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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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Poul Anderson short story about a communitarian town with two curmudgeons who have conflicting views

Don't know when or where I read it. The story, told with a humorous slant, highlights a small town that implements a mix of libertarian and socialist philosophies, much to the distain of two grumpy ...
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Protagonist fails psychological evaluation for politicians

I'm remembering a story from Analog, I think, about a near-future politician running for Senate (or some other major office). It is accepted practice (perhaps not legally required) for a particular ...
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Why wasn't Yon Rha arrested as a POW?

In ATLA S03E16 The Southern Raiders, Zuko, Katara & Aang deliberate on which of the ff to do re Yon Rha: Find and then get revenge eg by killing. (Zuko) Find and then don't get revenge by simply ...
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Political situation on Earth in the time of Pandora?

During the initial sequences of the original Avatar movie, we learn that Jake Sully is an ex-marine (like most of the military personnel on Pandora), and has been through the VA (veterans ...
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Did "Enterprise" feature any particularly progressive political points?

I've come across some complaints that ST-Discovery is "too woke", with stuff like a genderqueer character coming out and being accepted as such. To me, this fits in nicely with a proud Star ...
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Is there 'false flag' war crime in ATLA? [closed]

Now asked on Law SE here. Scenario (in ATLA) : Hypothetically, if the concept of 'false flag' war crimes exists in ATLA, then based on S01E17, Sokka is ostensibly a war criminal. See the reddit ...
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How'd the fire nation justify its war? Was there some kind of propaganda that the other nations' leaders were corrupt or something?

How'd the fire nation justify its war? Was there some kind of propaganda that the other nations' leaders were corrupt or something? Or did they just say, what, 'we can rule better than they can'? (...
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Earliest story w/ Earth still divided into nations but space travel regulated by single a non-national body?

Robert Heinlein's book Space Cadet featured a setting where the Earth is still politically divided into different nation-states (one is named as the 'North American Union'), but all space travel is ...
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Short Story about Candidates for president. They are connected to a "God Game" - electric shocks for interventionism

I think this is from the '50s or 60's. Two presidential candidates are hooked to a "God Game", which gives (potentially lethal) shocks to a candidate every time they intervene. The ...
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After The Fall, do humans have any kind of government?

After The Fall, it seems governments were split along racial lines - Nietzscheans, Than etc., but I don't recall any government system for Humans. Moreover, it seems Earth has been mostly abandoned, ...
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What are the 12 Alpha Quadrant Alliances?

In The Search, it is mentioned that there are at least 12 Alpha Quadrant Alliances (Taken to mean powers/governments), excluding the Romulans. What are these governments? The Ones I can think of are: ?...
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What title is given to members of the Klingon High Council besides the Chancellor?

The Klingon High Council is led by an individual called the Chancellor. What title is given to the other members of the Council? "Councillor"? "Lord"? "Senator"??? I can ...
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What was the goal of the Three Circles Conspiracy?

What was the goal of the Three Circles Conspiracy in the Lt. Leary/RCN series (David Drake)? Adele's parents were involved, it seems, but what was their goal? Was it a philosophical difference such as ...
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Why did Winn Adami handle Bajor foreign affairs despite not being First Minister?

In DS9 Season 3, elections are held for the Premiership/First-Ministership of Bajor, and Winn Adami is a candidate - wishing to secure political as well as spiritual/cultural leadership of the planet. ...
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Can an individual apply to become a Federation citizen?

It's a plot point in Deep Space Nine that Nog, as a non-Federation citizen, requires a waiver to attend Starfleet Academy. That leads to the question of how one can become a Federation citizen if one ...
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What was the actual legal or political process by which the Emperor dissolved the Senate?

In Episode IV, word spreads that the Emperor has just disbanded the Imperial Senate and that power would pass to regional governors. It seems a done deal at this point, as if the Emperor just had to ...
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Is there any evidence that Voldemort was a nationalist?

In a recent radio programme for the BBC J.K. Rowling discussed Voldemort's personal ideology and philosophy. Bridget Christie: When there were studies that found that people who read the books had ...
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Who declared the Last Alliance to be the "last" and why?

Who named it, why and when? Some possibilities I can think of: They themselves chose it, meaning that if they would overthrow and destroy Sauron, no more such alliances would be needed. Someone gave ...
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Book about a new laser rifle built by a new inventor

I'm looking for a book where a man develops a new laser weapon but then has to deal with the politicians in Washington and all the complex against him.
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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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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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