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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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Horses for Absolutely Everybody, peasant lifestyle

So using the background of the main question over here, the question over here would be, how would peasant life be like, supposing that horses are so cheap and plentiful that everyone would have a ...
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Possible Causes of Revolt in Generation Ship

Imagine a generation spaceship, flying through the cosmos with little recollection of the original world and no destination in sight. Of course on this ship, there will be those in charge of ruling ...
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How would a political city be planned?

I'm having trouble with a city in my fantasy world. My primary difficulty arises from the fact that most of the city-building resources I could find assumed that the city grew organically from a small ...
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How to effectively deliver a flu virus that destroys the brains ability to absorb serotonin?

I have an interstellar war in which us humans fight an alien nomad fleet. The aliens begin to lose the war and need something to fall back on. Humanity over many millennia has built star gates(kinda ...
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Recreational activities for glass people

This is related to How can glass people survive?. So, I have glass people in my world. We already talked about how are they going to survive. Now, I want to know what recreational activities could ...
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What would life be like if everyone was judged on a point system like SE?

Got this idea from Antarctica in the Legend series by Marie Lu Imagine that we've become so technologically advanced that every person, ages 3 and up, has an implant in their head that tracks ...
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Rationalism as social control

I'm researching a bit for book idea and would like some input. Say I'm a dictator that would like to use rationalist dogma as a front to unify my country. Obviously, it wouldn't be using pure ...
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Culture shock… Alien Social Activities

As discussed in this question certain social activities such as eating could be hard to support between alien species with very different dietary requirements and eating customs. What social ...
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Implications of 'Respawning'

Let's say you're a soldier in a science-fiction war. Everything is relatively similar to how wars are fought today, except that when you die, your likeness and memories are imprinted onto a flash-...
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Hobbies and entertainment for an aquatic race of stoics

These people, called the Ebrou, are uniquely adapted to fishing in underground aquifers because they do not need to breathe. They can take in ambient magical energy instead of oxygen, so they've been ...
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Will people give up physical sex?

This question is inspired by these great movies: Demolition Man, The Matrix, and Gattaca: Imagine, that in near future, there are several sexually transferable diseases. All work the same as AIDS: ...
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Can characterization contributed by actors (not the writer) have a significant effect in building a rich and enduring imagined world? [closed]

I originally entitled this How has Leonard Nimoy's "Method" character development contributed to imagined worlds beyond the conventional writing of the authors? but that was apparently too opaque; and ...
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How much Sociality is required for a Population to develop Technology?

It seems that most of the technological development of humanity is dependent on our ability to form a society. The sharing of ideas and building on the discoveries of others is how we have advanced. ...
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Modern world leaders required to lead wars from the front line

Assuming an alternate reality on present day earth where modern world leaders were required by their people and political doctrine to lead all wars from "the front", would societies be more or less ...
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How would law enforcement be different if we could talk to the dead?

There are many application of being able to communicate with the dead but in the interests of scoping I'm interested in law enforcement and sentencing. The method would be scientifically proven ...
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Prison in space

The setup: Near future (maximum 50 years in future) where "only" thing changed is, that company SpaceX together with NASA and ESA found out, how to get cargo and people to space very cheap USA ...
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Re-enforcing a feudal society

Assuming a sci-fi setting, tech level capable of interplanetary travel, but incapable of interstellar travel (no FTL). Would it be possible for a sufficiently powerful (politically and ...
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A Shining Beacon of Modernity and Hatred

In my setting, religion is an incredibly big deal, mostly because the 'God' of my setting (which I call 'The Creator', I'm so freaking imaginative), actually actively did things and brought my humans ...
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If a completely open choice videogame was made, what would be the precautions? [closed]

Globally, if an easily accessible videogame allowed a gamer to do anything in a realistic setting,(from strategically and realistically solving world hunger to planning a multi-billion dollar sex ...
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What would be the motivation to advance in an “immortal” species? [duplicate]

Background: I am currently tossing around a concept in my head about a species that, for lack of a better term, is immortal. "Death" to them is only in reference to their physical body and is largely ...
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Would a floating group of ships, boats, rafts be viable long term

Food, drinkable water, forms of leadership, the ships sink eventually. What are the issues that would eventually end a water based society? What types of boats, ships, raft would be required to enable ...
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How would a world be constructed in which there are both a high-tech race and a medieval race? [closed]

How would a low-tech and high-tech society interact in under the following conditions? The high-tech civilisation has developed inter planetary transport by using wormhole The low-tech civilisation ...
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What would have to happen to create a society of “floating” islands of ships?

I am thinking of a sub society that formed from 10's to 100's (maybe 1000's) of ships docked together. They would be on the high seas, outside the control of any nation. Could they form their own ...
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Teleportation travel without globalization

The premise is a low-tech world such as Earth prior to 1600 CE but with a fixed number of magical/technological teleportation portal pairs scattered across the world. Each portal only takes travelers ...
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What kind of event could destroy a major part of the infrastructure but leave the rest intact?

