Sun Tzu wrote: never corner the enemy. Always give them a chance to escape.
If you kill all the dissidents you catch, they'll fight to the death. They have nothing to lose by staying in a cave somewhere and shooting anyone who comes after them.
If you exile dissidents, then they have a choice: keep fighting and maybe die, or surrender and live somewhere ...
All right! You're going in the BAG.
One BAG fits all. You get to keep your head out if you are good and your head is the right shape. Think twice: if something comes out of you, it stays with you in the BAG. BAG is air permeable. It has strong handles or maybe some levitation tech. BAG withstands a lot ...
No technology is needed at all:
All horses move naturally with four basic gaits: the four-beat walk,
which averages 6.4 kilometres per hour (4.0 mph); the two-beat trot or
jog, which averages 13 to 19 kilometres per hour (8.1 to 12 mph)
(faster for harness racing horses); and the leaping gaits known ...
It is the last remnant of the history that started the revolution.
Almost all history has been rewritten;
but the one thing everyone still remembers,
is that this all started because the Bad Old Government,
executed an innocent man.
(Or at least a man many believed to be innocent.)
That was the the straw that broke the camels back.
It was in the wake of ...
Crime watch/enforcement balance. Patrol size is always a balance between the ability to see the crime (more smaller patrols is better) and deal with likely crime (large patrol group is better). Size 4 should mean that security situation in this state is worse than in most modern cities, where patrolmen usually go alone or in twos, but better than in a war- ...
How do they keep normal people from jimmying the anklet with a screwdriver? By making it tamper-evident. Sure, it's possible to compromise the electronics, but you're going to have a lot of explaining to do when they take a look at it.
So the basic idea is that if Ant-Man shrinks out of the bracelet, it either sets off an alarm or is indelibly marked (or ...
Use real world examples?
Criminals could 'run away' to the Americas or wherever in the 1600s. In that case, how would the Spanish crown capture them? What about outlaws that fled to the territories in the 1870's United States? Or Russians that escaped to Siberia in the 18th century?
First off, this is exactly how pirates came about. If you have people ...
Bounty hunters only get paid on results. If they don't succeed, they make nothing and cost the government nothing as where police get paid on success or failure.
Basically bounty hunters are police that work for commission.
The government have enough police to handle most of the routine work but if it starts to get time consuming, they sub it out to bounty ...
Don't confuse a dystopian government with, for example, Nazi Germany. Nazi Germany was led by (IMO) a madman, but it wasn't broken.
Dystopian governments are broken. It's more than simply ruthless, or covert. a really good dystopian government isn't right. It makes the reader feel icky just to read about it.
And that's the paradox we want.
Remember the story of Rudolph the Reindeer
That's not the name he's usually known by though is it? He has an extra descriptor, that being the nature of his being different from the others. The moral of the story of Rudolph is quite simple.
Deviation from the norm will be punished unless it is exploitable.
You've said it yourself, any minority group singled ...
Beware the anti knock additive in petrol.
Leaded gasoline was removed from most of the world between the 1970s and today. (It caused horrible health, developmental, and possibly even behavioural problems).
Running a 1970s car on normal modern fuel will damage the engine. Additives will need to be added to the fuel, which are available at most car ...
Here are a few alternatives from other fiction:
Halo (Minority Report)
In Minority Report, criminals could be fitted with a small device around the head that numbed the brain, stunning (or at least making compliant) the sentient fitted with the device.
Application of Halo from Minority Report
Explosive Collar (Wedlock)
A collar with a small range ...
Spencer Muise already mentioned that they could be invisible to our visible spectrum, but could be still visible as a source of heat or another kind of radiation (maybe the process of becoming invisible itself leaves some kind of electromagnetic signature).
Another thing that would work is, quite simply, pressure plates. Invisibility can't hide the fact that ...
For the story you're telling, I might suggest the fascist government has weaponized the old
Well, if you hate the UFS so much, why don't you just leave?
The protagonists are given a show trial, but it needs a satisfying conclusion for the masses. Given that fascist states often favor 'strong borders,' value loyalty, and believe in eye-for-an-...
