Questions tagged [victorian-era]

For questions relating the Victorian Era of England and the United Kingdom (or alternate histories of same) or relating to events worldwide during that time period (1837–1901).

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Protecting Seals from Forgery

In my very Earth-like world, the ruling entity possesses a seal of authority. It is essential that the validity of any seal is proven to be authentic, which had historically been achieved by having ...
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Lighthouse Alternatives

In my pre-electricity world, fast communication is achieved by means of lighthouses, each being able to direct strong and precise beams of light towards distantly visible lighthouses. However a ...
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What is the highest level of accuracy in motion control a Victorian society could achieve?

In my late-Victorian world high-precision clockwork is highly available, but I am having trouble finding out exactly how precise their work could be. I have done some research on the subject, but ...
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Storm-proofing Late-Victorian Aircraft

In my world, both lighter- and heavier-than-air craft exist and are rather useful devices. However, problems tend to occur when confronted with storms. Steering through a storm is not a problem in ...
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Smallest possible Victorian cogwheel size

In my late-Victorian-based world, mechanical contraptions are incredibly advanced due to the early discovery and quick popularisation of mechanical computation. The science of writing instructions ...
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Compact Mechanical Energy Source

In my late-Victorian world there are independently moving automata that may act as pets or servants to those that can afford them. They require a fair amount of energy to run at full capacity, enough ...
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How could a ruler build a secret, private army? [closed]

In my world there is a Queen who plans to overthrow her subjects, replacing them with a more advanced folk. The technology available is late Victorian but the Queen is a powerful AI and manages all ...
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Victorian long-distance express transport?

In my world, law enforcement is dispatched from the capital to places around the island. The reason for them being dispatched in this fashion is due to there being few officers and the capital being ...
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Super Strong robotic prosthesis steampunk Style

I'm thinking of a character that has the magical ability to transform parts of his body into technology, similar to Generator Rex or Bleeding armor iron man, but only with the technology that he "...
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Could a Civil War tech society reverse engineer modern weapons/vehicles?

This is a continuation of my other question How does a mid-19 century military combat a modernized one? So, let’s say our USCA was able to destroy those damn meddling Bunkerites once and for all. ...
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Could 'robotic' prostheses be possible in the victorian era?

In my world I would like to have a cyborg-inspired veteran, but am not sure what kinds of prostheses would be possible, ideally without the use of electrics. My main concern is how the prostheses ...
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How might a purely mechanical 'voice' function?

In my world there are mechanical semi-humanoid automata. Would it be possible to make them speak in a fashion that sounds natural (i.e. human)? How might it function? The mechanism should be capable ...
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Mechanical amplification without creating huge distances?

How would a mechanism look that allows a person to e.g. turn a crown-sized wheel (from a watch) by any amount (e.g. 180 degrees) resulting in a turntable (from train yards) turning the same amount (e....
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Victorian optical sensors?

In my fictional world I would like to have something similar to modern optical sensors for things such as aiming systems, night-vision goggles and automaton vision. The main problem I face is ...
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Would a non-lethal military be effective?

An empire spanning the globe has a military force trained and equipped for the temporary impairment of combat forces, such as sleeping gas, shields and nets. The empire is by far the most ...
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Victorian CCTV?

In a setting of late Victorian technology, would it be possible to record and replay sound and light near-real-time similar to modern video-recordings? The ideal criteria for the system would be (in ...
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How can humans be brought back to life? [closed]

In my story a scientist figures out the way to bring his dead family back to life, either through creating new beings that look like them or by reanimation. The story is set in a sort of Victorian era ...
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What economic effects would magically-enforced isolation have on the Victorian age British Empire?

The year is 1862. A magician raises up an impenetrable magical barrier around the British Isles. The barrier is spherical in shape, and it contains England, Scotland, Wales, and Ireland. It also ...
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How well could a dog pick out the scent of a single person in a pool of carnage?

I'm writing about a world that predates most modern forensic techniques, and I am looking for some old-fashioned methods of sleuthing that would have been available at around the 1850-1900. In one ...
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In a Victorian Era steampunk D&D campaign: what historic implications would it have if Scotland was underwater? [closed]

So, this is a rather unusual question. I'm not going to talk to you about the backstory because that's another question by itself, but I want to talk about how Scotland has influenced the rest of the ...
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How much to charge for fictional substances in Victorian England setting?

I'm working on a little steampunk setting, which incorporates a lot of the elements of Victorian England. One of the similarities is the economy, in that prices and wages in this world are fairly ...
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Victorian Ship Weighing

In a Victorian society, an engineer has come up with a clever boat lift for his canal, using counterweights. In order to work correctly and most efficiently, the operators will need to know how much ...