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25th Jan '16 7:44:34 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The United Nations Space Command from ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' began life as a textbook example of this, but a bloody civil war that was interrupted by the Covenant means that it is currently more of a military junta.
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* The United Nations Space Command (and the Unified Earth Government it technically serves) from ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' began life as a textbook example of this, but a bloody civil war that was interrupted by the Insurrection and the Covenant means that invasion have combined to turn it is currently into much more more of a military junta.junta; even though authority was officially ceded back to civilian authorities after the end of the Covenant war, the military in practice still holds most of the power.
17th Jan '16 5:48:44 PM nombretomado
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* Parodied in ''StarControl II'', where the player character is asked to name the new good-guy faction. One of the options is the United Federation of Worlds. Another is "TheEmpire of [Your Name]".
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* Parodied in ''StarControl II'', ''VideoGame/StarControlII'', where the player character is asked to name the new good-guy faction. One of the options is the United Federation of Worlds. Another is "TheEmpire of [Your Name]".
5th Jan '16 3:33:13 AM zek42
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Note that a 'Confederation' is typically a conglomeration of states that are even more loosely bound than a Federation, the primary difference is that in a Confederation, the federal good is 'never' allowed to outweigh the good of the individual state. Switzerland is a modern example of a successful confederal democracy (today, however, it is a federation that retains the name of a confederation). The United Arab Emirates is an example of a confederation of absolute monarchies.[[note]]In practice the two largest emirates, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, have significantly more power than the other five, with their monarchs being the president and prime minister of the confederation, respectively.[[/note]] Some authors consider the European Union a confederation, though it is usually regarded as a unique, sui generis entity. In fiction, Confederations are typically portrayed as (at best) antagonistic neutrals and at worst, bad guys. This seems to be a holdover from the US civil war.
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Note that a 'Confederation' is typically a conglomeration of states that are even more loosely bound than a Federation, the primary difference is that in a Confederation, the federal good is 'never' allowed to outweigh the good of the individual state. Switzerland is a modern example of a successful confederal democracy (today, however, it is a federation that retains the name of a confederation). The United Arab Emirates is an example of a confederation of absolute monarchies.[[note]]In practice the two largest emirates, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, have significantly more power than the other five, with their monarchs being the president and prime minister of the confederation, respectively.[[/note]] Some authors consider the European Union to be a confederation, though it is usually regarded seen as a unique, sui generis entity. In fiction, Confederations are typically portrayed as (at best) antagonistic neutrals and at worst, bad guys. This seems to be a holdover from the US civil war.
5th Jan '16 3:30:56 AM zek42
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A "federation" is a relatively loose conglomeration of states with common goals and purposes, coordinated by a central government that's independent of them all, and from which they have a certain amount of autonomy. The oldest continuous federation and probably the best known example in the real world is the United States of America (its federal government has grown a lot stronger than it originally was but the US still retains a federal character). Another example is Russia: not only is its official name "Russian Federation", but most of the lands with a significant ethnic population, like Chechnya, are (at least theoretically) highly autonomous regions known as "republics". The Swiss Confederation is also an example. It should be noted, however, that many so-called "federations" in fiction are nothing of the sort. If the group acts much more like a single country than a bunch of mostly autonomous states, it's probably TheRepublic.
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A "federation" is a relatively loose conglomeration of states with common goals and purposes, coordinated by a central government that's independent of them all, and from which they have a certain amount of autonomy. The oldest continuous federation and probably the best known example in the real world is the United States of America (its federal government has over the years grown a lot stronger than it originally was but the US still retains a federal character). Another example is Russia: not only is its official name "Russian Federation", but most of the lands with a significant ethnic population, like Chechnya, are (at least theoretically) highly autonomous regions known as "republics". The Swiss Confederation is also an example. It should be noted, however, that many so-called "federations" in fiction are nothing of the sort. If the group acts much more like a single country than a bunch of mostly autonomous states, it's probably TheRepublic.
