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Recruitment will be a big challenge Global international migration (people moving to a country different from a country of their birth) in 2019 was 272 million people or 3.5% of the global population. Two thirds (2/3) are labour migrants (people who move to another country because of their jobs). The main migration patterns are related to the economy: People ...


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Note 1: in preparation of the experiment, it may be wise to select people using two simple criteria: they have no criminal record and they don't carry fire arms. Also I would recommend seeding federalism. Split your population into 100-200 large groups. Use natural boundaries like rivers and mountain chains to allow isolation in smaller urban or larger rural ...


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You don't need to do any recruiting If you recruit normally terrorist and dictators will invade immediately. ThIs senario is a middle East power vacuum and everyone knows it. Therefore, we do the easiest thing. Drone strikes The north west of Africa is fairly populous and has roughly 100 million people depending on where you put the border. Draw that line ...


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You'll have your volunteers in no time. Your real problem is getting the word out and convincing people that its not a hoax. Look at all the refugees all over the world fleeing economic collapse or war or whatever persecution you can think of. Those people aren't necessarily thinking of the danger they're heading to, but the danger they're running from. So ...


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The most obvious option is to appeal to those who already politically align to such a system. Anarcho communists, anarcho-capitalists, and voluntarists, for example, advocate for a system without the existence of a state. While their fundamental beliefs may vary significantly (e.g. whether wage labour and private property should exist), this country would ...


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You got it backward. How do I get a minimum of 50 million people to voluntarily join a country where they could be killed on sight for no reason by a person they've never met? You will have problems STOPPING PEOPLE GETTING INSIDE! Think of all the people that run from their countries for real reasons. Then add all the conspiracy loons with a perceived ...


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Target oppressed people who work the jobs you need and don't care about basic living standards Lets say you are a gay architect who builds buildings in a third world country where being gay is illegal. Suddenly you get an invitation to a country who will provide you transport, protect you from extradition, give you a job with less hours but equal pay, and ...


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Your country does not sound bad, apart from the complete absence of privacy. You may want to reconsider that part, but that is just a side note. Look around the world. A huge majority of people are worse off than what you describe for that country. Even the "leaders of the free world" live much worse lives, although most of them are still happily ...


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A good natural port Sailing ships and oared galleys are hard to maneuver. The usual wind directions and the available shipping channels must allow ships to get in and out, most of the time. Calm waters inside, good ground for anchors, beaches while there are still galleys to be beached. Healthy climate and supplies A ship comes in and needs good water and ...


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Does it have good transportation links with the rest of the land? (This is mandatory and cannot be waived.) Does it have a natural port? Is there an active economy behind it to be served by the port? If it doesn't have a natural port, then is there a very active economy behind it which would justify building an artificial port? That's all. (If you do ...


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The amount of public accessible information in the world is staggering. So I think it's natural that some/a lot/the majority of public accessible information will not get attention from anyone. Even if it concerns a relatively important person.


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It could be possible. The way I'm thinking of is having it so that the public figure, A, pulls some strings so that another, even more public figure, B, is under a big scandal, C. Since C is occurring, not many would pay attention if A did action D, thus stopping scandal E from occurring. Then, after C blows over, people won't be too inclined to look for if ...


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Violence is dominant. For merchants to beat out Kings and nobles, they need to either control superior violence themselves or cause violence to become unacceptable enough that it is met with stronger violence. Merchants have spent most of human history losing to Kings and nobles or trying to join them because they frequently lacked the violence to match them ...


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Not naming names for obvious reasons, but the following examples are taken from real life: The checks and balances in this country are set in this way: the Senate is the only public body constitutionally allowed to evict a judge from the Supreme Court. No criminal investigation can be carried out against the Senate or its members by any agency without ...


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If it is not too much Only the worst and most explicit cases of corruption draw public attention. If the corrupt public official has the self-control to do most of their work at acceptable quality and only SOME of it is affected by bribes, no one will look twice. On the other hand, the human nature being what it is, the easy monetary inflow gradually changes ...


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This kind of situation is often held up as a consequence of the death of local media. There's less time for journalists to cover court cases, pour over public records and do in-depth investigations that may or may not pan out. There's a recent case in my municipality where corruption related to building and planning permits recently led to several people ...


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Undetected is a relative term. In an instance of corruption, at the very least the corrupt person knows. And whoever they were corrupt in favour of. Now, say that they are one step removed from being directly bribed. Say for example their father owmed a shop-building company, and they removed an embargo on steel from a country that sold it cheap. Plenty of ...


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The reports work for an outlet that mostly publishes made up stuff. The snake eating the man alive was true. People don't check stuff that comes from a source like this. Sources like this are interested in things that are spectacular and wild. In your story, the corruption in question is not run of the mill stuff - it is wacky, involving Imperial Russian ...


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Money. Lots of. I am thinking about what factors would make the rise of a powerful merchant class possible, likely or even inevitable. Under what circumstances would merchants or companies be likely to challenge traditional power holders like hereditary land owning nobles? Essentially throughout practically all of history what defines who is in charge is ...


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There's always the classic: A distraction. A very common distraction is a war. You might get caught with your hand in the cookie jar? Make the tail wag the dog and start a war with some country nobody likes but that is not really strong enough to have a chance of beating your country. This is most appropriate (if that's the word) when the corruption involved ...


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This could be fun, so I will try to write a gentle answer. The overall picture is simple... Political power will eventually tend to shift to class or classes which have economic power. That is because in any society it is the economic base which supports and generates the beautiful and intricate superstructure. Remember the golden rule: he who has the gold ...


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I'm surprised nobody has done this yet... Mr Prosser: But, Mr Dent, the plans have been available in the local planning office for the last nine months. Arthur: Oh yes, well as soon as I heard I went straight round to see them, yesterday afternoon. You hadn’t exactly gone out of your way to call attention to them had you? I mean like actually telling ...


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The same public figure flooded the media with other information that distracted or obscured the truth If the corruption requires at least some dot-connecting to uncover, real world politicians employ what's called the 'dead cat' method: do something so outrageous that everyone's attention is diverted away from the really dangerous stuff to something that's ...


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What? You mean Randall "Duke" Cunningham? In June 2005, a story appeared in the San Diego Union Tribune by Marcus Stern and Jerry Kammer, who would later receive a Pulitzer Prize for their reporting. The story revealed that a defense contractor, Mitchell Wade, founder of the defense contracting firm MZM Inc. (since renamed Athena Innovative ...


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No one tried to connect the dots Consider following scenario: Senator A had sponsored a certain bill; This bill directly led to a company B signing a very lucrative government contract; Company B has significant business with company C which provides some kind of consulting to Company B; Senator A has controlling stake in Company C; Every link of this ...


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Centralization and Bureaucracy The whole point of having vassals is that the monarch cannot be everywhere in their realm to ensure that their policies and orders are properly carried out. With (reasonably) cheap, instant communication, those layers of command and control are flattened. The discretion (freedom of action) of each layer is reduced. The size of ...


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If radios as you describe them are manufactured in the renaissance, that implies a total revolution in materials science, metallurgy, physics, and manufacturing processes. There would be batteries, wires, transistors or vacuum tubes, speakers ... This technology should be able to produce electric lights, electric motors (a generator in reverse), and much ...


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Oh the effect would be enormous. Navigation As long as your ship has a radio, you can listen to it and find out when it's noon at a place. Then you figure out what time it is. Lo and behold, you have your longitude. It is difficult to understate how much impact this has on ease of navigation within radio range. Crime Prior to the telegraph, any criminal ...


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