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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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Vampires are real. How to stop everybody from freaking out? [closed]

Good morning, ladies and gentleman, and congratulations on your promotions. You are now all official members of the Ministry of the Protection of Vampires. The creation of this new branch of the ...
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Could the biological capability to control their reproductive process justify a matriarchal society forming?

I recently became interested in the concept of matriarchies, since they are nonexistent in world history. I started to wonder what set of circumstances would lead to it occurring, and came up with a ...
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How would a society with both Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-four themes tie together? [closed]

I read Nineteen Eighty-four and became obsessed with it for a while, due to its deep philosophical concepts, and the dim outlook stuck with me for a long while. Admittedly, I also read Brave New World,...
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Surveillance: Big Brother Is Watching

Say there was a totalitarian regime that controlled 1 billion people. The GDP is ~$50,000 per capita. This regime has nigh on total control over them, however, rebels are still considered a serious ...
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Moderate Capitalism Idea [closed]

I'm trying to write a short story about a new post-capitalistic economic system. I have 3 ideas based on current capitalism: Wealth Limit: To ensure that the middle class has most of the wealth ...
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Water supply in medieval realm

I have this medieval world with this big realm. Its climate is dry and warm and the main issue is what to drink, how to do the hygiene, agriculture etc. They have no access to seas nor mountains. ...
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What could the government be hiding? [closed]

The world this takes place in includes a single continent by the name of Aegnap, centered on the equator and surrounded by many islands. The high northern and low southern areas of the continent are ...
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Taxless government?

Could a government work without taxes or are taxes required? I know that taxes are how all levels of government are funded, from city taxes all the way to federal taxes. It would be nice if I could ...
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How to run for president of the United States with time machine? [closed]

A mad scientist was murdered and his invention was stolen, it is a disposable time machine which can instantaneously allow any person to swap minds flawlessly and painlessly with anybody from the past....
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Utilizing government debt to manipulate the government

In a modern industrialized country, the government issues bonds to cover the majority of their debt. There is an individual, or group, that wishes to push policy to favor their morals. What percentage ...
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What is the ideal location to hide the President in the case of a zombie apocalypse?

We all love the apocalypse, except for those that are actually in it and often apocalypse media, especially zombie apocalypses, show a complete collapse of any form of government. I find this unlikely,...
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Getting to Cyberpunk Corporate Nation-States

This should be easy, given how close we sometimes seem to already existing in some kind of cyberpunk dystopian vision of the near future, but I'm having a bit of trouble imagining exactly what the ...
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Is there a way to buy oil from a country under embargo?

I have a situation where a large oil field is discovered in a country ruled by a junta with abysmal human rights records. On the one hand world oil prices are very high, which puts pressure on ...
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What would be a good choice for a controlled opposition?

This question happens in the same universe as my other questions: How should a country introduce a constructed language as the official language? How many years could you trim from schooling? Could ...
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How to force opposition to emigrate?

This question happens in the same universe as my other questions: How should a country introduce a constructed language as the official language? How many years could you trim from schooling? Could ...
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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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How to balance power between a secular King and a elected Theocratic Council

in my world there is a country that has 2 two branches of centralized government. The first is a king who inherits power from the previous ruler, then there's a council of priests who are elected ...
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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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How to punish elected politicians in a more effective way?

How do we punish elected politicians in a more effective way? (Or at best, how do we avoid voters being willing to punish the whole political class in general?) To briefly explain what I mean: ...
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Would smaller parties thrive under my voting system?

I'm trying to design a voting system where smaller parties are represented but the country still uses local representatives. I don't want to allow coalitions since they dilute the party message into ...
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Democratic municipal government in autocracy?

Are there any circumstances under which there could be an autocratic central government and democratically elected municipal government in a same country n the same time? Please exclude answers that ...
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Youngest age of political prodigy?

We all heard about child prodigies in music, sport, math, literature & science. But what could be the youngest age of a political child prodigy? I want a child that could be able to rule on its ...
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Sacrifing a province to let frustrated/utopian/uniformed citizens to test their brilliant ideas

This idea is based on a problem that I see in real life, that a group of citizens who are... Oopsie... who I perceive as frustrated/utopian/uninformed want to try a really brilliant idea, and as it is ...
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Could this global, peaceful hyperpower of a nation exist?

So I'm working on a novel right now which is set in a global hyperpower known as the United Earth Republic. In the aftermath of a devastating, total-nuclear World War 3, the UER rose from the ashes of ...
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Government: How to resist boycotts?

In my government (USA-like laws and political system), a group of people mad about a newly passed law are boycotting all purchases. This group is made up of a large portion of the population, so ...
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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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How can I corrupt a country's capital city so as to give a small group power while keeping the illusion of a democratic republic?

