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    Strange question about politics

    Discussion in 'Setting Development' started by jos84, Jul 18, 2016.

    im Currently writing a story about a government led by animals (for a children's story). My husband told me that an animal government would not be able to include insects, fish or birds because they are technically not animals.
    Even though hes being pedantic he is kind of right. This leaves me with a few options
    1) my animal government includes insects/fish/birds and arachnids inclusively and uses the term
    Animal as a general umbrella term

    2) the government only includes "land animals" and fish/birds etc have their own governments (this is my least favourite idea!)

    3)the animal government includes departments such as bird secretary, insect secretary, fish secretary etc in the cabinet in the same way as you might have Scotish/Welsh/n.ireland secretary.

    I should point out the human government exists (even though they are technically animals Too)
     
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    Those are animals.
     
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    Your husband is wrong...https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animal
    Animals can be divided broadly into vertebrates and invertebrates. Vertebrates have a backbone or spine (vertebral column), and amount to less than five percent of all described animal species. They include fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. The remaining animals are the invertebrates, which lack a backbone. These include molluscs (clams, oysters, octopuses, squid, snails); arthropods (millipedes, centipedes, insects, spiders, scorpions, crabs, lobsters, shrimp); annelids (earthworms, leeches), cnidarians (jellyfish, sea anemones, corals), and sponges.
     
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    Well then every day is a school day.
     
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    Uhm... yeah. Animals are eukaryotic multicellular organisms that uses collagen to bind their cells together. That's anything that's not a plant, fungus, or single cellular.
     
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    Politicians always change the definitions of words to fit their needs anyway. :D
     
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    Be rid of him and buy yourself a big spider.
     
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    Have you read Animal Farm by George Orwell? You might want to check it out.
     
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