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Questions tagged [politics]

For questions about governance of the people, including methods, effects, and interactions with the people.

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How likely is it that an interplanetary empire could exist in the future?

I'm building a world with an interplanetary empire (with an emperor as head-of-state), but I wonder how realistic it is for one to even exist. An empire, according to Google, is defined as: an ...
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How might synthetic video (consider star-trek holodeck) be weaponized politically in the distant future? [closed]

Before we begin, a number of people have found this post confusing. Let me assure you the technology in this question does not exist. I will further justify this claim below. A few weeks ago the New ...
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Creating a scientist-only country in our world [closed]

Wanting to innovate humanity, a multi-billionaire decided to start a new country. He was able to convince a country in Europe to sell a large portion of their land to him. He then constructed ...
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Ways to somewhat balance a gem based magic system so as to avoid total oligarchy

Problem In my world, the magic system depends on access to a certain type of gem. This gem is plentiful, but only found in a single place, with 6-8 mines. My magic system is totally skewed in favor ...
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What would be the culture of an advanced socially mature species? [closed]

The species is eusocial and incapable of stimuli such as adrenaline. They are highly affectionate, highly extroverted, can feel nirvana out of anything, are suppose to be masters at every social ...
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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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How can a extremist group gain total political control of a medieval society?

The Dwarves, they mostly live within their mountains while a wealthy but small percentage of them own land on the surface. They are very isolationist preferring not to take sides when conflict arises ...
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Why everyone hates the undead? [closed]

After death some might turn into undead by different means of magic. when brough back to life as an undead gaining new sheer strength and magic powers is to be expected while things like sense of ...
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Gnolls and their cooperative abilities [closed]

Gnolls are aggressive hyena like humanoids, they aren't very fun to have around for the fact that they fight for really anything and have almost no attentions span. Actually Gnolls are really ...
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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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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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Why shouldn't a super powered population be segregated from the rest of society?

If they should be, why? This is one of the questions I have about my own world, where the premise is that 5% of mankind possess a power. Those that deal catastrophic damage are rare, where as the ...
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How long would it take for rebooting current technology level on a parallel earth given almost perfect information of our past roadmap? [closed]

In the classical dystopian future scenario, imagine Earth is doomed but somehow an alien benefactor race offers us the possibility of transporting a set of humans to an almost perfect replicate of our ...
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In a Society of Immortals, How Would Leadership Work?

This is sort of a vague question, and I do not have a specific setting in mind. However, if you had a society whose members were immortal, how would you ensure that the leadership was dynamic and ...
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If beings with superhuman abilities lived today, could they and social justice cope? [closed]

There's a group of beings who look like humans but who are better by a factor of two in everything except lifespan - their average lifespan is half that of humans. Effectively they live and die twice ...
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Could a (strong) confederation of countries take over the world? [closed]

This is a follow on from @alexp's notes and comments on What are the advantages of small countries vs large countries? Rather than expanding via forceful takeovers and empire building, the EU has ...
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What are the advantages of small countries vs large countries? [closed]

One day when we fly in our spacecraft to an alien planet and meet with their leader, I have always naturally assumed that there would be one, i.e. a single government representing the planet. So, an ...
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How to survive the collapse of civilization? [closed]

Say you're an immortal, who's seen civilizations rise and fall around your ears; and you've decided to ride the wave, the next time the barbarians are at the gates. You've had to keep your head down ...
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Under what circumstances can law enacted via procedures of dubious legal validity survive?

There is a kingdom. During its history, the kingdom was ruled by many different regimes: absolute monarchy, constitutional monarchy, republicanism, tyrannical rule of usurpers, periods of anarchy, ...
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A deadly decadent court of seers. Any ideas on how court intrigue would be altered if every noble and government official could see into the future? [closed]

The fortune tellers take over... I'm supposing an ancient world in which a specific class of magic users, called Gazers, were able to use their powers to massively increase their own wealth (...
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What event would cause a huge, dominant nation to adopt the language of a smaller, inferior one?

Inspired by this question. I was thinking about the constructed language I'm building and a group of countries in the history of my world, and ended up wanting to ask this question. Please do take the ...
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Anti-Psychic Countermeasures [closed]

Let's say you are the President/Prime Minister/What-have-you of a major world power. Your staff have just informed you of a troubling development: psychic abilities are not only theoretically possible ...
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Geopolitical consequences of a secret peace-keeping organisation backed by the UN Security Council?

In my world, there is a top-secret counter-intelligence/peacekeeping organisation called SWORD that answers directly to the UN Security Council. SWORD was formed in the wake of War World II in order ...
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What might the political climate in the United States look like in twenty or thirty years? [closed]

I wrote a speculative science fiction novel in 2014, and last week I met a copy editor who suggested that I do some digging to find out how the society in which my character would be integrated would ...
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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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How would the centralization of world politics affect society? [closed]

How would the centralization of world’s power affect politics and society in general? The society should be set in a period where artificial intelligence is well advanced to supplement in areas such ...
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Why would surrounding countries not claim accessible, habitable, and unclaimed land?

