History Main / TheGreatPoliticsMessUp

17th Mar '17 5:38:34 AM MitchellProductions
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Compare ScienceMarchesOn, SocietyMarchesOn and EndOfAnAge. See also IWantMyJetPack and {{Zeerust}}. See also MakeTheBearAngryAgain if the mess-up is somehow reversed.

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Compare ScienceMarchesOn, SocietyMarchesOn and EndOfAnAge. See also IWantMyJetPack and {{Zeerust}}. See also MakeTheBearAngryAgain if the mess-up is somehow reversed.
reversed, and {{Jossed}} If this trope applies to canonical changes.
16th Mar '17 10:23:23 AM MitchellProductions
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* Due to the frequent changes in political geographical properties worldwide, older maps would be rendered useless and "current" information in encyclopedias would be outdated alongside these maps. This would be an embarrassment for history teachers to remain consistent with current issues regarding their teachings.
12th Mar '17 6:28:48 AM Wuz
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* ''[[Literature/ThreeBodyProblem The Dark Forest]]'' by Cixin Liu, originally published in 2008, has a meeting TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture between a former American secretary of defense and an aged Islamic fundamentalist hiding out in Afghanistan who is clearly intended to be but not named as Osama bin Laden. The English translation of the book didn't appear until 2015, meaning that the mess-up was baked into it from the start.

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* ''[[Literature/ThreeBodyProblem ''[[Literature/TheThreeBodyProblem The Dark Forest]]'' by Cixin Liu, originally published in 2008, has a meeting TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture between a former American secretary of defense and an aged Islamic fundamentalist hiding out in Afghanistan who is clearly intended to be but not named as Osama bin Laden. The English translation of the book didn't appear until 2015, meaning that the mess-up was baked into it from the start.
6th Mar '17 8:23:11 AM Nakuyabi
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* In-universe in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Future Past". When Voyager is sent back to 1996, Tom Paris, the ship's expert on the 20th Century enlists the aid of an astronomer called Rain Robinson, claiming to be a CIA agent investigating a Soviet plot. When she tells him the USSR collapsed five years ago, he pauses for a second and replies "That's what they want you to think".

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* In-universe in the ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' episode "Future Past". When Voyager is sent back to 1996, Tom Paris, the ship's expert on the 20th Century enlists the aid of an astronomer called Rain Robinson, claiming to be a CIA agent investigating a Soviet plot. When she tells him the USSR collapsed five years ago, he pauses for a second and replies "That's what they want ''want'' you to think".think!"
22nd Feb '17 9:55:49 AM DeanMT94
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* In 1922 British Prime Minister David Lloyd George suggested that a good temporary solution to the growing religious, political and territorial tensions in Ireland would be to allow the more British-leaning counties of Ulster to be governed from Belfast, while the remainder of the region would be governed from Dublin with the two governments being separately elected and be allowed to pursue different policy paths. It's now '''''95 YEARS''''' later and the "temporary" solution is still in place.
31st Jan '17 7:08:54 PM MAI742
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* UsefulNotes/{{Bonn}} was 'temporarily' [[UsefulNotes/TheBonnRepublic the capital city]] of UsefulNotes/WestGermany for 41 years. Not wanting to name somewhere bigger and admit that East Berlin was lost, West Germany became used to Bonn's "provisional" status. After German reunification, only a small majority of the [[UsefulNotes/PoliticalSystemOfGermany Bundestag (parliament)]] voted to move the seat of government back to Berlin.

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* UsefulNotes/{{Bonn}} was 'temporarily' [[UsefulNotes/TheBonnRepublic the capital city]] of UsefulNotes/WestGermany for 41 years. Not wanting to name somewhere bigger and or admit that East West Berlin was lost, too vulnerable to be used, West Germany became used to Bonn's "provisional" status. After German reunification, only a small majority of the [[UsefulNotes/PoliticalSystemOfGermany Bundestag (parliament)]] voted to move the seat of government back to Berlin.
13th Dec '16 8:18:45 AM kyojikasshu
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* ''Anime/TransformersSuperGodMasterforce'' refers to Ginrai traveling in West Germany; ''Masterforce'' was made in 1989 but set some time after 2011.

