It kinda fits, as Biden seems to think working with the Republicans and bipartisanship will again be suddenly, magically possible once Trump is out of the picture, when in reality you’d need to Republican party to be dominated by a wing of people like our own big tiger, as to most of the Republicans “compromise” seems to be a dirty word. Not that the Democrats are entirely guiltless in the current state of US affairs, but at the moment it is clearly the Republican Party that has gone entirely off the rails.
Breden seems to be given to the same sort of fallacious thinking, albeit in much more dire circumstances. Breden conveniently forgets that even with the current Thaumatarch out of the picture there is still prince(ss) nippletwister and the nine arch-mages to contend with, at the very minimum.
China is purportedly covered but the accuracy of China’s census information the authors use is questionable at best. Which may not be entirely their fault as even our own Cata will go on and on that even today China’s census and the Communist Party’s actual government control of the country, let alone their census keeping in China’s vast interior is spotty at best. But how much actual control the government has seems not be a variable that was looked at very closely.
Therefore don’t believe the data set on China meets the same scientific standard as the others.
I’d say this is a problem for India too, which also has a problem with keeping a truly accurate census and has a lot of issues with actual law implementation and enforcement as many of the more high minded laws used to simply go unenforced in the countryside and even today there still is a problem with filling all the affirmative action jobs with “qualified people”.
Now obviously Columbia University and the authors would disagree with me, but based on their data set I don’t think we can conclude this hypothesis as universally proven.
What I think the study does prove is that in a society largely based on our western, institutional model of governance it probably applies. But it is noteworthy that China and today Russia too explicitly reject our model of the “social contract” with China even trying to go 1984 and form mr. Xi’s “total control” society.
The last point I already mentioned but the time period examined, 1900 to 2006 matches poorly with the game world as the game world at present does not even have mass circulated broadsheets for mass media nor does it have much enlightenment thinking and philosophy, save what people like the mc or Horion and a handful of others are only now starting to formulate.
Needless to say those ideas have not had much time to trickle down and permeate society, yet.
The only area the game world seems to be ahead in is possible atheism or at least anti-clericalism. But that alone does not solve most questions of democratic governance.
@Ramidel I see the poll has now reached the state I instinctively predicted at first with tyranny and oligarchy in the lead, except that the apella still ranks higher than the more traditional moot. But that is likely because most of those trying democratic reforms are more likely to lean towards cosmopolitanism over nationalism to begin with.
When I first looked some regulars like Empress @Eiwynn, @cascat07 or even bryce probably hadn’t voted yet.