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Megapopulation Anarchist Government? [on hold]

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? [on hold]

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 ...
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How could political rivals use the information below to conspire against 2 top members of a dictators inner circle? [closed]

In society being gay is punishable by death. In my country the minister of foreign relations is gay and tries his best to hide it. The evil dictator finds out but he doesn't care he wants to support ...
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How can a dictator seize power in a country that has just lost a major war? [closed]

Background The country in my story lost a huge war and the country is now in ruins. The previous government is in exile. Since the war ended there have been 11 presidents in the space of 6 years. No ...
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Rules of a puppeted nation/State

For a world I'm building I would like to have a nation that is a puppet of a larger empire. I know that a puppet state is a state that is supposedly independent but is in fact dependent upon an ...
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How to Construct Politics of Nations?

on a way to prepare to create the politics of the kingdoms and empires in my novel I want to begin. I want my novel to take place in a sort of 1700s-1800s timeline, what could I do to make these ...
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If a State government breaks down, does the Federal government step in or declare it a deadzone? [closed]

The world I am creating revolves around having an entire State not function at its governmental level - meaning no State police force, no continuity for municipal amenities (no running water, ...
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How can a powerless emperor similar to the japanese emperor gain power? [closed]

The Japanese Emperors are known to be powerless and been that way longer than they had one and the shoguns are the true powers of the country throughout most of there history..but how would a similar ...
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What would the government of a medieval city-state be and how many people would be running it?

In my book I'm writing one half of the island is littered with city-states. I was wondering who would be in power there and what type of government there may be. Here's some information that may help:...
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Could an empire like this survive?

I am wanting to know if an empire with a continental size, lots of biomes, and a lot of diversity could survive. Might be good for the start or the middle of a story. Size Basically what is in this ...
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Reestablishing Identity in a Drastically Altered World

A bit of a thought experiment I'm trying to develop further has hit a stumbling block. The basic premise goes like this. All of humanity one day wakes up to the entire world having been changed ...
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What weaknesses could someone exploit to manipulate this “Approval plus RCV” electoral system?

Question I know that there must be ways that this system can be manipulated, but I'm having trouble figuring out what they are. I imagine that, since I created this system, I'm simply too close to it ...
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Reasonable Legislative Restrictions on a Super Weapon [closed]

Scenario: A small nation has recently discovered an old, powerful Airship. The world knows this Airship only in legend and the possibilities that it can offer to any nation are endless. Although ...
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Is it plausible for a bureaucratic dictatorship to be overthrown by a single individual?

Premise The world in which this takes place is a realistic world set in the year 2040 where technology has advanced beyond where we are currently, and the government has grown more corrupt. Most of ...
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How can a banker successfully (and safely) lend money to an autocrat?

I'm the owner of a large bank in Europe, with vast resources at my disposal. I would like to increase my wealth by lending it out at interest. The ruler of the country I'm based in has his own ...
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All male politicians dead [closed]

All the male politicians have died in their sleep within a 24 hour period. Assuming no male will enter politics again, what will be the implications of this in different countries around the world ...
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Is it possible to change the philosophical orientation of judicial matters in small social structures? [closed]

I have a question about social structures in modern times. Why is it that people tend to build the strictest rules in small groups like forums and social media communities, even though in reality ...
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What political system would this alien civilisation use? [closed]

An alien civilisation has developed a political system around the idea that governance is essentially a form of corruption and to lose sight of that is to invite disaster. For instance in the absence ...
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How to justify Nazi party no longer using the swastika? [closed]

In my universe, in the early 21 century, a neo-nazi movement gains track and eventually takes over a country, and eventually the world through war (third world war). But this is no ordinary nazi party,...
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How do I justify a civil war being as brutal as possible?

QUESTION In my world there's a large empire in a semiarid plains area, that lies smack in between two areas that I would like to effectively lose contact for a long time. To that end, I'd like to ...
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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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How can a nation successfully administer itself after conquering large amounts of land?

Say we have a country whose foreign policy with its neighbors is mostly defined by conquest. In a period of two decades the borders of said nation encompasses hundreds of different cultures and ...
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Is it plausible for monarch to retain some real powers in democracy?

I'm creating a space opera in a galaxy filled various types of human subspecies. Is it plausible to have a country where the monarch retains powers of controlling the defense and foreign policy even ...
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How many nukes can explode in the US without seriously affecting Canada?

Perhaps you have read Margaret Attwood's story 'A Handmaid's Tale' (spoiler alert- entire plot synopsis)? I thought a prequil is in order. A story to explain how American society got to that point. ...
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Feasiblity of this “slave king” political system

I'm working on a hypothetical political system similar to a monarchy except that the (conscripted) king in question is essentially a slave to the nation, a very well-cared for slave but with no ...