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

A combination of two systems of war can achieve this outcome handily, as long as you're flexible on your definition of "state." First-system warfare Turns out that "war never changes&...
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What type of geopolitical status quo can lead to perpetual warfare becoming the norm?

Set your world in a pre-industrial setting. That satisfies all your conditions. Most of human history saw constant warfare. That is because the wealth of a nation (nation as a general term, not ...
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What type of geopolitical status quo can lead to perpetual warfare becoming the norm?

Wars are fueled by easy money printing. Stalin, Pol Pot, the Kim regime were all fueled by their central banks. They print more money to pay their soldiers and buy weapons, all while stealing from ...
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What type of geopolitical status quo can lead to perpetual warfare becoming the norm?

Very simple. Low crop yields. Anybody who's starving is willing to kill for food...you might believe you wouldn't do so, that you'd sooner starve, but what about your family, dependents, friends and ...
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What type of geopolitical status quo can lead to perpetual warfare becoming the norm?

War by Proxy A civilization, whether world-bound, or Galactic, might evolve to the point where it is realized that actual hostilities between divisions are contra-indicated. Loss of resources, be them ...
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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?

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?

Peer bride kidnapping Maybe there was a very unfortunate example of inbreeding dementia. Maybe your scholars figured out genetics early and codified them in marriage law. Maybe even in holy books. ...
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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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What type of geopolitical status quo can lead to perpetual warfare becoming the norm?

The Gods Demand It While some lesser religions use religion as a scapegoat for their petty wars, the eternal battle is demanded by our gods. All peoples, at least those who believe in our gods, send ...
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What type of geopolitical status quo can lead to perpetual warfare becoming the norm?

Technology itself is destabilizing by its very nature To be more specific, technology is actually a peace-bringer, as in it stabilizes harvests and living conditions, resulting in a long lasting ...
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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?

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?

The standard human condition leads to a lot of fighting. People have multiple children who need feeding and there is always a limit to the resources available. Young men need to fight. Enough people ...
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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?

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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Possibility of building a landmass connecting Asia and America in the future

There isn't really a clear question here, you might want to clarify that. Looking at the feasibility of your project, I'd say your timeline is way off. First, the existing land reclamation/building ...
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