History Main / OppressiveStatesOfAmerica

4th May '16 9:02:11 PM Yalsaris63
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** The great irony of the Japanese Internment is the case of ''Korematsu v. United States'', in which the Supreme Court held the internment program to be Constitutional. It's a widely and rightly reviled decision, along with other infamous decisions like ''Dred Scott v. Sanford'', but it was also the birth of the Supreme Court's most rigorous and most important level of scrutiny: strict scrutiny. Most laws treating people differently based on their race or national origin are subject to strict scrutiny. Under a strict scrutiny analysis, a law is essentially presumed unconstitutional, and it requires an enormous showing from the government in order to survive. The government has only been able to meet this burden a handful of times. Through this standard, American courts demolished much of the racism inherent in governance, including segregation, Jim Crow, forced sterilizations, immigration quotas, court enforcement of racially restrictive covenants, and, more recently, affirmative action (though some especially mild forms have been held constitutional).

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** The great irony of the Japanese Internment is the case of ''Korematsu v. United States'', in which the Supreme Court [[ValuesDissonance held the internment program to be Constitutional.Constitutional]]. It's a widely and rightly reviled decision, along with other infamous decisions like ''Dred Scott v. Sanford'', but it was also the birth of the Supreme Court's most rigorous and most important level of scrutiny: strict scrutiny. Most laws treating people differently based on their race or national origin are subject to strict scrutiny. Under a strict scrutiny analysis, a law is essentially presumed unconstitutional, and it requires an enormous showing from the government in order to survive. The government has only been able to meet this burden a handful of times. Through this standard, American courts demolished much of the racism inherent in governance, including segregation, Jim Crow, forced sterilizations, immigration quotas, court enforcement of racially restrictive covenants, and, more recently, affirmative action (though some especially mild forms have been held constitutional).
4th May '16 4:17:07 AM MarqFJA
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* The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series. Before the [[WorldWarIII Great War]], the United States government had become increasingly paranoid and militaristic in the face of the resource shortages and the Sino-American War. The Enclave (the éminence grise of the federal government) exacerbated geopolitical relations and ignored of the Constitution of the United States, put into motion a series of unconstitutional, inhumane, and war criminal projects; (For example; the robobrain manufacturing process - id est human brains, the various vault experiments, the various bio weapons programs, et cetera). While [[AfterTheEnd After the war]], they were willing to cause global genocide to achieve its goals of wiping out communism and being the sole heirs of the planet.

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* The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series. Before the [[WorldWarIII Great War]], the United States government had become increasingly paranoid and militaristic in the face of the resource shortages and the Sino-American War. The Enclave (the éminence grise of the federal government) exacerbated geopolitical relations and ignored of the Constitution of the United States, put into motion a series of unconstitutional, inhumane, and war criminal projects; (For example; the robobrain manufacturing process - id est human brains, the various vault experiments, the various bio weapons programs, et cetera). While [[AfterTheEnd After the war]], they were willing to cause global genocide to achieve its goals of wiping out communism and being the sole heirs of the planet.
25th Mar '16 12:46:01 PM redandready45
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** [[spoiler: After Rumsfeld is thrown out of office, his successor, the conservative Jeremiah Denton, decides to serve out the remainder of his term and restore human rights after [[HeelRealization being horrified by what Rumsfeld did]]. Unfortunately, his own fundamentalist allies swept him from power. By 1990, they've create a totalitarian theocracy under the rule of Douglas Coe, and have unleashed nuclear weapons in a civil war against breakaway states]].
3rd Feb '16 11:12:59 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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** In the North, meanwhile, segregation was carried through means that were less blatant, yet arguably more insidious and harder to root out through government action. Most often, it was economic segregation, with black people being forced into ghettoes through discriminatory housing and real estate policies, and a thick glass ceiling preventing them from getting decent educations or careers.

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** In the North, meanwhile, segregation was carried through means that were less blatant, yet arguably more insidious and harder to root out through government action. Most often, it was economic segregation, with black people being forced into ghettoes through discriminatory housing and real estate policies, and a thick glass ceiling preventing them from getting decent educations or careers. Affirmative action policies were created in TheSeventies in order to mitigate the effects of this 'soft' discrimination, but [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgment they haven't been without controversy]].
1st Feb '16 6:49:28 PM DoctorCooper
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'''Administrivia/{{No Real Life Examples|Please}} past the UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement of the 1960s.''' Needless to say, many ideologues and {{conspiracy theorist}}s on all extremes of the political spectrum believe this trope to be TruthInTelevision, and let's just leave it at that.

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'''Administrivia/{{No '''No Real Life Examples|Please}} Examples past the UsefulNotes/CivilRightsMovement of the 1960s.''' Needless to say, many ideologues and {{conspiracy theorist}}s on all extremes of the political spectrum believe this trope to be TruthInTelevision, and let's just leave it at that.
28th Jan '16 9:30:38 PM Dravencour
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* In ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' #44, the USA became an increasingly fascistic police state ([[ANaziByAnyOtherName complete with rounding up of blacks and jews]]) because of the influence of a jingoistic impostor Comicbook/CaptainAmerica… until the real one awakens [[ComicbookTime in 1983.]].

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* In ''ComicBook/WhatIf'' #44, the USA became an increasingly fascistic police state ([[ANaziByAnyOtherName complete with rounding up of blacks and jews]]) Jews]]) because of the influence of a jingoistic impostor Comicbook/CaptainAmerica… until the real one awakens [[ComicbookTime in 1983.]].



