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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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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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25th Mar '16 4:45:24 PM DaibhidC
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* In ''The Compleat Literature/{{Discworld}} Atlas'', it's revealed that the Agatean Empire is now the People's Beneficent Republic of Agatea. Madame Chairwoman is Twoflower's daughter Pretty Butterfly, who's not really ''evil'' as such, but the included list of regulations does suggest that the typical peasant doesn't have much more freedom than he did under a succession of insane emperors. And probably a lot less than he did under Emperor Cohen. This was foreshadowed back in ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', when Rincewind predicted that if the Red Army overthrew the empire and announced the guys standing in fields looking after water buffalo now ruled themselves "by means of the People's Committee" there probably wouldn't actually be many water-buffalo-string-holders on the Committee, and probably quite a few members of the Red Army.
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25th Mar '16 4:44:54 PM DaibhidC
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* In ''The Compleat Literature/{{Discworld}} Atlas'', it's revealed that the Agatean Empire is now the People's Beneficent Republic of Agatea. Madame Chairwoman is Twoflower's daughter Pretty Butterfly, who's not really ''evil'' as such, but the included list of regulations does suggest that the typical peasant doesn't have much more freedom than he did under a succession of insane emperors. And probably a lot less than he did under Emperor Cohen. This was foreshadowed back in ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'', when Rincewind predicted that if the Red Army overthrew the empire and announced the guys standing in fields looking after water buffalo now ruled themselves "by means of the People's Committee" there probably wouldn't actually be many water-buffalo-string-holders on the Committee, and probably quite a few members of the Red Army.
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1st Feb '16 6:45:01 PM nombretomado
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* Rather [[NightmareFuel terrifyingly]], Bane [[spoiler:turns Gotham City into this]] during ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', complete with {{Kangaroo Court}}s reminiscent of the French Revolution (this link is quite explicit, as Commissioner Gordon actually quotes ''ATaleOfTwoCities'' at one point, and in an interview, we learn that Jonathan Nolan actually encouraged Christopher Nolan to read the book while he was writing the script). The wealthy are dragged out of their homes by angry mobs of armed criminals and summarily sentenced to death by a kangaroo court led by [[spoiler:Jonathan Crane... a.k.a. the Scarecrow]], who icily informs every defendant that "Your guilt has already been determined; this is merely a sentencing," where it turns out that [[MortonsFork both sentences are actually the same thing]]. Bane declares that this is a "liberation" and that he's a champion of "the people." [[spoiler:The audience isn't fooled, as he already made his ''real'' nature ''[[ToThePain painfully]]'' [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/when-gotham-is-ashes-you-have-my-permission-to-die clear]] to Batman earlier in the film.]]

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* Rather [[NightmareFuel terrifyingly]], Bane [[spoiler:turns Gotham City into this]] during ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', complete with {{Kangaroo Court}}s reminiscent of the French Revolution (this link is quite explicit, as Commissioner Gordon actually quotes ''ATaleOfTwoCities'' ''Literature/ATaleOfTwoCities'' at one point, and in an interview, we learn that Jonathan Nolan actually encouraged Christopher Nolan to read the book while he was writing the script). The wealthy are dragged out of their homes by angry mobs of armed criminals and summarily sentenced to death by a kangaroo court led by [[spoiler:Jonathan Crane... a.k.a. the Scarecrow]], who icily informs every defendant that "Your guilt has already been determined; this is merely a sentencing," where it turns out that [[MortonsFork both sentences are actually the same thing]]. Bane declares that this is a "liberation" and that he's a champion of "the people." [[spoiler:The audience isn't fooled, as he already made his ''real'' nature ''[[ToThePain painfully]]'' [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/when-gotham-is-ashes-you-have-my-permission-to-die clear]] to Batman earlier in the film.]]
26th Jan '16 8:32:14 AM StFan
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->'''Sir Humphrey''': East Yemen, isn't that a democracy?\\
'''Foreign Office Official''': Its full name is the Peoples' Democratic Republic of East Yemen.\\
'''Sir Humphrey''': Ah I see, so it's a communist dictatorship.

