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20th Jun '18 7:07:45 AM FoxShapedShadow
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* In ''ComicBook/AfterlifeInc'' a con-artist named Jack Fortune dies, discovers an afterlife in chaos, then takes over and runs it like a business. The road is hell is paved with good intentions, but Jack's doing pretty well in building a kinder, caring afterlife. So far.
10th May '18 12:58:42 PM LavonPapillon1
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* ''Fanfic/MrAndMrsGold'': The Underworld seems to have shades of this. Lines of people waiting to get onto Charonís boat (with proper payment of course), an intercom voice instructing them what to do, etc.
10th May '18 9:04:16 AM timotaka
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** Ghosts in Chinese mythology sometimes are similar to western ideas, haunting their place of death due to an unusual death and clinging on to some connection with the world of the living. Some ghosts, however, are ''assigned'' to haunt on earth by the heavenly bureaucracy in order to inspire proper respect for the dead.
25th Apr '18 2:59:31 PM zarpaulus
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* Given it was written in Qing dynasty China it's not surprising that a number of stories in ''Literature/StrangeStoriesFromAChineseStudio'' feature the Heavenly Bureaucracy. In one, a newly deceased man takes the Celestial court's exam and is awarded a post as god of his city, but refuses one the grounds that he needed to care for his ailing mother. His examiners are impressed by his show of filial devotion and bring him back to life until his mother dies of old age and he's free to assume his divine position.
8th Mar '18 7:03:46 AM LentilSandEater
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* ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'', being set in a [[FantasyCounterpartCulture fantastic equivalent]] of ImperialChina, has its own CelestialBureaucracy which is played for comic effect. In one instance, a minor god assigned by the bureaucracy to tabulate the karmic effects of the player's actions appears to him/her, in order to complain about all the work you've caused him to have to do.
** In fact he was overwhelmed and demoted to finance, where he now tries to show his superiors how efficient he is by acting as your private store. He overcharges you though, mostly because he's still bitter.

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* ''VideoGame/JadeEmpire'', being set in a [[FantasyCounterpartCulture fantastic equivalent]] of ImperialChina, has its own CelestialBureaucracy which is played for comic effect.
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In one instance, a minor god assigned by the bureaucracy to tabulate the karmic effects of the player's actions appears to him/her, in order to complain about all the work you've caused him to have to do.
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do. In fact he was overwhelmed and demoted to finance, where he now tries to show his superiors how efficient he is by acting as your private store. He overcharges you though, mostly because he's still bitter.Having taken up his new role he actually seems rather happy, and flavour lines has him pitying the poor sap who got his old job.



*** [[TheBigGuy Black Whirlwind]] apparently has an entire ''department'' dedicated to recording all his karmic disruptions. And so do you, after the aforementioned minor god's disruption.
** Not to mention that the whole problem of the game started when the Brothers Sun defeated and imprisoned the deity in charge of rain...[[FantasticAesop who also was in charge of escorting the dead to their rest.]] Yes, it saved the Empire in the short term. In the long term? Nice job breaking it.
* The [[http://tmd.alienharmony.com/pa/kq6/1/a.htm standard game over]] in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow''.
** Which you have to actually deal with ''[[ToHellAndBack without]]'' [[ToHellAndBack dying]] if you want the GoldenEnding.

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*** ** [[TheBigGuy Black Whirlwind]] apparently has an entire ''department'' dedicated to recording all his karmic disruptions. And so do you, after the aforementioned minor god's disruption.
** Not to mention that the The whole problem of the game started when the Brothers Sun defeated and imprisoned the deity in charge of rain...[[FantasticAesop who also was in charge of escorting the dead to their rest.]] Yes, it saved the Empire in the short term. In the long term? Nice job breaking it.
* The [[http://tmd.alienharmony.com/pa/kq6/1/a.htm standard game over]] in ''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow''.
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''VideoGame/KingsQuestVIHeirTodayGoneTomorrow''. Which you have to actually deal with ''[[ToHellAndBack without]]'' [[ToHellAndBack dying]] if you want the GoldenEnding.
5th Feb '18 5:38:04 PM nombretomado
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* NoelCoward's ''Theatre/BlitheSpirit'' alludes to this; the ghost of the male lead's first wife refers to filling in a bunch of forms so she can come back to haunt him when he hosts a seance at his house.

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* NoelCoward's Creator/NoelCoward's ''Theatre/BlitheSpirit'' alludes to this; the ghost of the male lead's first wife refers to filling in a bunch of forms so she can come back to haunt him when he hosts a seance at his house.
21st Jan '18 12:33:58 PM DustSnitch
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* ''Literature/{{Inferno}}'' by Creator/LarryNiven & Jerry Pournelle, which is a modern re-imagining of Dante's ''[[Literature/TheDivineComedy Inferno]]'', is one big, strange bureaucracy whose motives the protagonist puzzles out during the course of the story.

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* In ''Literature/{{Inferno}}'' by Creator/LarryNiven & Jerry Pournelle, which is a modern re-imagining of Dante's ''[[Literature/TheDivineComedy Inferno]]'', Hell is one big, strange bureaucracy whose motives the protagonist puzzles out during the course of the story.
19th Jan '18 2:57:08 AM Baeraad555
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* The premise of ''Literature/YouAreDeadSignHerePlease'' is the protagonist runs afoul of the bureaucrats who run the universe by being the first person in history to refuse, upon the end of his natural life, to sign his 21B (Decedent Acknowledgment and Waiver of Liability) and therefore becoming immortal until such a time as he can be tricked or cajoled into doing so. Bureaucracy in the world of the novel turns out to be not only essential to anything happening over a certain size, but also [[spoiler: the literal meaning of life. As the universe expanded and grew more complex, the original bureaucrats created life on Earth, culminating in humans with immortal souls who could enter the afterlife upon death and help out with all the paperwork that was piling up.]]
28th Dec '17 7:45:13 PM angie710
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* There is [[UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} Christian]] image of Heaven where St. Peter works the Pearly Gates, sitting at a high desk and letting people in based on the information in some great book. God or Jesus will sometimes fill this role.

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* There is [[UsefulNotes/{{Christianity}} Christian]] image of Heaven where St. Peter works the Pearly Gates, sitting at a high desk and letting people in based on the information in some great book.book (or, more recently, computer). God or Jesus will sometimes fill this role.
27th Dec '17 5:03:10 PM nombretomado
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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfKyrandia III: Malcolm's Revenge'', Malcolm arrives in the lobby of such a bureaucracy and is made to wait in line behind a CaptainErsatz of ElvisPresley before he is able to progress to Hell.

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* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfKyrandia III: Malcolm's Revenge'', Malcolm arrives in the lobby of such a bureaucracy and is made to wait in line behind a CaptainErsatz of ElvisPresley Music/ElvisPresley before he is able to progress to Hell.
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