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2nd Aug '16 12:50:57 AM Fireblood
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* The Ferengi in ''StarTrek'' act as much as this. Even with a monarch named the Nagus (which is, in any case, more like the CEO of a big corportation than a traditional monarch and can be defenestrated if his decisions are not good for business) the Ferengi Commerce Authority holds immense power and as richer a Ferengi is as influential in government.

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* The Ferengi in ''StarTrek'' act as much as this. Even with a monarch named the Nagus (which is, in any case, more like the CEO of a big corportation than a traditional monarch and can be defenestrated if his decisions are not good for business) the Ferengi Commerce Authority holds immense power and as the richer a Ferengi is as the more influential they are in government.



* The word "corporation" comes from the Latin word "Corpus", which meant "a body of people". Corpi recognized by the Roman government included trade guilds, universities, religious cults, and the Roman government itself. Later on a number of governments were incorporated, such as the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_London_Corporation City of London Corporation]], which has been operating since at least 1067 and is still the city's municipal government. To form a new town, city, etc. is still called "incorporating". Corporate personhood is also based on this-a business becoming a "body" (person) in its own right. While this is mostly discussed regarding businesses, it also applies to governments, which is why for instance you can have legal cases with names like (for instance) ''The United States versus John Doe'', because the government is recognized as being able to operate as an entity itself (through its agents, obviously). Naturally, this also applies to businesses suing each other, or governments, and businesses suing governments/governments suing businesses. However, the term "corporation" is now used mostly to mean "business corporation", and this older usage can confuse people. It's also not what the trope refers to.
* The Honourable East India Company ran the British Empire's interests in India until the Great Mutiny of 1857 and thus, by a combination of bribery, alliances and superior competence - oh, and a private army larger than that of the ''Empire itself'' - controlled a substantial part of the subcontinent. It got away with so much as every British member of Parliament owned shares.

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* The word "corporation" comes from the Latin word "Corpus", which meant "a body of people". Corpi recognized by the Roman government included trade guilds, universities, religious cults, and the Roman government itself. Later on a number of governments were incorporated, such as the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/City_of_London_Corporation City of London Corporation]], which has been operating since at least 1067 and is still the city's municipal government. To form a new town, city, etc. is still called "incorporating". Corporate personhood is also based on this-a business becoming a "body" (person) in its own right. While this is mostly discussed regarding businesses, it also applies to governments, which is why for instance you can have legal cases with names like (for instance) ''The United States versus John Doe'', because the government is recognized as being able to operate as an entity itself (through its agents, obviously). Naturally, this also applies to businesses suing each other, or governments, and businesses suing governments/governments suing businesses. However, the term "corporation" is now used mostly to mean "business corporation", and this older usage can confuse people.people, though that lives on when saying a town has "incorporated" for instance. It's also not what the trope refers to.
* The Honourable East India Company ran the British Empire's interests in India until the Great Mutiny of 1857 and thus, by a combination of bribery, alliances and superior competence - oh, and a private army larger than that of the ''Empire ''the Empire itself'' - controlled a substantial part of the subcontinent. It got away with so much as every British member of Parliament owned shares.



** And their northern counterpart, the Hudson Bay Company, which ran much of what is now Canada and the USA[[note]]and is now a chain of mid-range department stores.[[/note]].

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** And their northern counterpart, the Hudson Bay Company, which ran much of what is now Canada and the USA[[note]]and USA.[[note]]And is now a chain of mid-range department stores.[[/note]].[[/note]]



* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anarchocapitalism Anarcho-capitalists]] think a big corporation fulfilling the purposes of a state would be at least as bad as any state, if not the same thing in a slightly different form. They'd rather have a PrivatelyOwnedSociety where one is free to choose among several competing {{Law Enforcement Inc}}s.

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* [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anarchocapitalism Anarcho-capitalists]] think a big corporation fulfilling the purposes of a state would be at least as bad as any state, if not the same thing in a slightly different form. They'd rather have a PrivatelyOwnedSociety where one is free to choose among several competing {{Law Enforcement Inc}}s.{{law enforcement inc}}s.
27th Jul '16 3:02:05 AM DarkHunter
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* [[VideoGame/SystemShock TriOptimum Corporation]] filled this role, until things went [[AIIsACrapshoot horribly]] [[KillEmAll horribly]] [[TheVirus horribly]] [[GoneHorriblyWrong wrong]].

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* [[VideoGame/SystemShock TriOptimum Corporation]] filled this role, ''VideoGame/SystemShock'': The [=TriOptimum=] Corporation was ''de facto'' in charge of human civilization, until things went [[AIIsACrapshoot horribly]] [[KillEmAll horribly]] [[TheVirus horribly]] [[GoneHorriblyWrong wrong]].wrong]] in the first game, leading to a revolution, the reinstatement of a representative government, and Tri-Op coming within a hairsbreadth of bankruptcy. The company managed to barely hang on by inventing FasterThanLightTravel.


