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The following is the political alignment of the regions in current timeline:                                                  &...


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It's Shield, not Sphere. The author is Poul Anderson. The cover image you describe brought it back immediately. Just in case there is more than one book with a "Cover illustration [that] showed a guy dressed like a bell-bottomed hippie hovering over a landscape inside a glass tube": Koskinen had returned to earth with a strange new "Shield" - a device ...


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The question deals with three scopes of government - the UK, the USA and internationally. I'll take each in turn. The UK Pottermore has a page on the UK Minister of Magic: The Minister for Magic is democratically elected, although there have been times of crisis in which the post has simply been offered to an individual without a public vote (Albus ...


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Wands are snapped. When Hagrid got expelled from Hogwarts, they snapped his wand. He's not supposed to use magic: "Oh, well -- I was at Hogwarts meself but I -- er -- got expelled, ter tell yeh the truth. In me third year. They snapped me wand in half an' everything. "Yeah -- but we'll go back in this. Not s'pposed ter use magic now I've ...


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The International Confederation of Wizards The International Confederation of Wizards is a wizarding intergovernmental organisation, equivalent to the Muggle United Nations. The leader of the ICW is called the Supreme Mugwump. JK Rowling confirmed this on Twitter Thu Ya Win: Is there a wizard UN JKR: The equivalent is the International Confederation of ...


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"Franchise" by Isaac Asimov, previously identified as the answer to this old question. (It was also posted as an answer, though not the accepted answer, to this other question.) From Wikipedia: In the future, the United States has converted to an "electronic democracy" where the computer Multivac selects a single person to answer a number of questions. ...


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The Starfleet Technical Manual contains a complete copy of the "Articles of Federation" that were agreed by the original members of the United Federation of Planets on Stardate 0965. Although this book is generally considered 'non-canon', material from it has been used in several episodes of TNG, Trek films and throughout DS9 and Voyager. As you can see, ...


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According to the Star Trek: Star Charts factbook, there are several colony worlds that are full members of the Federation including Deneb V, Rigel X and Cestus III. We should also mention that there are numerous Earth colonies that are also founding or full members including Earth's Moon, Mars, Terra Nova and Izar. The planetary list includes several ...


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I feel compelled to remind everyone that I am not a lawyer, and especially not an immigration lawyer. On the off chance that you find an abandoned space-baby by the side of the road, do not take this as legal advice for how to proceed. Clark would be considered a natural-born citizen... In the New 52, the current DC mainstream universe, it's not clear ...


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The Iron Islands were a part of the Kingdom of Isles and Rivers. Before the Targeryen invasion, House Hoare ruled over the Iron Islands and the Riverlands. House Hoare was the Royal House of the Iron Islands. Harwyn Hoare conquered the Riverlands and House Hoare controlled the Riverlands until Harwyn's grandson Black Harren was killed during the ...


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The Federation and Starfleet are two separate entities. The Federation is a civilian government and a democracy that unites several planets under a singular banner (a similar concept is the European Union). This makes them independent governments that are united in a political block for trade/technology sharing. The Federation might have been founded on ...


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It's mostly self governed with an overruling force on Terra In 40K the imperium consists of over a million worlds as you said these worlds are hard to keep track off. The IOM (Imperium of Man) is governed by the Adeptus Terra which is the central organisation body of the imperium. within the Adeptus terra are most of the official departments and ...


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The Seven Kingdoms confusion Seven Kingdoms were the political entities which existed at time of Aegon's landing on shores of Blackwater Bay. Number of these political entities has always varied from time to time i.e. During the Age of Heroes and Andal invasions, there were hundreds of small Kingdoms in Westeros. Before Aegon's landing, there were only ...


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Clark's power grab was not facilitated by changes to the structure of government. In fact, his actions were illegal, as Sheridan points out on more than one ocassion. Notably, in s3e10 Severed Dreams: President Clark has violated the Earth Alliance Constitution, by dissolving the Senate, declaring martial law, and personally ordering the bombing of ...


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The other answers don't address the basic question of whether the Federation is a democracy, so I just wanted to point out that in the TOS episode "Errand of Mercy", we do get confirmation that it is, in the following exchange between Captain Kirk and Klingon Commander Kor: KIRK: Something was destroyed? Nothing inconsequential, I hope. KOR: Hardly. ...


