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Dragons and aviation bureaucracy

Once you do the handwaving needed to explain a modern-day world with flight-capable dragons in it, how would said dragons interact with the bureaucracy surrounding flying in the modern world? What ...
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How can I transition from a democracy to a dictatorship, from within the government?

Suppose I am elected the leader of the government (president, head of state, etc.) of a present-day Western style Earth nation. My government has solid support in my country's parliament, but not ...
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What's the most likely “post democracy” form of political government?

Most of our world is now ruled by Representative Democracy. People vote for representatives and those representatives then decide on laws and make executive decisions. The only certainty in life ...
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What are the necessary conditions for a worldwide government?

Fictional worlds, usually ones set in the future, often depict planets with a single worldwide government. (In fact, it's such a common trope that one Babylon 5 episode made a point of saying "hey, ...
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Consequences of the shift to a post-scarcity society

I have a basic idea for a world that I am fleshing out. Basically a dystopian future based on minimal, if any, resource scarcity. This sort of society was addressed humorously in a Cracked After Hours ...
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How can we catch a teleporter?

Some Background The government is very good at catching people. Even the few who can keep away from them are forced into a life of running. But there is a new threat that all of Earth's governments ...
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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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What US states are most likely to rebel?

A Little Explanation I have come across many books and trilogies based on the premise of a war torn United States. The latest of these is Burning Nation (link to Amazon page) in the Divided We Fall ...
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In a world with magic, who would govern?

In our non-magical reality, feudal nobility is postulated to have evolved from warlords - an armed man in charge of a group of armed men. Since they can intimidate less-well armed or trained people, ...
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Time no longer passes except near intelligent creatures, how does the world continue?

Time stops nearly everywhere, time only continues in a area around creatures of a certain intelligence. The worlds population is suddenly thrown into darkness as time ceases throughout the universe ...
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How can Average Joe create a micro-state that is a member of the UN in the least amount of time?

I know the basic steps involved in creating your own country: Own sovereign, undisputed land (that, if in the ocean, is 200 nautical miles away from the nearest sovereign nation). Possess a ...
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How could a galactic empire work?

It was pointed out here that the speed of light is a huge issue for any government that spans multiple stellar systems. The consensus seemed to be that it is very difficult to make large empires work. ...
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How do you establish identity when people can change their appearance at will?

Building on the universe established in this question, what happens to identity verification when someone's physical appearance and genetic code are modifiable at any time? Review of universe rules: ...
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Tomorrow is Groundhog Day… For everyone. How does society respond? [closed]

You wake up tomorrow and it's Wednesday again. Everybody remembers it, but whatever was physically done today is undone. Your favorite mug, which the dog knocked over is un-broken. The kid down the ...
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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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What kind of society and morals would an alien species evolved from solitary carnivores have?

I am envisioning a space faring species, evolved from an obligate carnivore and apex predator. The obvious concept to me is a tiger like species with prehensile tails that became increasingly adapted ...
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What royal title can an absolutistic ruler have? [closed]

The world is based on the old norse and 13th century Europe culture (northern places, names and climate and Europian titles, castles and technology). In this world an organized group of people resists ...
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What's the impact of a “cloning” teleporter?

Extending upon my prior question, could-a-viable-interstellar-civilization-form-with-this-technology. From what I've read there's two basic ideas which describe how teleportation might work: Destroy ...
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“Leveling up” as a cultural/societal function?

I asked a similar question here on the site but it was too broad, so I'm attempting to break it down into smaller topics for people to dissect: this will likely be one of many. I am attempting to ...
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How far apart can two cities/towns/etc be, given that order must be (effectively) maintained?

Given a monarchy, how far apart can two cities/towns/etc be situated, while still maintaining order and power? Alternatively, think about it this way: given any random settlement area, what is the ...
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How could war be replaced by sports?

Pacing back and forth in the war room, vice president Biden carefully considered his options. The fate of the world was in his balance. Sweat condensed on his brow, and time was running short. He ...
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If an elder race has seen all and done all, what one of its individuals could aspire to?

I want to build a world where society is composed of a few highly advanced individuals. Perhaps ruled by a council of elders as we frequently see, utopic society and all the usual tropes apply: The ...
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Result of a goverment where extra votes can be bought, earned, or lost?

Just an interesting idea for a government, not really sure if it's a good idea, but still interested in the results of one existing. The idea is for your traditional representative democracy, or ...
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Can a super-governmental military body like this work?

Setting: In my conworld there is a huge region (let's call it the Midlands) spanning from the northern borealis to the wide green pastures further south, of the northern continent, which is not one ...
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How can we catch a mind controller

Some Background The government is very good at catching people. Even the few who can keep away from them are forced into a life of running. But there is a new threat that the worlds governments face ...
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How would a completely urbanized city-planet be maintained?

