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17th Nov '17 7:24:21 AM Discar
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* A mix of types from the Azir in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''. They are obsessed with paperwork, requiring proper forms for everything from prisoner transport to requisitioning snacks. On the other hand, they're a meritocracy in a world otherwise ruled by feuding warlords, and anyone has a chance to rule the country if they submit the proper forms and write a particularly good essay. When an assassin is flying around the world killing princes and kings, every country is descending into in-fighting and anarchy--every country except Azir, where the mere possibility of a civil war is dismissed as "too much paperwork."

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A mix of types from the Azir in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive''.Azir. They are obsessed with paperwork, requiring proper forms for everything from prisoner transport to requisitioning snacks. On the other hand, they're a meritocracy in a world otherwise ruled by feuding warlords, and anyone has a chance to rule the country if they submit the proper forms and write a particularly good essay. When an assassin is flying around the world killing princes and kings, every country is descending into in-fighting and anarchy--every country except Azir, where the mere possibility of a civil war is dismissed as "too much paperwork.""
** The Azir have bureaucracy steeped into their bones so much that when [[spoiler:their slaves regain their minds and become an army following demons]], the first thing they do is [[spoiler:sue the government for back pay and damages. And ''it was working'' until said demons forced them to fight]].
16th Nov '17 9:10:04 PM iroanxi
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* Literature/SisterhoodSeries by Creator/FernMichaels: A major plotline that develops is how Martine Connor becomes the first female President of the United States, and she is trying to secure pardons to the Vigilantes. It proves to be more difficult than it appears. Here's why: ''Deadly Deals'' reveals her chief of staff, Aaron Lowry, who is TheNapoleon, had been obstructing the presidential pardons, supposedly because it would be political suicide for the president to even try it. She ends up firing him as well as charging him in ''Game Over'', because he turns out to be in bed with Baron Bell, a lawyer and VillainWithGoodPublicity who had been selling babies! ''Game Over'' also has the president obstructed by her advisors, who are more interested in their own agendas than in being loyal to her. At the urging of Henry "Hank" Jellicoe, head of Global Securities, she ends up throwing out many more people, and he supposedly pulls strings to replace them with people 100% loyal to her. She also has the pardons signed, and she paves the way to make it easy for the Vigilantes to sneak in and snatch the pardons! It's hard to be president!

