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I am sometimes meant to educate,

Sixteen against but my size is just eight,

Warfare recorded a few letters at a time,

But death over me considered a crime,

I'm French or Scandinavian in my opening days,

But the world can participate, in their own ways,

I consistently prize skill over dice,

Not ritual, but sacrifice.

What am I?

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The answer is

Chess.

I am sometimes meant to educate

Many students, especially children, study chess to learn strategy and critical thinking as an extracurricular

Sixteen against but my size is just eight,

There are sixteen pieces on each side, but the board is 8x8

Warfare recorded a few letters at a time,

The game simulates war, and the moves can be referred to as their rank and file on the board (e.g. "knight to B8")

But death over me considered a crime,

Well, you shouldn't murder anyone over a board game.

I'm French or Scandinavian in my opening days,

There are famous French and Scandinavian Chess Openings., such as the French Defense.

But the world can participate, in their own ways,

The game is played globally, with strategies, like those openings, hailing from all over

I consistently prize skill over dice,

Chess is a game of skill and strategy with no element of chance

Not ritual, but sacrifice.

In Chess, it may be a winning play to sacrifice some of your pieces to threaten the enemy and win the game

Title: A Kingly Riddle

Chess is all about the King. Whomsoever mates his opponent's King first wins.

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Are you a

Fluid ounce?

I am sometimes meant to educate,

8 fl oz per cup, 2 cups per pint, etc.

Sixteen against but my size is just eight,

16 referencing to weight ounces, whereas 8 is fluid ounces.

Warfare recorded a few letters at a time,

oz, lb, etc.

But death over me considered a crime,

Killing someone over a cup of sugar, etc.

I'm French or Scandinavian in my opening days,

Not sure, perhaps the word origin?

But the world can participate, in their own ways,

Baking, cooking, etc.

I consistently prize skill over dice,

Baking is more science than art, hence why everything is measured by ounce.

Not ritual, but sacrifice.

This could be referring to donating blood, as it is done by the pint or 16 fluid ounces.

Title: A Kingly Riddle

Reference to the Imperial System, which is what the fluid ounce is part of.

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