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When did creating a new assumed identity for yourself become hard?

This is very much dependent on the country in question. Some rely on birth certificates and (optionally, inconsistently) on driver's licenses and utility bills with a name on it. Others have a system ...
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When did creating a new assumed identity for yourself become hard?

The answer depends on too many factors So, middle of nowhere, working Cash-only jobs, camping in the woods and purchasing what you need with Cash - Still very much possible. However, the closer you ...
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Detectability of a Type III Civilization with a specific set of conditions

One of my favorite things about galaxies is their gas. It's a major source of baryonic matter; while the amount of gas varies between galaxies, in some cases it can be comparable to or greater than ...
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Detectability of a Type III Civilization with a specific set of conditions

Gravity. Dyson spheres can’t hide that. Clear gravitational lensing would be observed at that weirdly dark spot. Energy isn’t the only thing galaxies emit. Why isn’t it just a blob of “dark matter?” ...
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Dealing ethically with future human monsters

I don't think this is so problematic. This school expects an extremely high level of perfection and morality. Even a slight deviation would be ground for being expelled. If you are suspected of ...
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When did creating a new assumed identity for yourself become hard?

Go rural, take cash jobs and live under the radar. Lots of people doing it right now. No one including the authorities cares. It's only once you live in a town or city that people need to know more ...
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Dealing ethically with future human monsters

Have your university frame potential "monster students" for, say, academic misconduct, then expel them and strip them of their magical powers. This not only stops the next Dark Lord in their ...
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Is it reasonable that magic would become a subject and magi would become students in military academies in a world with rediscovered magic?

Yes I see two possible reasons why the military would accept magic: This reason is not related to military: The human civilization is keen enough to learn and master any possible way to continue ...
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Dealing ethically with future human monsters

There is a simple solution. Every magic user is given an object which signifies their entrance into the magical community when they arrive at a school. These tokens are magically bound to the ...
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Dealing ethically with future human monsters

The most widely palatable solution will be to do nothing and accept magic casualties as a society. This scenario parallels gun control in the US - there are tools that can be used to identify and flag ...
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When universes collide, how much of an emergency is it?

The biggest hazard will be logisitics In the olden days of nomadic life, these wormholes would not have been a problem. If anything, they would open up new opportunities to explore new hunting grounds ...
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Dealing ethically with future human monsters

Unseen University After the last big magical war, the various mages of the world got together and formed institutions of magical higher learning to replace apprenticeships. In order to become anything ...
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When did creating a new assumed identity for yourself become hard?

Probably around the time that the fax machine/the internet came about. It would suddenly be a lot easier to verify documentation, and a lot harder to fake it, if they could just call the country of ...
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Dealing ethically with future human monsters

You can't accurately predict the future, so you learn from past mistakes Disaster Avoidance Licence. Every student that wants to learn new magic must obtain a Disaster Avoidance Licence (DAL). They ...
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Dealing ethically with future human monsters

Nothing much. They wouldn’t have the clearance. The student would likely be shown the door, maybe put on a watch list, maaaybe given an ankle monitor. After all, you say that the nuclear level magic ...
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When did creating a new assumed identity for yourself become hard?

Up to 1914, or 1937 with limitations, this was legal. It got progressively harder during this time, and absolutely impossible without criminality after. Prior to the 20th century, personal ...
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When did creating a new assumed identity for yourself become hard?

Assuming the United States, I would say that the cutoff is the proliferation of Information-Age technologies to a critical mass in public records and government communications, which hit its stride in ...
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When did creating a new assumed identity for yourself become hard?

I can only describe what it would take in the US. Back in the 80's and 90's, if you wanted to make a black-bag identity, all you had to do was wander around a graveyard and look for a tombstone for ...
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How to peacefully convert your dictatorship to a democracy?

Some good "reading" material to illustrate some of the difficulties: CGP Grey - The Rules For Rulers The basic problem you're going to run into is that, even as the autocratic dictator of ...
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How to peacefully convert your dictatorship to a democracy?

Read about Bhutan. The previous king was an absolute monarch (a much nicer guy than your dictator), who decided to turn his country into a democracy, and give his people a higher standard of living. ...
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Is it reasonable that magic would become a subject and magi would become students in military academies in a world with rediscovered magic?

We already do Any military learns much about both the enemy and their friends. Knowing your own forces, your friendly forces and any enemy forces helps with making effective strategies. This is why ...
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Is it reasonable that magic would become a subject and magi would become students in military academies in a world with rediscovered magic?

would it be reasonable to suppose that rational realm militaries would be sufficiently interested in magic to have made the capabilities of magic a subject of study in their military academies Yes. ...
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Is it reasonable that magic would become a subject and magi would become students in military academies in a world with rediscovered magic?

Yes The magic system you describe is exceedingly powerful and I would estimate the impact of an arch magus to be much higher than the ownership of a nuclear weapon. The scrying ability alone could ...
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When universes collide, how much of an emergency is it?

I will draw the equivalence between universes collision and galaxies collision. Both are mostly made of empty space, with grains of matter here and there. When two galaxies collide, the chance that ...
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When did creating a new assumed identity for yourself become hard?

From personal experience, in the UK it got difficult following the events of, and reaction to 9/11 (I had inadvertently set up such an identity and now live in a shadowy world where I can't prove I am ...
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Modern warfare helmets for cat eared humans

One alternate possibility; cats' ears fold back and lay flat on their heads. Coupled with a feline form of ear buds for hearing protection and augmentation, and some method of cooling the blood in the ...
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Modern warfare helmets for cat eared humans

If you are working with fully modern technology, then the answer would be one of two options. The first would be the now very common 'hear through' option often found in things like earbuds (https://...
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