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Tamri3l
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Scandinavian Liberal Paradise

How does YN deal with conspiracy theorists?

Postby Tamri3l » Tue Apr 07, 2020 10:00 am

As conspiracy theories and related fake-news are becoming a serious problem, with some obsessed theorists dying on them or committing crimes because of them, what countermeasures is your nation taking about it?

Tamriel punishes harshly crimes committed for futile reasons (and the judiciary considers conspiracies a futile reason) with some of the penalties being doubled.
Furthermore, there's a State-managed only-news press channel with fact-checking systems, along with the free press.
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Tinhampton
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Postby Tinhampton » Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:03 pm

By not prosecuting them for doing anything that the Man on the Tinhamptonian Omnibus would do
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Ex-Nation

Postby Borovan entered the region as he » Tue Apr 07, 2020 1:04 pm

Anyone fake news will get beheaded. No exceptions. Fake news is bad and anyone who spreads fake news will get beheaded with no leniency.

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Andocara
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Founded: Aug 07, 2018
New York Times Democracy

Postby Andocara » Tue Apr 07, 2020 2:50 pm

Some are ignored by most people, while others get closely evaluated. The only people who remotely favor them are Skeptic Communities. As far as fake news is concerned, the government passed a law that basically tells people to label everything that is fake news, so the public can know what to read.

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Mirial Magna
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Ex-Nation

Postby Mirial Magna » Tue Apr 07, 2020 2:53 pm

The only reporters Mirial has ever chased after since Barriss Offee took the throne have been those who praise wartime enemies. A few months ago, she pushed a bill through the parliament that more or less ended blasphemy laws.
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Ayytaly
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Postby Ayytaly » Tue Apr 07, 2020 2:54 pm

We give them 15 minutes of interview. The only catch is that they have to read all what they have said and wrote in the past and on the internet in front of a large crowd...

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The Sladerstan
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Postby The Sladerstan » Tue Apr 07, 2020 2:58 pm

Depends on the conspiracy. If it's a conspiracy about our government being a part of the Illuminati, which leads to a riot or something, we'll imprison them.

If it's something like the flat earth, we'll send them to a space station (space travel is far cheaper) which orbits our planet, and show them the earth isn't flat, and that we're not on earth because space is real.

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Aikoland
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Corporate Bordello

Postby Aikoland » Tue Apr 07, 2020 3:49 pm

We don't, we only deal with those who break the law, and merely believing in conspiracies or spreading them is not breaking the law.
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Imperial Republic of Arkania
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Ex-Nation

Postby Imperial Republic of Arkania » Tue Apr 07, 2020 3:55 pm

The government does not care about theorists, but the President has the free will to order the arrest of conspiracy theorists under the "National Integrity Protection" act.
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Postby TURTLESHROOM II » Tue Apr 07, 2020 4:13 pm

Nothing. Conspiracies are neither obscene, illegal, or immoral.

Freedom of thought is important to TurtleShroomian society. The free flow of information, especially political information and the sacrosanct rights of dissent and state criticism, does not stop when the information is stupid.

Besides, arresting conspiracy theorists creates more conspiracy theorists and gives their claims credibility.
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Surrealist Patagonia
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Postby Surrealist Patagonia » Tue Apr 07, 2020 4:16 pm

The confederacy encourages people to question their world by delving into conspiracy theories more as a thought exercise.
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Postby Monsone » Tue Apr 07, 2020 4:17 pm

Normaly, nothing. But if the problem gets out of hand, the MDSIM (internal security ministry) will send in the SNS (secret police) to take care of the issue.
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Deacarsia
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How does Your Nation deal with conspiracy theorists?

