New answers tagged

2

The brief answer is - in most cases they would historically have not cared - either at the source of the pollution of downstream. Up until the present day people will (apparently) happily both utilise water sources which are utterly unfit for purpose for drinking, cooking, washing clothes and themselves. And people will pollute water that they and others ...


6

In the past, some works were very polluting, and usually caused a lot of hatred in the villages downstream. Tannery, pork meat processing, dyeing used to leave a lot of substances in the waters. Other activities (such as bathing) didn't pollute the rivers in perceptible way (at least, not according to the standards of the period), particularly if the town is ...


3

We handle it today by purifying the water before putting it back into the river. This is still possible in medieval times. No one did it but there is no reason you can't build a sewage treatment facility. Most of it is just separating out solids and giving anything in it enough time to breakdown. You may be interesting in something called biological ...


0

Are you just looking at pollution and other negative possibilities, or are things like transport of people and goods worth considering? If you're thinking about transport, does your society have tech/magic to sail against the current, or is it all human powered? Is there a port city at the mouth of the river that can trade with other cities along the same ...


0

Explore the constraints: limited space, limited land use, limited life support, limited people, limited options. So you have a finite number of people who each represent a significant investment (from someone), prospecting on mostly useless land (unless your terraforming went "viral" already) and using up energy and resources. There are analogies to ...


0

Which entity founds the colony matters: if it is a corporation the end result will be something like the India Trade Company. The Board of Directors decree and the employees obey. The only way to influence the government/corporation is to buy enough shares to create a strong voting block and be able to choose the CEO and the Board. If it is the government ...


0

The situation has parallels to a homeowners' association, whether for a co-op, condominium, or standard form of ownership. In particular, there are groups with different priorities: The investors want to uphold their long-term vision for a good rate of return on the follow-on colony(ies). The colony leaders want to grow and operate the colony. The ...


22

It would probably dump some wastes in it as well, but this got me concerned: what about those who would use the water further downstream? What!? Dumping our precious waste in the river? Who would be so ignorant to do such a thing? Solid waste is useful. Food scraps feed animals (specially pigs and goats). Human and animal excrement works as a fertilizer. ...


30

It would use the heck out of that river. Cities have always shared rivers. Rivers are long and they have the things people need. A river is an excellent place to site a city. Look at all the cities on the Mississippi River and its tributaries. https://www.americanrivers.org/river/mississippi-river/ Moving water, air and life can do a lot to clean up ...


23

A Roman engineering solution to the contamination problem would be to build an aqueduct that draws water from upstream of all villages and runs parallel to the natural stream. Citizens could draw clean water from the aqueduct and dump their waste into the natural stream. Dumping waste into the aqueduct would be punishable by drowning. A set of weirs at ...


4

Your call, a fictional country can have any sort of practical or impractical arrangement. Generally speaking, the distinction of "head of state" and "head of government" is to disconnect mostly ceremonial duties from the day-to-day business of government. Major states will have enough work to keep two people busy. A careful distribution of authority can ...


Top 50 recent answers are included