Beep... Boop... Once upon a time, you were the crown prince(ss) of a certain country named Beastland. You had a wonderful childhood, and you also had someone you dated and liked a lot during your teenage years. Unfortunately, the relationship didn't end up working out (i.e. difference in status, political things) and the two of you ended up breaking up on good terms. Your ex- dumped you saying that they still love you, but being together just isn't possible. They say that they hope to remain friends. A couple years passed, and your relationship with your ex- soured over time. The main reason for this is that you made some difficult decisions for the country that your ex- couldn't agree with. For instance, you entered into a trade agreement with Wizardland, hoping to import magic technology, science, and tools, because you understand that technological development is important for the future. However, most of your country is anti-magic (they hate wizards) and your kingdom has a lot of tribal shamans with faith, nature, and religion-based rituals. The cultural values are also very different. Wizardland also has a different political philosophy than your country (Beastland). Wizardland is highly capitalistic and has a centralized government. Beastland operates through decentralized tribal rule with a primitive bartering economy. Many of the tribal leaders of your country (they're basically aristocrats) dislike your actions because they believe that you are taking power away from them. They also believe that you are disrespecting tradition and that you are a traitor to foreigners. Your spies have indicated the chieftans are preparing a rebellion and looking to overthrow your government. Disturbingly, your spies inform you that the leader of this rebellion is your ex-girlfriend/boyfriend. Concerned, you privately contact your ex, and they straight up tell you that they can't agree with what you're doing. You are unable to convince them to see your side. They tell you that they refuse to back down, that they believe you're making bad decisions for the country. They also tell you that you've lost the trust of the tribal chieftains, and they will no longer accept you as their ruler. They want you to abdicate the throne and turn over power to them so they can be the new king/queen (they have a distant claim on the throne due to an ancestor from 300 years ago). Your advisors tell you that your ex- should be executed. Your ex- is a major player in driving the rebellious sentiment, and if they are executed, it would strike fear into the remaining chieftains, and it should be easy to quell the rebellion if your ex- is gone. If you do not choose to execute your ex-girlfriend/boyfriend, a revolution and civil war would break out. You believe that your kingdom's ally (the Fire Nation) will betray your country at this time and invade your country during the chaos, but you have been unable to convince others that this will happen since the Fire Nation is closely allied with your ex-girlfriend/boyfriend. Faking your ex-girlfriend/boyfriend's death is not possible because this universe has a tracing spell/ritual, and people could easily confirm if your ex- is alive or dead. 1. Would you order the execution of your ex-girlfriend/boyfriend? What if the stability of your country depended on it? 2. Would you be more/less comfortable executing someone if they weren't your ex-girlfriend/boyfriend? What if they were a brother/sister? A cousin? Family member? Former friend? Neighbor? Acquaintance? 3. How would you respond if your ex- suggested that you hook up together again and started flirting with you? What if you suspected that they were mainly aiming to manipulate you to get what they want? 4. Do you believe in the death penalty? What about with someone who has a competing claim on the throne? (i.e. if you leave them alive, their supporters will continue to believe there is a chance that their candidate can become king/queen). 5. What are your overall considerations in this scenario?