History ReassignedToAntarctica / RealLife

5th Dec '16 9:27:30 AM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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* Apple did this to Steve Jobs in 1985, moving him to an office that was even nicknamed "Siberia" before he got tired of the abuse and quit. Reassignment Backfire set in during the following decade, as Apple steadily lost marketshare to Microsoft until Jobs was brought back in 1997; his successful turnaround of the company gave him [[ImmunityFromEditors near-dictatorial authority]] for the rest of his life.

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* Apple did this to Steve Jobs in 1985, moving him to an office that was even nicknamed "Siberia" before he got tired of the abuse and quit. Reassignment Backfire set in during the following decade, as Apple steadily lost marketshare to Microsoft until Jobs was brought back in 1997; his successful turnaround of the company gave him [[ImmunityFromEditors [[ProtectionFromEditors near-dictatorial authority]] for the rest of his life.
17th Nov '16 9:23:37 PM Thenakedcat
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** A proverb that originated in the Soviet officer ranks conveys the typically Russian philosophical approach to the problem: "They can't send you further than Kushka [a town in Turkmenistan and the Soviet Union's southernmost point] and they can't give you less than a platoon to command." (The wartime version of the proverb substitutes the frontline for Kushka.)

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** A proverb that originated in the Soviet officer ranks conveys the typically Russian philosophical approach to the problem: "They can't send you further than Kushka [a town in Turkmenistan and at the Soviet Union's southernmost point] and they can't give you less than a platoon to command." (The wartime version of the proverb substitutes the frontline for Kushka.)



*** The Japanese hated the Burmese front the most: it had minimal strategic worth, the British had them outnumbered and outgunned, and the dense jungle strained supply chains to their limits. A joke among Japanese staff officers in Tokyo made the rounds: "I've upset Tojo, it's Burma for me."
*** The Western Allies felt the same way about the CBI (China-Burma-India theater) for all the same reasons. In the US Armed Forces the number one threat was "You fuck up one more time, I'll have you sent to CBI!" The broader Pacific theater was also viewed this way: Europe's Western Front was much more fortified, yes, but it wasn't nearly as hot and disease-ridden, you still got some of the comforts of civilization, and enemy troops would at least consider surrendering after defeat. The opposition in the Pacific might be comparatively low-tech but their fighting style was fanatically bloodthirsty and [[IWillFightSomeMoreForever dedicated]].

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*** The Japanese hated the Burmese front the most: it had minimal strategic worth, the British had them outnumbered and outgunned, and the dense jungle strained supply chains to their limits. A joke among Japanese staff officers in Tokyo made the rounds: would joke "I've upset Tojo, it's Burma for me."
*** The Western Allies felt the same way about the CBI (China-Burma-India theater) for all the same reasons. In the US Armed Forces the number one threat was "You fuck up one more time, I'll have you sent to CBI!" The broader Pacific theater was also viewed this way: Europe's Western Front was much more fortified, yes, but it wasn't nearly as hot and disease-ridden, you still got some of the comforts of civilization, and enemy troops would at least consider surrendering after defeat. The opposition in the Pacific might be comparatively low-tech short on men and resources but their fighting style was fanatically bloodthirsty and [[IWillFightSomeMoreForever dedicated]].



* Through the late 19th century, Ambassador to Russia served this function for US Presidents looking to get troublesome members of their own party out of Washington, D.C. Russia was at the time the weakest and most distant of the major European powers, with few colonial ambitions in North America, giving the ambassadorship prestige but no influence. It wasn't until after the First World War that US strategic interests in Russia required more competence at diplomacy from ambassadors.

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* Through the late 19th century, Ambassador to Russia served this function for US Presidents looking to get troublesome members of their own party out of Washington, D.C.the country for a few years. Russia was at the time the weakest and most distant of the major European powers, with few colonial ambitions in North America, giving the ambassadorship prestige but no influence. It wasn't until after the First World War that US strategic interests in Russia required more diplomatic competence at diplomacy from ambassadors.



** In 1862, UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln had had enough of Simon Cameron, his corrupt and incompetent -- but politically indispensible -- Secretary of War. So he decided to appoint him ambassador to Russia. Lincoln famously quipped regarding this decision, "I know of no further place I could send him." Ironically, Cameron's entry into national politics had been as successor to ''James Buchanan's'' vacated Senate seat, suggesting that perhaps his fellow Pennsylvanians could think of no place further to send him than Washington.
** The United States Vice Presidency was also used as a political Antarctica from the colonial era through the early 20th century. (The Secretary of State, not the VP, was the Heir Apparent job in early American history.) In ordinary circumstances, the VP's only real duty is casting a tiebreaking vote in the Senate, so politicians that party officials wanted out of the way but couldn't just ignore were nominated to the Vice Presidency to prevent them from running for any other office -- most famously, Theodore Roosevelt. Of course, the problem with this was that if the president was killed, [[ReassignmentBackfire that dead-end job suddenly became the most powerful job in the country.]] This happened several times, most famously to Theodore Roosevelt. It wasn't until Harry Truman took over after FDR's death -- and dropped TWO NUKES -- that Americans really started to scrutinize VP candidates BEFORE they were elected.

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** In 1862, UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln had had enough of Simon Cameron, his corrupt and incompetent -- but politically indispensible -- Secretary of War. So he decided to appoint him ambassador to Russia. Lincoln Russia, famously quipped regarding this decision, quipping "I know of no further place I could send him." Ironically, Cameron's entry into national politics had been as successor to ''James Buchanan's'' vacated vacant Senate seat, suggesting that perhaps his fellow Pennsylvanians could think of no place further to send him than Washington.
** The United States Vice Presidency was also used as a political Antarctica from the colonial era through the early 20th century. (The Secretary (Secretary of State, not the VP, was the Heir Apparent job in early American history.) In ordinary circumstances, the VP's only real duty is casting a tiebreaking vote in the Senate, so politicians that party officials wanted out of the way but couldn't just ignore were nominated to the Vice Presidency to prevent them from running for any other office -- most famously, Theodore Roosevelt. Of course, the problem with this was is that if the president was killed, dies or resigns [[ReassignmentBackfire that dead-end job suddenly became just turned into Leader of the Free World]] -- most powerful job in the country.]] This happened several times, most famously to famously, Theodore Roosevelt. It This wasn't even that uncommon an occurrence: there were 4 VP successions in the course of the 19th century. Yet it took until Harry Truman took over assumed power after FDR's death -- and immediately dropped TWO NUKES -- ''two nukes'' that Americans really started to scrutinize appreciated the importance of scrutinizing VP candidates BEFORE ''before'' they were elected.



** Khrushchev used this as his preferred method for disposing of political enemies. After former premier Georgy Malenkov and foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov unsuccessfully plotted to kick him out in 1957, Khrushchev appointed Malenkov as a ''manager of a hydro-electric plant'' in the grim Kazakh industrial city of Ust-Kamenogorsk, while Molotov was appointed ''Ambassador to Mongolia''. Nikolai Bulganin was also sent to Stavropol when he fell from power.

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** Khrushchev used this as his preferred method for disposing of political enemies. After former premier Georgy Malenkov and foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov unsuccessfully plotted to kick him out in 1957, Khrushchev appointed Malenkov as a ''manager of a hydro-electric plant'' in the grim Kazakh industrial city of Ust-Kamenogorsk, while Molotov was appointed ''Ambassador to Mongolia''. Nikolai Bulganin was also likewise sent to Stavropol when he fell from power.



* Low-ranking Catholic priests who incur the wrath of the Vatican may be sent away to remote "contemplative monasteries" (formerly known as "monastic prisons") or assigned to impoverished rural parishes. Fictional portrayals of this may be seen in ''Series/FatherTed'' and ''Literature/TheThornBirds''. Senior church officials may receive a similar but more subtle treatment: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Gaillot Jacques Gaillot]]'s liberal views made him unpopular with the Church hierarchy, so he was demoted from Bishop of Évreux, France to Bishop of Partenia. Partenia is a titular diocese [[note]]A titular diocese used to have enough Catholic to require a bishop, but has since declined. Most are in areas that converted to Islam in the Middle Ages, and they are usually given to senior Curia officials in Rome so they can carry the rank of bishop without pastoral responsibilities.[[/note]], a town in Algeria that was buried by the Sahara in the 5th century. Similarly, Pope Francis removed Cardinal Raymond Burke from his post as Cardinal Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura and instead assigned him as the purely ceremonial Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (an order with only 13,000 members). The Patron is almost always a retired cardinal -- a relatively young and healthy cleric like Burke would only be made Patron in ''addition'' to other ''real'' responsibilities. This reassignment is presumed to be a response to the conservative Burke's criticisms of Pope Francis's relatively liberal reforms.

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* Low-ranking Catholic priests who incur the wrath of the Vatican may be sent away to remote "contemplative monasteries" (formerly known as "monastic prisons") or assigned to impoverished rural parishes. Fictional portrayals of this may be seen in ''Series/FatherTed'' and ''Literature/TheThornBirds''. Senior church officials may receive a similar but more subtle treatment: version of this punishment: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Gaillot Jacques Gaillot]]'s liberal views made him unpopular with the Church hierarchy, so he was demoted from Bishop of Évreux, France to Bishop of Partenia. Partenia is a titular diocese [[note]]A titular diocese used to have enough Catholic to require a bishop, but has since declined. Most are in areas that converted to Islam in the Middle Ages, and they "titular diocese" of Partenia, an Algerian city destroyed inthe 5th century. Titular dioceses are usually given only assigned to senior Curia officials in Rome so they can who carry the rank of bishop without but have no pastoral responsibilities.[[/note]], a town in Algeria that was buried by the Sahara in the 5th century. responsibilities. Similarly, Pope Francis removed the young and healthy Cardinal Raymond Burke from his powerful post as Cardinal Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura and instead assigned reassigned him as the purely ceremonial Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (an order with Malta, a purely ceremonial position usually given only 13,000 members). The Patron is almost always a retired cardinal -- a relatively young and healthy cleric like Burke would only be made Patron in ''addition'' to other ''real'' responsibilities.elderly ''retired'' cardinals. This reassignment is presumed to be a response to the conservative Burke's criticisms of Pope Francis's relatively liberal reforms.



