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I cannot answer why you would want to stay on a website like this. When it comes to technical questions, like the original Stackoverflow boards, I really appreciate that good answers are moved up. And looking at sites like Politics, deleting trolls is a necessity to keep the site from being overrun by garbage. And instead of having the commercial company ...


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Modern military strategy is based on using 'the right tool for the right job'. So are there any jobs (ie scenarios) where a 10cm-tall biped with human intelligence is the right tool? Imagine scaling up by a factor of 18 everything you might find on the battlefield, and weight proportionally. Most obstacles then become significantly more challenging to ...


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They won't be able to survive. Assuming they are spherical, the surface to volume ratio for the normal one will be 0.03, while the same ratio for the thiny one will be 0.56. This means they will lose heat 20 times faster than normal, or alternatively that to keep the same body temperature they would need a metabolic rate 20 times faster. That might be ...


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People would not be able to survive in such state or be intelligent without magic. If we handwave surviving, those "small people" would be perfect pilots (less cockpit weight, higher G-tolerance) and tank crew (smaller crew space = thiker armor). Those mashines would be like very smart drones. Reconnaissance is also perfectly suited for small people. As ...


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From wikipedia on Roman Roads Roman construction took a directional straightness. Many long sections are ruler-straight, but it should not be thought that all of them were. Some links in the network were as long as 55 miles (89 km). Gradients of 10%–12% are known in ordinary terrain, 15%–20% in mountainous country. The Roman emphasis on constructing ...


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An alternative idea is that the cataclysm that destroyed the homeland of the escapees also had the effect of opening up a path to the unexplored part of the continent. If the new continent was on top of 1km high sheer cliffs, the land on top could be colonized by animal and plant life but not by humans. The seismic aftershocks from the destruction of ...


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Perhaps the southern area has no consistent, reliable source of surface water. There are small ponds and creeks, but nothing large enough to support large-scale agriculture or even a small town. Instead of pooling up, rainfall drains through the sandy soil deep into the ground. A long time ago, a few small towns existed in this area. They dug wells to ...


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All you need to do is evolve your new blood sport from the ones that already draw millions of viewers. Boxing. Two players (used to be two men, but women box now, too) go into a ring to try to batter one another senseless. Do this on the street or in a bar, you get arrested and might well wind up in prison; do it in a ring, and you might become a folk ...


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I think you've already asnwered the question yourself when you wrote: "These contestants would be chosen from undesirables such as criminals, convicts, orphans, liberals (LOL!), etc; the typical dregs of society that produce nothing of value and wouldnt be missed. The country supports the death penalty, from which most of the contestants will be chosen for." ...


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I suspect that no desensitization is actually necessary to make this event a big hit. Sensationalism sells. The controversy alone would already make it a big hit. Social norms might cause an outcry (among some circles) when the sport is first introduced, but if the government persists and continues to broadcast it season after season, these taboos will ...


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Media, increase violence in media. Including movies, video games, books, and music. Create a social structure that believes violence is normal and okay. To desensitize people they have to get used to seeing it, make it normal. This may make them more violent, but in turn this would give you more people for your 'games'. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...


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Not only can this happen hypothetically, it does happen in real life. Australia has high mountains on the west and east, meaning clouds almost never go over the central continent, rendering it a nigh-uninhabitable wasteland. The Sahara desert is more habitable than central Australia.


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The plague ALWAYS starts in the south and the rest of the people have had their fill of it. They are a little irritated by the new comers who will dig up the anthrax spores again.


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Invent some zoopathogen which a southern animal (like mice, or even some insect) is symbiontic with, so it has a stable genome, and which is fatal within five days for adult humans. Those new settlers come from the place where that animal originally comes from and where that symbiontic disease developed. Everybody from there catches it as a child, when it ...


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The southern lands are not amenable to northern-style agriculture. A similar sort of thing happened in Africa. After developing agriculture (and possibly iron), Bantu speaking peoples spread across the continent, displacing or assimilating the earlier Khoi-San peoples who had been the main occupants before. https://medium.com/bahasantara/a-beginners-...


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Probably not. See, civilizations grow over time, and that means they tend to expand. Cities get bigger, and territory claims other stuff. Your best bet is to only have the land becoming habitable as the refugees arrive, or have a depopulating disaster happen there very recently. Yes, there would still be some people trying to live in there, perhaps exiled ...


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Overly polite? Always working together? You already got us Filipinos. At least how people think of us are. Then you go to our country, then you see it's not exactly how you thought it'd be. If you're white you'll be treated as you are by them in the West -- very well. If you're not white, then not so well. Always be careful with theft & being scammed, ...


