AX:You are now the dictator of a small European country

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What would be your organizational structure, how would you enforce laws and policies, prevent US from waging eternal war because you’re a dictator and so on?

This is serious, no jokes please.

[Assume your aim is not to fuck your country over and you’re actually trying to be a benevolent dictator.]

 
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ah first things first get our best minds workings on some sort of missle system
next rasie an army of enternally loyal killers from ages 12-59
then invade the most radical and the bigest asshole of a country….
most likely iraq
and im talking about killing 90% of human life in that country no the u.s.a. bullcrap system
then take all their oil and repeat from 3rd line

 
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make lots of nukes
make lots of trained soldiers with the best equipment
turn all people in my country into slaves
nuke all countries in the world – take over countries
whoever makes protest can be shot on site

 
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stage a false flag operation against us from a naighbouring country and become an ally ofus in in the war, they’ll forget that you are a dicktator and will fully support you till you are valuable to them, so retain your value in one way or the other.

 
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It worked for Musharraf (for a while).

 
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Get a Russian oil and gas pipeline running through my country.

That would pretty much stop the EU, US or anyone else bothering me. Then I’d get a Prime Minister to run stuff while I sit in my palace all day every day surrounded by my 36 wives.

 
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teh_hobo:A big country(Russia, China, US, UK or whatever) notices that you’re a bloodthirsty piece of shit. The world is angered. Human rights activists question your decision to raise child soldiers. Some of your missile scientists revolt, not wanting to take part in this anymore. You are completely obliterated by the liberating army that comes from the west.

BLOOD300:people notice you are making nukes and invade you first.

thepunisher52:You prosper becuase your are clever.

NeilSenna:You die from herpes.

 
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Eventualy, my value will diminish and west might want me gone.
Then, pull them further in the fight which was caused by my false flag op and when they are knees deep in trouble, switch sides, cut em.
They will be wounded but not out, start a cold war all over, be wary of trade sanctions, don’t let em starve me. Keep my army ready and go cut the west economically.
By goods which are necessary to them at a higher price and export our’s at lower. One day, they will have enough and will try to instigate riots and assassinations, eply with same or go a bit over.
They will find one excuse or another for war.
In that case, keep a contigency, some thing so powerful and frightening that no one dares to incur its wrath.
Be it a virus or a chemical, some thing, which with all the wonders west has, all its drones, its nukes, its fleets, still it fears.
And don’t acknowledge or deny its existence.
Keep this in mind that no matter how strong your military is, you can not take the west in a head on conventional warfare.
Be unconventional, when war starts, come out with your contigency, tell the whole world what you are capable of doing, even demonstrate it at a small scale. If enemy is undeterred, then turn them to ashes, before they do so to you.
NEVER EVER EVER BACKDOWN

 
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Will this dictator not be limited by their country being in Europe? This presumably means they are subject to the will of the European Union.

Its a bit like trying to be the dictator of a US state, with the federal government looking over your shoulder. There are going to be certain limits to what they will permit you to do.

 
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Originally posted by vikaTae:

Will this dictator not be limited by their country being in Europe? This presumably means they are subject to the will of the European Union.

Its a bit like trying to be the dictator of a US state, with the federal government looking over your shoulder. There are going to be certain limits to what they will permit you to do.

Think there are about 20 European countries not in the EU. And the EU is easy enough to ignore if you don’t mind being complained about by someone in Brussels/suspended. Besides, if you become a dictator of a member state, it’s easy enough to just leave.

 
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What I would do is first use a series of standardized tests for government aptitude in order to structure my government through meritocracy. I will then get a capable and able series of ministers, even recruiting international aid for substantial benefits. Then I would set up serious infrastructure in the nation, funding it through a strong core of banks and the use of cheap labor in order to create computers and various other electronic machinery. Next I would standardize parenting methods as they have been left way too out in the open, giving each child an equal chance to achieve his/her maximum potential unbiased by their upbringing. Finally I would subsidize organic and nutritious foods and give substantial grants to scientists researching clean energy as oil and gas cause too much money to leave the country and will eventually cause an unfavorable balance of trade. Foreign Policy wise I would keep a neutral stance on everything like Switzerland and keep away from the EU, maintaining economic independence in necessary.

