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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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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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What are the economic effects of an electricity shutdown that lasts weeks in big city? [on hold]

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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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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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. ...
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How can the SCP foundation retain its secrecy in a technologically changing world?

The SCP is an organization created after World War 2 that deals with threats to our species and the entire planet: mystical or alien artifacts, world-ending events, ancient monsters or gods that ...
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Egypt and Israel. Would ever ally with each other?

So in my settings set 40 years in the future I plan to have Egypt and Israel in an alliance that sees them slowly (and I mean slowly) merge into a single nation. Now my question is if this can happen ...
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What sort of legal and penal system might a space colony develop?

I'm using this question about likely forms of government for a space colony. What sort of legal and penal system might develop on such a colony? This is a pretty broad question, so assume the ...
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What kind of “space force” would be needed to protect space assets in the near future?

Premise Even at present day, space assets are very valuable: Our space assets, day by day, are growing by leaps and bounds. It's the value of that satellite to the economy. - Neil deGrasse ...
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What methods might a government employ to stay wealthy?

I currently have a world-spanning empire doing great deeds such as supporting the poor while creating massive pieces of machinery and swimming in art and lavish decoration. Surely they have a ...
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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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Imposing scientifically derived requirements for holding public office

Earth Here on Earth, who serves in public office depends a handful of factors -- some of which are unsettling. In the US there is the infamous Wall Street-Washington Corridor where financial ...
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Travel in Empire Pangea

In a world where tectonic plates decided this whole continental drift fad was just too much work and lets just hang out for a few more hundred million years, life has arisen, stomped around for a ...
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Everybody has a brain implant. What measures can a criminal take to escape justice? [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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Can a world government convince a modern public to support the creation of child soldiers?

The world is at war with an hostile alien race. This species invaded earth a few decades back, and forced the governments of the planet to unite under a single federation. This world government 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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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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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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How would government change if everyone died by the age of 25?

In the nation of Xenqu, a hereditary monarchy has ruled for centuries. The Xenquan society is in a medieval period, although the recent invention of paper and the increasing use of gunpowder may ...
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Could an average person take over the world? [closed]

Joe, an average citizen, decides to take over the world (for various reasons). He's an average person, with an average job and average resources. Does Joe have a realistic shot at his dream? Some ...
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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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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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In a nanotech future, how do you preserve the plants?

This has been a problem that's been bothering me for some time. If you have nanotech, that can pull atoms together and make things. What's to stop you from making an assembler that grabs carbon ...