History Main / OppressiveStatesOfAmerica

27th Jan '17 4:14:00 AM Morgenthaler
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SubTrope of DifferentStatesOfAmerica.
26th Jan '17 4:48:25 PM Ant2242
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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 Forced Evolutionary Virus 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 becoming 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. Going so far as to censor speech and secretly nationalizing companies. 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 Forced Evolutionary Virus 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 becoming the sole heirs of the planet.
25th Jan '17 11:45:48 AM tommythegun
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* Leading up to the First Red Scare, the US' entrance into WWI was marked by a sharp increase in repressive measures towards pacifists, organized labor, socialists, Communists, German-Americans, immigrants, and other perceived subversive or disloyal elements. The Espionage Act of 1917 and the Sedition Act of 1918 led to raids and prosecutions. The German language was excised from public life, with German classes stopped and German books burned. The "Committee on Public Information" (Creel Committee) fed the public propaganda and helped direct repression and harassment towards perceived enemy sympathizers or pacifists.
27th Dec '16 4:13:24 PM Jake
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* Speaking of the First World War, the US enters two years earlier and participates in some of the bloodiest engagements; one and a half million men die, and most of the survivors come home feeling very, ''very'' bitter about what their government put them through. This is best exemplified by [[RichardNixonTheUsedCarSalesman George Patton the]] ShellShockedVeteran and eventual Worker's Party voter.
22nd Dec '16 12:36:45 PM Morgenthaler
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->'''Snake Plissken:''' Got a smoke?\\
'''Sergeant Malloy:''' The United States is a no-smoking nation. No smoking, no drinking, no drugs. No women -- unless of course you're married. No guns, no foul language... no red meat.\\
'''Snake Plissken:''' Land of the free.
-->-- ''Film/EscapeFromLA''
8th Dec '16 11:48:22 AM FordPrefect
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** The Literature/Timeline191 series by the same author features a US that, having lost two wars to a Confederate/Britain/France alliance, has allied closely with Imperial Germany. The nation is increasingly regimented and militarized, everything is strictly rationed, and conscription is universal. A series of Mormon uprisings causes the government to simply ban Mormon church, and the administration of occupied Canada, Texas, and Kentucky is extremely brutal, with suspected criminals executed without trial, the taking of hostages in retaliation for guerilla activity, and (oddly given that the main political divide in the setting is the Democrats and the Socialist Party) virtually no safety or labor rights laws. The Confederacy is much worse.
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}},'' the fourth Megamorphs book suddenly opens here with no initial explanation; it quickly comes out that Visser Four managed to find the [[TimeMachine Time Matrix]] and rewrite history. As a result the United States is an empire trying to wipe out "primitives" in South America, slavery is legal (though based on disability rather than race), [[StandardizedLeaderGuy Jake]] is a SociopathicHero and [[DarkActionGirl Rachel]] is in a reeducation camp to "[[StayInTheKitchen learn her place]]." Fortunately this circumstance is inconvenient for both of the series' {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s, who restore the Animorphs' memories and send them through time to fix things.

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** The Literature/Timeline191 series by the same author features a US that, having lost two wars to a Confederate/Britain/France alliance, has allied closely with Imperial Germany. The nation is increasingly regimented and militarized, everything is strictly rationed, and conscription is universal. A series of Mormon uprisings causes the government to simply ban the Mormon church, and the administration of occupied Canada, Texas, and Kentucky is extremely brutal, with suspected criminals executed without trial, the taking of hostages taken in retaliation for guerilla activity, and (oddly given that the main political divide in the setting is the Democrats and the Socialist Party) virtually no safety or labor rights laws. The Confederacy is much worse.
* In ''Literature/{{Animorphs}},'' the fourth Megamorphs book suddenly opens here with no initial explanation; it quickly comes out that Visser Four managed to find the [[TimeMachine Time Matrix]] and rewrite history. As a result the United States is an empire trying to wipe out "primitives" in South America, slavery is legal (though based on disability rather than race), [[StandardizedLeaderGuy [[TheLeader Jake]] is a SociopathicHero and [[DarkActionGirl Rachel]] is in a reeducation camp to "[[StayInTheKitchen learn her place]]." Fortunately this circumstance is inconvenient for both of the series' {{Sufficiently Advanced Alien}}s, who restore the Animorphs' memories and send them through time to fix things.
8th Dec '16 11:44:04 AM FordPrefect
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* The Creator/HarryTurtledove ShortStory, ''Literature/JoeSteele'' has Joe Steel-an AlternateHistory version of UsefulNotes/JosefStalin whose parents immigrated to the United States-turn America into a Communist dictatorship after being elected President.
** The Timeline-191 series by the same author features a US that, having lost two wars to a Confederate/Britain/France alliance, has allied closely with Imperial Germany. The nation is increasingly regimented and militarized, everything is strictly rationed, and conscription is universal. A series of Mormon uprisings causes the government to simply ban Mormon church, and the administration of occupied Canada, Texas, and Kentucky is extremely brutal, with suspected criminals executed without trial, the taking of hostages in retaliation for guerilla activity, and (oddly given that the main political divide in the setting is the Democrats and the Socialist Party) virtually no safety or labor rights laws. The Confederacy is much worse.