 
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Originally posted by Nosh37:

What I would do is first use a series of standardized tests for government aptitude in order to structure my government through meritocracy. I will then get a capable and able series of ministers, even recruiting international aid for substantial benefits. Then I would set up serious infrastructure in the nation, funding it through a strong core of banks and the use of cheap labor in order to create computers and various other electronic machinery. Next I would standardize parenting methods as they have been left way too out in the open, giving each child an equal chance to achieve his/her maximum potential unbiased by their upbringing. Finally I would subsidize organic and nutritious foods and give substantial grants to scientists researching clean energy as oil and gas cause too much money to leave the country and will eventually cause an unfavorable balance of trade. Foreign Policy wise I would keep a neutral stance on everything like Switzerland and keep away from the EU, maintaining economic independence in necessary.

An actual good idea. And incontra to all of the above posts, I would also (idk if poster included this) reduce most parts of my military force. Most costs in a country are usually on the defenses/army.

 
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I thought it was obvious through a neutral Foreign Policy, but agree. The military is way too expensive and as a dictator I could use those funds to advance technology which in the end would give me the edge in world politics in needed.

 
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1984

 
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Do things that a respected country would do (at least in U.S.A.’s eyes) – Give middle eastern people first class privilages on planes (if the rest of the world is gonna prosecute them for an attack why should we), help out with global disasters around the world, donate a small % of overall money to the U.S.

Slowly build up an army, while getting top-grade weaponry from both the U.S. and from large, underground terrorist group.

When whoever the upper power is that finds out about it asks, lie and claim that some neighboring country is secretly funneling the (illegal) weapons, and because of our countries “good deeds”, they will take our word.

Slowly take over that small neighboring countries land, while simultaneously claiming it’s for war reparations.

Probably get dominated by both Russia and the U.N., U.S.A. for having to fight both sides when eventually my idiotic successor (assuming I get too old to hold power anymore) for having to fight 2 fronts.

 
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I would nationalize all financial institutes under the department of the treasury, then I would leave tax rates incredibly low. This way, I can feed large scale economic growth in every sector other than financial (which I control). With these finances I would be able to fund a respectable military from both regulars and possibly private contractors. This way, I would be able to influence/annex other small countries, thus improving my own standing in terms of global politics.

 
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I would get the best people of my country on creating missles and bombs. Probably create a biological weapon incredibly toxic. Become allies with a country in which share same thoughts as I do, and if not, force them to help. Create personal army, besides my country’s army. Take out all satelites in orbit, and set up personalized satelites. Hack into security, and defence systems of all enemy countries. Underground bomb-proof, earthquake proof, facility. Infiltrate enemy countries, that way intel is unlimited. Last but not least, destroy the U.N

 
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If I was going to do this, then I would need to think about how I was going to afford the changes I would like to make. To do so, I would have to plan out methods of income not based on the usual taxation model as well as the usual taxation model.

The first thing I would set out as a goal is (predictably) to make the country a hive of research and innovation. This would mean a strong focus on education as well as a favorable tax plan for high tech companies. Very attractive tax benefits for said types of firms, similar to the way Ireland does it. With similar results.

One of the things I would do differently than most have done in this regard, would be the establishment of a department of “innovation and returns”. This would be charged with providing oversight to university-level research, looking to take a slice out of the discoveries made, by instead of relying on the traditional free-market venture-based idea of dealing with commercially-viable discoveries, instead taking on the duties of developing the product further once it is commercially viable, and then as a government, lisencing out the technology to other governments and firms, using a very similar model to how ARM does it.

Thus the state-funded research would in a very direct way, help support the tax burden of running the country, and the country would have a department where efficiency and basically turning a profit was paramount. This profit to be then spent as the government (ie me) saw fit, in each of the other government departments. It would allow a greater flexibility in spending than normal tax revenue would permit.

Education itself would not follow the classical approach of the Westen world. Instead a focus on personalised learning as much as financially feasable, with an emphasis on teaching students how to learn and an understanding of the necessary frameworks in thinking in each discipline, as well as how to research, rather than rote fact memorisation.

After that foundation has been established, only then would the individual students, at whatever pace best suited them (much looser grouping based on ‘age’) move on to the specialised subjects of their choice. A high-speed internet backbone, again government-funded, would serve education just as well as industry in this way, permitting full videoconferencing between schools to allow those who wish to study relatively niche subjects, and who have demonstrated competency in all required foundation subjects, to learn that niche whether or not a capable teacher was actually present at their physical school.

The whole education process in other words, geared to churn out independent, free thinkers with a love of learning and a solid base in subject knowledge for general and personal interest areas. Another very tasty treat to dangle in front of potential high-tech investment.