I am designing a world for high-magic, epic campaign for D&D 5e. I really am feeling this map, and am trying to figure out how the different countries would interact. Right now I have nothing ...
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How could a hacktivist group punish the political elite of a country? [closed]

In what ways could a group of hackers punish the political elite of country (like russia) so disastrously that its economy and politics will take decades to recover? The answer should lean more on ...
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Maximally Non-Geographic States

Imagine a world in which a household can choose which Commonwealth to be a part of, much the way that you might choose a cell phone provider or a religious denomination or a health insurance company. ...
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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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How much “peacekeeping” force would a unified peaceful world need?

Five hundred years ago, a world-spanning, decades-long war triggered a planet-wide apocalypse. Survivors from the warring countries had to cluster and work together to survive. Survivors were also ...
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Building a kafkaesque bureaucracy

Query I intend to build a fictional civilization which operates solely via a sprawling Kafkaesque bureaucracy. My question is this: what conditions are necessary to incentivize the generation and ...
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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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Economy vs Defensibility for cities?

Ok this is 2 questions but they are so closely related I'm sure it's OK The Premise The world is geographically similar to Earth. The kingdom has the same climate as Germany. The technology is High ...
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What are the pros and cons of a client state based sci-fi empire?

I'm working on building a sci-fi world and I had an idea for how to cut down on the sheer amount of bureaucracy that a massive (say, 200 planets) empire would require. What if the central government ...
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Why is there only one wizard's guild?

The characteristics of a wizard: Spellcasting is very complicated and difficult - a high intelligence is critical to make a success of it. They spend many years studying to master the basics of their ...
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What would happen if South Korea invaded North Korea and some of the major powers weren't able to do anything about it? [closed]

So, I'm writing a sci-fi novel that takes place roughly 200 years or so in the future. I'm currently creating a timeline to figure out what nations would be space-faring nations and which ones would ...
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How to let a king be lost for a year and return back to his country, to regain his title without any problems?

In my story, I'm trying make an emperor temporarily leave his country to go to an important (far away) place, and spend a year there. My story has magic in it, thus long distance communication will be ...
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How would the rich sell reducing the number of poor people [closed]

In my future robots can now do all the jobs poor people were needed for. The rich realise they no longer need poor people, and they keep threatening to revolt thus scaring the rich people. So how ...
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A large island is discovered and thoroughly explored by scientists. What happens next?

I doubt that any of you remember "the guy with the island". Basically, about 3 months ago, I asked a whole slew of questions that were preparatory for a book project. Now, the book is very nearly ...
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Can a technologically advanced society have similar political and social institutions to 10th century Iceland?

I want a society organized similarly to the viking age Iceland. So I want family ties and personal friendships to be crucial, 'owners' who freely choose what chieftain to follow, and councils to ...
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How can I take over the country? [duplicate]

I live in a western democratic country and I'm rather discouraged. I don't feel the current political system works and have decided to take matters into my own hands. My goals are: To use the ...
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A patriarchal society worshipping a Mother-goddess

So I'm currently writing a story set in an Arabian-influenced medieval world. This society worships a mother goddess, and I was wondering if a matriarchal religion is culturally consistent for a ...
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Withholding Fusion Technology

I am designing a world where one world power or set of world powers have developed commercial fusion reactors. The fusion of this world meets all of the expectations fusion we believe might be ...
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How could regime prevent future democracy to grant citizenship to hated ethnic group?

Imagine a country under a rule of a regime that is under pressure to democratize. The regime could hold for a decade or so, but the population is growing, while economy is not. And without needed ...
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Societal evolution in a post-scarcity economy - hardest thing to change? [closed]

Not as much looking for opinions as much as I am presenting a springboard concept for story ideas. Do we have a category for that? In a post-scarcity economy, a great deal of learned social behaviors ...
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Selling the right to kill one's convicted abuser: how could an NGO make this profitable?

A free-market solution to preventing further domestic abuse This society has gone full-on free-market everything including the punishment of severe domestic abuse. As a check on the abuser, the ...
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What are the negative effects of a society subscribing to Social Darwinism?

I've built a country with a culture that is somewhat progressive for today (i.e. men and women having equal roles in society, some religious tolerance and culturally-integrated acceptance of ...
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How would enforcement work with an AI managed world?

In a recent discussion on Dune we noticed that earlier there had been an AI ("thinking machines") managed society for the best possible outcome for the common good and that Paul Muad dib and ...
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Imperial Kingdoms?

I am writing a fantasy story where a vast Empire has been weakened, and the previous (inept) emperor allowed the feudal lords to act nearly autonomously. Once he died, the lords that ruled their ...