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Questions tagged [politics]

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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Would Stargate Command be affected by a US Government Shutdown?

In the event of a US government shutdown, as occurred in 1995-1996, 2013, and 2018-2019, would Stargate Command be shut down? It's part of the US military, but it also employs a large number of ...
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What was the 1920's/1930's SF/horror “literary ghetto”?

I was doing some research on the 1920's author Leonard Cline to support an answer to this question, and I came across this October 2006 comment on his works by Weird Tales Magazine (defunct) [the ...
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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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Does Equestria have elections?

The country of Equestria in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic seems to be a dual monarchy (or, if you want to be strict with language, a principality) ruled by Princesses Celestia and Luna (with a ...
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What accounts for the Nox's apparent double ethical standard?

In S1E8, SG-1 meet the Nox, a race of pacifist eco-hippies (a term I use endearingly) who admonish humans for their violent relationship with the Goa'uld. They can resurrect the dead and build ...
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Book about impending revolution in US that was thwarted with fake alien craft crash

I read this book in the late 70s. The book starts with the US undergoing a lot of strife and discontent, government was beleaguered and revolution seemed imminent. Some military and government ...
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Which position is a higher authority a Chancellor or a Senator?

In Revenge of the Sith, when Mace Windu, Kit Fisto, Agen Kolar and Saesee Tin arrest Palpatine in his office. The script is as follows: Mace Windu: In the name of the Galactic Senate of the ...
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Story about an AI to bring down politicians

I'm trying to identify an novel from the 80's or 90's that involved a group of political operatives traveling across an America just this side of apocalyptic. They were protecting a depressed ...
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Why “In politics, the tripod is the most unstable of all structures”?

In Dune, Frank Herbert writes that "In politics, the tripod is the most unstable of all structures", in reference to the dominant power structure in the book: Guild, Imperial House, and Landsraad. I'...
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If Dumbledore could take on Grindelwald, why didn't he take on Hitler?

Update to the question, contains spoilers for "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald": Dumbledore defeated Grindelwald in 1945. From the books you get the impression that Grindelwald was the ...
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Looking for a science fiction omnibus where one of the stories had mock combat games for political purposes

I read this story over twelve years ago. It was published with a lot of other stories (by the same author IIRC). The main story that I remember had to do with some kind of war games using pilots and ...
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Anyone running for office declared insane so leaders were selected by some other method

I seem to recall reading, around 45 to 50 years ago, a science fiction short story or novel where one of the plot mechanisms was that anyone who wanted to run for political office was automatically ...
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Why did Lords of Vale swear allegiance to a Northman?

In season 6 episode 10 we saw: This is unusual because: The Vale has always been a distinct Kingdom in Westeros, ruled by House Arryn for centuries. In the past, the Vale and the North were bitter ...
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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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How Do Superheroes Inspire People Exactly? [closed]

It seems that superheroes will often say that their main goal is not to fight for justice themselves but rather to be an example of virtue and "inspire people" so that the job of the superhero becomes ...
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Annulments in Westeros: What are the laws for annulment and could Robb have his marriage annulled?

Update S07E05: Thank you Gilly! Haha Westeros has annulments right? It's a pretty theocratic place so I guess there's no distinction of legal vs sept. I mean what's the law with the old gods? The ...
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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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Why not continue to prevent murders?

In the movie Minority Report (2002), while Pre-Crime was in operation, there were nearly zero murders. Then, after the flaws of the system were uncovered, they had to shut it down. I understand ...
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Short story in which social scientist writes constitution of sewing circle to win a bar bet, ends up fearing for his life

Two guys have an argument in a bar about the value of social science versus physical science. Maybe they're academics. The first guy offers to prove social science works by writing the constitution of ...
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If Queen Amidala had signed the treaty, would the Republic Senate recognize it as legitimate?

We learn in the opening crawl of The Phantom Menace that the Trade Federation has set up a blockade around Naboo in response to taxation of trade routes. The opening crawl states: Hoping to resolve ...
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Does “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” depict a socialist revolution?

