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1st Oct '17 4:35:15 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* The Mushroom Kingdom and the Koopa Kingdom from ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' fall under this, it's never really shown that they have any officials so to speak other than the princess and/or a king and a bunch of random advisers and, perhaps, the Mushroom Chancellor from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG''. The former also has no real shown army or method of defense other than "call Mario and Luigi to sort out their problems". We can see why everyone likes Peach then, apparently they have no taxes and their "defense budget" consists of giving Mario some cake.Slightly better in Super Star Saga, where there are some officials related to the relations between the Mushroom and Beanbean Kingdoms. The Beanbean Kingdom also seems like more of an established Monarchy.

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* The Mushroom Kingdom and the Koopa Kingdom from ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' fall under this, it's never really shown that they have any officials so to speak other than the princess and/or a king and a bunch of random advisers and, perhaps, the Mushroom Chancellor from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG''. The former also has no real shown army or method of defense other than "call Mario and Luigi to sort out their problems". We can see why everyone likes Peach then, apparently they have no taxes and their "defense budget" consists of giving Mario some cake. Slightly better in Super Star Saga, ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'', where there are some officials related to the relations between the Mushroom and Beanbean Kingdoms. The Beanbean Kingdom also seems like more of an established Monarchy.
1st Oct '17 4:34:32 PM 64SuperNintendo
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* The Mushroom Kingdom and the Koopa Kingdom from ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' fall under this, it's never really shown that they have any officials so to speak other than the princess and/or a king and a bunch of random advisers and, perhaps, the Mushroom Chancellor from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG''. The former also has no real shown army or method of defense other than "call Mario and Luigi to sort out their problems". We can see why everyone likes Peach then, apparently they have no taxes and their "defense budget" consists of giving Mario some cake.Slightly better in Super Star Saga, where there are some officials related to the relations between the Mushroom and Bean-Bean Kingdoms. The Bean-Bean Kingdom also seems like more of an established Monarchy.

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* The Mushroom Kingdom and the Koopa Kingdom from ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros'' fall under this, it's never really shown that they have any officials so to speak other than the princess and/or a king and a bunch of random advisers and, perhaps, the Mushroom Chancellor from ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG''. The former also has no real shown army or method of defense other than "call Mario and Luigi to sort out their problems". We can see why everyone likes Peach then, apparently they have no taxes and their "defense budget" consists of giving Mario some cake.Slightly better in Super Star Saga, where there are some officials related to the relations between the Mushroom and Bean-Bean Beanbean Kingdoms. The Bean-Bean Beanbean Kingdom also seems like more of an established Monarchy.
27th Aug '17 10:56:00 AM Malady
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27th Aug '17 10:43:08 AM Malady
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27th Aug '17 10:42:51 AM Malady
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* The World Government of ''Manga/OnePiece'' was at first only seen through its military, but that's somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] as the main characters of One Piece were criminals. As the series progressed, more was shown about its system of governing and politics began playing a larger role as the main characters became more wrapped up in [[GovernmentConspiracy hidden plots and intrigue]].

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* The World Government of ''Manga/OnePiece'' was at first only seen through its military, but that's somewhat [[JustifiedTrope justified]] {{justified|Trope}} as the main characters of One Piece were criminals. As the series progressed, more was shown about its system of governing and politics began playing a larger role as the main characters became more wrapped up in [[GovernmentConspiracy hidden plots and intrigue]].


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27th Aug '17 10:41:51 AM Malady
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* In the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'', the main governing body is called TheEmpire, even though it is ruled by a king and has a centralized government. In the second book, we find out that officially, it is called the Brodering Kingdom. The major cities are ruled by governors. How much power those governors officially have is never stated, but with Galbatorix spending all his time [[spoiler: finding the Name of Names]], at least one of those governors, Marcus Tabor, essentially had free rein for a while. The soldiers of Feinster are far more loyal to their governor, Lady Lorana, than to Galbatorix.

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* In the ''Literature/InheritanceCycle'', the main governing body is called TheEmpire, even though it is ruled by a king and has a centralized government. In the second book, we find out that officially, it is called the Brodering Broddring Kingdom. The major cities are ruled by governors. How much power those governors officially have is never stated, but with Galbatorix spending all his time [[spoiler: finding [[spoiler:finding the Name of Names]], at least one of those governors, Marcus Tabor, essentially had free rein for a while. The soldiers of Feinster are far more loyal to their governor, Lady Lorana, than to Galbatorix.



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2nd Jul '17 10:47:08 PM Abodos
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** While the Kingdom of Hyrule itself has been destroyed for a century in ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'', the various realms ruled by the non-Hylian races survived the Great Calamity and are shown to have similarly simple governmental structures. The [[FishPeople Zora]] have the most complex of these governments, and based on what we see it consists only of the king, his son/heir, a royal advisor, and a secretary.
21st Mar '17 11:10:31 AM BeerBaron
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** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' plays it straight. You hardly ever get a glimpse of how the Empire and its people roll, and the plot only deals with the demon invasion, with no quests that involve political intrigue when compared to ''Morrowind'' (see below), it is one of the reasons why ''Oblivion'' is such a [[BrokenBase polarizing game among the fanbase]]. For example, the Elder Council is supposed to be an advisory body to the Emperor and rule in the Emperor's name if he's incapacitated. You never meet or hear about anybody who is actually on the council, aside from Chancellor Ocato, who you only talk to a few times, never provides any sort of help and seems to be the only person that sits in the enormous Council Chamber. There was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally supposed to include]] a questline that would involve the PlayerCharacter climbing through the ranks of nobility, eventually becoming a count. Presumably, this quest would have been much more involved in politics and would have averted this trope to a degree, however the questline was DummiedOut as the devs felt it distracted from the main quest.

