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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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How could we fake a moon landing now?

The moon landings actually happened, and there's plenty of contemporaneous evidence of it. But what if the United States government wanted to fake a moon landing now? We have the technology to ...
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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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Portals to Parallel Earths: Economic Effects

Portals to Parallel Earths In this setting events diverge when massive breakthroughs in physics are made. The breakthroughs effectively prove the many worlds interpretation, but more drastically they ...
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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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Would running a state health care/medical system with a military style hierarchy be effective? [closed]

The Hegemony has built itself on turning inefficient systems of the "old countries" into efficient ones. One of these systems would be health care and the medical industry. The Hegemon decided to ...
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How do you overthrow a government without violence?

I am creating a semi-dystopic sci-fi world in which the government is - surprise, surprise - corrupt and needs to be replaced. In books, this is often done via warfare and violence, but I would love ...
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Is a “Democratic” Oligarchy-Style System Possible?

I am considering a story where a group of human colonists looking to colonize an alien world come across another human society on an alien world on the other side of a wormhole. The colonists crash ...
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How would photo IDs work for shapeshifters?

Photo IDs (for instance, a driver's licence or passport) are essential in many aspects of life (driving, buying alcoholic beverages, crossing international borders, voting in many places, etc.). As ...
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How do I make a large royal family work out? [closed]

I, the god of my world, have managed to create what I think is a new kind of monarchy! (sticks out chest in pride) Despite my continued insistence that this monarchy is completely different from ...
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Minimum level of technology to have a modern tax system?

As is my understanding (this is not my specialty), for the vast majority of history the crown (whatever sovereign entity exists at the head of the state) gathered income through a few means: Tariffs (...
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How to regulate the expected result of fights between hired mercenaries?

In my world, the government has prohibited owning your own military-like force. So what is a filthy rich person supposed to do to get back at the one who has given them a deadly insult? Hire ...
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What would be the benefits of having both a state and local currencies?

The Hegemony has a global (technically interplanetary currency) known simply as the Hegemony Credit. Unlike some currencies the credit does not have smaller denominations only credits. In theory the ...
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Modern Conveniences in a dystopian anarchy [closed]

So for a story which I am writing, I want to have modern conveniences and utilities in place (e.g. Youtube, Amazon, stores, things of that nature). However, it is a post apocalyptic world with no ...
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Could a welfare state co-exist with mega corporations?

The Hegemony is a welfare state dedicated in giving all citizens: housing, education, basic necessities (water, food, etc), and help with either finding employment or a job assigned by the Hegemony. ...
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How would this system of government and caste work? Would it work at all?

My main question is would this government work? Would a society shaped like this function as intended? In this story, there is a civilization of Dragon-like people called "Draconian." I have little ...
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What society/government would be stable if people get superpowers randomly? [closed]

To refine the question: Goal: a society/government capable of lasting centuries. This takes place somewhere within a technological time period (1000BCE to 1000CE). No gunpowder or explosives. I'm ...
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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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Self-sufficient Ark

I'm trying to figure out what a huge swimming ark that is able to support maybe 10.000 people would look like. It's for a P&P campaign. And please excuse any bad grammar, spelling or poor word ...
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Government power in an Ice Age [closed]

The setting of my story takes place during a future Ice Age, where the equator and parts of the southern hemisphere are a safe haven for humans. Which countries or regions would most likely be the '...
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What kind of governments would a species of empaths be inclined to develop?

I am in the early stages of developing an alien species and one of their defining traits is that they are empathic upon physical touch. They can only sense feelings/emotions/intent, not read minds, ...
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How would a Dictatorship make a country more successful?

How would a Dictatorship make a country more successful (Wealthy, politically and materialistically powerful, secure, stable)? Background: In this instance the country is a monarchy to begin with. ...
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How would an Inquisition under a semi-dystopic government set in a post-apocalyptic world function? [closed]

The government in my world covers the entire Earth, but is run by 3 separate, cooperating continental governments (Europe, North and Central Africa, and Australasia). The rest of the world is a ...
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How can a kingdom keep the secret of a missing monarch from the public?

The eleven year old son of the king and queen, prince Jeoffrey Boratheon, is destined to take the french iron throne after his father passes. One night, an old hag knocks on the castle door and begs ...
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How to keep apartheid alive?

For my story, I need South African apartheid to still be alive in the 1990's. Everything else is more or less the same. For example, the Eastern block still collapses in 1989. What would be the ...
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Lying is illegal. How to make joking not an offence?

In the society I am building it is illegal for a government official to lie (this isn't a reaction to real world politics; I've been building this world for a while), while speaking/acting as ...
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How can I ensure that advanced technology remains in the hands of the superhero community?

There is a brilliant scientist who regularly tangoes with external threats to the planet Earth, where a race referred to as "humaniti" reside. He, along with a team of scientists, operate out of a ...
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How would lawmakers try to use and abuse a system with magically-enforced laws?

