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What could lead a very poor country to arise as an economic powerhouse?

Natural resources. Advances in technology require some substance (e.g. oil, lithium, cobalt) which can only be found in useful quantities in your poor country. And the balance of power among the more ...
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Can an individual be their own Sovereign Nation?

There's a difference between "claiming" sovereignty (lots do), realistically being able to act as a sovereign state (few do), and finally being recognized by your peers as a sovereign state (...
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How can a new country break out from a developed country without war?

In 1991, the Soviet Union ceased to exist as a country and the land was divided up into 15 countries, generally along boundaries of countries that existed when the Soviet Union formed in 1917, ...
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Why have my intelligent pigeons not taken over the continent?

To these animals, Manhattan is the civilized world. Anywhere else is just lawless wilderness inhabited by feral creatures that will prey on each other without a second thought. To move away from there ...
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Why is there a universal (both de jure and de facto) ban on necromancy in the world despite xenophobia and distrust between countries?

Because we do it in our world too Thanks to Geneva conventions and others, many weapons are forbidden. Gas and chemical among them. Now there are of course countries that secretly, or not so secretly, ...
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The HAMMER protocol: A geopolitical system replacing MAD, allowing war without nukes. Is it stable?

You asked for problems: Attribution of attacks: A goes to war against B. Suddenly, A's forward troops within the territory of B get nuked. There are no radar traces of missiles or aircraft, and data ...
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How could the Empire of Japan and America be allies in WWII?

A single car accident could do the trick Emperor Hirohito had a younger brother named Takamatsu. In 1930-1931, Takamatsu chose to travel across the US and Europe to improve relations with Western ...
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Ways to keep a fantasy cold war between dragons and knight sorcerers cold?

Distance - the intervening mountain range, swamp, or near barren grasslands make logistics of open war extremely impractical Attitude - it just isn't worth the trouble unless they bother us first ...
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How can I keep my kingdom intact when the price of gold suddenly drops?

Charlie's suggestion of switching to a silver- or fiat-based currency is a good one. Another thing you might want to do is control when the court mage's discovery becomes well known. You could offer ...
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Economic super power with little political clout?

While there are already some good answers, it should be noted that for exampled Germany, South Korea and Japan are not economic superpowers, but mere great powers. (Germany and Japan lost political ...
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How can I explain a continent with extremely un-equal progress between its nations?

Religion would factor in heavily, Take the Amish for example their technological development came to a complete stop due to them choosing not to progress because of their faith. And look at how ...
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What could be the the consequences in this world if nuclear bombs didn't release radiation anymore?

Construction Nukes If they were clean, nukes would be used for construction. Dams could be built, rivers relocated, mountain passes created. Lake Chagan was created by the Soviet Union using nukes ...
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How would a society evolve if there were huge golems roaming around?

If most people can claim to have "seen one" that's an average of one per lifetime, or an event between once every 45 to 90 years. That's not very much. California gets on average 15-20 earthquakes ...
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Why is there a universal (both de jure and de facto) ban on necromancy in the world despite xenophobia and distrust between countries?

Because that Necromancer Emperor 100 years ago was REALLY SCARY. Some time ago, probably between 100 to 500 years, a Necromancer became Emperor, conquered half the known world, and killed the majority ...
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The HAMMER protocol: A geopolitical system replacing MAD, allowing war without nukes. Is it stable?

HAMMER only works if the other countries can get their nukes in first, and completely destroy that countries' nuclear capacity, including nuclear submarines. MAD hinges on the fact that destroying a ...
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How can I keep my kingdom intact when the price of gold suddenly drops?

Step 1, train your mage in deception The funny thing about chronic gossipers like your mage is that people who are bad at keeping secrets tend to also be good at telling lies. Give him a cover story ...
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How would the United States of Oceania become a Superpower?

So your USO wants to become a world leader. Actually that is understandable, especially given the current state of affairs around this globe. You mentioned military influence, but I will go for the ...
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How would a society evolve if there were huge golems roaming around?

Taking into account different historical periods is a bit tiresome, so I'll just throw my two cents here: Movable buildings: The biggest issue with your golems is that they roam the land endlessly ...
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Ways to keep a fantasy cold war between dragons and knight sorcerers cold?

One means to keeping a cold war going is the two antagonistic sides having the means of mutually assured destruction. These two empires could go to full-out war with each, but in the end, at best, one ...
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Why is there a universal (both de jure and de facto) ban on necromancy in the world despite xenophobia and distrust between countries?

Nobody trusts necromancers. There is an inherent problem with necromancers, and that's what you do when you're done with them. If you decide a conventional military leader is a liability, generally ...
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Why have my intelligent pigeons not taken over the continent?

Because, like Dr Doolittle, they can talk to the animals If these pigeons are physically the same as their ancestors today, there are a whole lot of things they can't do. They can't develop a tool-...
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What could be the the consequences in this world if nuclear bombs didn't release radiation anymore?

Everyone declares war on everyone else. All jokes aside, ultimately clean nukes probably won't change the equation much. Without the possibility of turning the world into a radioactive wasteland, it ...
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How could the Empire of Japan and America be allies in WWII?

I think that if you made two changes to history, that it would be believable that the USA and Japan became allies. The first change is to alter the Meiji Restoration to be more defensively focused ...
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What could lead a very poor country to arise as an economic powerhouse?

Better administration? I honestly think that the "we found oil" answer is the simplest, but in the interests of giving an alternative, I'll answer something different. IMHO one of the wisest ...
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Can an individual be their own Sovereign Nation?

As I remember, for centuries popes ruled an independent state known as the Papal States until Italy conquered it in 1860 and 1870. In 1929 a tiny independent country in the city of Rome was created, ...
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How can I explain a continent with extremely un-equal progress between its nations?

You don't need to explain it, because that's already happened in Europe not too long ago. While the european nations were running toward WW2, building the Stukas, the V2 and all similar feats, in the ...
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Can a "criminal" country exist in the modern world without getting blockaded and invaded?

Well... yes... and no... What one country considers illegal another country may not. That's true today all over the world. Take the practice of female genital mutilation, for instance. Most western ...
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How would the United States of Oceania become a Superpower?

Invest in your education system stressing cutting edge technologies and bribe the finest teachers from around the world to move to your country and teach. Design the curriculum to be brutally ...
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Why would two Superpowers not invade a neutral country?

Throwing away the shame of the international community, which in your case consists only of the enemy and the invaded country, I think the explanation lays in the strategic equilibrium: new Venice is ...
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Ways to keep a fantasy cold war between dragons and knight sorcerers cold?

One way would be to introduce a third party. It's neutral towards both the dragons and the knights, and it wouldn't stand a chance if it went to war with either of them. But if both the dragons and ...
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