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** * ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' plays it straight. You hardly ever get a glimpse of how the Empire and its people roll, and the plot only deals with the demon invasion, with no quests that involve political intrigue when compared to ''Morrowind'' (see below), it is one of the reasons why ''Oblivion'' is such a [[BrokenBase polarizing game among the fanbase]]. For example, the Elder Council is supposed to be an advisory body to the Emperor and rule in the Emperor's name if he's incapacitated. You never meet or hear about anybody who is actually on the council, aside from Chancellor Ocato, who you only talk to a few times, never provides any sort of help and seems to be the only person that sits in the enormous Council Chamber. There was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally supposed to include]] a questline that would involve the PlayerCharacter climbing through the ranks of nobility, eventually becoming a count. Presumably, this quest would have been much more involved in politics and would have averted this trope to a degree, however the questline was DummiedOut as the devs felt it distracted from the main quest.
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** ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'' plays it straight. You hardly ever get a glimpse of how the Empire and its people roll, and the plot only deals with the demon invasion, with no quests that involve political intrigue when compared to ''Morrowind'' (see below), it is one of the reasons why ''Oblivion'' is such a [[BrokenBase polarizing game among the fanbase]]. For example, the Elder Council is supposed to be an advisory body to the Emperor and rule in the Emperor's name if he's incapacitated. You never meet or hear about anybody who is actually on the council, aside from Chancellor Ocato, who you only talk to a few times, never provides any sort of help and seems to be the only person that sits in the enormous Council Chamber. There was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally supposed to include]] a questline that would involve the PlayerCharacter climbing through the ranks of nobility, eventually becoming a count. Presumably, this quest would have been much more involved in politics and would have averted this trope to a degree, however the questline was DummiedOut as the devs felt it distracted from the main quest.



* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' shows from time to time some glimpses of how the Imperial bureaucracy works. ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', for example, makes you fill in your class and race information at a tax office, you need a "passport" scroll to enter Sadrith Mora, and number of quests revolve around such mundane acts of government as tax collection and diplomatic banquets, not to mention the workings of the local goverments: the Tribunal Temple and the the Dunmer Great Houses, which often find themselves at odds with the empire and each other.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' on the other hand plays it straight, you hardly ever get a glimpse of how the Empire and its people roll, and the plot only deals with the demon invasion, with no quests that involve political intrigue when compared to Morrowind, it is one of the reasons why Oblivion is such a polarizing game among the fanbase. For example, the Elder Council is supposed to be an advisory body to the Emperor and rule in the Emperor's name if he's incapacitated. You never meet or hear about anybody who is actually on the council, aside from Chancellor Ocato, who you only talk to a few times, never provides any sort of help and seems to be the only person that sits in the enormous Council Chamber.
*** ''Oblivion'' was originally supposed to include a questline that would involve the pc climbing through the ranks of nobility, eventually becoming a count. Presumably, this quest would have been much more involved in politics and would have averted this trope to a degree, however the line was DummiedOut as the devs felt it distracted from the main quest.

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'' shows from time to time some ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' largely averts it, as glimpses into the inner workings of how the Imperial bureaucracy works. ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'', for governance and Dunmeri Great Houses are frequent. For example, makes you fill in your class and race information at a tax office, you need a "passport" scroll to enter Sadrith Mora, and number of quests revolve around such mundane acts of government as tax collection and diplomatic banquets, not to mention the workings of the local goverments: the Tribunal Temple and the the Dunmer Great Houses, which often find themselves at odds with the empire and each other.
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]]'' on the other hand plays it straight, you hardly ever get a glimpse of how the Empire and its people roll, and the plot only deals with the demon invasion, with no quests that involve political intrigue when compared to Morrowind, it is one of the reasons why Oblivion is such a polarizing game among the fanbase. For example, the Elder Council is supposed to be an advisory body to the Emperor and rule in the Emperor's name if he's incapacitated. You never meet or hear about anybody who is actually on the council, aside from Chancellor Ocato, who you only talk to a few times, never provides any sort of help and seems to be the only person that sits in the enormous Council Chamber.
*** ''Oblivion'' was originally supposed to include a questline that would involve the pc climbing through the ranks of nobility, eventually becoming a count. Presumably, this quest would have been much more involved in politics and would have averted this trope to a degree, however the line was DummiedOut as the devs felt it distracted from the main quest.
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20th Mar '17 3:12:50 PM margdean56
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* In James Howard Kunstler's ''Literature/WorldMadeByHand'',there is no longer any real government in the USA due to a lack of oil. When the main character reaches Albany, New York, he finds that the state capital has but a few people 'running' it. They even admit that they have no power, calling themselves 'a skeleton crew sailing a kind of Flying Dutchman of government'.

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* In James Howard Kunstler's ''Literature/WorldMadeByHand'',there ''Literature/WorldMadeByHand'', there is no longer any real government in the USA due to a lack of oil. When the main character reaches Albany, New York, he finds that the state capital has but a few people 'running' it. They even admit that they have no power, calling themselves 'a skeleton crew sailing a kind of Flying Dutchman of government'.
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