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I've got a few ideas, a few of which depend on the houses not being entirely peaceful but looking for a moment to attack and gain another piece of territory. Idea 1- Each of the seven houses are looking for a way to say 'I'm better than you neener neener neener!' so your Harrowing is just a competition for them to show off with a slight risk of death of ...


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Wealthy powerful people respond very well to offers of more wealth and more power. So... Same way we convince our powerful wealthy elites to support something that makes the world a better place. Offer them more power and wealth in return. You basically need to convince the 1% that there is a 0.1% above them and they'll throw their children into the arena in ...


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It may not be wise to go full-bore, but to have the thing in stages. For one thing, it's improbable that the exact same magic is required to keep the empire as it was to claim it. For another, building up consequences lets the houses do part or all. Legal consequences. It is best if these are actually historical traditions, or already in the law, but that ...


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It seems like she is trying to replace a system based on inheritance with a system based on merit. If she has to convince the elite to participate in the Harrowing, she might need to tweak the reward and punishment system. In other words, she has to create an environment with the right incentives. For example, what happens to participants who fail? If those ...


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How can Joe best help society? Don't ask us - ask Joe! By using self-dialog he can soon find the best and safest way to benefit himself and the world.


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Can a species devoted to destroying other species survive and prosper? Yes. We are already have something similar. Why does not a nuclear state simply nuke it's enemies? Hmmm. Because of self survival and a complicated web of politics that leads to the fact that on the global level you can be destructive but not self destructive. That web serves most ...


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I see two ways to do this. Top Down The elite secretly mandate this. They do this through kindness. There are a large number of free clinics, and they all offer care for pregnant women, and women who expect to become pregnant. They can secretly provide a form of contraception during the times that no children are wanted. For the times where only one gender ...


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Normal animals kill to eat, when their hunger is satisfied they go on doing what they do. These creatures get some kind of endorphin hit when they kill and/or destroy. In the beginning, they couldn’t know what was, or wasn’t, useful to them. They kill animals for fun, eat them as an afterthought. Continue to kill every animal they can get to until the local ...


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I am surprised nobody took upon this, specially after the centralized water supply hint. Since the government controls the water supply used by the whole population, it could add some contraceptive drugs during the "wrong" months, but aphrodisiac ones during the "appropriate" ones. This should be combined with the stress/festival months ...


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For this to work, there has to be active advantages to spending all that effort no irrevocable using up of resources in the process This could be caused by their efforts being sufficient to make them prosper but not achieve the extermination they want, but if they have enough power, they have to have judgement about "actively serving you." For ...


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For a subtle effect, then people are more likely to ... be intimate with each other at certain times. It may be possible to try and use these influences to manage times of birth. Let's call the times nine-months before a bad time to be born the 'stress months'. During stress months, alcohol sales are restricted (sad, but likely to have an effect). Public ...


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Cultivate individuals according to sign after they are born. “You go to war with the army you have, not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time.” - Donald Rumsfeld. It is tricky to arrange births according to a calendar and especially tricky to skew gender of births according to calendar. Trickiest of all if you don't want your people to ...


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Gamification of life You start with introducing gamification into your society. Everything that can be measured by the sensors of some device everyone is carrying around (i.e. a smartphone) is processed to produce a social score of that person. Not enough hours at the workplace? Score goes down. A walk in the park in the evening? That's healthy, score up! ...


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Animals. Humans have been shaping the creatures around us for tens of thousands of years; just because lifeless mechanical equipment has outpaced bioengineering lately (with regard to war machines anyway) there's not much reason to expect biotech to sit around content with plagues & cyborgs: Almost any conceivable piece of equipment could be made from ...


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People's most sensitive spot is in their wallet. Give financial contributions to the families with a baby born in the "right" months, apply financial penalties for the families with a baby born in the "wrong" months. This will easily skew the mating of couples. This already happens when incentives are barely prospected on the purchase on ...


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CRISPR CRISPR is both a beautiful opportunity and incredibly scary. Here are the basics, but you can easily search for more. It is still a new developing field, but holds incredible promises. CRISPR is a method to change DNA. previous ways to alter DNA always were either too general, too complicated or simply too expensive. Most had even two of these. Enter ...


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Two easy ways: Change the date of birth using drugs Date of birth isn't just related to date of conception, its the day the baby leaves the mother, that's a property of the hormone levels in the mother. We have drugs that can change that so the baby gets the desired star signs. Tocolytics will delay contractions. Its usually used in the case of premature ...


