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"You know", Sog-Yogthot (no relations) said to I'g-m'ell over by the Shoggothnut table at the committee meeting for the betterment of the human realm. "The humans world is really dry, how can they breathe? I'm going to send them water. Does forty days and nights of rain sound roughly enough?" "Dunno", said I'g-m'ell (who was more of a creature of eternal ...


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Make them think they're not slaves. A human that is a slave, and knows they're a slave, generally won't be happy, and there's not much that can be done about it. But if you can convince them they're NOT slaves, they get a bit more comfortable. Maybe you phrase it so that you're covering all of their living expenses for this job. Hell, maybe pay them a ...


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The uncanny valley would suffice: The uncanny valley is theorized to detach us from the corpses of our dead friends. We strongly dislike things which have a similar level of human likeness as a corpse does. If two groups were close but not quite the same, it would be very possible for each group to fall into the other group's uncanny valley, generating ...


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As presented, you show that you don't actually understand tribalism, racism, sexism, or pretty much any other -ism. Let me explain, but don't look for politically correct terms or comfortable lies. Systemic racism comes from one of many sources: Endemic social pressures. (If your child doesn't have certain traits, they will not be 'desirable' mates, and ...


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We can examine what a full K-type "difference" looks like in the current context. While we cannot look up yet (there are no K-type 1.7+ civilizations as far as we can see), but we can look down. Humanity is K-type 0.7 as of 1973, and since then has added rounding error. So we are talking about what a modern industrial war looks like to a K-type -0.3 ...


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You say to avoid political factors but realistically it is ALL about politics. Specifically Orcs cannot sustain political authority or more precisely loyalty. Orcs are loyal to the most charismatic (or simply powerful) leader present. If the leader is not present they will not follow the leader. This might be due to high level of aggression, short ...


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One doesn't need to selectively breed humans for selecting character features. Education can go a long way, as it was proven by the Romans: take the children of the aristocracy of a conquered people and raise them as Romans, then send them home. (credits @Will for the italic text) Just take babies from their parents and grow them up to have good ...


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Middle management If you are driving a car, you don't go straight from first gear to seventh. You have to shift up gradually, picking up speed. Let's take an individual Starmaker, the size of a nebula. "Within" him are many, many "short-lived" star clusters. The Starmaker engineers a being whose speed of thought is slightly faster than its own - think of ...


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Give the carnivores and the humans reasons to need each other. These probably aren't a matter of fundamental biology, but could be social, religious, or commercial. If it's traditional for human kings to be guarded by mercenary carnivores, this could be something like the Varangian Guard of Byzantium. Humans could be valued as doctors and craftsmen by the ...


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Williams syndrome If they only want a few hundred thousand they might have all they need right away. There's a rare human disorder, Williams syndrome. Williams Syndrome is a rare condition (1/10,000 births) caused by the deletion of some genes on chromosome 7. When somebody checked which gene was most different in dogs versus wolves, and they found it ...


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Easy Space is big. Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space. Douglas Adams "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" We like to think that radio waves we send out can be picked up by another ...


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As has been explained in another answer, the eldrich horrors do seem to realize that they have a negative effect on humans, and they want to benefit humans. The logical thing to do then, is identify what other things also have a negative effect on humans, and then systematically expose themselves to these other things. Since they seem to believe that ...


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As previously stated humans could be very easily trained if taken from a very young age. On top of that any genetic influences could also probably be bred out within 10-20 generations. Experiments have been conducted with Silver foxes breeding the most aggressive and the most docile of each generation producing remarkably different temperaments as can be ...


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Haste makes waste! You have your brand new shiny FTL drive, and the bureaucrats are demanding progress. You have to catalogue 50 new planets this week. Never mind that you can barely check the boxes on your planetary assays with that schedule. The bureaucrats demand progress, and this is the metric they chose! That cliff with 30 foot tall giant golden ...


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Odor would probably be the easiest way to justify an enduring race hatred. Just as there are pheromones, which induce attraction within those who smell them, there are probably also anti-pheromones which induce negative emotions and even hatred. Make your blue skinned people's pheromone an anti-pheromone for the orange skinned people and vice versa. ...


