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They Lack Sophisticated Agriculture Goblins spend a lot of time raiding and extorting villages because they are always on the edge of starvation. Hunter-gatherer populations are never very large: the absolute largest were the indigenous tribes of northwestern North America, who had villages of up to 400 due to the abundance of the salmon runs. The Plains ...


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However, it turns out most of the “blood” in rare meat is myoglobin, and that the blood is drained from the animal at the slaughterhouse before it is butchered and sold. and Blood from slaughterhouses, though I don't know how easy it actually is to get blood from them despite the prevalence of vampires getting blood from slaughterhouses in fiction are ...


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Since you say it doesn't have to be human blood, they would just straight up buy frozen animal blood by the bucket at supermarkets like nobodies business. No need for any fancy subterfuge or specialized trickery of any sorts, it's a perfectly ordinary, boring grocery. Might be a cultural thing, but here in Norway blood is trivially available. I'd imagine it ...


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It became a controlled technology when the risk became greater than the reward Why, in that situation, would the government NOT use it for mass surveillance? Fifteen centuries is a LOT of time for people to find and execute ways of exploiting AI driven surveillance systems. By then they will have been used by school shooters to ID and track targets, ...


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Because they don't want to turn into a dragon. Dragons are created when a group of about 800+ goblins get together in a single community. After a few years of that, something happens, and all the goblins die, except for the one that turns into a dragon, absorbing the memories and knowledge of the entire community in the process. Little is known about why ...


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The more crowded it is, the more goblins run amok. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Running_amok In a typical case of running amok, an individual (often male), having shown no previous sign of anger or any inclination to violence, will acquire a weapon (traditionally a sword or dagger, but currently any of a variety of weapons) and in a sudden frenzy, ...


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Historically, male strength has served us well in any type of construction job, or things like combat. However, as industry and tools develop, this becomes increasingly less significant and necessary. Especially the invention of industrial tools to make manual tasks easier, contributes to the difference being less significant. While historically a man with ...


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Dunbar's Number is believable I believe that Dunbar's Number is a very believable approach although it needs a slight twist. Think about Goblin (or any other) society as a connected graph of who-knows-who. There is a vertex for each member of the society and there is an edge between vertices if and only if the two members know each other. Then, the Dunbar'...


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From personal experience, I can tell you that goblins are fairly moralistic creatures, and their societies are governed not be a central authority, but by patterns of social rewards and punishment that emerge based on the all-important trade-off between the egalitarianism and meritocracy. Unfortunately, the system is imperfect. For starters, if the tribe ...


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For the same reason it's a bad idea in the present world: anyone who can get access to the surveillance network will have the same world of information as you do, but their goals will rarely be aligned with yours. Sure, the cameras are useful for public safety, finding criminals, and monitoring those in need. They're also useful for identifying high value ...


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In the Foundation series, Trantor (a planet-sized city) has one patch of green on the entire surface; the emperor's palace. Here, similarly, the only greenery is surrounding the mansions of the rich. They are the only ones able to buy land, and then not put a tower on it. This is an act of conspicuous consumption, and does not need to be purely logical.


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A reasonable explanation could be that tribes larger than 500 would be too hard to self govern, or be ruled by a single ruler. Self governing tribes without a ruler could fall apart like you describe, when the members don't know and can't trust one another. The way how could be as described below. For tribes ruled by a single ruler, this would cause ...


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Goblins only respect strength. A goblin captain can command about twenty ordinary soldiers, each of whom he has personally beaten in a fight, and who knows him well enough to know he could do it again. A goblin chief can command twenty captains the same way. You can't have a third level, because goblins don't get that tough. This allows 421 adult goblins,...


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Until not too long ago, the higher floors of a mansion were the places where the lowest of the servants would have their quarters: cold in winter and hot in summer, humid and real mouse traps in case of a fire, for no reason the owner of the house (and consequently a rich man) would have settled right there. You can use the same reasons in your case: ...


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Dog hoarder. https://www.atlantamagazine.com/news-culture-articles/97-dogs-rescued-hoarding-south-fulton-now-many-ready-adoption/ Dog hoarding happens. And a dog hoard (horde?) would be a fine place for a vampire to get blood. Dogs are pretty tolerant. If a dog learns that a cuddly feeding episode correlates with some tiredness afterwards but a lot of ...


