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Construction Nukes If they were clean, nukes would be used for construction. Dams could be built, rivers relocated, mountain passes created. Lake Chagan was created by the Soviet Union using nukes for this purpose but the radiation wasn't understood properly and they got left with a lake nobody can use. A politician who claimed it was safe went for a swim ...


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Dragon The word Dragon comes from Ancient Greek mythology, where it is used to refer to a handful of different large reptiles. Ancient Greek was as much an auxiliary language to Latin, as Latin is to modern English. Roman Nobility typically spoke Greek amongst themselves and were often sent to Greece for part of their education. Latin is a sufficiently ...


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Everyone declares war on everyone else. All jokes aside, ultimately clean nukes probably won't change the equation much. Without the possibility of turning the world into a radioactive wasteland, it would seem like the use of nuclear weapons would become more politically acceptable, but... Thermonuclear weapons are actually extremely clean (relatively ...


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Super Powers Mimic Technology & what can be done Anyway: If your super powers are such that the effects they have on the world are no different than the technology they match, then their effects on society will be negligible. You can dispute individual examples, but the general principle still applies. Take, for example, super-strength. In realistic ...


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Have Britain lose the Falklands War A crushing military victory for the IRA is all but impossible (barring some catastrophe crippling Britain, which would have to be of a magnitude that its legacy would end up dominating your alternate London far more than that of the Troubles would), but they might be able to pressure the British government to cut its ...


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Some manner of bird: Hippalectryon? It is a contentious topic, but nowadays museums portray Tyrannosaurus with feathers. The Romans, being the sort of literal-minded people who declared that all spotted hyenas are male based on observation, would certainly not hesitate to call a feathered animal - any feathered animal - a bird. This is particularly likely ...


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Pretty much any amount of superpowers at all will cause human history to be dramatically different from our timeline The thing about history is it's a very complex subject where even the slightest change would produce massive divergences. Social, cultural and political trends are in large part driven by people's reactions to major (then-)current events, and ...


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You build nuclear rockets because nuclear rockets literally rely on a nuclear explosion to operate. The technology may or may not be applicable to conventional nuclear reactors since those rely on a controlled reaction and not an explosion, but if it is applicable, you build those too.


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The loyalists regard themselves as British, not Irish. Reunification would force them to become Irish, the same way nationalists in the north are currently forced to be British and the Irish prior to the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922, were once regarded as being British. Emotions on the issue still run very deep on both sides. It's took close ...


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Not Much If like you say they face a constant level of warfare similar to that of South Korea or Israel, then you should simply take reference from said countries. Several years of serving as a conscript is an impediment but won't prevent boys from getting into or staying in a relationship. You'd simply adjust by shifting your dates to whichever day you're ...


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The answer probably isn't as exciting as you'd hope. The world pretty much as it is now. Military generals have wanted the real-life answer to this question. As such, they commissioned military scientists to create exactly this. The result: The Thermobaric bomb. It gives an explosion just shy of a small nuke but a cluster of 20 of the FOAB (Russia's biggest ...


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In 1982 UK fought a successful war against Argentina for the Falkland/Malvinas. And if they fought a war for some small islands far away from home, it's gonna be hard that they let something go away right on their doorstep. Therefore you need a huge crisis for the government and monarchy to make them weak. What can happen to do so? Based on my memory, the ...


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Genesis 2:2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. http://kansasartguild.com/workszoom/3341205/on-the-seventh-day-god-rested Your supers are powerful. Very, very powerful. Maybe in the distant past they did a lot. Now they are not inclined to do much. The world ...


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You're the author - what do you want to happen? If you want the status quo of MAD to be maintained, stix's answer gives a good argument that it could be. If your story needs a world without MAD clean nukes will be a good start, and with a few other elements in your alternative history you could come up with a plausible explanation. There's quite a bit of ...


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It won't change much. In many European states long conscription was the norm. For example in post-unitary Italy (from 1860 to 1910) obligatory conscription lasted 4 to 5 years for all men above 20 years of age, following the model established in Napoleonic France. As far as I can find, it affected the rate of desertion among lower classes (taking a young and ...


