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Q&A Would a civilization living on a planet without a moon still come up with the concept of months?

We divide the year into months of ~30 days because that's roughly the period of the moon, adapted to fit a solar year. However, would a civilization living on a world with no moon but a year of ~3...

6 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by galactic_analyzer‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by galactic_analyzer‭

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Q&A How Would I Believably Wipe Out an Entire Planet's Population and Culture Without Destroying Said Planet?

In my story, there is a planet. The planet's name is not really important for the sake of this question, so we're going to refer to it as "dead planet". Background: Dead planet is entirely hot d...

5 answers  ·  posted 2y ago by The Weasel Sagas‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by The Weasel Sagas‭

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Q&A Intelligent life from trial by wildfires

In my question: Sustainability of Regular Global Wildfires Due to Oxygen Rich Atmosphere An answer was proposed for a kind of "Boom Bust Cycle". The atmosphere has little CO2 but a lot of O2. W...

1 answer  ·  posted 2y ago by Aezyc‭  ·  last activity 2y ago by Aezyc‭

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Q&A Feasibility of a Super Crop

In my setting there is a civilization that has a decisive advantage in a fundamentally agrarian world; a crop of exceptional yield and nutritional value. Would it be feasible for a plant to have ...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by NixonCranium‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by NixonCranium‭

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Q&A How would a sapient species descended from felids become herbivorous?

In my fantasy world, I have created a sentient species descended from an arboreal felid (it evolved to eat squrriels and small monkeys). They are my elves. The one problem is that I want them to be...

8 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Sengiwizard42‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Sengiwizard42‭

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Q&A Could Quasi-Europe Exist in the Southern Hemisphere?

In all fantasies that I'm aware of, the setting is in the northern hemisphere (noted by frozen north and barren south). So... Could advanced civilizations exist on a continent that's located in the...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Chlodio‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Chlodio‭

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Q&A Human uses for megafauna besides food or traction?

Ancient Man feasted on megafauna. From mammoths to every variety of deer and flightless bird humans have made the most of large wildlife, to the point of tragic excess. So what happens when the ani...

17 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by NixonCranium‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by NixonCranium‭

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Q&A Why would a civilization want to contact with a hypothetical extraterrestrial civilization?

Mankind has been always interested in making contact with another (extraterrestrial) civilization. We have launched the Pioneer 10 and 11 probes with plaques explaining where the Earth is located. ...

3 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Garoal‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Garoal‭

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Q&A Optimal geography for a thriving caldera centered civilisation?

What would be the optimal geography for a thriving capital, located in a caldera ? I'm building a fantasy world with multiple intelligent species and civilisations. There is magic in this world, b...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by Pierre‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Pierre‭

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Q&A Feasibility Check- Is aquaculture a possible food source for my civilization

Inspired (loosely) by societies like the Gunditjmara and natives of the Pacific Northwest, I always have envisioned a system of aquaculture for one of my concultures, though agricultural studies a...

2 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Antarctica07‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Antarctica07‭

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Q&A Humans born without legs: how would they thrive?

or, Anatomically Correct Weebles A group of behaviorally modern humans was cut off from the rest of the earth-like planet millennia ago. (Myths hold that the separation occurred four to five ka BP...

5 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by PinoBatch‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by PinoBatch‭

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Q&A How can primitive human species create an underwater civilization and adapt to their marine environment?

Hopefully this isn't two separate questions - I do feel like they are interconnected enough that they can be counted as one. I'm wondering if it would be possible for primitive human ancestors. Le...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Space_Cadet‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Space_Cadet‭

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Q&A How would civilisation develop in a permanently psychoactive world?

How would human culture and civilisation develop if placed onto a planet permanently psychoactive, e.g. because of low (but inevitable) amount of LSD-like substance in either water or air? To simpl...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by jaboja‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by jaboja‭

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Q&A How Would Civilisations on Different Planes of a Cube Planet Interact?

If there was a life-supporting planet that was cubical rather than spherical, would it be feasible for there to be a unique but similar civilisation on each 'Plane'? I know that cube planets are i...

12 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Archtea‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Archtea‭

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Q&A Civilization on an Earth-like planet without using waterways for transport

On Earth, civilization grew up around river valleys. Rivers are useful as a water source, a food source, and a waste disposal system, but their most important function to a civilization is enabling...

2 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Snowbody‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Snowbody‭

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Q&A What reason would a hidden, deep ocean society have to come up to the surface of a post-apocalyptic Earth and claim the land for themselves?

This is strictly Earth based. Would it be possible for a society to develop their own civilization underwater (nothing fantastical like Aquaman or whatever, but more of a grimy, hardscrabble existe...

7 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Faz‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Faz‭

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Q&A Earth like planet, more surface area under water?

Planet: earth like, half the radius of earth, gravity is .7g. Assuming this is possible and humans live on this planet, would it be possible to have 90% of the planets surface area be under water?...