5th Jan '16 3:27:25 AM zek42
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Fixed some errors in regard to what is and what isn't a federation
Technically a "federation" is a loose conglomeration of states with common goals and purposes, coordinated by a central government that's independent of them all, and from which they have a certain amount of autonomy. One of the best examples of a federation is Russia: not only is its official name "Russian Federation", but most of the lands with a significant ethnic population, like Chechnya, are highly autonomous regions known as "republics". The Swiss Confederation is also an example. Likewise, the original design of the United States was a federation (hence "federal government", and its component states retain greater autonomy than in a unitary republic even though the central government has become more powerful than what a pure federation would have); many so-called "federations" in fiction are nothing of the sort. If the group acts much more like a single country than a bunch of mostly autonomous states, it's probably TheRepublic. Note that a 'Confederation' is typically a conglomeration of states that are even more loosely bound than a Federation, the primary difference is that in a Confederation, the federal good is 'never' allowed to outweigh the good of the individual state. Switzerland is a modern example of a successful confederate democracy; the United Arab Emirates is an example of a confederation of absolute monarchies.[[note]]In practice the two largest emirates, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, have significantly more power than the other five, with their monarchs being the president and prime minister of the confederation, respectively.[[/note]] In fiction, Confederations are typically portrayed as (at best) antagonistic neutrals and at worst, bad guys. This seems to be a holdover from the US civil war.
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Technically a A "federation" is a relatively loose conglomeration of states with common goals and purposes, coordinated by a central government that's independent of them all, and from which they have a certain amount of autonomy. One of the best examples of a The oldest continuous federation and probably the best known example in the real world is the United States of America (its federal government has grown a lot stronger than it originally was but the US still retains a federal character). Another example is Russia: not only is its official name "Russian Federation", but most of the lands with a significant ethnic population, like Chechnya, are (at least theoretically) highly autonomous regions known as "republics". The Swiss Confederation is also an example. Likewise, the original design of the United States was a federation (hence "federal government", and its component states retain greater autonomy than in a unitary republic even though the central government has become more powerful than what a pure federation would have); It should be noted, however, that many so-called "federations" in fiction are nothing of the sort. If the group acts much more like a single country than a bunch of mostly autonomous states, it's probably TheRepublic. Note that a 'Confederation' is typically a conglomeration of states that are even more loosely bound than a Federation, the primary difference is that in a Confederation, the federal good is 'never' allowed to outweigh the good of the individual state. Switzerland is a modern example of a successful confederate democracy; confederal democracy (today, however, it is a federation that retains the name of a confederation). The United Arab Emirates is an example of a confederation of absolute monarchies.[[note]]In practice the two largest emirates, Abu Dhabi and Dubai, have significantly more power than the other five, with their monarchs being the president and prime minister of the confederation, respectively.[[/note]] Some authors consider the European Union a confederation, though it is usually regarded as a unique, sui generis entity. In fiction, Confederations are typically portrayed as (at best) antagonistic neutrals and at worst, bad guys. This seems to be a holdover from the US civil war.
2nd Jan '16 3:59:20 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In addition to the Old Republic, the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse adds the New Republic, and the '''G'''alactic '''F'''ederation of '''F'''ree '''A'''lliances (Galactic Alliance for short).
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* In addition to Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse: The old ''Franchise/StarWarsLegends'' continuity had the Old Republic, the Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse adds the New Republic, and the '''G'''alactic '''F'''ederation of '''F'''ree '''A'''lliances (Galactic Alliance for short).short). The current continuity re-canonized both the Old and New Republics, but not the GFFA (yet).
2nd Jan '16 3:51:49 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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** The Galactic Republic. In its last years the Republic was corrupt and eventually led to the formation of the Galactic Empire. Despite this, the Old Republic was remembered fondly as a beacon of civilization and peace. ** The Confederacy of Independent Systems. Driven more by greed, they were far from benevolent. ** Averted with the [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Trade Federation]], which was a federation InNameOnly and was instead a MegaCorp with political influence. It ended up as a founding member of the CIS.
