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The government is transitioning from a bureaucratic dictatorship to a soviet democracy, how can I split the powers equally amongst a small group?

In my world the dictatorship has been overthrown after a vicious mob uprising of an uncoordinated mass and one of the four military leaders taking most of the competent people (The 20% of the 80%) ...
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To what extent can mania or depression be reliably pharmacologically induced with current technology? [closed]

Let's say in this world there was a nefarious government agency that had zero legal oversight wanted to induce psychological problems into a potential dissident via drugs. To what degree could that be ...
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The ultimate far-future fortress [closed]

In the year 4000, a single gigantic government authority controls the world. In the dystopian capital mega-city of "X" lies their core center of activity, where the highest of ranking ...
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Scenario for creating a world akin to cyberpunk

I was wondering if the debt of major developed countries (especially the USA) were to grow too high (possibly with interest rates above GDP as this is the current view of what it takes to go backrupt) ...
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Two Monarchy System Problem Solution

I want to create a two alternative monarchy system. I would like someone to help me improve upon that idea. The two monarchy system I would like to create is called democratic monarchy and non-...
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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 the crew of a generation spaceship obey population control for a century? [closed]

I'll try to keep this concise and focused on the question at hand. A generation spaceship leaves Earth around the year 2060 on a journey to Alpha Centauri A. Thanks to fusion power and other new tech ...
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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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Why would a technologically advanced society recruit 14 year old children to train them to become the next political leaders and how could this begin?

I am planning to write a book where a near-future government on Earth begins recruiting talented children at the age of 14 to train them to become the next political leaders. They are going to study ...
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How a modern day coup would unfold? [closed]

Imagine the steps necessary to initiate a modern-day political regime change (democratic to autocratic). What would come first and how would it build up to the complete shift of power? Think ...
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How might a peaceful, biocentric, environmentalist movement gain control over a population and government using cult-like tactics? [closed]

This question pertains to radical environmentalism or movements like Gaianism, for example, in which the official premise of belief would be peaceful. What types of cult-like strategies might turn a ...
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How would society that embraces only non-answer still prosper? [closed]

Set in the modern day society a bill was passed in the parliment just recently to force all its people to only use non-answer for all questions including daily conversation as part of the Personal ...
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The reinstatement of Rhodesia: avoiding a repeat of history

Disclaimer The below is an entirely fictional world. I'm in no way advocating for anyone to actually reinstate Rhodesia. Premise In 2024, Zimbabwe has collapsed under the weight of policy impotence, ...
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What would an immortal-run American bank have to do to secretly maintain bank accounts for immortal customers?

A common concern with immortal fictional characters like vampires and the like is the frequency with which they'd have to change their identities and move around in order to avoid people noticing how ...
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What would a functional plutocracy look like?

Let's say we have a city-state where top government offices are literally for sale; or rather, up for auction. There's a new purchase cycle every quarter, and a wealthy individual could bid on the ...
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Maximum privacy VR-Communication for the super-rich

Setting is the near future - we have perfected VR/AR and can provide low-latency communication via satellites in low earth orbit. My company wants to provide a virtual conferencing service with ...
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How would a society dominated by mercenary companies work?

A continent I am building was entirely dominated by one race for centuries, with all other races as slaves. Throughout this time, there was an underground network, namely 4 huge coalitions of soldiers....
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How severe a multiple personality disorder can I impose on all inhabitants of a world without overt risk of a failed state?

Everyone should have multiple personality disorder. Here, I'm trying to make an educated decision as to whether there is a certain degree of severity that would be realistic/sustainable yet still ...
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Is it possible for a group of supernatural beings attempt to declare an independent, sovereign state from within the U.S [closed]

I had previously asked this question about how the U.S. military would deal with a secessionist uprising from an organized coalition of werewolves, when I realized I hadn't thought very much about the ...
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What would be the consequences of a society literally run by sociopaths?

I was listening to a worldbuilding discussion on another site and somebody came up with an idea for a dystopian setting that they called "the worst of all possible worlds". Basically, the ...
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How can a barren island state comprised of morons maintain positive GDP for decades?

Moronland, an island as big as New York, population at least 2 million had little natural resources no fresh water and no oil. The locals worship Koalemos and they have a very strict law which states ...
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What kind of companies and fronts would a humanitarian conspiracy have?

A humanitarian AI known as URAED has set up a one-AI infrastructure for supporting a conspiracy. This conspiracy being the intrusion, resource extraction, and deployment of humanitarian resources and ...
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In the modern era, how could I have a very bad recession comparable to the Great Depression?

In my world (modern day Earth, but at a higher technology level with national AI systems being commonplace across the world, cybernetics limbs being an option, and autonomous weapon systems being ...
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Would a lobby-like system of self-governing work?

In this form of self-government, a lobby is a set of 21 people in an area. Similar to a county, but on a much smaller scale, each lobby governs their immediate surroundings. The 21 people are only ...
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Could a Hydra take over the world? [closed]

Grim Ripper, a 10 story tall monster hydra which looks like a serpent with nine heads, the head in the middle being the biggest head. If one head is cut of, 2 more heads grow in it's place.The middle ...
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How can I have a corrupt meritocratic government without it being perceived as such?

