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Part of Case study series.

(Whoops -- just noticed I missed my assigned date. Sorry.)

In space, do "shipping lanes" make sense?

About worldbuilding? Yes, it's about travel patterns and thus, indirectly, "layout" of points of interest in space.

Risking off-topic? I think it's on-topic, though one could argue that I needed to specify a tech level rather than hand-waving that. I think that's ok because sometimes worldbuilding runs backwards -- I have this outcome, and I'll make the background lead to that.

How would having multiple moons affect tides?

About worldbuilding? Yes. The effects of planetary/lunar/solar configurations are well within our scope and we have many such questions.

Risking off-topic? No, I think this question is on pretty firm ground.

How quickly and accurately should news travel in a rural medieval setting?

About worldbuilding? It's about communities' behavior in a world -- travel, fragmentation, interactions with outsiders. It could have been asked more cleanly, and the original version was in retrospect off-topic as a history question.

Risking off-topic? It's still a history question at heart and is kind of broad and speculative, though I tried to fix that in a later edit.

Must magic be tied to medieval tech?

About worldbuilding? It's about the relation between magic and technology, both of which are core worldbuilding factors, so yes.

Risking off-topic? But it's pretty opinion-based and speculative. It's more a philosophy question than a concrete worldbuilding question. Were it asked now I think it would be closed. (That was, I think, Day 2 of private beta.)

What are the necessary conditions for a worldwide government?

About worldbuilding? Government is part of worlds and this is about developing government, so I say yes.

Risking off-topic? I think it's on-topic. It describes a desired outcome, suggests one way to possibly get there, and asks about alternatives to that. It draws some precedents from our world to provide some foundation.

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In space, do "shipping lanes" make sense?

About worldbuilding? Yes, this is about building a world. How will x work in the future given y scenario.

Risking off-topic? No, this one seems pretty clear to me.

How would having multiple moons affect tides?

About worldbuilding? Yes, clearly on topic...though if we don't want to continue answering how does this planetary set up work questions maybe we create some sort of guide for people to use...though that's a lot of math and I would have trouble following personally.

Risking off-topic? Clearly On Topic.

How quickly and accurately should news travel in a rural medieval setting?

About worldbuilding? Clearly about building a world. Trying to understand and define how things work.

Risking off-topic? History questions, like physics, biology etc are a discussion we need to have...do we want them here? If we want them fine...but we should discuss there seems to be plenty of confusion around that.

Must magic be tied to medieval tech?

About worldbuilding? Again yes about world building but maybe not a great fit.

Risking off-topic? I concur this one is very opinion based, I don't know that we can objectively say why medieval settings are more predominant when it comes to magic...though I think I could answer that. I actually think the larger problem is the comparison of modern versus medieval...yeah this one would be closed.

What are the necessary conditions for a worldwide government?

About worldbuilding? Developing nations and their governments is clearly on topic.

Risking off-topic? I would say clearly on-topic. There is a ton of historical information to base an answer on.

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    $\begingroup$ These opinions are now my opinions. Anything I would have said is included here, as well as things I had not considered but agree with. Thus, there is no need for me to write my own answer (though I want to point out that I considered it). $\endgroup$ – DaaaahWhoosh Feb 25 '16 at 18:18
  • $\begingroup$ It might be worth starting a meta post to ask about History questions - or proposing it as a Risk Factor on that post meta.worldbuilding.stackexchange.com/questions/3206/… $\endgroup$ – Tim B Feb 27 '16 at 22:55
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Shipping Lanes: On topic

Multiple Moons: On topic

Medieval News: On topic unless we decide history questions are off topic. Personally I think they're fine but I know some people disagree.

Medieval Magic: I sort of agree, this could be closed as too opinion based if asked now. On the other hand a definitive "no" answer with reasons can be given so maybe it's ok.

Worldwide Government: It could be quite broad, but I think it's ok.

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