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Why not simply a number of stout bandits standing across the breadth of the road holding pikes (or perhaps large pointed sticks) pointing towards the cart? Pikes/sticks are dug into the ground at the blunt end. Easy for a bandit group to make such a roadblock, conceivable that a determined rush could break through. One might object to the use of a felled ...


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Generally, the way that this is usually circumvented is by making up some fake country located in a similar area as the country that is being referenced. Usually this happens when the writer wants to touch on something that has happened in current events but wants enough slight of hand to not name the persons involved (but, given context, any contemporary ...


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Really depends on the audience, the size of the country on the world stage and the geopolitical relationships of countries. Typically, big players on the world stage tend to include the United States, U.K. (not a superpower but one of the closest allies of the U.S. - and James Bond's home nation, when he isn't Scottish and at his most awesome), Russia, and ...


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