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12th Apr '18 11:11:12 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* The U.N. was depicted this way in the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' series, [[TakeOverTheWorld which is why]] the AntiChrist went for a job as Secretary General. It doesn't show the UN seizing more power -- even though being in the hands of an EvilOverlord with [[JediMindTrick mind control powers]] would make that unusually easy to HandWave -- rather, it's simply taken as read that the United Nations really ''is'' this powerful in the real world. (For why, see UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories).

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* ''Literature/LeftBehind'': The United Nations is depicted as the strongest power in the world, with the Secretary-General of the United Nations being the de facto President of Earth. This is why the AntiChrist goes for the job of Secretary General to TakeOverTheWorld. His inauguration is treated as a coronation for the world's most important leader. Quick, do you even know the name of the current U.N. was depicted Secretary-General? All of this way in the ''Literature/LeftBehind'' series, [[TakeOverTheWorld which is why]] the AntiChrist went for a job as Secretary General. It doesn't show the UN seizing more power -- even though being in the hands of an EvilOverlord with [[JediMindTrick mind control powers]] would make due to one biblical interpretation that unusually easy to HandWave -- rather, it's simply taken as read that the apocalypse will be preceded by a [[OneWorldOrder single world government]], and the United Nations really ''is'' this powerful in Nations' role as a global organization for diplomacy is interpreted as the real world. (For why, see UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories).closest thing we've got.



* In Creator/CharlesStross' ''Literature/TheEschatonSeries'', the UN, consisting of most of the microstates of the [[BalkanizeMe balkanized]] post-[[TheSingularity Singularity]] Earth, is an interesting mix of "quite powerful" and "not very powerful at all": it mostly leaves local governments on Earth alone, but it has scores of agents tasked with enforcing the laws of the Eschaton -- a far-future expression of the Singularity that flung human civilizations across space for reasons unclear, but which wants the laws of causality to be preserved at any cost. It also a lot of pull for the mythical association with EarthThatWas (which they usually can't distinguish from Earth-That-Still-Is).
** This UN is ''not'' the same organization, but rather a development of the Internet Engineering Task Force (yes) that took on the responsibilities and form of the UN after the post-Singularity Earth had settled down (i.e. suitably modified for a world of ''tens of thousands'' of states rather than 193).

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* In Creator/CharlesStross' ''Literature/TheEschatonSeries'', the UN, consisting of most of the microstates of the [[BalkanizeMe balkanized]] post-[[TheSingularity Singularity]] Earth, is an interesting mix of "quite powerful" and "not very powerful at all": it mostly leaves local governments on Earth alone, but it has scores of agents tasked with enforcing the laws of the Eschaton -- a far-future expression of the Singularity that flung human civilizations across space for reasons unclear, but which wants the laws of causality to be preserved at any cost. It also a lot of pull for the mythical association with EarthThatWas (which they usually can't distinguish from Earth-That-Still-Is).
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Earth-That-Still-Is). This UN is ''not'' the same organization, but rather a development of the Internet Engineering Task Force (yes) that took on the responsibilities and form of the UN after the post-Singularity Earth had settled down (i.e. suitably modified for a world of ''tens of thousands'' of states rather than 193).
2nd Apr '18 6:52:47 PM at_ease_loser
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* In ''VideoGame/Overwatch'', the UN was able to unilaterally form and disband the eponymous organization, and enforces the global prohibition against vigilante activity. After Overwatch is disbanded, the UN funds Helix Security, a private security firm, to act as a worldwide peacekeeping/paramilitary organization. Justified by the global nature of threats in the setting making it infeasible for most individual countries to deal with problems on their own, as well as the general trend of globalization.

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* In ''VideoGame/Overwatch'', ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', the UN was able to unilaterally form and disband the eponymous organization, and enforces the global prohibition against vigilante activity. After Overwatch is disbanded, the UN funds Helix Security, a private security firm, to act as a worldwide peacekeeping/paramilitary organization. Justified by the global nature of threats in the setting making it infeasible for most individual countries to deal with problems on their own, as well as the general trend of globalization.
16th Mar '18 1:00:25 AM Epicazeroth
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* In ''VideoGame/Overwatch'', the UN was able to unilaterally form and disband the eponymous organization, and enforces the global prohibition against vigilante activity. After Overwatch is disbanded, the UN funds Helix Security, a private security firm, to act as a worldwide peacekeeping/paramilitary organization. Justified by the global nature of threats in the setting making it infeasible for most individual countries to deal with problems on their own, as well as the general trend of globalization.
26th Feb '18 3:36:46 AM LondonKdS
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** With the series' revival in 2005, negative reaction to this trope from the ''real'' UN led the writers to change UNIT to the ''[=UNified=]'' Intelligence Taskforce.

