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How might a royal family be massacred at a banquet they are hosting? [closed]

I have an empire similar in structure to the Roman empire, ruled by a small dynasty for several hundred years. At the beginning of the narrative it is revealed that the ruling dynasty has decided to ...
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What would be a reason for a nation to secretly take over other nations? [closed]

In my universe, planets function like nations, and although travel is possible between them, the number of people who travel between planets is fairly low. Additionally, while broadcasts from other ...
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Why would a government support organizations with completely opposing goals?

The SCP (Secure, Contain, Protect) foundation is an organization devoted to the containment of scps: dangerous supernatural anomalies or individuals that pose a threat to humanity's existence. It ...
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Would my version of a post-apocalyptic US federal government make sense and/or function properly?

So here’s some back story to catch you guys up: In my story, the Black Flu broke out around 2002 and lasted from then all the way until 2010 where it burned itself out. The Black Flu was the most ...
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Reasons for a Unitary Government to have Provinces?

BACKGROUND On the small habitable moon of a large gas giant, a small branch of humanity lives in peace. One day, a large chunk of the residing countries band together into a unitary communist regime. ...
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Could a Ruling Class of Immortals Lead to Significant Social and Technical Stagnation?

There is a land ruled by Alchemists who have used their craft and powers to cheat death itself. Centuries ago they learned how to create artificial humans without conscious minds that were useful ...
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Political system via artificial intelligence

The world is now a state where AI is sophisticated enough that it can read and meaningfully interpret draft bills/legislation. Human politicians are replaced with AIs in an attempt to combat ...
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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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What is the best way to eliminate guns in a near future cyberpunk setting? [closed]

So I've asked a question about powered armor specifically as a solution here, and largely rejected that solution, but I can’t shake the feeling that I want a setting without guns. What is the best way ...
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Political ramifications of a kingdom using a dragon in battle, how to remedy them?

So, one thing we didn't talk about was the political ramification that'd arise from kingdom A using a dragon in battles. Kingdom A seems to be able to make the dragon do just about anything they say. ...
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How could a galactic empire work?

It was pointed out here that the speed of light is a huge issue for any government that spans multiple stellar systems. The consensus seemed to be that it is very difficult to make large empires work. ...
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How to calculate the probability of survival of a young civilization

In a fictional world a young civilization is struggling for survival. Round about a century ago, it broke up with the core-society that was just beginning to establish itself on an inhospitable ...
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How can a mage not be the King? [duplicate]

In fantasy, mages are commonly described to be vastly superior in terms of knowledge & power to the rest of the population. Typically, they live much longer, are able to kill in combat numerous ...
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How to make this “friendly war” plausible?

I'm trying to come up with this scenario in a sort of "medieval fantasy" setting. There are two towns. One, Caertydin is a large city with all the appropriate tropes, while the smaller town, Siege is ...
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What to invest in when money and the economy vanish

In this scenario, the character is, as the only person, aware that in a few days the whole world economy will fall apart. He is likely to lose his home and probably has to flee to another country ...
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Why would a government release a virus that preferentially kills old people; would a country struggling with an aging population secretly do this? [closed]

Inspired by current events, and the ongoing problem of too many old people and not enough young people creating a burden on pension/healthcare systems in Asia and around the world. For starters, I ...
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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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Values Based Election System: The issue with 1st time candidates

The Process The setting is a representative democracy founded during a nearly current technological era. Being aware of how easily representative democracies can be manipulated by political parties, ...
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Could one build an effectively anarchist military structure?

So I was watching a somewhat recent video from the Leftist Youtuber Renegade Cut about why Star Trek has appeal among conservatives. Among other points, he notes that while Star Trek eliminates ...
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What is a feasible timeframe for a super-reactor to obsolete all other energy sources?

A super-reactor was created by SRE, Inc (Super Reactor Energy), and it can provide as much clean energy as needed. There's no way to copy it or make another. It operates without problem or fuel - ...
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Building a new country in northern Australia, how do we win an information war [closed]

I am building a world where a country is seceding from Australia. The country has over 600 citizens interested in the project, and can get tens of thousands more to join once it launches its "...
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What eugenic plan could a human nation use to turn beastfolk into petfolk without using force?

So in my world the human empire have lived together with humanoid beastfolk: think werewolf/lycanth, minotaur, big feline like tiger/lionfolk or humanoid jungle cat, etc. They are relatively smart or ...
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How could a medical crisis unite two countries which once bitterly hated each other?

How could a medical crisis unite two countries previously at odds and usher them into a new era of peace, prosperity and perhaps even unity? Think of South and North Korea, or Israel and Palestine. ...
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What's a good way to raise a child that is too powerful for you, while minimally hurting yourself or others? [closed]

Normal babies have temper tantrums. Magic babies burn down the house. As much as one tries, babies and children won't stay happy forever. What's the best way to raise a magic/quirk/mutant child with ...
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How can aliens convince the government of Earth to form an alliance with them?

