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Crime watch/enforcement balance. Patrol size is always a balance between the ability to see the crime (more smaller patrols is better) and deal with likely crime (large patrol group is better). Size 4 should mean that security situation in this state is worse than in most modern cities, where patrolmen usually go alone or in twos, but better than in a war- ...


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I can't exactly show them protecting the ordinary citizens from muggers, wiping out organised crime, solving horrific murders, ridding the town of drug-dealers, rescuing children from child-porn gangs, etc, because there is none of that stuff. You're looking at it the wrong way. A near-total lack of violent crime is a massive selling point for your ...


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The police are there to protect and serve. Protect from criminals, but also from other hazards and problems. Little Timmy is missing? The distraught mom tells the police officer who is walking the beat, and within a few moments dozens of cops are searching. Happy news, Timmy wandered off from the playground to the park, but it could have been much more ...


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Orwell didn't mean that the entire English language would be reduced to just one word, but that each concept would be reduced to one word. That is, instead of having many words with shades of meaning, like "pretty", "beautiful", "attractive", etc, there would be just one word for this idea. The idea is that alternate meanings and shades of meaning would be ...


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To ensure loyalty A lone policeman can be subverted, bribed, or even carry out seditious activities without any witnesses. Any civilians who do catch them in the act can be compelled into silence, if they don't just dismiss it as "official business" that they shouldn't interfere with. By forcing police to patrol together, and account for any time they spend ...


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Let's take a look at Kowloon Walled City - closest real world analog of what you're asking. Government There used to be somewhat competing gangs. There was, generally, a truce between them, and people who didn't belong to any gang was generally left alone. No taxes, no police. Small troubles were your troubles, big troubles were dealt with by the gang. Was ...


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Still, I am going to add few cents in: Propaganda basically, inspire self with Marxism, where one of main clause was "Religion is opium of the people" Social persecution: You are not allowed to have "good" job as long as it is believed that you practice religion. Your kids are not allowed to attend higher level of education, if you practice religion. ...


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The bowels are not straight: they have several U turns in their abdominal deployment. If you pull a wire it will tend to straighten up. If the wire is in the bowels, it means some unpleasant stress and almost sure intestinal cuts, unless you place some fixed pulleys. Bowel movements take care of moving the food from start to end. Just feed the slurry into ...


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A rumour that that other country(or whatever else) has fertile women or men and some government decides that they have the military power to acquire them for their own country. If the rumour is not actually true, the war can last even longer because "they are hiding them from us". I believe there have been several films with similar plots where there was ...


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Lets find out how much energy that takes The energy of an orbiting object is the sum of its kinetic and potential energy and can be expressed by $$E = \frac{1}{2}mv^2 - \frac{GMm}{r} = \frac{-GMm}{2a}$$ where $GM$ is the gravitational constant of the sun ($1.327\times10^{11} \text{km}^3\text{s}^{-2}$), $v$ is the orbital speed (variable for a non-circular ...


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I'd suggest looking at historical examples, and two in particular. First, the decay of the Ottoman Empire. Essentially, the Janissaries were originally conscripts taken from outlying provinces (usually Greek), forcibly converted to Islam, and used as elite soldiers. Over time, though, they managed to gather political power, and eventually reached the point ...


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A good reference could be what Stasi did in DDR, in particular with Zersetzung. the methods of overt persecution that had been employed up to that time, such as arrest and torture, were too crude and obvious. It was realised that psychological harassment was far less likely to be recognised for what it was, so its victims, and their supporters, were less ...


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You're asking for a single, large event to cause the shift, which makes sense as the end game. However, I think it's probably more important to establish a series of events and circumstances which set up the situation such that it will culminate with corporate takeover. Presently Globalization is the word of the day. Large corporations have become ...


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There's a difference between the trendy places that make an apartment building out of shipping containers (which is what you have as your picture) and actual slums. While there were patents for shipping container living as far back as the 1960s, the first place to do it where it was widely documented was Armenia in the 1980s after an earthquake. many of ...


