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Questions tagged [government]

Refers to a system of government in a particular universe or world. Details on ruling styles, laws, history of the system, and government entities are appropriate for this tag.

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Is the National Assembly elected?

In Skyward, there is a National Assembly on Detritus. It is a congress/parliament of some sort. However, FM says that Detritus has a “military government” and is an autocracy controlled by the DDF. ...
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What's the name of that comic team with genetically engineered government agents?

The story starts with a family living in a cabin in the woods. There's a mom, a dad, and a boy, but the boy is about twenty years old or something. They're talking, I think the boy is bringing up an ...
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Author of 60s/70s sci-fi novel called Sphere, about a clear personal transport device made from Martian technology

Found it in a used book store, don't have it anymore. I'm almost certain the title is Sphere, but it was written about 20-25 years before Crichton's book of the same name. I'm trying to find out the ...
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How is the post-heresy Imperium of Man governed exactly?

The imperium struggles each and every day from infighting, intergalactic and extragalactic threats, not to mention it is still recovering from the Horus Heresy. Despite the odds, the imperium still ...
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Is the Harry Potter government democratic? [duplicate]

I recently came across the article Harry Potter and the Half-Crazed Bureaucracy, an interesting analysis of Rowling's dark portrayal of government in the Harry Potter series. One of the first claims ...
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Which body coordinates Ministries of Magic across the globe?

We know that there are lots of Ministries of Magic across the globe, each representing its nation. Also, we know that the magical laws of each nation aren't the same. For example, flying carpets are ...
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Is the Ministry of Magic an authoritarian/totalitarian institution? [closed]

In the Harry Potter series, the use of magic is regulated by "The Ministry of Magic". It seems that it is fashioned off any of the British ministries that regulate various industries and trades. ...
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Book about Benjamin Franklin in the modern day

This relatively short book (novella, maybe) may more properly be considered a political essay. However, it does include bringing Benjamin Franklin forward in time to explain the reasons for why ...
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Is there a “gun control” style lobby against wands in Harry Potter?

Seems like most anyone with enough gumption can acquire a wand, read some books, and learn some pretty gnarly spells, including Killing Curses. This is pretty similar to everyone owning a gun. In ...
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What forms of government are there in the Harry Potter series?

In the Harry Potter series there are many references to forms of government. In Britain there is a ministry of magic, a minister of magic, who talks to the muggle Prime Minister when necessary, ...
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Why does MACUSA have no interaction with the US Government?

As more information about American witches and wizards comes out, there are pieces that don't make a lot of sense to me. My main question is, why does the wizarding governing body (MACUSA) not ...
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Has Steve Rogers ever explicitly endorsed or supported a political party, politician or candidate?

In order to keep them relatable, the political views of superheroes are rarely revealed. However, Captain America is often promoted as an ideal American citizen, and ideal American citizens are ...
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Looking for a title of a sci-fi novel or story where a government department's job was to slow things down

I read a sci-fi novel or novella about a man that worked for a government department whose job it was to slow things down so the people didn't get run over by the government. Any ideas of the title? I ...
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Where do the regions of Westeros appear to align as of the season 6 finale?

Based on a previous question, my understanding is that there are 9 regions of Westeros subject to the rule of the Iron Throne, from Dorne joining up to Cersei killing Robert. With whom does [insert ...
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Under which kingdom are the Iron Islands?

According to the Game of Thrones Wiki, there seem to be 7 kingdoms but 8 governors. It seems to me that this is the correspondence: Kingdom of the North -- The Lord Paramount of the North and Warden ...
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Government awareness of Supernatural threats and hunters

Within the universe of the TV show Supernatural, is there any awareness of the "things that go bump in the night" and those who hunt them by the government of the United States or the government of ...
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Is Clark Kent a legally adopted U.S. Citizen?

In the mainstream DC comic universes, did the Kents legally adopt Kal-El upon finding him, or did they just take him home and start raising him without bothering to tell the government? Or did they ...
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Short story about elections being determined by one vote

I'm looking for a short story that I read a while ago, about a future where one person in the US is asked a couple of questions, and based on that, a supercomputer determines the results of all of the ...
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Does the Wizarding World have a European Union?

In the Harry Potter universe, we have mention of the Ministry of Magic (which is the UK governing body) and the International Confederation of Wizards, which is meant to be the Wizarding World's ...
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Who was on the White Council?

Does Tolkien ever list the various members of the White Council? How many people were even on it? Who was on the White Council?
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Is Section 31 unofficially sanctioned to any extent?

From all the episodes on TNG and DS9 I always get the impression of Section 31 and its operatives as being part of a secret underground organization that is not part of or sanctioned by the official ...
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Is the Ministry of Magic part of the British Government?

It's not, by its own admission, a Government in its own right, but just a ministry: (in certain countries) a government department headed by a minister. "the Ministry of Defence" synonyms: ...
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How and why was the Ministry of Magic founded?

The Ministry of Magic, as we know, is the governing body for the magical community in Britain. It is presided over by the Minister for Magic, who is effectively the wizarding equivalent of the Muggle ...
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Did Dumbledore break the law outside of Year 5 or when with Grindelwald?

So obviously he breaks wizarding law in book 5 when Fudge is "interfering" at Hogwarts. He also possibly broke it when he was younger During the times when the Ministry was "normal", are there any ...
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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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How does the Alliance work?

So, in Firefly, the Alliance controls all of the planets in the system. But I don't think it is ever explained in much detail how that works. Is it a democracy of some kind, or something else entirely?...