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Green Blood Green blood can be seen somewhat through the skin That doesn't mean they HAVE green blood, however. I have red blood when you cut me open, but the veins you CAN see under my pale-as-heck skin--those are blue, NOT red. Contrary to popular belief, blood is always red, even if it hasn't been oxygenated. So why can blue blood be somewhat seen ...


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Let's review the traits individually. Green Blood As ShadoCat said it does tend to imply a copped based blood, but a number of iron based compounds are different colors. Ferroferricyanide is better known as Prussian Blue. Jaundice is caused by a build up of bilirubin in the blood. Methemoglobinemia is a disease where hemoglobin is replace by ...


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Message starts at a client... Client brings message to their closest depot's downstairs. At the depot a message coordinator takes the message. They encrypt it with the day's cypher and make a copy. The message gets put into a capsule and sent Upstairs to... A pigeon keeper takes a fresh pigeon and puts the capsule on the pigeon. They fly home to the ...


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Adding to ShadoCat's excellent answer since I have no justification for green blood... It is believed that hooves evolved to help handle increasing body mass in plains herbivores but they have also proven useful to creatures living in high jagged terrain (mountain goats). So your bipeds will have plains or mountain dewellers in their evolutionary history. ...


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Green blood implies copper based blood. This could happen but copper is not as good at binding oxygen as iron and is not quite as common. Octopi have copper based blood and they get exhausted quickly since their blood does not hold as much oxygen. So, your creatures would be great bursters/sprinters but would suck at endurance. I would give their ...


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Why use rats with wings when you can use rats? As noted, homing pigeons have to be transported from their home loft to the sender, which is conspicuous. Rats are smart, ubiquitous, trainable, get on well with homeless people, and can unlike pigeons can travel unnoticed in the cities sewers and other little-frequented spaces. Once they learn that they can ...


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Raise Alerts, Not Messages Old-school spy tactics (notably during the Cold War) frequented the idea of relying on ambiguous, pre-defined "alerts". These alerts could be anything from "meet me at checkpoint/safehouse X" to "you've been compromised" to "perform this specific action". Having these alerts combined together makes this. I can't remember where I ...


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Pigeons are largely one way messengers, they travel home from wherever they are but they don't travel back and forth. For every message you want to send by pigeon, someone has to carry a pigeon in a cage. That means that somewhere in your messaging system you've got a lot of people running back and forth with caged pigeons. While pigeons in flights aren't ...


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(In this answer, I'll try to focus on the power armor and the immediate ramifications of its widespread availability. There are other setting elements that will have a much bigger impact, but I'll consider them out of scope for the question.) The power armor itself would not change much In a society that has interstellar travel and general purpose AI, ...


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The more spread out a state is, I would think the less likely it would be that a majority of the people would be killed. Texas has quite a few counties that are bigger than Rhode Island and many of those have fewer than 1000 people. Is it an efficient use of resources to send out a nuke just to kill a handful of people in the middle of nowhere? If you took ...


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Rhode Island (I like my other answer better, but the questioner really wants a state, so I'm going to give this answer assuming a string of very fortunate events) Let's say America strikes first in this scenario. Using a combination of nukes, hydrogen bombs, kinetic orbital bombardments etc., the US of A reduces Russia from a barren frozen tundra to an ...


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Which state is most likely to survive, assuming all of the special conditions listed by puppetsock? My vote is for Alaska. AFAIK, there are no important military installations there, at least none that would pose a threat after the rest of the US military infrastructure was nuked. Because of its location, it is a long way from all of the other possible ...


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Freeways (almost) never follow the course of old highways Because... Very little of the old highway can be reused: Freeways are much wider that local highways, and thus all works of art (bridges, tunnels, cuttings, fillings) need to be rebuilt; Freeways need much stronger foundations, and thus the old highways would need to be dug up anyway; Freeways need ...


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It depends. Building a good road is more than just laying down a layer of blacktop. You need proper foundations, drainage, etc. This all costs money so the first step would be to consider where upgrading the roads is the most important. Then how the upgrade should happen. Is there a strip of land that the new road can be built on? Can part of the road be ...


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I think what you're asking is, would the new freeways follow the course of the old freeways. I think we can answer that "NO" - here's why... The US went through a phase where it had "basic" roads and then indeed it upgraded to "modern freeways". In fact, during that process, they did NOT especially follow the old roads - they improved the lines and took ...


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I think that many Latin American or South American countries are a lot more developed and have more paved highways than you imagine. The Pan-American Highway1 is a network of roads stretching across the American continents and measuring about 30,000 kilometres (19,000 mi)1 in total length. Except for a rainforest break of approximately 160 km (100 mi), ...


