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15th Jul '16 9:26:53 AM Winter
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* Late in ''Series/BattlestarGalactica1978'', the Council of Twelve decides to lift the state of emergency the fleet has been operating under ever since the destruction of the Twelve Colonies. They also appoint one of their number, Siress Tinia, to serve as Adama's "aide" to ensure he complies with Council policy. She spends her time countermanding any military action she deems too aggressive.
12th Jul '16 3:44:54 PM Synthesis
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** The terminology, unsurprisingly, is less confusing in Russian than English (seeing how that was the actual language of the USSR): a (People's) Commissariat was originally an organizational level of government, the same as "Ministry" which it replaced (due the popular connection with the ministries of the failed Russian Imperial government), or "Departments" in America. Since English-speakers can live with multiple meanings for both words ("Ministry" also means "Church" in many English-speaking locales), so too can Eurasians: a Military Commissariat was a Military ''Department'' charged with local recruitment. What the English-world calls "Commissars" are field officers; actual "Commissars" who used the title were the likes of Leon Trotsky, People's Commissar for War War (War Minister). After the war, People's Commissariats became Ministries, and their heads became Ministers--since high-level bureaucrats [[WArhammer40000 aren't as interesting]], in English the ancillary meaning of the term has stuck.

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** The terminology, unsurprisingly, is less confusing in Russian than English (seeing how that was the actual language of the USSR): a (People's) Commissariat was originally an organizational level of government, the same as "Ministry" which it replaced (due the popular connection with the ministries of the failed Russian Imperial government), or "Departments" in America. Since English-speakers can live with multiple meanings for both words ("Ministry" also means "Church" in many English-speaking locales), so too can Eurasians: a Military Commissariat was a Military ''Department'' charged with local recruitment. What the English-world calls "Commissars" are field officers; actual "Commissars" who used the title were the likes of Leon Trotsky, People's Commissar for War War (War Minister). After the war, People's Commissariats became Ministries, and their heads became Ministers--since high-level bureaucrats [[WArhammer40000 aren't as interesting]], in English the ancillary meaning of the term has stuck.
12th Jul '16 3:42:13 PM Synthesis
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** The People's Commissariat of Internal Affairs, or (a ministry that combined SecretPolice and regular police) also used the word commissar in sense of a high-ranking police officer. These commissars confusingly coexisted with the ones from this trope during early Great Patriotic War (1941-1942). The USSR abolished the police (militsiya) commissar rank in the 1970s and renamed them "generals".
12th Jul '16 3:41:37 PM Synthesis
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** Stalinist NKVD (a ministry that combined SecretPolice and regular police) also used the word commissar in sense of a high-ranking police officer. These commissars confusingly coexisted with the ones from this trope during early Great Patriotic War (1941-1942). The USSR abolished the police (militsiya) commissar rank in the 1970s and renamed them "generals".
** There also were "People's Commissars", which is Bolshevik politically correct speak for ministers (the word "minister" was associated with the uber-corrupt Tsarist cabinet at the time). And also the even more confusing "military commissars", who still exist to this day and are in charge of draft and conscription offices. The Commies loved the word "commissar".

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** Stalinist NKVD The People's Commissariat of Internal Affairs, or (a ministry that combined SecretPolice and regular police) also used the word commissar in sense of a high-ranking police officer. These commissars confusingly coexisted with the ones from this trope during early Great Patriotic War (1941-1942). The USSR abolished the police (militsiya) commissar rank in the 1970s and renamed them "generals".
** There also were "People's Commissars", which The terminology, unsurprisingly, is Bolshevik politically correct speak for ministers (the word "minister" was associated with the uber-corrupt Tsarist cabinet at the time). And also the even more less confusing "military commissars", in Russian than English (seeing how that was the actual language of the USSR): a (People's) Commissariat was originally an organizational level of government, the same as "Ministry" which it replaced (due the popular connection with the ministries of the failed Russian Imperial government), or "Departments" in America. Since English-speakers can live with multiple meanings for both words ("Ministry" also means "Church" in many English-speaking locales), so too can Eurasians: a Military Commissariat was a Military ''Department'' charged with local recruitment. What the English-world calls "Commissars" are field officers; actual "Commissars" who still exist to this day used the title were the likes of Leon Trotsky, People's Commissar for War War (War Minister). After the war, People's Commissariats became Ministries, and are their heads became Ministers--since high-level bureaucrats [[WArhammer40000 aren't as interesting]], in charge English the ancillary meaning of draft the term has stuck.
** Another famous example would be the People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs (''Narodnyi Komissariat Vnutrennikh Del'', thus better known as NKVD), the umbrella organization of both regular civilian
and conscription offices. The Commies loved militarized SecretPolice. After the word "commissar".war it was split apart, and the remaining Internal Affairs department was rebranded a Ministry, MVD. Accordingly, its head went from a People's Commissar to a Minister.
27th Jun '16 7:02:01 AM Str8taim
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* ''StarWars: Film/TheForceAwakens'': Captain Phasma seems one of these for the First Order. When she notices Stormtrooper FN-2187, [[spoiler: who almost immediately afterwards defects to the good guys with the new name "Finn"]], hesitating and failing to assist in the execution of civilians, she orders him to report to her "division" for an assessment. She later states that her division had psychologically examined him and ordered "re-conditioning". She also commands troops in the field as well, and her silver chrome armor with a cape lets you know she's no ordinary soldier.

