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Would a hybrid parliamentary system-military dictatorship work?

I am trying to make the government for an interstellar entity, and was wondering if what I came up with could work or would instantly self-destruct. I don't think this system would self-destruct ...
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Would a hybrid parliamentary system-military dictatorship work?

What you describe sounds remarkably like the Roman concept of a dictator. This was an official who received extraordinary powers for a limited period of time. Or like martial law in modern societies, ...
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Would a hybrid parliamentary system-military dictatorship work?

Government works based on connections. You can't just appoint someone a leader and have everyone obey them and have an effective government. It takes time to make connections. E.g. suppose the ...
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Would a hybrid parliamentary system-military dictatorship work?

"Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.” - ...
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Would a Democratic Meritocracy work?

That is not that different from how some Ancient societies chose their leaders. One reason why we used to have games like Olympics or games on Tribal Festivals, is for young men to show their skill, ...
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Would a Democratic Meritocracy work?

It probably wouldn't be democratic Direct combat is easy to bias to a chosen faction. In the free for all and the bracket members of the dominant faction can just injure or harass members of other ...
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Would a Democratic Meritocracy work?

In Nevil Shute's novel 'In The Wet', a dying and delirious man talks to a priest, describing what seems to be an alternative life of his in the future. In that future people had one vote, and could be ...
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Would a Democratic Meritocracy work?

Once my maths teacher told me that you can, in general, optimize for only one variable. At times you may get lucky to have the best of multiple but its not a general rule. You, are trying to ride 3 ...
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How to peacefully convert your dictatorship to a democracy?

Some good "reading" material to illustrate some of the difficulties: CGP Grey - The Rules For Rulers The basic problem you're going to run into is that, even as the autocratic dictator of ...
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Would a Democratic Meritocracy work?

The one thing I would say is unrealistic is that a knowledge test likely tests what the test-makers think is important rather than whatever is likely important to the nation. I see this as very much ...
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Would a Democratic Meritocracy work?

TalCorp external agent, welcome. Yes, this is perfectly realistic and if you look closely, all elements of it have either been practiced historically or are practiced right now: -- "a knowledge ...
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How to peacefully convert your dictatorship to a democracy?

You create a virtual one. Anonymized, but its there- it votes, it has a virtual supreme court, a virtual executive, a virtual judicative and a virtual legislature - and people just participate in it. ...
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How to peacefully convert your dictatorship to a democracy?

Read about Bhutan. The previous king was an absolute monarch (a much nicer guy than your dictator), who decided to turn his country into a democracy, and give his people a higher standard of living. ...
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Why would two neighboring kingdoms fight over an island?

Expert shipbuilders Much like the Netherlands during the European colonial era, your island could be well-known for its expert shipbuilders. This could lead you to model other things off enlightenment-...
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Why would two neighboring kingdoms fight over an island?

As an inherently inconsequential piece of land, conflict over it could be symbolic - neighboring states can settle their differences by staging combat confined to the island, sparing their citizens ...
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Why would two neighboring kingdoms fight over an island?

Fishing Rights and Navy Bases Traditionally, islands and the waters around them are prime locations for fishing fleets. Dragons and Manticores both being apex predators, if you can convince them to ...
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Why would two neighboring kingdoms fight over an island?

Control of Trade Routes If this island is near the entrance to a large body of water, then it could control trade access to an entire region. Most kingdoms throughout history have drawn thier borders ...
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Why would two neighboring kingdoms fight over an island?

Especially given that all the kingdoms share a religion, the island could have some importance within the mythology of that religion, so protecting it and maintaining control over it could be ...
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Why would two neighboring kingdoms fight over an island?

The island is the seat of a formerly independent principality, now split between the two rival kingdoms. Holding this seat adds legitimacy to claims on the lands of this principality. The island ...
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How many people can China geographically support?

How many people can China support depends on the meaning of support. The People's Republic is the world's largest food importer; it imports food worth about 130 to 140 billion dollars per year. This ...
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How many people can China geographically support?

China still would need energy to create fertilizer via https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haber_process to keep all those people fed and prevent instability. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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What would be the most effective way to enact a revolution?

Existing answers talk mostly about tactics. But the most important thing in any successful revolution is to make the current holders of power unpopular. So, in 2024, I would say that the most ...
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What would be the most effective way to enact a revolution?

Learn from the theory and practice of the best Fortunately, one of the most successful revolutionaries of all time, Mr. Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, maybe better known under his conspirative pseudonym ...
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What would be the most effective way to enact a revolution?

You can't control a country without control of the money or the military First, watch this. It gives a good overview of the basics of political theory. To control a country you need the various groups ...
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What would be the most effective way to enact a revolution?

Neither of these would work. The political structure will send a law enforcement team to arrest them, and then use its judicial arm to put them in jail. It will also use its influence in the media to ...
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