Post Reply I have a weird question to ask pertaining to my story.
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Posted 12/16/17 , edited 12/16/17
Okay. Here's how it goes.

In my story, there are 295 countries and one of the 295 countries is a massive empire that conquered two-thirds of the planet. How many countries are not conquered by the massive empire? My math skills are terrible so forgive me if this question doesn't make sense.

Be right back to add a little more.....if need to.

It's 295 countries but take away one and it will be 294. So it is really 294.

So sorry.
Posted 12/16/17 , edited 12/17/17
Multiply it by a third.
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Posted 12/16/17 , edited 12/16/17
98 not conquered.
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Posted 12/16/17 , edited 12/17/17
I counted at least 194 countries conquered, so 100 of them is not.
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Posted 12/16/17 , edited 12/17/17
294 * 2/3 = 196
(total countries) * (fraction of all countries conquered) = (number of countries conquered)

294 - 196 = 98
(total countries) - (number of countries conquered) = (number of countries not conquered)
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Posted 12/16/17 , edited 12/17/17

starlittheorist wrote:






294 * 1/3 = 98 , rounded to the nearest whole country.

The original response, to multiply by a third, is the least confusing, where your answer gets to the real answer in the most confusing scenario possible, or at the least, the most amount of arithmetic steps.



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Posted 12/16/17 , edited 12/17/17
1.

After seeing the Empire grow all the other countries left united together into a single alliance nation to fight the Empire. Hope! Er, I mean freedom.

Please bear with me on this, but I am confused as to why the number matters. It could be 1 or 5 or 100 or 293. How many there are and how many are left seems to me to be something the author can just make up based on the needs of the story. That is I think how many are left should be determined by the needs of the story, not the story written around a number. If you just take 1/3 of the number because only 1/3rd of the planet is left then that seems a bit sterile to me.

Thus it seems better to me to simply determine, based on what kind of story you want to tell, how many are left, and then subtract that from 294 (assuming that is a hard number for some reason) and then there you go.

I guess I am asking does it really matter how many countries are left?
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Posted 12/17/17 , edited 12/17/17

Cellory wrote:

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After seeing the Empire grow all the other countries left united together into a single alliance nation to fight the Empire. Hope! Er, I mean freedom.

Please bear with me on this, but I am confused as to why the number matters. It could be 1 or 5 or 100 or 293. How many there are and how many are left seems to me to be something the author can just make up based on the needs of the story. That is I think how many are left should be determined by the needs of the story, not the story written around a number. If you just take 1/3 of the number because only 1/3rd of the planet is left then that seems a bit sterile to me.

Thus it seems better to me to simply determine, based on what kind of story you want to tell, how many are left, and then subtract that from 294 (assuming that is a hard number for some reason) and then there you go.

I guess I am asking does it really matter how many countries are left?




It doesn't really matter but it was a thought that just came into my mind. I was curious to know.
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Posted 12/18/17 , edited 12/19/17

qualeshia3 wrote:

It doesn't really matter but it was a thought that just came into my mind. I was curious to know.


Ahhh, I see. Sorry, for awhile there I was thinking maybe you were focusing on arbitrary numbers rather than the plot. Nevermind me and carry on. 98 I believe was the answer?
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