I like to play with superlatives. I want a government that pretends to be rightly-guided by the most sacred morals and ideals, but in reality is filled with fat cats who only care for themselves. ...
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I want an intelligence agency without modern means (UPDATED) [duplicate]

Short. Got it. Thank you to all those who provided answers before. Closed question. Points there will influence if your answer is helpful or not. I Want to make an intelligence agency in a fictional ...
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I want an intelligence agency without modern means

Short. Got it. Thank you to all those who provided answers before and explained how to fix the problem in the comments as well. I Want to make an intelligence agency in a fictional setting that only ...
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Is There a Term for a Representative Democracy That Delegates Day-to-Day Decisionmaking to Voters? [closed]

Looking for a term: I am worldbuilding a government that elects representatives to positions of authority, but those representatives customarily refer day-to-day and big decisions back to the ...
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How could one erase a culture? [closed]

Out of a cultured society, an Evil Empire™ has arisen. Naturally, the Evil Dictator™ wants his people to be obedient to him. In this process, he wants to erase his Evil Empire™'s culture. This would, ...
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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 can a government really track the source of infection during a pandemics?

How can a government really track the source of infection during a pandemics An airborne pandemic is affecting the entire country and the hospitals are overflowing with patients. The number of severe ...
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Is there an existing name for a government type like this? [closed]

This government type probably exists already, and I just can't find it anywhere. I've been roaming this site for a while, so I figure I'd ask a short question of my own; is there a government type ...
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How can a leader entice the wealthy elite to endanger their heirs against their own interests? [closed]

Society is controlled by seven noble witch houses, each being present at the dawn of the empire and responsible for increasing it's landmass and making it rich and powerful. Witches are born into ...
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How can I reinstitute the gold standard in the current global economy?

The gold standard is a monetary system where a country's currency or paper money has a value directly linked to gold. The U.S.A (United States of Amestris) operated on this standard, allowing the ...
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Could a world without borders and immigration restrictions exist? [closed]

I’ve heard a few people imagine an alternate history where people are completely free to live in whatever country they choose to. Countries/city states would have to maintain a high standard of living ...
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How does an empire rise, work and fall [closed]

So let’s say that an empire is rising. How does that work? How do the people form an empire? They would need to have some land, a leader, and some natural resources to trade? So now the empire has ...
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Realistically would the government try to capture a person with powerful psychokinetic powers? [closed]

And Which government agency would even be the ones tasked with hunting you down? And what's a way that they would find out about you? I'd have to guess that most people would have the common sense to ...
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How could a fascist/far-right party have risen to power in 1930s USA? [closed]

In the real world, while the Great Depression hit the United States quite badly, several factors meant that fascist parties and organisations never really gained the traction they did in the US, as ...
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Would Scientists Deliberately Awaken A Kaiju? [closed]

Assume the Kaiju is a six legged crustacean, 200 feet all, weighs 4000 U.S. tonnes and is being held in a massive cryosleep chamber. With no knowledge of its behaviour, would scientists or would a ...
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Can you have a multicultural meritocracy?

I want to ape Ming dynasty China for my setting. Key points are that there's a big empire, several centuries old, but hereditary transition of power is practically non-existent. Instead, the country's ...
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How would Police (and the government) respond to a time traveler? [closed]

Say a house is suddenly thrust backward in time (In this specific case, the house ends up in 1985, but the question can be answered more broadly than that) along with everything inside it, and the ...
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What leverage would the US government have to stop the other governments from collectively making humanity's first official contact with ETs? [closed]

Suppose a federation of extraterrestrial civilizations have been monitoring Earth for thousands of years. They are ready for official relationships with the human civilization, but also have a strict ...
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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 do governments keep people accountable for contracts and oaths in a civilisation without a writing system?

Let’s say we have this fictional civilisation. It doesn’t have a writing system; its traditions are oral and so is its system of government. How do you keep people accountable to what they’ve sworn? ...
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What would a blind civilization look like? [closed]

Blind humans basically, though they are more adept in echolocation. They're also not born blind, they just believe that sight stains our understanding of the world, that it is a curse that must be ...
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Which map below would make more sense for a post-apocalyptic federal government to control if it wanted to liberate the country?

So I’m currently stuck between the peninsula-map and this one . Between the two, which would make more sense for the federal government to have control over 17 years after zombies and a virus both ...
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Smallest required change to elect Thomas Dewey as POTUS in 1948? [closed]

As the question says, let's hear your ideas for how this famous headline printed in error could have been made a political reality... Bonus points if your history changes begin after the end of WWII (...
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Countries are suddenly isolated, can they maintain/recover the current technology level? [closed]

Let's say suddenly, today, transparent and invisible barriers appeared along the borders of all countries. Here are the mechanics of those barriers : They let air, light and animals pass, however, ...
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How would a region with no government affect the people, local villages and farms in a medieval setting?

I'm writing a story at the moment where a griffin has imprisoned a lord while taking his castle as a new roost. Almost all the lord's men and servants have been disposed, therefore any kind of ...

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