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As a wily local Baron, I'm skilled in intrigue and deception. As a skilled Feudal warrior myself, I recognize the difference between offensive and defensive weapons and tactics, the proper uses of different weapons, and defenses against those weapons. I'll quickly recognize that these are not gods carrying magic wands. Those are men carrying weapons, ...


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This was the original purpose of chastity belts. Example usage: Anyone in public without a functioning, locked, chastity belt is assumed to be an adulterer and promptly stoned. Spouse holds the only key. A responsible relative holds the key for unmarried adults. You can see that this makes family politics and individual freedom all tied up with sexual ...


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No. The President will be watched closely at all times - especially a conventional establishment President like Nixon. There is a reason the real Nixon is in that bunker. He was moved there for his safety. His whereabouts are known at all times and not just incidentally, but by people who are employed to do just that. If Nixon strolls into the White ...


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It sounds like you're looking for an accurate way to find an adulterer... I'd say, a court system like ours might be in play. Witnesses, testimonies, etc. If you're leaning more on the "doesn't have to be accurate" side of things... I'm thinking, what did they do in witch hunts? It was all manner of irrational things. They were assumed to have magic, so ...


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It depends on Leadership, Ability to Learn, Cunning and Political Acumen So obviously modern era weaponry (even with limited ammunition) will give you a tactical advantage over any one you meet on an individual level. The primary 'purpose' of your weapons in this context is however mainly that you can force someone to listen to you or take notice of you. ...


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Failure to plan is planning to fail This is eleven Russians with awful, terrible weapons. They lose any fight very fast. Seven of the weapons are Mosin-Nagats (M1981/30), a bolt-action rifle with a five-round clip, and I'm going to assume that these are Soviet mass-produced Mosin Nagats to boot, very rough and shoddy weapons. Still could function perfectly ...


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So there are hundreds of REALLY bad ways used in the ancient world to prove guilt, but only one way that was usually accurate, and that was the use of impartial witnesses. If you suspect a partner of adultery, instead of catching her in the act yourself, you would need a person with no loyalty to either party to catch him/her in the act. Many ancient ...


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No electricity is available and neither is magic, but I still want the court to be certain that they are punishing the right guys. With human biochemistry, that is impossible. You must make do with "reasonable belief" and the possibilities of missing, mistaken, hateful and bought witnesses. Even keeping everything under lock and key would not be enough, ...


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Willk did a good job of addressing the problem of a doppelganger president. I'd like to address the topic of the President's (or any politician's) role in the military in the event of an invasion of the United States, particularly as applies to nuclear strike options. While the use of a nuclear strike option in theory rests solely with the President, the ...


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No. First, that squad and the mission. The clever thing to send would be saboteurs, not a regular rifle squad. Instead of rifles and a LMG, pistols and lots and lots of timed incendiaries. Or perhaps German uniforms and regulation sidearms. By then the Soviets had plenty of samples. Next, the skillset. The Soviets would know that they're sending people of ...


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I'd say that their biggest problems is knowing the language and people and the political situation..etc. But I'd go with something like this: First the goal is to recreate certain modern tech if possible. Medicine, electricity...etc. But the most important one is ammunition actually. As war never changes, you need ammo. So if you can fix that then you can ...


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What you're asking for is highly implausible prior to the Falklands War without a really big butterfly Almost no one IRL had anti-satellite capabilities by the Falklands War. The US and USSR didn't really do much with the concept until 1982, the year of the Falklands War itself. The USSR had a longer research program with at least one successful intercept ...


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For some cases, but unfortunately - not all, you might have a secret order of tempters/investigators, who could lure the supposed 'cheater' into a trap by seducing him and catching him right before a 'supposed' act of cheating on the investigator, who at the end, turns out to had been just an actor. Perhaps the judgment/execution/assassination could be ...


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Nothing @AlexP has a good point. It's a human failing to assume all of the resources of "now" were or could have been available "then." There were no observational satellites (Sputnik 1 was only 1957), few observatories, and NASA was only one year old. The first ICBM was 1957 and the first lunar probe to touch the moon (curiously, the Soviet Luna 2) was in ...


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A question of politics, not economics. In the 17th and 18th century, kings could sell land, or give them as dowry. In the 19th century, national sentiment became stronger but kings still lingered. The Louisiana Purchase was in 1803, the Alaska Purchase was in 1867. After that there was a double standard when colonies could be traded, or conquered, but that ...


