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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.
7th Oct '17 6:32:37 AM Morgenthaler
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* In James S.A. Corey's ''[[Literature/TheExpanse Expanse]]'' series, the United Nations appears to be the governing body of Earth, though the specifics and background are kept vague. At the very least, the UN is responsible for Earth's off-world colonies, as well as off-world peacekeeping and general planetary defense, through the UN Navy.

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* In James S.A. Corey's ''[[Literature/TheExpanse Expanse]]'' series, the United Nations appears to be the governing body of Earth, though the specifics and background are kept vague. At the very least, the UN is responsible for Earth's off-world colonies, as well as off-world peacekeeping and general planetary defense, through the UN Navy. They're also involved in a SpaceColdWar with the virtually independent Mars Congressional Republic.
7th Oct '17 6:30:54 AM Morgenthaler
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** The [[Series/TheExpanse TV adaptation]] expands on this by specifically stating that the UN serves as the governing body of Earth, Luna, and the Belt colonies under their control.




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* The TV adaptation of ''Series/TheExpanse'' expands on the UN's elevated role by specifically stating that the UN serves as the governing body of Earth, Luna, and the Belt colonies under their control.
2nd Oct '17 2:17:23 AM RedScharlach
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** In the ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' adapation, the crash of the ship that would be refitted into the SDF-1 Macross also results in the creation of a world government but instead of starting a global civil war (as shown in ''Anime/MacrossZero''), it ends a global civil war.

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** In the ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' adapation, adaptation, the crash of the ship that would be refitted into the SDF-1 Macross also results in the creation of a world government but instead of starting a global civil war (as shown in ''Anime/MacrossZero''), it ends a global civil war.



* In the Wildstorm Universe, this is basically the case for the international super-team ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}. Its team members actually get a lot of flak from America, which, in this continuity, wish ''they'' were the world police.

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* In the Wildstorm Universe, this is basically the case for the international super-team ComicBook/{{Stormwatch}}. Its team members actually get a lot of flak from America, which, who, in this continuity, wish ''they'' were the world police.



* David Feintuch's ''Literature/SeafortSaga'' has the UN as the governing body of Earth and its colonies. Oddly enough, it's society is akin to Napoleonic-era Britain: Swearing in public can lead to legal trouble, The Church is an important factor of life, and there are legal duels.

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* David Feintuch's ''Literature/SeafortSaga'' has the UN as the governing body of Earth and its colonies. Oddly enough, it's its society is akin to Napoleonic-era Britain: Swearing in public can lead to legal trouble, The the Church is an important factor of life, and there are legal duels.



* In Creator/MikhailAkhmanov's ''[[Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDark Invasion]]'', the UN is still, technically, the same entity it is today, except for the existence of the United Space Forces, a supranational military force answerable to the UN Security Council, which is dominated by the three global superpowers (North America, Europe, Russia), who are determined to keep the other nations (including China, India, and the Muslim world) out of space.The USF is, typically, a monolithic entity, although there are occasional attempts by their sponsoring nations to use the USF for their own political goals. The three admirals in charge of the force usually try to resist, even though each of them comes from one of the three powers. The admirals are determined to keep the USF separate from Earth politics, knowing that Earth's safety depends on the USF remaining unified. The sequel ''Retaliation'' reveals that, several decades after the failed [[HumanAlien Faata]] invasion, the UN is reformed into the World Parliament, an attempt at creating a OneWorldOrder. The Security Council becomes the Solar System Security Committee. The USF remains largely unchanged, except for expanding its operations beyond the Solar System thanks to ImportedAlienPhlebotinum and increasing the number of the fleets to account for the expanding volume of space under human control. The World Parliament is later reformed into the [[TheFederation Earth Federation]], which also includes the other worlds settled by humans.

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* In Creator/MikhailAkhmanov's ''[[Literature/ArrivalsFromTheDark Invasion]]'', the UN is still, technically, the same entity it is today, except for the existence of the United Space Forces, a supranational military force answerable to the UN Security Council, which is dominated by the three global superpowers (North America, Europe, Russia), who are determined to keep the other nations (including China, India, and the Muslim world) out of space. The USF is, typically, a monolithic entity, although there are occasional attempts by their sponsoring nations to use the USF for their own political goals. The three admirals in charge of the force usually try to resist, even though each of them comes from one of the three powers. The admirals are determined to keep the USF separate from Earth politics, knowing that Earth's safety depends on the USF remaining unified. The sequel ''Retaliation'' reveals that, several decades after the failed [[HumanAlien Faata]] invasion, the UN is reformed into the World Parliament, an attempt at creating a OneWorldOrder. The Security Council becomes the Solar System Security Committee. The USF remains largely unchanged, except for expanding its operations beyond the Solar System thanks to ImportedAlienPhlebotinum and increasing the number of the fleets to account for the expanding volume of space under human control. The World Parliament is later reformed into the [[TheFederation Earth Federation]], which also includes the other worlds settled by humans.
1st Oct '17 9:12:41 AM nombretomado
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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 ConspiracyTheories).

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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 ConspiracyTheories).UsefulNotes/ConspiracyTheories).
27th Aug '17 2:22:17 PM JoeBerridgeBeale
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* In the [[{{Superhero}} superhero]] [[{{WebSerialNovel}} web serial novel]] ''[[{{Literature/GamerGirl2016}} Gamer Girl]]'', the United Nations holds the authority to exile any paranormal being to a North Atlantic archipelago called the Nine Hundred Islands. This is done in order to free the UN member states of "paranormal problems". Thus, the ''Gamer Girl'' [[{{TheVerse}} Verse]] United Nations acts as a sort of international immigration enforcement/hazard containment agency.

