Specific example: What would happen if no one voted in the next General Election?

On one hand it's about a political process and could be considered on-topic.

On the other hand, it's an extremely implausible hypothetical scenario, and not a very "useful" question, as such.

Should this question – and those like it – be considered on-topic?

Some previous related discussions:

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Unlikely hypothetical questions can also be on topic, even if they are almost sure not to happen, because they can help elucidate the principles behind a subject area.

Also, there is no harm in someone answering an answerable question, and there is no harm in a question not being answered if no one is bothered to do so.

In general, there should be a strong presumption against closing a question unless there is clearly no other good alternative.

Also, strange things do happen. While it may be unlikely that no one votes in a national election for Congress, if one of the offices contested in an election is a special district bond issue, or a race for city council in a city with a population of 23, or a school board race in hamlet with a one room school, the question can and does come up. Indeed, one of the criteria that Colorado law used to determine when a local government charter should be revoked is that it has had multiple general elections in which no one voted. Several local governments every election cycle cease to be as a result of that law.

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    Overall a good answer, but I don't agree with the second paragraph. People come to this site for two reasons: 1) to ask questions, and 2) to find and answer interesting questions. A significant number of "bad" questions would be off-putting for those people (there is a saying in Dutch: "one fool can ask more questions than ten wise men can answer").
    – user11249
    Commented Jun 4, 2017 at 19:31

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