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* ''VideoGame/MirrorsEdgeCatalyst'': the nation of Cascadia is ruled by an executive board of business owners known as the Conglomerate, made up of thirteen ruling families. Those thirteen businesses run absolutely everything. The populace is placated by the promise that if they work really hard, they can be promoted to better positions, or even (in extraordinary cases) get adopted into one of the families. While this does happen, it's only to an extremely lucky few, and common citizens have essentially no personal freedoms, privacy, or rights.
8th Jul '16 10:17:43 AM Lopiny
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* ''VideoGame/StarControlII'''s Druuge of the Persei system take this trope to a ridiculous extent: The Crimson Corporation is not only a government substitute, but owns all the natural resources and inhabitants as well. Druuge who quit (or are fired from) the corporation are instantly found guilty of stealing "company property" (air) and are sentenced to death. Druuge who are no longer useful, cannot work, or are in debt are tossed into the reactors of the nearest power station to be used as fuel. Retirees can breathe at a reduced rate.

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* ''VideoGame/StarControlII'''s Druuge of the Persei system take this trope to a ridiculous extent: The Crimson Corporation is not only a government substitute, but owns all the natural resources and inhabitants as well. Druuge who quit (or are fired from) the corporation are instantly found guilty of stealing "company property" (air) and are sentenced to death. Druuge who are no longer useful, cannot work, or are in debt are tossed into the reactors of the nearest power station to be used as fuel. Retirees can breathe at a reduced rate. Oh, and their religion basically amounts to a ''contract'' with their god, where they promise worship and conversion in exchange for a relatively static and good way of life and "at least one miracle".
4th Jul '16 3:41:48 AM Luppercus
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* The Ferengi in ''StarTrek'' act as much as this. Even with a monarch named the Nagus (which is, in any case, more like the CEO of a big corportation than a traditional monarch and can be defenestrated if his decisions are not good for business) the Ferengi Commerce Authority holds immense power and as richer a Ferengi is as influential in government.


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* The Consortium in the series ''TotalRecall2070'' is a conglomerate of six multi-national incredibly powerful companies that basically rule over certain colonies (like Mars), and even the government finds hard to keep them in check.
28th Jun '16 3:38:39 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the dystopian novel ''JenniferGovernment'', not only do corporate states run America, but every citizen takes the last name of their business. The heroine is a government agent; the villain, John Nike, works for Nike, and children take the last names of the corporation that owns their school. One editor writes: "The central point of the novel was that this was where we'd be eventually headed if deregulation continued the way it was going."

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* In the dystopian novel ''JenniferGovernment'', ''Literature/JenniferGovernment'', not only do corporate states run America, but every citizen takes the last name of their business. The heroine is a government agent; the villain, John Nike, works for Nike, and children take the last names of the corporation that owns their school. One editor writes: "The central point of the novel was that this was where we'd be eventually headed if deregulation continued the way it was going."



* In the Wild Cards series there are brief mentions of a space-faring conglomerate known as "The Network" which is described at one point as "a form of capitalism more rapacious than anything you can imagine". From the mentions, it appears that this is how The Network operates.
* When the Empire of New Britain Isles is first encountered by the {{Destroyermen}}, they quickly find out that [[TheEmperor Governor-Emperor Gerald McDonald]] has long been under the thumb of the [[SarcasmMode Honourable]] New Britain Company, with the company, essentially, running things. Not only is the company run by {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s but the company's CEO equivalent is actually [[spoiler:a secret follower of the Holy Dominion's ReligionOfEvil]]. This changes quickly after the company reveals its true colors, and the practice of "[[InsistentTerminology obligations]]" (the company's bread and butter) is abolished.