A nationalised health service would be another must, again paid for out of tech lisencing as much as taxation, and a focus on getting these dynamic free thinkers into it and organisations like it. Cut down on the beaurocratic bloat by introducing people who are quite capable of analysing the system they’re working within, and working out more efficient or cheaper ways to accomplish the same thing, and keep patient losses to a bare minimum.

Using the aforementioned internet backbone I would heavily promote telehealth. We have more than enough ability to run most routine healthcare and quite a few illness-tests in a decentalised fashion, removing a lot of the infrastructure costs from physical buildings, and allowing a good physician anywhere in the country to treat patients anywhere else in the country.

Sometimes the patients have to come in to hospital; there’s no other choice. But why force it when you don’t have to?

To help keep the system running smoothly, I would implement a general medical council that recognises paramedics and medical technicians to be of equal status to doctors in terms of the professional advice they can give and the dedication to healthcare they have. As a result when one of these people notices a problem with a doctor not giving their all, or not giving a damn in general, their informing the council is treated seriously and investigated properly.

The transportation infrastructure would be as good as money allowed, with an increased emphasis on public transportation vehicles and ‘use for the day’ shared cars as opposed to personally owned vehicles. Emphasics also given to bikes, segways and scooters of all descriptions as personal conveyances and tax breaks given for their use versus personal cars. Most towns and business parks built with an emphasis on green space and pathways. Planning departments asked to minimalise the tendency for urban buildings to all pile into very small spaces, and promote greater spread over greater concentrations. Emphasis on landscaping the plentiful green spaces within towns, and allowing the public transportation systems that depend on single or dual rails to spread into these areas. Every such vehicle designed with low access in mind to aid the aged or infirm.

Economy-wise, capitalism permitted, with strict regulation on waste disposal, environmental health in general, and employee / customer safety. Capitalism would be limited by government in how large an organisation could get, or how large the total of organisations in the same ‘group’ could get, without government powers to spluit them into separate concerns being enacted.

In other words they are permitted to make money and grow, so long as they are not squeezing competitors or potential competitors out.

 
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I agree completely with the emphasis of advancing technology and environmental concerns and the design seems very intelligent but what we are all missing is the human element, the one bit of imperfection that ruins the greatest of ideals. Your various examples of actual practices was refreshing to say the least as I believe governments need to run in loose conformity to the successes of other civilizations. The creation of infrastructure especially centered on the internet is interesting as well.

All those who focus on war have obviously not read up on modern history or history at all for that matter, or they are trolling. War is bad. Economically, socially, and politically, war destoys nations slowly or quickly, depending on whether a nation is on the winning or losing side.

 
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1. motivate people to join the armed forces
2. hire scientists from all the world to experiment in my country’s “scientific playground” (there they will have everything to “play” with)
3. assuming they actually invent some interesting stuff, patent these in the name of the state
4. buy old jets, boats, tanks and other vehicles (in model creation date) and bring today’s tech to them (modifying their engines, MFDs, etc)
5. sell them to third world countries at a special discount and to first world countries.
6. try to find sources of money (exports, mining, fishing, logging, etc) and use them to build up funds
7. befriend third world countries and form an alliance with them
8. after im allied with a huge army of third world countries, try to find sources of money in them
9. hire even more scientists and develop innovative military tech
10. takeover surrounding countries
11. alliance with global super powers
12. develop my country’s space program, using the alliance as safety on approval.
13. make a large network of satellites, map everywhere (these sats would also secretely be able to spy on radio transmissions
14. taken-over countries would be annexed to my country, building up a even larger army, all men over 20 years old would have to enlist and do basic training in case of war
15. issue construction of nuclear power plants, while secretely using the brought uranium to develop nuclear armament (using the nuclear power plants as masks hiding the nuclear program)
16. ask allies if they have objections on starting my nuclear program while it is already being developed.
17. if they approve, begin tests on them in some deserted area in the captured country or ask a ally for somewhere to test them. if they dont, countinue developing them secretely, without testing and when its done sell it to an ally.
18. medicine investments. invest in medicine, without being afraid to take risks and testing on lab rats all the time with them, use medicine discoveries both on hospitals (they are free in my country!) and on the battlefield (if they are certified to be safe) also sell some discoveries to allies, but not all of them.
19. take over more surrounding countries if they are not allied and annex them.
20. develop a intelligence agency such as CIA, with the help of sats and infiltration in countries.
21. my military power + intelligence + my allied power + nuclear program + lots of funds = very strong military country,
countinue gathering alliance, trust and funds (invading countries too…)
22. bring heaven to my people (cut taxes by half, schools, hospitals and some housing free, social security program, overall, my citizens would have a nice life, and the military treated as important and valuable men, generals are taught how to teach and treat lower rank men by me, 1/4 of the armed forces are taught special ops tactics.)
the alliances would bring safety and funds room to “bring heaven to my people”.

yep, this is a long list but lots of planning is needed for success, my country would be militarist too but dictatorship is needed, sometimes people just don’t know what is best for them and vote for bad politicians, tricked by promises.

