History Main / OppressiveStatesOfAmerica

21st Aug '16 12:55:25 AM Dravencour
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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]].

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** In the North, meanwhile, segregation was carried out 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]].
16th Jul '16 5:24:15 AM Dravencour
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* The US in ''VideoGame/ShatteredUnion'' became this way under the Presidency of [[PresidentEvil David Jefferson Adams]], who put the West Coast put under martial law and sailed to a second term through a blatantly rigged election (because [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating there's no way he could've been re-elected]] under any other circumstances). The nuclear terrorist attack on UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC during his inauguration, and the ensuing decapitation of the federal government and the line of succession, triggers the [[DividedStatesOfAmerica Second American Civil War]]. Whether the player creates one of these or returns the nation to her glory days depends on how he or she conducts the war (sparing cities and avoiding the use of [=WMDs=] tends to avoid this trope).

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* The US in ''VideoGame/ShatteredUnion'' became this way under the Presidency of [[PresidentEvil David Jefferson Adams]], who put the West Coast put under martial law and sailed to a second term through a blatantly rigged election (because [[ZeroPercentApprovalRating there's no way he could've been re-elected]] under any other circumstances). The nuclear terrorist attack on UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC during his inauguration, and the ensuing decapitation of the federal government and the line of succession, succession triggers the [[DividedStatesOfAmerica Second American Civil War]]. Whether the player creates one of these or returns the nation to her glory days depends on how he or she conducts the war (sparing cities and avoiding the use of [=WMDs=] tends to avoid this trope).
16th Jul '16 5:22:24 AM Dravencour
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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 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 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 Vault experiments, the Forced Evolutionary Virus experiments, the various bio weapons programs, et cetera). While [[AfterTheEnd After after the war]], they were willing to cause global genocide to achieve its goals of wiping out communism and being becoming the sole heirs of the planet.
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.
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