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How to form an "international alliance of nationalists"?

We know the joke about having "flat-earther all over the globe" and "international alliances of nationalists". But how to set the latter up in reality? How to make these people, ...
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Politics and Zombies: Designing a balanced zombie plague that could realistically destroy civilization due to poor decision-making

As has been pointed out numerous times, zombie apocalypses of the classic zombie-bites-you-and-you-become-a-zombie are stupid and would never work in real life. Biting is a horribly inefficient method ...
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Is it Possible to Manage a Police State Prior to the Invention of Widespread and Reliable Communication Technology?

By “Police State” I mean a despotic sort of government in which the state is actively trying to spy on its citizens for political ends. Something like the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) or ...
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What would be some social welfare systems of a first world developed nation with a GINI Index of 32.56? [closed]

GINI is a term that is used to measure income inequality (See here for examples https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_income_equality) and is a good indication on to what kind of society ...
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How would a species in a world where magic is banned also ban Science? [closed]

The people in my world who can't use magic are at war with the people who can use magic. Both groups used to be at peace before political and global conflict started, and long before they were at war ...
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One reason Taiwan's military would be using weapons sold by China

I need a way to change history so that Taiwan, in 2015, be using weapons manufactured and sold by mainland China as well as some US equipments--sort of like how Pakistan uses both Chinese and US ...
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How to modernize military in a short time

Related to this. MC is trying to build a modern nation out from an ancient one, and he also needs a modern military. A modern military is not just about equipment, it is also about having modern ...
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How to convince clan leaders and Party Cadres to give up their power?

Related to this question: After the main character united the seven clan into a Soviet-esque nation, education is introduced and critical, rational, and independent thinking is introduced to these ...
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How to encourage education, and an atmosphere of respecting knowledge and critical thinking for a multi-racial warrior nation?

Once up on a time, in a world not our own, there was a piece of land inhabited by seven races of animal-people (like cat-people/dog-people, bird-people, and mermaids/mermans and such). Being animal-...
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How can an authoritarian nation exist as a sovereign nation within a democratic framework?

The Papal States were a series of territories in the Italian Peninsula under the direct sovereign rule of the Pope, from the 8th century until 1870. However, the spike in nationalism around the world ...
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The USA breaks up. Who gets the nukes?

When the USSR broke up into fifteen independent states, it's well known that Russia inherited the nuclear arsenal of the dissolving state. I don't know exactly how this was decided: if it was just &...
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What would be a realistic length of minimal compulsory military service for a modern country's occupants?

I have a world in which several neighboring countries are in an ongoing long term military conflict. The style of conflict fluctuates between a cold war USSR vs US, current North vs South Korea and ...
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Joint Nuclear Weapons Control?

As stated in a previous question, the main political entity of my world, the United Commonwealth, is protected by a combined Army and Navy, made up of personnel from all nations, and funded by all ...
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How to avoid resource curse with an extremely valuable and exclusive resource?

I have a nation, Arunya, which functions under different magical rules from the rest of the world. The entity governing their magic is much more closely tied to the state due to historical factors, ...
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What sort of political/economic power did the nobility wield in Victorian-era England? [closed]

And how did the various titles differ in terms of their influence? Right now I’m trying to get a better understanding of how European, specifically British, nobility operated and what sorts of duties ...
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What would be the consequences of a world where 25 years old is the age of majority? [closed]

The human brain becomes fully developed at the age of 25 years old. In my story, the voting age was formerly at 21 years old, after 18 years old, now it is 25 years old. Also, all drugs (ethanol, ...
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Peaceful Revolution [closed]

In a prospective story I am writing that takes place between December 2027 and June 2028 of the Gregorian calendar, a future President of the Fifth French Republic named Édouard Wang, and his Prime ...
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Trying to categorize political system of a fictional country

I'm trying to figure out how to call the political system of a fictional country I am writing about. The basic premise is that this country came into being after 4 kingdoms decided to unite into 1 ...
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What kind of alternate history would lead to modern China being a federal constitutional monarchy? [closed]

I'm contemplating writing a fiction set in modern China in an alternate universe. I have thought about how it would look like, but I need a plausible alternate history that could lead to such result. ...
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How to provide proper documentation for a device that works as a magic lamp?

A very powerful corporation is interested in building a device that works similar to a magic lamp. You bring the lamp to a certain location, at a specific time of the year, chant specific mantras, ...
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How would the ability to make binding oaths of truth affect people's view on politics

In a world where people and nations could force their leaders to 'tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth', how would this affect both politics itself, and how it would be viewed by ...
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What if the 1993 World Trade Center bombing succeeded?

Considering it's been more than twenty years since that fateful day on September 11th, 2001, a thought came to mind: what do you think would have happened if the failed WTC bombing in 1993 succeeded ...
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Evaluate whether or not my country concept is realistic

One country in my setting is essentially a bunch of micronations similar to German states during the Kleinstaaterei period - a set of hyper-fragmented, heavily (if non-ethnically) Balkanized, near-...
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How does a government handle a large number of people disappearing that are anticipated to return all at once at some point in the future

I have a world I had toyed with where our world is invaded by creatures very vaguely like the heartless from kingdomhearts. The creatures are mostly immune to traditional weapons, as regular matter ...
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Does a space government make sense?

