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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 far away could two countries be to have a relationship in ancient times?

Nowadays distance between countries doesn't matter too much. One of the United State's worst enemies is on the other side of the world! There have been wars that are fought thousands of miles away ...
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Society, Economy & Government of a Type II Civilization [closed]

How exactly would a Type II civilization, according to the Kardashev scale, have to structure its economy, governing body and society in order to be a viable system? For more information on the ...
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How long would it take to set up a galactic government [closed]

Let's assume that the Alcubierre drive has been created, and there are no problems with it, such as energy requirements or time dilation. The human species is united in a planetary government. ...
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How would the United States of Oceania become a Superpower?

Give the current geopolitical uncertainty and chaos, caused by the leaders of some of the current powers and super powers; New Zealand, Australia, Fiji and a number of other pacific islands join ...
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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), ...
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Why might a country want to switch from a democracy to a monarchy? [closed]

Most people would like to have a choice in who leads their country, and so many people are more attracted to democracies. Dividing out the power to govern among many people who the voters see as the ...
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Genetically Modified Human Super Leaders [closed]

In my book set in the future, all of humanity has united under the leadership of a super race of genetically modified people called Overseers (numbering at least 1000) and has built a space (empire ...
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How to keep democracies from falling behind technologically?

In 4X strategy games I’ve played (like Stellaris), closed forms of government (closed oligarchy, dictatorship) seem to be overpowered when it comes to scientific output compared to the “democratic” ...
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Plausibility of a planet with independent city-states instead of countries

So I have this planet in an alternate dimension, which is Earth-like but slightly larger, much more volatile, and orbits an orange star. This planet's name is Geios (uninspired I know) and has three ...
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How could a secret, global organization control governments and manipulate world events? [closed]

So I'm working on a series that is kicked off by a secret organization kidnapping the super human protagonists. This organization is supposed to be worldwide, with its hooks in all major governments ...
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How could successfully fostering a working relationship with the U.S. government have helped protect the mafia from prosecution? [closed]

The Racketeering laws basically killed the mob and prevented any chance of them returning to the glory days. For decades, the mafia godfathers were able to insulate themselves from prosecution, ...
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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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How can an Existing Centralized Finance System Defeat a Crypto-currency?

Premise (-clears throat-) I'm imagining a world where financial systems are considerably centralized and the wealthy top few percent hold much sway, so to speak. In this world, it's not ...
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Who writes the laws and creates the policies in a direct democracy? [closed]

I'm trying to find a good structure for a direct democracy and i've ran into the problem of figuring out who should be responsible to write the policies and laws in a direct democracy. Who should be ...
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Fastest way for a micronation to gain citizens [closed]

Jack (of all trades) is starting a fictional micronation and wants it to go viral and have a burst in citizenship applications, how should he approach this? Jack promises all citizens a lack of ...
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How can a rebel leader rile up citizens while satiating an angry government? [closed]

A small rebel force has provoked the beginning of an uprising, and a small portion of a city's people has been stirred to anger against the government. No attempts to infiltrate or overthrow the ...
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The biggest flaw with a Democratic Taxation system? [closed]

Imagine a country where once a year, the citizens file a sort of vote with their tax return, where each return decides how taxes will be spent. Each citizen controls an equal portion of the taxes, ...
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Solution for sacrifice dependent society

In my fantasy world, a society depends greatly on the practice of ritualistic sacrifice on large scales. This is because of the world's magic system, that allows the wielders to insert a piece of the "...
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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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How would territorial expansion work in a world where landmasses drift

Assume a setting where, aside from a few relatively large landmasses (think Ireland), most landmasses are no bigger than 50km in the largest side. These islands drift relatively fast, at rates ranging ...
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In the aftermath of a revolution, what would be the immediate concerns? [closed]

For seven hundred years, a city (and the surrounding lands) was ruled by oppressive kings and the high nobles (who are of elvish descent and consider themselves above the other people). A group of ...
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Cost-Benefit Analysis of a Future Government faced with Affordable, Readily Available Super-computers to the Masses [closed]

Premise I'm imagining a world where super-computers are available and moderately affordable to the masses. In 2017 alone, there have been several cyber incidents that have cost state and private ...
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What does cryptocurrency mean for governments? [closed]

As far as I understand, governments & banks create money into existence. Governments often use the money they create to build infrastructure, give grants and create jobs. What if everybody begins ...
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How would a government keep near absolute control over magic-users?