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* Literature/SisterhoodSeries ''Literature/SisterhoodSeries'' by Creator/FernMichaels: A major plotline that develops is how Martine Connor becomes the first female President of the United States, and she is trying to secure pardons to the Vigilantes. It proves to be more difficult than it appears. Here's why: ''Deadly Deals'' reveals her chief of staff, Aaron Lowry, who is TheNapoleon, had been obstructing the presidential pardons, supposedly because it would be political suicide for the president to even try it. She ends up firing him as well as charging him in ''Game Over'', because he turns out to be in bed with Baron Bell, a lawyer and VillainWithGoodPublicity who had been selling babies! ''Game Over'' also has the president obstructed by her advisors, who are more interested in their own agendas than in being loyal to her. At the urging of Henry "Hank" Jellicoe, head of Global Securities, she ends up throwing out many more people, and he supposedly pulls strings to replace them with people 100% loyal to her. She also has the pardons signed, and she paves the way to make it easy for the Vigilantes to sneak in and snatch the pardons! It's hard to be president!president!
* ''Literature/SmallerAndSmallerCircles'' has Attorney Arcinas, who siphons off resources from the Payatas murder cases and turns down the priests' assistance in order to go chasing after far more sensational crimes. Never mind that his own boss asked them to help him with the said murders—UngratefulBastard, indeed.
** In his defence, even Arcinas thinks (however mistakenly) that: a) the Director will agree with him that the Bureau can conclude the investigation without the priests' help; and b) the person he framed might actually be the murderer (although the former could just be Arcinas trying to throw the priests off or an attempt to win more glory for himself, and the latter is mostly Jerome's speculation).
** Subverted by a few other government workers, the NBI Director most of all. The novel pointedly goes on to state that he is something of a rarity in the Philippine government, precisely because he is remarkably [[ConsummateProfessional competent and honest]]. In fact it is because of this that the Director found it difficult to get good appointments in a public sector crawling with Obstructive Bureaucrats, [[CorruptBureaucrat Corrupt Bureaucrats]], and [[{{Nepotism}} friends and family of incumbent politicians]].
10th Nov '17 8:10:47 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** Imperial justice is usually extremely fast, but anything that can't be resolved by crushing somebody's head with a shock maul on the spot can take centuries or millennia to get resolved, with punishment doled out on the criminal's distant descendants.
31st Oct '17 2:40:17 PM darkemyst
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* ''Literature/HarryPotter'': Umbridge is a Ministry official who wholeheartedly participates in Fudge's efforts to block the truth about Voldemort's return. During her tenure as a teacher at Hogwarts in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix'', she constantly issues decrees that make life harder for the students and teachers in order to have total control over the school.
28th Oct '17 3:14:21 PM AgProv
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* Mariella Smith-Rhodes and her friend Rivka ben-Divorah have just crossed the border into Mariella's native country. Having just won a running battle against an enemy equipped with a deadly weapon that Mariella's people cannot counter, they should be getting a heroines' welcome, right? Wrong. Mariella's return to her native country involves being detained by a petty Customs official who arrests her on suspicion of smuggling illicit items into Rimwards Howondaland. Rivka gets worse: she is banged up in an insalubrious cell. Apparently that forgotten lump of Klatchian bhong resin in her luggage was a deciding factor. Either way, they're held incommunicado, despite having vital information the military needs to know about - which is not the business of a Customs and Excise officer who has his own vital priorities. It's all here in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12321109/27/Gap-Year-Adventures Gap Year Adventures]]'', in which two intrepid adventurers explore the ''{{Discworld}}'''s Africa.
26th Oct '17 6:22:52 PM LegitimateIdiot
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* ''VideoGame/WestOfLoathing''’s Ghoostwood is a literal GhostTown populated by nothing but these. You'll need to fill out a good dozen "different" (functionally-identical) forms to complete all the quests involving this area. And that's if you don't screw anything up and have to do it again...
-->'''The Protagonist, after filling out several forms for a drink only to be told the Saloon is out of whiskey:''' I hereby vow to destroy this place. I will raze the buildings and salt the earth.
22nd Oct '17 10:35:06 PM Dravencour
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This guy is the ultimate pencil pusher from a government agency or corporation, and he creates the red tape that normal citizens hate. He's an unlikeable PunchClockVillain with a bad temper and a sizable streak of callousness. Works for any and all bureaucracies, including DepartmentOfChildDisservices, [[MorallyBankruptBanker banks]] and possibly even your own [[CelestialBureaucracy afterlife]]. His job, storywise, is to get in the way of whatever the heroes need to do, sometimes because what the heroes are doing is against some form of regulations, but other times because the character is a {{Jerkass}} who just doesn't like the heroes and is using "regulations" to make their lives difficult. In disaster movies and other works that lack a real villain, expect this guy to be the work's resident HateSink.

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This guy is the ultimate pencil pusher from a government agency or corporation, and he creates the red tape that normal citizens hate. He's an unlikeable PunchClockVillain with a bad temper and a sizable streak of callousness. Works for any and all bureaucracies, including DepartmentOfChildDisservices, [[MorallyBankruptBanker banks]] and possibly even your own [[CelestialBureaucracy afterlife]]. His job, storywise, is to get in the way of whatever the heroes need to do, sometimes because what the heroes are doing is against some form of regulations, but other times because the character is a {{Jerkass}} who just doesn't like the heroes and is using "regulations" to make their lives difficult. In disaster movies and other works that lack a real villain, villain (or whose villains are too cool to effectively hate), expect this guy to be the work's resident HateSink.
22nd Oct '17 7:02:03 PM Odacon_Spy
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* Go through anyone's mind in ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' and you will find hundreds of these guys running around Censoring thoughts that should not be there. Normally, this is vital to the mental health of whoever owns the brain. But consider, technically ''you're'' not supposed to be in there either.

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* Go through anyone's mind in ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'' and you will find hundreds of these guys running around Censoring thoughts that should not be there. Normally, this is vital to the mental health of whoever owns the brain. But consider, brain, but since technically ''you're'' not supposed to be in there either.either...
14th Oct '17 5:58:16 PM bombadil211
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** Recent reports coming out of the White House even quote staffers speculating that the senior officials mentioned above would even physically subdue Trump in the even of something truly catastrophic (such as the ordering of a nuclear strike).

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** Recent reports coming out of the White House even quote staffers speculating that the senior officials mentioned above would even physically subdue Trump in the even event of something truly catastrophic (such as the ordering of a nuclear strike).
14th Oct '17 5:57:33 PM bombadil211
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