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Would this telescope be capable to detect Middle Ages Civilization?

This is an almost very interesting question, and I have upvoted it. (The really interesting question would have been to ask how large does the light-capturing mirror of a telescope located say 100 ...
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How fast would unrest spread in the Middle Ages?

About as fast as a person on a horse(+/- a few days) In your time period, a person on a horse was pretty much the fastest way for information to travel. This doesn't mean that everything will travel ...
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Prince Rupert' Drop Armor: How Expensive?

Prince Rupert's Drops are an early form of toughened or tempered glass. Making toughened glass scale armour might involve making the scales from glass and quenching them in water, before re-melting ...
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Would this telescope be capable to detect Middle Ages Civilization?

What every answer here so far seems to neglect is farmland. Farmland is the largest product of human civilisation, and humans have a love of straight lines. Have a look at this Google Maps satellite ...
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What industrial footprint is needed to manufacture ample medieval-era work uniforms?

It's much cheaper to just directly import clothes. Clothes for a few thousand people might weigh a ton or two. A single machine probably weighs that much. Just import as much as you can with your ...
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How fast would unrest spread in the Middle Ages?

Without modern instantaneous communication and social media, unrest travels at the speed of taxation, military burden, and hunger Today the whole world is angry — at almost everything. A good chunk of ...
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How fast would unrest spread in the Middle Ages?

Pretty quickly, if you have a coastline A ship sailing at 4-5 knots (a rough average of ships of 1200s tech-level) takes 14-17 days to go from New York, NY to Charleston, South Carolina. Approximately ...
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How fast would unrest spread in the Middle Ages?

As suggested by others, unrest travels as fast as news that causes it. News travels as fast as information which before the age of electronic communication was often at the walking or running pace of ...
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How fast would unrest spread in the Middle Ages?

If you need the unrest to spread faster... The other Answers have neatly described the most likely speed (horseback messengers, and/or "rural areas won't know until it affects them"). But if ...
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Leftover fallen world technologies

"They have the printing press." As I have explained elsewhere, the printing press is not what Gutenberg invented. The printing press had been known for many centuries in China; even in ...
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How could a feudal empire with a hive-minded species use this to maximize its power?

A hive mind isn't really compatible with feudalism unless there is some sort of checks and balances that prevents the hive from holding total power over the non-hive individuals. A hive mind would ...
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Prince Rupert' Drop Armor: How Expensive?

The way I understand it, the question has nothing to do with armor, but rather it is about a fancy coat covered with moderately shiny pieces of some base¹ material. ¹) "Base" material as ...
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Would this telescope be capable to detect Middle Ages Civilization?

It is incredibly unlikely. Maybe almost completely impossible. Biggest obstacle is atmospheric distortion, and it hinders even our own ability to observe other celestial objects. The images are always ...
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How fast would unrest spread in the Middle Ages?

Around a mile per day. The Peasants Revolt's trigger was on 30 May 1381 in Brentwood; 14 days later there were battles in London 20 miles away. On 26 November 1380 Gisburn was deposed in York; 200 ...
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How fast would unrest spread in the Middle Ages?

Very slowly if at all. People get upset for all kinds of reasons but being able to get other people to be upset about the same things is very difficult. The more culturally different two people are to ...
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How fast would unrest spread in the Middle Ages?

Half the speed of traveling on foot Most other answers think that the unrest would spread as fast as the news can get from the capital to a local town. I disagree. Consider a fairly populated country, ...
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How fast would unrest spread in the Middle Ages?

Information VS Action Knowledge of an uprising can spread quickly. By 1200 AD, many European civilizations used trained Messager pigeons as a way of calling people to arms quickly in times of need. ...
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How fast would unrest spread in the Middle Ages?

The unrest would spread as fast as the rabble-rousers could rouse the rabble. So, we have a C1200s society. That means at best messengers carrying messages by foot or on riding animals. We have to ...
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Would this telescope be capable to detect Middle Ages Civilization?

The pyramids of the Sun and Moon complex at Teotihuacan Mexico might be the biggest structure around at the time (225m across for the pyramid of the Sun) although it might be hard to spot as the city ...
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Could saltpeter be discovered from fertilizer?

As others have already pointed out, yes. The problem is, making sufficient amount of saltpeter this way takes enormous effort. Once you "mine" all the saltpeter from the sand underneath the ...
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Adaptations for Anthropophagy

A "typical medieval city" was really really small and it was filled with humans; there was simply no place for a population of large wild animals. There were no large parks, there were no ...
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Prince Rupert' Drop Armor: How Expensive?

In the absence of contradictory statements in your post above? In your question above Prince Rupert's Drops are (as has been stated previously in one other answer) a form of toughened glass. These '...
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How could a feudal empire with a hive-minded species use this to maximize its power?

I can’t exactly tell how the hive mind works, but for the purposes of my answer I’ll assume that the hive is perfectly happy with whatever it does and the mind has the intelligence of a pretty smart ...
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How could a feudal empire with a hive-minded species use this to maximize its power?

World domination by providing wealth Knowledge The hive mind acts as a single mind spread over all it's individuals. Not only that, it is as smart as the group of individuals. This definition is a bit ...
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How could a feudal empire with a hive-minded species use this to maximize its power?

Have the hive mind act as an order of knights that only answers to the emperor The emperor would work to organize the hive mind so it had territory in most areas and was supplied with food, weapons, ...
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Would this telescope be capable to detect Middle Ages Civilization?

Look at Lansat 8 : https://landsat.gsfc.nasa.gov/satellites/landsat-8/ and some of the urban images it can produce: https://landsat.visibleearth.nasa.gov/view.php?id=89363 That image is in the visible ...
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Would this telescope be capable to detect Middle Ages Civilization?

If what you're looking for is a way to rationalize ambiguity, there's plenty to be had. Average cloud cover on Earth is 67%. So when you look at the planet is very important. The only way you could ...
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