I am not a native speaker, so please forgive my errors. Our space federation A is currently in the fiftieth year of a limited war with the alliance B, and the control of the K sector will ...
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What change in China's history after the Korean War is needed to made the Democratic movement in 1989 a success?

Throughout the world, it is generally recognized that the Democratic movement in Beijing started as a public memorial of the former Chairman Hu YaoBang, who past away on April 15th, 1989 after being ...
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Can blockchain for all currency eliminate financial corruption in society?

Suppose I create a country where all currency is a cryptocurrency with tracked transactions. All income and outcome for a given country is registered in a block chain. All the public workers (...
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How can the underworld nurture a relationship with the political elite? [closed]

I, John Gotti, am remembered as the greatest criminal Mastermind in American history. I became the head of La Costra Nostra, an underworld group of Italian businessmen who were unjustly prosecuted by ...
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Can Communism become a stable economic strategy? How? (Update) [closed]

Inspired by this question, I'd like to re-review if Communism can ever become a stable form of government. To help restrict the scope of this question, please allow me to add the following ...
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Can Communism become a stable economic strategy? How?

In a capitalist Society, you work, you earn money and you buy a shovel to dig a hole In a communist Society, you are given a shovel and told to work Alt History Hub Communism was a major rival ...
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How could the Avignon papacy replace Rome as the center of power? [closed]

The medieval Popes ruled directly over the Papal States in Central Italy, and was an influential player in the affairs of European states. The Dark Emperor of France set in motion a master plan to ...
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Creating a convincing mafia? [closed]

I am currently in the process of creating my own world for an upcoming RPG, in a Victorian Era/Industrial Revolution/Steam Age setting. It's not overly steampunk but light elements of it are ...
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Could a technologically advanced society exist as a feudal monarchy?

The Enlightenment brought both technological and scientific advancement (starting a period of discovery and achievement that hasn't yet ended) and social/political advancement. We generally think of ...
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How can baseline humanity survive on its own in the future?

In the future, baseline humans are joined by gene-hacked humans, cyborgs, uplifted animals, and digital consciousnesses (synthetic or uploaded minds). Most states are either autopias (automated ...
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Is it possible to cover up a nuclear accident occurring at Area 51?

In 1986, the greatest heist ever attempted was carried out in secrecy not even KGB is aware of it. A group of special agents managed to steal the blueprint for RBMK-9600, a nuclear reactor which uses ...
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How would an Isolationist Country go about opening its borders?

I'm writing a novel in which an isolationist republic has to open its borders following a series of volcanic eruptions in its territory that destroyed most of the crops and coal mines (the republic is ...
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Building transcontinental railway through many different countries

Let's have fantasy world with XVIII European century technology, also let's have technology of making really big trains and rails for them (big like 2.5 meters track gauge). What I want is railroad ...
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Is there an existing name for this kind of political system?

I'm devising a political system for a novel I'm working on, but I'm not sure how to name its parts. I'll give some context first and then get to my question. The story is in a middle age context The ...
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How to make my matriarchal society more realistic [closed]

So I am playing with idea of fantasy matriarchal society. I want it to be realistic and coherent. This is what I have so far: Aim I wanted to avoid a simple patriarchal flip, where social structure ...
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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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Why would the UK suddenly grant full citizenship to Hongkongers? [closed]

I'm writing a fictional immigration guide for all Hongkongers with the British National (Overseas) ("BN(O)") passport, who now have full UK citizenship and are deciding whether to move to the UK. ...
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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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How would a company take over a secret/private city realistically?

I've been trying to rewrite a novel I wrote in high school, but this time actually have it make (some) sense. Basically there's a decently sized company in the novel that takes over a private/secret ...
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Is there a practical way of making democratic-like system skewed towards competence?

There were here some discussion concerning using IQ or paid taxes as proxy of citizens merit, for purposes of making some a bit more meritocratic system. While some objections I'd consider excessive (...
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Forced Conversion of Majority

Say, that Nation A absolutely destroys Nation B in a battle and annexes them. Can Nation A realistically demand that the conquered people either convert to their religion or be expelled? If we assume ...
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How could I show most of my fictional world through propaganda prospects/posters?

I have a specific idea to draw out an alternate society. My plan is to design propaganda prospects or posters. Do you guys have some tips how I could show/tell most through-out this medium to ...
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Teenage Revolution: How to overthrow parental dictatorship worldwide? [closed]

Setting: Earth 2020. Young people are sick of parental suppression, worldwide. They develop a vastly different understanding of social principles, compared to their parental generation. They can´t ...
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What if the partition of India were bottom-up [closed]

In 1947 suppose that, instead of attempting to draw a fair line between Muslims and non-Muslims, British India has a referendum asking each village, “With which of your neighbors (including native ...
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How would a village use its river that it shares with another village downstream?

This question is for a fantasy story loosely based on medieval west Europe. The story is centered around a small remote village in a mountain that sits by a river. The village uses its river for ...
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What would be the most viable form of government for the first space colonies?

The Setting It is the near future (say 2060ish). Some entity (corporation, government, private venture, etc.) has elected to build the first permanent (as in intended to become self-sufficient) ...

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