The process by which individuals or a governing body can influence others on a particular or range of topics, usually with the aim of generating consensus in order to pursue a strategy or plan.

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How much unclaimed space exists in and around Star Trek empires?

One of the most common things that happens in Star Trek (at least TNG, with which I am the most familiar) is that two starships from two nations/empires will encounter each other, and neither seems to ...
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Was the rebellion of the North really necessary?

I really can't get this. With such a strong feudalism, does kneeling down mean so much? I think there is not much difference between being 'King in the North' or 'Warden of the North'. The difference ...
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Why didn't Cersei want Eddard Stark dead?

I think Eddard Stark with knowledge of twincest would be far more dangerous, compared to possible reaction of North for a dead Eddard Stark. Especially when his heir was a 'kid' (Robb). Sending him to ...
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Scifi short story where all citizens are armed (golden age)?

Trying to identify a scifi short story, possibly from the golden age, where all citizens carry sidearm weapons. Everyone is super-polite because it is legal and accepted to challenge another citizen ...
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What political system does Star Trek's Federation operate under?

I've watched all of the Original Series and The Next Generation, and bits of Deep Space 9 and Voyager, all of the movies, but none of the more recent series, or the books. In all of the material I've ...
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In light of Chinese censorship, is there still significant Doctor Who fandom behind the Great Firewall?

This line in "The Chinese stream" The Economist - Nov 9 2013 seems to imply that China has a rule barring depictions of time travel. Rules about content range from the predictable (no shows ...
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Short story in which candidates for political office act as deities to tiny, synthetic creatures

I'm looking for a short story, probably from the mid '60s to mid '70s, in which two candidates, possibly senators running for president, undergo a public test of how well they perform as leaders by ...
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Did less idealistic, more realistic themes enter the Star Trek franchise before Deep Space Nine?

Even today, Star Trek is generally perceived as an optimistic, idealistic show, even though this perception is too simplistic. When did more realistic ideas enter on a regular basis? Only with DS9 or ...
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Short story; citizens allotted votes based on education, military service, etc

I am trying to find a short story (1970's or earlier) with a society where people all get one vote at birth but can accumulate additional votes based on education, military service, and other positive ...
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Is there a summary/map somewhere of the geo-political breakdown of the world in Heinlein's Friday

I'm reading Robert Heinlein's Friday and having a little bit of trouble keeping all the geo-political breakdowns clear in my head, especially the North American ones. Is there a list or a map ...
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What motivated the Green headbands to genocide the Malay Chinese?

In Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl the Green headbands, a fundamentalist Islamic movement in the 23rd century, genocide the native Malay-Chinese people causing the main Character Hock Seng to lose his ...
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Did Heinlein advocate the apparently militaristic, if not fascist society of Starship Troopers?

In the classic 1959 Sci-Fi novel Starship Troopers, Robert Heinlein lays out a view of the future where only the military is allowed full citizenship and suffrage. He presents democracy as ...
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Is Political sci-fi a recognised genre?

Most of the sci-fi (and much fantasy) that I enjoy reading is heavily laden with political concepts - power struggles, revolution, exploration of alternative political systems. For example, Kim ...
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How does the command structure of the Machines work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What kind of a political hierarchy do the machines in The Matrix have? While discussing why the Sentinels in The Matrix: Revolutions would participate in a suicide ...
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Plutonium in currency?

Trying to think of where I read this - there was a society that put actual plutonium in the coinage, as a means to encourage people not to be too greedy; if one hoarded too many coins, they'd go ...
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Was the Emperor himself xenophobic? Or was that merely a political point?

It's well know that Empire was xenophobic and "human-firster" in general (I can provide relevant Wikia links if someone has doubts). But did there exist Emperor Palpatine's (or rather Darth Sidious') ...
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What are the goals of the Jedi?

Are the goals of the Jedi ever clearly defined? From what I understood from the movies, they are dual - To fight against the Dark Side. To support the Senate. However, these goals can be ...
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Does John Ringo actually endorse the political views expressed in Troy Rising?

I recently read John Ringo's military sci-fi series, Troy Rising, and some of the political views expressed by characters were ... surprising to put it politely. Some of these include: Well, even if ...
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Sword of Truth: Gradual style shift?

I really enjoyed the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. One of the things that I found somewhat fascinating about it is that there seems to be a gradual shift as you read the books from a ...
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Was there an explicit catalyst event(s) that served as impetus for the creation of the Prime Directive?

Was there ever a mention of what specifically was the catalyst for the creation of Prime Directive? In other words, was the Directive merely a theoretical "this is the rules we want to live by" ...