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Everybody is wearing face masks to cope with the various viral pathogens floating around. Real or imagined. Indeed, they are wearing not just surgical masks, but full face masks covering the eyes. Since it seems the latest corona virus can enter through the eyes. So facial recognition becomes worthless. Indeed, it might become the fashion to decorate the ...


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One possibility: Privacy laws For some reasons humans got really fed up with constantly being monitored, so they simply started protesting and voting until a government got into power which did something about it. The government did not ban it outright, but made the rules and regulations of creating/owning someones personal data on video such a pain that ...


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Your question isn’t a hypothetical, it’s a serious real world issue. Beef production in the western world has extremely negative impacts on our environment due to massive methane emissions, deforestation and disproportionate water use. (https://www.nationalgeographic.com/distribution/public/amp/environment/2019/01/commission-report-great-food-...


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Self-loading crossbows go back to antiquity, predating the invention of gunpowder, in China. Modern developments along these lines already approach AR capacity with light crossbow power and accuracy. YouTuber Jorge Sprave has even built units powered by a battery drill motor that can continue to repeat as long as there are arrows in the magazine and power ...


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Mining favored small people since they could fit in the tight spaces easier, egg finder and thatcher would favor light weight individuals. But really the vast majority of people during medieval times were farmers, your job was to feed yourself since food surpluses were small. Which is likely what the majority of halflings would do. Keep in mind halflings ...


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Nobody trusts video footage It's so trivially easy to fake footage, insert false video into camera systems or otherwise fool surveillance that video footage is worthless. It's not admissable in court, and even petty shoplifters know how to deepfake someone else's face onto theirs as they steal. If you're robbed, even having clear footage is no guarantee ...


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The central nation is a kingmaker in the conflict between the nations. It is not as powerful, but it can deal enough damage to ensure any country that attacks would fall to it's rivals. Perhaps magic is stronger in the location, there is a dragon / council of powerful mages defending the place, or they've got a single use WMD. Sure two nations could work ...


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Blood banks... ...also kosher meats, and other sources of meat preparation. In a society where vampires are trying to be normal peoples with different diets, and integrating into society, blood banks may open a restaurant side business. Rare and delicious blood types might be worth a premium price, Ebay and Amazon would start a blood section, and other ...


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The Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex has a character who manages to remove his face from all recordings from cameras in real time: He is an expert hacker, able to hide his physical presence by editing himself out of video feeds and cybernetic eyes, concealing his identity by superimposing an animated logo over his face, and hijacking cybernetic ...


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The central territory can be hosting an important religious item, which is worshipped by all the 3 nations. As such whoever tries to take over the central region, will openly violate the sacrality of the territory be sure to face the combined reaction of the 2 others, being in evident inferiority The above is enough to ensure an equilibrium in that region....


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We outnumber others, either by out-breeding them at some point in time or by out-killing them. Use one or combine at your leisure. The source can be technological or biological. Technological edge: Hard edge, by outkilling the others: Humans were the first who discovered how to smelt iron. While the others were still using bronze armor and swords, here ...


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Family. Its smaller than the others but much more important. What your elders tell you to do has historically mattered way more than what some distant monarch or priest has to say.


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Equality is a pendulum, not a plumb bob The short answer to your question is no, there can never be an absence of discrimination because being equal is not being the same. As a result, what makes us 'equal' is an acceptance of difference and ensuring that each of us is treated in a way that doesn't advantage or disadvantage us in any way that creates an ...


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England has a long history of producing wool and linen. Wool, of course, comes from sheep; England (especially the North Country) and Scotland have been sheep lands since at least Roman times. Sheep thrive well on land in that region where other crops don't yield enough to be worth the effort. Linen is made from plant fibers, but unlike cotton, the parent ...


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First, why can't it be blood donated by live humans? The American Red Cross and various affiliate donor organizations bank thousands of gallons of the stuff every day. The willing donor doesn't have to know their recipient is a vampire. Most modern-day vampire stories involve the use of medicinal blood as a food source that doesn't involve human injury. If ...


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