* After one too many clashes with [[HeirToTheDojo Henry Ford II]], [[SelfMadeMan Lee Iacocca]] was moved from president of Ford Motor Company to [[KickedUpstairs some impressive job title]] -- with a run-down office in a parts warehouse in a rough part of UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} (mind you, this was in TheSeventies, before "rough part of Detroit" became [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tautology tautological]]). A job offer from Chrysler made this a Reassignment Backfire for Ford, as he pulled their ailing competitor back from the brink and became the first modern "celebrity CEO".

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* After one too many clashes with [[HeirToTheDojo Henry Ford II]], [[SelfMadeMan Lee Iacocca]] was moved reassigned from president of Ford Motor Company to [[KickedUpstairs some impressive job title]] -- with a run-down office in a parts warehouse in a rough part of UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} (mind you, this was in TheSeventies, before "rough part of Detroit" became [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tautology tautological]]). A job offer from Chrysler made this a Reassignment Backfire for Ford, as he pulled their ailing competitor back from the brink and became the first modern "celebrity CEO".



* [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust In 1940 the SS and Foreign Ministry each had a plan to]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madagascar_Plan deport all the European Jews to Madagascar]]. Earlier Nazi deportation plans had targeted marshy, unproductive areas of Poland for resettlement, but the governor of the occupied territory objected. The French colony of Madagascar was seen as a more desirable destination because it was further from lands the Nazis coveted for their own use; the SS also favoured Madagascar because its tropical climate and diseases would result in a higher death rate than a European resettlement. Ultimately, France's refusal to accept the deportees and Germany's food deficit and need for industrial workers caused the Nazi regime to opt instead for extermination of all [[SlaveRace Undesirables or POWs unable to serve as slave labor]] -- the Final Solution implemented through the death camps.

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* [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust In 1940 the SS and the Nazi Foreign Ministry each had a plan were both planning to]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madagascar_Plan deport all the European Jews to Madagascar]]. Earlier Nazi deportation plans had targeted marshy, unproductive areas of Poland for resettlement, but the governor of the occupied territory objected. The French colony of Madagascar was seen as a more desirable destination because it was further from lands the Nazis coveted for their own use; the SS also favoured Madagascar because use and its tropical climate and diseases would result in a higher death rate than a European resettlement. Ultimately, for deportees. France's refusal to accept the deportees and Germany's growing food deficit and need for industrial workers caused labor shortages eventually convinced the Nazi regime Nazis to opt instead for abandon resettlement in favor of [[SlaveRace mass enslavement]] of all able-bodied "Undesireables" and extermination of all [[SlaveRace Undesirables or POWs unable to serve as slave labor]] -- via the Final Solution implemented through Death Camps for the death camps.rest.



** Post-Chinese Civil War, the Republic of China (you'll know it better as Taiwan) had its share of these kinds of "promotions" as well. One notable example is General Wang Sheng, who served as Director of the General Political Warfare Department near the end of the life of "Presdient"/dictator Chiang Ching-Kuo (son of UsefulNotes/ChiangKaiShek) in the early eighties. Chiang sought to shift authority and power within the ROC government away from mainland refugees who fled following the Communist victory and towards the new generation born in Taiwan. When Wang visited the United States in 1983 to seek support for his own succession to the presidency, Chiang seized upon the trip as "secret" and "unauthorized". By that November Wang found himself the ROC's ambassador to Paraguay, allowing Chiang to pick Taiwan-born Lee Teng-Hui as his new Vice President and successor. (Lee went on to lead Taiwan's transition to democracy.)
* The former Edward VIII of Great Britain, aka the Duke of Windsor, was living in France when UsefulNotes/WorldWarII broke out. He was known to have fascist sympathies and had visited Germany against the advice of the Prime Minister before the war. After a German diplomat accused him of leaking plans for the defense of Belgium to the Nazis, the British government began to see the Duke as a major liability. When Germany invaded France, Edward moved to Spain and Portugal and continued to associate with Nazi sympathizers. Fearing that the Nazis would either subvert or abduct the Duke and set up a puppet monarchy, Churchill had him forcibly removed. He spent the rest of the War as Governor of the Bahamas, a non-job thousands of miles from any potential entanglements in Europe.

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** Post-Chinese Civil War, the Republic of China (you'll know it better as (a.k.a. Taiwan) had its share of these kinds of "promotions" as well. One notable example is General Wang Sheng, who served as Director of the General Political Warfare Department near the end of the life of "Presdient"/dictator "President"/dictator Chiang Ching-Kuo (son of UsefulNotes/ChiangKaiShek) in the early eighties. Chiang sought to shift authority and power within the ROC government away from mainland refugees who fled following the Communist victory and towards the new generation born in Taiwan. When Wang visited the United States in 1983 to seek support for his own succession to the presidency, Chiang seized upon the trip as "secret" and "unauthorized". By that November Wang found himself the ROC's ambassador to Paraguay, allowing Chiang to pick Taiwan-born Lee Teng-Hui as his new Vice President and successor. (Lee went on to lead Taiwan's transition to democracy.)
* The former Edward VIII of Great Britain, aka a.k.a. the Duke of Windsor, was living in France when UsefulNotes/WorldWarII broke out. He was known to have fascist sympathies and had visited Germany against the advice of the Prime Minister before the war. After a German diplomat accused him of leaking plans for the defense of Belgium to the Nazis, the British government began to see the Duke as a major liability. When Germany invaded France, Edward moved to Spain and Portugal and continued to associate with Nazi sympathizers. Fearing that the Nazis would either subvert or abduct the Duke and set up a puppet monarchy, Churchill had him forcibly removed. He spent the rest of the War as Governor of the Bahamas, a non-job thousands of miles from any potential entanglements in Europe.



* After the Boshin War that paved the way for the Meiji Restoration, the Aizu domain lords -- beter known as the TheShinsengumi's masters -- were displaced to Tonami "Just south of the Big Dipper" Domain, which occupied the eastern half of today's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aomori_Prefecture Aomori Prefecture]]. There's a ''good'' reason why that nickname stood -- it's the northernmost point of Honshu, relatively underdeveloped compared to the rest of Japan even today, and at the time[[note]]Hokkaido/Ezo was more like an autonomous client-state than an integrated Japanese province.[[/note]] it was as far away from the centers of Imperial power and influence as you could get without actually leaving the country.

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* After the Boshin War that paved the way for the Meiji Restoration, the Aizu domain lords -- beter known as the TheShinsengumi's masters -- were displaced to Tonami "Just south of the Big Dipper" Domain, which occupied the eastern half of today's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aomori_Prefecture Aomori Prefecture]]. There's a ''good'' reason why that nickname stood -- it's the northernmost point of Honshu, relatively underdeveloped compared to the rest of Japan even today, and at the time[[note]]Hokkaido/Ezo (at a time when Hokkaido/Ezo was more like an autonomous client-state than an integrated Japanese province.[[/note]] it was a province of the empire) as far away from the centers of Imperial power and influence as you could get without actually leaving the country.



* The UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar saw this in spades, as militarily ineffective but politically connected generals were moved where they could do the least damage to the outcome of the war short of being fired outright. In very loose terms: successful generals tended to move east and north, to the high-profile battles around Washington, D.C. and Richmond; unsuccessful generals moved west and south, to the disorganized fighting on the sparsely-populated frontiers.

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* The UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar saw this in spades, as militarily ineffective but politically connected generals were moved where they could do the least damage to the outcome of the war short of being fired outright.war. In very loose terms: successful generals tended to move east and north, to the high-profile battles around Washington, D.C. and Richmond; unsuccessful generals moved west and south, to the disorganized fighting on the sparsely-populated frontiers.



** Just what is considered "Antarctica" can and will change over time -- this is part of the reason for ReassignmentBackfire, after all. From the time the US acquired it in the UsefulNotes/MexicanAmericanWar through to the construction of the transcontinental railroad, UsefulNotes/{{California}} was seen as a remote deadend where no one in their right mind would want to go. UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant is often as a purposeless washout prior to the Civil War because he was posted first to a small town recently renamed from Yerba Buena to [[spoiler: UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco]] and then to Fort Vancouver in the Oregon Territory. Today many people born in Ohio would give a lot for such postings. Back then, not so much. With nothing else to occupy his time, Grant took to the bottle and gained his reputation as TheAlcoholic.

