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The world that was split in half

Imagine there is a planet, which is populated by two entirely different intelligent species (though they may have some very distant common ancestor), but they are isolated from each other by some ...
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What would an Earth-like binary system be like?

I've been interested in binary systems lately, and I was recently wondering what Earth would be like if it was in a binary orbit with another Earth-like planet. Both planets exhibit the following ...
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Can a Government remain communist if it takes on democratic ideals like the US government?

Communism is basically the control of everything by the state, to be dished out in equal proportions to the population. Following this logic, shouldn't it be possible, if not probable that a ...
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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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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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How to explain magic-using kings

For my current world, I have a continent whose countries were brought together into a single, massive empire. After the death of the last emperor, the central imperial authority crumbled and the ...
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How long does an era last? What are the key factors in moving on?

In this story I'm writing, I start in a sword and sandal "age of myth" type setting, but as the centuries press on, it becomes medieval in nature. As even more time passes, there is even some ...
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How do I make my recruitment process vampire-friendly? [closed]

As Head of HR at a large urban bank, I have been getting a lot of flak (in the form of angry emails) from the 'Undead Defamation Society' about the fact that my company only employs a very small ...
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Could Catholicism have survived as the dominant religion in England if it had allowed aristocratic polygamy?

The proximate cause of the Anglican Church's split from the Roman Catholic Church, which retained more vestiges of Roman Catholicism than other major early Protestant Church denominations, was the ...
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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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Pills instead of meals?

Let's say scientists created a pill, that would satisfy our daily nutritional needs. It would have all vitamins needed, all calories, minerals - everything that a human body needs in order to function ...
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Would keeping dinosaurs as livestock be feasible for a society like ours?

When you mention livestock you think of creatures such as cows, pigs, sheep, chickens and so on. We've been domesticating animals for like 17,000 years or so and have used them for a variety of means: ...
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What would happen to Elysium after citizenship is given to all humans?

In the movie "Elysium" there is a luxurious micro-nation called 'Elysium' that is based on a large orbiting space platform, that is only obtainable for the super rich elite. Someone hacks the computer ...
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Are lithotrophic animals possible and if so how?

A class of organism, lithotrophs, use minerals (inorganic substrates) for energy conservation/reducing equivalents in biosynthesis. However such organisms on Earth are limited to single-celled ...
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Coming up with controversial topics for a fantasy political system?

I'm writing about a human community (all immigrants or descendants of) in what is basically an elfin city. The main political question facing the community is isolation versus assimilation, but 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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If people had magic powers, how would it affect slavery?

Let me provide some insight to my magic system. 75-95% of people have magic powers. (Depending on where you are.) These powers manifest themselves any time from birth to the end of puberty. These ...
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Mermaids on Land?

One of the inspirations for this was Tactics Ogre: Knight of Lodis, where I liked their depiction of slithering, combat-worthy mermaids. I've been trying to develop mermaids who make pilgrimages to ...
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How might digital intellectual disability be dealt with by society?

In the question asked by Jim2B regarding the legal personhood of uploaded personalities, my answer came to the conclusion that uploaded personalities of people would be regarded as children of the ...
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How to design a realistically looking technocracy?

How to design a realistically looking technocracy? I mean that’s a standard problem in even mildly SF setting. It’s quite clear how to make a futuristic republic (assuming that you can hire a few ...
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What sort of legal and penal system might a space colony develop?

I'm using this question about likely forms of government for a space colony. What sort of legal and penal system might develop on such a colony? This is a pretty broad question, so assume the ...
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How plausible would it be for a Reptilian race to have settlements in cold regions without hibernation?

So, I was wondering if it would be possible for a race of reptilians to live in a climate similar to that of Germany or Scandinavia without having to hibernate for the winter months. They would be ...
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Cultural beliefs, practices, and prejudices of tribes practicing ritual cannibalism

This is a followup to an old question of mine here: Would ritual cannibalism of the dead lead to issues with disease? The previous question went a good ways into studying a 'safe' way that a culture ...
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Could compulsory experience-sharing make a utopia actually work?

Utopias and utopian ideals are abundant in fiction, but they're often either fuzzily-explained or not actually functioning utopias. As a premise, I was wondering if some mode of compelling people to ...
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Direct Democracy with Project-Based Administration in a Post-Scarcity Society

I wonder if a political system without a permanent government is feasible. I am thinking about a combination of a direct democracy with a project-based administration. The citizens are long-lived (...
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How long would it take for inbreeding to become a problem within a certain population?

