- Take over the capitol building, surround it with troops and keep away all civilians so it appears that there is no opposition to the new government.
- Take over the media or have them do your bidding with one message to make it seem like “consensus”.
- Censor or imprison the former leader so he/she cannot talk to supporters.
- Destroy the opposition party(ies) to make sure there is no dissent.
- Censor the opposition and/or remove their means of communication.
What does this remind you of? You can add at the top “have a phony or fixed election.”