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13th Jun '17 11:17:15 PM jormis29
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** In the TabletopGame/DarkSun setting, the cities of Athas (except Tyr, depending on the timeline) are ruled by tyrannical Sorcerer Kings.

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** In the TabletopGame/DarkSun ''TabletopGame/DarkSun'' setting, the cities of Athas (except Tyr, depending on the timeline) are ruled by tyrannical Sorcerer Kings.



* Both the Realm and the [[{{Atlantis}} First Age Solar Deliberative]] from the RPG ''{{Exalted}}'' are these, being oligarchic (though the Realm is SUPPOSED to be a monarchy) states ruled by human beings given the powers of the gods.

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* Both the Realm and the [[{{Atlantis}} First Age Solar Deliberative]] from the RPG ''{{Exalted}}'' ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' are these, being oligarchic (though the Realm is SUPPOSED to be a monarchy) states ruled by human beings given the powers of the gods.
23rd May '17 1:01:26 PM BeerBaron
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* The regions controlled by House Telvanni in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' fall under this. The Councilors tend to be [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld millennia old]] [[EvilSorcerer Evil Sorcerers]] who've risen to the top via MightMakesRight and KlingonPromotion.

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The regions controlled by House [[TheClan Great House]] Telvanni in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' fall under this. The Councilors tend to be [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld millennia old]] [[EvilSorcerer Evil Sorcerers]] who've risen to the top via MightMakesRight and KlingonPromotion.
** The Psijic Order is one on their home island of Artaeum. They are governed by a magical council led by the Ritemaster (or Loremaster in some sources). The oldest monastic group in Tamriel, the Psijic Order is a secretive magical society founded during the ancient times by an Aldmeri ({{Precursors}} to the modern [[OurElvesAreBetter races of Mer]]) sect who rejected the transition to Aedra worship from ancestor worship, known to them as the "Old Way" or "Elder Way." Their order is highly [[RenownedSelectiveMentor selective]] and they practice SufficientlyAnalyzedMagic which allows them to perform feats (make their island disappear, freeze time, astral project, etc.) that no other group in Tamriel can match (save for the extinct [[OurDwarvesAreDifferent Dwemer]]).
10th May '17 4:16:16 AM DarkPhoenix94
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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', the White Council is composed of the most powerful one percent of magic users and nominally rules the magical human community. In reality, however, it mostly sticks to enforcing the Seven Laws of Magic on its fellow practitioners - you break one and, unless a Council Member agrees to take you on as an apprentice and the Senior Council agree to it, you'll be tried, found guilty and executed in the space of an hour. [[GoodIsNotNice And these are the good guys.]] - and, ironically, being a large and threatening presence to deter the other supernatural powers from trying to turn the world into this. Despite this, there's still a lot of politicking, and a complex interplay between factions. A single Warden, a member of the combat arm/police force of the Council, is posted in each major city around the world, their remit being to help out local, weaker practitioners, make sure they behave, and stamp on any monsters that get ideas. Due to their comparative power and InspectorJavert tendencies, the Wardens tend to be seen as something between an avenging angel and the grim reaper by your average practitioner. That and the fact that a single member of the Senior Council once dropped a satellite on someone's house, no one other than one of the other pre-eminent powers, like the Red Court of Vampires, wants to piss them off.
** The Red Court approximate this, with far more overt political influence in their heartlands of Central and South America (when [[spoiler: Dresden obliterates them in the 12th book]], about a dozen governments collapse overnight), while the White Court (who pretty much live for scheming and intrigue, to the point where it's a fundamental part of their culture) has the power to get a US Navy helicopter sent into a foreign country for an extraction at a moment's notice.
5th Apr '17 3:10:36 AM nighttrainfm
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* In ''Franchise/DragonAge'', the Tevinter Imperium is an ancient Magocracy based on Rome and Byzantium, with the Tevinter equivalent of the Roman Senate chosen from the Circle of Magi with the Grand Enchanter (Leader of the Circle) becoming The Archon (Tevinter equivalent of Emperor) after the death of the previous Archon. We have yet to actually visit it and it's a VestigialEmpire by now, but its atrocities are the main reason mages get a bad rap in Thedas. Their first act was to declare war on the elves, obliterate most of their culture and [[EnslavedElves enslave them]] (along with anyone else they don't like). Then they tried to break into ''Heaven'' - or rather, the Golden City at the heart of the Fade, said to be the home the Maker made for his children. What happened next is unclear, but the city turned black and [[TheVirus the Darkspawn taint]] was created, starting a vicious cycle that has persisted for centuries.

