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What would prevent the genocide of a legitimately dangerous race?

Prisoners Dilemma -- They make VERY good slaves. When we defeated Dire ArchWizard ScaryBad 200 years ago, we took all his gold and treasure. We also took his Shadow thralls. They were created as a ...
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Why would vampires sire vampires of lesser blood than they have to?

As Sir Terry Pratchett put it, 'humans raise their successors, vampires raise their competition'. Raising a lot of vampires of high rank increases the chance that they will be able to overthrow you. ...
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How would an adult artificial human behave after they exit the biofabricator?

The problem with this is that mature brains develop in parallel with the body, growing and making connections initially 'organically' but later on in response to external stimuli. Physical skills ...
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Why would vampires sire vampires of lesser blood than they have to?

Too many generals, not enough privates. Alpha vampires tend to be jerks. They usually have a chip on their shoulder because they are not cambions, and they are always jockeying for position, scheming ...
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How would an adult artificial human behave after they exit the biofabricator?

Legal loophole! As several of the answers point out, an adult with a "blank" printed brain would be at best at the stage of a newborn (but probably worse, because the newborn's brain is much ...
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Why would vampires sire vampires of lesser blood than they have to?

It's More Dangerous, And A Bigger Pain In The Butt How many of these 90 human alphas are going to APPRECIATE their lives being disrupted by being turned into a vampire? Even if they decide they like ...
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Why would vampires sire vampires of lesser blood than they have to?

Population Control The system you've described means the lowest level vampires can't sire new vampires at all. So if your vampires have any particular interest in keeping their population in check to ...
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Why would vampires sire vampires of lesser blood than they have to?

Conversion takes a toll To convert a human to a vampire, the sire has to pay a price in life force and the stronger the human, the higher the price (exponentially). It would kill an alpha vampire to ...
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What would prevent the genocide of a legitimately dangerous race?

They do commit genocide at a regular basis. Most kingdoms have orders to kill them on sight. However, shadow thralls were designed to be expendable minions. Any decent evil overlord would never allow ...
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What would prevent the genocide of a legitimately dangerous race?

They have tried and failed already. Once in a while the humans decide that enough is enough and try to finish the job after putting down a rebellion. But it always fails for many reasons: you have to ...
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How could a civilization with infinite resources be?

I don't think money will disappear in this scenario. And the economy will not be much different than ours, I think. Infinite resources do not turn itself into products or services, nor they get where ...
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How would an adult artificial human behave after they exit the biofabricator?

You can't do it. If implanted memories is illegal, the adult comes out as a new born baby. They first need to learn to walk and talk and not soil themselves in public. Everything you do is memories. ...
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Under what circumstances would a species with 2 sexes evolve into a species with 1 sex?

Evolution through the intermediary of partial sexual reproduction You specifically ask for an evolutionary reason - rather than asking about a species that was always single-gendered. This has ...
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What would prevent the genocide of a legitimately dangerous race?

You underestimate the economics of slavery "Why wouldn't they just exterminate them?" assumes that them being dangerous isn't true of human slaves either, and we've done slavery thousands of ...
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What would prevent the genocide of a legitimately dangerous race?

1:Greed, As you said they are less intelligent then humans... so cheap labor could be a reason why the upper class (who is relatively safe due to personal protection) could use them as a labor force, ...
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What would prevent the genocide of a legitimately dangerous race?

Farming Your mistake in the question was the word "cities". The medieval world didn't have cities, not at the scale we'd understand today, and people didn't go there to assimilate. Medieval ...
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a chemical component in vampire saliva to assist with feeding

Draculin. The lovely little critter depicted above is known as Desmodus rotundus, or the common vampire bat. They are strictly hematophagous, meaning they feed exclusively on blood. To be able to ...
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Under what circumstances would a species with 2 sexes evolve into a species with 1 sex?

There already are: The whiptail lizard family (to name just one) has several groups where only females exist. They do not have sexual reproduction, but instead reproduce by parthenogenesis. Other ...
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What would prevent the genocide of a legitimately dangerous race?

Unique value Sounds very interesting! So, they're created as a slave race. Perhaps they have unique skills that make them invaluable. I don't love cats. Not as pets. I find wild cats interesting. But ...
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How would an adult artificial human behave after they exit the biofabricator?

I prefer to think in solutions rather than problems. A purely 3D printed brain wouldnt know much, in fact this printer likely wont be able to guide the synapses to the right dendrites to make a ...
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What would prevent the genocide of a legitimately dangerous race?

Have you ever heard on the NYMB (Not in my backyard) syndrome? It's what happens when we want something, just not close to us. Like we want industries, but not close to where we live. Same here: a ...
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Why would vampires sire vampires of lesser blood than they have to?

The vampires are getting paid. Being a vampire has its perks. Even a lowly "Gamma" vampire is still more powerful than a regular human. So lots of humans would want vampires to turn them ...
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Why would vampires sire vampires of lesser blood than they have to?

I’d argue that the alpha’s may be aware that if all cambion vampires were killed/made unable to sire new vampires, then logically new Alpha’s cannot be sired from humans. Essentially the alphas become ...
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How to balance a conflict between animal people when one of them has the advantage of flight?

You can't fly in any but the lightest armour Birds must be very light to endure staying airborne for very long, and though the largest birds of prey can lift animals as large as goats, it's only for ...
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How could a civilization with infinite resources be?

There Wouldn't Be An Economy. The World Would Undoubtedly Be Chaos In a perfect world, everyone would use the power to make infinite resources reasonably and responsibly. They'd use it to make an ...
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Why would vampires sire vampires of lesser blood than they have to?

Because vampires retain a vestigial reproductive drive, and are no more selfless than humans Lets assume there was a particular gene in 10% of humanity that made them stronger, smarter, more selfless, ...
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What would prevent the genocide of a legitimately dangerous race?

Elephants My first thought was "elephants". In some countries, they are simply pests -- like having gigantic deer that eat human crops, encroach on human lands, are a danger to humans and ...
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What would prevent the genocide of a legitimately dangerous race?

Politics: It's convenient for the leaders to have a periodic, predictable, easily handled threat that seemingly threatens society but is otherwise a useful workforce the rest of the time. It helps ...
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How would an adult artificial human behave after they exit the biofabricator?

Need to be educated/have a life After 9-12 months in or so. They would need to hooked up to a "dream machine" or Matrix or some sort of VR. A virtual environment where they can learn. Then ...
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How would an adult artificial human behave after they exit the biofabricator?

"Implanted memories" would be gamified. You can't print someone who walks off the assembly line knowing English, if they don't have a memory of English. A memory of how to spell an English ...
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