My story deals with an armed resistance against a totalitarian occupational government. (Note: Everything about the world in my story is entirely fictional. Nothing we know about the real world applies whatsoever. Different history, everything, nothing is the same.) Obviously, as any effective resistance movement would, they are going to have to kill people. Some of these people will, inevitably, be quite high in rank. The problem is, I live in a post-9/11 America, so it's impossible for me to imagine anything other than a highly locked-down security state - as far as I'm concerned, politicians exist on an entirely separate plane of reality. Security drills and protocols, snipers on every rooftop, bomb-sniffing dogs, all of that is not only normal to me, but it seems too far-fetched to imagine life without it. However, as they say, "truth is stranger than fiction" - and what I'm referring to in particular when I say that would be the 1984 Brighton hotel bombing. Even the Wiki article reads like poorly-thought out fiction at best - the idea that a person could even get into the same building as PM Thatcher (without getting gunned down) is hard enough to believe, but then he planted a bomb and almost killed her? Nonsense! How could this happen!? It's utterly unfathomable from a post-9/11 American POV. I'm still trying to wrap my head around the idea that this actually happened (I'm still in disbelief as I type this). Funnily enough, the last line of the Wiki article reads: "From that day forward, all party conferences in this country have become heavily defended citadels." ...And I can't help but laugh at that, because I'm used to "heavily-defended citadels" being the default setting for all government operations. Yet, things like the Brighton hotel bombing are exactly the kind of thing I want to happen in my book. The fact that something like it actually did happen gives me hope for my story - maybe my resistance fighters do have a chance. After learning about this event, I'm completely lost as to what is realistic and what isn't. The post-9/11 age of paranoia has skewed my thinking so completely that I have no idea where to even begin. If a man could walk into Thatcher's hotel with a bomb IN REAL LIFE, then what does implications does that have in FICTION? Could a political figure in my book get stabbed to death in his own home? Can a government office be bombed during a conference? Where, exactly, does the line between "believable fiction" and "utterly nonsensical crap" lie? Just what can I get away with in my story without the reader calling BS on it? (or does that even matter?) Basically what I'm asking is this: All this over-the-top security that has become the norm in the modern world... how much of it can I strip away without making the government in my book look totally incompetent? (Said government is incredibly arrogant as well, which may help) What is the "bare minimum" for fictional security? How easy can I make it for my resistance fighters to take out targets without it being "too easy"?