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The one with the most amish people in it. It is protected by your armor, so I don't care to make anything up on how that state would be spared from the nuclear fire. Amish live in rather small communities but are still able to create pretty much everything they need by themselves. They still know how to survive without modern tech, how to make butter with ...


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There is one answer to control large mass of not-so-intelligent beings as humans: Religion To take it short humans should be kept in a low cultural (aztec-like) isolated tribes and zombies should live in "cities of gods". Eating for zombies is a holy human sacrifice for tribes. This solves a lot of problems - zombies even do not need to fight for their ...


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Most of the answers are addressing the survivability, but one thing you are referring to that isn't addressed much is which states would continue to think of themselves as a state. Texas I have lived in several, and the only state that I really know of that takes significant pride in itself as a state is Texas. I would be surprised to learn that any ...


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Population Control More zombies means more food needed. The zombies need to keep their numbers down as not to exhaust the food supply. They could wall off the humans into parks and reserves to keep them safe from zombies on the condition once the humans reach the age of sixty, they commit suicide and become zombie food. Dying before being eaten would stop ...


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If I was a zombie I would farm humans. With human meat being a necessity your zombie society would keep people in a sterile environment, with ample food and no means of education. No human would be educated, and they would maybe lose some of their intelligence through selective breeding. the zombies would have to wear airtight suits, so as not to infect the ...


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In such a society, numerous political and ideological measures would appear, just as there are currently numerous views on how to treat, raise, and care for animals (or viruses, or plants....). Your situation has two competing problems: (1) humans can easily become endangered animals, and (2) restricting the deaths of humans is not possible because they're ...


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I strongly suggest you read this book: In the book there's an EMP (or, whatever, I don't remember - it's not that interesting). Afterwards, everyone has to survive in a "survivalist" situation just as you describe - only a small pocket or pocket of reasonably-functioning society. What's the outcome? The outcome is this: Survivalism is just utterly, ...


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Give everyone superpowers and the ability to not die. Have the weekend for the last several decades be like a wacky free-mode from a video game where physics is all messed up and the points don't matter. Everything resets to a Pre-saturday state on Monday. TGIF never sounded so good.


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There have been a lot of interesting answers with far more research than what I'm willing to dedicate, but based off of those, here's my input: Most of the answers highlight that you need some form of mobility to introduce a pressure to evolve intelligence / sentience. My first thought was to a plant that would live in different ecosystems, in phases. ...


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It is not possible, no matter how good your plot armour, for a whole state to survive. Consider Montana which someone suggested might not be hit too hard. At least 55 separate nuclear detonations would be required to the west of Great Falls just to prevent the 10th Missile Squadron from retaliating. It would be sensible to double that number to account for ...


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In nature there are already quite a few plants with motility, albeit not while rooted. Seeds are the most common example and they might as well adapt to float and roll as an energy efficient way of travel. The Mimosa pudica (shy plant) can close its leaves as a response to touch. This can become a survival mechanism, plants retract underground to avoid ...


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You are twenty and you are told that your newborn child will be consumed like a piece of meat in 10 years... Parents have been known to kill people for looking wrong at their children. In their estimation their only hope is to prevent or delay this rapture. Doubtlessly these parents will be developing the strongest, nastiest god slaying weapons that they ...


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Spread the Heresy Deny the teachings of the goddess. Those signs confirming the end is near? Actually Banjo the sock-puppet god had said those were the signs that the world would be ok forever. He also said that a thousand years before Deaism was invented. It is written in a book and also said by many people in the internets, so it must be true. Also Banjo ...


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One major use was the “Razzle Dazzle” or just “Dazzle” painting schemes used on ships during WW1 and WW2. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dazzle_camouflage By painting lines of various colours on ships they could confuse observers looking at those ships as to their precise course and speed. This meant that fire control for guns and submarines torpedoes may ...


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Here's some ideas: Confusing enemy aim. Optical illusions often mess with the viewer's perception of space and distance, two important factors to consider when aiming a ranged weapon. A simple example would be soldiers marching in formation and wearing uniforms of different stripes. A single line of soldiers may appear to be moving in ranks or the front ...


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The most likely state (or at least partial state) to survive would be Montana. The Cascade Mountain range would help, but not necessarily stop, the radiation from any nukes hitting the West coast of the US, while itself and none of the surrounding states have many high priority targets to hit. No major cities on the scale of New York, San Francisco, etc. No ...


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Its possible. The reason why one state would be spared, is because it has better missile defense sites. U.S. missile defense technology is still in development. Rather than rolling-out the prototype systems across the whole country at once, the existing U.S. missile defense sites (midcourse system) are only installed in a couple of locations (Alaska and ...


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