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* ''Anime/TransformersSuperGodMasterforce'' refers to Ginrai traveling in West Germany; ''Masterforce'' was made in 1989 1988 but set some time after 2011.



** They started referring to Russia instead of the Soviet Union later on, mind you.

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** They started referring to Russia instead of (and Brasnya as a "former Soviet republic") from issue 5 onward, and Simon Furman [[WordOfGod admitted]] the Soviet Union later on, mind you.references in the earlier issues were errors.
11th Dec '16 7:04:01 PM DesertDragon
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* The original arcade edition of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' was released less than a year before the fall of the Soviet Union and had one of its fighters, namely Zangief, as a Soviet representative. His ending sequence even features Mikhail Gorbachev, who is helicoptered in to congratulate him on his victory, espousing the greatness of the "Soviet spirit". Despite subsequent editions of the game being released after the fall of the Soviet Union, Zangief's nationality and ending remained unchanged, although the SNES and Genesis ports attempted to somewhat fix that by having Zangief address Gorbachev as "Mr. Ex-President". This was [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in the [[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Alpha]] series, which took place chronologically before ''Street Fighter II'', but other games don't have this excuse. It wasn't until ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' that Zangief's nationality was officially changed to Russian. To make it even less consistent, ''Hyper Street Fighter II'', released in 2004, changed the flag of Hong Kong from its earlier British colonial flag to its current five petal design while keeping Zangief's Soviet nationality. And Hong Kong was under British control for the entire history of the Soviet Union!

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* The original arcade edition of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterII'' was released less than a year before the fall of the Soviet Union and had one of its fighters, namely Zangief, as a Soviet representative. His ending sequence even features Mikhail Gorbachev, who is helicoptered in to congratulate him on his victory, espousing the greatness of the "Soviet spirit". Despite subsequent editions of the game being released after the fall of the Soviet Union, Zangief's nationality and ending remained unchanged, although the SNES and Genesis ports attempted to somewhat fix that by having Zangief address Gorbachev as "Mr. Ex-President". This was [[JustifiedTrope justified]] in the [[VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha Alpha]] series, which took place chronologically before ''Street Fighter II'', but other games don't have this excuse. It wasn't until ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' that Zangief's nationality was officially changed to Russian.the Russian Federation, with the current flag. To make it even less consistent, ''Hyper Street Fighter II'', released in 2004, changed the flag of Hong Kong from its earlier British colonial flag to its current five petal design while keeping Zangief's Soviet nationality. And Hong Kong was under British control for the entire history of the Soviet Union!
19th Nov '16 7:01:30 AM DPsycho
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* In ''Film/{{Underground}}'', a group of Serbian war refugees is duped into spending 20 years below ground making weapons to fight the Nazis, being told that the war continues to rage above their heads. When a few escape, they're quite confused the

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* In ''Film/{{Underground}}'', a group of Serbian war refugees is duped into spending 20 years below ground making weapons to fight the Nazis, being told that the war continues to rage above their heads. When a few escape, they're quite confused the confused.
21st Oct '16 2:42:32 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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Ergo, it is rather funny to hear references to the Soviet Union, the Cold War, East and West Berlin/Germany in SciFi shows set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture but written before 1989. Fortunately, the old habit of [[InsistentTerminology calling the USSR "Russia"]] - either [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname due to ignorance or convenience]], [[TheyJustDidntCare or laziness]], [[{{Troll}} or to annoy them]], [[DivideAndConquer or to emphasize the differences between USSR's ethnic groups and delegitimise the regime]] -- allowed much accidental retroactive averting of this trope.

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Ergo, it is rather funny to hear references to the Soviet Union, the Cold War, East and West Berlin/Germany in SciFi shows set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture but written before 1989. Fortunately, the old habit of [[InsistentTerminology calling the USSR "Russia"]] - either [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname due to ignorance or convenience]], [[TheyJustDidntCare or laziness]], laziness, [[{{Troll}} or to annoy them]], [[DivideAndConquer or to emphasize the differences between USSR's ethnic groups and delegitimise the regime]] -- allowed much accidental retroactive averting of this trope.
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