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There are two occupations no one has mentioned, but which would exist even in a village this small: Shepherd. That is, someone to watch over the animals grazing in the village pasture. One can't simply assume that these animals aren't at risk from predators or thieves (which include inhabitants of the next village over who are looking for a quick & easy ...


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Ok agreed with some farmers, but they can't farm naked, so the village will have at least one crew of people that can handle making clothes. Farming can be rude for clothes, so this crew has a job all the year. Especially when winter is coming To make houses, and repair this village need a crew that is good to build with wood or other component and make ...


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Farming comes first, but it is also seasonal Farming produces food (which is essential for survival), fuel, and fibers. Most of the adult and teenage male population will be busy during the entire day during plowing, planting, and harvesting. But this is seasonal, and there are periods when farming requires only a few hours (or none at all) each day. ...


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Well, if the military here works like the current American military (voluntary sign-up, no draft), you're probably looking at a society extremely stratified by gender. Almost insanely so. [Okay, full disclosure, this post is based on things I've read and soldiers and ex-soldiers I personally have spoken to. Considering I have everything second-hand, I admit ...


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Matriarchal society is not a "gender-bender" patriarchal one. It has a very special social structure. For matriarchal society the main focus is on raising children, not on war of any kind. This is exactly why it apperas and develops: if child surviving (not birth!) rates drops far bellow of what is needed to sustain population, mothers needs became ...


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Here are my 2 cents... Fighting space battles is one thing. Owning the land is another. So the question is what role would men play in your world? It seems plausible to me that in a world where woman dominate the field their social status will greatly improve. But to make this a matriarchal world it will eventually also require social engineering to let ...


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If you had ever played Banished, you'd have skipped this question and asked how many of each for a given population size, and you'd know the temporal order in which the professions are important. Farms, farms, and more farms? Not w/o seeds, and probably not before the fishery, and definitely not before hunting and gathering. Roam out into the wilderness ...


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The leader is a benevolent dictator. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benevolent_dictatorship A benevolent dictatorship refers to a government in which an authoritarian leader exercises absolute political power over the state but is perceived to do so with regard for benefit of the population as a whole, standing in contrast to the decidedly ...


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I really don't see that you actually have a problem here. Dictatorships almost always form around a cult of personality, and the more pressure the population is under, the more quickly they can form. All you need is the Dictator to accumulate just enough power to create a safer place for people to be than wherever they were, and they'll flock to him. ...


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So who says he just started gathering followers after the apocalypse? Maybe he had a cult going when the end happened, hell maybe he predicted it (or something close enough he can pretend). If he had already been stockpiling loyal cult members and supplies then once the apocalypse happens he's in a great position to take over. He's probably got a ...


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A population of 100 isn't large enough to leverage the economics of scale, not even by Medieval period standards. I would expect every person older than a small child to be engaged in two or more trades and they would all occasionally collaborate on major projects like building a new house. Although none of them would rise to the same level of expertise that ...


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A village of that size would not have any professions, just crafts, trades and occupations. The majority of the work would be done by women, and, as today, would mainly not be recognised as work - making and repairing clothes, rearing children , preparing food, brewing, baking, looking after livestock etc. The most important person for future generations ...


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Unlike the main answers, we actually do see a few specialized professions even in small villages. This is true both for the middle ages and for contemporary indigenous people. Most importantly, there would be a priest. Even small villages have a shaman, witch doctor, priest or other religious figurehead. According to some historical research, productivity ...


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Frame challenge: whatever policy you suggest, no matter how much evidence or argumentation you'll have for the policy, it won't make a difference. Why? She won't be listened to. 17th century society was very paternalistic, the ruling men of that age wouldn't listen to a women's ideas about such matters. A simple historical example of such a policy would be ...


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You forgot the major rule-enforcer, the village priest. It might not be exactly commercial in nature but it's certainly a profession and is one of the few people the slight excess food production will go toward supporting.


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I agree with John that such a small village would probably consist of farmers, farmers, and farmers. Except if the people are Humans or similar they were have two genders with somewhat different roles and a ranges of ages. So probably the jobs would be farm husband, farm wife, farm hand, farm wife's assistant, farmer's little boy, farmer's little girl, old ...


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They've already answered above saying that food would be their priority and that their professions would depend on whether the community is a satellite settlement or not, but also keep into account how many adults you have. Babies can't work, and children can only lend a hand with less physically-demanding tasks such as fetching water; herding geese, sheep, ...