Brand marks have also been used as a punishment for convicted
criminals, combining physical punishment, as burns are very painful,
with public humiliation (greatest if marked on a normally visible part
of the body) which is here the more important intention, and with the
imposition of an ...
In today's economy, all you need to do is providing free health care and free tuition for college/university. Some tax exemptions will go a long way towards that too. Also provide tax exemptions to companies who hire them.
Instead of mutants trying to hide from society, your problem will be that you will have millions of people pretending to be ...
Use an ankle monitor that also records Ant Man's pulse
If his pulse stops, then it sets off an alarm, indicating that he's either dead, or he has removed it (probably by shrinking).
In general, the fact that ankle bracelets are hard to remove, is really only secondary to the fact that if they are removed the authorities are notified, or at least that the ...
Just register everyone.
Make being registered the prerequisite for participation in parts of society.
Escalate the amount of data collected and the parts of society for participation in which registration is required. A possible order could be:
Start with name, place and date of birth, names of parents, place of residence. Make it mandatory for things like ...
Not useful, unless the sole goal is incapacitation
Punishment is said to have five objectives: deterrence, denunciation, incapacitation, retribution, and rehabilitation. Let's take these on, one by one.
Essentially, a punishment is meant to deter the would-be criminal from committing the crime. Thus, the stronger the punishment, the more effective ...
Most police occurrences are not violent crimes, your cops would be trained to descalate situations, act as a mediator between the people, and know how to administer first aid.
Forget the idea of the armed, armored military police kicking doors and shooting at suspects, you will have the friendly cop next door, they guy that should know ...
Imagine the trial in something roughly like a Western legal system:
Most jurisdictions require proof "beyond reasonable doubt" for a criminal conviction or words to a similar effect (it comes down to the old Roman in dubio pro reo). It is the duty of the prosecution to prove what happened. So if the claims of the prosecution require technology beyond what ...
To ensure loyalty
A lone policeman can be subverted, bribed, or even carry out seditious activities without any witnesses. Any civilians who do catch them in the act can be compelled into silence, if they don't just dismiss it as "official business" that they shouldn't interfere with. By forcing police to patrol together, and account for any time they spend ...
Imagine a civilised world, where every individual pays protection money to the 'local' gang (local in this case meaning a single gang's territory can cover hundreds or even thousands of miles) on threat of kidnapping or theft of property. In exchange the gang provides protection from other gangs and even other individuals within their protection racket who ...
With medieval roads? Don't even bother! Their axles will shatter if they try going too fast.
If you insist, put up speedbumps every hundred metres or so, or have twisted roads within your city limits. That will limit speed without needing the excess costs of constant monitoring. Anybody going too fast will either lose their wheels or make a sufficient ...
Your police force has a heavy presence on-planet, or in dense population centres, but not outside of that - the void between colonies or the wilds of the sparser planets do not have the same infrastructure or law enforcement.
This makes those same locations the perfect hiding place for criminals and outlaws. Bounty Hunters are able to ...
Let's look at some case studies
Case Study #1: Alcatraz
During its 29 years of operation, the penitentiary claimed that no prisoner successfully escaped. A total of 36 prisoners made 14 escape attempts, two men trying twice; 23 were caught alive, six were shot and killed during their escape, two drowned, and five are listed as "missing and presumed ...
You can't, but that doesn't matter
Consider the nickname "Red". It's a real nickname, which has been given to thousands of people, real and fictional, generally for having red hair. However, it doesn't really matter that multiple people have it, since generally these will be people that don't really know each other and don't operate in the same circles.
The march of the prisoners is an awfully impressive sight and the more prisoners that are involved the more impressive it is. Everybody loves to thow tomatoes at the justifiably cancerous legions (or is that lesion?) of criminals (politely identified by their neighbors) so it's huge political points to make a show of it. Besides, Minister Oggula wrote that ...
Deputize the citizenry.
A police officer can deputize citizens for extra help.
Private persons may assist law-enforcement officers in effecting
arrests and preventing escapes from custody when requested to do so by
Exposure to silver dust/colloidal silver eventually turns your entire skin blue.
The condition is called Argyria.
Paul Karason turned blue after extensive use of colloidal silver
It is an essentially harmless condition but there is no way you can mask it. Even the whites of your eye turn dark.
So... confine your ...