Alexei
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Why do dictators ban their people from traveling?
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I am old enough to have caught the communism era within one Eastern-European country (Romania). Trying to leave the country was a criminal offence and many died trying to do so. Many people that had ...

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What is it called when someone votes for an option that's not their first choice?
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As Andrew Grimm correctly pointed out it is tactical voting you are looking for. However, I would avoid harsh terms such as dishonest since Wikipedia also mentioned that: It has been shown by the ...

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Can only rich people become president of the US?
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Historically speaking, the answer is no: The 33rd president (ref. to Harry S. Truman) of the United States of America spent most of his life in financial turmoil. He had a modest upbringing, ...

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What is the Queen of the United Kingdom's "Official" Birthday?
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Official ceremonies (not the official birthday) are held in June to maximize the chance of having good weather. This is not something new for the UK's monarchy: Official celebrations to mark the ...

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What is the difference between nullifying your vote and not going to vote at all?
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I will provide a complementary answer for the more general interpretation of the question in your title: What is the difference between nullifying your vote and not going to vote at all? If the ...

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Why can't Erdogan's dictatorship be defined as benevolent?
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"Benevolent dictatorship" is not very easy to assess (Wikipedia): Many dictators' regimes portray themselves as benevolent, often tending to regard democratic regimes as messy, inefficient and ...

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Does the term "white privilege" apply to Eastern Europeans?
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Note: I live in Romania and my answer will be quite localized "White privilege" concept is virtually unknown in Romania (never heard of it on local media, from friends, only from Politics.SE). This ...

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How can the common citizen defend democracy principles?
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I will take the bait since I was one of those that inhaled lot of tear gas on 10th of August 2018 and I am also following the local politics in Romania. Paul Johnson's answer is what I feel is the ...

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Why would Putin even bother barring Navalny from participating?
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When reading about this, I cannot help but remember the party-state system within communist states. While currently there are six parties within the Russian Duma making Russia a multi-party system, ...

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What political and social factors underlie Sweden's controversial response to COVID-19?
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This Forbes article sheds some light upon the Sweden's strange response to COVID-19: There seems to be no agreed action plan: The crux of the argument put forth by Anders Tegnell, Sweden’s Chief ...

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Are European countries' politics less democratic than in the US?
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In order to assess if some country is more/less democratic than another, their "democracy" must be quantified, so that a comparison can be made. There is an attempt to measure the state of the ...

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Has there been an election where the vote in foreign consulates decided the outcome?
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I am not sure about an absolute decisive vote part, but Romanian presidential elections (2014) were virtually decided by Romanian diaspora: Romania's large diaspora of up to four million people ...

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Is there any evidence that Filipino president Duterte's war on drugs has been successful?
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As indicated by comments, it is very hard to evaluate the effectiveness of the fight against war on drugs. The official data is presented on Wikipedia, but they are challenged by other sources: ...

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Why does the U.S. oppose the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project?
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This article suggests multiple reasons behind US opposition of Nord Stream 2 project: Europe's energy independence Ukraine loss as less gas would transit it monitoring technology that could also be ...

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What happens if a country redefines itself?
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I think what you are looking for what is called Succession of states which deals with the theory and practice in international relations regarding successor states. What happens depends on the ...

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How powerful is the Brazilian presidency?
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According to this article Brasil's president can appoint or dismiss persons for lots of position, of which only some must be approved by the Senate: The president of Brazil has the power to appoint ...

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Which nation is a direct democracy ? (At the national scale)
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Iceland seems to be one country is experimenting a form of direct democracy (source): On its website the Constitutional Council proudly proclaims the new direct-democratic elements in the draft ...

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Why Caste based political parties talking about secularism in India
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I am not very familiar with Indian politics, but one thing should be clarified from the beginning - the difference between secularism as understood in India vs. as understood in the Western countries. ...

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Why are stenographers still employed and present within many governmental chambers?
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If I understand correctly, you are asking why isn't voice recognition software used instead of manually writing what one hears. Although voice recognition is very advanced nowadays (and available ...

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Why hasn't Indian Govt still taken a step to slow down the rate of population growth in India?
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This is a late answer, but I will try to answer from a different perspective. The Government has actually tried to control the overpopulation - Wikipedia tells us that: India's state of emergency ...

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Has any government throughout history banned foreign currencies?
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Romania before 1989 In Ceaşescu's Romania, it was illegal to possess foreign currency (Romanian): Possession of foreign currency was forbidden, the few Romanians who had legally entered into its ...

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Are there countries where the Roma have integrated into local society?
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I will try to provide an answer from Romania's perspective which has one of the largest communities of Roma people: ~850000. It might also explain, at least in part, Bulgaria's issues in integrating ...

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Are there countries with true open-market railways?
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I do not think there is an entire nation/country that can have private operated railways without any subsidies, as railways in the countryside typically require subsidies. The country that is the ...

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Why is India still using the penal codes drafted by the British for punishments?
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This is an interesting question and I think it deserved an answer. According to Wikipedia we find out that: Its basis is the law of England freed from superfluities, technicalities and local ...

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How were farmers affected by demonetization in India?
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Farmers were severely affected by this demonetization as indicated by this paper that thoroughly covers the subject: Farmers, who are the backbone of our (Indian) national economy, were severely ...

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What are the arguments to say that there is a non-democratic government in Venezuela?
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This article tries to cover the reasons you are looking for: non-transparent elections: Nicolás Maduro won the presidential election by a small margin compared with the number of invalid votes. ...

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How was Silvio Berlusconi in power for a long time?
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This problem is far from being an Italian specific one. In my native country similar questions were asked when some mayors were reelected while being in jail waiting for corruption related trials. ...

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Why isn't the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights Taught more comprehensively in schools?
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The question is quite biased towards "politicians and big business have vested interests and influence in keeping citizens dumb", as the context is much more complicated. Teaching politics, laws and ...

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Is there any European country that managed to construct a coalition made out of more than five parties?
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I am not sure that I interpret correctly the data from Wikipedia, but Di Rupo's government included members from six parties: Flemish side: CD&V, Open Vld, sp.a French side: PS, MR, cdH As a ...

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"Government transplant" been tried? At what scale, and what were the results?
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Not sure that it matches what you are looking for, but Romania "transplanted" a king more than 150 years ago: The former Domnitor of united Romania, Alexandru Ioan Cuza, had been expelled from ...

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