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Before I answer your question... You've asked two questions. In the title, you ask how to have a perpetual Bronze Age. In the body text, you ask if the lack of iron in one hemisphere would, for lack of a better brief statement, upset the status quo. Those are very, very different questions. You might want to update your title. Now, on to the question. You ...


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The absence of iron and steel, from one perspective, mostly just makes other endeavors more expensive. For example, with a bronze (instead of steel) tire on your chariot or wagon wheels, your folks must replace tires (and wheels) more often. The society needs a percentage more wheelwrights, and correspondingly more lumbermen to sell them wood, more miners to ...


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Your conscripts are in their late 50s. They already did the courting, the baby daddying, the education and the job seeking, or not. What they were able to do they did. Now they pretty much have their trajectories set. It is a fun break for them to be in the military for a few years and hang out with the other graying old boys. Easy first world living ...


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Politics aside, I'm from israel, so I'll give a mostly historical perspective on how courtship worked in israel during the "security zone" period 1982-2000. First off we must address what getting drafted into a modern army means. Modern armies usually have an equal or greater quantity of support staff as opposed to combat staff. Some support are ...


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scientific breakthrough The radiation shielding has many useful applications: nuclear powered cars nuclear powered rockets (practical space travel in the solar system) small (maybe household) nuclear plants (might fit in a dystopian world too) The technology used for that might also have a dozen applications: better solar panels with 100% absorbtion rate ...


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Nuclear fallout isn't the only reason MAD deterrence exists, the non-fallout related destruction caused by the explosion is immense on its own merits and would likely still prevent war-like engagements. The other factor to consider is the amount of power these capability gives nations the USA might not agree with on various terms (such as Iran and North ...


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It depends a lot on the level of involvement the superpowered fellows decide to have. Scenarios that allow you to keep our world as-is include: The Harry Potter world. The wizards essentially live in a parallel world with only minor contact on the government level, so we muggles just go about our normal lives. There is a government agency keeping them in ...


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Your super powers would have to be scaled down and would have to mimic things people could already do. One of your guys can run faster than the fastest normal guy, but not break any of the barriers, like Flash can. Another of your guys can jump higher than the highest jumping normal guy, but not leap tall buildings in a single bound. One guy can lift a jeep, ...


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Probably nothing, but there could be nasty side effects... It depends on how much action they see and how supervised they are on the battlefield, and what they do with their shore leave. If your men are trained, drilled, and then sit on bases or expensive tech doing not much, then getting 2 trips home a year or something, absolutely nothing will change. They ...


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Medicine - especially cardiovascular system Could you give the artery leading to that brain tumor a little twist? Thanks! (They might want to train up their range an extra yard or two so they can stand outside the MRI machine looking at the monitor) Could you yank the clot a little bit backward in the artery of this stroke patient so some blood gets past? ...


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Could you have the coronavirus come early? With less capable technology, it might be that (a) the fatality rate in both the UK and ROI would be much higher, and (b) there is no effective long-term mitigation strategy but to massively reduce cross-border travel. In the wake/midst of high death rates and a perception that the UK government was unwilling or ...


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TW/CW: Historical and Modern poor treatment of minorities, imperialism Burn The Wich! Realistically speaking, your superpowered individuals could be quite powerful, providing they still had the ability to be easily killed by angry mobs of pitchfork wielding peasants or political/religious leaders looking for a quick scapegoat. Our very own history is full of ...


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You first need to decide upon your point of divergence, chaos theory says that everyone conceived after that is someone else, so totally different. First change in 1805 and the US civil war is drastically different and might not even happen. While there were certainly historical pressures, they were in part brought about by the people with their own agendas,...


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No More MAD If you mean no radiation also removes the electromagnetic pulse (EMP), then that changes the entire equation for warfare. One is left with catastrophic blast damage but no direct effects outside the bombed area. Smaller nukes then start to look like big conventional explosions, and the threshold for using nukes would be reduced. A recent ...


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As others have mentioned, plague is way worst simply because it can spread quicker, has a much smaller incubation period of 1 to 7 days compared to HIV's incubation period of several years and is much more lethal in the short term. This isn't even counting Pneumonic Plague, which would spread even faster through person to person since it's airborne and is ...


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