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** With the series' revival in 2005, negative reaction to this trope from the ''real'' UN led the writers to change UNIT to the ''[=UNified=]'' Intelligence Taskforce.Taskforce and make its allegiance a lot vaguer.
23rd Feb '18 5:38:51 AM LondonKdS
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' imagines the UN having much more control, organization, and respect than it does in real life, what with controlling the launch of nuclear weapons and issuing global advisories during alien invasions and worldwide crises. They also maintain a military force and espionage organisation known as UNIT (United Nations Intelligence Taskforce), which is meant to deal with existential threats to world civilisation as a whole, whether extra-terrestrial or terrestrial in origin.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' imagines the UN having much more control, organization, and respect than it does in real life, what with controlling the launch of nuclear weapons and issuing global advisories during alien invasions and worldwide crises. They also maintain a military force and espionage organisation known as UNIT (United Nations Intelligence Taskforce), which is meant to deal with existential threats to world civilisation as a whole, whether extra-terrestrial or terrestrial in origin. In universe, this situation is the result of international terror at the specific incident depicted in the story "The Web of Fear", in which an EldritchAbomination managed to occupy most of central London.
23rd Feb '18 5:37:18 AM LondonKdS
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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' imagines the UN having much more control, organization, and respect than it does in real life, what with controlling the launch of nuclear weapons and issuing global advisories during alien invasions and worldwide crises. They also maintain a paramilitary force known as UNIT, which is meant to deal with existential threats to world civilisation as a whole, whether extra-terrestrial or terrestrial in origin.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' imagines the UN having much more control, organization, and respect than it does in real life, what with controlling the launch of nuclear weapons and issuing global advisories during alien invasions and worldwide crises. They also maintain a paramilitary military force and espionage organisation known as UNIT, UNIT (United Nations Intelligence Taskforce), which is meant to deal with existential threats to world civilisation as a whole, whether extra-terrestrial or terrestrial in origin.
13th Feb '18 8:09:28 PM Mullon
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*** ''VideoGame/DeusExMankindDivided'' sees the formation of Task Force 29, an counter terrorism organization which appears to be a precursor to UNATCO, though it's run by Interpol instead of the UN.
29th Nov '17 6:17:04 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* The ''United Nations of Sol'' in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' is the primary human military power in the galaxy and has several [[TheBattlestar Battleplates]] the size of Manhattan that can crack planets. Also the protagonists frequently end up entangled in their top-secret research projects.

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* The ''United Nations of Sol'' in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' is the primary human military power in the galaxy and has several [[TheBattlestar Battleplates]] the size of Manhattan that can crack planets. Also the protagonists frequently end up entangled in their top-secret research projects. It's leadership is a chaotic mess of multiple legislatures with overlapping field of authority, leaving the military and intelligence branches to operate pretty much on the whims of it's admirals and generals.
29th Nov '17 6:09:39 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* In most games of the ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}}'' series controlling a majority of votes in the UN makes you the unquestioned ruler of the world. Even in it's more mundane dealings it rules unopposed; nobody ever just ignores World Congress rulings, and nobody has veto power.
13th Oct '17 5:37:47 AM EDP
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* Subverted by ''Series/BabylonFive'': The UN wasn't turning into this fast enough for the big dogs of 22nd-century Earth, so they established the stronger Earth Alliance to replace it, and crushed the holdouts. Being TheFederation in its most realistic form, it continues to have UN-ish elements, like preserving national states back on Earth.

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* Subverted by ''Series/BabylonFive'': The UN wasn't turning into this fast enough for the big dogs of 22nd-century 21st-century Earth, certainly not fast enough to prevent WorldWarIII, so they established the stronger Earth Alliance to replace it, and crushed the holdouts. Being TheFederation in its most realistic form, it continues to have UN-ish elements, like preserving national states back on Earth.
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