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20th Nov '17 1:12:08 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/BrokenRing'': Averted with the elves, though explicitly called anarchists. They have no government, with the only thing resembling it being elders who provide advice and guidance.
17th Nov '17 9:17:19 AM AndreaTx
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* In ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'', the motorcycle club is actually very structured. They have a clear hierarchy of power and clearly defined branches of operations. They also have strict rules of operation which include not targeting women and children, protecting the town in which they operate, and looking out for underdogs who are brave enough to approach them. Anyone who disrespects the chain of command or breaks the rules of operation is subject to violent reprisals. The club itself tends to be chaotic but ordered. The founders believed not that there should be no rules, but rather that any group that was willing to leave the inherent protections offered by the government's system of rules was entitled to create and live under rules of their own creation.

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* In ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'', the motorcycle club is actually very structured. They have a clear hierarchy of power and clearly defined branches of operations. They also have strict rules of operation which include not targeting women and children, protecting the town in which they operate, and looking out for underdogs who are brave enough to approach them. Anyone who disrespects the chain of command or breaks the rules of operation is subject to violent reprisals. The club itself tends to be have chaotic results but ordered.their planning is shown to premeditated and ordered and all actions have to be brought to a club vote where majority rules. The founders believed not that there should be no rules, but rather that any group that was willing to leave the inherent protections offered by the government's system of rules was entitled to create and live under rules of their own creation.
17th Nov '17 9:15:27 AM AndreaTx
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* In ''Series/SonsOfAnarchy'', the motorcycle club is actually very structured. They have a clear hierarchy of power and clearly defined branches of operations. They also have strict rules of operation which include not targeting women and children, protecting the town in which they operate, and looking out for underdogs who are brave enough to approach them. Anyone who disrespects the chain of command or breaks the rules of operation is subject to violent reprisals. The club itself tends to be chaotic but ordered. The founders believed not that there should be no rules, but rather that any group that was willing to leave the inherent protections offered by the government's system of rules was entitled to create and live under rules of their own creation.
15th Oct '17 11:59:42 PM PaulA
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* The Creator/LarryNiven story ''[[Literature/KnownSpace Cloak of Anarchy]]'' posits "anarchy parks" with just one rule: no violence (making them the anarcho-pacifist sort of anarchy). Any time a fight starts (or looks like it might start), floating robots stun all participants, who are then separated. They wake up a few hours later, and it's mentioned that the threat of losing part of your holiday is enough to keep most people in line. Then someone figures out how to make the robots break down, so "just one rule" (anarcho-pacifism) becomes "no rules", which pretty much fits the "chaos" definition. It's not pretty.

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* The Creator/LarryNiven story ''[[Literature/KnownSpace Cloak of Anarchy]]'' "Literature/CloakOfAnarchy" posits "anarchy parks" with just one rule: no violence (making them the anarcho-pacifist sort of anarchy). Any time a fight starts (or looks like it might start), floating robots stun all participants, who are then separated. They wake up a few hours later, and it's mentioned that the threat of losing part of your holiday is enough to keep most people in line. Then someone figures out how to make the robots break down, so "just one rule" (anarcho-pacifism) becomes "no rules", which pretty much fits the "chaos" definition. It's not pretty.
28th Aug '17 8:04:48 PM PaulA
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* {{Averted}} or even {{inverted}} in Literature/TheDispossessed by UrsulaKLeGuin. Much of the plot revolves around Shevek (the main character) fleeing his anarchist people because they've become ''too'' unchaotic, with an unofficial government firmly in charge.

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* {{Averted}} or even {{inverted}} in Literature/TheDispossessed ''Literature/TheDispossessed'' by UrsulaKLeGuin.Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin. Much of the plot revolves around Shevek (the main character) fleeing his anarchist people because they've become ''too'' unchaotic, with an unofficial government firmly in charge.
30th Jun '17 9:16:45 AM Allronix
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* The period if you hold a revolution or your government falls in ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'' is called Anarchy. All civilization activity comes to a halt - no tax collection, no scientific research, no trade income, and (in most cases) no building. All you cities go to civil unrest, and it's generally a good way to open yourself up to being conquered.

