A "follow-up" I happened across:
Mmmm, I tend to find I don't have any more than, say, 12 rebels. I would normally aim for an army of about 20 - 25 soldiers per 500 Tropicans, which is usually more than enough to handle the rebels.
I find my Tropicans go straight from vocally complaining to rebels, I have had no uprisings whatsoever. I really must try harder!
From an AAR about large numbers of Rebels. It seems that having the NPCs "go Rebel"
is typically one thing; while the progression from Protester to Uprising
is quite another. I'm not sure Mr.P meant to be literal that his protesters specifically "went Rebel" ; or just that having a number of protesters could be associated with an increase in the number of Rebels.
I opine that "Protesters" are far more dangerous than Rebels. Therefore, the Police are much more important than they have been credited with being. Not only do they (including the Prison) help control the Army, but they serve as the first line of defense against Protesters.
So the critical question is not just the size of the military, but rather the size of the Army supplemented by the Police. How many vacant cells do you have ready in your Prisons?