 
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^i’m following you on your first 11 steps. but there’s a huge gap between step 11 and step 12.


you could just ask the dictator of Bhutan for advice, and mostly just copy them. \
but i’d also like to just install participatory, direct democracy, to determine every direction, building our society from the ground up, rather than from the top down.
though i’d also love to launch a digital public library, for free access to information, conform with Article 27 section 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights; and raise a public fund for authors in accordance with section 2 of the same Article.
and obviously the education system needs a huge overhaul, to promote individualism, rather than destroy it.

 
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^i’m following you on your first 11 steps. but there’s a huge gap between step 11 and step 12.

well, i was late for something and just had to do it quickly
but i will add more stuff now

 
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Of Small European Country…
I’d sit tight, and open trading partnerships in Asia. Although this would entirely depend
on my geographic location. Well, I’d prefer to be located either near Eurasia or to lay beside the Atlantic ocean.

 
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I wonder if any quest of RFC Dawn fits this… :)))

 
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THIRTEEN STEPS TO BECOMING THE (benevolent) DICTATOR

Step one: Pass laws that actually benefit the people (ex. lower taxes, improve hygiene, etc.) Start several new technology schools to increase amount of scientists.

Step two: Slowly, but surely, begin to spread propaganda against the U.N. that gets more and more radical. Meanwhile, be on friendly terms with them, by chipping in during wars and natural disasters. Claim that your country is still rebuilding and that no one is allowed due to the radioactive toxicity of the land.

Step three: After a few months of propaganda, begin to develop a cloaking device somehow. Mass-produce it for a few days, then stop right before the U.N. finds out.

Step four: Begin genetically engineering an army of mutants, that resemble children. This way, the U.N. soldiers will lose the will to fight. How could you shoot someone who looks like your son, regardless of whether or not it’s about to eat your face and liquefy your lungs? Make sure to give them no sentience, only blind loyalty. Cloak factories and all other evidence, reopen your country to foreigners.

Step five: Wait 4-5 years, improve technology, spread more propaganda, increase intelligence of mutants, and still play the role of the “new good guy country”. Develop weapons that are capable of leveling a small hill in a few seconds. Begin to start space colonization. Send spies into other territories.

Step six: All at once, destroy satellites, send thousands of “Chiltants” as an in and out attack on critical locations. The Pentagon, Beijing, Moscow, Canada. Start global wars. Start lunar wars. Heck, probably start martian wars.

Step seven: Force the U.N. out of Europe, Asia, and Africa. Commence heavy bombardment of North and South America. Leave Australia and Antarctica alone . . . for now. Reject all surrender terms.

Step eight: Win martian wars. Win lunar wars. Dominate the Americas, and Australia, too. Start a mass genocide of the opposing forces. Create a force field around Antarctica, and leave it alone cuz penguins are cool.

Step nine: Immediately eliminate all Chiltants, using genetically implanted self-destruction. Humanity has been destroyed, save for your country.

Step ten: Develop a life extension pill. Incinerate the plans after making a few. Consume one, and give your most trusted allies each one.

Step eleven: Clean slate; wipe out everyone’s memories of the incidents, save for your most trusted allies. Implant false information; (ex. We are the refugees from an alien planet, forced to take shelter on Earth.) Destroy all technology except for some standard, necessary ones. Cloak Antarctica, and surround it with cannibalistic sea serpents, to prevent anyone from getting there.

Step twelve: Rule peacefully. Get old and die, but before you kick the bucket, draft a treaty splitting the world into 12 factions; one for each of your children, two factions per continent. Be know as <yourname> the Reconstructor, the person who single-handedly took the “remains” of an “alien civilization” and forged it into something glorious.

BONUS STEP: When your new civilization “develops” the Internet, modify the code so you can spy on everyone through their computer, and avoid any chances of rebellion.

THE END