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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 would a Dictatorship make a country more successful?

How would a Dictatorship make a country more successful (Wealthy, politically and materialistically powerful, secure, stable)? Background: In this instance the country is a monarchy to begin with. ...
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Would a National Army of mercenaries be a feasible idea?

Would it be practical for a small, largely isolated country to have a drafted army to be hired out to other countries as guards for caravans or a policing force? The soldiers would all serve around 4 ...
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Alternate timeline nomenclature [closed]

Let's say through some unexplained (and largely irrelevant) phenomena, an alternate timeline has suddenly "collided" with ours. The specifics don't really matter besides the idea that the two ...
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How to make my shadowrealms respected [closed]

My world is collaborative post between me and my friend. So, There is one nation that I'm fleshing out and it was overall a fun but I got writer's block. Most of the evil shadow empire have ...
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Possibility of an alliance between Rome and China

For plot reasons, I need there to be global-ish peace by the 1700's. Obviously, the easiest and best way to do this, is union under the system of Pax Romana. However, at this particular time (about ...
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Lying is illegal. How to make joking not an offence?

In the society I am building it is illegal for a government official to lie (this isn't a reaction to real world politics; I've been building this world for a while), while speaking/acting as ...
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A world of animals and cannibalism, is it plausible?

So, one of my universes, is basically a 70’s retrofuture inhabited by anthropomorphic animals. They’re animals, for the purpose of creating a fragile civilization, as well as its themes of “Humanity ...
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How to test a mutant to know all of his/her abilities?

I've read a lot of question about testing, so this may be a duplicate, but so far, I've been unable to find this question. Settings Following WW3, and its scenarium-radiating super-weapons, mutants ...
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Emperor that nominates a council: ensuring status quo among the members

Great questions bring great answers... and also more questions. This one is a follow-up on Emperor that nominates a council that nominates the next emperor by Timst. I suggest, before answering, ...
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Emperor that nominates a council that nominates the next emperor?

As part of the political making of a country I'm working on, I was imagining the following structure: The country is ruled by an emperor/king, who has near-absolute authority over the land. The ...
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Is it possible for kingdoms to maintain peace between each other throughout 5 centuries?

So here's the thing. During the Age of Kings, all the kingdoms in each region of Itheria are at peace for 500 years. They maintain a close relationship with each other and even hold councils every 5 ...
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How can a royal family avoid political instability after a deathbattle?

Centuries ago, a powerful empire fell into civil war when the five most influential families battled each other for dominance. After decades with no side gaining the upper hand, the families agreed to ...
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Discovery of life on Mars [closed]

For months now I've had a dream, with every night building upon it. Only till recently I've decided to write it as a story. I'm by no means a writer, but once I started writing, I got this feeling ...
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What would the consequences in 2019 America be of being an intelligent non-human? [closed]

All over the world, animals have unexpectedly gained the intellectual capabilities of humans, but otherwise look the same. The only reason we know is that some have listened to our conversations, ...
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How Do You Start a War? [closed]

TLDR: How would you start a war between allied nations? A little bit of background. My story takes place in world where people have the ability to use life force much like electricity. Three main ...
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Could organised crime gangs have ever usurped government in the United States of America?

The place: The United States of America. The time: Whenever organised crime bosses think that they could have a chance of succeeding, between the English recognition of the US as an independent ...
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How can a wealthy and enlightened minority manage to create colonies on Mars and cheapen space mining in a world of mysticism?

Key setting elements and questions: In this scenario, A large majority of the population: Supports spending more money on religion than on the space colonization program. They are middle class: ...
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How would an exiled ruler take back their throne and re-establish reign? [closed]

In the story I'm plotting, the ruling monarch is overthrown and imprisoned on the basis of colluding with an invading force that's already encroaching the country's boarders. There are letters to ...
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Markets for the forfeit lives of convicted domestic abusers

A free-market solution to preventing domestic-abuse A society of normal humans have constructed a socio-economic system where victims of violent domestic abuse are given a murder-right over their ...
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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 ...