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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What could lead a very poor country to arise as an economic powerhouse? [closed]

We know that a bunch of factors are linked to the economic status of a country, such as its natural resources, latitude related characteristics, connectivity with other countries, cultural issues, ...
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The HAMMER protocol: A geopolitical system replacing MAD, allowing war without nukes. Is it stable?

I want to check if the geopolitical system of my world is actually stable. Here's the background on the HAMMER protocol, the treaty that unwound Mutually Assured Destruction: MAD gets tested, but ...
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Can an individual be their own Sovereign Nation?

Setting: I'm working on a scifantasy setting that has many of the "classic" monster tropes turned on their heads a bit/adds unique biology/ that sort of thing. The metacommentary is about assimilation....
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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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Economic super power with little political clout?

Is it possible for a country to be economic & technological super power but to have relatively little political clout? If its possible under what circumstances it could happen?
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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 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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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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How would the United States of Oceania become a Superpower?

Given the current geopolitical uncertainty and chaos, caused by the leaders of some of the current powers and super powers; New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and a number of other pacific islands join ...
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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 ...
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How can I use a potential invasion to further my political power? [closed]

Notice I asked why this question was too broad on WorldBuilding Meta, and JBH was kind enough to explain at length. There isn't anything in particular with my question, so much as the question ...
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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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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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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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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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Tips for Improving a Fictional Map's Coastlines

So I've created a map of a fictional world using the guidelines established in the Creating a Realistic World Series. However, like all creative endeavors, the first few (hundred) maps are not going ...
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Capital of British Empire without Britain

It's around 1895 and the British Isles have fallen to a communist uprising. Or sunk underwater. Or invaded by Germany or covered in ice or something. So the government, the Royal Family and a large ...
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What is the impact on the world politics if teleportation is possible?

Say, we had a teleport in all bigger cities (let's say circa more than 1 million) in the world (and some other "important" places, like military bases). What would be the impact of this? Would the ...
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What are the political pitfalls with the ability to shift liquid water to any location?

I would like to propose being able to transport water at very low cost to any location on our current or near-future Earth. The mechanism of transport is technology based, and results in 100% pure ...
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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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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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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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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....
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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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Is there a possible reason as to why all country borders would cease to change?

So, in this hypothetical world, a lot of things are exactly the same as they are now, save that its around 100 years in the future. The borders of countries cease to change from the way they are now. ...
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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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Can a Horde be used to classify a sociopolitical group?

I am trying to do some background research for my world. I have found a ton of data explaining the hierarchy between septs, clans, and tribes, but above a tribe is where I start falling short on ...
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What would be the implications of a new “hacking” branch of military? [closed]

Assume the following: This is set in the near future (perhaps ~100 years?) of our Earth, or at least, something very closely resembling our Earth. In this future setting, computers and wireless ...
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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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Is it realistic to assume that globalization and technology could cause a united earth government in the far future? [closed]

Context I was creating a description/backstory for my custom human empire in the 4x game Stellaris. I wanted it to be as believable and realistic as possible. However, every time I started to write ...
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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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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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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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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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What if all monetary wealth on earth was equally distributed among all people [duplicate]

This is a mostly hypothetical course of events that would take place within the population of earth. Now the monetary wealth on earth is distributed very unevenly; some people have more than they ...
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How would a world with different timescales behave [closed]

Let's immagine time is like water or wind, it is uniform as of now, but it can also move and be uneven. So where there is more time, you'd complete a one-hour task earlier than if you'd have done it ...
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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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Forming the equivalent of a new country in the solar system

The idea of forming a new country on Earth has been discussed previously: Can I still form a new country? and setting up a new colony on the moon has been noted here: How would today's nations ...
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Could private states work

I'm thinking about a world where states are managed by companies and whoever can decide to switch state, staying between the conditions described by the contract each person have to sign when they ...
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How would one end up with independent Bear Island

I have a believable plot solution for this already but I was interested on hearing what would you think would be the most probable chain of events that led to Bear Island (currently part of Norway) ...
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Divided States of America (DSA)? [closed]

So as part of my World Building, I decided that a post war America's fate is a split. Said fracturing was premeditated and deliberate through politicking, scheming, etc. Now, my premise is that the ...
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Does the growth of ecommerce diminish our ability to wage total war?

One of my characters has been a hero for his side in a war between nations, when suddenly he has a change of heart and realizes that neither side is right. He is in possession of some valuable assets ...
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Are there any benefits in joining OPEC?

If country discovers large oil reserves in its territory are there any benefits in joining OPEC? The time period is late 70's just before Iranian revolution, the country is fictitious one in Sub-...
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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 a interplanetary election work with partial FTL?

In my world, presidential elections occur every four years as usual in the United States. However, the United States has since added dozens more states to itself, many on planets outside of the solar ...
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Which major foreign powers would likely send supplies, weapons and money to the various belligerents of a Second American Civil War? [closed]

So thanks to @AndyD273, I am now able to provide a coherent scenario of the situation I proposed earlier. So, here goes nothing.... Brief summary first: Pakistan falls into a civil war, followed by ...
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How would a port city located on a river on the border defend itself?

This is my first question on this site! So, I have been trying to figure this out. I have a port city that is located at the mouth of a river. The problem is that the river forms part of the border ...
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Economic effects of Earth island being pariah state for more then a half century?

In my setting there's a planetary system that did something bad and the rest of systems put it under embargo that lasts for more then a half century. In order to simplify things how would country be ...
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What if zombie apocalypse happened in 18th century [closed]

What would happen if a zombie appeared in 18th century Italy? More specifically, a walking Dead style zombie "spawning" in Turin, The Duchy of Savoy on noon, 3 of May, 1715.Turin is far upriver in ...
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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 ...