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 can I have an optimistic positive faction in a cyberpunk style world?

I've been thinking about developing a loosely cyberpunk style world that is mostly the sort of standard corporate dominated dystopias we're used to. How could a more positive mostly heroic faction ...
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One reason Taiwan's military would be using weapons sold by China

I need a way to change history so that Taiwan, in 2015, be using weapons manufactured and sold by mainland China as well as some US equipments--sort of like how Pakistan uses both Chinese and US ...
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Refugee actions due to climate change + water crisis in Bangladesh

A backstory for a science fiction novel I am writing involves mapping out some of the devastating consequences of climate change and a simultaneous water crisis in Bangladesh. I'm curious about your ...
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How to conduct espionage in countries of different races?

Related to this, Main Character is running a multi-racial nation, whose members are persecuted by the religious authority of the humans of that world. And human nations--read Kingdoms and Empires--...
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How do you have Mutual Assured Destruction in space politics

Space is VAST, and many country occupied only a part of it. They do trade and make war just like we do on Earth. On Earth, we have our "peacemaker" between powerful nations in the form of ...
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How, if at all, could my secret immortal clans hold on to territory in small towns?

I have a story set in an alternate version of 1998 USA where nearly every single mythical humanoid humanity has ever believed in actually does exist (or used to before going extinct) and lives in ...
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Can organisation that prevents formation of empires prevent itself from becoming an empire?

In this world, nations once came together and decided that global empires are generally a bad thing for the species as a whole - since their effect on history and culture is very similar to monopoly's ...
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Joint Nuclear Weapons Control?

As stated in a previous question, the main political entity of my world, the United Commonwealth, is protected by a combined Army and Navy, made up of personnel from all nations, and funded by all ...
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Peaceful Revolution [closed]

In a prospective story I am writing that takes place between December 2027 and June 2028 of the Gregorian calendar, a future President of the Fifth French Republic named Édouard Wang, and his Prime ...
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How could my world's transplanted human population reestablish contact with Earth in as stable of a manner as possible

Over the course of millennia, some of the people of Earth have been transported to entirely new worlds. Over time, they reestablish civilizations, expand, grow culturally and scientifically, and ...
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Would a transnational armed force be capable of forming

In my current world, the main political faction, called the United Commonwealth and made up of multiple independent nations acting together,has established both the United Commonwealth Army and the UC ...
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What if the 1993 World Trade Center bombing succeeded?

Considering it's been more than twenty years since that fateful day on September 11th, 2001, a thought came to mind: what do you think would have happened if the failed WTC bombing in 1993 succeeded ...
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Why have my intelligent pigeons not taken over the continent?

My story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where there are no humans. On the island of Manhattan, which has been abandoned for a long time, there are communities of animals with human-level ...
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Evaluate whether or not my country concept is realistic

One country in my setting is essentially a bunch of micronations similar to German states during the Kleinstaaterei period - a set of hyper-fragmented, heavily (if non-ethnically) Balkanized, near-...
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Why would secret diplomacy between two different dimensions be necessary? [closed]

I am writing a book with two dimensions populated by human beings, one of which is our own. Only a small number of people in both dimensions know about the existence of the other. Governments in both ...
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How can Empire A convince Empire B that it has a planet-destroying weapon without helping Empire B to recreate it?

By almost pure luck the wizards/scientists of Empire A made a gigantic breakthrough that allowed them to create a weapon able to destroy the world, i.e. the one and the only planet on which Empire A ...
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What would geopolitics look like in a best case climate scenario?

Welcome to 2047. The last natural gas power plant shut down due to economic difficulties on the 18th September this year. Coincidentally, the last petrol-powered car was converted in a garage in ...
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Why is there a universal (both de jure and de facto) ban on necromancy in the world despite xenophobia and distrust between countries?

The world consist of several different countries who are no strangers to being at war with each other. Even more, some countries are ruled by different races, like humans, elves, dwarves, etc. Racism ...
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Riots break out after the general population realizes that the government can't save them from an asteroid. Would wars also break out?

A follow up to this question about an asteroid (which I will give 48 hours before picking an answer). Consensus was that I was being way too optimistic, and that only a small population will survive ...
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Could Traditions Such as Human Sacrifice or Gladiatorial Combat Survive in a Modernizing World?

My science-fantasy series is set in a rapidly industrializing galaxy where a group called the Ishgas are dominating militarily, culturally, scientifically, and economically (overall, it's a similar ...
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How can I keep my kingdom intact when the price of gold suddenly drops?

I am Queen Aerith the 3rd of Alagaesia. I rule a large and powerful nation in a time period technologically equivalent to the 17th century or so. Most of my world map is known, and cross-ocean trade ...
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Playing nicely with a solar death ray

What: I've been toying with the Dyson-swarm concept for a while, and specifically a tale about how it might be built. Let's say that it's Australia who build it, being a reasonably developed group ...
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What could be the the consequences in this world if nuclear bombs didn't release radiation anymore?

In an alternative earth, or just a few decades from now, someone was able to make a breakthrough in nuclear bombs. Developing a way to make the radiation be nullified by its extreme chain reactions or ...
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Does This Geopolitical Power Balance Make it Look Like I am Promoting Colonialism? [closed]

The book series I'm working on can basically be summed up as a science-fantasy series that starts out leaning much more on the fantasy end of the spectrum (the first few books could best be described ...
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How Could I Combine Imperial, Republican, and Federation Systems of Government?

One of the planets in my book series is Aurea, a very populous planet with about end-of-the-middle-ages technology (cannons galore but still haven't really figured out arquebuses or muskets). Aurea is ...
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Would an American-led, post-apocalyptic semi-dystopian “United States of North America” be just the US and Canada or would it also include Mexico? [closed]

For some context, my world takes place in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic time in 2045 where the human race was pushed to the brink of extinction and modern civilization collapsed due to Kaiju (or known ...
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In a dystopian, post-apocalyptic unified North American nation, would Denver make for a good capital city?

Maps for reference I’m creating a Godzilla fanfiction worldbuilding project and in it, after Canada collapsed into a lawless mess and the US moved to annex the country, the US formed the United States ...
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How would the cold war continue- in space?

The cold war never ended in 1990-94, and the Warsaw pact still exists, as does the prominence of communism in eastern europe. It’s now 2030, and both sides have colonies on the moon and are ...
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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 ...