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There are a number of problems facing the squad (ignoring disease and language barriers)- namely lack of manpower, lack of historical, political and geographic understanding, lack of money and distrust from locals. The first problem is going to be that they are massively outnumbered, and without any support units providing reconnaissance and intelligence, ...


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Francisco Pizarro conquered Peru with a few men, primitive firearms, no supply line, against a native army of 100 thousand warriors and without knowing language, culture or geography. So, it can be done if you are brave and cunning enough.


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After a person is wed, the joined people are assigned a unique color paint that they ethnically, ritualistically and as a matter of civic pride paint their genitals with. If your paint shows up where it’s not supposed to, you out playa!


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You can not deal with this question until you deal with rape, and with sex outside of marriage in general. How do you distinguish between a willing adulterer, a person who fraudulently claims they are single, a person who was raped, a person who just claims rape, a willing adulterer who then claims rape in order to have someone killed, date rape, and so on ...


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Loyalty and Contempt Your boss loved the carefree life that was provided for him when he was a human pet. Regular food, regular walks and no decisions to make - who would want to leave that behind? Naturally as a sapient being this would be a shallow reason for de-uplifting himself and all of the other sapient mammals without their consent. However, he is ...


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The Argentinians were the first Latin American country to put a rocket into space with domestic technology. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orión_(rocket) Orión was the designation of a sounding rocket of Argentina, [1] which was started between 1965 and 1971 at CELPA, Mar Chiquita, Tartagaland Wallops Island.[2] In November 1966, three tests of the ...


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As to 1, yes. Sharks survived the K-T extinction, though not every species did and there was a general turnover from Lamniformes to Carcharhiniformes and a huge dieoff of freshwater sharks and rays, and they survived the P-T and T-J extinctions before that. You're going to have to hit the ecosystem a lot harder than just an extended PETM to wipe them out. ...


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Public displays of outrage Whatever else, Soviet spokespeople would decry the wanton destruction on an extraplanetary body by the 'capitalist warmongers.' No OST? The Outer Space Treaty was still a decade in the future, but the precedent might scuttle all attempts in that regard. Militarization of space Imagine it is the Cuban Missile Crisis and the ...


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The CIA would know that an imposter president is possible. The aliens just pulled the same stunt in Russia. Unless the CIA decided to sleep while the most important event in world history happened in Russia, they should have noticed what happened and briefed the US leadership about it. So we can assume that the US leadership knows that the V2 aliens are ...


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Obviously the society is based on bad science, and adultery is a legal/social construct rather than an objective reality, so the whole things is doomed to fail from an objective point of view. However, this rarely matters to those involved. Like witch-finders, Nazis and racists, the legal authorities only need a system which satisfied them that it picks out ...


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Go for the POTUS (President Of The United States), as that's the only figure who can order a nuclear attack, having the famous nuclear briefcase at hand. I think during the Vietnam war, aptly happening in the years you are referring to, a US army high rank was trying to get nukes for cleaning up the war theater and was put apart for this, while even On ...


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... died out 11 million years ago due to overspecialization, limited mobility and smaller and simpler brains, which made them unable to deal with the changing climate from one side and the onslaught of smarter, more flexible carnivorans on the other. This is the root cause of the decline of the Creodonts, and I don't see where the length of the PETM has ...


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If it gets hot, the protocarnivorans win sooner. The ancestors of the carnivores probably already had their better brains. They likely dominated their niches soon after the Cretaceous if not before - catching and eating small things. In our world, to outcompete the larger orders and eat their lunch (so to speak) the protocarnivorans need to get big enough ...


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The Danes have sold territory to the US before. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1916_Danish_West_Indian_Islands_sale_referendum In 1917 the Danish government sold the Danish West Indies to the US for $25 million in gold. These became the US Virgin Islands. In your alternate timeline, the Danes see an opportunity with this agreement (which both sides had ...


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A Greenlandic Missile Crisis In the immediate aftermath of WW2, the Danish Communist Party (which had been at the core of the country's anti-Nazi resistance movement, and was reasonably popular in the real world until the mid-50s) does much better in Denmark's first post-war free elections, and ends up leads the governing coalition. With the support of the ...


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