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Questions tagged [government]

For questions dealing with the political body with authority over a nation or world and its people.

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Everybody has a brain implant. What measures can a criminal take to escape justice? [on hold]

In the future everyone has a government implant placed in their visual cortex at a young age (let's say 8 years). There is no choice about this - except of course for the Big Leader's immediate family....
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How would an economy, and country operate without fiat money?

Imagine a country without fiat money. Everyone has a monthly allowance based on their job and position within their workplace. Imagine that a construction worker receives 100 currency points. With ...
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What Could Cause A Kingdom To Keep Slavery Despite the Royal Family Refusing To?

Slavery in my story's world is common. Most don't see it as a good thing and slave-owners are rarely liked, but slaves are common enough nonetheless. The royal family had personally stopped using ...
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How Could a Government Move a Large Number of People From One Point To Another With Minimal Force? [closed]

Inspired By: Logistics: How to move humanity onto a spaceship that is being built from planet Earth? Exactly as the title says. In the linked question, the OP is wanting to know how to move all of ...
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Countermeasures against immortality [closed]

If people are not dying from decrepitude, if people have an infinite life expectancy, if all humans become immortal. What would a government do to prevent overpopulation? What would/should a ...
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How long could kings reasonably stay itinerant?

While the person of the king may go on trips or lead armies in battle, it is another thing to have an itinerant government. In the earliest feudal kingdoms of Europe, the entire apparatus of ...
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Why would a country persecute people with autism?

A alternate-historical story is set in a third-world country some time in the 70s or 80s. The country operates similarly to any semi-developed country in central or south America. The countryside is ...
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What sort of expenses apply to governments in D&D? [closed]

I’m working on creating a “balance sheet” of sorts for my new campaign world and have calculated out tax income but I’m having trouble figuring out what expenses a mayor/lord/duke/King would have in ...
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TOP SECRET: How long before new technology becomes declassified?

A common trope in sci-fi is the idea of humans reverse engineering alien technology which results in breakthroughs in our own technology. My question is this: If a military/governmental organisation ...
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How would a multinational armed forces be organized followig a near catastrophic alien attack? [closed]

The novel I am writing takes place in a world where the United Nations became the Global Association of Nations, a union of the entire planet under a collective defensive and political federation. ...
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How can the priesthood gain control of the military? [closed]

I need to design a country in which the military is owned by the priesthood of the land. Soldiers are ultimately more loyal to the faith and those who administer it than the state. Governship is ...
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Can there be a theocracy that also practices religious tolerance?

My main character is one of 5 deities that make up the "Terram faith" The country she resides in is a theocracy of that faith; with a king and queen appointed by high priests and priestesses. The ...
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What would be a seemingly fair, but still unfair way of dividing council seats? [closed]

Introduction I'm creating humongous city in a renaissance-esque fantasy setting. This city is governed by a council/senate with 51 seats. Division of these seats is based on ownership of stocks in 5 ...
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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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In a Society of Immortals, How Would Leadership Work?

This is sort of a vague question, and I do not have a specific setting in mind. However, if you had a society whose members were immortal, how would you ensure that the leadership was dynamic and ...
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Why would the government use so many resources to track down escapees? [closed]

My main characters has just escaped death in the Falklands. The pair have been able to sail across the ocean, to South Africa, specifically Cape Town. In Cape Town, a trench war is being fought ...
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Plausible reason why the government would not discipline its policemen?

In the dystopian state of the UFS, or Union of Fascist States, the leaders of government reign supreme. President Jeffrey Stevenson, the highest of all oligarchs in the UFS, keeps tabs on all the ...
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What is the earliest point in history that Big Brother could exist?

In the modern world, the technology to monitor your every movement and action is imminently feasible. No one doubts the ability of an omni-government to monitor people; hence GDPR. But Orwell ...
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Problems with a Distributed Government System [closed]

Inspired by this question, wherein the cultural effects of having the lowest possible privacy are discussed to lead into a more honest but less stable world, I'd like to ask if this solution that I ...
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How do I make my dynasty last 1000s of years?

My Kingdom X is a great and prosperous nation, having a decent amount of natural resources. The kingdom's founding dynasty has stood the test of time for 1000s of years, until Kingdom Y launches a war ...
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What would be the pros and cons of a merged military and police?

What would be the pros and cons of a merged military and police? In the world I am building war is an ongoing issue, and so the culture's military is quite extensive. Also the majority of people ...
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How do I retain national independence while also having a one world government?