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->'''Sir Humphrey''': Humphrey:''' East Yemen, isn't that a democracy?\\
'''Foreign Office Official''': Official:''' Its full name is the Peoples' Democratic Republic of East Yemen.\\
'''Sir Humphrey''': Humphrey:''' Ah I see, so it's a communist dictatorship.






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-->'''Yuri:''' Every faction in Africa calls themselves by these noble names - Liberation this, Patriotic that, Democratic Republic of something-or-other. I guess they can't own up to what they usually are: a federation of worse oppressors than the last bunch of oppressors. Often, the most barbaric atrocities occur when both combatants proclaim themselves freedom-fighters.

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-->'''Yuri:''' Every faction in Africa calls themselves by these noble names - -- Liberation this, Patriotic that, Democratic Republic of something-or-other. I guess they can't own up to what they usually are: a federation of worse oppressors than the last bunch of oppressors. Often, the most barbaric atrocities occur when both combatants proclaim themselves freedom-fighters.



* Rather [[NightmareFuel terrifyingly]], Bane [[spoiler:turns Gotham City into this]] during ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', complete with {{Kangaroo Court}}s reminiscent of the French Revolution (this link is quite explicit, as Commissioner Gordon actually quotes ''ATaleOfTwoCities'' at one point, and in an interview, we learn that Jonathan Nolan actually encouraged Christopher Nolan to read the book while he was writing the script). The wealthy are dragged out of their homes by angry mobs of armed criminals and summarily sentenced to death by a kangaroo court led by [[spoiler:Jonathan Crane... aka the Scarecrow]], who icily informs every defendant that "Your guilt has already been determined; this is merely a sentencing," where it turns out that [[MortonsFork both sentences are actually the same thing]]. Bane declares that this is a "liberation" and that he's a champion of "the people." [[spoiler:The audience isn't fooled, as he already made his ''real'' nature ''[[ToThePain painfully]]'' [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/when-gotham-is-ashes-you-have-my-permission-to-die clear]] to Batman earlier in the film.]]

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* Rather [[NightmareFuel terrifyingly]], Bane [[spoiler:turns Gotham City into this]] during ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', complete with {{Kangaroo Court}}s reminiscent of the French Revolution (this link is quite explicit, as Commissioner Gordon actually quotes ''ATaleOfTwoCities'' at one point, and in an interview, we learn that Jonathan Nolan actually encouraged Christopher Nolan to read the book while he was writing the script). The wealthy are dragged out of their homes by angry mobs of armed criminals and summarily sentenced to death by a kangaroo court led by [[spoiler:Jonathan Crane... aka a.k.a. the Scarecrow]], who icily informs every defendant that "Your guilt has already been determined; this is merely a sentencing," where it turns out that [[MortonsFork both sentences are actually the same thing]]. Bane declares that this is a "liberation" and that he's a champion of "the people." [[spoiler:The audience isn't fooled, as he already made his ''real'' nature ''[[ToThePain painfully]]'' [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/when-gotham-is-ashes-you-have-my-permission-to-die clear]] to Batman earlier in the film.]]



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-->'''Sophie:''' Formerly the Democratic Republic of Nambitrea, when it was Communist.
-->'''Ryan:''' And before that it was the Nambitrean People's Republic, when it was Fascist.
-->'''Sophie:''' [[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire And before that it was called New Devon, when it was completely owned by Lord Brinkworth.]]

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-->'''Sophie:''' Formerly the Democratic Republic of Nambitrea, when it was Communist.
-->'''Ryan:'''
Communist.\\
'''Ryan:'''
And before that it was the Nambitrean People's Republic, when it was Fascist.
-->'''Sophie:'''
Fascist.\\
'''Sophie:'''
[[UsefulNotes/TheBritishEmpire And before that it was called New Devon, when it was completely owned by Lord Brinkworth.]]



