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Just thought of this one, might be pretty easy, but I think it should be challenging enough.

For trillions of years, quietly I sat.

Well, I wasn't quiet at all, but it sure seemed like that.

For I work in the background, doing my part,

If I were not there, it would all fall apart

I am appreciated by all, and understoood by some.

With my prefix lies the power of the people; with my suffix their home

Take care not to touch me, for I might make you fly

Now tell me, if you can: What am I?

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Are you

Electricity?

For trillions of years, quietly I sat.

Until Ben Franklin discovered it.

Well, I wasn't quiet at all, but it sure seemed like that.

lightning but no light bulbs

For I work in the background, doing my part,

On my computer and my house lights.

If I were not there, it would all fall apart

No electricity = no power = no electronics

I am appreciated by all, and understoood by some.

I love it,engineers and electician understand it.

With my prefix lies the power of the people; with my suffix their home

Electric and City

Take care not to touch me, for I might make you fly

Zap.

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  • $\begingroup$ Darn it, now that I see this answer, it seems obvious and much better compared to mine. $\endgroup$ – Joe-You-Know Aug 9 '18 at 16:59
  • $\begingroup$ I still think your answer it pretty good :) +1 $\endgroup$ – QuantumTwinkie Aug 9 '18 at 17:00
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    $\begingroup$ Curse you @QuantumTwinkie $\endgroup$ – Cubemaster Aug 9 '18 at 17:00
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    $\begingroup$ Stop being good at this $\endgroup$ – Cubemaster Aug 9 '18 at 17:01
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    $\begingroup$ You win this round, but I will not rest until I have stumped you..... $\endgroup$ – Cubemaster Aug 9 '18 at 17:04
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Are you

Gravity?

For trillions of years, quietly I sat.
Well, I wasn't quiet at all, but it sure seemed like that.

Gravity has been present forever, and it's hardly noticeable. But it truly is loud (like glacial movements).

If I were not there, it would all fall apart

Without gravity, nothing would exist.

I am appreciated by all, and understoood by some.

Everyone knows without gravity, we wouldn't have much. It's understood by very few. In fact, you could argue that we don't understand gravity at all.

With my prefix lies the power of the people; with my suffix their home

Not sure

Take care not to touch me, for I might make you fly

If you mess with gravity, you could end up floating or flying.

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  • $\begingroup$ Not quite. You are on the right track, but that second to last line is important $\endgroup$ – Cubemaster Aug 9 '18 at 17:00

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