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** Just what is considered "Antarctica" can and will change over time -- this is part of the one reason for ReassignmentBackfire, after all. From the time the US acquired it in the UsefulNotes/MexicanAmericanWar through to the construction of the transcontinental railroad, UsefulNotes/{{California}} was seen as a remote deadend where no one in their right mind would want to go. UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant is often portrayed as a purposeless washout prior to the Civil War because he was posted first to a small town recently renamed from Yerba Buena to [[spoiler: UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco]] and then to Fort Vancouver in the Oregon Territory. Today many people born in Ohio would give a lot for such postings. Back postings; back then, not so much. With nothing else to occupy his time, Grant took to the bottle and gained his reputation as TheAlcoholic.
16th Nov '16 10:11:37 PM Thenakedcat
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** In the Denver Police Department, the Antarctica equivalent is reassignment to the airport. Denver International Airport security detail is as low as you can go and still be on the force. It's said that an officer who goes to the airport is "[[DontExplainTheJoke on their way out]]".
** In the [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCityCops New York City Police Department]], the equivalent is getting reassigned to Staten Island, connected to the rest of New York City only by the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. [[http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/staten-island-highest-number-most-sued-nypd-officers-article-1.1882160 It's home to the highest number of most-sued NYPD officers]].

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** In the Denver Police Department, the Antarctica equivalent is reassignment to the airport. Denver International Airport security detail is as low as you can go and still be on the force. It's said that an officer who goes to the airport is "[[DontExplainTheJoke on their way out]]".
** In the [[UsefulNotes/NewYorkCityCops New York City Police Department]], the equivalent is getting reassigned to Staten Island, connected to the rest of New York City only by the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. [[http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/staten-island-highest-number-most-sued-nypd-officers-article-1.1882160 It's The least populous of the city's five boroughs, Staten Island is home to the highest a disproportionate number of most-sued NYPD officers]].police officers with multiple prior complaints and lawsuits against them]].



** In the US Air Force, two such locations are the surveillance station at Thule in Greenland and the Eareckson Air Station refueling base.
*** Thule is above the Artic Circle and remains icebound throughout the winter. The few local inhabitants mostly speak Inuit or Danish, so there's very little entertainment to be found off base. Soldiers stationed there have very little to do besides 8-hour shifts staring at a radar screen for incoming missles...and in 60 years of operation there have never ''been'' any incoming missles.
*** Shemya Island is considered to be a ''worse'' posting than mainland Alaska, due to constant high winds (rarely below 30mph), temperatures that never rise above 50F, and omnipresent fog. At the tail end of the Aleutian archipelago, Shemya is closer to Eurasia than the North American mainland. Primary duty there is clearing the runway of obstructions and running the radar station. Legend has it that every time someone leaves, they take a rock with them so someday there will be no more island and no one will ever have to go back.
** The United States Marine Corps has 29 Palms, a remote training base located in the middle of the Mojave Desert. Although it's not as remote as it used to be, and is a fairly prestigious posting (the second-largest Marine Corps facility on the West Coast and third-largest in the nation), it's still in the middle of the Mojave Desert...

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** In the US Air Force, two such locations are the surveillance station at Thule in Greenland and the Eareckson Air Station refueling base.base on Shemya Island in Alaska.
*** Thule is above the Artic Circle and remains icebound throughout the winter. The few local inhabitants mostly speak Inuit or Danish, so there's very little not much entertainment to be found off base. Soldiers stationed there have very little to do besides 8-hour shifts staring at a radar screen for incoming missles...and in 60 years of operation there have never ''been'' any incoming missles.
*** Shemya Island is considered to be a ''worse'' posting than mainland Alaska, due to constant high winds (rarely below 30mph), temperatures that never rise above 50F, and omnipresent fog. At the tail end of the Aleutian archipelago, Shemya is closer to Eurasia than the North American mainland. Primary duty there is duties consist of clearing the runway of obstructions and running the radar station. Legend has it that every time someone leaves, they take a rock with them so someday there will be no more island and no one will ever have to go back.
** The United States Marine Corps has 29 Palms, a remote training base located in the middle of the Mojave Desert. Although it's not as remote isolated as it used to be, and is a fairly prestigious posting (the second-largest third-largest Marine Corps facility on the West Coast and third-largest in the nation), it's still in the middle of the Mojave Desert...



** While the Soviet Union only ever had one formal theater of war, there were certainly better and worse areas along the frontlines -- the siege of Stalingrad was ''nobody's'' preferred assignment. There was also the undeclared Far East theater in Siberia and Mongolia, the frozen ass-end of the USSR, where the Soviets were trying to discourage the Japanese from attempting a full-scale invasion based out of occupied Manchuria. Iosif Apanasenko, a successful field commander with a tendency to overstep his authority and talk back to high-ranking party officials, was eventually transferred there.

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** *** While the Soviet Union only ever had one formal theater of war, there were certainly better and worse areas along the frontlines -- the siege of Stalingrad was ''nobody's'' preferred assignment. There was also the undeclared Far East theater in Siberia and Mongolia, the frozen ass-end of the USSR, USSR where the Soviets were trying to discourage the Japanese from attempting a full-scale invasion based out of occupied Manchuria. Iosif Apanasenko, a successful field commander with a tendency to overstep his authority and talk back to high-ranking party officials, was eventually transferred there.
14th Nov '16 2:13:10 PM SSJMagus
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* General Douglas [=MacArthur=], famous for commanding Allied forces in the South Pacific during WWII and UN forces during the Korean War, was first sent to the Philippines as a Brigadier General in 1922 by General Pershing. Rumors at the time attributed this either to his involvement with a woman that the higher-ranking officer had been pursuing, or to a response to his attempts to reform West Point during his two years as superintendent. FDR purportedly kept [=MacArthur=] in the Philippines through the 1930s and into the 40s to avoid having to talk to him in person. This turned into a ReassignmentBackfire when war broke out with Japan and [=MacArthur=] was in the middle of the action. However, [=MacArthur=] was such a MilesGloriosus that he considered his command of the entire South Pacific Theater to be a Reassignment To Antarctica, because he thought he should have been put in charge of the whole war. Fortunately for the whole civilized world General Marshal knew better. But this ''also'' ended in Reassignment Backfire as [=MacArthur's=] role in defeating Japan (and his greater skill with the press than the other generals and admirals involved, making [=MacArthur's=] role better known to the public) and resulting fame gave him [[ProtectionFromEditors a lot of clout he probably shouldn't have had]]. This in turn led to [=MacArthur's=] well-publicized confrontation with President Truman over the use of nuclear weapons against China during the Korean War. When Truman had had enough, he prevented further Reassignment Backfire by just firing [=MacArthur=] outright.

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* General Douglas [=MacArthur=], famous for commanding Allied forces in the South Pacific during WWII and UN forces during the Korean War, was first sent to the Philippines as a Brigadier General in 1922 by General Pershing. Rumors at the time attributed this either to his involvement with a woman that the higher-ranking officer had been pursuing, or to a response to his attempts to reform West Point during his two years as superintendent. FDR purportedly kept [=MacArthur=] in the Philippines through the 1930s and into the 40s to avoid having to talk to him in person. This turned into a ReassignmentBackfire when war broke out with Japan and [=MacArthur=] was in the middle of the action. However, [=MacArthur=] was such a MilesGloriosus that he considered his command of the entire South Pacific Theater to be a Reassignment To Antarctica, because he thought he should have been put in charge of the whole war. Fortunately for the whole civilized world General Marshal knew better. But this ''also'' ended in Reassignment Backfire as [=MacArthur's=] role in defeating Japan (and his greater skill with the press than the other generals and admirals involved, making [=MacArthur's=] role better known to the public) public despite many of those others having a larger role in the victory and having displayed greater military skill than [=MacArthur=]) and resulting fame gave him [[ProtectionFromEditors a lot of clout he probably shouldn't have had]]. This in turn led to [=MacArthur's=] well-publicized confrontation with President Truman over the use of nuclear weapons against China during the Korean War. When Truman had had enough, he prevented further Reassignment Backfire by just firing [=MacArthur=] outright.
14th Nov '16 2:05:22 PM SSJMagus
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** Augustus exiled his daughter Julia (and his granddaughter, also called Julia) to the minute and previously uninhabited island of Pandateria, with no access to men or wine (what he found embarrassing was her [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl constant partying]] and numerous alleged affairs, including rumors of liaisons in a temple).[[note]Bear in mind that "she had sex in a temple!" was a standard Greco-Roman slur for women deemed to be sexually inappropriate; this was the offense that brought Athena's curse on Medusa in classical mythology.[[/note]]

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** Augustus exiled his daughter Julia (and his granddaughter, also called Julia) to the minute and previously uninhabited island of Pandateria, with no access to men or wine (what he found embarrassing was her [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl constant partying]] and numerous alleged affairs, including rumors of liaisons in a temple).[[note]Bear [[note]]Bear in mind that "she had sex in a temple!" was a standard Greco-Roman slur for women deemed to be sexually inappropriate; this was the offense that brought Athena's curse on Medusa in classical mythology.[[/note]]
6th Nov '16 6:17:04 PM Thenakedcat
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** In the US Air Force, two such locations are the surveillance station at Thule in Greenland (which is above the Artic Circle and provides very little to do besides staring at a radar screen for incoming missiles) and the refueling station on Shemya Island in Alaska. Shemya is considered to be a ''worse'' posting than mainland Alaska. Purportedly, the wind never drops below 60 knots (110 km/h; 70 mph), the temperature never rises above -20 °C (-4 °F) and there's a 10-foot (3 m) visibility fog 300 days of the year. Primary duty there is clearing the runway of obstructions and running the radar station. Legend has it that every time someone leaves, they take a rock with them so someday there will be no more island and no one will ever have to go back.