%%* ''[[http://www.graystatemovie.com/ The Gray State]]''.

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%%* * ''[[http://www.graystatemovie.com/ The Gray State]]''.State]]'' is a controversial film about an America in the grip of martial law.
11th Jan '16 12:04:38 PM Scorntex
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* ''ComicBook/SquadronSupreme:'' In the backstory, America was one of these, with civilians being dragged off to camps to be brainwashed into obeying the Overmind, a telepathic villain who'd taken control of President Kyle Richmond, and through him his fellow members of the Squadron Supreme. The team's efforts to undo the damage done ultimately result in an even more oppressive government taking over when the Squadron gets trapped in another universe.
10th Jan '16 11:56:32 AM TheRedRedKroovy
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* The AlternateHistory ''Literature/DecadesOfDarkness'' is about the development of the United States into this. The UsefulNotes/WarOf1812 spills into [[DividedStatesOfAmerica a much earlier civil war]] that sees every state north/east of Pennsylvania seceding and forming the Republic of New England, which aligns with Britain and helps hand them a [[CurbStompBattle resounding victory]] in the war. The remnant, revanchist US, dominated by the [[DeepSouth southern states]] and their slave-holding elite, becomes an imperial power built upon white supremacy, expanding across Latin America and co-opting the local white elites while keeping the black, indio, and mestizo masses in slavery and peonage. While still maintaining democratic forms, the franchise has been tightly restricted to the white population, and the major parties merely promote variations on the oppressive structure that the nation is built upon. New England also goes through a period of fascism (known here as "vitalism") from the mid 1920s through the early '30s due to an economic crisis, fear of socialism spreading in Canada and Newfoundland, and a badly lost war with the US, though fortunately, the vitalists' [[FascistButInefficient bumbling leadership]] eventually gets them thrown out in a bloodless coup and replaced with a comparatively benign, democratic socialist government. (Notably, the general who led the coup [[ButNowIMustGo chooses to go into exile in Iceland]] rather than remain in New England, lest he run the risk of [[HereWeGoAgain becoming a dictator himself]].)

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* The AlternateHistory story ''Literature/DecadesOfDarkness'' is about the development transformation of the United States into this. an authoritarian, slave-holding empire, with the author describing the intention as creating a more realistic version of Literature/TheDraka.
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The PointOfDivergence is the UsefulNotes/WarOf1812 spills spilling into [[DividedStatesOfAmerica a much earlier civil war]] that sees every state north/east of Pennsylvania UsefulNotes/{{Pennsylvania}} seceding and forming the Republic of New England, which aligns with Britain and helps hand them a [[CurbStompBattle resounding victory]] in the war. The remnant, revanchist US, dominated by the [[DeepSouth southern states]] and their slave-holding elite, becomes an imperial power built upon white supremacy, [[ExpandedStatesOfAmerica expanding across Latin America America]] and co-opting the local white elites while keeping the black, indio, and mestizo masses in slavery and peonage. While still maintaining democratic forms, the franchise has been tightly restricted to the white population, population[[note]]Albeit with some finagling over the definition of 'white' in order to placate to the large numbers of rich Latino collaborators; money does very much whiten here. Some readers have noted, with some {{irony}}, that this white supremacist alt-US would have a rather swarthy-looking ruling class by our standards, especially in the southern states carved out of the former Mexico and Latin America.[[/note]], and the major parties merely promote variations on the oppressive structure that the nation is built upon. By the 20th century, they've even started forcing their fellow white people (specifically, [[spoiler:Canadian rebels in the conquered British Columbia]]) into slavery.
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New England also goes through a period of fascism (known here as "vitalism") from the mid 1920s through the early '30s due to an economic crisis, fear of socialism spreading in Canada and Newfoundland, and a badly lost war with the US, though fortunately, the vitalists' [[FascistButInefficient bumbling leadership]] eventually gets them thrown out in a bloodless coup and replaced with a comparatively benign, democratic socialist government. (Notably, Notably, the general who led the coup [[ButNowIMustGo [[{{Cincinnatus}} chooses to go into exile in Iceland]] rather than remain in New England, lest he run the risk of [[HereWeGoAgain becoming a dictator himself]].)
7th Jan '16 8:49:36 AM caffeinedelusions
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* ''Film/CSATheConfederateStatesOfAmerica''. In the Confederacy (which now includes even the Northern states and most of the Americas after their conquests) the entire black population is enslaved, gender equality is non-existent, sexual orientation is not a free choice, Hispanic and Asians are subjected to apartheid, and there is not much political freedom.

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* ''Film/CSATheConfederateStatesOfAmerica''. In the Confederacy (which now includes even the Northern states and most of the Americas after their conquests) the entire black population is enslaved, gender equality is non-existent, deviation of sexual orientation is not a free choice, tolerated, Hispanic and Asians are subjected to apartheid, and there is not much political freedom.
6th Jan '16 10:13:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* The setting of {{Styx}}'s 1983 concept album, ''Music/KilroyWasHere'', was of a futuristic America where a theocratic dictatorship has banned rock music.

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* The setting of {{Styx}}'s Music/{{Styx}}'s 1983 concept album, ''Music/KilroyWasHere'', was of a futuristic America where a theocratic dictatorship has banned rock music.
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