Postby Deacarsia » Tue Apr 07, 2020 4:30 pm

All Deacarsi are free to believe or spread conspiracy theories to their heart’s content, provided such theories are not left-wing, blasphemous, or anti-Catholic.
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Vlaandia
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Ex-Nation

Postby Vlaandia » Tue Apr 07, 2020 5:43 pm

Those who spout out foolish drivel are usually sent to the gallows, it does no service to the realm for some wide eyed lunatic to bark like a hound incessantly, ranting on about how the King's mother was a hamster or other such nonsense, however, pity is sometimes taken upon these souls, and they are granted the chance to live their days in some monastery's home for the sick, or are otherwise banished to some other realm to be a thorn on another hind.
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Sadakoyama
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Left-wing Utopia

Postby Sadakoyama » Tue Apr 07, 2020 6:00 pm

We start rumors and conspiracy theories. It's an effective way to throw the barbarian nations into chaos and disarray and to obscure our actual capabilities, plans, and operations in a cloud of false information. That's why all of our journalism schools ultimately fall under the aegis of the Department of International Studies; Our wildly inaccurate and sensationalist news reports aren't actually intended for our own people. All of our people are supposed to be scientists that don't take things like news reports for granted.

There are sometimes useful information provided, but it would require someone well-versed in our unique and quixotic cultural paradigms, certain conlangs, shibboleths, and dog whistles, and sometimes digital cues to easily recognize the valuable stuff in all the dross. Any essential, need to know information is disseminated through private, secure back channels.
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Greenwichian Arcadia
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Postby Greenwichian Arcadia » Tue Apr 07, 2020 6:29 pm

Since conspiracy theorists tend to fend off any criticism with an irrefutable “That's what they want you to think!” argument, conspiracy theories cannot be properly falsified and therefore contribute nothing to the science. Moreover, conspiracy theorists sow dissent and undue distrust to the government and to the science, undermining our cause of progress and, most infamously, agitating the people to avoid proper medical treatment in case of a serious disease in favor of homeopathy or even prayers!
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Jerdena
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Ex-Nation

Postby Jerdena » Tue Apr 07, 2020 11:33 pm

Nothing. We have freedom of speech and promoting conspiracy theories and fake news, while wrong, is not illegal.

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Keepers of the Sanctum
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Psychotic Dictatorship

Postby Keepers of the Sanctum » Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:01 am

If deemed worthy enough, their claims may be investigated. However if their theories criticize the Keeper hierarchy, then they are promptly silenced.
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Radiatia
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Capitalizt

Postby Radiatia » Wed Apr 08, 2020 12:11 am

Conspiracy theorists are protected by freedom of expression clauses in the Bill of Rights.

They're pretty popular too - (un)healthy distrust of government and media is something of a national pastime in Radiatia and while some theories are pretty outlandish, historically the Radiatian government has done some pretty shady things that aren't that far removed from the sorts of things conspiracy theorists talk about.
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Left-Leaning College State

Postby Nakena » Wed Apr 08, 2020 5:10 am

They are being "re-educated"
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Psychotic Dictatorship

Postby Nouveau Quebecois » Wed Apr 08, 2020 5:12 am

Literally... nothing? Where has the value of free thought gone? If necessary, publish counter-propaganda and leave it at that.
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Postby Rosmana » Wed Apr 08, 2020 5:14 am

They are mocked on TV by comedy shows. :D
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Scandinavian Liberal Paradise

Postby Tamri3l » Wed Apr 08, 2020 7:03 am

Nouveau Quebecois wrote:Literally... nothing? Where has the value of free thought gone? If necessary, publish counter-propaganda and leave it at that.


The idea here is that one thing is sharing a preposterous idea while being at a café drinking low-quality beer, one thing is committing crimes because of that preposterous idea.
Especially if it goes against what research and scientific method say.
Freedom of thought doesn't mean "freedom of considering true every single fantasy that comes to mind".

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Father Knows Best State

Postby Estainia » Wed Apr 08, 2020 7:54 am

We don't. The Imperial Government has more serious issues to deal with than the idiocy of conspiracy theorists.
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Father Knows Best State

Postby Marsoslavia » Wed Apr 08, 2020 4:14 pm

Nothing. But when they are separate nationalists and proclaiming their theories, in public, they are locked in prisons.
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