91 – Democracy in Spec Fic

The Mythcreant Podcast

This week, the normal voting process for deciding a topic was suspended, and it was decided by tyrannical dictate that we would discuss democracy in speculative fiction. Why is there so little of it? Can it be used to tell good stories? Why are we so obsessed with kings anyway? Join us as we examine those few spec fic stories that actually portray democracy in an interesting light and discuss what new and weird types of democracy our stories could explore.

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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.

Show Notes:

The Rules for Rulers by CGP Grey

The (Secret) City of London by CGP Grey

House of Cards

Battlestar Galactica

Betrayal: Star Wars Legends (Legacy of the, Force Book 1) by Aaron Allston

Jacen Solo / Darth Caedus from Star Wars Legends

Creating Factions in Three Steps by Mike Hernandez

54 – Creating and Using Factions

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Homefront (episode)

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  1. Amanda

    what about Mistborn? The second book is about Elend trying to establish a democratic state after the fall of Lord Ruler.

  2. Michael

    I think a cyber direct democracy like you describe could still have a lot of conflicts. Just because everyone can vote on things instantly doesn’t mean they’ll agree any more than now. Imagine the debates when you have the equivalent of everyone writing online comments at once. The problem there might be even getting to the vote, i.e. closing debate. Plus if a majority votes for something, the minority will still disagree. This could get very acrimonious in fact.

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