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This is a "frame challenge" answer. You have: two races, one of whom is, in your own words, "better than the other in every way". You want: a system in which people are employed purely based on their skill level but does not discriminate against the weaker race. These two concepts are fundamentally incompatible. If I'm hiring purely based on skill, and an ...


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No social mobility You've basically set up a caste system, in which it is possible to drop to lower castes but impossible to climb to a higher one. The upper echelons will be filled with those who have a complete formal education, and they'll be the ones setting the rules. Below them are the less educated, all the way down. The Degradation of Education ...


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Internal politics If the elves are not all unified then they might be more likely to discriminate against each other than humans. Internal conflict means they aren't unified enough to discriminate against humans and in fact prefer humans to other kinds of elves. Only better at average If the elves are only usually better than humans discrimination doesn'...


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You can't Firstly there will never be enhanced human labour. What parent would spend hundreds of thousands of dollars buying improvements for their child to work as a labourer? This same child could be a star athlete, skilled surgeon, genius inventor etc. A labourer is a job for the genetically unenhanced. The bans would be based on ethical / religious ...


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In a world with modern technology, this system would fail very quickly. Today, most jobs require advanced education (some kind of college degree), and what is more important, education requirements are only getting higher. So, for economy to operate, we need more and more people with college degree. Your system, as other commenter had mentioned, is ...


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Leave the Culture to the Greeks While Elves are Superior on measured statistics, this does not lead to total domination in every field. Elf culture is rather limited in scope and thoughts are limited by strict ideological codes that are blinded by superiority. But in the dark places where no one can see, Elves crave the diversity of thinking that only ...


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You've stated that there's no racism and people are employed purely based on skill. You have not stated that there is racial parity in employment for any given type of job. You have also not addressed the skill ranges. The average elf is better than the average human. Let's assume that leaves room for a superior human to be better than below-average, and ...


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Hiring people with more skills is expensive. If elves are good at everything due to their long life, It would stand to reason that they might fall into 2 traps. Jack of All Trades, Master of None Some elves might not stick with a singular job for very long because their long lifespan lends them to experiment and explore to keep from becoming bored. This ...


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I don't see how any country could not fall behind by banning human enhancements. The benefits as you have described them are just too strong to resist. There would be a huge underground market for augments and tons of research would be poured into hiding them. Think drugs in sports but many orders of magnitude worse. There are, however, a few enforcement ...


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this system was widely used in the past in several countries, when attending school was related to paying tuition fees. This created a vicious loop with very few exceptions: If you attend school you have a better job If you have a better job you gain more money If you gain more money your offspring can attend school resulting in rich classes having a ...


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Elves have long lives. A consequence is that they have lower population numbers as their birthrate is lower to compensate. This means that even if all Elves always get Jobs that humans still get to do their Jobs. But thats still a type of discrimination as Elves would always get a job. But you allowed us almost infinite resources and complete control over ...


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While F1Krazy's answer is sufficient, I think there is a shortcut that makes your scenario impossible on a deeper level: the premises are an unstable situation by nature. One of two things is true: either elves and humans can intermarry, either they can not. If they can intermarry and are perfectly not racist, the two races will blend into one if one waits ...


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Soft skills matter There is a whole range of reasons why a very talented person may not actually be the best person for a job. Here are a few of them to potentially apply to your elves to even things out. They are assholes Plenty of talented people are also, unfortunately, jerks. Confrontational, inconsiderate, egotistical, working with them is a pain in ...


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With unlimited resources, there shouldn't be any real need to work. Employment can simply be how people employ their time, without any thought to how that time might be valued in a financial sense. There are always things to do, and many require skills or attributes which are more difficult to measure. Without the need to compete for limited resources, ...


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One approach I haven't seen addressed could be appeal to love and pity. If the elves are significantly better than humans in every way, the fact that they do not see humans as their equals also means that they don't also see them as a threat. In fact, if elves decided so, they could have easily eliminated the entire human race. But also consider that it ...


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Restrict usage to approved persons, rather than enforcing a total ban The easiest way to not fall behind by banning human enhancements would be to explicitly license them for government use. Sanctioned individuals, from families with strong military or political ties, and a strong likelihood of raising children that support the state, could receive ...


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