What are some ways I can corrupt the government of a country's capital city in such a way as to give a small social group power but still maintaining the illusion of a democratic republic? It would ...
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How does privacy work if govt can access every camera throughout the city?

The 22nd century C.E. introduces a new concept of "smart city" in which everything is automated and requires little or no human intervention. For example, the daily household chores such as washing ...
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Is a single super-intelligence objectively better than a collection of many intelligent beings

Imagine a space ship cruising in the interstellar void (this context is not necessary, but helpful, I think). Now, imagine the ship is filled with normal human beings. Immediately, things like people ...
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Could a solar system wide government run efficiently for a century? [closed]

I'm currently working on a Space storyline, and it got me thinking. If a dominant civilization based on bio technology took over a system, similar to the Lylat System, could it run an efficient ...
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How might a government pass a law without the population knowing?

I want to have a government pass a permit law without the public knowledge overnight. The story is set in the United Kingdom, where half the population are cat people. The recently elected government ...
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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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Start a coup online without the government intervening

Dear NSA intern reading this post, I don't actually intend to start a coup Dear @DasBeasto - we'll be the judge of that. - NSA Consider a country pretty much exactly like modern day America. The ...
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Governmental Implications of a “Light Year City”

The "Light-Year City" Questions — What would be the governmental implications of a city in the far, far distant future, with an area spanning one square light year (3.456 × 10^25 mi² area)? This ...
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How to select citizen justices?

I'm creating a legal system without supreme court. Instead I want citizens who are ready to spend something like 40 hours a year learning about an area [agriculture, energy, transportation, finance ...
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In a World Where Gods Exist Why Wouldn't Every Nation Be Theocratic?

In a world I am building, gods exist; they are extremely powerful, omnipresent and active. While thinking up some larger scale empires for the world, I realized that their gods would be so powerful ...
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Can Feudalism Endure Advanced Agricultural Techniques?

A multi-state feudalistic medieval society manages to accomplish certain advancements (directly agricultural and supportive), specifically discovering/refining/implementing: Crop rotation "Modern" ...
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How to make your world’s revolutions feel realistic? [closed]

A common problem in building a revolution in your world is that there have been so few famous revolutions to work off of that it feels that your world just copies them. So what are some ways to make ...
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How do I make the Republic of the Rio Grande Independent

The Republic of the Rio Grande was an independent nation that insurgents against the Central Mexican Government sought to establish in northern Mexico. The rebellion lasted from January 17 to November ...
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Could a society function if the government, the corporations, the military, and the mafia were one and the same?

In this scenario, the government is all the following at the same time: corporatocracy: the government is a corporation or group of corporations stratocracy: all government personnel are enlisted or ...
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How do I keep California independent

In 1846, following reports of the annexation of Texas to the United States, settlers in inland Northern California formed an army and declared independence there as the California Republic. At the ...
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Would media tell the truth if it depends on the parties?

I have a country where all independent media is banned, and every TV channel, radio & newspaper must receive license from one of the parties in the Parliament. The party has the right to revoke ...
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If all taxes were replaced with a Land Tax, would this deliver a fairer society and improve the economy?

The average citizen in virtually all ideological societies will pay various taxes. These taxes fall into three subcategories: Tax due when they receive money (tax due on income from labour or selling ...
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What would happen if a generation ship returned to Earth and the country that sponsored them no longer exists? [closed]

Let's say that a generation ship sent into space by NASA returns to Earth many years in the future, and find that the United States is a relic of the past. The land that used to be the U.S. is split ...
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How to allow to imprison enemies of state, while still have opposition at large?

RL problem: Guantanamo. And that later Americans learnt that trying to imprison such people is so complicated from legal perspective that it is much less fuzz to just use drone. Later, the procedure ...
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Self-Sustaining Monarchy With Extended Absence of Monarch

A high medieval kingdom is ruled by a king. The king is fairly cunning and intelligent, has exactly two magical gifts: He ages very, very slowly He has physical prowess well, well beyond that of a ...
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Could Vermont Remain an Independent Nation

In 1791 Vermont was annexed by the United States of America, it was one of the first states that America annexed and what more, one of the few that was independent. Hey, speaking of being independent, ...
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How do I make the Thirteen Colonies into a Monarchy instead of a presidency

In this alternate timeline, the Canadian Maritimes as well as Ontario also join the rebelling colonies, creating the Seventeen Colonies. During the American revolution, it was a pretty important that ...
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Will a Junk food war work?

So let's say 2 countries are at war, but as both aren't able to take any military action. One of them decides to wage a long term junk food war to destroy the health of the nation. The plans goes ...
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Is the idea of one big world empire a realistic one? [closed]

There have been many big empires but no real world empires. Would it be possible for a great power to take control of most of the world and create a single nation? Do you think it would function ...