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* In the [[{{Superhero}} superhero]] [[{{WebSerialNovel}} web serial novel]] ''[[{{Literature/GamerGirl2016}} Gamer Girl]]'', the United Nations holds the authority to exile any paranormal being to a North Atlantic archipelago called the Nine Hundred Islands. This is done in order to free the UN member states of "paranormal problems". Thus, the ''Gamer Girl'' [[{{TheVerse}} Verse]] United Nations acts as a sort of international immigration enforcement/hazard containment agency.
7th Aug '17 9:01:39 PM PaulA
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* In Creator/WilliamHKeithJr's ''[[Literature/GalacticMarines Semper Mars]]'', the UN has grown in power and influence to the point where it's almost a OneWorldOrder. Several nations (including the US, Japan, and Russia) still resist UN's more and more forceful demands that they join the European-dominated organization. This gets to the point where UN-assigned overseers sent to the American excavation site in Cydonia, Mars, keep acting as if they're in charge of the mission, even though their official role is "observers only". Halfway through the novel, [[spoiler:the UN declares war on the "rogue" states over the findings on Mars]]. There is also a lot of pressure on the US to give up its Southwest for a new Latino nation called Aztlan. When the Americans understandably refuse, they're accused of being selfish and refusing to integrate with the world.

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* In Creator/WilliamHKeithJr's ''[[Literature/GalacticMarines Semper Mars]]'', Creator/IanDouglas's ''Literature/SemperMars'', the UN has grown in power and influence to the point where it's almost a OneWorldOrder. Several nations (including the US, Japan, and Russia) still resist the UN's more and more forceful demands that they join the European-dominated organization. This gets to the point where UN-assigned overseers sent to the American excavation site in Cydonia, Mars, keep acting as if they're in charge of the mission, even though their official role is "observers only". Halfway through the novel, [[spoiler:the UN declares war on the "rogue" states over the findings on Mars]]. There is also a lot of pressure on the US to give up its Southwest for a new Latino nation called Aztlan. When the Americans understandably refuse, they're accused of being selfish and refusing to integrate with the world.
17th Mar '17 8:39:34 PM Eagal
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In RealLife, the UN has no military force of its own, and acts primarily through sanctions, [[NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering when its members can be made to agree on anything in the first place]]. UN "military" are generally peacekeeping forces made up of units and equipment volunteered from member nations. As a result, many instances of this trope require that the UN adjust its structure to become much more powerful; frequently there is some form of world-threatening crisis that demands a unified multi-national force under UN command that [[{{Cincinnatus}} results in the UN becoming far stronger]]. (Some of its detractors go so far as to say that the UN has ''no real authority'' whatsoever, although this view is usually held by those who oppose whatever view the majority of its members hold.)

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In RealLife, the UN has no military force of its own, and acts primarily through sanctions, [[NotSoOmniscientCouncilOfBickering when its members can be made to agree on anything in the first place]]. Some of its detractors go so far as to say that the UN has ''no real authority'' whatsoever, although this view is usually held by those who oppose whatever view the majority of its members hold. UN "military" are generally peacekeeping forces made up of units and equipment volunteered from member nations. As a result, many instances of this trope require that the UN adjust its structure to become much more powerful; frequently there is some form of world-threatening crisis that demands a unified multi-national force under UN command that [[{{Cincinnatus}} results in the UN becoming far stronger]]. (Some of its detractors go so far as to say that the UN has ''no real authority'' whatsoever, although this view is usually held by those who oppose whatever view the majority of its members hold.)
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5th Mar '17 5:39:10 PM nombretomado
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* The U.N. in ''Comicbook/THUNDERAgents'' stands for United Nations (The Higher United Nations Defense Enforcement Reserves), but it is not clear how directly associated with the UN they are. In the Creator/DCComics version, the "Higher United Nations" appears to be a distinct organisation, seperate from the regular United Nations.

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* The U.N. in ''Comicbook/THUNDERAgents'' stands for United Nations (The Higher United Nations Defense Enforcement Reserves), but it is not clear how directly associated with the UN they are. In the Creator/DCComics version, the "Higher United Nations" appears to be a distinct organisation, seperate separate from the regular United Nations.



* In MarvelComics, ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} wavers back and forth between being a UN peacekeeping force and being affiliated with the USA exclusively.

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* In MarvelComics, Creator/MarvelComics, ComicBook/{{SHIELD}} wavers back and forth between being a UN peacekeeping force and being affiliated with the USA exclusively.
23rd Feb '17 7:40:20 AM JoeBerridgeBeale
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* In the [[{{Superhero}} superhero]] [[{{WebSerialNovel}} web serial novel]] ''[[{{GamerGirl2016}} Gamer Girl]]'', the United Nations holds the authority to exile any paranormal being to a North Atlantic archipelago called the Nine Hundred Islands. This is done in order to free the UN member states of "paranormal problems". Thus, the ''Gamer Girl'' [[{{TheVerse}} Verse]] United Nations acts as a sort of international immigration enforcement/hazard containment agency.

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* In the [[{{Superhero}} superhero]] [[{{WebSerialNovel}} web serial novel]] ''[[{{GamerGirl2016}} ''[[{{Literature/GamerGirl2016}} Gamer Girl]]'', the United Nations holds the authority to exile any paranormal being to a North Atlantic archipelago called the Nine Hundred Islands. This is done in order to free the UN member states of "paranormal problems". Thus, the ''Gamer Girl'' [[{{TheVerse}} Verse]] United Nations acts as a sort of international immigration enforcement/hazard containment agency.
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