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There are many scenarios that solve your problem. Here are a few. They aren't at all mutually exclusive and probably all would work together. Your Society is a Giant Mexican Standoff If everyone knows magic, then how can anyone do anything bad with it without immediately being jumped by his/her peers? Literally every man, woman and child is a walking ...


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Like Morris said, just because someone knows how to code doesn't mean they can take down the world banks from their laptop. All the world's governments and militaries have used magic to build and sustain a defense against terrorism and dark magic. Same with large companies, and common houses with people who don't invest their skills into magic are secured ...


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With that small of a group most would be farmers. Some of them might have a sideline like being a blacksmith in addition to being a farmer. Every family would be able to do some craft work like spinning thread or wool, sewing, carpentry, Leather work including tanning, and so on. The population would probably have to reach a few thousand to allow things ...


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The mechanics of how to so something is not the same as having the power to do so. A person might be able to control enough magic to start a small fire close by, such as lighting a candle, but few would be able control enough energy to make a large fireball at a distance of 5 KM. You could also have the magic be evident and the process lengthy. Everyone ...


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Butcher, baker, candlestickmaker, doctor, teacher, miller, hoo.. oh wait, you said fictitious god overseeing all of them. So a Preacher. Most are farmers, some are hunters. All folks could have multiple roles. And a blacksmith for making/fixing tools.


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Need? At a minimum, and assuming this is not a village featured in the medieval version of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, this small population village needs farms raising a suitably broad range of foodstuffs for the populace to have a healthy diet via bartering. Many villages of this size might support itinerant peddlers and tradesman providing many ...


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Farmer, farmer, and farmer Assuming it is independent and not a satellite settlement (a satellite community is far far more likely) there is only one job, farmer. there is not enough people to support specialized labor. (note farmer might be replaced with fisher in a coastal settlement) Maybe, maybe they have a blacksmith, although a hundred is is a pretty ...


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Assuming they don't have other villages, I would expect you'd have someone fulfilling these roles: Tool Makers. In most cases, this might be the blacksmith, but you could also have someone chipping stone, carving wood, or whatever the local materials are available. The number of tool-makers is pretty dependent on demand. If there is a low one, they are ...


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There are two fairly obvious approaches to me: What I have done with my own magic-heavy setting, also built around a rough equivalence between magic and computer programming: dangerous things are easy if you know how to do them, but knowing how to do them is the tricky part. The basics are taught to every schoolkid, so they have an idea of how their world ...


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Well, the first way to distinguish them is that a hive mind is a mind. So anything mindless is clearly not a hive mind. For example, ants are eusocial insects, but as far as we know, have no mind, whether hive or other. Let's keep with the ants and imagine an advanced ant species that evolves a mind. This can happen in two ways: On one hand, every ant by ...


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The different bodies of a hivemind are constantly connected - since it's supposed to be ONE mind controlling all these bodies. An eusocial species has members that work together, but think (or act on instinct) on their own.


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I'm going to be Very Basic with what I'm saying, but I believe "hivemind" is just a spiffier way of saying "eusocial". Ants, bees, wasps, termites—they're all eusocial. The word "hivemind" is literally a compounding of "hive" and "mind" in order to refer to the phenomenon observable in these insects' colonies (the highest level of organization of sociality) ...


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Euscocial organisms follows these rules three: Reproductive division of labor (with or without sterile castes), in other word, specialized groups of the species are responsible for one task, usually to the exclusion of all others. For instance worker castes can't give reproduce (generally), or the reproducing caste can't do work like burrowing or building, ...


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When it comes to worldbuilding, these differences and variations SHOULD be a part of that world. Erasing them says just as much about the world as letting them be--it says something about who leads in trade, about differences in culture, about government and far, far more than you would think. The takeaway is this: instead of asking how you can have ...


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Lots of good answers here, but one point missing is the patterns of trade. Weights and measures start with trade. Initially you are going to have things like a trader using his own arm to estimate one yard. Where humans trade with humans this works fine. It also works fine when dwarves trade with dwarves: the fact that a human yard and a dwarf yard are ...


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There are some natural quantities that are fairly constant. If your society has a modern understanding of physics, it could use some of these constants. $g = 9.807\ \rm{m}/\rm{s}^2$: A pendulum 1 meter in length swings at 0.5 Hz1. Given the number of seconds in a day, the monarch could figure out the right pendulum length. And, in one second, a dense object ...


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The single most effective country at keeping guns from the hands of criminals and gangs is Japan. They do so through the following: Guns are banned. Carrying a gun is, in and of itself, illegal. Ammunition is banned. Carrying ammunition is, in and of itself, illegal. Any search that finds contraband, like guns or ammunition, is a valid search. ...


