Suppose that, while the British were busy making their empire, someone in government discovered magic and let his colleagues in on the secret.
However, the magic they have discovered is fairly limited. There is no mind-reading, telekinesis is limited to small objects such as pens, and personal augmentative magic such as giving yourself super speed or strength is impossible.
What the government suddenly can do is two things:
- Control temperature;
- Repair objects.
For the first: they can affect the temperature of an area no bigger than a football field by no more than 30 degrees Celsius.
For the second: almost no limitations. They can restore any inanimate object to its original state after manufacture, no matter the damage, as long as they are close to the object. No sitting at home creating invincible armies, they have to be in the field. For the sake of quantification, I'll say the repair ability has a 10m radius. In addition, if an object has been completely destroyed (for example, burned completely to ash or completely dissolved), it cannot be repaired.
This is the second question in The Magical British Government series, and in it I'm focusing on diplomacy.
How would this magic affect encounters with other important world governments/monarchs/rulers? Should the Brits reveal their magic or not? What use does it have as a tool for bargaining or blackmail?