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Do rats care about human war? Other answers have focused on powerlessness and how the Ⅱs may be accidently trampled by the Ⅲs, as (Zibbobz points out) like the source of the expression of mice and men. But I want to focus on the idea that this presents a background that’s no different than any uncontrollable nature. The rats avoid the battles, and then ...


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Everything. Literary. Different language, different look, different custom, different gods (this would make for some nice, whattayacallit "crusades"), racism,and the need to strengthen the rule of one particular lord over his subjects. If you look into history of Europe you will see that people lived there side by side. And yet, brother king tried to ...


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In addition to John Dallman's answer; you're probably going to have to put yourself in a slightly different headspace than a western-thought modern man is used to. In western thought there is a very "Kill it with Fire!" reaction... as long as the threat is new and 'present'. For the most part, the only real thing that is going to bring conflict is going to ...


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Controlled release of a Hate gland Greetings, Visitor Human. You wish to know why Alien Orange and Alien Green hate each other? Very well. Come, sit here on the Orange side, with me. Ours is a rational species with a long history, and a wealth of medical knowledge. We've applied it mainly to ourselves. We have our love, our hate, jealousy, hope, like you. ...


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Train them from birth to become pets and entertainments. Gather them in camps to train for about 6 years. Then put them out to sell to owners. Never give them the idea that things like 'society', 'human' or 'rights' apply to them. Train them to always happy, always smiles in present of the owners and think happy thoughts. Tell them that the good pet does not ...


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Softly In the case you mention, the differences in timescale make it pointless to try to engage in communication directly. From the sound of it, we are no more than mayflies to them. Most of us, if we talk to mayflies, are doing it because we like the sound of our own voice. However, we like to think that there's something deeper, more fundamental inside ...


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It really depends a lot on what they are helping us to do. When they look down upon humanity, in its struggling, what do they think we need? As these sorts of stories go, they will probably horribly, oh so horribly, misinterpret the desires of humans in particular and humanity as a whole. So what is a likely predictions of what humanity needs based on ...


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The main issue here is not if this new animal should be considered a person, but if it is capable of knowing what they did was a crime. If they are able to understand what crime is, then they should be punished and treated like any other person and (by default) be considered a person. If they are not able to understand, then they should still be contained ...


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The best the KII civilization can do is to attempt to shield themselves from collateral damage caused by whatever the aliens are using. This is problematic since they could be using principles and physics which have not even been discovered yet by the KII civilization. In that regard, the question is somewhat like asking what effective steps Knights could ...


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So, these friendly neighborhood Eldritch Abominations (EA) would like to help the neighbors out? It really depends on what they are capable of, what sort of stuff the are inclined to do. There are a few things the EA need to do before they set out to help us. Communication First, they need to find some way to open lines of communication. While cults and ...


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Biologically, humans are already domesticated. The theory is that we actually domesticated ourselves when we developed agriculture. The concept still has some controversy, but most of the arguments for human self-domestication stem from osteological analogies between the bones of ancient vs. modern humans, compared to those of other domesticated animals. ...


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I can think of a few reasons: The creature is difficult to catch Sharks, being aquatic, have a large range and are not simple to find. They can be anywhere in the sea. The human death toll is not sufficiently large Again, sharks kill people, but not enough people to warrant eradicating them. We take our chances. The creature is an important part of the ...


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There's the Matrix model--from the movie The Matrix, in which most humans are not even aware that they are slaves... OR Employment Brokers aka Slavers, who get a percentage of their selling price, but the slaves are actually unionized and there are specific rules as to their treatment, specifically geared to what they can do/what their value is. The dream ...


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I will be assuming that problems such as the common cold killing these invaders does not apply. I actually think you're giving the invaders too many handicaps. 2 out of 5 ships don't make it?!?! That's a ridiculously high probability of death. How in God's name would you convince anyone to board the ships? Who would want to be in the navy? I understand ...


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Give them hope and a way out. First, have very strict laws on what can and cannot be done to the slaves. Knowing that they cannot simply be tortured for the sadistic pleasure of their owners or simply killed for no reason would eliminate a great deal of anxiety. Second, have an incentive for the slaves to work hard. In ancient Rome, slaves were paid very ...


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