I have a certain vision for a post-apocalyptic cyberpunk world in which civilization itself is collapsed, but technology and structures are still existant. 98% of human population is wiped out by a ...
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How could two species (human and halfling) live side by side in the same society, without conscious integration of the two?

I'm cooking up a city populated more or less half and half by humans and halflings (with a scattering of other races). My first thought was that halflings would generally have more or less human-...
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In world with three opposing factions, what ideological, military, economic, and legal issues would arise?

A region of the galaxy is controlled by three human factions. The Empire of Excellence (faction colors are black and white) The Alliance of Freedom (faction colors are blue and white) The Union of ...
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Would people be polygamous in a gender-switching world?

I recently came across a rather strange question. If you were given the chance to be a person of the opposite sex for two days every week, would you take it? So I'm going to take this question one ...
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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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What would be some realistic social reactions to a shapeshifter?

I'm working on a story where the main character gains the abilities of a shapeshifter. In this case, defined as a human who can become any non-human animal, indistinguishable from the real thing, and ...
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Sociology of Inter-Species Romance

Assuming a society in which -- for whatever reason -- there exist multiple sapient/sentient species. They are significantly different enough to completely preclude procreation. Inter-species relations ...
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How many chickens would it take to overthrow a farmer? [closed]

Hopefully this is the right place to ask this question. I'm looking for intelligent, logical answers, and will accept from any viewpoints (e.g. farming, political). Take any factors into account and ...
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Traffic in Space (a traffic controller for low earth orbit)

In a future where space travel is common, how would access to space be regulated? From what I know, currently the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) assigns slots for geostationary ...
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When the shoulders of giants isn't enough? [closed]

If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants. This fine quote describes how technological advancement happens as successive generations build upon the accomplishments of the ...
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How would a Martian colony be able to celebrate Christmas?

Accept that we had a reason to go to Mars, managed to build a colony there, and what we found on Mars is valuable enough to ship back to Earth. There is now a self sustainable colony living under the ...
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Is the world of a Roguelike RPG plausible?

In this context, I will define a Roguelike RPG world to be a world where a lone adventurer fights scores of monsters who drop magical weapons, armor and artifacts that the adventurer may pick up, use, ...
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If an invading army from an unknown land was defeated after inflicting major damage, what would happen to the surviving invaders? [closed]

A horde from parts unknown arrives on a continent, burns their ships, and starts taking over land. The Horde managed to conquer over half the continent and they burned down many major cities. They ...
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Is a world with no technological improvement possible?

A society grows with time, but does the technology needs to grow with them? Is it possible for a planet to have a very large population and much society but no more improvement in the ways of the ...
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Why would robots move us around if we don't want to go anywhere?

I'm imagining a world where every human spends their entire life in a confined space that just barely fits the human and provides the with everything they need. Essentially, it's like wall-e taken to ...
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Does the change of dynasty make a country weaker or stronger in the long run?

When we look at our own history and particularly in China, there were a lot of dynastic changes. Almost all of these changes came with destruction and the death of many people. War also disrupts trade,...
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What needs to be considered when creating a world in which magic has evolved along with technology? [closed]

I'm trying to design a world in which (for the storyline) magic has evolved along with technology (ideally at a somewhat equal rate if this sounds coherent but I'm flexible) until the world has ...
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What would change with transmission of knowledge and ability through touch?

The concept of a "spark" is our shorthand for an idea describing some neural nets in your body (well loosely anyway), its a catch-all for anything that can be an electrical response. Some of the ...
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Could the Roman Empire have survived if it existed alongside an advanced feudal state? [closed]

There are two ways of looking at history of humankind: In one, most of the changes taken through the history are from less advanced to more advanced societies. In another, there are many random ...
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What would be the effects of the common house cat rapidly acquiring flight ability?

Assuming planet Earth, with considerable amounts of pets per household (96 million cats in the US alone), what would be the social and ecological consequences of all domestic cats acquiring flight ...
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How would having a prehensile tail change society? [closed]

This answer made me wonder, how would our society be different if humans had tails? Of course, tails come in all sorts and sizes, so let's say we had a monkey type tail. One you could wrap around a ...
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How would self-preservation be affected in a world with easy resurrection and/or with verifyable afterlife [duplicate]

Most of what we do both as individuals and as a society is either directly or indirectly connected with the fact that we don't want to die. While in the real world a lot of people believe in an ...
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Dimensions of alien progress and purpose

Civilization progress has many dimensions, for example technological, moral/ethical, happiness/subjective quality of life, etc. For each such dimension we could state a purpose that reflects it, e.g. ...
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What would be the main societal changes if we invented a free and unlimited energy source tomorrow on earth? [closed]

In this setting, a scientist invents a method for free and unlimited energy that is accessible to each and every one (open source, easy to manufacture...). This happens on nowadays earth. What would ...
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Social implications of intelligent species that practices external fertilization

Some species that reproduce sexually, don't actually have sex as such. Instead the female might lay soft scaled eggs, which the male then fertilizes extrenally. I want to know what a society of an ...