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Why would a nation require immigrants to fulfil a decade of military service to gain citizenship?

A militaristic, autocratic nation masquerading as a democracy resembling a mixture of Communist Romania & Post-Soviet Belarus exists in the future. This country has two pathways for migrants to ...
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What are some drawbacks of this new political system? [closed]

I am constructing a world with a new political system. Evidently, representative democracies of today are far from perfect. The main issues I see are:- The majority of voters lacking interest and ...
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Which US Government Agency would handle the coverup of a new mineral found on a different planet?

In a planet within our solar system, the US Government with the help of a private space industry discovers a really special cool McGuffin mineral. It is super shiny. However, the US Government doesn't ...
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Why would hinder the government from reclaiming postapocalyptic US?

So I am writing the lore for a video game. It takes place on an island, near the Western Coast. It has been 20 years since the zombie apocalypse and 10 years since the government started reclaiming ...
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Building a colonial government similar to the United States, but with a few tweaks [closed]

Okay. This is the idea that I had. Our colony ship left Earth, specifically the United States, shortly after 2105, We have landed on an Earth-like world, orbiting a yellow star similar to our own. ...
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How Much is Too Much Land for One Province?

The Aurean Dominate is a sort of federated elective monarchy that rules all of the Planet Aurea (an approximately Earth-sized world but one where all the land is in the southern hemisphere and the ...
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What should the Australian government do in the event of a sudden greening of the Outback? [closed]

Sometime in an alternate 2005, a handwavium science event creates a situation where excessive rainfall occurs throughout much of Australia. This event, now referred to as "the great rainfall"...
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I need a book about different government types and their history to create believeable countries. Could you recommend me some? [closed]

As I stated, I want to do a proper research. I'm interested in pretty general stuff, but I want it to posess some factual values. I'd be glad for your help.
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Could A Dictator Take Power In The USA Using Strictly Legal Means? [closed]

I'm world-building a future where the USA devolves into a dictatorial state ruled by a single man. The following are true: The dictator in question is a charismatic populist who is highly intelligent,...
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How can an interlocking system of portals fail to prevent the splitting of the Roman empire?

The first and the greatest of Rome's emperors, Julius Caesar, had conquered vast swaths of territory for the empire, making it rich beyond measure and extending its reach across various continents, ...
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Origins of the Feudal Lords of America?

I have a political science problem in my story. I reduced this to a simple binary choice to prevent opinions, abiding by the perfect question checklist. If this question is confusing, I am on chat ...
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How can a matriarchal religion support a patriarchal structure?

The Cult of the Holy Mother is a female-dominated religious organization that retains a large role in the shaping of society and affairs of the nation. The cult traces its origins to a virgin woman ...
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Political Stability of this Federalized Feudal Realm

I have a fiction piece I am working on, which contains a Empire whose people are anologues of Russians. They're paranoid, defensive, and prefer to build walls and castles wherever they go for safety. ...
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In a society based around moral relativism, how would the courts or government in general work? [closed]

In one of my worldbuilds, there is a very popular and atheistic philosophy that is based around absolute moral relativism and total opposition to religion. But, I'm struggling to come up with ways a ...
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A dragon just appeared in New York. What to do about it? [closed]

A dragon has appeared on the streets of New York. At the moment, it's bewildered, disoriented, and wondering what the heck happened. It hasn't done much aside from unintentional property damage here ...
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Is it possible for a facility, building, or an area/city in a nation to be out of the grasp of the government?

I'm trying to make a place that is a part of a nation but not under its government's rule, specifically a mental institution. It has dark secrets within its walls. I want to write a mystery story ...
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What alternative monetary unit can serve as the basis of a reserve currency while preventing a long term debt cycle?

The Bretton-Woods system established the rules for commercial and financial relations among the United States and its allies, and established the U.S. dollar as the world's reserve currency. The ...
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Government assisted suicide process, can it work and what should be the steps? [closed]

Imagine a country similar to the USA but one that is not completely opposed to suicide. This country believes there can occasionally be situations where death can be preferable to living in pain (be ...
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What defences did Camp David have circa 2017

The aliens whose kids sent Jormungandr, the Snakebot of Doom, have shown up at Earth, and have announced that they will be taking over administration of Earth for the foreseeable future. As part of ...
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How to form a space government with only communication?

Long ago, Prime Minister Bob created the [insert name here], a government organizing Space in a peaceful, lawful, and orderly way. This story is taught in classrooms around the [insert name here], ...
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How would a group with strong leadership skills create an initial government? [closed]

A group of 1000 political “dissenters” and their families have been captured and forced into an underground bunker. Because many of them have some sort of background in politics and/or leadership, it ...
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What would the survival rate be for a group of people forced into an underground, bunker style community?

Suppose 1000 people were forced underground into a relatively well set up bunker style community. Assuming they have no official leadership or organization to begin with, they must rapidly learn their ...
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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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Mercenary Nobles

To be elite in much of the ancient world was to be a warrior. There are a few famous kings who spent part of their youth fighting for foreign rulers, like Harald Hadrada, but in my setting there’s a ...
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How can a malign government suppress life-saving technology?

Premise This is meant to be a dark corollary of the cliche "demographics are destiny." The premise is a hegemonic-like state with persistent drawdowns in fiscal income. Meanwhile unfunded ...
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How to convince clan leaders and Party Cadres to give up their power?

Related to this question: After the main character united the seven clan into a Soviet-esque nation, education is introduced and critical, rational, and independent thinking is introduced to these ...
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Republic in a story based on interlocking directorships (as corporations do) feasible for govts?

In my story, after ww3 or equivalent, most of the world joined a WTO that incorporated political governance as well as economic. Mirroring the corporate world's interlocking directorate was to ensure ...
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employer association-union govt efficient and democratic?

This is for a modern isekai (other world) story, not necessarily scifi as its not focused on technology. Definitions: Union--organization of workers who have come together to achieve common goals, ...
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Council Manager Govt

New here--thank you for taking a look at this question. Can the council-manager form of govt operate efficiently and democratically at the national and state level? I have researched online and can ...
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How can an authoritarian nation exist as a sovereign nation within a democratic framework?

The Papal States were a series of territories in the Italian Peninsula under the direct sovereign rule of the Pope, from the 8th century until 1870. However, the spike in nationalism around the world ...
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What's the feasible upper size for a medieval country?

I'm attempting to make a large tropical island, roughly 120k square miles in area, with a centralized monarch-based authority. Is this feasible, or will it quickly devolve into smaller kingdoms, ...
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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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