Hey all! My girlfriend is currently writing a sci-fi/fantasy novel, and came up with a really solid stumper of a theoretical science question. What would happen to an element, say a metal, if its electrons were stripped away (either in small quantities or in full) by some unseen force? Without corresponding electrons, would the other particles drop away, or are those unrelated? Would it degrade into lower-particle elements? I must admit, I'm shaky when it comes to chemistry - my focus was physics and theoretical astrophysics. But I figured you lot could easily answer such a question. Thanks!