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In my story, the ruling class/royalty are winged folks. In this world there are non-winged humanoids and magic users as well. I want the architecture to favor winged folks. It has to be at a live-able level for everyone else, but just not nearly as convenient.
The area I'm having trouble with is as follows:
The royalty has a palace on a floating island with waterfalls. Below and around the floating islands are lower class homes/ranches/farms/towns. Then there's also a city about the size of LA that's right on the coast of a large body of water. This is where more wealthy/well known people live and spend time. There’s also a lot of social gatherings held in the city for royalty/nobles to mingle with rich/powerful/famous city folk. That city is the part I'm having the most trouble with.
Some details I have for the city so far: The large body of water has magical water that raises/floats upward with certain weather/time of year/moon phases. The city buildings are made of concrete/steel and some form of reinforced glass and thermal glazing to keep heat in.
The buildings don’t often end up underwater, but sometimes when the water floats AND is rough, it can happen temporarily. Some people want to build farther towards the water and even into it, but there’s pushback due to safety and wanting to leave the docks alone.
The main way I’ve been able to think of the buildings catering to winged folk is them getting higher up living spaces/higher areas to socially gather, but I really want some sort of building shapes that would be convenient for winged folk to fly into different levels of buildings easily. I've looked into social bird nesting, but a lot of it looks more like burrows/holes/nests in holes. Also, the wingspan of winged folks varies a lot based on species, so entrances would probably favor a larger wingspan just in case?
Basically, what kind of architecture would make a city more winged-person friendly while still following the general idea of tall skyscrapers? This can include magic/other improbable architecture as long as it's at least somewhat possible to explain. Even some sort of branching buildings or something? Bonus points if it incorporates the fact that the city is on the coast.
In a story I am writing, a disaster happens that will result in extreme global cooling within the span of a few months. This will coincide with winter in the northern hemisphere, which will make the cold much harsher - around December, the North Atlantic will freeze all the way down to Miami. On land, there will be snowfall all the way down to Colombia. Due to other factors not relevant to this question, this condition will become permanent.
The southern hemisphere will of course be affected as well, but due to geography the changes will be less severe. Latitudes ranging from 5 degrees north to 22 south will become cooler but should remain free of ice and snow all year round.
Considering that North America will become practically inhospitable, but many countries more to the South won't... If the US government were to try and relocate its population to countries in the southern hemisphere, how many people could moved out of the continental US in the span of six months?
I'm not interested in whether people will survive to settle, nor in the political ramifications of this migration.
How can a monarch mask its true intentions in collecting records for a nationwide registry?
in the 1600s, King Macbeth has succeeded in taking the throne of his country for himself with the help of a cabal of dark witches. Due to their art of divination and prophesizing, he has managed to stay one step ahead of his rivals, ruthlessly purging them in order to establish his authoritarian regime. However, despite the power that he has gained, he retains an insecure grip on power. The witches have told him of a prophecy that sees the end of his reign by the actions of an individual. This chosen one would be born under a total solar eclipse, in which an entity will enter and possess the body of a newborn child. This chosen one will grow up to lead a rebellion and end his tyrannical reign. Although the witches can predict when a solar eclipse will occur, they cannot pinpoint the exact child whom the entity will choose, nor the location that it will happen. Macbeth must find a way to relay the coming of the messiah for as long as possible to extend his rule over the populace. Finding and killing the child become's Macbeth's first priority. However, the prophecy goes on to say that the messiah can never truly die, but will simply be reincarnated during the next solar eclipse.
Therefore, Macbeth settles on the idea of a database that would be standardized across the kingdom. This would require strict record keeping, demanding that the records of every child born during an eclipse within the kingdom be gathered for use in a nationwide registry. These records would need to be specific, down to the very date and time the child was delivered. The goal is to design a system of record keeping that would allow for a national database that is as accurate as possible. This can be done by mandating that hospitals keep records specific to the event and requiring them to be turned over to the state. Once they had been gathered, the king's staff would analyze the records and narrow down the potential list of chosen ones to a handful few.
There is precedent for this in many governments in the form of a census, which are used to determine the number of people there are in a specific area. They do this to determine the amount of taxes they can expect, or to decide how much resources to devote to a certain location. However, there are a number of problems with this format. Going on a murderous rampage and killing every child delivered on a certain day is simply impractical for the long term. Collecting birth records for certain children linked to a specific event is likely to raise suspicions. People are unlikely to cooperate with having their data collected by the state, specifically if it can get their child potentially killed. Many expecting mothers would simply avoid hospitals and have their children in secret away from prying eyes, or at home. In a worst-case scenario, these scorched earth tactics are likely to push the populace into open rebellion and civil war. This leads to a high body count that limits to pool of taxpayers in the future.
Macbeth needs to disguise his motives for collecting records in creating this national database for the purpose of murdering newborn chosen ones, all while protecting his good guy PR image. How can the king accomplish this?
I've been developing a planet for an original scifi setting and I'm not sure if it's scientifically plausible. Said planet is in a state of global algae infestation across all major oceans, resulting from unchecked industrial activity several million years before the present. The few surviving fauna were either hardy extremophiles or formed a symbiotic relationship with the algae, such as undergoing kleptoplasty. These organisms became the dominant lifeforms, speciating into a relatively diverse ecosystem, albeit not as complex as the previous generation. The ecological shift was long enough ago for a moderately intelligent animal species, comparable to corvids or chimpanzees, to evolve into a sapient one with at least a neolithic level of technology.
My main concern is whether or not this infested state would last long enough for this to occur. Algae blooms on Earth typically only last a few weeks before the algae runs out of sustenance, suggesting a relatively quick recovery. I previously considered increased volcanic activity, another byproduct of global warming, as a new source of greenhouse gases and nitrates. However, I'm not sure if this would be enough to perpetuate the bloom for millions of years.
What mechanism would allow a planet to remain in an algae-infested state for an extended period?
I originally posted this in the main site and forgot to delete it after it was flagged for needing more focus. It was answered before I made any corrections, meaning I can no longer delete it. I am continuing to refine the question based on the feedback here, but I'm not sure what to do about the original post. I like the answer that was provided in it, so I'm not sure if I even need to continue improving it.