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* In the ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' universe, the five major states are called the Lyran Commonwealth, the Draconis Combine, the Federated Suns, the Capellan Confederation, and the Free Worlds League. The galaxy's GoldenAge came about under the rule of the Star League, which was brought down by the machinations of the Rim Worlds Republic. ''All'' of these states are [[FeudalFuture feudal monarchies]].
** 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.
** 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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* In the ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' universe, the five major states are called the Lyran Commonwealth, the Draconis Combine, the Federated Suns, the Capellan Confederation, and the Free Worlds League. The galaxy's GoldenAge came about under the rule of the Star League, which was brought down by the machinations of the Rim Worlds Republic. ''All'' of these states are [[FeudalFuture feudal monarchies]].
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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. 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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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 website hosting ''LeAvventureDelGrandeDarthVader'' plays with this in an [[http://kewlfilez.altervista.org/manifesto.html article]] where the title character states he "freed" a newsgroup (actually, he just decided to post again into an abandoned newsgroup) and issues a "new manifesto" stating, in order: that the newsgroup is now a "democratic popular republic"; that he owns full legislative, executive and judiciary powers within the newsgroup; that ideas different from his own are always off-topic; and finally that he can delete off-topic messages any time.

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* The website hosting ''LeAvventureDelGrandeDarthVader'' ''Webcomic/LeAvventureDelGrandeDarthVader'' plays with this in an [[http://kewlfilez.altervista.org/manifesto.html article]] where the title character states he "freed" a newsgroup (actually, he just decided to post again into an abandoned newsgroup) and issues a "new manifesto" stating, in order: that the newsgroup is now a "democratic popular republic"; that he owns full legislative, executive and judiciary powers within the newsgroup; that ideas different from his own are always off-topic; and finally that he can delete off-topic messages any time.



* During the Florida vote tabulation snafu between UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush and AlGore, ''TheOnion'' ran an article where UsefulNotes/BillClinton took control of the United States and renamed it the "Holy United Imperial Americlintonian Demopublic."

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* During the Florida vote tabulation snafu between UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush and AlGore, ''TheOnion'' UsefulNotes/AlGore, ''Website/TheOnion'' ran an article where UsefulNotes/BillClinton took control of the United States and renamed it the "Holy United Imperial Americlintonian Demopublic."Demopublic".



* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' has the Socialist Democratic Federated Republic of Carbombya, led by Supreme Military Commander, President-for-Life, and King of Kings Abdul Fakkadi. The horribly offensive stereotyping provoked Casey Kasem to quit the show.
** That's right. It was a joke so awful and racist that it broke Teletraan 1.

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'' has the Socialist Democratic Federated Republic of Carbombya, led by Supreme Military Commander, President-for-Life, and King of Kings Abdul Fakkadi. The horribly offensive stereotyping provoked Casey Kasem to quit the show.
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show. That's right. It right; it was a joke so awful and racist that it broke Teletraan 1.



* In the ''{{Archer}}'' episode "The Honeymooners", Sterling Archer Lampshades this trope after North Korean agents address their plans to send the captured Archer and Lana back to "The Glorious Democratic People's Republic of Korea".

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* In the ''{{Archer}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' episode "The Honeymooners", Sterling Archer Lampshades this trope after North Korean agents address their plans to send the captured Archer and Lana back to "The Glorious Democratic People's Republic of Korea".
26th Jan '16 8:26:30 AM StFan
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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0698.html #698]] has a map including a place called "People's Democratic Dictatorship".
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0759.html Don't forget the rather bizarre inversion in the form of Tyraniria]]. Its ruler was a kind, benevolent man who genuinely wished for peace and prosperity. [[spoiler: [[ManBehindTheMan Tarquin]] disagreed with this idea.]]

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* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0698.html #698]] has a map including a place called "People's Democratic Dictatorship".
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Dictatorship". [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0759.html Don't forget There's also the rather bizarre inversion in the form of Tyraniria]]. Tyrinaria]]. Its ruler ruler, Lord Tyrinar the Bloody, was a kind, benevolent man who genuinely wished for peace and prosperity. [[spoiler: [[ManBehindTheMan [[spoiler:[[ManBehindTheMan Tarquin]] disagreed with this idea.]]
11th Jan '16 11:19:36 AM zarpaulus
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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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