In English, a short for "What will happen to us because of your decisions?" is "What about us?". "What about us?" would literally translate as "Quid de nobis?". However, I guess that's not proper Latin. In Croatian, you say "Što je s nama?", which would literally translate as "Quid est nobiscum?", but I guess that's not proper Latin either. So, how do you say "What about us?" in Latin?

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"What will happen to us" can indeed be translated as Quid de nobis futurum est?

See for example Cicero, Ad fam. 9, 17:

Immo vero, si me amas, tu fac, ut sciam, quid de nobis futurum sit...
On the contrary, if you love me, see to it that I learn what will happen to me ...

  • Note that you could also say fiet, in this letter from Cicero the periphrastic conjugation is required grammatically in both instances (indirect speech/question), but I think it sounds good in direct speech too. Commented Jul 6, 2023 at 6:47

Actually, it's correct. It's implied the form "dicam" "quid dicam de nobis?"

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    Do you happen to know if this phrase is attested in the literature? I can well imagine Plautus using it.
    – Joonas Ilmavirta
    Commented Jul 4, 2023 at 21:11
  • If isn’t, the OLD is a bad dictionary. I found that use of "quid" there. I'm not sure, but one of the authors who was cited as source was Cicero.
    – user11898
    Commented Jul 4, 2023 at 22:41
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    I see. Can you edit it into your answer that OLD gives this phrase under quid? Mentioning that is perfectly enough; that's indeed a trustworthy dictionary.
    – Joonas Ilmavirta
    Commented Jul 5, 2023 at 8:10

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