So I am in a sci-fi world where I am trying to figure out a system of super-national and multi-national organizations that would retain the independence of nations while also defining how colonization,...
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Why did US government hide the discovery of an ancient civilisation on the moon? [closed]

July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong sets his foot on the moon surface. He declares : "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind". But what history books don't mention is that, as he ...
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Anti-Psychic Countermeasures [closed]

Let's say you are the President/Prime Minister/What-have-you of a major world power. Your staff have just informed you of a troubling development: psychic abilities are not only theoretically possible ...
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How many people need to disappear before authorities take notice of the trend? [duplicate]

Due to sensible points made in the comments, I have reworded and clarifed my question. I am trying to setup a world where due to reasons (mystical or alien) people have been going missing with no ...
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Is there a judicial or executive branch in a direct democracy? [closed]

In a direct democracy, is there a a judicial or executive branch. If so, what is it? It a group of people? Do people elected them?
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Taxing the superhero industry

I'm the mayor of a large city, and I'm up for re-election. My poll numbers have slipped after a recent scandal (don't ask), so to make up ground, I need to appeal to my most vocal constituents: ...
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How could the government not prevent a medical company from helping terrorists? [closed]

Recently, the government has found out that the biggest medical corporation (responsible for plenty of technological progress) has been financing and providing material aid to an organization ...
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Megapopulation Anarchist Government? [closed]

In a Dyson sphere world, there is enough space to support a population several orders of magnitude larger than our current population. With such a large population a single government cannot be ...
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Lying to prevent mass hysteria?

Say a huge asteroid came along, around the size of the one that wiped out the dinosaurs. It was unnoticed for quite a while, similar to the 2018 GE3. Then somebody saw it, and scientists calculated ...
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Individually applied multi-government

I have a world with 4 colossal cities. Like, more area than the earth big. They are inhabited by a population orders of magnitude greater than ours, consisting of many different species. Due to the ...
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Why would a Dystopian government promote education to its citizens, instead of ignorance?

So, there is a dystopian government called the Union of Fascist States. It controls both North and South America, the United Kingdom, and half of Africa. The NAF is the one and only party that ...
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What does an ideologically perfect solipsistic government look like? [closed]

A very large group of people find themselves together on a small continent with abundant natural resources. Each individual in the group is fully convinced that nothing exists outside of his or her ...
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In what situation could royalty and organised crime lords mix?

I'm currently writing a story where privileged kids attend boarding school in order to become better leaders, however, the heir to a respectable and reclusive*empire falls for the heiress to a well-...
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Logical reason why dystopian government controls what people wear?

It’s the year 2018, and you live in the good ol’ North American landmass. The fascist landmass. By this year, the dystopian N.A.F party controls all of the landmass and secret police prowl the streets ...
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Logical reason why my dystopian government exiles rebels instead of killing them?

So, a lot of things happened in the 20th century. In the 1930s, the second American Revolution starts, due to the hardships of the depression. Armed revolutionaries storm DC, and the USA become the ...
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How to peacefully convert your dictatorship to a democracy?

Yesterday you were leading a pleasant easy going life as a 20 year old lazy, intelligent but good natured, young adult who's father just happens to be the a notorious totalitarian dictator of a very ...
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Regime instability of a government [closed]

Why would it be in the interest of the elites of certain country, which is an oligarchy or some form of an authoritarian regime to transition to democracy?
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Oligarchy as a form of government

Can a country with an oligarchy as an offical form of government be successful and have prosperous citizens?
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Why would an immortal make good on his loan?

Premise My world that has undergone a transformative breakthrough in biology and genetics. It's not just the ultra-rich who have it; rather, everyone is immortal. However, this world's understanding ...
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I need help to make a legislature [closed]

The imaginary country has 5 provinces. The 3 most populous provinces have 10 million inhabitants each and their area is 500 000 square kilometers. The other 2 provinces have 500 000 inhabitants and ...
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What would be good reasons that prevent mages from making it into government? [duplicate]

I have a world where the mages are strong enough to defeat great demons, and can use their power to build anything from toothpicks to elaborate weapons. I understand that with all that power they ...
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Possible punishment for breaking birth control law [closed]

In near future earth become overpopulated. The most populated countries issued birth control law. However,the government is unable to provide everyone with contraceptive, especially in poor countries. ...
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Would it be plausible for a government to create supervillians just for their military to defeat?

So, in my world, the government wants to show of their amazing military power to the citizens of the country. They have just added an extra 50 billion to their 600 billion dollar military budget, and ...
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Would it be possible for society today to change back to the a socioeconomic model we theoretically used for 90+% of our history?

This question is based on an article I read on psychologytoday.com; what Anthropologists had discovered was that for the vast majority of our existence, we lived in an Egalitarian society without ...
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Why would the Terrans make their Capital so remote compared to their territory?

Backround So, in my world, Terrans, also called humans, have colonized a hefty amount of Milky Way Territory, and have many subjects under their rule, about 200 billion spread across a space about 1,...
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Getting out of a gang [closed]

The setting is a high-fantasy medieval metropolis. This is for a Dungeons and Dragons background. I have a character that was adopted into an orphanage at a young age. Unfortunately, the head of the ...
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Plausible reason why the government would want to make Metahumans? [closed]

So, a group of men and women from the military who where selected for their fighting skills and knowledge of weaponry were included in a secret government project, called OPERATION HERCULES. They ...
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Of replicators and postage stamps

It is my assumption that the development of Star-Trek style replicators would cause enormous problems for paper or other physical money/currency or any form of physical object of assigned value. In ...
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Why would a post-apocalyptic group would want to rebuild the USA long after USA falls (i.e. not for continuity of government)? [closed]

Out in the East Coast Wastes, in between Virginia and Maryland territory, is a deep crater, that was once known as DC. It was hit multiple times during the war, and most of the structures collapsed, ...