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** In the US Air Force, two such locations are the surveillance station at Thule in Greenland (which and the Eareckson Air Station refueling base.
*** Thule
is above the Artic Circle and provides remains icebound throughout the winter. The few local inhabitants mostly speak Inuit or Danish, so there's very little entertainment to be found off base. Soldiers stationed there have very little to do besides 8-hour shifts staring at a radar screen for incoming missiles) missles...and the refueling station on in 60 years of operation there have never ''been'' any incoming missles.
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Shemya Island in Alaska. Shemya is considered to be a ''worse'' posting than mainland Alaska. Purportedly, the wind Alaska, due to constant high winds (rarely below 30mph), temperatures that never drops below 60 knots (110 km/h; 70 mph), the temperature never rises rise above -20 °C (-4 °F) 50F, and there's a 10-foot (3 m) visibility fog 300 days omnipresent fog. At the tail end of the year.Aleutian archipelago, Shemya is closer to Eurasia than the North American mainland. Primary duty there is clearing the runway of obstructions and running the radar station. Legend has it that every time someone leaves, they take a rock with them so someday there will be no more island and no one will ever have to go back.



** In UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, each of the combatants (except for the Soviets, who only ever had one serious theater--although that was a ''brutal'' one) had at least one theater they particularly reviled.

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** In UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, each of the combatants (except for the Soviets, who only ever had one serious theater--although that was a ''brutal'' one) had at least one theater they particularly reviled.



*** The Western Allies felt the same way about the CBI (China-Burma-India theater) for all the same reasons. In the US Armed Forces the number one threat was "You fuck up one more time, I'll have you sent to CBI!" The broader Pacific theater was also viewed this way: the Western Front was much more fortified, yes, but it wasn't nearly as hot and disease-ridden, you still got some of the comforts of civilization, and enemy troops would surrender after defeat. The opposition in the Pacific might be low-tech but their fighting style was fanatically bloodthirsty and [[IWillFightSomeMoreForever dedicated]].
*** Similarly, the Eastern Front was this for the European Axis Powers. German, Italian, Romanian, and Hungarian troops ''hated'' the Eastern Front, due to the [[WarIsHell brutal fighting]], [[UrbanWarfare urban combat,]] [[HostileWeather muddy or frigid weather]], guerilla warfare, 'collective drastic reprisals' against civilian communities, and tit-for-tat Soviet mistreatment of [=POWs=] [[note]] "They're trying to exterminate every last one of us" is not an excuse for treating POW poorly, but it is a very understandable reaction. On the other hand it does seem very reasonable in comparison to "We want them to die", the German Army's excuse for killing 2 of the 3 million POW they took in the first six months of the war. The survivors and all POW captured after that point were conscripted to kill people in The Holocaust and serve as slaves, with 1.3 of 2 million of them dying. As many as three hundred thousand Axis POW (of more than 2 million) may have died in prison from wounds and diseases they had when they were captured, which they did not all receive adequate food and treatment for. [[/note]]
* The threat to send somebody in Sardinia has become a common saying in Italy.

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*** The Western Allies felt the same way about the CBI (China-Burma-India theater) for all the same reasons. In the US Armed Forces the number one threat was "You fuck up one more time, I'll have you sent to CBI!" The broader Pacific theater was also viewed this way: the Europe's Western Front was much more fortified, yes, but it wasn't nearly as hot and disease-ridden, you still got some of the comforts of civilization, and enemy troops would surrender at least consider surrendering after defeat. The opposition in the Pacific might be comparatively low-tech but their fighting style was fanatically bloodthirsty and [[IWillFightSomeMoreForever dedicated]].
*** Similarly, the Eastern Front was this for the European Axis Powers. German, Italian, Romanian, and Hungarian troops ''hated'' the Eastern Front, due to the [[WarIsHell brutal fighting]], [[UrbanWarfare urban combat,]] [[HostileWeather muddy or summers and frigid weather]], winters]], guerilla warfare, 'collective drastic reprisals' against civilian communities, and tit-for-tat relatively harsh Soviet mistreatment treatment of [=POWs=] [[note]] "They're (as compared to the Western Allies -- Nazi [=POW=] policies were even worse).
** While the Soviet Union only ever had one formal theater of war, there were certainly better and worse areas along the frontlines -- the siege of Stalingrad was ''nobody's'' preferred assignment. There was also the undeclared Far East theater in Siberia and Mongolia, the frozen ass-end of the USSR, where the Soviets were
trying to exterminate every last one of us" is not an excuse for treating POW poorly, but it is a very understandable reaction. On discourage the other hand it does seem very reasonable in comparison to "We want them to die", the German Army's excuse for killing 2 Japanese from attempting a full-scale invasion based out of the 3 million POW they took in the first six months of the war. The survivors and all POW captured after that point were conscripted to kill people in The Holocaust and serve as slaves, occupied Manchuria. Iosif Apanasenko, a successful field commander with 1.3 of 2 million of them dying. As many as three hundred thousand Axis POW (of more than 2 million) may have died in prison from wounds a tendency to overstep his authority and diseases they had when they were captured, which they did not all receive adequate food and treatment for. [[/note]]
* The threat
talk back to send somebody in Sardinia has become high-ranking party officials, was eventually transferred there.
* In Italian,
a common saying in threat for a troublemaker is to "send them to Sardinia". Sardinians are notoriously distrustful of outsiders and the island is much less developed than mainland Italy.



* ''NBC Nightly News'' anchor Brian Williams was caught embellishing some of his stories to make them more dramatic. After he served a six month suspension, he lost his position as the anchor of America's Number 1 news broadcast and was transferred to struggling-in-the-ratings MSNBC to become the cable channel's "breaking news anchor", having no guaranteed air time and only being allowed in front of the camera when higher-ups feel that it's necessary. He's sticking with it, however, and there are now talks of giving him a regular broadcast for at least the duration of the 2016 US Presidential Election.
* In 1862, UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln had had enough of Simon Cameron, his corrupt[[note]]Prior to appointing Cameron, Lincoln asked Thaddeus Stevens, who like Cameron was a Republican Member of Congress from Pennsylvania, what he thought of Cameron; Stevens responded, "[[DamnedByFaintPraise I do not believe he would steal a red hot stove]]." (Lincoln ended up appointing Cameron anyway; the politics of rejecting him were just too complicated). For his part, Cameron once said, "An honest politician is one who, once bought, will stay bought."[[/note]] and incompetent Secretary of War. So he decided to appoint him ambassador to Russia. Lincoln famously quipped regarding this decision, "I know of no further place I could send him."
** Earlier, UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson had sent UsefulNotes/JamesBuchanan to that post for the same reason, allegedly saying, "If we kept a ministry at the North Pole, I would have sent him there." (Bear in mind that in the 1830s, people hadn't reached the North Pole yet; it was as far away as the Moon for people of the time.) This [[ReassignmentBackfire backfired spectacularly]]: people thought the ambassadorship meant Buchanan was experienced in foreign affairs, and his extended absence meant he hadn't pissed anyone off in recent memory, so he was elected President. He then proceeded to completely fail to address the tensions over slavery, industrialization, and secession that broke open in UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar just weeks after he left office. The nation voted for him because he had no opinions or principles to object to, and he remained that way throughout his term in office.

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* ''NBC Nightly News'' anchor Brian Williams was caught embellishing some of his stories to make them more dramatic. After he served serving a six month suspension, he lost his position as the anchor of America's Number 1 the top-rated network news broadcast show and was transferred to struggling-in-the-ratings ratings-challenged MSNBC to become the cable channel's "breaking news anchor", having with no guaranteed air time and only being allowed in front of all his appearances subject to the camera when higher-ups feel that it's necessary. discretion of network executives. He's sticking stuck with it, however, and there are now talks of giving him a regular broadcast regularly-scheduled appearances if not his own broadcast.
* Through the late 19th century, Ambassador to Russia served this function
for US Presidents looking to get troublesome members of their own party out of Washington, D.C. Russia was at least the duration time the weakest and most distant of the 2016 major European powers, with few colonial ambitions in North America, giving the ambassadorship prestige but no influence. It wasn't until after the First World War that US Presidential Election.
*
strategic interests in Russia required more competence at diplomacy from ambassadors.
** In the 1830s, UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson appointed UsefulNotes/JamesBuchanan the post, allegedly saying, "If we kept a ministry at the North Pole, I would have sent him there." This [[ReassignmentBackfire backfired spectacularly]]: later presidents thought this indicated an aptitude for foriegn policy and sent Buchanan on many diplomatic missions despite lackluster performance. His extended absences gave him few political enemies and even fewer strong opinions or principles for voters to object to, and in the tumultuous 1856 election that was enough to win him the Presidency. Buchanan then completely failed to address disputes over slavery, territory, and secession that would break open in UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar just weeks after he left office, having given the nation [[BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor exactly what it asked for]] throughout his term.
**
In 1862, UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln had had enough of Simon Cameron, his corrupt[[note]]Prior to appointing Cameron, Lincoln asked Thaddeus Stevens, who like Cameron was a Republican Member of Congress from Pennsylvania, what he thought of Cameron; Stevens responded, "[[DamnedByFaintPraise I do not believe he would steal a red hot stove]]." (Lincoln ended up appointing Cameron anyway; the politics of rejecting him were just too complicated). For his part, Cameron once said, "An honest politician is one who, once bought, will stay bought."[[/note]] corrupt and incompetent -- but politically indispensible -- Secretary of War. So he decided to appoint him ambassador to Russia. Lincoln famously quipped regarding this decision, "I know of no further place I could send him."
** Earlier, UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson had sent UsefulNotes/JamesBuchanan to that post for the same reason, allegedly saying, "If we kept a ministry at the North Pole, I would have sent him there.
" (Bear in mind Ironically, Cameron's entry into national politics had been as successor to ''James Buchanan's'' vacated Senate seat, suggesting that perhaps his fellow Pennsylvanians could think of no place further to send him than Washington.
** The United States Vice Presidency was also used as a political Antarctica from the colonial era through the early 20th century. (The Secretary of State, not the VP, was the Heir Apparent job in early American history.) In ordinary circumstances, the VP's only real duty is casting a tiebreaking vote
in the 1830s, people hadn't reached the North Pole yet; it was as far away as the Moon for people Senate, so politicians that party officials wanted out of the time.) This way but couldn't just ignore were nominated to the Vice Presidency to prevent them from running for any other office -- most famously, Theodore Roosevelt. Of course, the problem with this was that if the president was killed, [[ReassignmentBackfire backfired spectacularly]]: people thought that dead-end job suddenly became the ambassadorship meant Buchanan was experienced most powerful job in foreign affairs, and his extended absence meant he hadn't pissed anyone off in recent memory, so he was elected President. He then proceeded to completely fail to address the tensions country.]] This happened several times, most famously to Theodore Roosevelt. It wasn't until Harry Truman took over slavery, industrialization, and secession that broke open in UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar just weeks after he left office. The nation voted for him because he had no opinions or principles to object to, FDR's death -- and he remained dropped TWO NUKES -- that way throughout his term in office.Americans really started to scrutinize VP candidates BEFORE they were elected.



