In my novel, a nuclear war on Earth 50 years ago between NATO and the USSR led to an authoritarian extraterrestrial government taking power over the planet. Fives decades after the occupation began, a random twist of fate places my main character in the midst of a global revolution. (a more detailed explanation can be found in the spoilers in this post) Background: Earth is split into six "Regions", which are the six inhabited continents of Earth, each governed by a "Regional Minister". Each continental "Region" is split into several "Districts", governed by a "District Governor". At a ceremony marking 50 years since the end of WW3, the Regional Minister of North America is stabbed in an attempted assassination. The Governor of the district in which the attack happened is particularly disliked by the Minister for caring more about the people of his district than enforcing security, focusing more on housing and redevelopment than authority. The Event: The District Governor is killed in a suicide car bombing at a cafe, and 23 civilians are also killed. The bombing was an inside job orchestrated by the Regional Minister so that he can replace him with a new Governor who will approve the deployment of so-called "Peacekeeper" units (soldiers trained for law enforcement in a manner similar to Martial Law). What the Regional Minister told the people: - The Governor has been killed in a terrorist bombing - The bombing was committed by an organised group also responsible for his own stabbing (cover story) - A new Governor has been appointed - The new Governor has already approved the deployment of Peacekeepers in the District What the public knows: - The former governor was well-liked for his emphasis on civil redevelopment, as his programs built many of the residences in which they live; it is unimaginable that anyone would want to kill him - When a District Governor resigned some years ago, it took nearly a week to appoint a replacement; to have the new Governor appointed less than 2 hours after the bombing may seem suspicious to some - They really don't like Peacekeeper deployments. They really don't. - They don't particularly like the government either. The KIA Governor was a very rare exception; almost all other government officials are widely despised. So, based on this information, how might a populace react to the sudden change of circumstances involved here? Do you think there might be mildly violent clashes (people throwing rocks, bricks, etc.) upon hearing the announcement? Perhaps a little more serious - rioting, vandalising propaganda displays, breaking windows of gov. buildings? Or might they be too shocked and fearful to give much response? (After all, the government's law enforcement is known to use brutality or even lethal force) Would conspiracy theories abound, or would they be so shocked and scared that they buy into the Minister's lie about a terrorist group? I know it's my story and my world and all that, but I really am not sure how the public at large would respond to such an event, given the circumstances are so unique. Any help would be greatly appreciated.