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We're in this exact situation on this planet right now: Within one part the planet, the one type of aliens use one system, whereas in the other part the other aliens use another system. So the answer to your question is: Wherever the aliens do not talk to one another, they use their own system, but if the one alien tries to sell something to the other ...


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You setting could be the deterrent. Place it on a space station surrounded by hard vacuum. Or under a dome on Venus. You have a lot of variety in where to place your society. A firearm in some place where a stray round could quite literally kill millions is one hell of a deterrent for anything that relies on high velocity projectiles. Creating hull ...


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The 'Problem' and the Answer If you're disallowing body parts as the foundation unit, even if they're the body part of a particular individual, then that leaves other physical objects, and repeatable physical phenomena. For example, one culture might use a {unit} defined as the length of the shadow of some famous monument, taken at local noon on the ...


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You are chasing a non-issue. Variation among races doesn't matter. By the time the variation of other races matter, your culture isn't using natural measurements anymore. handspans work fine even with a wide variety of races because by the time the difference in hands matter you are not using real handspans anymore. First nothing in nature is consistent ...


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Man made environmental factors often take decades to identify properly, and decades more to legislate away. For your scenario, you just need to take something most people will assume is safe, but is far more harmful to embryos than adults, and put it everywhere. One such example is ultrasound. People assume it is safer than radiation; so, the government ...


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Sense quick expansions of gases to curb gun crime. Make the sensing very accurate and automatic. To get away with violence, can't release compressed gas at a high enough rate to get away with it...so use a club/knife/sword. This would make crossbows/bows also viable...or manipulation of the sensors : ) I know of no current tech that could do this so its ...


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History does not support your assertion that tests of this kind would lead to rioting in the streets. There is a pretty good analogue in recent history for this event; the invention of IVF. Louise Brown was the first "test tube baby," born July 25, 1978. At the time, no one knew if it would work in humans or if the resulting baby would have ...


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Brucellosis can cause spontaneous abortions in cattle. It is also transmissible to humans. Modern health care has drastically reduced the incidence in cows, and pasteurization reduces that passing to humans. Chillingly, it was weaponized, the program discontinued by President Nixon. So, surmise a bio-warfare program. A strain of Brucellosis is created ...


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A virus that affects the uterus. Say a virus has spread that makes the lining of the uterus unable to accept a zygote or forces it to spontaneously miscarry at some point during pregnancy. The virus is cosmopolitan and everywhere, and no vaccine exists. It causes no outward symptoms, and nearly everyone is infected by it by age 4. The virus doesn't affect ...


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Some plants have abortive substances in them. Also every woman seems to be immune to some plants, with the immunity varying by genetic factors and/or acquired resistance. Boldo, cinammon and seringa bark teas may induce premature labor or abortion in some women. Just have some concentration of the active effects in staple foods and the water supply and you ...


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Why not use the size of the Earth itself? This is, after all, how real life got both the nautical mile (conceptually one minute of latitude, or 1/21 600 of the circumference) and the meter (1/40 000 000). It can be measured with good-enough accuracy using the knowledge available to Eratosthenes (276-195 BCE). Of course, as technology improves, more ...


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Miscarriage There are several factors that could increase the risk of miscarriage, Highly increased/decreased blood pressure Lower blood oxygen content Genetic Infection The list goes on, all can have an effect on viability of the fetus to a lesser or greater extent, and i think what causes the chosen effect would probably come under the "Too Broad" ...


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Everyone on here seems to be going the way of how to remove guns so I am going to go the opposite way. Make it mandatory that all heads of household own a gun and allow concealed/open carry everywhere, like they did in Kennesaw Georgia. Doing so would make it dangerous for criminals to use or even brandish guns without getting shot from the side or behind. ...


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Use circles. The angles would be consistent regardless of the size of the circle, especially if you make them concentric to evaluate them. Then use the distance the stars move in a particular time frame. Perform a few calculations and you can come up with latitude and longitude and from defining a unit of measure as the set fraction of the distance ...


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Look at the Holy Roman Empire. Basically every city and principalia had its own units. This shows us two things concerning your question: Firstly that people could life and trade with different units of measurement and second that those units supposedly based on body parts lost their reference after a while. For example the Hessian Klafter was 2.5m, ...


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Measurements were originally derived from things aside from the human body. The acre was originally the amount of land that could be plowed by a yoke of oxen in one day, and eventually became defined as a strip of land a furlong in length and a chain wide, with the furlong the length of a furrow said oxen could plow in one go before having to rest. What's ...


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