Questions tagged [geopolitics]

For questions about politics at a larger-than-nation-state scale. These may include questions about relations between superpowers, entities similar to the United Nations, the functioning of a single world-wide government, or other political operation spanning the world. See also [politics].

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How would the sudden disappearance of nuclear weapons and power plants affect Earth geopolitics?

Backstory The setting is Earth in 2021 OTL. An invisible space station of an arbitrarily advanced alien civilization is orbiting around Earth keeping watch on humanity. The aliens have determined that ...
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Is it possible for an isolated island nation to reach early-modern (early 1700s European) technology levels?

Background: I am currently writing my first fantasy novel and the nation/continent on which my story takes place is an island roughly the size of New Zealand. It consists of two nations who split off ...
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How much harm could an “evil” US president do to humanity? [closed]

A truly "evil", imaginary person has somehow managed to become elected US president. No one knows of their "evilness" because they hid their true personality their whole life. ...
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After the aliens had established first contact, where would it be most rational to put their embassy on Earth? [closed]

Considering a scenario set in a relatively realistic space opera (Something Mass Effect'esque) where aliens had come to our planet at our current level of development, accepted us in some galactic ...
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How Would a Rising Power Escape the Attention of an Existing Superpower?

At the time my book series starts, the western half of the galaxy, regarded as a rural backwater with only one inhabited star system, is undergoing a complete transformation right under the nose of ...
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How valuable and effective are spies and covert operations? [closed]

So this is a fairly abstract question, as it is not really specific to a single setting, but how valuable are intelligence gathering and covert operations conducted by intelligence agencies in terms ...
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How easy would reunification be after Second American Civil War? [closed]

So in a story series I've been writing, it is set in an alternate 21st century where the United States of America reorganized itself into a theocratic imperial military dictatorship (think Gilead in "...
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How soon could the Argentine military have developed any sort of anti-satellite capability?

Try to stick as close to real-life history as possible, but what would be the most logical progression which could lead to the Argentine military deploying anti-satellite weaponry? Ground, sea, or air-...
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What combination of events could lead to a comprehensive denazification program in modern Austria? [closed]

TLDR version: How can I write a believable piece of fiction in which Austria is being de-nazified in 2020 and later? Long version follows. Historical background In 1938, Nazi Germany annexed ...
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Would my version of a post-apocalyptic US federal government make sense and/or function properly?

So here’s some back story to catch you guys up: In my story, the Black Flu broke out around 2002 and lasted from then all the way until 2010 where it burned itself out. The Black Flu was the most ...
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How could Antarctica become its own independent country?

In the "Legend" trilogy and its sequel "Rebel", author Marie Lu envisioned a far future where Antarctica is a superpower decades after the United States splintered into two separate countries. The ...
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Building a new country, building industry from scratch [closed]

A new country is forming in northern Australia, settlement efforts have begun, hundreds of citizens are working together to build a new city. We are dominating an informational war and are slowly ...
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Building a new country in northern Australia, how do we win an information war [closed]

I am building a world where a country is seceding from Australia. The country has over 600 citizens interested in the project, and can get tens of thousands more to join once it launches its "...
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How would a medieval fantasy world adapt to a near-unstoppable horde-like civilization that's located in the middle of the known world [closed]

In most fantasy stories, and even IRL, there are horde-like nations/beings/creatures that come from a single direction (i.e. the North). I am creating a world where there is a demonic portal spawning ...
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How can I explain a continent with extremely un-equal progress between its nations?

A long-running concept I have for my fantasy continent of Diggoran is its isolated and unequalized technological and industrial progress. By ''isolated progress'' I refer to the fact that Diggoran's ...
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How can I keep the Knights Templar alive throughout the medieval period? [closed]

The Adeptus Sororitas was an independent organization of exclusively Catholic women that focused on caring for the sick and dying in war-ravaged Europe during the medieval period. They were founded ...
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Why does the universal janitor have work for thousands of years? [closed]

So, if you're familiar with Avatar: The Last Airbender, you probably know what I'm talking about. You have a powerful person who can reincarnate and who's sole purpose is to maintain balance between ...
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How could the Empire of Japan and America be allies in WWII? [closed]

I am slowly building an alternate history story where America and the Empire of Japan are closely allied during the early 1940s instead of at war. They are so close, in fact, that Anchorage is seen as ...
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In a decadent galactic empire with instantaneous communication, how would the most remote planet gain their independence?

In a very large and decadent galactic empire (think of Asimov's foundation empire), a new technology leap allows planet's government bodies to communicate instantaneously across the galaxy. It can be ...
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Woodpunk World- 'Super Wood' developed in the mid-late 19th century?

So, here's the premise- in this alternate 'woodpunk' historical timeline, primarily focused upon Japan, someone stumbles across this development far earlier on, in the mid to late 19th century (as ...
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Is there an existing name for this kind of political system?

I'm devising a political system for a novel I'm working on, but I'm not sure how to name its parts. I'll give some context first and then get to my question. The story is in a middle age context The ...
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How might Southern Ontario becoming a tech powerhouse hurt New York? [closed]

I'm working on an alternate future setting (somewhere between 2070 and 2130) in which Southern/South Western Ontario, specifically the London, ON area, becomes a tech powerhouse on par with Silicon ...
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How long can a nation maintain a technological edge over the rest of the world?