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** The Galactic Republic. In its last years the Republic was corrupt and corrupt, which eventually led to the formation of the Galactic Empire. Despite this, the Old Republic was remembered fondly as a beacon of civilization and peace. ** The Confederacy of Independent Systems. Driven more by greed, An unwieldy alliance of disaffected star systems and greedy corporations, they were in practice far from benevolent.benevolent, despite the idealism of many individual members. ** Averted with the [[Film/ThePhantomMenace Trade Federation]], which was a federation InNameOnly and was instead a MegaCorp with political influence. It ended up as a founding member of the CIS.above-mentioned CIS. ** After defeating the Empire at the Battle of Endor, the Rebel Alliance reorganized into the New Republic and implemented numerous reforms to prevent their new government from making the same mistakes the previous Republic did.
21st Dec '15 1:58:40 PM dissembly14b
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** The military opposition to secession is strongly there if there's a treaty involved. The Maquis were formed by Federation colonists in the Demilitarized Zone between Federation and Cardassian space, many of whom had their planets change hands as part of a peace treaty. These colonists included a group of American Indians, who explicitly didn't want to be in the Federation, had their planet given away and were in the process of being removed by the Federation in one episode. Military intervention was immediately canceled, however, when said group renounced their Federation citizenship, and agreed to live peacefully alongside Cardassian colonists. It didn't end well in the [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine sequel series]].
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** The military opposition to secession is strongly there if there's a treaty involved. The Federation grants all members the right of secession; the Maquis were formed by plotline involves Federation colonists in the Demilitarized Zone between Federation and Cardassian space, many of whom had their planets change hands as part of a peace treaty. These colonists included a group of descendants of American Indians, who explicitly didn't want to be Indians originally encountered in the Federation, had their planet given away and Original Series, who were in the process of being physically removed from the surrendered planets by the Federation in one episode. Military intervention was immediately canceled, however, when said group renounced their Federation citizenship, and agreed to live peacefully alongside Cardassian colonists. It didn't end well in the [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine sequel series]].
21st Dec '15 1:43:43 PM dissembly14b
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Rarely played as evil outright, but will usually suffer from sometimes-crippling [[ObstructiveBureaucrat red tape]], and the occasional {{corrupt politician}}s and/or [[GeneralRipper generals]]. Another common evil Federation set-up is The Federation opposing the independence of a number of colonies, whether space colonies in orbit, Mars or other planets in the system, or on entirely different systems. Even in this case, the main opposing force may be shown to be {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s and/or an example of TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized, willing to hurt innocent people to try to gain their independence, or worse, being used as a front for a truly evil BigBad. The heroes will usually be either among the [[LawfulGood good soldiers]] of the Federation or [[NeutralGood neutral parties]] who get caught up in the war; this is especially true in {{anime}}. In this case, The Federation will be seen as the lesser of [[GrayAndGrayMorality two evils]]. Another evil Federation setup is to make its governance an outright PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny.
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Rarely played as evil outright, evil, but will usually sometimes suffer from sometimes-crippling [[ObstructiveBureaucrat red tape]], and the occasional {{corrupt politician}}s and/or [[GeneralRipper generals]]. Another common evil Federation set-up is When they are evil, The Federation opposing will oppose the independence of a number of colonies, whether space colonies in orbit, Mars or other planets in the system, or on entirely different systems. Even in this case, the main opposing force may be shown to be {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s and/or an example of TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized, willing to hurt innocent people to try to gain their independence, or worse, being used as a front for a truly evil BigBad. The heroes will usually be either among the [[LawfulGood good soldiers]] of the Federation or [[NeutralGood neutral parties]] who get caught up in the war; this is especially true in {{anime}}. In this case, The Federation will be seen as the lesser of [[GrayAndGrayMorality two evils]]. Another evil Federation setup is to make its governance an outright Occasionally you will get a PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny.
