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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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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 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 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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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 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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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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Army composition of feudal gunpowder society

The Society The society in question is feudal in structure. The most advanced widespread technology defining this society is the flintlock muzzle-loading firearm (I'm undecided as to rifled or not, ...
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How could a “communal country”, shared by three races with their own countries adjacent, exist and be stable?

In my world, there are three distinct races with each their own country in a corner of the world, adjacent to one another and a central country. Simplified layout would be like the google chrome logo: ...
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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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How could mages regard fast magic as a form of evil? [closed]

There are 2 forms of magic in this world, the first of which is performed through a series of steps. A mage sits in the center of a drawn invocation circle, surrounded by the various ingredients ...
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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 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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Would an earlier HIV pandemic be a realistic, plausible historical apocalypse scenario?

The most recent common ancestor of the HIV-1 M group, responsible for the HIV pandemic, dates back to the Belgian Congo city of Léopoldville (modern Kinshasa), circa 1910. And the genetic history of ...
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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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Future of clothing [closed]

Considering how drastic our clothing has changed over time, how might a distant (let's say 50 years) society dress? I know that our tastes in clothing have changed, but that is much harder to predict. ...
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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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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 ...
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Technological development without writing

Our hero has arrived on a distant continent in the land of Ar-Piji. The Eternal Empire that reigns here is particularly exotic by his standards, however one aspect stands out in particular. A founding ...
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How would Roman Warfare have changed if they actually had legendary 'flexible glass', and it was cost-effective?

How would Roman Warfare have changed if they actually had legendary 'flexible glass', and it was cost-effective? Flexible Glass (vitrum flexile) It's an unbreakable, and I mean literally unbreakable,...
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Can my giants and humans coexist? [closed]

See my earlier question for the Giants version ! How quickly the tide turns... In my world, Humans are a thing. These little people just appeared, I hope they can be friends with us, giants. ...
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Sapient Ant Colony Rivaling Homo Sapiens and Homo Neanderthal? [closed]

Ants are amazing little creatures. They work together to build massive colonies underground, jointly take down insects five times their size (occasionally going for small animals too). In my world (...
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Discovery of life on Mars [closed]

For months now I've had a dream, with every night building upon it. Only till recently I've decided to write it as a story. I'm by no means a writer, but once I started writing, I got this feeling ...
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Are religion, emotion, and individuality binding factors for evolution of a technology-based society?

If you look at our society, you can see why we developed technology. Each individual wanted an easier life, therefore we invented tools and overcame obstacles to achieve this easier life. One could ...
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Society of Kind, Handsome Geniuses = Dystopia?

Say we have a rich, rich society, where due to scientific advances, a generous socialist-bent government willing to tax the rich at 75% and patriotic citizens mysteriously willing to pay said taxes, ...
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Effect of preventing unintended pregnancy on society

This question is very closely linked to my other question here: culture changes to reliable and mandated birth control used from puberty until ready to conceive Lets say that a reliable birth control ...
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Humans moved to different planets

Say that humanity was lost in a war against alien invasion (denefasan). Another advanced alien (not the one that attacks them, say Aucafidian) which had built an outpost on earth, then decides to ...
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Psychology and sociology in my Earth Changing underwater community

I've built a device. It can change matter to energy and energy to matter with 100% efficiency. I've built myself a global presence, and populated the ranks of my employees with people such that I can ...
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Colonial divergence, the collapse of social monocultures [closed]

Here I've asked about overarching social structure at an interplanetary/interstellar scale. One of the answers has me wondering about something a bit different, a couple of my favourite stories (Frank ...
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How can a small country exploit breaking HTTPS to destory a larger country while growing its own strength?

Inspired by my answer to this question: How to take down the internet?. Lets say that a small ideological country has recently broken one of the most common HTTPS encryption schemes for public-...
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gmo pork able to feed himself through skin photosynthesis…

We already know how to produce pork with skin that bright during the night. The most advanced project Enviropig attempted to enhance phosphorus absorption. The aim would be to make the skin produce ...
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A big plain that remains divided?

After I reworked my map, I have a big plain (roughly 1165500 square miles). Can I still credibly divide the plain into different kingdoms and cultures or would a big empire with few cultures ...
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Can we extrapolate from island culture to planetary culture?

Island culture usually takes one of two really basic forms: small, loose knit, widely distributed populations with a unifying shared culture across a large number of small islands. Polynesia for ...
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Plausible reason for women not to be allowed outside settlements?

So, the nuclear apocalypse happens, 90% of humanity dies off, and most survivors live in small subsistence farming communities. The technology stagnates around the mid 1680-ish. Most communities only ...
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What would society be like if Mate Or Die was in effect for humans and mating also gave the inability to die of old age?

Note this is postulating that this starts from Stone Age. 'Mate' is defined as penile-vaginal sex with ejaculation. Requirement starts at puberty. People know when it starts, how long they've got, ...
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What change in history would cause the Dutch to speak German?

What single change(s) in history would cause the Dutch people to be speaking German instead of Dutch? I understand that German and Dutch are both Germanic languages and share a common ancestry, as ...
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How can I feed an entire population on corpses?

In the grim darkness of the far future, there is only war. The world has become a barren wasteland that is inhospitable to the the human race, which has been forced to take residence in hive cities. ...
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If everyone was cloned and the clones were a foot tall, how would the American government react?

Yesterday, some weird aliens decided to test their cloning device on earth. It blew up, and killed the aliens. However, it also created a one foot tall exact copy of everyone on earth. ( I shall call ...
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What effect would easy solar system travel have?

What would be the impact on modern civilisation be if a benevolent inventor gave the world the ability to travel around the solar system quickly and cheaply. If over the next five years this ...
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What would culture be like on a 1 Light Year Diameter Planet? [closed]

This is a follow up question based on a previous question I had asked a while ago (1 Light Year Diameter Planet). How many human civilizations could exist? How would society operate on a planet of ...
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How would the 2016 human scientific community react if a massive space-faring alien “whale” entered the Solar System?

I got the idea from this answer, which suggests a species that evolved early in the existence if the universe and spreads between stars upon their death. If one of said creatures enters the inner ...
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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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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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How to offer humanity a wish

In Humanity gets one wish, I asked how the world would react to a god-like being offering to give humanity a wish. From the responses that question got, I seem to have misjudged how much chaos and ...
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Why would Government want to fund time travel program to witness shameful history in the making?

Set in 2100 CE a group of scientists and engineers developed a working time machine that can send group of people into the past and back reliably and safely. Specifications as follow: Can ...
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How might a religion be used to help maintain a generation ship?

Starting with this question, in which I wondered what a society might look like that could survive the 3 generation rule... Assume you have a crew and colonists on-board a generation ship headed to ...
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What would a post-apocalyptic government be like?

This question has to do with the same storyline I proposed in How would government change if everyone died by the age of 25? (although now that I've written a few short chapters, the name of the land ...

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