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Questions tagged [empire-building]

For questions about the conglomerations of areas or nations under the rule of one person or entity.

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How can I prevent semi-independent royal families from rebelling against the empire?

This global-spanning empire is divided among five royal families, each headed by a prince. The emperor himself leads the empire, with the five princes serving under him. While they owe fealty to the ...
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Ways to keep a fantasy cold war between dragons and knight sorcerers cold?

So here's the scenario. I have two rather large and evenly matched empires: one led by human knight sorcerers with bloodline based magic and another by dragons, who are fairly similar to the dragons ...
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How likely is it that an interplanetary empire could exist in the future?

I'm building a world with an interplanetary empire (with an emperor as head-of-state), but I wonder how realistic it is for one to even exist. An empire, according to Google, is defined as: an ...
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A Theocratic Megacorporation? [closed]

Imagine if a televangelist somehow managed to amass a devoted global following and used the funds from the offerings he gained from them to turn his cult into an N.G.O. superpower. How exactly would ...
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Why does my island nation start building bridges? [closed]

I’ve got a fantasy world in which the landmass is essentially a large series of archipelagos and island chains. For a real world comparison, think the Hawaiian islands in range of size and distance ...
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Could a loose galactic alliance be dismantled in a quick coup? [closed]

In my book series (link here), the planets of Aurea, Ishgabangaloodoo, and most of the eastern half of the galaxy have entered an alliance against the Tatian Empire (Caput Tatiium and most of the ...
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If modern civilization collapsed, what impact would a lack of trade and industrial base have on the next civilization centuries later? [closed]

Let's say that civilization ends due to non-globally destructive means. For instance, a rising tide that destroys ports and trade wouldn't scar the landscape of Denver the way nuclear war would. ...
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Mapping Stellar Empires? [duplicate]

Any nation needs to have a firm understanding of its borders and controlled territories. How might a empire with FTL technology spanning multiple planetary/stellar systems make a map of their ...
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What are the 'pacifist-spiritualist' galactic empire be like?

Sorry for my bad english. I have been playing Stellaris for a while, and I found it very interesting to have a pacifist-spiritualist in my sci-fi story. But I have difficulties in understanding what ...
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Imperial Kingdoms?

I am writing a fantasy story where a vast Empire has been weakened, and the previous (inept) emperor allowed the feudal lords to act nearly autonomously. Once he died, the lords that ruled their ...
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Rules of a puppeted nation/State

For a world I'm building I would like to have a nation that is a puppet of a larger empire. I know that a puppet state is a state that is supposedly independent but is in fact dependent upon an ...
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How to Construct Politics of Nations?

on a way to prepare to create the politics of the kingdoms and empires in my novel I want to begin. I want my novel to take place in a sort of 1700s-1800s timeline, what could I do to make these ...
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Could an empire like this survive?

I am wanting to know if an empire with a continental size, lots of biomes, and a lot of diversity could survive. Might be good for the start or the middle of a story. Size Basically what is in this ...
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Rebuilding an Empire

Scenario: The world has suffered from near apocalyptic cataclysm from the new birth of a God. The nations of the world have teamed up and defeated the Evil God and have formed a new Alliance of ...
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How to integrate a tribe into a larger society?

After nuclear war destroys society, a new society emerged, called the Midwestern Empire. It shares many similarities with the Roman Empire. Their society is geared toward expansion and conquest, ...
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Can a single empire rule the world if all the landmass is part of one supercontinent? [closed]

Let’s say that the tech level is that of antiquity to early medieval times and the entirety of the planet’s landmass exists as a single supercontinent. Could the local equivalent of the Roman/Persian/...
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Could a Roman Empire style civilization exist without slavery?

(Later Edit: Clarifying my question to could Rome, its empire, its complex urban civilization, grandeur, and vast public works be built without slavery in its era or the middle ages?) Could a ...
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How advanced would a Roman themed empire be if there was no collapse and it advanced into the late medevil renisance era? [closed]

The Empire is a mix of the clasic Roman one, but mixed with influence's of greek, and general central European nations of the time. I understand that the Romans had a steam engine in the works, but ...
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How can a highly advanced sub-luminal galactic empire minimise the effects of speciation?

The Humern Empire (no relation) spans the galaxy, using a variety of methods to move from place to place and planet to planet. One thing all of their modes of transport share is that they are not ...
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How long does it take a Space Opera setting to recover after losing more than 80% of its collective civilization

In a space opera soft sci-fi setting, the typical War in Heaven happens as two superpowers go to war and drag everyone into it. Over the course of about 30-ish years, planets were trashed, empires ...
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Destruction of a great Empire [closed]

Following conditions applied-- No good group of people overthrowing the dark ruler or anything like that. No problems in the Empire related to finance or money. The political conditions of the empire ...
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Fall of an empire

So the heroes banded together, roamed the world, found new allies, amassed an army and set out to free their lands from the evil empire. And they succeeded! But what happens now? A lot of stories like ...
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Dispersed Empire, Homogeneous Culture?