1 answer  ·  posted 3y ago by WitchCuddles‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by WitchCuddles‭

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Q&A Could black hole civilizations even exist?

I know that currently, black hole civilizations are only theoretical. But here are my thoughts on why black hole civilizations are impossible. Black Hole Civilization Issues 1. Gravity This is...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Caters‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Caters‭

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Q&A In a 'Zootopia' situation who's in power, the Elephant or the Mouse?

Imagine a situation kind of like Zootopia with many different creatures all living in one environment, some significantly larger than others. These species aren't necessarily furries like in Zooto...

5 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by dsollen‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by dsollen‭

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Q&A How many people are necessary to maintain modern civilisation?

Modern Earth; a series of connected events (natural disasters, mass migration, drug-resistant pandemic, collapse in biodiversity, armed conflict) have led to a significant reduction in human popula...

14 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by user65791‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by user65791‭

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Q&A What is the smallest land mass to support human civilization?

Let's say we have an Earth-sized planet and the same general solar activity and climatology. However, the continents are much smaller, and it's effectively impossible to accomplish travel between t...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Daniel R. Collins‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Daniel R. Collins‭

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Q&A Would a life form with the intelligence of a human but without an appendage for manipulating its environment be able to have advanced technology?

On another planet there is a life form that has the same level of intelligence as humans on Earth, but it has no appendage to manipulate its environment. It has similar social structures to humans...

3 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Anders Gustafson‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Anders Gustafson‭

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Q&A What is the minimum size of a self-sufficient industrial country?

Imagine there is a country in which there are all important natural resources (oil, gas, metal ores, wood, etc.) in their natural form and which lies in a temperate climate region. There may be som...

7 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Irigi‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Irigi‭

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Q&A How would a Type I civilization not cook itself?

A type 1 civilization is defined as a civilization that can utilize the maximum amount of energy equal available to its entire planet, roughly 1017 watts for Earth. This is equal to the amount of ...

4 answers  ·  posted 3y ago by Nikhil Murali‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Nikhil Murali‭

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Q&A On a planet without seasons, how would people track years?

On a planet without axial tilt and with a roughly circular orbit, there would be no seasons. The climate on the planet would be, as far as I can tell, exactly the same at any time of year, and the...

7 answers  ·  posted 8y ago by Nerrolken‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Nerrolken‭

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Q&A If a civilization could plant only three crops, which ones would cover all nutritional needs?

For example, beans and rice cooperate to make a "complete" protein, providing all of the amino acids the body can't synthesize on its own -- in fact, most traditional dishes that combine legumes an...

5 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Sundemg‭  ·  last activity 3y ago by Sundemg‭

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Q&A Can a civilization arise around insect cultivation

Unnecessary Setup In my story, a race of gods arrive in our solar system from the far flung colonies of a Type III civilization. When they arrive at Earth and see the rise of hominids, they split ...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Fluss der Flüsse‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Fluss der Flüsse‭

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Q&A Need a specific event that wrecks the surface, allows the race to survive in bunkers, and affords an aftermath suitable for them to rebuild

One rule: it cannot be caused by aliens or AI invading the planet. But it is okay if an alien race causes the destruction in any other way. It's an Earth-like planet. I need the effects of the des...

17 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by halp‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by halp‭

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Q&A Why would people living inside a nebula go into space?

Assuming a sci-fi style nebula, like the thick clouds seen in Star Trek, extending several light years and hosting star systems inside, one of which gave rise to intelligent life up to current huma...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Sava‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Sava‭

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Q&A Could natural nuclear fission reactors be used to energetically sustain and catalyze the progress of an alien civilization?

According to Natural nuclear explosions natural nuclear fission reactors could occur. Could it happen that a primitive alien civilization has its social, economical and technology evolution trigg...

1 answer  ·  posted 4y ago by Pablo‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Pablo‭

Question civilization energy
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Q&A What energy sources would a species use if they didn't have access to fossil fuels?

I'm designing an alien race that hasn't developed electricity yet. Now, one thing about their species is that they haven't discovered fossil fuels on their planet to use, like coal, oil, etc. (The ...

10 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by ΓΙΑΝΝΗΣ ΜΙΧΑΗΛΙΔΗΣ‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by ΓΙΑΝΝΗΣ ΜΙΧΑΗΛΙΔΗΣ‭

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Q&A How would a cave civilisation survive underground?

All I know so far is, they're a developed culture of humans who live in cave networks underground, made fit for life. They speak their own language, and they have some contact with outsiders, with ...

9 answers  ·  posted 6y ago by Lou‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Lou‭

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Q&A How advanced would human civilization get if it was destroyed by insects every 20 years?

