I asked this question, and after almost a dozen answers, it got closed for being story-based. Mind, I'm quite satisfied with the response I got before that happened, so the reason I'm asking is merely curiosity, to allow me to understand the rules better.
The definition of story-based seems to be that it's about questions regarding the actions of individuals, rather than systems. I understand the general case; "Would Jack hate his mother if she disagreed with his sense of fashion?" is obviously story-based.
But in this particular question, the agent, the person whose actions we're sorting out, is a dictator. He steers the nation; anything he does becomes a system, which other people have to live with. This is figuring out the long-term strategy of a tyrant looking for his nemesis among the populace (or well, justifying a given approach, which I understand to be a subset of that). I personified the actor, just to make it more recognisable, but what matters here is what his nation, network of agents, is doing; and whether it is optimal, and how to improve on it. To me it might as well be a spaceship design question: it's a nation's approach, not necessarily an individual's.
After reading this answer, I think I check the first requirement pretty well. I think I checked the second box too; I felt like there wasn't much additional value in adding details like the level of technology or the fact that the dictator is actually a council of bankers, but reasonable minds can disagree on that. The third criterium; this is not high-concept ("What would happen if Hitler died as a baby?"); I also personally don't think it's open-ended. But if the second or the third box wasn't checked, then surely my question should have been closed as Too Broad? Instead five people voted for Story-Based. Why?
So as said, not looking for a reopen: just trying to understand the rules better. Let's say I want to sort out some of the other tactics my dictator/council could be using to keep the planet in their grasp; how should I be phrasing those questions?