I'm working with a city that has cut itself off from the surrounding area. There may be as many as 10,000 people within it, or as few as 1000. I'm trying to be as realistic as possible. How long ...
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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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What are the social and economic implications of giving everyone $4.33 million?

This meme became infamous today due to its creator's apparent inability to do basic arithmetic: But concerns about the current state of mathematics education aside, what if the US government ...
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How might a Government subdue a rebellious state without armed conflict?

The background information on the civilization is here In my world , where the entire "human" race is united, the age of colonization is under way, with certain clans making lots of headway.( Clans ...
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What if everyone has a gun, and you can shoot whoever you want, but you only ever get one bullet?

I'm trying to think of the ramifications of a hypothetical scenario: Everyone on earth, at the age of 18, gets a single-use gun. There are no other guns in the world except for the gun you are issued....
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Social effect of pill which defers need to sleep

Nobody knows why do we need to sleep. So, I am thinking of inventing handwavy pill, which "cures" our need to sleep. However, it does not cure it forever. If taken as prescribed, you can defer your ...
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Why would the 'Church' be granted the exclusive right of producing alcohol?

This question is about an idea/decision I use in my conworld. There are also plenty of other questions on that world such as this one on steam engines or that one on military forces. The setting is ...
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How would a kitsune conceal her presence in a city?

(First question I've ever asked here, don't be too harsh on me, please!) Suppose you have a kitsune (Ahri from League of Legends is a perfect example of what I have in mind), who loves to roam near ...
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If fairies don't need as much food, water or space, why wouldn't they overwhelm humans in the post-apocalypse? [closed]

I'm writing a story about the aftermath and consequences of a runic magic system being mysteriously introduced to the human race by an unknown entity. Every week a new rune is given to everyone on ...
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Why would a society choose to reject technology and use only magic?

In my world, some people discover how to use inter-dimensional energy to change reality (magic) and how to communicate with inter-dimensional beings (magical creatures). This leads to at least one ...
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How (in brief) might a merit-based economy work?

One of the reoccurring concepts in my worldbuilding has been the existence of a caste based meritocracy. The castes being Guardians, Engineers, Scholars, Administrators, Artisans/merchants. While ...
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How would the world governments react if the supernatural was discovered? [closed]

So for the question, take these things into account. Up to very recently, the world was exactly as ours. Everyone from angsty teenagers to modern pagans, fraternities to secret societies perform ...
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Why do witches have non-magical bodyguards?

Witches exist at all levels of society, including the top echelons. These individuals summon the orgone within themselves to perform various feats of magic through invocations. One brand of magic ...
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How long will technology (satellites, GPS, Cell Phone) still work after civilization is destroyed?

If a large part of the population was killed, but the infrastructure was basically unharmed (I know it take people to keep things going, but I guess that is part of the question), how long would I ...
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Would magical curses be more effective at curbing violent crimes than prison time or death penalty?

What if in a magical world, people would be punished with curses rather than prison for violent offenses. This would be for crimes the state found most despicable (murder, rape, torture, necromancy, ...
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How would a drug cartel claim legitimacy as a government entity?

Scenario America's issues with the Mid East are less pronounced due to a series of events, allowing it to focus on domestic issues. The Setting 1982 - Ronald Reagan declares his own ...
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A society without metal

What would a medieval society without access to metal look like? How would things like wagons, weapons, coinage, and tools be different? "Medieval" in this sense would mean something like feudal ...
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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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What would society be like if the human sex ratio was 3:1 of males:females?

In humans, males and females have a (theoretical - in practice there are more women) sex distribution of 50:50 in any given population (which is large enough to account for the law of large numbers) ...
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How to kidnap a person, so the world wouldn't object or ask questions?

In my world there's a company that needs to kidnap a person or a number of persons (reasons are out of scope of this question) and must do this in the way that no one (and I mean: no one) would object,...
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How should the Magic market be regulated?

Context Wizards built a civilization on a barren planet. More details here. Magic Batteries The population of the planet is between two and four million wizards, but not all of them are born equal. ...
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How can a coven of crones operate in anonymity?

There is a ritual that allows a mage to steal the soul of another person. This adds their mana to your own, making your magic more powerful. It also extends your lifespan and makes your physical form ...
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How to determine the population size and spread in a fictional ancient world settling

Similar question to this one except I want to calculate the urban and rural population needed to support an army. I want to create a world for a fantasy wargame campaign using some of the elements ...
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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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What is the best way to introduce Superpowers into a world that previously never had them… WITHOUT destabilizing society [closed]

Let me pitch you a setting: The year is 2017, and thanks to an extradimensional portal Humans have begun to develop superpowers. The Power Scale for these supers is low-to-mid Street Level (meaning ...