Magic isn't common, though it isn't particularly rare. This form of magic is based very much upon the emotional state of the user, where essentially the potency and type of the magic is dependent on ...
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How to determine voting rights in a country with more than one species [closed]

While drafting the constitution of the Terrestric Republic I came to the realization that I don’t know how to determine whether any given citizen is eligible to vote in elections or not. Using age ...
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If a government dislikes the way its citizens are acting, would dropping bombs be an appropriate response? [closed]

The government is upset with the way the citizens are responding to lack of care, jobs, etc. So is dropping bombs on their own country (in a way to stop the revolting and keep the citizens in line) ...
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Creating currency from a pegged currency [closed]

I'm creating a country, and thinking of a future currency solution. Currently we use AUD, we eventually plan on creating our own currency the Ark. The Government plans on pegging the Ark directly to ...
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Corporate nation with stocks and owners [closed]

Knowing that the dollar has its value derived from the country's GDP and the country is supported by taxes and a fixed structure of 3 powers. So Why not write a computer program to do this? OK, so we ...
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Which factors determine how far a government can expand without losing control?

Throughout history we've seen that governments which expanded far and wide all ended up today controlling just one area on the map. I was playing Civ 6 and realized it can be tough even in a ...
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What is the most effective way to set up a private government? [duplicate]

Note: I am by no means hitting on anything about any country all of this question is fiction and its resemblance to any country is pure co-incidental. Politicians are the most immoral, corrupt, ...
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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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What city (or cities) in the U.S. would be a good sanctuary after apocalypse? [closed]

After an apocalyptic event (worldwide weaponized plague knocks out 90% of the population, say), what city in the U.S. would make a good sanctuary for survivors and the new capital for the remnant ...
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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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How fast would a race of humanoids establish a colony in Antarctica? [closed]

Say that there was a large supernatural portal that appeared in Antarctica and a large army of hive minded humanoids came out and began to colonize. These humanoids get all of their resources, up to ...
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If an inventor discovered how to build a teleportation device and used it, what laws would he have broken and could he be successfully prosecuted? [closed]

Imagine a world like ours but where a temporary portal could be constructed between two different locations allowing people to simply walk between these two places with a single step. Now imagine ...
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What would happen if an Emperor's bodyguard became a national interim police force for a decade? [closed]

A certain sprawling empire in a world like ours recently overcame a revolution instigated by the Civilian Government (imagine the UK Parliament overthrowing the Crown). In this revolution, the ...
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How should a military society function [closed]

I am developing a made up nation known as the Imperial Republic of Vitami. This nation is ultimately based around knowing and being masters of warfare. Real world basic training is early childhood ...
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How would a government without drama work?

I am writing a story that takes place in a country that has developed a democratic-like government with a teensy little difference: All the political drama, cherry picking graphs, and narrow minded ...
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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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How could there be religious diversity in a world where gods communicate with their followers?

In this world there is only one pantheon of gods. They are human in form, and exist in another dimension connected to the material plane. One god sits at the top and rules over all creation, with the ...
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In a world where short-term space travel is common, what reason the government would have for banning long-term exploration?

In a sci-fi world where a planet has developed short space travels between the planet and its moons, what would be a good reason for the current form of government to not only disencourage, but ...
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How could the government trick the entire world into thinking there will be an eclipse when there isn't?

In my story, the government is looking to get as many individuals as possible outside. Is there a way to convince the population that there will be an eclipse or some other astronomical event without ...
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Why would the government ban mind uploading when humans are biologically immortal? [closed]

The year is 2317 C.E. Assume all existing humans were bitten by radioactive "water-bears" or tardigrades. Ignore statistics and disregard murphy's law. Every human can live forever, unless due to ...
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How can I institute “The Purge” in a society while still allowing it to function?

The world has been taken over by a powerful and authoritarian regime that has a monopoly on military might. It is backed by the only worldwide legal religion that justifies the fascist regime. It ...
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Fall of an empire

So the heroes banded together, roamed the world, found new allies, amassed an army and set out to free their lands from the evil empire. And they succeeded! But what happens now? A lot of stories like ...
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Can I reduce the crime rate by penalizing criminals' children socially?

This is a social engineering method. The government takes background checks very seriously. A person's moral standing is not only determined by the actions of the person themselves, but also by his/...
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What issues would a consensus-based legislature have? [closed]

I saw someone arguing that the structure U.S. legislature is not borrowed from the natives because the native system was all about reaching a consensus rather than a majority opinion. This got me to ...
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Is it feasible for a government to impose taxes in using magic? [closed]

In my world, there used to be very powerful and influential wizard that maintains the balance in the world. Some kind of Pope figure. But unfortunately, he cannot escape death from old age. He dies, ...
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How would a king create distrust between his clans without being caught? [closed]

There are clans that are ruled by a High King, and this King leads them in the war against their enemy. The only way the king has power is because each clan has absolute trust in him. However the King ...
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How can the world government stop this super-infection? [closed]

The non-specific super-fungi Deadlius Diseasus is spreading throughout the world. Actually, this disease is badly named: it doesn't kill anybody - it just infects them, then after a period of ~1 week, ...