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What type of geopolitical status quo can lead to perpetual warfare becoming the norm?

Not Politics: Geography. I think what you are looking for is several large, stable empires that somehow aren't consumed with the desire to destroy each other, yet keep fighting significant wars. Short ...
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What type of geopolitical status quo can lead to perpetual warfare becoming the norm?

If you have powerful states fighting each other, you need both the technological/industrial and political conditions which keep this from becoming a total war which exhausts one or more of the ...
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What type of geopolitical status quo can lead to perpetual warfare becoming the norm?

This is a Frame Challenge People have been "at war" with one another since the dawn of time. It was a powerful image used in the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey. The image of the first ape ...
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What type of geopolitical status quo can lead to perpetual warfare becoming the norm?

The entire cold war period, from the end of WWII until the collapse of the Iron Curtain, was more or less what you want. USA and USSR never directly faced each other, but rather fought proxy wars here ...
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What type of geopolitical status quo can lead to perpetual warfare becoming the norm?

Population control Two or more large nations are fighting. Is annihilation of the other feasible, or even possible? Theoretically yes, but in practice it'll be next to impossible. You need to get the ...
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What type of geopolitical status quo can lead to perpetual warfare becoming the norm?

One option I have played with before is a renewable, but temporary resource. For this to work, you need a couple of things. The resource must be valuable. Having it will give whoever has it a boost ...
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What type of geopolitical status quo can lead to perpetual warfare becoming the norm?

After reading the answers i found a surprising lack of real world examples that i have the feeling should still be mentioned. Those examples which have been mentioned like "The Cold War" won'...
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