1. Neanderthals didn't go extinct because the Homo Sapiens Ethnostate started a race war against them, they went extinct because they could not compete with them for resources; two races of animal competing within the same niche naturally have this effect on each other and if basically every fantasy race is smart and crafty enough to fill that "human niche" within the ecosystem creatures like this would natuarally outcompete eachother for resources irrspective of wether they were organised into warring ethnostates or just living side by side in peace; it is how selective pressures work.

  2. People create their own systems, which support more complexity than just a homogenous "human niche." I think that the attributes of different fantasy peoples, especially those that cannot intermarry and reproduce, (which is not the case between neanderthalsis and anatomically modern humans, hence the survival of neanderthal genes in current populations) would cause tendencies for certain peoples to fill certain castes, classes, occupations, roles, duties, posts, etc and that societies that establish a framework for this and balance different groups' interests would tend to be the most stable. What I don't see is how firearms would change all of this to select for faster reproducing populations, if the firearms aren't being used to make unskilled armies more deadly.

  3. I wasn't trying to say that this kind of society couldn't work, just that competition for things like food generally mean that different species living side by side in great numbers would generally not be sustainable (over many centuries) simply through the differences physiology in the long run likely causing certain population groups to multiply at far greater speeds than others and start to cause the needs of that caste to overshadow the interests of the other groups.

  4. Oops meant to reply to this a while ago. Two societies communities that interact arguably are coexistent in a broader community, but that line of thought is less clear as I used the word "society." The contact points of trade and diplomacy also create more specific communities of coexistence. I don't disagree that there would be competition or conflict within or between these various communities, but I don't think that means "human and other similar civilizations will soon extinct" because of firearms, as firearms aren't such an important factor in many of these competitions or conflicts.

  5. If the Mediterranean sea dried out, where did that water go? Did other places submerge as this land dried out? Did a nuclear winter cause increased glaciation? Is the water somehow still clouding up in the atmosphere or even blasted out beyond the atmosphere? Maybe the earth will run into some of that ice as it orbits the sun.

  6. It's more fun when they can't maintain it. (for me anyways)

  7. Polearms or missile weapons used in formation/fortification. Siege engines, crew served weapons, mounted weapons.

  8. They're not really any less similar to modern Anglophone names than Old English names would be. You could try to favor names that are currently common or have a common equivalent in Anglophone countries, with the hope that readers will draw those connections while remembering the few they can't connect as exceptions.

  9. I think it's notable that the city-states of ancient Mesopotamia, Greece, Phonecia and Italy as well as the free cities of the HRE and merchant republics of Italy (again) all existed in environments with more or less equally autonomous cities, but that balance was many times upset, sometimes irreversibly.

  10. Look at precedents in the real world or fiction and draw connections.

  11. I imagine the stronger forelimbs to be longer, not just larger in girth than the midlimbs, and still capable of gripping a handle in one hand, even if the dexterity of the midlimbs is necessary for things like weaving or writing.

  12. Why not look into medieval era Mediterranean ships? Pretty sure some things from late antiquity, if not earlier, were still called the same by the Byzantines.

  13. Maybe look into GPlates and GIS data you can plug into it.

  14. The Peons remind me of pawns on a chessboard (the English words peon and pawn both deriving from Old French paon) while The Lady reminds me of a queen in alla rabiosa chess. Perhaps you could intentionally play up parallels with chess, looking into historical chess pieces, fairy chess, and similar games like Tafl games.

  15. With advances in in vitro maturation, it might be possible for androids (or gynoid if you prefer) to experience a sort of pregnancy, with donated biological material. Could be interesting with android parents caught between perceptions of a "natural" human reproduction and "safe" test tube babies.

  16. I personally know a few people who have despised AR-15 derivatives in general, because of poor performance in 'nam. The difference is that these people can have a few key issues and solutions explained to them, and then see for themselves with new production AR-15 style rifles.

  17. To be fair nearly all of the AR-15 performance issues were due to retarded logistic decisions by the US Army:

  18. I didn't think the key issues needed expounded upon, but yes that's what I'm referring to.

  19. I think an "animal groomer" means something different than OP is implying, but now I'm afraid to look it up. >_>

  20. Alien means foreign. Maybe it's perceived not to belong or there's something particular about the place it's thought to have come from, (the place doesn't have to be outside earth, but it often is)

  21. Ore is inherently low quality. That's why it gets processed. Assuming there's a reason these people can't process it (a realistic explanation might be lack of knowledge.) They're likely to polished of knapped stone and biological materials, maybe some imported metal, but this may be treated as more of a luxury item than a tool.

  22. I read about chaotic situations like the Russian Civil War and find that familial, linguistic, religious, class, and regional identities as well as democratic, meritocratic, hereditary, legalist, autonomous, federalist, secessionist, anarchist, liberal, and socialist principles have all applied in movements that don't bring about the utopia or dystopia one might hope or fear. Not the tsarists, the secessionists, the bolsheviks, the anarchists, the filibusters, nor even the jewish workers bund could prevent the pogroms, it was only when people stopped sending armed men into cities to fight and die for these political causes that the senseless violence would cease. I don't really try to pick sides in my world, but recognize that the people in my world have their perspectives on past and present movements based on various identities and principles.

  23. You can shorten "the powered individuals" down to just "the empowered." I've also seen the word "supers" used for super hero(ines) and villain(esses.)

  24. I like the idea of making the planet bigger relative to the things living on it. You can do whatever about the planet's density, the strength of gravity in the world, or the size of living things and get your desired results.

  25. Huh sorry I’m new here to Reddit so I don’t know stuff what does archive mean exactly?

  26. Generally an archive is where you keep old information that your no longer actively updating or readily accessing. Specifically, old posts get archived, so they can still be read, but conversation gets focused on new posts, rather than the most popular old posts overshadowing everything else.

  27. Bottom left (presumably southwest) is that name referring to the nearby continent as steppes (open grassland) or the islands as stepping stones? Maybe both? The giants of the steppe land could have settled there after traveling through islands or their mythic predecessors might have been giant enough to step between islands.

  28. Arms control IRL doesn't rely on control of material or manufacturing capability. Mostly it relies on compliant people self-reporting or reporting eachother in accordance with the law. Sometimes the enforcement agencies have to do some investigating to find willful or uninformed noncompliance, and when they do it goes on into the relevant legal system.

  29. Scientific support. The main reason sharks and dolphins can give birth if because their bodies are naturally light. They have chitin instead of bones. Whales and seals give birth because they have 2 things in common. Blubber and bones.

  30. I'm not too worried about what happens to mermaids in the cold depths of open ocean. Since they've got forelimbs to drag themselves around like many amphibious and bottom dwelling fish, wouldn't it make sense for them to live in shallow water, possibly even moving on land sometimes? I think so and I also think putting them in this transitional zone opens them to more interesting interactions with both aquatic and terrestrial environments.

  31. I generally go with a fish based merfolk (so no smooth skin or nipples) so I think egg laying should be common but I would also assumed if they childrear, live births would be more likely for protection

  32. There are fish with smooth skin, spiky spines, bony plates, and/or toothy denticles, rather than just scales if you prefer.

  33. I imagine it has a particular use for those forelimbs, though unlike a bear I imagine it needs to keep one forelimb on the ground to support the other. Maybe the forelimbs support kicking with both hindlimbs?

  34. Who designs and who proctors the tests? If they have two successful candidates do they arrange a marriage, create more tests, or might the oligarchs decide amongst themselves who the winner should be? What if none of the candidates were to pass the first test? Does it just not count or do they have to widen the pool of candidates?

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