The Left Hand of Darkness
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This is a parade with no soldiers, not even imitation soldiers. (1.5)
No soldiers means no wars, but what do they fill that empty parade space with? Girl scouts selling cookies? Ba-dum-tish.
By the litter walk eight guards armed with "foray guns," also relics of a more barbaric past but not empty ones, being loaded with pellets of soft iron. Death walks behind the king. (1.9)
So no warfare, but fear enough of violence to have developed guns? It's really just a hop, skip, and a jump away then.
Such a man as Estraven must have guards about him somewhere, for assassination is a lively institution in Karhide, but I had seen no guard, heard none. (1.72)
It seems that politicians still have a use for violence. You know, in a way, that might actually be preferable if politicians just fought among themselves.