** In Czarist Russia, troublesome aristocrats were often sent to Siberia to live in permanent genteel exile (their standard of living was still far above commoners, who went to straight-up prisons). A popular euphemism for this was "to be sent to count trees", as the exile might be explained away as a bureaucratic posting or scientific expedition. In some cases, counting trees was almost literal. Russian Prince Pyotr Kropotkin, who was an anarchist philosopher, an army officer, and a trained biologist, developed his perspective on evolution based on the principle of mutual aid for group survival while on a "science mission" in Siberia.
** Creator/AlexanderPushkin was exiled from St. Petersburg to Kishinev (now Chişinău, the capital of Moldova), very far away. Kishinev, which had a large Jewish population, was proverbial in Yiddish slang for "very far away"- if a child was gone for a while, their parents would ask if they had been in Kishinev.
** Georgy Zhukov became a decorated Soviet general on the Mongolian frontier after waging an undeclared war against Japanese-occupied Manchuria, and gained influence and name-recognition as a prominent and successful commander during World War 2. After the war, Stalin saw Zhukov as a big enough threat to his leadership to reassign him first to southern Ukraine, then to the Urals, far from Moscow's power politics.
** Iosif Apanasenko was reassigned to the Far East theater to discourage the Japanese from pulling a surprise attack on the [=USSR=] as the Germans had in 1941. While he was a successful commander and someone trustworthy needed to be watching the eastern border, it was also the frozen ass-end of the Soviet Union and Apanasenko had a tendency to overstep his authority and talk back to high-ranking party officials.
** Stalin's first attempts at neutralizing Leon Trotsky were reassignment away from Moscow and exile from the Soviet Union. Unfortunately for Stalin, Trotsky turned out to be just as much of a loud, troublesome pain-in-the-arse dedicated to causing grief for Stalin regardless of where he was. Unfortunately for Trotsky, Stalin eventually got so fed up with him that he decided on a more permanent solution to the problem... permanent as in an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piolet icepick]] through the skull.
** Khrushchev used this as his preferred method for disposing of political enemies. After former premier Georgy Malenkov and foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov unsuccessfully plotted to kick him out in 1957, Khrushchev appointed Malenkov as a ''manager of a hydro-electric plant'' in the grim industrial city of Ust-Kamenogorsk in a remote area in Kazakhstan, while Molotov was appointed ''Ambassador to Mongolia''. Nikolai Bulganin was also sent to Stavropol when he fell from power.

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** In Czarist Russia, troublesome aristocrats were often sent to Siberia to live in permanent genteel exile (their standard of living was still far above commoners, who went to straight-up prisons). A popular euphemism for this was "to be sent to count trees", as the exile might be explained away as a bureaucratic posting or scientific expedition. In some cases, counting trees was almost literal. Russian Prince Pyotr Kropotkin, who was Kropotkin -- an anarchist philosopher, an army officer, and a trained biologist, biologist -- developed his perspective on evolution based on the principle of mutual aid for group survival while on a "science mission" in Siberia.
** Creator/AlexanderPushkin was exiled from the imperial court in St. Petersburg to Kishinev (now Chişinău, the capital of Moldova), very far away. Moldova). Kishinev, which had a large Jewish population, was proverbial in Yiddish slang for "very far away"- away" -- if a child was gone for a while, awhile, their parents would ask if they had been in Kishinev.
** Georgy Zhukov became a decorated Soviet general on the Mongolian frontier after waging an undeclared war against Japanese-occupied Manchuria, and gained influence and name-recognition as a prominent and successful commander during World War 2. After the war, Stalin saw Zhukov as a big enough threat to his leadership to reassign him him, first to southern Ukraine, Ukraine and then to the Urals, far from Moscow's power politics.
** Iosif Apanasenko was reassigned to the Far East theater to discourage the Japanese from pulling a surprise attack on the [=USSR=] as the Germans had in 1941. While he was a successful commander and someone trustworthy needed to be watching the eastern border, it was also the frozen ass-end of the Soviet Union and Apanasenko had a tendency to overstep his authority and talk back to high-ranking party officials.
**
Stalin's first and second attempts at neutralizing Leon Trotsky were reassignment away from Moscow and then exile from the Soviet Union. Unfortunately for Stalin, Trotsky turned out to be just as much of a loud, troublesome pain-in-the-arse dedicated to causing grief for Stalin regardless of where he was. Unfortunately for Trotsky, Stalin eventually got so fed up with him that he decided on a more permanent solution to the problem... permanent as in an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piolet icepick]] through the skull.
** Khrushchev used this as his preferred method for disposing of political enemies. After former premier Georgy Malenkov and foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov unsuccessfully plotted to kick him out in 1957, Khrushchev appointed Malenkov as a ''manager of a hydro-electric plant'' in the grim Kazakh industrial city of Ust-Kamenogorsk in a remote area in Kazakhstan, Ust-Kamenogorsk, while Molotov was appointed ''Ambassador to Mongolia''. Nikolai Bulganin was also sent to Stavropol when he fell from power.



** Félix Éboué, a trailblazing Afro-Frenchman who achieved high office in France's 1930s colonial administration, up to the status of governor of the valuable Guadeloupe colony, ultimately pissed off the wrong people and was reassigned to what is now Chad, a sparsely populated desert colony with only the south under de facto French rule. [[ReassignmentBackfire This backfired]] when UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo started and, perhaps to some extent out of spite, Éboué became the first French colonial governor to refuse to recognize the Vichy regime and throw his support behind Charles De Gaulle's Free French government.

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** Félix Éboué, Éboué was a trailblazing Afro-Frenchman who achieved high office in France's 1930s colonial administration, up to including the status post of governor of Governor in the valuable Guadeloupe colony, colony. However, he ultimately pissed off the wrong people and was reassigned to what is now Chad, a sparsely populated desert colony with only the south under de facto French rule. [[ReassignmentBackfire This backfired]] when UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo started and, perhaps to some extent out of spite, Éboué became the first French colonial governor to refuse to recognize the Vichy regime and throw his support behind Charles De Gaulle's Free French government.



* Low-ranking Catholic priests who incur the wrath of the Vatican may be sent away to remote "contemplative monasteries" (formerly known as "monastic prisons") or assigned to impoverished rural parishes. Fictional portrayals of this may be seen in ''Series/FatherTed'' and ''Literature/TheThornBirds''. Senior church officials may receive a similar but more subtle treatment: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Gaillot Jacques Gaillot]]'s liberal views made him unpopular with the Church hierarchy, so he was demoted from Bishop of Évreux, France to Bishop of Partenia. Partenia is a titular diocese [[note]]A titular diocese used to have enough Catholics to justify a bishopric, but can no longer support a cathedral. Most are in areas that converted to Islam in the Middle Ages, and they are usually given to senior Curia officials in Rome so they can carry the rank of bishop without pastoral responsibilities.[[/note]], a town in Algeria that was buried by the Sahara in the 5th century. Similarly, Cardinal Raymond Burke was reassigned by Pope Francis from his post as Cardinal Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura to being the Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (an order with only 13,000 members), a purely ceremonial role. Normally the Patron is a retired cardinal, while occasionally the title is granted to an active cardinal who ''retains'' whatever other position he already held. Burke being not particularly old for a cardinal and in good health, this reassignment is widely presumed to be a response to the conservative Burke's criticisms of Pope Francis's relatively liberal reforms of the Church.