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The metal is no longer precious. So for example humanity could discover deposits of them on Mars or comets. Or we could produce everything in Star Trek manner. So Faberge eggs would be valued for they artisan being rather than materials used. Which is already happening as jewelry is worth more than it's source material in their crude form. On the other hand ...


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Advertise them It's as simple as that. If most of people's contact with the police is irrelevant to actual police job, their opinion will be based on irrelevant factors. So, dress your officers in cool uniforms, let them parade through the cities with their orchestras, show them in TV, on billboards and posters as helpful and smiling. You don't need to ...


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One of the other themes of that story is despite Big Brother's efforts, the human will found a way. If words are reduced, intonation and facial expression will have to take its place. This is far harder for BB to detect and to restrict. Even today, we have expressions like, "it's not what you say, it's how you say it." As evidence, I point to my own cat ...


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According to the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution, slavery is outlawed in all its forms "except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted". Thus, if you're looking for an environment similar to or derived from the U.S., you can enact any law you want that indicates an appropriate punishment for violating it is a form of ...


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...doesn't the US Army for example work in "fireteams" of four? Two assault, one support, one leadership/overwatch/sniper? Perhaps with your enforcement teams (and many fascist and/or authoritarian governments have built their enforcement arms in a militaristic style) you could make up roles for the team based on this - CQB (Close Quarter Battle), Riot, ...


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Tangentially I lived in the equivalent of a 20' ISO shipping container when I was deployed to Bosnia in the early 2000's. The thing was called a Coremek if I remember correctly, and the military used them because they were relatively cheap, modular and could be used to build up living spaces with relatively simple engineering resources. Corimeks had the same ...


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One person can be overwhelmed easily. Two can be taken down by surprise or attacked quickly enough no warning gets out. Three is harder to take down but it's still doable without much if any collateral damage. Four officers are too large to take out without a bomb or a coordinated attack. And if they are attacked by a group, three can lay down fire while ...


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There are all kinds of ugly here. If your string isn't digestable (or digestable in the time allotted for pulling the kebab through the body), it will decay, leading to bacteria and infection and a whole lot of ugly. One assumes the body wants to breathe, but a kebab being pulled through the body pretty much guarantees that breathing either won't occur or ...


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Could an entire neighborhood or even an entire city be that crowded? Sure. Hong Kong’s Kowloon Walled City was probably the densest neighbourhood in history, with more than 1,000,000 people per sq km. Photograph: Alamy Kowloon Walled City was 119 times as dense as New York City.Greg Girard While this example was just 33k people in 6.4 acres, it lasted ...


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Police are also fire and rescue. There is already a lot of overlap between these functions as is evidenced by this NYPD fire truck. In your society the same group of people serve all these functions. People love their firefighters and ambulance folks because they come and save you. If those people are the police too, they love the police too.


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However long it takes for an empire to expire... That's about it. The US Government structure is pretty decentralized as it is. If you have ever read the Constitution, it is a remarkably short document to establish the framework for a government. Most of the true power is supposed to reside with the States. Your attack will do very little to the ...


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One of the great things about humans is that they often don't let laws stop them from doing the terrible things they've always done. In the case of slavery, it's easy to find examples of of it, even after the 13th and 14th Amendments. For instance, there have been many systems created both in the past and today where people themselves are free to choose, ...


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From a worldbuilding point of view, there are lots of possible answers. Many people have already pointed out that a 4 man patrol will be more difficult to subvert and also provide some degree of security against the security forces themselves becoming disloyal. I will add some slightly different approaches. 1) Full Employment. Although not stated ...


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It's time for your civilization to be asking The Last Question. Because... If a civilisation reaches a level at which it can harvest solar energy to fuel energy matter constructors and use these devices to create any object in any quantity forever, ... It's not "forever". Our sun, and indeed the universe itself, is like a spring-powered clock which ...


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