Mothership to space vehicle EU W2775LV be like "pay taxes!" Space vehicle EU W2775LV be like "no!" And flies away in the distance. On earth we are kind of stuck living with one ...
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Why would Earth become an Entertainment powerhouse? [closed]

The time setting of this world can be from near 2000 to present day, to near future. But basically, Aliens from around the galaxy are visiting Earth...for our TV series/movies, animes-manga, and ...
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Complications from drafting human breeding stock [closed]

We all know about the various obsessions of the kings from olde times... Some women liked bathing in the blood of virgins, well ex virgins after watching them being raped by guards and animals...some ...
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Why combat machines in this world are colorful

For all of the combat machine we see in real life, they are painted in colors to blend into the background and lower visibility in every spectrum. Except for when they are participating in a parade, ...
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Organisational Structure of a Union-like organisation

I've got a simple organisation in my world, one that basically arose as a way to push back for the sake of the worker. While I've got a rough idea of their history and the general aesthetic I'm going ...
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How could a matriarchy develop while men are still the heads of war/military?

I'm trying to develop a matriarchal Empire for a story, but the main issue I'm having is that I don't want the women to all be warriors or magically physically stronger etc. The setting is essentially ...
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Why do artilects don't interfere much in the conflicts of lower order sapients and vice versa?

In my universe there are beeing orders of magnitudes more intellegent and powerful than baseline humans and their transhuman counterparts. There exist a number of levels of mental power. These are: ...
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How Would Political and Religious Structures Function in a Buddhist Medieval Europe? [closed]

In this alternate history timeline, the Roman Emperor Justinian declared the state religion to not be Christianity, but Buddhism. This wouldn't be too much of a stretch, as Buddhism predated ...
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Why would secret diplomacy between two different dimensions be necessary? [closed]

I am writing a book with two dimensions populated by human beings, one of which is our own. Only a small number of people in both dimensions know about the existence of the other. Governments in both ...
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How would national borders work for colonies on planets other than earth?

On earth we have relatively well defined national borders. But for off world colonies on places such as the moon, mars & titan, very little would matter outside of military bases, mines & ...
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Dead man switch that would resist a nation-backed offensive

JE is a famous man that has an extensive amount of information incriminating the powerful of this world. He would like to ensure that an "unfortunate accident" does not happen to him by ...
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How sophisticated could a society be if knowledge depends only on some kind of religious cult or administrative group?

I been reading this question and it makes me think a lot. So I came with a question of my own. In a resume, the post presents a world where everyone is illiterate. Some said that the society could be ...
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In a world where mankind is ruled by a giant intelligent beaver, what food is no longer consumed (by humans)? [closed]

Pretend I'm writing a novel about a how a beaver takes over the world: What food/s may/might/(grammar?) no longer be consumed by humans or at least consumed less? Edit 1: I was wondering if anyone ...
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How can the temprance movement prevent the moral degradation of American society by stigmatizing distilled spirits? [closed]

The United States of America has experienced a moral decline in recent years, straying from its Puritan values as a Christian nation and has become a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah. The nonsense of Gen ...
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Government and news media response to a seemingly impossible notification

Modern day Earth... the offices of state and national leaders, and mainstream news media outlets in an unspecified western democratic nation each receive an ornate, very official-looking and ...
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A representative government in a world with rigid social castes [closed]

Globally, on this planet that's been around much longer than Earth has, with people who've been around much longer than humans have, there are four castes -- labor, military/law enforcement, science ...
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How to convince a lot of people to join a cage anarchist country?

The experiment requires 250 million people and a lifetime dedication; once in there's no way out. It consists on enclosing people in 5 artificial countries, each country with fixed rules. Each person ...
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What makes for a good/bad port city?

What are the factors that would determine whether a city on the coast will become a bustling metropolis or whether it will always remain a modest fisher's village?
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What are the most important factors that determine the balance of power between kings and nobles and merchants?

I am writing a fantasy world with post-medieval technology. Instead of just standard feudalism, I want mercantilism or capitalism to play at least some role in the power dynamics. I am thinking about ...
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How could publicly accessible information proving that a public figure is corrupt go undetected for at least a year?

How could publicly accessible information proving that a public figure is corrupt go undetected for at least a year? Assume that the public figure is a moderately noteworthy politician (equivalent to ...
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How would radios impact pre-modern society?

Suppose that radios (or magic with a similar effect) were available during the Medieval or Renaissance era. They're too expensive to give to every soldier or install in every town, but a knight might ...
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Allowing voting against politicians as well as for them

I'd like to explore the development of a country that has a political system where people vote for their favourite candidate and against their least favourite. The against votes are subtracted from ...
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The government is transitioning from a bureaucratic dictatorship to a soviet democracy, how can I split the powers equally amongst a small group?

In my world the dictatorship has been overthrown after a vicious mob uprising of an uncoordinated mass and one of the four military leaders taking most of the competent people (The 20% of the 80%) ...
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How can I plausibly justify why a secret society of superhumans didn't get openly involved in the political events of the 2020s? [closed]

I have a setting that is intended to be set in the "present day" (i.e., whenever the reader is reading it) set in the United States which involves a secret society of supernatural people ...
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universal politics of alien warfare [closed]

My story is a space adventure, opera, war with an advanced alien race going to war with each other using this magic system plus FTL, iron stars, Dyson spheres but as I was world-building I realized I ...
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Scenario for creating a world akin to cyberpunk

I was wondering if the debt of major developed countries (especially the USA) were to grow too high (possibly with interest rates above GDP as this is the current view of what it takes to go backrupt) ...

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