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* In the Wild Cards ''Literature/WildCards'' series there are brief mentions of a space-faring conglomerate known as "The Network" which is described at one point as "a form of capitalism more rapacious than anything you can imagine". From the mentions, it appears that this is how The Network operates.
* When the Empire of New Britain Isles is first encountered by the {{Destroyermen}}, ''Literature/{{Destroyermen}}'', they quickly find out that [[TheEmperor Governor-Emperor Gerald McDonald]] has long been under the thumb of the [[SarcasmMode Honourable]] New Britain Company, with the company, essentially, running things. Not only is the company run by {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s but the company's CEO equivalent is actually [[spoiler:a secret follower of the Holy Dominion's ReligionOfEvil]]. This changes quickly after the company reveals its true colors, and the practice of "[[InsistentTerminology obligations]]" (the company's bread and butter) is abolished.
23rd Jun '16 9:54:53 AM zarpaulus
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* ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock}}'': What Rapture ended up becoming. Turns out the man who built it, a staunch anarcho-capitalist who claimed to love personal liberty and free enterprise and thought of the poor and less fortunate as "parasites", was actually very quick to toss his ideals aside when someone started to out-compete ''his'' business; his solution, of course, was to [[SecretPolice forcibly]] seize all the businesses that got too profitable for their own good. Thanks Andrew Ryan, [[{{Hypocrite}} you cheap bastard]
* The Plutocratic Oligarchy government type in ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' may or may not be an example, as it is (as the name implies) an oligarchy dominated by the wealthy, with the exact details on ''how'' wealth translates into political power left unclear (though the leader title ''is'' Executive). The counter-part advanced government type, however, is literally called MegaCorp and makes clear that society has been organized as a singular commercial enterprise, headed by a board of directors and a CEO.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock}}'': What Rapture ended up becoming. Turns out the man who built it, a staunch anarcho-capitalist who claimed to love personal liberty and free enterprise and thought of the poor and less fortunate as "parasites", was actually very quick to toss his ideals aside when someone started to out-compete ''his'' business; his solution, of course, was to [[SecretPolice forcibly]] seize all the businesses that got too profitable for their own good. Thanks Andrew Ryan, [[{{Hypocrite}} you cheap bastard]
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* The Plutocratic Oligarchy government type in ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' may or may not be an example, as it is (as the name implies) an oligarchy dominated by the wealthy, with the exact details on ''how'' wealth translates into political power left unclear (though the leader title ''is'' Executive). The counter-part advanced government type, however, is literally called MegaCorp and makes clear that society has been organized as a singular commercial enterprise, headed by a board of directors and a CEO. It's notable that both government types are equally compatible with [[PrivatelyOwnedSociety Individualist]] or [[DirtyCommies Collectivist]] ethics.
21st Jun '16 8:58:36 PM LordInsane
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* ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock}}'': What Rapture ended up becoming. Turns out the man who built it, a staunch anarcho-capitalist who claimed to love personal liberty and free enterprise and thought of the poor and less fortunate as "parasites", was actually very quick to toss his ideals aside when someone started to out-compete ''his'' business; his solution, of course, was to [[SecretPolice forcibly]] seize all the businesses that got too profitable for their own good. Thanks Andrew Ryan, [[{{Hypocrite}} you cheap bastard]].

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* ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock}}'': What Rapture ended up becoming. Turns out the man who built it, a staunch anarcho-capitalist who claimed to love personal liberty and free enterprise and thought of the poor and less fortunate as "parasites", was actually very quick to toss his ideals aside when someone started to out-compete ''his'' business; his solution, of course, was to [[SecretPolice forcibly]] seize all the businesses that got too profitable for their own good. Thanks Andrew Ryan, [[{{Hypocrite}} you cheap bastard]].bastard]
* The Plutocratic Oligarchy government type in ''VideoGame/{{Stellaris}}'' may or may not be an example, as it is (as the name implies) an oligarchy dominated by the wealthy, with the exact details on ''how'' wealth translates into political power left unclear (though the leader title ''is'' Executive). The counter-part advanced government type, however, is literally called MegaCorp and makes clear that society has been organized as a singular commercial enterprise, headed by a board of directors and a CEO.
2nd May '16 7:00:30 AM ChronoLegion
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* In ''Series/LegendsOfTomorrow'', by the mid-22nd century, the nation-states of old will no longer hold power, their role having been taken by various corporations, the largest of which is the Kasnia Conglomerate, which uses Atom-derived AttackDrones as its police force. It's also mentioned that, at some point, S.T.A.R. Labs takes over the control of Central City, implying it becomes an economic power again, despite the whole "exploding particle accelerator" fiasco.
19th Apr '16 3:15:53 PM thatmadork
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* ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock}}'': What Rapture ended up becoming. Turns out the man who built it, a staunch anarcho-capitalist who claimed to love personal liberty and free enterprise and thought of the poor and less fortunate as "parasites", was actually very quick to toss his ideals aside when someone started to out-compete ''his'' business; his solution, of course, was to [[SecretPolice forcibly]] seize all the businesses that got too profitable for their own good. Thanks Andrew Ryan, [[{{Hypocrite}} you cheap bastard]].
17th Mar '16 9:44:19 AM Morgenthaler
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* The world in the 2010 ''{{Tekken}}'' movie is divided into eight massive conglomerates.

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* The world in the 2010 ''{{Tekken}}'' ''Film/{{Tekken}}'' movie is divided into eight massive conglomerates.
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