In this world there has been a recurring population surge of ferocious insects every 20 years for many centuries. The setting is approximately our own time in relation to the existence of "cave men...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by takintoolong‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by takintoolong‭

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Q&A How would industrial civilizations contacting each other for the first time protect themselves from diseases?

In a world big enough for human civilizations as knowledgeable about medicine as ours to develop without contacting each other, how could they initiate that contact without exposing each other to p...

8 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Gattaract‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Gattaract‭

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Q&A Civilization on a diamond exoplanet?

If humans discovered a diamond exoplanet and then traveled there, how would they set up civilization on a diamond exoplanet? Everything needs a foundation, even on low-gravity planets (below 9.8m/...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by AdrienDaBoss‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by AdrienDaBoss‭

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Q&A How to hinder the development of sea travel until the industrial age?

Instead of Earth as we know it, humans evolved on a slightly smaller, habitable earthlike planet with different geography. Due to the plot reasons, I would like to keep them confined to one (large)...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Ijon‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Ijon‭

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Q&A Materials in a tidal water world

I'm trying to create a people that live on this rolling tide (see previous question or on 'millers planet') but I haven't figured out where they would get wood to build their boats/homes. If the ti...

6 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by depperm‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by depperm‭

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Q&A Is it possible to rule a galaxy without mastering teleportation?

I would like to know if a very advanced civilisation could rule an entire galaxy without mastering teleportation or any other method that allows traveling faster than light (unless you give mathema...

14 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by user53220‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by user53220‭

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Q&A Impact of lack of fauna on an industrialized society

Related to a previous question which focused more on surviving on such a world. This presumes a significant advancement in technologies - that is, to 1940s-1950s level technology. There are some d...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Andon‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Andon‭

Question civilization fauna
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Q&A At what minimal technological level would the inhabitants of a binary planet system need to be to communicate with each other effectively?

In the event that both planets of a binary planet system were life supporting, and both ended up developing a sapient, tool using species, at what technological level would they be able to start ef...

8 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by Zak‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Zak‭

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Q&A What would be the major differences on our planet and civilization if humans were exclusive insectivores?

Let's say that in a different timeline, humans evolved to eat insects. How would that change the world today Note: Suppose that this didn't have any mass changes on our anatomy and that our species...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by John Michailidis‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by John Michailidis‭

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Q&A Plausible reason for a civilization to not explore their own planet and explore space instead

A civilization of land-living humanoids occupies a patch of land on a continent (patch of land size: a few US States, let's say Montanas) and, without even exploring the continent fully, develops s...

5 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Mranderson ‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Mranderson ‭

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Q&A How far can civilization go without inventing the calendar?

While only counting seasons and years, but not weeks or months, how far can human civilization progress? Can they reach the middle ages? Or is the invention of the calendar such a cornerstone of ...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by Mindwin‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by Mindwin‭

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Q&A Minimum required technology for a species to reach space?

Ok so first of all, let's imagine a civilisation on a planet. The planet has a relatively low escape velocity, say 6 km/s and maybe an atmosphere 30% - 50% the thickness of earth's atmosphere. Now...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by filedescriptor‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by filedescriptor‭

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Q&A How Advanced can Societies of Hooved Animals be?

Humans have come and gone. Their aggressiveness and pride have caused their own end. War has torn apart all society, engineered diseases pick them off one by one. The last remaining people have fle...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by GalaxyCat‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by GalaxyCat‭

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Q&A Food economy of pre-civilization carnivorous humanoids

Imagine a race of humanoids who only eat meat, and are unable to digest vegetables. Is it possible for these humanoid to be able too create/gather enough food(meat) to the point that job specializ...

5 answers  ·  posted 7y ago by grimmsdottir‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by grimmsdottir‭

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Q&A In what era or tech level in earth's history did people have the ability to cross a super-earth's ocean 50,000 km wide?

I have a huge planet with two continents separated by a wide ocean. Inhabitants think that their continent is the whole world because the other side is too far and they never visited it. What if pe...

16 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by brendt‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by brendt‭

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Q&A How do my PA civilizations rebuild after a depletion of the planet's natural fuels?

How do my PA civilizations rebuild after a depletion of the planet's natural fuels? Even with a wealth of information to rebuild, would civilization still be permanently stunted due to being unab...

3 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by MrCheddar‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by MrCheddar‭

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Q&A Create a civilization out of our domesticated animals - The Dolittle plan

Human civilization really took off when individuals started to interact with each other, in language and trade and settlements. The transition from stone age to our space faring civilization of tod...

4 answers  ·  posted 5y ago by LocalFluff‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by LocalFluff‭

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Q&A Cities in a world with rapid winds and denser atmosphere?

I am looking for information on how the trees and the flora would be in a world with a denser atmosphere and stronger winds. I have read that due to the greater kinetic movement of the wind, that ...

4 answers  ·  posted 4y ago by JAMS‭  ·  last activity 4y ago by JAMS‭