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* The Creator/HarryTurtledove ShortStory, {{short story}} ''Literature/JoeSteele'' has Joe Steel-an Steel - an AlternateHistory version of UsefulNotes/JosefStalin whose parents immigrated to the United States-turn States - turn America into a Communist dictatorship after being elected President.
** The Timeline-191 Literature/Timeline191 series by the same author features a US that, having lost two wars to a Confederate/Britain/France alliance, has allied closely with Imperial Germany. The nation is increasingly regimented and militarized, everything is strictly rationed, and conscription is universal. A series of Mormon uprisings causes the government to simply ban Mormon church, and the administration of occupied Canada, Texas, and Kentucky is extremely brutal, with suspected criminals executed without trial, the taking of hostages in retaliation for guerilla activity, and (oddly given that the main political divide in the setting is the Democrats and the Socialist Party) virtually no safety or labor rights laws. The Confederacy is much worse.
8th Dec '16 11:41:15 AM FordPrefect
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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': A smaller example featured The Sanctuary Districts, sections of cities walled off that housed the poor and unemployed. While their intent was to aid them, they later degraded into interment camps.
* This happened in an alternate universe on ''Series/StargateSG1'', after the Stargate program went public. [[TheWorldIsNotReady The world was not ready]], and a scramble for control over the Stargates led civil unrest and geopolitical power-mongering.

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* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': A smaller example featured The Sanctuary Districts, sections of cities walled off that housed the poor and unemployed. While their intent was to aid them, they later degraded into interment internment camps.
* This happened in an alternate universe on ''Series/StargateSG1'', after the Stargate program went public. [[TheWorldIsNotReady The world was not ready]], and a scramble for control over the Stargates led to civil unrest and geopolitical power-mongering.
14th Nov '16 12:39:54 AM DeepRed
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TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, or perhaps an AlternateHistory gone wrong, the United States is [[BrokenPedestal no longer the shining beacon of democracy that it once was]]. Perhaps {{civil|war}} [[DividedStatesOfAmerica war]] and/or an [[InvadedStatesOfAmerica invasion]] has put the country into a dictatorship out of necessity, [[MegaCorp corporate influence has undermined]] the democratic ideals the nation once held, a [[CorruptChurch theocratic religious movement]] has taken control of the government, or democracy has been suspended in order to fight off external or internal threats, real and/or imagined. Whatever the reason, the nation is only a democracy in name, or sometimes, not even that if the regime is painfully honest.

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TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, or perhaps an AlternateHistory gone wrong, the United States is [[BrokenPedestal no longer the shining beacon of democracy that it once was]]. Perhaps {{civil|war}} [[DividedStatesOfAmerica war]] and/or an [[InvadedStatesOfAmerica invasion]] has put the country into a dictatorship out of necessity, [[MegaCorp corporate influence has undermined]] the democratic ideals the nation once held, a [[CorruptChurch theocratic religious movement]] has taken control of the government, or democracy has been [[EmergencyAuthority suspended in order to fight off off]] external or internal threats, real and/or imagined. Whatever the reason, the nation is only a democracy in name, or sometimes, not even that if the regime is painfully honest.
14th Nov '16 12:34:49 AM DeepRed
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TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, or perhaps an AlternateHistory gone wrong, the United States is no longer the shining beacon of democracy that it once was. Perhaps {{civil|war}} [[DividedStatesOfAmerica war]] and/or an [[InvadedStatesOfAmerica invasion]] has put the country into a dictatorship out of necessity, [[MegaCorp corporate influence has undermined]] the democratic ideals the nation once held, a [[CorruptChurch theocratic religious movement]] has taken control of the government, or democracy has been suspended in order to fight off external or internal threats, real and/or imagined. Whatever the reason, the nation is only a democracy in name, or sometimes, not even that if the regime is painfully honest.

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TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, or perhaps an AlternateHistory gone wrong, the United States is [[BrokenPedestal no longer the shining beacon of democracy that it once was.was]]. Perhaps {{civil|war}} [[DividedStatesOfAmerica war]] and/or an [[InvadedStatesOfAmerica invasion]] has put the country into a dictatorship out of necessity, [[MegaCorp corporate influence has undermined]] the democratic ideals the nation once held, a [[CorruptChurch theocratic religious movement]] has taken control of the government, or democracy has been suspended in order to fight off external or internal threats, real and/or imagined. Whatever the reason, the nation is only a democracy in name, or sometimes, not even that if the regime is painfully honest.



Compare to DayOfTheJackboot.

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Compare to DayOfTheJackboot.
Basically DayOfTheJackboot with a specifically American focus.
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