I recently saw a meme with a girl's face saying "Slams socialism because there's no such thing as a free lunch... Doesn't realize the line comes from a novel about socialist revolution." This is a ...
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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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Public office draft [closed]

I remember a story where public offices were filled not by candidates running, but by selection, similar to jury duty. Does this ring any bells?
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Summary of the various political and organizational entities in Star Wars [closed]

Could someone offer a crib-sheet of all the major canon pseudo-political Star Wars organizations and entities? I'm interested in the relationships and transitions among them (briefly!) how they are ...
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Why didn't Paul Maud'Dib marry Chani Kynes?

From the last pages of Dune and right after Hasimir Fenring restrains himself from killing the emperor for having cuffed Fenring viciously across the jaw: Paul cleared his throat, said: "We were ...
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What happens if Tommen dies? [duplicate]

So, in season 5/The Winds of Winter, If not, let's just say for the sake of argument that that's the case. Now assuming for some reason that at a time when are dead, who ? Let's not get into ...
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What was the first Soviet/Russian SciFi work where Socialism lost and Capitalism won?

For obvious reasons, most (all?) Soviet works of Science Fiction depicted a future where Socialism either won, or was about to win (e.g. was in a wider state of adoption than current time) and ...
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What is the title of this then future Cold War era book [duplicate]

I remember finding this book by chance on Wikipedia a long while ago. I'm writing a piece and want to reference this story. In this book (published most likely around the 1970s and 80s) in the then ...
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Why didn't Voldemort use the Ministry to rise to power and instead chose to become a criminal?

There are often parallels between Hitler and Voldemort, but one thing that is missing is that Hitler came to power "the official way" - via elections. Why didn't Voldemort do the same? Here’s a ...
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Does Kai Winn drink her own Kool-Aid? Is she delusional or merely duplicitous?

I'm not going to give any examples here because I believe an answer is going to cite many examples to illustrate the point. Kai Winn Adami is a particularly insidious character, shown many times to ...
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How do the Jedi fit in the political structure of the Old Republic?

How did the Jedi fit on the political structure of the Old Republic? The movies portray Jedi as an independent organization which seems to be governed by the Jedi council and follows some higher ...
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Why recast the Republic as an Empire?

Why did Palpatine declare the Republic to be an Empire, especially if he was planning to maintain the Senate? Why was the renaming of the Republic (and the declaration of himself as Emperor) a ...
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What political beliefs have writers given to Batman?

Batman is all things to all people, where "all people" can mean both the citizens of Gotham City and generations of comic fans. Christopher Nolan's films made Batman a serious subject for an even ...
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What early contribution did Humans make to Citadel space?

According to Avina near the very beginning of Mass Effect 1, "In recognition of their work to expand interstellar trade and establish a standardized galactic economy, the Volus were granted an ...
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Did the Klingons join the Federation?

In "Samaritan Snare", there's an interesting exchange between Wesley Crusher and Captain Picard: PICARD: Several friends and I were on leave at Farspace Starbase Earhart. It was little more than a ...
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Was there any international response to Voldemort, ever? [duplicate]

This question was inspired by a largely unanswered related question, but it is a bit broader: Did the international community react or respond, in any way, to Voldemort? The actions of his regime, ...
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Why does Naboo elect such young rulers?

Inspired by this question, Naboo has a tradition of electing twelve and fourteen year old girls to represent them at a galactic level. Padme remarks that at 14 she wasn't the youngest queen ever ...
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Were there any democracies in Middle-earth?

Most states in Middle-earth seem to be feudalish kingdoms; Gondor, Rohan, Númenor, Dwarves, and Elves were all ruled by hereditary nobles. Was there any state/society that was more of a democracy/...
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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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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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Shouldn't the Federation have apologized to the Dominion?

Context: At the end of DS9 Season 2, a Jem'Hadar directly tells Sisko: "The Dominion will no longer stand by and allow ships from your side to violate our territory." Question: Isn't the Dominion'...
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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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Origins of the Star Trek World Government: is it the UN?

If I recall correctly, shortly after First Contact, a World Government is created on Earth. Is it mentioned anywhere if this has its roots in the UN?
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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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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 ...