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Word meaning society ruled by Artificial General Intelligence?

I remember reading a word once which had this meaning which starts with the letter 'a', like "agritocracy" or "autotocracy". I just can't remember the word now; it specifically ...
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What do you call a form of government where the regent never dies?

What do you call a form of government where the regent never dies? It doesn't seem to be right to call it a 'monarchy', because there will never be a descendant walking up to the throne. PS.: I know ...
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Capitalization of “tribe” and its derivatives in the United States

In these examples, when should "Tribe" or "Tribal" be capitalized? "This rulemaking will preempt State, local, and Tribal requirements but does not propose any regulation that has substantial direct ...
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Dropping the article before government agency abbreviations?

I live in Washington DC and work for a government contractor. In conversation, people often drop the "the" before the acronym of a federal agency. For example, someone might say "I ...
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Does “to tell apart” require “from” or “and”?

Which of the following sentences are incorrect and why? Is it okay to use "and" in these phrases? And should "apart" be moved to the end of the sentence? How to tell apart a raven from a crow? How to ...
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verbs for when a country ends tariffs

What verb could be used to describe when country A, which has implemented tariffs on country B, ends/removes/discontinues these tariffs? e.g. After the incident, America [X]ed the tariffs.
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Opposite of '-cracy/-archy'?

Something + -cracy/-archy (“strength, power”) produces a word meaning ‘rule by those who are/have/were whatever the something is’. For example, ‘plutocracy’ is pluto- (“wealth”) + -cracy and means ‘...
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'Androcracy'/'gynocracy' are hyponyms of, and 'oligocracy'/'oligarchy' is a hypernym of, what term?

What is the term for an oligocratic/oligarchic political system—one in which power is held by a subset of the overall population—where the power allocation is based on one's sex? A society run by men ...
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Is there a pair of words for distinguishing US Federal Government branches from the other components of the Federal Government?

I'm seeking a pair of words to distinguish between the two entities below, words that make it clear I'm talking about components of government, words that the reader understands as referring to ...
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What is the origin of the phrase “frank and fearless”?

The phrase “frank and fearless” is commonly used in Australia to describe the way public servants should advise the politicians they work for. This is said to be an aspect of the Westminster tradition....
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A word for “government by murderers”

Is there a word that describes government by murderers (or just criminals in general) similar to kleptocracy being a government of thieves? I'm looking for something that contains more of this sense ...
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What pronouns would be appropriate to use in a business proposal? [closed]

I am writing a response to a Request For Proposal (e.g. responding to government agency or non-profit org), and I'm trying to understand what is the best practice for use of pronouns... I see a lot of ...
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Capitalising “subdistrict”, “district”, “province” or not

I write about crimes for a small local newspaper and often have to mention the location where the crime had happened. The official (translated) hierarchy used in the country I live in is province -> ...
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What would be the word for “government by angels”?

Google just gives me the James Madison quote when I research this. The Federalist No. 51 says: It may be a reflection on human nature, that such devices should be necessary to control the abuses of ...
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Whence visa “stamp”?

This question is inspired by https://travel.stackexchange.com/questions/69496/whats-the-deal-with-stamping-us-visas. The US government calls the visa sticker that is inserted into a passport a foil. ...
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Is there a word for enjoying the entertainment surrounding the election?

I have heard of electiontainment, which I like as a word-geek. Yet, it only returned 400 results on Google. Is there anything similar that has wider penetration?
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What does it mean to be 'suspended from the service of the House'?

In the House of Commons, or in the Australian House of Representatives or the New Zealand Parliament, a Member can be 'named' (for committing some unparliamentary act e.g. calling a minister a liar), ...
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Is there a specific word that could be used to describe the leader of a planet?

Mayor is a word that specifically means the leader of a town. Chief means the leader of a tribe. Governor means the leader of a state or province. Words like Emperor or King imply the head of a ...
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Word for a gift you get by virtue of your job

I am certain I once read a definition of a word that describes the gift you get only by virtue of your job and not really given to you personally. Like, when the US President gets a rug from the ...
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What to call an area or territory without government control?

Take Somalia for example, the central government has almost no control outside the capital and arguable within it as well (citation needed). Although the government is recognized internationally as ...
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What is the equivalent word for Nationalisation when it is a State seizing the assets?

In several Western countries there is a Federal system in place (US, AU) of States and a National government making laws. In the worst of circumstances, one of those two levels of government may ...
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Confusing wording on gov.uk

Page below: https://www.gov.uk/driving-nongb-licence/y/a-resident-of-great-britain/full-car-and-or-motorcycle/european-union-or-european-economic-area will present you with wording You can drive ...
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Can something be “vapid of” something?

The United States Department of Agriculture defines “food deserts” as “parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods, usually found in impoverished areas” (...
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Notarial Deed Translation from Canadian English

I have to translate an English document from Quebec into Polish language. However, there is one sentence that I cannot understand: As the whole now subsists with all its rights members and ...
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Is there a word or idiom in English for describing the moment when goverments blame unknown powers?

Is there an idiom or word for describing the moment or situation when governments blame some unknown power(s) for bad results caused by their own actions? These governments try to acquit themselves by ...
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what does this mean “Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds. Gordon B. Hinkley” [closed]

“Without hard work, nothing grows but weeds." – Gordon B. Hinkley
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Is it “Ministry of Economy” or “Ministry of the Economy”?

Recently, a government official gave me a business card that stated the official's department as "Ministry of Economy." I did a double take, because, in my mind, I took that to mean "Ministry of ...
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What do you call a government when the rulers are gods?

I'm familiar with most -ocracies. And I don't mean a theocracy (rule by religious officials). This would probably make more sense in a fantasy setting (say D&D) where deities actually come down ...
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Where does “three line whip” come from?

In parliament a three line whip is said to be applied when a party seeks to ensure every MP turns up and votes the party line. But why the term "three line" whip? And is there such a thing as a one ...