My question was raised by this post. Aliens crash-land at the Boston Airport (ie, in the United States). [...] The potential benefits of being able to reverse-engineer their tech alone is enough to ...
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Crash-landed aliens - political repercussions? [closed]

Spinning off of the question "Can humans save crash-landed aliens?", I immediately wondered what the real-world political effect such a landing would cause. To summarize - Aliens crash-land at the ...
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How would a previously hidden nation form diplomatic relations with other nations and international bodies?

Assume that the events of this question begin in a current-day (2019) world. For the purposes of this question, let's base the scenario on Atlantis. The intelligent sea-creatures inhabiting the ...
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How to cultivate war? [closed]

Hard to say if wars (fictive or real) ever had any rules. And if there were some rules, then there were also attempts to break them, or at least to avoid them to take any advantage. So, it may seem ...
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How can a new country break out from a developed country without war?

I'm in need of the backstory on how a country was able to form and break out from a rich western and well developed country. I basically had to hit a reset switch in order for some of the future plans ...
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How to share a mine of irresistable resources in the middle of an ocean without conflict?

The year was 2019. Somewhere in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean (between Bermuda & Ponta Delgada) a new volcano erupted violently for a year. The volcano created a tiny island around 100 ...
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Alternate timeline nomenclature [closed]

Let's say through some unexplained (and largely irrelevant) phenomena, an alternate timeline has suddenly "collided" with ours. The specifics don't really matter besides the idea that the two ...
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Possibility of an alliance between Rome and China

For plot reasons, I need there to be global-ish peace by the 1700's. Obviously, the easiest and best way to do this, is union under the system of Pax Romana. However, at this particular time (about ...
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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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Egypt and Israel. Would ever ally with each other?

So in my settings set 40 years in the future I plan to have Egypt and Israel in an alliance that sees them slowly (and I mean slowly) merge into a single nation. Now my question is if this can happen ...
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What the federal government can do if a state or town became a dictatorship? [closed]

What are the federal options when a town or a state becomes a dictatorship or adapt shariaa law instead of its laws? Let's suppose that the power take over was completely nonviolent and that the ...
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How would a colossal explosion affect an ocean-based planet?

In my book series, a space station called the T-Ray that is capable of causing explosions the size of the Chixculub impact explosion just fired at a planet that is completely covered by a massive ...
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A kingdom brainwashing its aristocracy but not its citizens [closed]

So just for a quick "historical" context. This is a continent where numerous races other than humans exist as does somewhat weak magic. In the medieval era the humans attempted to genocide/enslave ...
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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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Could a (strong) confederation of countries take over the world? [closed]

This is a follow on from @alexp's notes and comments on What are the advantages of small countries vs large countries? Rather than expanding via forceful takeovers and empire building, the EU has ...
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Is it possible to keep secret such a technological discovery?

Welcome to my fantasy, late-medieval world. For the sake of the question, we can divide it up in two major continents: Continent A is considered the birthplace of my humans and features a solid ...
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Geopolitical consequences of a secret peace-keeping organisation backed by the UN Security Council?

In my world, there is a top-secret counter-intelligence/peacekeeping organisation called SWORD that answers directly to the UN Security Council. SWORD was formed in the wake of War World II in order ...
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How would the centralization of world politics affect society? [closed]

How would the centralization of world’s power affect politics and society in general? The society should be set in a period where artificial intelligence is well advanced to supplement in areas such ...
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Why would two Superpowers not invade a neutral country? [closed]

I've done some research on the question and found this, but unfortunately those questions refer to a Cold war. This war in my question is very hot indeed, a stalemate that's lasted over a decade with ...
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What consensual human experiments would provide the most geopolitical value? [closed]

In the world I envision here, some countries take a much less fundamentalist stance on human rights (maybe a more extreme version of China) than we generally take for granted. For the purpose of ...
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What are the pros and cons of a client state based sci-fi empire?

I'm working on building a sci-fi world and I had an idea for how to cut down on the sheer amount of bureaucracy that a massive (say, 200 planets) empire would require. What if the central government ...
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What would happen if South Korea invaded North Korea and some of the major powers weren't able to do anything about it? [closed]

So, I'm writing a sci-fi novel that takes place roughly 200 years or so in the future. I'm currently creating a timeline to figure out what nations would be space-faring nations and which ones would ...
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The feasibility of a top-secret naval base located on Île Pott

There's this organisation, which has a global system of secret and sensitive military bases situated in various geopolitical regions, not unlike those of the US military. One military installation is ...
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Does this political system (for the Asteroid Belt) make sense?

Heyo. Well this is my very first question here so it might be a bit, I guess crude/blunt or unpolished. Anyways! This is for a world I've been building set in the nearish future (around 200-300 years)...
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How to punish small strategic country?

Say there's a small country of strategic importance, for example it has some resource that great powers need, or it controls strategic position so great powers do not want them to improve their ...
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How could regime prevent future democracy to grant citizenship to hated ethnic group?

Imagine a country under a rule of a regime that is under pressure to democratize. The regime could hold for a decade or so, but the population is growing, while economy is not. And without needed ...
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How would a society evolve if there were huge golems roaming around? [closed]

In some world, the creatures that came before humans made some huge golems, about 100 meters (a bit under 330ft) tall, and eventually disappeared, leaving the golems behind. How would human societies ...
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Could “eternal” dictator be clueless in foreign policy theory? [closed]

I'm writing a story about foreign policy student who needs to do an internship in his final year. And while his peers apply at think-tanks and government agencies, he has low grades and no connections....