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I used to be a regular reader of "Captain America" comic books, but not for many years now. So my information may be out of date . . . but in at least one story in my collection, published in the late 1990s, this subject was explicitly addressed. Just now, I took the time to reread Captain America #13, volume 3 (January, 1999). As the story begins, Steve ...


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The series was called Hunter-Killer. Written by Mark Waid, with the first several issues drawn by Marc Silvestri. It began coming out as a Top Cow production (released through Image Comics) in 2005. I read the first issue, several years ago, and it starts out just as you describe. The nuclear family of Mom, Dad, and a son named Ellis, all living in a ...


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The Medieval Assembly of European Wizards Harry found Ron at the back of the library, measuring his History of Magic homework. Professor Binns had asked for a three foot long composition on “The Medieval Assembly of European Wizards.” (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Chapter 9) While this governing body may very well no longer be around by ...


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Yes. There is an Internantional Confederation of Wizards. It governs the Ministers for Magic and the wizarding schools among other things. Damocles Rowle 1718 - 1726 Rowle was elected on a platform of being 'tough on Muggles'. Censured by the International Confederation of Wizards, he was eventually forced to step down. -Pottermore Ministers for ...


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As Xantec points out in a comment on the question, Section 31 is allegedly an autonomous branch of Starfleet, which derives its authority from the Starfleet Charter: Sloan: We don't submit reports or ask for approval for specific operations, if that's what you mean. We're an autonomous department. Bashir: Authorised by whom? Sloan: Section thirty one was ...


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Nothing in canon, of course, but I would have to think there would not be any such group. The key issue is that wands are essentially required for ALL magic, not just for attack spells (or at least, using magic is much harder without wands). Lobbying for 'wand control' seems tantamount to lobbying for magic-users to not use magic - which, for a community ...


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The International Confederation of Wizards Is there a wizard UN? The equivalent is the International Confederation of Wizards. Twitter


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Honestly, given the nature of the threats the Winchesters have faced, it seems almost impossible that NO higher government officials have EVER considered the realm of the supernatural given the state of bodies found, mysteries left unsolved, crazy people who survive and the number of police involved in most of these events. When I think about it, I can ...


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At the end of Season 6, there are 4 kings/queens that the regions of Westeros are rallying behind. The King in the North - Jon Snow The North (as seen when Lyanna Mormont, et. al. declared Jon the King in the North) The Vale appears to support Sansa Stark. As long as Sansa continues to support Jon, we can assume the Vale will as well. The Dragon Queen - ...


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Dating the Ministry The year (prior to) 1629 for the formation of the Ministry comes from information from the Famous Wizards Card of Balfour Blane (d. 1629), the founder of the Committee on Experimental Charms (from one of the HP videogames). However, it is easily possible that the Committee has existed in continuation from the Wizards' Council, which ...


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Apparently so. The Federation, according to DS9: The Never-Ending Sacrifice, has policies and procedures for the request for, and granting of, Federation citizenship from non-member-species applicants. This seems to include advocacy, a determination of the desired reason for membership and a hearing to determine if the individual has made a life within the ...


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A big clue into their form of government is the fact that they have no monetary policy. They have no money, which means they have no taxes, no expenditures, and no GDP. That raises the question, how do they finance their government? Regardless of what form that government takes, it needs resources to maintain itself. Given the peace-oriented nature of the ...


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No. Absolutely not. I see no reason to presume that the Ministry of Magic is anything other than a wholly separate government, one that possesses its own Executive, Legislative and Judicial functions along with its own currency, international policy, etc etc. If I can quote from the pottermore article on the Ministry of Magic: The Muggle Prime Minister ...


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Might this be one of the stories set in Frank Herbert's fictional universe featuring a Bureau of Sabotage? From the Wikipedia article on them: In Herbert's fiction, sometime in the far future, government becomes terrifyingly efficient. Red tape no longer exists: laws are conceived of, passed, funded, and executed within hours, rather than months. The ...


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I can think of plenty of examples. In the spirit of TGnat’s answer, I’ve compiled a list of Muggle offences of which Dumbledore is guilty (which are probably offences in the magical world as well). Everything I list below has a good motivation on Dumbledore’s part – I’m not saying whether these are right or wrong, just that they are instances where ...


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