Rebecca Ashling
▶ Godbound
2018-07-08T01:13:06.214Z

It has just occurred to me that in a modern-day setting that governments may well try to ban the practice of idolatry. Also, to prevent the poor and desperate flocking to gods, governments may be willing to spend more on social programs. It's a form of defence against gods after all.

Rebecca Ashling
2018-07-08T01:13:06.214Z

It also occurs to me that the construction of Made Gods requires far less infrastructure than the production of nuclear weapons. Knowledge of Theurgy and access to Celestial Shards seem to be the limiting factors. In the modern day background I'm working on, non-state actors such as corporations, criminal cartels, religious sects and terrorist groups can build them. There's an international moratorium on building Made Gods. The Non-Proliferatiom Treaty is being quietly ignored as nukes are one of the few effective weapons against Made Gods. Knowledge of Theurgy is being suppressed but the Internet has arrived decades early so good luck with that.

Kyle “nyaCC” Moss
2018-07-08T01:13:06.214Z

Capitalism is already The One above all others. Those Godbound who seek to depose or even replace capitalism in the public consciousness would face swift retribution from all nations with a global influence.

Lord Darkview
2018-07-08T01:13:06.214Z

Mortal governments unsupported by divine interests would fall very, very quickly to a motivated pantheon.

Rebecca Ashling
2018-07-08T01:13:06.214Z

+Lord Darkview But mortal governments in our worlds are much bigger and complex than the governments of Arcem, they have vast resources.

Henry de Veuve
2018-07-08T01:13:06.214Z

"Godbound are just superheroes in another context...and the best weapon against a superhero is another superhero. Or, as the media would have it, a villain."

Lord Darkview
2018-07-08T01:13:06.214Z

+Rebecca Ashling In practice, that tends not to matter. A level 3 Godbound treats any non-heroic mortal as a lesser foe. At that point, it's trivial to use their powers to reach and then influence leadership, especially in democracies where leadership frequents the public. Autocratic regimes are potentially more defensible than this, but if the leadership is ever reached, they instantly fall as the entire power structure is subsumed when the leader is captured, while democratic systems potentially have independent institutions that need to be captured individually. In short, unless the governments have "prevent divine access" as an extremely high priority (and this priority will severely hamper or warp routine governance), a motivated Godbound or pantheon can quickly capture the agents in power.