Based off of this deleted question: Why and how would a completely urbanized city-planet exist? Related: How would a completely urbanized city-planet support its population? How would the global ...
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How should a country introduce a constructed language as the official language?

Story background The government has chosen to use a constructed language as a part of the process of building national identity. They don't want to use a foreign language. They also don't want to use ...
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Why would a country employ a robotic police force?

A common sight in science fiction is a police robot force. But as most people know, robots (even small basic ones) are expensive, which raises the question: why would they bother? Let's assume that ...
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How can a Scientocracy/Technocracy Convince Its Citizens to Embrace Drastic Eugenics?

In my extreme world where controversial public policies are implemented based only on hard/robustly peer-reviewed scientific studies, the people of this nation prospered and were fruitful in birth-...
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The neverending winter

In a story I am working on the entire earth has fallen into winter that; exists in the same level and temperature all over earth and never ends. The top scientists around the world have been trying to ...
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How/could a legal system whose punishments were based off of “level of certainty” that crime occured function?

Yet another one of my attempts to create an interesting/different feeling for an alternate government, while being functional. I'm asking about a theoretical world that exists, not necessarily ...
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How can we imprison a teleporter?

Earth's greatest minds have done it, they captured Dave the teleporter, but now we have a problem, where do we keep him? While we can keep him sedated until it is built we need to work fast, lest we ...
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Dragons and aviation bureaucracy, the sequel: Dragons on Instruments!

Starting with the background provided in this question, how would a dragon outfit himself/herself (avionics, power systems, etal) for operating under the Instrument Flight Rules? How would the ...
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Duplicating people to expand a civilization

Context "God games" are organised, in which a hundred immortals participate. Each "God" are given an alternate dimension. These dimensions are all identical and contain an Earth where Humans didn't ...
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Dragons and aviation bureaucracy, part 3: Plopping a Dragon into Today's World (or Papers, please, big fella)

Given the context of my previous dragon questions -- slow, but fairly high-flying dragons (say FL250 or so for a service ceiling), capable of flying under Earth's conditions and growing up to RJ or ...
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How long would a utopia last until it would collapse?

My question is how long a utopia would last until the community inside of it consider it normal, or even get bratty about it? I'm starting to write a novel about a mega-building built to have the ...
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Can a civilization be reduced to the Stone age by a conventional war?

I need to arrange a situation in which a major conflict occurs in a relatively advanced civilization and where the fighting is of such a magnitude that all the participants are eventually reduced to ...
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Could large but sparsely populated country control its borders?

Suppose there's a country which is very large by land area, (close to the size of Brazil), but which has a very small population (1.5 million). Majority of the population lives in a several high ...
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Could a viable interstellar civilization form with this technology?

The Background Imagine a setting in which the only major fictional technology is human teleportation at the speed of light (for this question please ignore the question about how the teleportation ...
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What monetary policy tools are possible with virtual currency?

Given that the Fed buys and sells bonds on the open market, it's possible that the Fed (or equivalent) can surprise people with an average of $172 every few months in lieu of buying bonds on the open ...
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Claiming Part of Australia and creating a country [closed]

I want to claim part of Australia and create a country within it, as so: How do I go about doing this, we have a constitution and a tiny population. If we look at a government as a spectrum rather ...
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Routine monster attacks and city economy [closed]

So puffing up a city settled/founded in the early 1900s (pre-WW1) that has a mixed income of oil and steel production. Fast foward to thriving but adapted economy for the 2010s and monster attacks ...
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Where should a galactic capital be?

I'm creating a full-fledged galactic republic, in a galaxy not so very different from our own. It's designed to encompass the majority of the stellar systems in the galaxy, including some of the ...
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Humans can now run 40 mph. How do I keep the stupid people alive?

Let's assume that humans can now run 40 mph and the human body can handle it. I know and understand that this is not feasible, but let's just play pretend. Naturally people would have all kinds of fun,...
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Creating a realistic world - Governments

One problem facing worldbuilders is the wide range of possible, hypothetical governments: robot-overlord, zealous AI, mages, vampires, an so on. Aristotle among others, came with a typology to ...
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What kind of historic event would precipitate a worldwide corporate dystopia?

I have an idea for a story set in a not-too-far future where the political lines of the world map have been redrawn, not by nation-states like France or Belgium but by corporations like MacroCorp, ...
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Methods for filling in your world - Political Entities

My world is, at a very high level, well populated. That being said, my focus has been on certain cities relevant to my story. These cities are detailed; they have government structures, leadership (...
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The first few things to note down about an imaginary culture

When I want to populate a fantasy world with different regions and their cultures, I have problems knowing where to start. Recently I used a quick-and-dirty technique that I could call "cultural ...
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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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How can an absolute ruler in a large country keep their regional governors/politicians in check?

I have an alternative-history setting (technology comparable to ~1900), where the country is comparable to modern day Turkey in size (i.e. large), geography (i.e. fertile coastlands, arid heartland), ...