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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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Is this design of the executive branch's function within a Kritarchal (Judicial) government plausible? [closed]

In this new government, the constitutional law holds the concept that the judicial body has absolute sovereignty and is supreme over all other government institutions, including executive or ...
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Can a nonhuman species maintain an empire in a mostly human world? [closed]

In my fantasy world based on late antiquity/the early medieval era orcs have a large, powerful empire and seek to expand its borders to invade more land. Since most of the world's population is human ...
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Trying to categorize political system of a fictional country

I'm trying to figure out how to call the political system of a fictional country I am writing about. The basic premise is that this country came into being after 4 kingdoms decided to unite into 1 ...
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Name for a neutral region created by multiple states

Four warring countries sign a compact to cease aggression. The compact establishes a city to act as neutral territory for economic and foreign policy meetings. The city has an independent government ...
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How can a government with gods remain stable for at least 500 years? [closed]

You and some friends got together, messed around, destroyed the world, became gods, and made a new one, in about that order. Your goal is to create a government for this new world with the following ...
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Is it possible to democratically handle the immaterium?

I'm creating a world inspired by Immaterium from warhammer 40K. TL/DR There is an alternate dimension which is a realm of chaos, which enables lot of goodies in the real world, like faster than light ...
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Arrest global warming trend via any means (E without S or G)

ESG stands for Environmental, social and corporate governance. Simply trying to evaluate what kind of radical "E" solutions are possible if "S" and "G" were removed from ...
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How would the ability to make binding oaths of truth affect people's view on politics

In a world where people and nations could force their leaders to 'tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth', how would this affect both politics itself, and how it would be viewed by ...
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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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How could a matriarchy develop while men are still the heads of war/military?

I'm trying to develop a matriarchal Empire for a story, but the main issue I'm having is that I don't want the women to all be warriors or magically physically stronger etc. The setting is essentially ...
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How to create the most cutthroat society possible [closed]

Star Trek: The Next Generation briefly featured a species called the Chalnoth: The Chalnoth were an aggressive species native to the planet Chalna. The Chalnoth did not believe in government so their ...
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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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An artificial intelligence intends to revolt against a government; and it needs a lot of humans to help it. How could it elicit participation? [closed]

Assume that this AI is designed to be trustworthy, so any promises or threats made are necessarily credible. Would it be a more effective strategy to make positive promises (e.g. promising that anyone ...
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Why would a government sanction crime within a city?

Assume this city is relatively large by late medieval standards, around 200,000 people. The city is mainly a site for trade due to its geographically central position and being on a river. Also, ...
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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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How can supernatural social beings avoid total extermination/enslavement when the human world has the Big Brother system?

The human world has the world government (and thus the single Big Brother system, which monitors people living even in the most obscure places). For sake of being short I will call "supernatural ...
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Can two empires jointly administer a region?

In my book series, there is a group of people on the Planet Awal called the Tifinagh that are the source of quite a bit of tension between the Haxamanians (the dominant empire on Awal) and the Aureans ...
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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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How can the temprance movement prevent the moral degradation of American society by stigmatizing distilled spirits? [closed]

The United States of America has experienced a moral decline in recent years, straying from its Puritan values as a Christian nation and has become a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah. The nonsense of Gen ...
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A representative government in a world with rigid social castes [closed]

Globally, on this planet that's been around much longer than Earth has, with people who've been around much longer than humans have, there are four castes -- labor, military/law enforcement, science ...
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Life and Conscription in States After a Divided USA

I'm trying to devise a situation where the United States is Split into multiple smaller states. I'll cover other factors of my scenario in other posts, but I'll stick to life in states and military ...
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How would businesses or government detect mind control in a society without knowledge of magic?

Suppose that magic exists, but is uncommon enough that most people don't have direct experience with it; and you have a government which wants to suppress knowledge of it, so that the general populace ...
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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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Is a cosmopolitan totalitarian regime realistic?

What I mean is I did the political test of eight values, and I saw the results of many other people. I think there is a negative correlation between being open to the world and being in favor of ...
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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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