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* The period if you hold a revolution or your government falls in ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'' is called Anarchy. All civilization activity comes to a halt - no tax collection, no scientific research, no trade income, and (in most cases) no building. All you cities go to civil unrest, and it's generally a good way to open yourself up to being conquered.
30th Jun '17 9:13:11 AM Allronix
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* The period if you hold a revolution or your government falls in ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'' is called Anarchy. All civilization activity comes to a halt - no tax collection, no scientific research, no trade income, and (in most cases) no building. All you cities go to civil unrest, and it's generally a good way to open yourself up to being conquered.
21st Apr '17 5:01:50 PM CountDorku
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* Averted in ''TabletopGame/EclipsePhase''. Posthuman Studios happens to be run by socially progressive transhumanist Anarchists, who put a lot of their politics into the setting, and so the politically anarchist sections of the Solar System (the outer system, mainly) are portrayed a lot more sympathetically than [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny the fascist Jovian Republic]] or the MegaCorp-dominated inner system.
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9th Mar '17 11:07:05 AM phylos
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In RealLife, this trope is usually averted. Many proponents of anarchy are actually quite high on the "idealistic" side of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism; they genuinely believe that [[RousseauWasRight humans are good]], and so a society with no form of higher authority or official rules will become utopia, as all people will be able to communicate with and understand each other as individuals and will choose to be good. Most other anarchists are more cynical, and believe that anarchy is desirable ''because'' HumansAreFlawed - giving them power, these anarchists contend, simply makes matters ''more'' chaotic, and will inevitably lead to power abuse. This was the position of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (the first person to declare himself an anarchist, incidentally), who penned the phrase "[[InvertedTrope Anarchy Is Order]]." This is, by the way, the meaning of the circle A symbol you may have seen graffiti'd here and there (it's actually an "A" inside an "O"). More information can be found in our UsefulNotes on UsefulNotes/{{anarchism}}.

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In RealLife, this trope is usually averted. Many proponents of anarchy are actually quite high on the "idealistic" side of the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism; they genuinely believe that [[RousseauWasRight humans are good]], and so a society with no form of higher authority or official rules will become utopia, as all people will be able to communicate with and understand each other as individuals and will choose to be good. Most other anarchists are more cynical, and believe that anarchy is desirable ''because'' HumansAreFlawed - giving them power, these anarchists contend, simply makes matters ''more'' chaotic, and will inevitably lead to power abuse. This was the position of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (the first person to declare himself an anarchist, incidentally), who penned the phrase "[[InvertedTrope Anarchy Is Order]]." This is, by the way, the meaning of the circle A symbol you may have seen graffiti'd here and there (it's actually an "A" inside an "O"). More information information, on social anarchism, can be found in our UsefulNotes on UsefulNotes/{{anarchism}}.
23rd Feb '17 12:48:39 AM Jake
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* In the webcomic series ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'', the part of the timeline set in the future features (among other super-governments) the Anarchist Collective, which sort of [[ZigZaggedTrope goes back and forth]]. Officially, there are only two laws, "do not profit at the expense of another anarchist" (which can be interpreted to cover anything from scams to murder), and "there are no other laws". The officials in charge are referred to as "Advisers" who don't put out laws so much as "suggestions"; you can technically break them without any sort of official penalty, but since the only difference between local police, angry crowd and lynch mob is how organized they are... the Collective does have a rather [[BloodKnight intimidating]] military, not to mention a [[KillSat secret weapon]], though.
** There's also a reference to "true anarchists" who live in the wasteland between cities, taking potshots at passing vehicles.

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* In the webcomic series ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'', the ''Webcomic/{{SSDD}}'' (which may or may not be an example of WriterOnBoard in regards to anarchism):
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part of the timeline set in the future features (among other super-governments) the Anarchist Collective, which sort of [[ZigZaggedTrope goes back and forth]]. Officially, there are only two laws, "do not profit at the expense of another anarchist" (which can be interpreted to cover anything from scams to murder), and "there are no other laws". The officials in charge are referred to as "Advisers" who don't put out laws so much as "suggestions"; you can technically break them without any sort of official penalty, but since the only difference between local police, angry crowd and lynch mob is how organized they are... the Collective does have a rather [[BloodKnight intimidating]] military, not to mention a [[KillSat secret weapon]], though.
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though. They still come off as ALighterShadeOfGrey compared to the other prominent factions, largely because things like freedom of speech are SeriousBusiness to them. There's also a reference to "true anarchists" who live in the wasteland between cities, taking potshots at passing vehicles.vehicles.
** Meanwhile, in the present-day timeline we have Norman. He might be an AxeCrazy {{pyromaniac}} and MadBomber with an acute case of ComedicSociopathy and an aversion to anything resembling work, but he still shows occasional signs of HiddenDepths, and anarchism clearly means a lot more to him than an excuse to set fire to things.
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