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Go small, go swarmy, go green Going solarpunk also meant for your society to go greenpunk. Higher integration of technology with the biosphere. They may be able to control swarms of insects (mosquitoes, hornets, fleas, etc) after converting them to accept hive like instructions. These species may be able to produce special toxins on demand or, as a safer ...


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Frame Challenge: Militaries by nature require waste and reducing it reduces your military potential. Personnel In order to have proper soldiers, they need quite a bit of training. This means you can't reasonably put a 1 month trained recruit squad against a SEAL squad and expect them to perform well. The SEALs are trained much more stringently. Reducing the ...


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Witches are Fast Food Human beings contain mana, which is the energy required for life. Mana grows over the course of a person's life, being released at the moment of death. Demons can feed on this energy to increase their power through the creation of pacts with humans in exchange for magical power. Mana is to demons, as food is to humans. Initially, ...


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I don't know if this helps but what I immediately thought of was the setting for 00 Gundam. In this world, all the major countries have access to "Solar Elevators", which are towers that extend past the atmosphere and have solar panels miles in length, to collect energy. The solution for these countries was to focus on single units rather than mass ...


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The power curve for highly skilled witches is quadratic in nature. A lowly acolyte witch is worth barely even enough to replace the power given with her soul. This will be our unit of measure, AP (acolyte power). So our lowly acolyte, works hard but doesn't manage to learn much and only becomes a tier 2 acolyte netting our demon 4 AP for his trouble. over ...


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Decentralize operations, especially in theater. Smaller, modular, deployable field bases that provide greater opportunities for in-situ resource utilization can help break your dependency on the great weakness of modern militaries, the supply chain. You don't need to rely on shipping tankers of fuel or piles of ammunition from supply depots to the front ...


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I do not think humanity would survive in the long term. I'm sure you're aware of the adages "Those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it" and "The wise man learns from other's experience, the fool from his own." You have set up a society where both problems are extreme. The result will be rash proposals that would normally ...


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Paradoxical Effect: I propose that such a virus would result in a very paradoxical effect: the laws would become hyper-protective of the elderly, and seniors might be able to dominate society and get anything they want. This is coming from the prospective of US law and constitutional protections, but I suspect a similar effect would occur in other cultures. ...


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Flying drone avatars. https://www.space.com/russia-launching-humanoid-robot-into-space.html Solar power is collected by high altitude dirigibles, floating well above the weather and transmitting power wirelessly. Flying humanoid robots patrol everywhere, and see everything. Perhaps they return to the dirigibles to recharge. These flying robots are ...


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Solar panels on military vehicles wont happen Perfect utilisation of solar power gives about 1kW/m^2 during peak daylight. This is actually a lot of power. However it's not enough for direct use in a military as we know it. An F-35 fighter with 100% efficient solar panels over its skin could absorb a peak of about 70kW of power. That's a lot of power, until ...


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POINTS Global political shift Demagogues, demagogues everywhere. This is the first of the major changes I can see. As we have millions of voters capable of changing elections, thus laws and governments, then the rise of a younger generation of political leaders is inevitable. Their entire political agenda is basically youth polities. The success of such ...


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Probably not. They are, after all, carnivores. The thing that might get dicey is that by wearing fur, humans look more like the vulpines. This may be discouraged or even forbidden if the culture or government wants to encourage separation. If vulpines and humans normally live in separate areas, fur-wearing might be forbidden to humans in human areas as ...


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Instead of a cost, it can be a special reward. Some demons have figured out that if they help the seed growths on particularly gifted individuals, the quantity of mana liberated is astronomical. But it only happens with the finest, even a very strong selection of witches does not guarantee this effect. Furthermore, to help the growth of the seed the demons ...


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I will answer pre-edit questions as well. Your MC can survive but their life will be bleak and miserable, age related health decline and discrimination is as bad and brutal as it can get for normal people, now add another layer to it. Fast agers will be extremely discriminated against. They will be seen as burden and liability, by commoners and non agers, ...


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This I think would depend on the larger context of how you did set your world. Civil wars exist and they have their actual reasons and background. But also we had slavery then it was abolished and step by step humans are largely equal nowadays in most countries and besides corruption everything is equal in the eyes of the law. Now I will get to non law ...


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We live in this world. Many of the Founding Fathers lived into their 80s and 90s. They were slow agers. This in large part because they lived sheltered lives of affluence. They had good food starting in childhood. They did not have to do manual labor. Persons with hard lives and meager resources age fast. Work uses them up. Joints and muscles used hard ...