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* Low-ranking Catholic priests who incur the wrath of the Vatican may be sent away to remote "contemplative monasteries" (formerly known as "monastic prisons") or assigned to impoverished rural parishes. Fictional portrayals of this may be seen in ''Series/FatherTed'' and ''Literature/TheThornBirds''. Senior church officials may receive a similar but more subtle treatment: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Gaillot Jacques Gaillot]]'s liberal views made him unpopular with the Church hierarchy, so he was demoted from Bishop of Évreux, France to Bishop of Partenia. Partenia is a titular diocese [[note]]A titular diocese used to have enough Catholics Catholic to justify require a bishopric, bishop, but can no longer support a cathedral.has since declined. Most are in areas that converted to Islam in the Middle Ages, and they are usually given to senior Curia officials in Rome so they can carry the rank of bishop without pastoral responsibilities.[[/note]], a town in Algeria that was buried by the Sahara in the 5th century. Similarly, Pope Francis removed Cardinal Raymond Burke was reassigned by Pope Francis from his post as Cardinal Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura to being and instead assigned him as the purely ceremonial Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (an order with only 13,000 members), a purely ceremonial role. Normally the members). The Patron is almost always a retired cardinal, while occasionally the title is granted to an active cardinal who ''retains'' whatever -- a relatively young and healthy cleric like Burke would only be made Patron in ''addition'' to other position he already held. Burke being not particularly old for a cardinal and in good health, this ''real'' responsibilities. This reassignment is widely presumed to be a response to the conservative Burke's criticisms of Pope Francis's relatively liberal reforms of the Church.reforms.



** He exiled the Roman poet Ovid to Tomis, a port in Black Sea (now modern-day Constanţa, Romania). For a Roman citizen born on the Italian peninsula, Tomis was, if not Antarctica, then at least Alaska.
** Augustus exiled his daughter Julia (and his grand-daughter, also called Julia) to the minute and previously uninhabited island of Pandateria, far off the coast of Latium, with no men and no wine (what he found embarrassing in her was that she [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl partied constantly]] and allegedly had numerous affairs--including liaisons in a temple, according to the gossip of the day).[[note]]We should bear in mind that "she had sex in a temple!" was fairly common invective for the Romans (and the Greeks for that matter) against women who were already known to have stronger-than-average sexual appetites; the same thing was later said of Claudius' wife Messalina, although in her case, historians suspect it might have been true.[[/note]]

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** He exiled the Roman poet Ovid to Tomis, a port in the Black Sea (now modern-day port of Tomis (modern-day Constanţa, Romania). For a Roman citizen born on the Italian peninsula, Tomis was, if not Antarctica, then at least Alaska.
** Augustus exiled his daughter Julia (and his grand-daughter, granddaughter, also called Julia) to the minute and previously uninhabited island of Pandateria, far off the coast of Latium, with no access to men and no or wine (what he found embarrassing in was her was that she [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl partied constantly]] constant partying]] and allegedly had numerous affairs--including alleged affairs, including rumors of liaisons in a temple, according to the gossip of the day).[[note]]We should bear temple).[[note]Bear in mind that "she had sex in a temple!" was fairly common invective a standard Greco-Roman slur for the Romans (and the Greeks for that matter) against women who were already known deemed to have stronger-than-average sexual appetites; be sexually inappropriate; this was the same thing was later said of Claudius' wife Messalina, although offense that brought Athena's curse on Medusa in her case, historians suspect it might have been true.classical mythology.[[/note]]



* General Douglas [=MacArthur=], famous for commanding Allied forces in the South Pacific during WWII and UN forces during the Korean War, was first sent to the Philippines as a Brigadier General in 1922 by General Pershing, for becoming involved with a woman that the higher ranking officer had been pursuing. At least, that was the rumor of the time. Conversely, it was also rumored to be either a reward or a punishment for his attempts to reform West Point during his two years as superintendent. Purportedly, FDR also kept [=MacArthur=] in the Philippines to avoid having to talk to him in person. This turned into a ReassignmentBackfire when war broke out with Japan and [=MacArthur=] was in the middle of the action. However, [=MacArthur=] was such a MilesGloriosus that he considered his command of the entire South Pacific Theater to be a Reassignment To Antarctica, because he thought he should have been put in charge of the whole war. Fortunately for the whole civilized world General Marshal knew better. But this ''also'' ended in Reassignment Backfire as [=MacArthur's=] role in defeating Japan (and his greater skill with the press than the other generals and admirals involved, making [=MacArthur's=] role better known to the public) and resulting fame gave him [[ProtectionFromEditors a lot of clout he probably shouldn't have had]]. This in turn led to [=MacArthur's=] well-publicized confrontation with President Truman over the use of nuclear weapons against China during the Korean War. When Truman had had enough, he prevented further Reassignment Backfire by just firing [=MacArthur=] outright.
* After one too many clashes with [[HeirToTheDojo Henry Ford II]], [[SelfMadeMan Lee Iacocca]] was moved from president of Ford Motor Company to [[KickedUpstairs some impressive job title]] - with a run-down office in a parts warehouse in a rough part of UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} (mind you, this was in TheSeventies, before "rough part of Detroit" became [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tautology tautological]]). A job offer from Chrysler moved him from this to being the first modern "celebrity CEO."
* TBS tended to use Wrestling/{{WCW}} (the backstage, behind the scenes, staff part) as Antarctica. Most of the people that worked in it were either KickedUpstairs, put out to pasture, or unsuspecting newbies who had no idea what they were in for. For complex reasons that can be summed up very ''very'' loosely as "too many egos and not enough common sense", WCW was a horrible place to work.

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* General Douglas [=MacArthur=], famous for commanding Allied forces in the South Pacific during WWII and UN forces during the Korean War, was first sent to the Philippines as a Brigadier General in 1922 by General Pershing, for becoming involved Pershing. Rumors at the time attributed this either to his involvement with a woman that the higher ranking higher-ranking officer had been pursuing. At least, that was the rumor of the time. Conversely, it was also rumored pursuing, or to be either a reward or a punishment for response to his attempts to reform West Point during his two years as superintendent. Purportedly, FDR also purportedly kept [=MacArthur=] in the Philippines through the 1930s and into the 40s to avoid having to talk to him in person. This turned into a ReassignmentBackfire when war broke out with Japan and [=MacArthur=] was in the middle of the action. However, [=MacArthur=] was such a MilesGloriosus that he considered his command of the entire South Pacific Theater to be a Reassignment To Antarctica, because he thought he should have been put in charge of the whole war. Fortunately for the whole civilized world General Marshal knew better. But this ''also'' ended in Reassignment Backfire as [=MacArthur's=] role in defeating Japan (and his greater skill with the press than the other generals and admirals involved, making [=MacArthur's=] role better known to the public) and resulting fame gave him [[ProtectionFromEditors a lot of clout he probably shouldn't have had]]. This in turn led to [=MacArthur's=] well-publicized confrontation with President Truman over the use of nuclear weapons against China during the Korean War. When Truman had had enough, he prevented further Reassignment Backfire by just firing [=MacArthur=] outright.
* After one too many clashes with [[HeirToTheDojo Henry Ford II]], [[SelfMadeMan Lee Iacocca]] was moved from president of Ford Motor Company to [[KickedUpstairs some impressive job title]] - -- with a run-down office in a parts warehouse in a rough part of UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} (mind you, this was in TheSeventies, before "rough part of Detroit" became [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tautology tautological]]). A job offer from Chrysler moved him made this a Reassignment Backfire for Ford, as he pulled their ailing competitor back from this to being the brink and became the first modern "celebrity CEO."
CEO".
* TBS tended to use Wrestling/{{WCW}} (the backstage, behind the scenes, staff backstage administrative part) as Antarctica. Most of the people that worked in it were either KickedUpstairs, put out to pasture, or unsuspecting newbies who had no idea what they were in for.Antarctica. For complex reasons that can be summed up very ''very'' loosely as "too many egos and not enough common sense", WCW was a horrible place to work. Most of the people assigned there were either KickedUpstairs, put out to pasture, or unsuspecting newbies who had no idea what they were in for.



* [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust The SS and Foreign Ministry each had a plan to]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madagascar_Plan deport all the European Jews to Madagascar]]. This largely because Hans Frank's Generalgouvernement (Occupied a huge part of Poland) successfully opposed the deportation of any more Jews into his province, but also because Madagascar was ''much'' further away. The SS also favoured Madagascar because of the higher number of deaths that would result from tropical disease, as opposed to the more mundane diseases found in the marshy areas of the Generalgouvernement originally selected. Ultimately France's refusal, Germany's food deficit, and Germany's need for industrial workers resulted in them... [[DeadlyEuphemism cutting the dead weight]]... of all [[SlaveRace Undesirables unable to serve as slaves in German firms]]. Pretty much every firm in Germany made some use of slave labour (whether Undesirable, Soviet POW, or French POW) including Siemens, Volkswagen, and Hugo Boss.

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* [[UsefulNotes/TheHolocaust The In 1940 the SS and Foreign Ministry each had a plan to]] [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madagascar_Plan deport all the European Jews to Madagascar]]. This largely because Hans Frank's Generalgouvernement (Occupied a huge part of Poland) successfully opposed the Earlier Nazi deportation plans had targeted marshy, unproductive areas of any more Jews into his province, Poland for resettlement, but also because the governor of the occupied territory objected. The French colony of Madagascar was ''much'' seen as a more desirable destination because it was further away. The from lands the Nazis coveted for their own use; the SS also favoured Madagascar because of the higher number of deaths that its tropical climate and diseases would result from tropical disease, as opposed to the more mundane diseases found in the marshy areas of the Generalgouvernement originally selected. Ultimately a higher death rate than a European resettlement. Ultimately, France's refusal, refusal to accept the deportees and Germany's food deficit, deficit and Germany's need for industrial workers resulted in them... [[DeadlyEuphemism cutting caused the dead weight]]... Nazi regime to opt instead for extermination of all [[SlaveRace Undesirables or POWs unable to serve as slaves in German firms]]. Pretty much every firm in Germany made some use of slave labour (whether Undesirable, Soviet POW, or French POW) including Siemens, Volkswagen, and Hugo Boss. labor]] -- the Final Solution implemented through the death camps.



