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Lazy answer: don't do anything. If everyone can create bots, let them, and then no-one will have the upper hand. Less lazy answer: Processing power and storage space ain't free. In fact, depending on the nature of the substrate your virtual reality runs on (how about a colony ship in deep space?), it may even have a strict upper limit that cannot be ...


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The US government could hold order; though restore order would be a better term. Also, political power is more local than you suppose. An EMP would be picked up by power lines and likely fry substations and plugged in electrical devices. It might even take out a few power plants, depending on their design. It would also take out most modern cars (because ...


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If (some of) the bots don't know they're not human, how do the humans know? I'm going to get to the government in just a moment, but this is important. I suppose the software could let the actual humans (and the software would need to know which are humans and which are bots) could let the humans see the bot avatars with a big honking sign that says "I'm a ...


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I presumably misquoting this phrase, but anyway: Internet is not a democracy, but an loose federation of petty dictatorships and fiefdoms Right now already people are enthusiastically being engulfed in their own echo chambers. Instead of mass media that would lie in crude and uniform way, people right now prefer to hear much more personalised lie, ...


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The most immediate needs of the United States at this point will largely be covered and actually have been for some time. During the cold war, the United States anticipated that the opening strike from the U.S.S.R. wouldn't be a ground target, but a high altitude target. The detonation of one well placed Nuclear War Head miles above the states would cause ...


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The top great officials in Wallachia and Moldavia in the late Middle Ages were, in decreasing order of precedence: [Only in Wallachia] The Great Ban, basically the viceroy of Lesser Wallachia (the part of the country west of the Olt river). The Great Justiciar ("vel vornic" in Romanian), charged with running the judicial system, internal affairs and public ...


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Maybe for a few days but broadly speaking no. The biggest issue is that killing the electricity will knock out most of the transportation network, which means long distance food deliveries become a thing of the past, over night. As the saying goes "no government is more than nine meals from anarchy"; if you can't keep your people feed for three days running ...


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Government is a power structure for manipulating flows of scarce resources. It sounds like you are exploring a post-scarcity environment. It is important to think beyond scarcity models. If you are exploring 'different' scarcity decide which of your resources are scarce and who the winners and losers will be and then build your logic from there. It is also ...


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Vetting and citizenship system Don't forget that in the real world, generally voting is restricted to citizens. Underage persons cannot vote either. People can be stripped of citizenship. And democracy is not necessarily about giving every person one vote. It is about preventing a small elite from maintaining its own power. So, the system I would suggest: ...


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24 hours. Or less. People will believe that the supermarkets and groceries will not be restocked. That causes looting and anarchy which makes sure that supermarkets and groceries will not be restocked, even if someone was to find food supplies and trucks that can be repaired. It would look slightly different if there was a few days preparation. But at zero ...


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What you're describing is in essence a Cabinet structure within government. In countries with an elected parliament and prime minister, the cabinet is the body of ministers with portfolios that are considered important, more or less. So, for instance, there will be a treasurer, minster of defence, minister of foreign affairs, etc. in the Australian Cabinet, ...


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I will try to give a most general answer from the data you've given. From your description of the relationship of the state and the religion it seems to me, that your state is actually theocratic. If the army is loyal to the church and not to the crown, then, in essence, neither your ruler not his council are able to control the external policy. They can't ...


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I'll break down my answer into county sizes. This answer is my best swing at what would happen if the government manages to hold on at least a bit. Maybe they use messenger pigeons. They have only been out of use for less then 100 years. I assume that the allies of the US would work to deter the attacker, so I didn't include a US response to the threat. ...


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While excessive communication delays can make it administratively impossible to hold on to territory the reality is that even at the size of the US sending messages and/or reinforcements if needed by rail would likely be sufficient. And of course today urgent messages can be carried even faster by jet aircraft that can easily carry messages across the ...


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