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

The obvious answer is mountains, and the obvious example is Switzerland. In a Medieval context, the man who holds the high ground must have the advantage, since he cannot be bombed from the sky nor ...
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How to protect a country with no army, no police, no guards, no military authority?

Any answer depends on just how far you want to go away from reality. If you are thinking of a modern day setting, with the familiar cast of characters (e.g. Russia, USA, Portugal), I'd expect that ...
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How to protect a country with no army, no police, no guards, no military authority?

In modern world this is not that unusual. See, for example, list of countries without a military. Many countries will take a view that the drawbacks of diplomatic and political fallout from waging a ...
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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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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?

A Rifle Polearm Behind Every Blade of Grass The Thirteen Colonies didn't have a proper "standing army" prior to the Revolutionary War; just some random farmers and burghers with hunting ...
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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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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?

What's the technology level of this world? I remember reading that, for much of history, Switzerland was protected less by military force than by the Alps. Might be wrong though, and if this is ...
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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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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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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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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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What could cause a society to collectively forget about an event?

What could make something like a major war just not be known by the general populace? Somebody nuked Google's server farm?
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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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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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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?

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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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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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?

Assuming there are no living witnesses (presumably soldiers) alive in NA, you can confront NA with another nation NC (maybe without actual combat), and some suddenly revealed evidence can appear, that ...
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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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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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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?

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?

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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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?

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?

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 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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What would be the German and French attitudes toward marriage?

I am British - and poking fun at French and German culture is part of our national past time. French Marriage - Fidelity is more of a suggestion (The commonly cited stat is less than 50% of French ...
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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?

The short answer to your title question is "most likely not". I would recommend the book Little Fuzzy, by H. Beam Piper, as a good dive into the question of how you might define sentience. ...
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Would gender segregation of bathrooms, locker rooms, and prisons make sense with a limited mating season?

It depends I am going to give a controversial and tangential answer. The question of Sex/Gender segregation is not a function of Sex or mating. It is a question of Violence - When the Males of your ...
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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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Would gender segregation of bathrooms, locker rooms, and prisons make sense with a limited mating season?

To directly answer your question: it's pretty easy to reconfigure any of these facilities for a season, making them segregated when that's considered necessary and desegregated again later. There's no ...
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Would gender segregation of bathrooms, locker rooms, and prisons make sense with a limited mating season?

I feel that it would make sense for there to be little to no gender segregation in this scenario, at least outside the mating season. I would not be surprised if the situation changes when the ...
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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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Could a species that is intelligent, but non-sentient, be able to create advanced technology? what would the ideal type of civilization be?

Because evolution takes a long time, a non-sentient species will not create "advanced technology." The technology it uses will be standard by the time that evolution can incorporate it into ...
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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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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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Could a species that is intelligent, but non-sentient, be able to create advanced technology? what would the ideal type of civilization be?

If the members of the fictional species are not even self-aware, let alone sapient, what exactly is it that drives them to seek new truths and to discover and invent new machines and processes? Ovid, ...
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How do normal species and a religious-fanatic species tolerate each other?

You need to address two things- how do they handle heretics, and why would they avoid conquering other nations? Other races are seen as ignorant savages Only people who have been educated in an ...
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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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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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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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How do normal species and a religious-fanatic species tolerate each other?

The God-Empress needs infidels for religiously motivated, sociopolitical reasons, such as: -Those Faithful of the Imperial Creed cannot sully themselves with money-lending, banking, usury of any sort ...
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How do normal species and a religious-fanatic species tolerate each other?

Things are good, while they are good. Everyone is tolerant as long as there is peace and plenty aka societal scale bribery with surplus. Which the empress can provide, thanks to high tech. So a multi-...
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How do normal species and a religious-fanatic species tolerate each other?

Forced conversion by fear has no value. The dominant species feels they are blessed to have the goddess, and that denying her is an affont to being the chosen people. However conversion by fear is not ...
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How do normal species and a religious-fanatic species tolerate each other?

They have casts, but there is no provision for foreigners. This could be similar to the Indian cast system where all Indians fit, but not foreigners. They are outside the system. This also means they ...
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