History Main / PeoplesRepublicofTyranny

31st Oct '16 2:41:38 AM Vir
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While the true federations around it will usually possess simple, unassuming names -- TheFederation, The Republic, etc. -- the People's Republic Of Tyranny will call itself the People's Republic. If they are ''really'' evil and oppressive, they'll call the nation the ''Democratic'' People's Republic. Indeed, the more words [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial implying freedom]] the name of this "republic" sports, the more oppressive and generally ''un''-free it is likely to be.

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While the true federations around it will usually possess simple, unassuming names -- TheFederation, The Republic, etc. -- the People's Republic Of of Tyranny will call itself the People's Republic. If they are ''really'' evil and oppressive, they'll call the nation the ''Democratic'' People's Republic. Indeed, the more words [[SuspiciouslySpecificDenial implying freedom]] the name of this "republic" sports, the more oppressive and generally ''un''-free it is likely to be.
30th Oct '16 10:07:34 PM TheresSomethingAboutMary
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* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Possible AvertedTrope on--the Groosalugg is exiled from Pylea once it becomes (as Gunn described it) "some kind of people's republic". Although this is a reference to what often happens in the sort of failed revolution that often produces people's republics (ie, old revolutionaries are branded traitors for disagreeing with the faction that wins), we never find out what Pylea is now like.

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* ''Series/{{Angel}}'': Possible AvertedTrope on--the AvertedTrope. The Groosalugg is exiled from Pylea once it becomes (as Gunn described it) it), "some kind of people's republic". Although this is a reference to what often happens in the sort of failed revolution that often produces people's republics (ie, old revolutionaries are branded traitors for disagreeing with the faction that wins), we never find out what Pylea is now like.
6th Oct '16 9:33:20 AM Antigone3
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The Free Rasalhague Republic was ruled by a Prince [[ElectiveMonarchy elected by Parliament[[ during its brief existence. After conquest by Clan Ghost Bear the Rasalhague Dominion managed to maintain some of its' democratic features, under the Clan's rule of course. Helped by their first Prince's son getting taken as a Bondsman and fighting his way up to saKhan of Clan Ghost Bear, and then being elected Prince himself.

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The Free Rasalhague Republic was ruled by a Prince [[ElectiveMonarchy elected by Parliament[[ Parliament]] during its brief existence. After conquest by Clan Ghost Bear the Rasalhague Dominion managed to maintain some of its' democratic features, under the Clan's rule of course. Helped by their first Prince's son getting taken as a Bondsman and fighting his way up to saKhan of Clan Ghost Bear, and then being elected Prince himself.
5th Jul '16 8:28:45 AM R1ck
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[[caption-width-right:350:[[note]]For those interested, inside the intersection of the circles lies the People's Republic of Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste, the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka--and the last one's right on the edge.[[/note]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:[[note]]For [[caption-width-right:350:At least there's still a bit of overlap...[[note]]For those interested, inside the intersection of the circles lies the People's Republic of Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste, the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka--and the last one's right on the edge.[[/note]]]]
5th Jul '16 8:27:45 AM R1ck
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[[caption-width-right:350:Actually, maybe that should look more like an 8. Or maybe not quite.[[note]]For those interested, inside the intersection of the circles lies the People's Republic of Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste, the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka--and the last one's right on the edge.[[/note]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:Actually, maybe that should look more like an 8. Or maybe not quite.[[note]]For [[caption-width-right:350:[[note]]For those interested, inside the intersection of the circles lies the People's Republic of Bangladesh, the Democratic Republic of Timor Leste, the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe, and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka--and the last one's right on the edge.[[/note]]]]
16th Jun '16 11:47:27 PM BattleMaster
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** It doesn't look quite as bad in [[Literature/StarshipTroopers the book]]. Maybe.

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** It doesn't look quite as bad in [[Literature/StarshipTroopers the book]]. Maybe. But Heinlein appeared to have the opinion that a government that required you to earn the right to vote or breed might have been a good thing.



But not all are exactly tyrannies. The Federated Suns and the Lyran Commonwealth, for ex, are relatively civilized and mostly law-governed places, the power of the monarch is not absolute in practice, even if it is in theory (they are not figureheads, but neither realm is a despotism, either). The Draconis Combine, OTOH, most certainly ''is'' an iron militarism, with harsh regimentation and all the nasty appurtances of a police state. The Free World League barely holds together, and Capella is somewhere in between the civilized monarchies and Draconia in terms of its freedom and decency rating. Nor were the rulers of the collapsed Star League absolute monarchs, though they were most certainly monarchs. The applicability of the trope varies here.\\\

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But not all are exactly tyrannies. The Federated Suns and the Lyran Commonwealth, for ex, are relatively civilized and mostly law-governed places, the power of the monarch is not absolute in practice, even if it is in theory (they are not figureheads, but neither realm is a despotism, either). The Draconis Combine, OTOH, most certainly ''is'' an iron militarism, with harsh regimentation and all the nasty appurtances of a police state. The Free World League barely holds together, and Capella is somewhere in between the civilized monarchies and Draconia in terms of its freedom and decency rating.rating with some authors portraying it as fairly free and others portraying it as extremely oppressive. Nor were the rulers of the collapsed Star League absolute monarchs, though they were most certainly monarchs. The applicability of the trope varies here.\\\
21st May '16 3:51:49 PM Doug86
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* The Federation in ''Film/StarshipTroopers'', the full name of which [[AllInTheManual according to background material]] is apparently the "United Citizens' Federation". Only Citizens (which is a privileged status one has to earn; there are a few ways to do this, but military service is the easiest, as the news films proudly declare "SERVICE GUARANTEES CITIZENSHIP") are allowed to vote, you need a license to breed (Citizens can obtain a license more easily), murderers are arrested, tried and executed the same day, the media is nothing but government-owned propaganda, and everyone is '''horribly''' desensitized to violence. That said, things don't seem ''too'' bad for non-Citizens, though we only see the wealthy ones.

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* The Federation in ''Film/StarshipTroopers'', the full name of which [[AllInTheManual [[AllThereInTheManual according to background material]] is apparently the "United Citizens' Federation". Only Citizens (which is a privileged status one has to earn; there are a few ways to do this, but military service is the easiest, as the news films proudly declare "SERVICE GUARANTEES CITIZENSHIP") are allowed to vote, you need a license to breed (Citizens can obtain a license more easily), murderers are arrested, tried and executed the same day, the media is nothing but government-owned propaganda, and everyone is '''horribly''' desensitized to violence. That said, things don't seem ''too'' bad for non-Citizens, though we only see the wealthy ones.
3rd Apr '16 2:41:44 PM Jake
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** It doesn't look quite as bad in [[Literature/StarshipTroopers the book]]. Maybe.
3rd Apr '16 9:37:05 AM MsChibi
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Compare ANaziByAnyOtherName, SuspiciouslySpecificDenial, and DayOfTheJackboot.

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Compare ANaziByAnyOtherName, SuspiciouslySpecificDenial, and DayOfTheJackboot.
DayOfTheJackboot. See also BananaRepublic and some depictions of DarkestAfrica.
30th Mar '16 5:28:11 PM MsChibi
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Compare ANaziByAnyOtherName and DayOfTheJackboot.

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Compare ANaziByAnyOtherName ANaziByAnyOtherName, SuspiciouslySpecificDenial, and DayOfTheJackboot.
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