Re: Fun mental exercise
Can the later stages depart from 'one person one vote' - i.e. like our current system where electoral votes aren't proportional to population? I'd guess not; that would make it too easy. I presume at least some of the stages are 'winner take all', otherwise it would be impossible. Maybe with enough intermediate stages you can do it.
If the army is that loyal, wouldn't a coup d'etat be simpler?
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