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How does your society manage to not fall apart? You society has 3 different levels of privilege, a blessed class (live for ever at 20), a common class, and a cursed class (those who age real quickly). An upper class, a middle class, and a lower class. Pre-world war 2, societies had ways of taking differing levels of privilege and keeping society together: ...


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Frame shift. I believe that this people will tear most real-world societies apart. You have two groups which are visibly different from human norms that I believe that would be hated by the "normal" people. The slow-agers would be seen as somehow blessed, either by higher or lower powers. Either they are blessed by the Divinity or using power of ...


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A set number of Demon Seeds (and social issues): These are solid answers, but I have a slightly different take. Since the demon places a seed in a new recruit, which expands over time, make each demon only able to generate a set number of seeds. This can be according to ability (people have 10 fingers, Demons have 20 seeds) or by agreement (treaty ...


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Adding to Matthew's excellent answer, throw in a risk factor to sweeten the value of existing vetted witches over untested recruits. For example, imagine that a demon must invest three unit of power into a potential witch just to give her the possibility of reaching mediocre level, but that there is a 75% chance that she will fail to achieve that lowest ...


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Learning takes time and devotion and getting more witches reduces power There's two things at work here. Demons give their power and after death witches give their power. At first a demon might not notice, but giving more and more power to more and more witches reduces their own power, weakening them. This can be exponential, making any growing in power from ...


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I'm half tempted to post this as a comment, because it's obvious, but... Make "mana return" correlated to skill, such that the soul of a highly talented witch is more valuable than that of a mediocre witch. Properly tuned, this can easily have the desired effect. For instance, say it takes ten times as much effort to produce a skilled witch, but ...


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[...] still legally considered 'property' [...] Then, they would really get by in much the same way they do until now. Consider how some children go to school in a car with no problem at all? Because, obviously, someone else is doing the driving. Given that animals are still "property", there is always an owner to "guide" them around, or ...


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Quite an interesting topic. I got a few ideas (but they are just that. Ideas, not really scientifically based or proven). The Basics At what point in time is your world set right now? The incident happened in the late 1700s, but what year is right now? (What level of technology and society...) Depending on what age your world is set in - it might have ...


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Well, depends on which question you are asking. Is it, "How would the world change to suit color blindness as a commonality," or is it, "How would color blind animals get by in a colorful world." The answer to the first one is, it wouldn't. No one designed the pre-civil war Southern U.S. to fit slaves. History teaches us that we don't ...


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They would probably focus more on shape and contrast. for a real world example look at German public transportation signals. (German) (Photo from Wikipedia Page)


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Of course! Like any oppressive society, elites can control people and enforce their own rule. The key isn't separation, but separate expectations and motives. I question that a rebellion would lead to a capitalist democracy, but if this is the rival system to the autocratic genetic command economy, then that could make sense. The genetics just add an extra ...


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Ant colonies only work because all the castes are siblings they are literally more closely related to each other than offspring. If they can breed independently there system is not stable long term, there is a huge selective pressure to screw over the other castes. Your second problem is in society there is a lot of crossover in jobs, a irrigation system ...


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You've just described the Roman Republic Roman society had a complex caste system where your birthright defined how you were to be treated under Roman Law and capped how high in society you could climb. Roman literature on the rhyme and reason regarding the structure of their government indicates that it was their goal to combine the best aspects of ...


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As others have pointed out, you can't combine feudalism with capitalism. Capitalism became dominant after the breakup of feudalism and is an economic system where "most means of production are privately owned and production is guided and income distributed largely through the operation of markets". Now, feudalism is a system, in which land, worked ...


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Most of these are rather involved. A much cheaper setup is to either rely heavily on (electronic?) locks for most private spaces and maybe a similar in-person identity check, or alternatively to just make impersonation a huge crime and randomly check peoples' ID cards on the spot.


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Perfect symmetry is more upsetting than subtle imperfections Errors in symmetry are common, and to be expected in the real world; For example, in faces: (from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Facial_symmetry) "While symmetrical faces (leftmost image) are perceived to be attractive, completely symmetric faces (a and b) are disconcerting and are not ...


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I think there is a lot of confusion here. For example you say non-hierarchical but then later you say their overall society is non-hierarchical and consists of small egalitarian clans that are bound together for mutual interest and mutual protection from outsiders This is actually 100% a hierarchy. A hierarchy in it's most basic from is simply saying A is ...


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