* Apple did this to Steve Jobs in 1985, moving him to an office that was even nicknamed "Siberia," before he actually quit.
* Near the end of the UsefulNotes/CulturalRevolution in China, this was the fate of many of the Red Guards, whose rampages were becoming counterproductive and an embarrassment to the Communist regime. [[UsefulNotes/MaoZedong Mao]] hit upon the idea of sending the mostly urban, intellectual Red Guard youth out to the remotest regions of China to be "reeducated" by the peasantry. The program ended up creating a "lost generation" in China, made up of college-age youth who were essentially exiled internally for doing Mao's will ''too'' well. Needless to say, many Red Guards felt betrayed and lost their "revolutionary" ardor.
** Historically China has a long tradition of using this trope; central government officials that lost favor were often reassigned to posts in Guangdong, or worse, Hainan, both at the extreme south of the country: high levels of malaria, a subtropical climate that people coming from Northern China couldn't stand, and their task usually involving "securing the Chinese fortress so that the indigenous peoples won't rebel" all made this kind of assignment unfavorable indeed. "Being exiled to Xiamen Island" was considered the epitome of being sent to a faraway place of much hardship during Tang and Sung Dynasties. Not so much of a punishment now, as Xiamen is one of the richest parts of the country.
** Post-Chinese Civil War Republic of China (you'll know it better as Taiwan) had its share of these kinds of "promotions" as well. One notable example is General Wang Sheng, who served as Director of the General Political Warfare Department near the end of the presidency (and life) of Chiang Ching-Kuo (son of UsefulNotes/ChiangKaiShek) in the early eighties. Chiang sought to shift authority and power within the ROC government away from mainland refugees who fled following the Communist victory and towards the new generation born in Taiwan. When Wang visited the United States in 1983 to seek support for his own succession to the presidency, Chiang seized upon the trip as "secret" and "unauthorized". By that November Wang found himself the ROC's ambassador to Paraguay, allowing Chiang to pick Taiwan-born Lee Teng-Hui as his new Vice President and successor. (Lee went on to lead Taiwan's transition to democracy.)

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* Apple did this to Steve Jobs in 1985, moving him to an office that was even nicknamed "Siberia," "Siberia" before he actually quit.
got tired of the abuse and quit. Reassignment Backfire set in during the following decade, as Apple steadily lost marketshare to Microsoft until Jobs was brought back in 1997; his successful turnaround of the company gave him [[ImmunityFromEditors near-dictatorial authority]] for the rest of his life.
* Near the end of the UsefulNotes/CulturalRevolution in China, this was the fate of many of in the Red Guards, Guard, whose rampages were becoming counterproductive and an embarrassment to embarrassing the Communist regime. [[UsefulNotes/MaoZedong Mao]] hit upon the idea of sending the mostly urban, intellectual Red Guard youth out to the remotest regions of China to be "reeducated" by the peasantry. The program ended up creating a "lost generation" in China, made up of college-age youth who were essentially exiled internally young people sentenced to internal exile for doing Mao's will ''too'' well. Needless to say, many Red Guards felt betrayed and lost their "revolutionary" revolutionary ardor.
** Historically China has a long tradition of using this trope; central government trope. Imperial officials that lost who fell from favor were often reassigned to posts in Guangdong, Guangdong -- or worse, Hainan, both Hainan -- at the extreme south of the country: high levels of malaria, a subtropical climate that people coming from Northern China couldn't stand, and their task usually involving tasked with "securing the Chinese fortress so that the indigenous peoples won't rebel" all made this kind of assignment unfavorable disagreeable indeed. "Being exiled "Exile to Xiamen Island" was considered the epitome of being sent to an idiom for suffering harship in a faraway place of much hardship during the Tang and Sung Dynasties. Not so much of a punishment now, as Xiamen is one of the richest parts of the country.
** Post-Chinese Civil War War, the Republic of China (you'll know it better as Taiwan) had its share of these kinds of "promotions" as well. One notable example is General Wang Sheng, who served as Director of the General Political Warfare Department near the end of the presidency (and life) life of "Presdient"/dictator Chiang Ching-Kuo (son of UsefulNotes/ChiangKaiShek) in the early eighties. Chiang sought to shift authority and power within the ROC government away from mainland refugees who fled following the Communist victory and towards the new generation born in Taiwan. When Wang visited the United States in 1983 to seek support for his own succession to the presidency, Chiang seized upon the trip as "secret" and "unauthorized". By that November Wang found himself the ROC's ambassador to Paraguay, allowing Chiang to pick Taiwan-born Lee Teng-Hui as his new Vice President and successor. (Lee went on to lead Taiwan's transition to democracy.)



* After the Boshin War that paved the way for Meiji Restoration, the Aizu domain--best known for being the TheShinsengumi's direct leaders--were displaced to Tonami "Just south of the Big Dipper" Domain, which occupied the eastern half of today's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aomori_Prefecture Aomori Prefecture]]. There's a ''good'' reason why that nickname stood -- it's the northernmost point of Honshu, relatively underdeveloped compared to the rest of Japan to this day, and at the time[[note]]Hokkaido was not yet considered an integral part of Japan[[/note]] it was as far away from the centers of Imperial power and influence as you could get without actually leaving the country.

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* After the Boshin War that paved the way for the Meiji Restoration, the Aizu domain--best domain lords -- beter known for being as the TheShinsengumi's direct leaders--were masters -- were displaced to Tonami "Just south of the Big Dipper" Domain, which occupied the eastern half of today's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aomori_Prefecture Aomori Prefecture]]. There's a ''good'' reason why that nickname stood -- it's the northernmost point of Honshu, relatively underdeveloped compared to the rest of Japan to this day, even today, and at the time[[note]]Hokkaido time[[note]]Hokkaido/Ezo was not yet considered more like an integral part of Japan[[/note]] autonomous client-state than an integrated Japanese province.[[/note]] it was as far away from the centers of Imperial power and influence as you could get without actually leaving the country.



* The UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar saw this in spades.
** For the Union, Irvin [=McDowell=] started the war commanding at First Bull Run, was demoted to corps command, then wound up in the Department of the Pacific, hundreds of miles from any fighting. John Pope lost the Battle of Second Bull Run and spent the rest of the war fighting Indians in Minnesota. Nathaniel Banks moved from the Virginia theater to Louisiana, where he still managed to botch the Red River Campaign. In many cases, these generals were well-connected politically and couldn't be outright fired.
** The Confederacy typically reassigned failed generals to the Trans-Mississippi theater, encompassing Arkansas, Louisiana and Eastern Texas. While some good generals like Richard Taylor and Edmund Kirby-Smith emerged from this theater, most were washouts like Sterling Price (failed invasion of Missouri), Earl Van Dorn (loser at Pea Ridge and Second Corinth, demoted to cavalry command), Theophilus Holmes (supremely incompetent division commander under Robert E. Lee) and Henry Sibley (failed invasion of New Mexico).
* While many people think that the Second Spanish Republic was caught unawares by the 1936 coup d'état, the government had already realized that Generals Franco, Mola and the exiled Sanjurjo were likely co-conspirators. So the generals were separated by sending Franco to the Canary Islands, more than 2000km away from mainland Spain. This was not, however, the best laid of plans as it put Franco only a short flight away from Morocco and control of the Army of Africa, the best, most prepared and most modern troops the Spanish Army had.
* Just what is considered "Antarctica" can and has changed several times in the past. This is part of the reason for ReassignmentBackfire, after all. From the time the US acquired it in the UsefulNotes/MexicanAmericanWar to the construction of the transcontinental railroad UsefulNotes/{{California}} was seen as a remote deadbeat place in the middle of nowhere, where no one in their right mind would want to go. One of the reasons why UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant is often portrayed as a washup with nothing to do and no purpose in life prior to the Civil War is the fact that he was posted first to a small town recently renamed from Yerba Buena to [[spoiler: UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco]] and later Fort Vancouver, then in Oregon territory. Today many people born in Ohio would give a lot for such postings. Back then, not so much. Having nothing to do there, he took to the bottle and hence his reputation of being TheAlcoholic.
* According to an infamous 2015 report by the ''Nikkei'', Creator/{{Konami}} punished developers either for not being useful or committing infractions as petty as liking a former coworker's Facebook announcement that he had gotten a new job with reassigning them to work as security guards, assembly line workers in pachinko machine factories or janitors in Konami fitness clubs.
* The United States Vice Presidency was used as this for a while. In ordinary circumstances, the VP's only real duty is casting a tiebreaking vote in the Senate, so politicians that the party base wanted out of the way but couldn't just send off were appointed as Vice Presidency, where they couldn't do too much harm and couldn't run for any other office. This most famously happened to Theodore Roosevelt.
** Of course, the problem with this was that if the president was killed, [[ReassignmentBackfire that dead-end job suddenly became the most powerful job in the country.]] This happened several times, including to Theodore Roosevelt. It wasn't until Harry Truman took over after FDR's death that Americans started to pay closer attention to VP candidates.