John is walking in the park one day, ranting to himself about stupid drivers not obeying the speed limit and roaring down his street and the stupid police not doing anything about it, when he comes ...
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What are the economic effects of an electricity shutdown that lasts weeks in big city? [closed]

How this affects the economy of the big tech industries like factories and the media like radio stations and television? What are the effects that this brings in the life of normal people?
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Is it practical to make English the global language?

The Hegemony since day 1 of its formation in 2041 has enforced a single global language for: education, legal documents, announcements, and for communication between citizens across the various states ...
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How do I create conditions to lead to a benevolent dictatorship? [closed]

In my world a nation currently involved in a civil war between multiple warring factions is nearing an end. The man who has appeared as the victor is a blood thirsty tyrant, who continually ...
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What would be the fastest way to end hostilities with the USA (without surrendering) for a superpowered being?

A somewhat benevolent, previously unknown superpowered flying knight, appears out of thin air and upon arrival (somewhere between New York and Washington DC) the USA government took him for an hostile ...
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A world of animals and cannibalism, is it plausible?

So, one of my universes, is basically a 70’s retrofuture inhabited by anthropomorphic animals. They’re animals, for the purpose of creating a fragile civilization, as well as its themes of “Humanity ...
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How to form a government in the underworld? [closed]

During a business trip to hell one day, I managed to meet up with Mr. Satan and his adviser(pet) Mr. Hitler for an exclusive interview. Let's cut straight to the point I've found out that the lesser ...
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Why wouldn't elves be the dominant species?

One of the commonest depictions of elves are as incredibly long-lived humanoids, sometimes utterly immune from death of natural causes. They are also more graceful and more coordinated than humans, ...
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How could a government get away with genocide? [closed]

Genocide has been part of human history since human history was a thing; Columbus and Hitler being the most famous examples. But in a modern society with cameras everywhere and a league of nations ...
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How can I prevent the military from overthrowing the triumvirate?

This empire was founded on the basis of a triumvirate with each leader governing their own spear while being prevented from interfering with the others. The clerical spear is made up of the nation's ...
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How can I regulate cloning as a form of insurance?

All religions in our world teach us that the soul is the sum of a human being and is eternal. It is a metaphysical form that exists separate from the body, and yet is intrinsically tied to it. The ...
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Is it possible for kingdoms to maintain peace between each other throughout 5 centuries?

So here's the thing. During the Age of Kings, all the kingdoms in each region of Itheria are at peace for 500 years. They maintain a close relationship with each other and even hold councils every 5 ...
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How to resettle and rebuild the Wasteland after other governments arise? [closed]

So, the Nuclear Apocalypse has come and gone. The year of 1962 wasn’t a good one for humanity, at all, but the United States government, in their eternal infallible wisdom, had a plan to outlive ...
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What are some reasons a society might isolate its citizens for a few hundred years? [closed]

I hope I've narrowed down the general idea of my question enough-- Basically, I've started with the idea of a desert society with access to a hidden energy source ruled by a body of immortals. At ...
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Interplanetary Agriculture

What would be a good way to set up farms and trade among planets to ensure that the people of each planet are well fed?
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What could have prevented the decline of the Western Roman Empire, and its fall in AD 476? [closed]

By "decline" I am referring specifically to the loss of political control over territory (shrinking empire). I'm writing a story, and I wonder what are some examples of things that the Roman Empire ...
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Most effective Faraday-Cage hat design to avoid government spying

A tin foil hat is a hat made from one or more sheets of aluminium foil, or a piece of conventional headgear lined with foil, worn in the belief or hope that it shields the brain from threats such ...
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What could result in a colonized Mars setting up a monarchy [closed]

In the future after a nuclear war has ravaged Earth, leaving the Martian colonies on their own and without support... Mars falls under the attacks of local militias, fragmenting. That is until some ...
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How long would it take to recover from a galaxy-wide war? [closed]

The Great Galactic War has ended. The evil Tatian Empire has been destroyed, and a new power, the Aurean-Ishga Republic, has risen from the ashes. However, there has been tremendous damage done to the ...
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How to keep a country rigorous when not at war? [closed]

I'm trying to create a world that has a strong military and good citizenship even in times of peace. I'm kind of stuck at the moment, but I have done some research already, so here is a brief case ...
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How can you prevent a theocracy from being inevitable when religious leaders have power over nature?

In this world, religious leaders of a world religion practice a form of ritual magic that is essential to human existence. Certain rituals must be performed at certain times for nature to function ...
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How Do You Start a War? [closed]

TLDR: How would you start a war between allied nations? A little bit of background. My story takes place in world where people have the ability to use life force much like electricity. Three main ...
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Could organised crime gangs have ever usurped government in the United States of America?

The place: The United States of America. The time: Whenever organised crime bosses think that they could have a chance of succeeding, between the English recognition of the US as an independent ...
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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. ...