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Year with 13 months [closed]

Would it be possible to convince the world to have 13 months with 28 days rather than having 12 months with different numbers of days every month? Disregarding historical reasons for our current ...
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What were the names of political movements championing small institutions over large institutions (instead of conventional left vs. right spectrum)?

I recall reading about a political movement in the U.S. that, rather than being defined by contemporary left-right cleavages, was about championing small institutions (smaller, more local governments ...
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What is a “government by techology” called?

What is the technical term for a "government by technology" called? By "by technology" I mean that, for example, a computer program's decisions form the basis of governance. Is this "technocracy"?
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Have a large number of Congressmen announced voluntary retirement like they did after the 2016 elections?

What seems to be an abnormal number of Congress members mostly in the GOP announced voluntary retirement after Donald Trump was elected in 2016. I was unable to find another example of this strange ...
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How can communism be totalitarian?

I'm quite a newbie to history and politics so a sentence from Huxley surprised me (it might not be surprising for you). In Brave new world revisited (1958) he writes: It is a pretty safe bet that, ...
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Is the independent streak in the Dniestrian countries due to their Phanariot heritage?

I have always been puzzled by the independence of the people along the Dniester River and their various countries such as Moldova, Transnistria and Bessarabia. Why aren't they a natural part of ...
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Why was Muhammad Ali Jinnah once called “Kafir e Azam”?

Why was Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the Quaid e Azam of Pakistan, once called "Kafir e Azam"?
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How to start and continue studying world's politics [closed]

Over last years I started to develop strong interest in politics and the way world works. I'm 23 year-old student of engineering, so I don't really get in touch with these topics in University. I had ...
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How many Federal officials have been impeached and convicted?

How many Federal officials have been impeached, convicted, and removed from office unwillingly? To qualify a federal official must have been: impeached by the House convicted by the Senate then as a ...
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Are there any notable white nationalists that aren't white supremacists? [closed]

Using the Wikipedia definition, white nationalism is: White nationalism is a type of nationalism or pan-nationalism which holds the belief that white people are a race and seeks to develop and ...
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Why do NOAA and the USPHS have uniformed services?

Most Americans (and likely many folks around the world) think of the US military as comprising the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. However, there are also the United States ...
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Are there any examples of contested elections held to elect a king?

Are there any examples of contested elections that were held to elect a king? Target Fact Patterns By this, I mean two main fact patterns. A king is elected from multiple candidates in a country ...
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How does Oxford University influence the politics in the UK?

People from History.SE told me to ask my question here. I have to make a presentation for English class about this question. I found if very interesting because a lot of prime ministers of the UK ...
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The origin of the filibuster rule? And Mr Gorsuch's joke

I'm reading the Economist article: Donald Trump taps Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court. I don't understand the following statement: With only a 52-to-48 edge, Republicans cannot rely on their ...
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Difference between nationalism and patriotism

Nowadays, nationalism has a strong negative connotation attached to it. This stigma doesn't apply to patriotism. What's the difference between them? If there is a difference to what extent could ...
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What are the rules for reporting vote counts on election night by the news media?

High school was a long time ago for me but I seem to remember my history/government teacher saying the news media wasn't allowed to report vote counts in presidential elections since reporting the ...
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Why has Article 50 of Brexit not been enabled yet?

The process of getting the UK out of the EU, would start immediately, but the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, announced that she would invoke Article 50 by the end of March 2017, meaning that the ...
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Why did Aristotle refuse democracy?

I've read a book about antique political systems and I read that Aristotle refused democracy because he didn't support the idea of the rule of the poor. Here's my two explanations of this statement: ...
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Would voting for ideas instead of political parties be a good idea? [duplicate]

First of all I'm explaining with I refer to with ideas, after all by voting a political party you are voting some ideas. Most political parties have a certain set of ideas that they may apply or not, ...
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What precedes the end of a Democratic Government? [closed]

Democracies allow people to participate equally, whether directly or indirectly, though there is a significant level of variation in how they are implemented. I expect that a democratic form of ...
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History of the notion of “cryptarchy” (“secret government”)

The Oxford English Dictionary defines "cryptarchy" as: rare. Secret government; an example of this. What is the history of this notion? Did any famous political philosophers write about ...
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What are politicians working towards? [closed]

This may be a ridiculously stupid question, but I am curious as to whether there is a consensus on what a politician is supposed to do or is working towards. By this, I'm not looking for a partisan ...
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How did the Russian Politburo (Bolshevik) elect its leaders?

As far as I understand, when Stalin got to lead the Politburo there was not a vote for leadership but it was whoever showed that they had the most power. But how can you quantify power? Did they find ...
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How far back through history should one delve into to be in a position to understand present day affairs [closed]

At the age of 20, I have decided that with the current state of the world, I can no longer afford to be in the dark, in light of current events. I decided not to delve straight into messy, chaotic ...
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What caused a 180° shift on Austria's view on Pangermanism?

In 1918 when after losing the war it started Austria lost all its non majority German speaking lands, what remained of Austria was looking to unite with Germany. That didn't happen only because the ...