Note- Empires, in the traditional sense, are large tracts of land, connected by land. A good example of an empire this question is not based on is Russia. Russia is connected and fairly culturally ...
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False flag operations and how they would occur [closed]

What kind of false flag operations would be possible in a universe where advanced AI exists along with fairly reliable FTL travel and multiple alien species and human factions all vying to be top dog?
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The Camelry Has Arrived

This is a series of maps of Old World empires: And now look at the pre-Columbian New World empires: We're not 100% sure why Old World empires were so huge and New World empires so small, but a good ...
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Challenges in maintaining a thalassocracy

In my world , the entire planet is covered by highly salt oceans ( at the level of the dead sea ) save for patches of islands dispersed across the planet. Island states emerge and , eventually , so do ...
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From City-States to Kingdoms to Empires: Where are the lines

So in the process of creating my world, I came across a question that I could not find the answer to. When do you decide that a nation is a City-State, a Kingdom, or an Empire? I am going to start by ...
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Could The Spartan Discipline Work on Larger Nations?

From the moment it was born, a Spartan was bred to service the state. If a baby passed inspection with a clean bill of health, he or she would be spared until age seven--agoge season. If a baby ...
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On the unsustainability of exponential growth [closed]

Greg Egan was the first I heard talking about how exponential growth is unsustainable. He talked about it from a hard sci-fi standpoint, noting that you are limited to cubic expansion once your ...
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What are the “red flags” of an impending revolution?

Revolutions happen and quite often they have catastrophic results on the nation, from destroying and replacing the nation to splitting up the nation into parts. Usually the result of the revolution is ...
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How do I make the colonialism of my world believable? [closed]

A big of an empire is expansion and often that expansion requires colonizing other lands, usually with people already living on it. Famous examples include the New World and Australia, but the fantasy ...
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An empire to last a hundred centuries [closed]

Let's say that in the next few decades, a regional power arises that essentially resurrects your favourite historical empire's borders (in this case, let's say Roman) at their greatest extent. Whether ...
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Advantages & Disadvantages of Allowing Freedom in Local Law in an Empire

So I am looking to structure a country so that there are other areas that are "free" to make their own laws but pay a tribute to the main country. I know that there's historical precedent (Rome's a ...
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Why Would a Nation Choose to join A Foreign Empire?

In my story/universe, I have several Empires- some good and some bad. My protagonist Empires are good, however I realized I've hit a setting related snag: One of my empires has established a colony ...
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How can a revolution occur if the leadership class is indestructible?

In the future, a globalized economy gradually stitches the various governments of the world together into a single federation. The richest and most powerful of each state and economy entrench their ...
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How large could an empire with WWII-era tech become on a very large world?

How big could an empire using World-War II equivalent technology become on a very large world? Setting: Handwavium-based-artifact by a Kardashev III+ civilization, or perhaps a simworld created by ...
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SciFi multi stellar human empire post collapse [closed]

Does anyone know of a SciFi "Universe" where humans have expanded across hundreds/thousands of stellar systems, but the empire has collapsed? Furthermore, the human occupied worlds fall to various ...
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City state with a direct democracy turns into an empire?

I was thinking of a situation in which there is a city state with a direct democracy in which citizens not only vote directly on the issues but vote on which issues are to be voted on as well as ...
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What would a galactic Empire based off Plato's Utopia (from his “Republic” and “Laws”) be like?

What would a galactic Empire based off Plato's Utopia be like? The government of Plato's Utopia was designed for a city-state at the time of the Bronze Age. But what if you upscale it to a galactic ...
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How might an inter-planetary confederation turn into a highly centralized empire?

Many scifi stories feature a vast interstellar empire that spans more worlds and races than a single being could hope to visit in a lifetime. These empires, in many cases, are highly centralized and ...
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The Empires of America BC (Before Columbus)

In this alternate scenario, man created the bow and arrow BEFORE leaving Africa. From what I had read, this can result in many technological revolutions while the Earth was still in the grip of an ...
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Would the need for control limit a superintelligent rational agent's expansion in the universe?

My thoughts go like this: I postulate a superintelligent rational agent, that is given, or assumes, control over its mother civilization. I call this agent "the Ruler". I postulate that in order to ...
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How would the Anglo-French empire arise?

After I asked what language the Anglo-French Empire would use, I got a few comments that made me realise that I haven't really thought about how this would arise in the first place. For starters, as ...
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How would political power shift without upheaveal?

I have a world where there are five guilds, each creating a semi-autonomous political entity over a region of the world. At one point, a single empire controlled the whole continent, but the empire's ...
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Are there alternate materials to build warships with?

I have an empire set in a medieval era tech level. It has to have a powerful navy to defend its shores from pirates (it controls the entire continent) and it has a problem: lack of wood. The wood is ...
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How would I keep a set of Medieval technology?

This question is based off of some of the concepts of this question, but is NOT a duplicate, as the linked question asks how long a Medieval set of tech could conceivably last. Assuming we have all ...
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How large can a medieval Empire conceivably get and still be considered a single political entity?

I was reading a book on the Byzantine Empire, and at its height it controlled much of the Mediterranean. I looked up the Arabs and saw that at the dawn of Islam they built an empire that lasted for a ...