14th Dec '15 1:32:59 PM FF32
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* The People's Republic of Haven in ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' is a very nasty and brutal deconstruction of this trope. Haven starts out as a simple Republic that is referred to as an 'Interstellar Athens' and lived in a perpetual golden age. Then the Havenite government decided to [[AuthorOnBoard jack up the welfare programs]], which in turn [[{{Anvilicious}} causes the economy to collapse]]. Instead of cutting the welfare programs, the Republic instead decides to turn conquistador, [[PlanetLooters conquering and looting]] other planets to put money in their treasury. Fast forward a hundred or so years later, Haven rules a vast interstellar empire of over two hundred star systems, and its citizens are divided into the second-class "Dolists" ruled by the first-class "Legislaturalist" hereditary political families. Then, a revolution kicks off, trying to fix the system. Unfortunately the revolution is [[DaysOfFuturePast modeled after the French Revolution]], complete with a leader ''[[StevenUlyssesPerhero named Rob S. Pierre]]''. Saying that it didn't end well would be a kind of an understatement. Of course, now that [[spoiler:the Havenite version of the Thermidorian Reaction has occurred (Thomas Theisman and Eloise Pritchart)]], and with [[spoiler:their version of Napoleon removed ahead of schedule ([[FanNickname Citizen Admiral Clusterbomb]], AKA Esther [=McQueen=])]], things seem to be [[spoiler:on track for the restored Republic of Haven]]. Aside from [[spoiler:the whole resumption of war with [[TheKingdom Manticore]]]], of course-until [[spoiler:Victor Cachat and Anton Zilwicki]] turn up in Nouveau Paris with proof positive that [[spoiler:Manticore and Haven had been manipulated into war with each other]] by an [[spoiler:outside third party with plans for galactic domination]]. This severely annoys [[spoiler:President Pritchart]], who [[spoiler:turns up in the Manticore System at midnight]], sits down with [[spoiler:Queen Elizabeth III]], and ends up not only [[spoiler:putting a permanent end to the war]], but [[spoiler:sealing a military ''alliance'' with Manticore]]. The bad guys are ''screwed'' after that, and the Republic of Haven is once and for all firmly on the side of the light.
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* The People's Republic of Haven in ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' is a very nasty and brutal deconstruction of this trope. Haven starts out as a simple Republic that is referred to as an 'Interstellar Athens' and lived in a perpetual golden age. Then the Havenite government decided to [[AuthorOnBoard [[WriterOnBoard jack up the welfare programs]], which in turn [[{{Anvilicious}} causes the economy to collapse]]. Instead of cutting the welfare programs, the Republic instead decides to turn conquistador, [[PlanetLooters conquering and looting]] other planets to put money in their treasury. Fast forward a hundred or so years later, Haven rules a vast interstellar empire of over two hundred star systems, and its citizens are divided into the second-class "Dolists" ruled by the first-class "Legislaturalist" hereditary political families. Then, a revolution kicks off, trying to fix the system. Unfortunately the revolution is [[DaysOfFuturePast modeled after the French Revolution]], complete with a leader ''[[StevenUlyssesPerhero named Rob S. Pierre]]''. Saying that it didn't end well would be a kind of an understatement. Of course, now that [[spoiler:the Havenite version of the Thermidorian Reaction has occurred (Thomas Theisman and Eloise Pritchart)]], and with [[spoiler:their version of Napoleon removed ahead of schedule ([[FanNickname Citizen Admiral Clusterbomb]], AKA Esther [=McQueen=])]], things seem to be [[spoiler:on track for the restored Republic of Haven]]. Aside from [[spoiler:the whole resumption of war with [[TheKingdom Manticore]]]], of course-until [[spoiler:Victor Cachat and Anton Zilwicki]] turn up in Nouveau Paris with proof positive that [[spoiler:Manticore and Haven had been manipulated into war with each other]] by an [[spoiler:outside third party with plans for galactic domination]]. This severely annoys [[spoiler:President Pritchart]], who [[spoiler:turns up in the Manticore System at midnight]], sits down with [[spoiler:Queen Elizabeth III]], and ends up not only [[spoiler:putting a permanent end to the war]], but [[spoiler:sealing a military ''alliance'' with Manticore]]. The bad guys are ''screwed'' after that, and the Republic of Haven is once and for all firmly on the side of the light.
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