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How to protect a country with no army, no police, no guards, no military authority?

Natural defences They could be immune to deadly virus/bacteria that thrive in their country but not in others. Some animals may be deeply connected with the people living there and therefore actively ...
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What could cause a society to collectively forget about an event?

Time and a little help A few thousand years is a looong time. There are still a lot of people that lived through/in the second world war. Does it really live in the consciousness of people? We need ...
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What could cause a society to collectively forget about an event?

Do you remember that time Alexander the Great lost 30,000 men fighting monsters? It must be specifically that almost no one credible knows(people who are not credible are fine, it would likely be ...
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How to protect a country with no army, no police, no guards, no military authority?

Militia and Levees Throughout most of history, most soldiers were NOT professional warriors. They were normal people with normal jobs who were conscripted to fight on an as-needed basis. These ...
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How to protect a country with no army, no police, no guards, no military authority?

Give it some moral relevance, so that the backlash for attacking it will greatly outweigh any other economical or strategical benefit one can get from attacking it. Look at Vatican City: it's just the ...
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How to protect a country with no army, no police, no guards, no military authority?

Luxembourg For the whole of Luxembourg's existence, it's been on the front line of whichever noble houses from France and Germany (plus Belgium and the Netherlands as occasional extras) were pushing ...
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What could cause a society to collectively forget about an event?

Just time can do a lot, especially depending on quality of education. How many people do you think know every major war earth has had just in the last five hundred years? How many people in the united ...
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What could cause a society to collectively forget about an event?

All the other answers are great are you're going to see a bit of them in my answer, but I'd like to share how I personally, in real life, not living under a totalitarian dictatorship (in France, ...
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What could cause a society to collectively forget about an event?

Control of history and propaganda can make a population not remember a lot of things in a short time. Just look at how some people are trying to make the Jan. 6 events into a peaceful exercise. In ...
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What could cause a society to collectively forget about an event?

Legal annihilation Sometimes society officially decides to blot somebody out of history, typically as a punishment for very bad crimes. There's a Latin phrase for it, "damnatio memoriae," ...
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How to protect a country with no army, no police, no guards, no military authority?

It is actually surprisingly easy to have a country with no armed forces. Instead of them you would have friends, just making it known to leave their friends alone. You know, typical friendship stuff. ...
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What could cause a society to collectively forget about an event?

Slowly change the events A war produces an absolutely enormous amount of documents. There's so much evidence that it would be near impossible for a government without absolute control to cover it up. ...
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What could cause a society to collectively forget about an event?

Don't mention the war If you just don't talk about it, the details will be unknown in a generation or two and the fact of the war will be largely forgotten in three or four generations. I'm not ...
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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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What could cause a society to collectively forget about an event?

This all depends on how stupid your almost-dictatorship is There are people in western culture today who actually think the world is flat. There is a growing number of people who believe the moon ...
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How to protect a country with no army, no police, no guards, no military authority?

For military protection, perhaps your country has a trade agreement with its neighbours that involves those neighbours providing protection. This pacifist country may be geographically isolated from ...
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What could cause a society to collectively forget about an event?

There are, unfortunately, many real-world examples of strong governments influencing the media to rewrite or even erase history as known or perceived by their citizens. We currently see this in Russia,...
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How do normal species and a religious-fanatic species tolerate each other?

All Things Have Their Place in the Great Wheel Which the Empress, May She Rest Yet Act Eternally, Turns If your species believes in reincarnation as a step on the road to eventual heaven/spiritual ...
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What would be the German and French attitudes toward marriage?

In the Middle Ages, there could not be a crown princess of France, and there could not be either a crown prince or a crown princess of Germany. A female absolutely could not inherit the crown of ...
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Would gender segregation of bathrooms, locker rooms, and prisons make sense with a limited mating season?

YES Your question states that the mating season is "Spring." That's solidly 1/4 of the year where the entire sexually mature part of the species goes sex-crazy. If we're talking something ...
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Could a species that is intelligent, but non-sentient, be able to create advanced technology? what would the ideal type of civilization be?

Ants Well, to start, for what it’s worth, this question does seem a bit open-ended. You’re basically asking “what is the ideal society”, which humans have been arguing about pretty much since the ...
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Secret Communication in Sign Language

Anne Sullivan taught Helen Keller (famous 20th-century deaf-blind author) to communicate by finger-spelling directly into the palm of her hand. That's fairly discreet as it is, as things like pressure ...
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What could cause a society to collectively forget about an event?

This particular war is boring, and doesn't fit into any grand narratives, so mention of it in schoolbooks gets terser and terser and is finally omitted. Treasure hunters keep dying looking for ...
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What could cause a society to collectively forget about an event?

Even at the time of a lost war it's easy for a government that exercises enough control to paper it over. Split up all the returning units and be sure to tell the survivors that they better toe the ...
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What could cause a society to collectively forget about an event?

Rising sea levels wiped out a lot of our early history. A lot of early civilisation happened along the coast. Travel by boat was easy. Fish were an alternative food source. Rising sea levels removed ...
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How to protect a country with no army, no police, no guards, no military authority?

I believe that the question needs some improvement. So. My answer will be limited to me trying to fill in the gaps. Buffer state Historically speaking this was done. Not to this level exactly. But in ...
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How to protect a country with no army, no police, no guards, no military authority?

We can further extend the concept used in Switzerland: every fight capable citizen counts as a soldier and has the right to possess a weapon at home. Some minimal training is provided on how to ...
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Could a species that is intelligent, but non-sentient, be able to create advanced technology? what would the ideal type of civilization be?

Most of our argument about 'sentience' and 'intelligence' has anthropomorphic bias. We humans (assuming the first reply is not from an ant colony) see these things relative to ourselves, or rather as ...
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What could cause a society to collectively forget about an event?

Aliens are more community oriented. Your aliens do not need to be wasp-like or bee-like, but they lean that way. The subject is not conductive to harmonious life, and that information is enough to ...
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How do normal species and a religious-fanatic species tolerate each other?

They don't have a universalist or missionary religion Strict monotheism that seeks to include everyone is not the norm for religious belief. Most religions in history didn't really care what other ...
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