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It won't work Simply put, the way the U.S. is set up now means that any long-term attempt at semi-amicable situation (or even one where there is animosity and tension but not outright war as with India and Pakistan) is doomed to failure. I'm going to try to outline a question I submitted to Politics SE about could the U.S. successfully split, but since it ...


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Outside influence Consider the DEA map below: The U.S. falls under the influence of rival cartels extending their influence from Mexico. (Recall that the success of "barbarians" was unexpected in 1860s China, and resulted from similar drug prohibition profits) The cartels and the mixture of rural and urban areas they control are relatively ...


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you should not be looking at politics by state boundaries. The United states does not have conservative states and liberal states. It has liberal urban areas and conservative rural areas. At first viewing the urban areas seem to have all of the economic and most of the political power, but they are utterly reliant on the rural areas for food, water and power....


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All politics is local politics. There are plenty of scenarios similar to what you describe; most of them have the Confederacy as a thing. Example: https://www.reddit.com/r/imaginarymaps/comments/6o9kzn/2nd_us_civil_war_map/ I propose / a situation where the United States is Split into multiple smaller states./ Multiple smaller states. After the Civil ...


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Make a honey trap So you want to know if someone has mind control? Make it tempting to do it. Build a society with a bunch of annoying rules and regulations that exist for absolutely no good reason. Even the people enforcing them know there is no good reason to enforce them, other than it is their job. Make it seemingly easy to avoid doing the stupid ...


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What would a country like the USA do? At first, they would have some trouble, because people with mind control aren't common. However, some mind-controllers will be so obvious that they can be captured and analyzed, perhaps using a robot uncontrollable by conventional methods. Then, after analyzing a few of those samples (say, in MRI scans), they would find ...


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You don't need magic for mind control. Mind control is a old companion of humanity. It has been with us since before wrote history. The oldest form of mind control is yet operating today, near your house. It is named religion. Is it not? How can you explain a adult person who attended a good well equipped modern school with a modern library and full access ...


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As a frame challenge, I suggest that it's so easy you don't need clever ideas. In fiction mind control is so hard to find since no one believes in it. But if all the right people in government know and have trained people who also know, it's easy to spot and detain possible mind-controllers. In movies, there's just one guy who thinks there might be something ...


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"By their fruits will you know them" Wild mind controllers will grow in their powers and use them for their benefit, perhaps without even being aware of what they're doing. Lots of people stare at one another all the time, instinctively thinking things like "Come on, say yes" or "Sign the agreement, sign the agreement!" or "...


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Problem: There is a mind control magic. Exact mechanism and details unknown and may vary from mages. What's known is just that they can control mind. Cannot tell populace that such magic exists. Government must find mind control magicians. Solution: Establish an accurate method to identify mind control magicians (later called MCC) How: Recruit at least ...


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There have been several IRL attempts to determine mind control and psychic ability. See The Men Who Stare at Goats which describes the American militaries attempts. The difference in your world is that magic does exist. So when these people try to figure it out they don't come up inconclusive. Rather, they come up with results that show mind control can be ...


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The task would be hopeless if the mind control was not used. So is there a way to detect the use of mind control? Things will depend, in part, on how difficult mind control is. Would it be done on a single target, after an exhausting spell, or would a sufficiently powerful mage be able to sway a concert hall full of targets? Look for clues that an immoral-...


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A method of detection can use either psychology ("Hmmm, Susan is showing a lot of unusual interest in the Doomsday Device") or technobabble ("We use froogles to detect the psionic waves"). If using psychology, use plain-old action-movie-style detective work: Set a trap for the mind controller. Let Susan steal the (fake) Doomsday Device, ...


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