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Tevinter Imperium is an ancient Magocracy based on Rome and Byzantium, with the Tevinter equivalent of the Roman Senate chosen from the Circle of Magi with the Grand Enchanter (Leader of the Circle) becoming The Archon (Tevinter equivalent of Emperor) after the death of the previous Archon. We have yet to actually visit it and it's a VestigialEmpire by now, but its atrocities are the main reason mages get a bad rap in Thedas. Their first act was to declare war on the elves, obliterate most of their culture and [[EnslavedElves enslave them]] (along with anyone else they don't like). Then they tried to break into ''Heaven'' - or rather, the Golden City at the heart of the Fade, said to be the home the Maker made for his children. What happened next is unclear, but the city turned black and [[TheVirus the Darkspawn taint]] was created, starting a vicious cycle that has persisted for centuries.
7th Mar '17 11:02:11 AM nighttrainfm
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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''

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** And not just England, either: most of the major powers in history, including Rome and the Holy Roman Empire, have been ruled by magicians. Rarely have they been any better than the modern-day English regime, resulting in the {{Muggle}} common folk tending to rise up in revolution once a sufficient number of them develop innate immunity to magic due its overuse by the ruling caste. A new, rising empire promptly supplants the old one and the cycle [[EternalRecurrence starts all over again.]]

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** And not just England, either: most of the major powers in history, including Rome and the Holy Roman Empire, have been ruled by magicians. Rarely have they been any better than the modern-day English regime, resulting in the {{Muggle}} common folk tending to rise up in revolution once a sufficient number of them develop innate immunity to magic due its overuse by the ruling caste. A new, rising empire promptly supplants the old one and the cycle [[EternalRecurrence [[HistoryRepeats starts all over again.]]
7th Mar '17 11:00:57 AM nighttrainfm
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* England in ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' is ruled by a highly corrupt version.
** And not just England, either; it's implied that most of the major powers in history, including Rome and the Holy Roman Empire, have been ruled by magicians. Rarely have they been any better than the modern-day English regime, resulting in the {{Muggle}} common folk tending to rise up in revolution once a sufficient number of them develop innate immunity to magic due its overuse by the ruling caste.

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England in ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'' is ruled by a highly corrupt version.
version, with demon-summoning magicians ruling "commoners" through a mix of propaganda and old-fashioned intimidation.
** And not just England, either; it's implied that either: most of the major powers in history, including Rome and the Holy Roman Empire, have been ruled by magicians. Rarely have they been any better than the modern-day English regime, resulting in the {{Muggle}} common folk tending to rise up in revolution once a sufficient number of them develop innate immunity to magic due its overuse by the ruling caste. A new, rising empire promptly supplants the old one and the cycle [[EternalRecurrence starts all over again.]]
7th Mar '17 10:58:15 AM nighttrainfm
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* The Ministry of Magic in ''Franchise/HarryPotter'', which only rules over other magic-users. Muggles are explicitly outside their jurisdiction, and the Minister of Magic consults with the U.K.'s Prime Minister on matters which affect both -- albeit in an infuriatingly high-handed fashion.

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The Ministry of Magic in ''Franchise/HarryPotter'', Magic, which only rules over other magic-users. Muggles are explicitly outside their jurisdiction, and the Minister of Magic consults with the U.K.'s Prime Minister on matters which affect both -- albeit in an infuriatingly high-handed fashion.



* The wizards of Unseen University set up a magical dictatorship in the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}''. The results are not pretty. No one seems surprised, as any point in history wizards have been in power rather than being coddled and overfed to (mostly) harmless old codgers tends to result in problems. The only reason it seems to not happen anymore is a social paradigm shift rather than recent wizards being any nicer.

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''
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The wizards of Unseen University set up a magical dictatorship in the Literature/{{Discworld}} novel ''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}''. The results are not pretty. No one seems surprised, as any point in history wizards have been in power rather than being coddled and overfed to (mostly) harmless old codgers tends to result in problems. The only reason it seems to not happen anymore is a social paradigm shift rather than recent wizards being any nicer.
6th Mar '17 12:08:12 PM BeerBaron
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* The regions controlled by House Telvanni in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' fall under this, as all the lords of the areas are high-ranking members of House Telvanni, and to be high-ranking in that house you have to be a very proficient magic user (and backstabber).

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* The regions controlled by House Telvanni in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' fall under this, as all the lords of the areas are high-ranking members of House Telvanni, and this. The Councilors tend to be high-ranking in that house you have [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld millennia old]] [[EvilSorcerer Evil Sorcerers]] who've risen to be a very proficient magic user (and backstabber).the top via MightMakesRight and KlingonPromotion.
5th Feb '17 9:22:40 PM Fireblood
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* ''Film/FantasticBeastsAndWhereToFindThem'' has the "Magical Congress of the United States of America," or MACUSA. Being set in the same universe as ''Literature/HarryPotter'', this is America's Ministry Of Magic.
23rd Jan '17 6:38:30 PM MiddleEighth
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*The city of Daarthayu in ''Fanfic/TheKeysStandAlone: The Soft World'' is ruled by a council of wizards. How this works is not explored, though the four have an unpleasant encounter with one of the wizards.
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