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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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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, ...
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How can I realistically make a worldwide government that works with my fictional world with different magical races?

Question What would a world-wide "government" look like, in this world? Creatures inhabiting this world In my world, there are five magical races besides regular non-magical humans: Woven ...
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What would happen if about 1/6 the world population disappeared? [closed]

I’m writing a story where about 1/6 of the world population is moved out of the world (essentially killed off). The ones killed mostly held positions of power (i.e. Politicians, doctors, lawyers, CEOs,...
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Social Engineering: Modifying meritocracy and quantifying arrogance

Worldbuilding Premise I have a world that faces a social engineering problem. It needs to reward its hard working and talented inhabitants, but it must also minimize the degree of arrogance amongst ...
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Children are abandoned on a planet, but why? [closed]

My story is set in the relatively far future of 3812 AD. Humanity has united under one country and spread out across the stars. While there are protests of government corruption and separatists ...
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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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Citizen or alien? [closed]

The protagonist of my story was a normal human transformed into a non-biological entity (long story); however, his new form is an (outwardly) exact physical and mental replica of his old. He can pass ...
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How would taxation for a city-state work in a D&D-like world?

In a magic-rich, Tolkien-inspired world, I am developing a system of taxation for a city-state. Centerseat is an important trade city, with many crafts being made under a guild system. Valuable ...
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How to stop economic inflation in a future whole-world kingdom?

I am the new king of Earth. All current wars have ceased, and the whole planet operates as one kingdom. We have also decided on a currency. However, in order to pay off debt/create more buildings and ...
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Is there a way to govern an industrial zone with foreign population?

I have a country X that's rapidly growing and badly needs a work force nearby. Unfortunately for the business community population is deeply xenophobic and immigration is a non option. So the ...
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Form of goverenance to reshape world based on linguistics

Premise In this world, there is a global government that is all-powerful. However, what makes this world interesting is the type of government structure of the global government. It is not a junta, ...
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What are the 'pacifist-spiritualist' galactic empire be like?

Sorry for my bad english. I have been playing Stellaris for a while, and I found it very interesting to have a pacifist-spiritualist in my sci-fi story. But I have difficulties in understanding what ...
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How to prevent Wikipedia's desire for donations in Bitcoins from enslaving the world

In honor of the 2 year 4 month aniversary of Tim B's infamous How would Facebook Sysadmins prevent the summoning of Cthulhu?... ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES, December 17, 2019 The ...
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Is it realistic for a world where dissident individuals with no public profile have a means to obtain protection from a hostile regime?

Is it realistic for a world where dissident individuals with no public profile have a means to obtain protection from a hostile regime? Topic Clarification Obviously this is for the community to ...
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Balanced but Factionally Divided Government System for my Mars Colony

QUESTION: Would this system of government be effective, and if so (why) and if not (why)? What I'm mostly looking for here is a reality-check or improvements / observations on how my proposed ...
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How could political rivals use the information below to conspire against 2 top members of a dictators inner circle? [closed]

In society being gay is punishable by death. In my country the minister of foreign relations is gay and tries his best to hide it. The evil dictator finds out but he doesn't care he wants to support ...
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Effects of creating a skill systems for litrpg type of world? [duplicate]

I have been reading several books with people having access to status screens and I recently developed an interest in creating such a world myself. What I wanted to ask is: What would the effects be ...
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If a State government breaks down, does the Federal government step in or declare it a deadzone? [closed]

The world I am creating revolves around having an entire State not function at its governmental level - meaning no State police force, no continuity for municipal amenities (no running water, ...
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What would the government of a medieval city-state be and how many people would be running it?

In my book I'm writing one half of the island is littered with city-states. I was wondering who would be in power there and what type of government there may be. Here's some information that may help:...
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What weaknesses could someone exploit to manipulate this “Approval plus RCV” electoral system?

Question I know that there must be ways that this system can be manipulated, but I'm having trouble figuring out what they are. I imagine that, since I created this system, I'm simply too close to it ...
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How can you realistically set up a “Space industrial complex”

Imagine that the world has drastically changed from what it is today. For the first time humanity is united under one global banner in the aftermath of a devastating WWIII. In fact, the war was so bad ...
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How to limit economic growth?

Assumptions Let's assume there is a one world government with a universal currency. It has a Central Bank, large gold reserves, and the currency is fiat-based. The global economy is currently booming,...
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As an immortal, how can I find someone to run my kingdom when I get bored? [closed]

It really wasn't all that hard, taking over the kingdom. I had a few hundred years to amass my fortunes, and once the nobility saw through my charade of strikingly similar genes passed from son to son,...
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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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How can a banker successfully (and safely) lend money to an autocrat?

I'm the owner of a large bank in Europe, with vast resources at my disposal. I would like to increase my wealth by lending it out at interest. The ruler of the country I'm based in has his own ...
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What are plausible explanations for different regions having homogeneous styles within their borders in a relatively free society?

In my mind, I'm picturing different human controlled regions throughout the Milky Way (maybe entire planets, continents on different planets, cities, et cetera). So the differing human nations would ...
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All male politicians dead [closed]

All the male politicians have died in their sleep within a 24 hour period. Assuming no male will enter politics again, what will be the implications of this in different countries around the world ...