimal circumstances? Innovations have to be dreamed up, but there must ...
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Would my post-apocalyptic US Government be able to work and function properly?

Let’s set some things up so that we’re all caught up: In 2015, the apocalypse happened; rising sea levels compounded with the Black Flu (deadliest pandemic in human history killing billions around ...
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What kind of system can society put in place for a demigod going through puberty?

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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How could I show most of my fictional world through propaganda prospects/posters?

I have a specific idea to draw out an alternate society. My plan is to design propaganda prospects or posters. Do you guys have some tips how I could show/tell most through-out this medium to ...
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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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How can I speed up the evolutionary process in humans?

God had decided that humanity as a species is an overall disappointment. After wiping out all life with a flood, he decided to start from scratch. Humanity's new environment would be constantly ...
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Teenage Revolution: How to overthrow parental dictatorship worldwide? [closed]

Setting: Earth 2020. Young people are sick of parental suppression, worldwide. They develop a vastly different understanding of social principles, compared to their parental generation. They can´t ...
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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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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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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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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 ...