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* ''StarWars: Film/TheForceAwakens'': Captain Phasma seems to be one of these for the First Order. When she notices Stormtrooper FN-2187, [[spoiler: who almost immediately afterwards defects to the good guys with the new name "Finn"]], hesitating and failing to assist in the execution of civilians, she orders him to report to her "division" for an assessment. She later states that her division had psychologically examined him and ordered "re-conditioning". She also commands troops in the field as well, and her silver chrome armor with a cape lets you know she's no ordinary soldier.
19th May '16 6:17:34 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''TheQuantumThief'' the chen copy clan has served this function since the [[NoodleIncident Dragon Wars]], acting as observers on all Sobornost ships so that inter-Founder conflicts don't get in the way of larger Sobornost goals.

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* In ''TheQuantumThief'' ''Literature/TheQuantumThief'' the chen copy clan has served this function since the [[NoodleIncident Dragon Wars]], acting as observers on all Sobornost ships so that inter-Founder conflicts don't get in the way of larger Sobornost goals.
3rd Apr '16 1:19:10 AM TSBasilisk
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* In ''LightNovel/HeavyObject'' the Black Uniforms are Legitimacy Kingdom's internal police. They ensure units conform to regulations, prisoners are being treated well, and conduct contraband searches.
28th Mar '16 6:39:26 AM JackG
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* ''Mongoose'' by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear. The protagonist has an OhCrap moment when the political officer for the SpaceStation he's clearing of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s turns up and starts asking awkward questions. Subverted when she turns out to be a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who doesn't ask about his MysteriousPast, but is more interested in helping him do his job.



* In the Literature/{{Boojumverse}} story "Mongoose", Colonel Sadhi Sanderson is a political officer on Kadath Station. Part of the conflict is Station Master Lee wanting protagonist Izrael Irizarry to fix the station's problems without letting Colonel Sanderson know the station had any problems to begin with.

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* In the The Literature/{{Boojumverse}} story "Mongoose", by Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear. Izrael Irizarry has an OhCrap moment when the political officer for the SpaceStation he's clearing of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s turns up and starts asking awkward questions. Subverted when Colonel Sadhi Sanderson turns out to be a ReasonableAuthorityFigure who doesn't ask about his MysteriousPast, but is a political officer on Kadath Station. Part of the conflict is Station Master Lee wanting protagonist more interested in helping Izrael Irizarry to fix the station's problems without letting Colonel Sanderson know the station had any problems to begin with.do his job.
27th Mar '16 3:27:41 AM MarqFJA
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** The ''Winter Assault'' tutorial specifically mentions that the Guardsmen are [[RedShirt simple humans fighting against the worst monstrosities of the universe]], hence why they break so easily. Attaching a commissar to a squad however makes that squad near-immune to morale: not even a flamethrower will make them run. If they do break anyway, the commissar has the ability of executing a random soldier to instantly restore squad morale. And they happen to be [[BadassNormal awesome melee fighters]] to boot... but only three can be deployed at a time.
** Taken to ridiculous extreme in second game. At max experience level, shooting one soldier will make your entire army do twice as much damage, run faster than a land speeder and be completely invulnerable to all forms of damage. And there is a trait that makes execute cool down less than its duration.

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** The ''Winter Assault'' tutorial specifically mentions that the Guardsmen are [[RedShirt simple humans fighting against the worst monstrosities of the universe]], hence why they break so easily. Attaching a commissar to a squad however makes that squad near-immune to morale: not even a flamethrower will make them run. If they do break anyway, the commissar has the ability of executing a random soldier to instantly restore squad morale.morale and increase firing rate for all nearby squads. And they happen to be [[BadassNormal awesome melee fighters]] to boot... but only three can be deployed at a time.
time. Two commissars in the last two expansions are specifically mentioned to be watching the Governor-General for signs of weakening resolve.
** Taken to ridiculous extreme in second game. At max experience level, shooting one soldier will make your entire army do twice as much damage, run faster than a land speeder and be completely invulnerable to all forms of damage. And there is a trait that makes execute cool down less than its duration.



* As mentioned above, ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar'' commissars are attached to squads in order to ensure that morale and loyalty remain constant. Executing a squad member results in increased firing rate for all nearby squads. Two commissars in the last two expansions are specifically mentioned to be watching the Governor-General for signs of weakening resolve.
15th Mar '16 9:57:54 PM SantosLHalper
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->''"I am a [[BadassLongcoat Commissar.]] I am empowered to deliver justice wherever I see it lacking. [[YouHaveFailedMe I am empowered to punish cowardice.]] [[OmniscientMoralityLicense I am granted the gift of total authority to judge,]] [[ChurchMilitant in the name of the Emperor,]] on the field of combat."''

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->''"I am a [[BadassLongcoat Commissar.]] Commissar. I am empowered to deliver justice wherever I see it lacking. [[YouHaveFailedMe I am empowered to punish cowardice.]] [[OmniscientMoralityLicense cowardice. I am granted the gift of total authority to judge,]] [[ChurchMilitant judge in the name of the Emperor,]] Emperor on the field of combat."''
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