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A number of cultures consider stealing from other members of the society to be wrong, but consider it entirely justified to steal from members of other societies. For example, some of the Indian tribes and nations in the USA had warrior cultures where the only way for men to gain wealth and prestige was to raid other societies and steal from them. As a ...


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This is much more likely to work if Ser is playing both sides against the middle. Winning a game where you only control one side is hard. Your enemies do things you don't expect, or things that you did expect but didn't have any means to counter, or sometimes they just get damned lucky. Winning a game against multiple other sides is even harder, because ...


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I think that if you want things to work this way, you need more time between Ana's son ascending to power and him declaring war on everyone. If you give the empire just 2 years, not much will really happen. The peaceful, turtled up empire will struggle to transition to the war machine it needs to be to conquer the rest of the world. But with more time, ...


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You're missing the fact that leaders of opposing nations will recognize existential threats. Declaring war on everyone at once is a great way to bring this to their attention. Most times in history, especially in European history, if there is one major power that's clearly getting bigger and more successful in wars than any of the others, then all of its ...


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Well I don't think tourist city could be considered as secret, which is defeats its purpose of being secret. In order to make your city to be controlled by single corporation there should be several conditions, like being isolated and have only single function, for example, mining or new weapons development and testing. I think there is one city that can ...


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Here are a few ways that I can think of : Buy Controlling Interest in Critical Supplies or Services Examples : food, helium, rare earths; if your company can become the largest provider of goods (and especially if your company provides those goods at a loss, so that there are few alternatives to using you) you have some leverage. Service Examples : ...


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I want this technology to only be used for the purpose that it was intended, and avoid some of the other actions that a rich government would indulge in (growing a new army, genetic experimentation on embryos, etc). What limitations should I introduce to accomplish this? The government will not regulate against itself if it doesn't have to. The citizens, in ...


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I will try to answer your question directly and avoiding many of the (probably) off topic moral issues and other issues concerning the scenario itself. So assuming the government is going to do this in the way you describe what can be done to prevent abuse? The government would need to put in place strong internal controls. It needs a monitoring ...


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If you have exowombs, any society totalitarian enough to have population controls will have no trouble implementing mandatory sterilization. Take sex cells from every citizen as early as possible, probably at puberty. Then have them sterilized. The government then has nearly complete control of reproduction, and should be able to maintain a stable ...


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I'm going to start my answer with a couple of assumptions; 1) Given your mention of ecommerce, I'm assuming this is an industrialised and technically proficient nation 2) Given your use of the word 'unrecognised' instead of 'undiscovered' I also assume that your nation is aware of the existing conventions of addressing for postal services that are in use ...


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If by non-magical you mean that the thread of "we'll turn your palaces to dust if you lay a finger on us" type mutually assured destruction isn't sufficient, you could take from Switzerland. They managed to remain pretty neutral throughout a lot of wars, they have avoided countless invasions and enjoy a number of accords with European countries even though ...


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