Questions tagged [politics]
For questions about governance of the people, including methods, effects, and interactions with the people.
What political system, in real world spectrum, would this be?
I think I have established democracy, but I am very unintelligible on how they are called in the real world because I doubt I invented something new, I am just politically dumb. Could you please say ...
Method of premature change of president and vice president in alternate version of the USA [closed]
I'm working on a world (for a series of stories) not much different from our reality. The laws are almost same to the letter - the timeline diverged ~2013 but with no important changes in the law. ...
Is this a reasonable way to enforce a ban on exotic weapons in an interstellar setting?
In the late 23rd century certain groups of mankind stared down the barrel of what may be possible in the future: cross galactic relativistic kill missile storms, gamma-ray Dyson Beams, Kugelblitz ...
Smallest required change to elect Thomas Dewey as POTUS in 1948? [closed]
As the question says, let's hear your ideas for how this famous headline printed in error could have been made a political reality... Bonus points if your history changes begin after the end of WWII (...
"African" states alliance?
To start this off I will dispel preconceptions: Africa had great empires and was not technologically inferior to Europe before the invention of guns. They had quilted armor (the equivalent of ...
Class system economy
I want a class system in an enclosed citadel with Roman times technology. It is based around the idea that the farmer class work the land to bring food to the entire country. All farm lands are ...
How would I name a country ruled by a council of leaders and what are some past examples? [closed]
A nation that I am creating is ruled by a council (from what I can find on Wikipedia, closest to a kraterocracy) which gained power by overthrowing the previous king. The king, and those before him, ...
What combination of events could lead to a comprehensive denazification program in modern Austria? [closed]
TLDR version: How can I write a believable piece of fiction in which Austria is being de-nazified in 2020 and later? Long version follows. Historical background In 1938, Nazi Germany annexed ...
Why keep killing a reincarnating enemy? [closed]
Emperor Evulz has a worldwide empire of tyranny, and only the Chosen One™ has the magic to have a chance of stopping him. So he kills the Chosen One™, but the thing with prophecies is that they must ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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 - ...
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 "...
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. ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 (...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
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 (...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Does a country really need a head of state? [closed]
I want to make a parliamentary country. The head of the government is the premier. The premier and each minister are elected (or replaced) by the parliament during the legislature, whose the duration ...
How would someone establish a dictatorship during the zombie-apocalypse [closed]
We're talking about a big group of ~3000 (possibly more) survivors around 5 years after the downfall. 1% of humanity is still alive, 59% is zombified (classic slow zombies, TWD-like), the remaining 40%...
What are some modern policies that can be applied to or improve 17th-century European society? [closed]
Supposedly, a relatively smart + educated young woman from modern society is transmigrated into a body of a woman living in a country that is similar to 17th-century Europe. Monarchy and nobility ...
Major empires have been destroyed. Results in numerous independent cities [closed]
I'm in the process of building a world for a D&D 5th ed campaign which is due to kick off in the new year and I'm looking for some feedback on a time line, political climate, etc. for the world ...