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Questions tagged [conspiracy]

For questions about plans to do something unlawful or controversial, most often in secrecy.

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How could we fake a moon landing now?

The moon landings actually happened, and there's plenty of contemporaneous evidence of it. But what if the United States government wanted to fake a moon landing now? We have the technology to ...
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An Undercover Army

Suppose you want to invade Russia. But, beating it in a conventional or nuclear war isn't possible for your people for some reason. What if, instead, you line up 500,000 soldiers to move to Russia ...
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Most effective Faraday-Cage hat design to avoid government spying

A tin foil hat is a hat made from one or more sheets of aluminium foil, or a piece of conventional headgear lined with foil, worn in the belief or hope that it shields the brain from threats such ...
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How to “freeze” the world for a day to faciliate the dispersal of presents by Santa Claus? [closed]

In my world, Santa Claus is the head of a large, super-secret organization that utilizes advanced technology and paramilitarily organized elves to distribute presents to billions of households on an ...
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One additional day of the year in order to faciliate present dispersal by Santa Claus [duplicate]

In my world, Santa Claus is the head of a large, super-secret organization that employs a large army of paramilitarily organized elves to disperse presents at Christmas, utilizing automated factories ...
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How can rogue governments be prevented from violating the Santa Secrecy Pact?

In my world, Santa Claus is not a squid who employs quantum tunneling, as implied by some questions here. He is neither a hyperdimensional being or superhuman. Instead, he is the head of a major ...
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For how long can I hide the discovery of a new continent?

I've got a late middle-age like world, with a situation similar to Europe/America: one continent has a technological advance, and enough sailing skills to discover the other continent. The incentive ...
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Lying to prevent mass hysteria?

Say a huge asteroid came along, around the size of the one that wiped out the dinosaurs. It was unnoticed for quite a while, similar to the 2018 GE3. Then somebody saw it, and scientists calculated ...
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How could the existence of an uninhabited island be kept secret from all governments until 2019?

NB: This is not a duplicate of another question. Despite this question being different and clearly stating and demonstrating how it is different below, it has been marked as a duplicate. If you agree,...
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What weaknesses could someone exploit to manipulate this “Approval plus RCV” electoral system?

Question I know that there must be ways that this system can be manipulated, but I'm having trouble figuring out what they are. I imagine that, since I created this system, I'm simply too close to it ...
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If there was another realm full of magical beings, how would they cover it up to the general population?

I'm writing a story in which witches from the "higher realm" visit the "lower realm" (Earth) with a consistent frequency. However, most of, us mortals do not know it. How can I accomplish such a cover ...
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What would cause a modern society to discount a real-world, happening-in-plain-sight conspiracy?

Where conspiracy is defined as: an agreement between persons who intend to gain some collective advantage while keeping their agreement secret from the public or from other people affected by it. ...
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How could the government trick the entire world into thinking there will be an eclipse when there isn't?

In my story, the government is looking to get as many individuals as possible outside. Is there a way to convince the population that there will be an eclipse or some other astronomical event without ...
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How do scientists know whether a virus is man-made or not?

Question The alien want to make some new virus (or editing the gene of existing virus) to increase human death rate, and they don't want human to know the virus has been edited. I have read some ...
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What happens when the mega corp turns evil? [closed]

Famously, Google's founding motto was "Don't be evil." Imagine, if you will, a corporation called FooTec that, while like Google in interests, capabilities, and assets, has chosen a different path. ...
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Cold War Alien Invasion Cover-Up

At some point during the Cold War Earth experienced one or more failed alien invasions. Both the US and USSR had to face down this alien threat, and acted accordingly. Established facts about the war:...