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* The UsefulNotes/AmericanCivilWar saw this in spades.
spades, as militarily ineffective but politically connected generals were moved where they could do the least damage to the outcome of the war short of being fired outright. In very loose terms: successful generals tended to move east and north, to the high-profile battles around Washington, D.C. and Richmond; unsuccessful generals moved west and south, to the disorganized fighting on the sparsely-populated frontiers.
** For the Union, Irvin [=McDowell=] started the war commanding at the First Battle of Bull Run, was demoted to corps command, then wound up in the Department of the Pacific, hundreds of miles from any fighting. John Pope lost the Second Battle of Second Bull Run and spent the rest of the war fighting Indians in Minnesota. Nathaniel Banks moved from the Virginia theater to Louisiana, where he still managed to botch the Red River Campaign. In many cases, these generals were well-connected politically and couldn't be outright fired.
Campaign.
** The Confederacy typically reassigned failed generals exiled washouts to the Trans-Mississippi theater, encompassing Arkansas, Louisiana and Eastern Texas. While some good generals like Richard Taylor and Edmund Kirby-Smith emerged from this theater, most were washouts like These included Sterling Price (failed invasion of Missouri), Earl Van Dorn (loser at Pea Ridge and Second Corinth, demoted to cavalry command), Theophilus Holmes (supremely incompetent division commander under Robert E. Lee) and Henry Sibley (failed invasion of New Mexico).
Mexico). Two of the best generals in the Army of the Trans-Mississippi, Richard Taylor and Edmund Kirby-Smith, are the exceptions that prove the rule: they were successful ''field officers'' back in Virginia, so promotion to general was a reward even when it meant reassignment to a more obscure unit.
** Just what is considered "Antarctica" can and will change over time -- this is part of the reason for ReassignmentBackfire, after all. From the time the US acquired it in the UsefulNotes/MexicanAmericanWar through to the construction of the transcontinental railroad, UsefulNotes/{{California}} was seen as a remote deadend where no one in their right mind would want to go. UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant is often as a purposeless washout prior to the Civil War because he was posted first to a small town recently renamed from Yerba Buena to [[spoiler: UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco]] and then to Fort Vancouver in the Oregon Territory. Today many people born in Ohio would give a lot for such postings. Back then, not so much. With nothing else to occupy his time, Grant took to the bottle and gained his reputation as TheAlcoholic.
* While many people think that the Second Spanish Republic was caught unawares by the 1936 coup d'état, the government had already realized that Generals Franco, Franco and Mola and the exiled General Sanjurjo were likely co-conspirators. So the generals conspirators were separated by sending reassigning Franco to the Canary Islands, more than 2000km away from mainland Spain. This was not, however, the best laid of plans as it put Franco only a short flight away from Morocco and control of the Army of Africa, the best, most prepared and most modern troops the Spanish Army had.
* Just what is considered "Antarctica" can and has changed several times in the past. This is part of the reason for ReassignmentBackfire, after all. From the time the US acquired it in the UsefulNotes/MexicanAmericanWar to the construction of the transcontinental railroad UsefulNotes/{{California}} was seen as a remote deadbeat place in the middle of nowhere, where no one in their right mind would want to go. One of the reasons why UsefulNotes/UlyssesSGrant is often portrayed as a washup with nothing to do and no purpose in life prior to the Civil War is the fact that he was posted first to a small town recently renamed from Yerba Buena to [[spoiler: UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco]] and later Fort Vancouver, then in Oregon territory. Today many people born in Ohio would give a lot for such postings. Back then, not so much. Having nothing to do there, he took to the bottle and hence his reputation of being TheAlcoholic.
* According to an infamous 2015 report by the ''Nikkei'', Creator/{{Konami}} punished developers either for not being useful (for lack of productivity or committing infractions as petty as liking a former coworker's Facebook announcement that he had gotten a new job job) with reassigning them reassignment to work positions as security guards, assembly line workers in pachinko machine factories or janitors in Konami fitness clubs.
* The United States Vice Presidency was used as this for a while. In ordinary circumstances, the VP's only real duty is casting a tiebreaking vote in the Senate, so politicians that the party base wanted out of the way but couldn't just send off were appointed as Vice Presidency, where they couldn't do too much harm and couldn't run for any other office. This most famously happened to Theodore Roosevelt.
** Of course, the problem with this was that if the president was killed, [[ReassignmentBackfire that dead-end job suddenly became the most powerful job in the country.]] This happened several times, including to Theodore Roosevelt. It wasn't until Harry Truman took over after FDR's death that Americans started to pay closer attention to VP candidates.
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* Russian governments from the Czars through the Soviet era have used Reassignment To Siberia (or some other remote corner of the empire) to quash dissent. This was particularly effective given Russia's massive yet sparsely populated land area. JosefStalin used appointment to ambassadorships or other obscure bureaucratic posts as a punishment for opponents who didn't warrant execution, assassination, or TheGulag.

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* Russian governments from the Czars through the Soviet era have used Reassignment To Siberia (or some other remote corner of the empire) to quash dissent. This was particularly effective given Russia's massive yet sparsely populated land area. JosefStalin UsefulNotes/JosefStalin used appointment to ambassadorships or other obscure bureaucratic posts as a punishment for opponents who didn't warrant execution, assassination, or TheGulag.
20th Oct '16 9:41:09 AM Morgenthaler
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** Post-Chinese Civil War Republic of China (you'll know it better as Taiwan) had its share of these kinds of "promotions" as well. One notable example is General Wang Sheng, who served as Director of the General Political Warfare Department near the end of the presidency (and life) of Chiang Ching-Kuo (son of ChiangKaiShek) in the early eighties. Chiang sought to shift authority and power within the ROC government away from mainland refugees who fled following the Communist victory and towards the new generation born in Taiwan. When Wang visited the United States in 1983 to seek support for his own succession to the presidency, Chiang seized upon the trip as "secret" and "unauthorized". By that November Wang found himself the ROC's ambassador to Paraguay, allowing Chiang to pick Taiwan-born Lee Teng-Hui as his new Vice President and successor. (Lee went on to lead Taiwan's transition to democracy.)

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** Post-Chinese Civil War Republic of China (you'll know it better as Taiwan) had its share of these kinds of "promotions" as well. One notable example is General Wang Sheng, who served as Director of the General Political Warfare Department near the end of the presidency (and life) of Chiang Ching-Kuo (son of ChiangKaiShek) UsefulNotes/ChiangKaiShek) in the early eighties. Chiang sought to shift authority and power within the ROC government away from mainland refugees who fled following the Communist victory and towards the new generation born in Taiwan. When Wang visited the United States in 1983 to seek support for his own succession to the presidency, Chiang seized upon the trip as "secret" and "unauthorized". By that November Wang found himself the ROC's ambassador to Paraguay, allowing Chiang to pick Taiwan-born Lee Teng-Hui as his new Vice President and successor. (Lee went on to lead Taiwan's transition to democracy.)
11th Oct '16 6:50:32 PM karstovich2
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** The threat to "send someone to Coventry" has become an idiom for Reassignment To Antartica. During the UsefulNotes/EnglishCivilWar, the population of Coventry refused to talk to prisoners of war who were being held in the city and thus acquired a reputation of hostility towards the military.

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** The threat to "send someone to Coventry" has become an idiom for Reassignment To Antartica. During the UsefulNotes/EnglishCivilWar, the highly pro-Parliament population of Coventry refused to talk to Royalist prisoners of war who were being held in the city and thus acquired a reputation of hostility towards the military.
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* Low-ranking Catholic priests who incur the wrath of the Vatican may be sent away to remote "contemplative monasteries" or assigned to impoverished rural parishes. Fictional portrayals of this may be seen in ''Series/FatherTed'' and ''Literature/TheThornBirds''. Senior church officials may receive a similar but more subtle treatment: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Gaillot Jacques Gaillot]]'s liberal views made him unpopular with the Church hierarchy, so he was demoted from Bishop of Évreux, France to Bishop of Partenia. Partenia is a titular diocese [[note]]A titular diocese used to have enough Catholics to justify a bishopric, but can no longer support a cathedral. Most are in areas that converted to Islam in the Middle Ages, and they are usually given to senior Curia officials in Rome so they can carry the rank of bishop without pastoral responsibilities.[[/note]], a town in Algeria that was buried by the Sahara in the 5th century. Similarly, Cardinal Raymond Burke was reassigned by Pope Francis from his post as Cardinal Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura to being the Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (an order with only 13,000 members), a purely ceremonial role. Normally the Patron is a retired cardinal, while occasionally the title is granted to an active cardinal who ''retains'' whatever other position he already held. Burke being not particularly old for a cardinal and in good health, this reassignment is widely presumed to be a response to the conservative Burke's criticisms of Pope Francis's relatively liberal reforms of the Church.

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* Low-ranking Catholic priests who incur the wrath of the Vatican may be sent away to remote "contemplative monasteries" (formerly known as "monastic prisons") or assigned to impoverished rural parishes. Fictional portrayals of this may be seen in ''Series/FatherTed'' and ''Literature/TheThornBirds''. Senior church officials may receive a similar but more subtle treatment: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacques_Gaillot Jacques Gaillot]]'s liberal views made him unpopular with the Church hierarchy, so he was demoted from Bishop of Évreux, France to Bishop of Partenia. Partenia is a titular diocese [[note]]A titular diocese used to have enough Catholics to justify a bishopric, but can no longer support a cathedral. Most are in areas that converted to Islam in the Middle Ages, and they are usually given to senior Curia officials in Rome so they can carry the rank of bishop without pastoral responsibilities.[[/note]], a town in Algeria that was buried by the Sahara in the 5th century. Similarly, Cardinal Raymond Burke was reassigned by Pope Francis from his post as Cardinal Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura to being the Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (an order with only 13,000 members), a purely ceremonial role. Normally the Patron is a retired cardinal, while occasionally the title is granted to an active cardinal who ''retains'' whatever other position he already held. Burke being not particularly old for a cardinal and in good health, this reassignment is widely presumed to be a response to the conservative Burke's criticisms of Pope Francis's relatively liberal reforms of the Church.
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