History ReassignedToAntarctica / RealLife

15th Mar '17 3:45:17 PM billybobfred
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* Although he headed the development for the hugely successful UsefulNotes/GameBoy, Gunpei Yokoi was given a "window job" after its disastrous follow-up, the UsefulNotes/VirtualBoy. Without any direct influence in the company, he left to develop the Wonderswan with Bandai.
** Actually, he had already planned on leaving after the Virtual Boy was released, and only stuck around because of it's failure, as he did not want people to think that Nintendo had fired him because of the Virtual Boy's failure.
20th Feb '17 9:57:23 AM Ruddigore
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* During the 14th and early 15th centuries, the Archbishop of Canterbury was one Thomas Arundel, who fell prey to a particularly nasty variant of this trope. Arundel was a fierce opponent of King Richard II, and when Richard eventually tried to purge his more persistent enemies in 1397, Archbishop Arundel was banished from England to Florence. It was then Richard pulled a particularly cruel stunt on the Archbishop. He convinced the Pope in Rome that Arundel would make a superb Bishop of St Andrews in Scotland. There was just one snag: this was the height of the Great Western Schism, and the Kingdom of Scotland, unlike neighbouring England, had aligned itself with the Antipopes in Avignon. In short, Arundel had been appointed to a Bishopric in a hostile country, aligned with a hostile Pope, which refused to recognise the authority of the Pope who had appointed him. It's perhaps unsurprising that Arundel became one of the staunchest allies of Henry IV, who eventually overthrew Richard.
13th Feb '17 9:13:51 AM GMantis
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** Post-Chinese Civil War, the Republic of China (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 "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.)

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** Post-Chinese Civil War, the Republic of China (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 "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, Paraguay (which is literally the furthest country away from Taiwan), 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.)
5th Feb '17 6:33:15 PM dracogeorge
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** Actually, he had already planned on leaving after the Virtual Boy was released, and only stuck around because of it's failure, as he did not want people to think that Nintendo had fired him because of the Virtual Boy's failure.
26th Jan '17 4:14:43 AM manofwarb
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** The Canadian ''Airborne'' Regiment was oddly enough, seen as such a posting in the Canadian Land Forces. It is also a cautionary tale of what can happen if too many undesirable persons become concentrated in one unit. Too many other regiments got rid of problem soldiers by reassigning them to the Airborne, and the problem became so acute that the Airborne Regiment's home base degenerated into a hotbed of hazing, white supremacist activity and criminality. Things came to a head when the Airborne Regiment was sent to Somalia as part of a UN Peacekeeping force, and they perpetrated the atrocity known as the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/Somalia_Affair Somalia Affair]]. This eventually led to the regiment being disbanded.

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** The Canadian ''Airborne'' Regiment was oddly enough, seen as such a posting in the Canadian Land Forces. It is also a cautionary tale of what can happen if too many undesirable persons become concentrated in one unit. Too many other regiments got rid of problem soldiers by reassigning them to the Airborne, and the problem became so acute that the Airborne Regiment's home base degenerated into a hotbed of hazing, white supremacist activity and criminality. Things came to a head when the Airborne Regiment was sent to Somalia as part of a UN Peacekeeping force, and they perpetrated the atrocity known as the [[http://en.m.wikipedia.org/Somalia_Affair org/wiki/Somalia_Affair Somalia Affair]]. This eventually led to the regiment being disbanded.
26th Jan '17 4:09:00 AM manofwarb
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** The Canadian ''Airborne'' Regiment was oddly enough, seen as such a posting in the Canadian Land Forces. It is also a cautionary tale of what can happen if too many undesirable persons become concentrated in one unit. Too many other regiments got rid of problem soldiers by reassigning them to the Airborne, and the problem became so acute that the Airborne Regiment's home base degenerated into a hotbed of hazing, white supremacist activity and criminality. Things came to a head when the Airborne Regiment was sent to Somalia as part of a UN Peacekeeping force, and they perpetrated the atrocity known as the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/Somalia_Affair Somalia Affair]]. This eventually led to the regiment being disbanded.


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* In the Indian Army, the most inhospitable place a soldier could be assigned to, is actually a plum posting, thus providing a subversion of this trope. The Siachen glacier has important strategic implications, and it actually costs a lot of money to acclimatize a soldier to the high altitude low pressure low temperature environment there, so they generally don't send [[Creator/RLeeErmey malfunctioning numbnuts]] there.
13th Jan '17 11:47:38 PM karategal
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*** Thule is above the Artic Circle and remains icebound throughout the winter. The few local inhabitants mostly speak Inuit or Danish, so there's 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.

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*** Thule is above the Artic Arctic Circle and remains icebound throughout the winter. The few local inhabitants mostly speak Inuit or Danish, so there's 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...missiles... and in 60 years of operation there have never ''been'' any incoming missles.missiles.



** 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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** The threat to "send someone to Coventry" has become an idiom for Reassignment To Antartica.Antarctica. 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.



** In the 1830s, UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson appointed UsefulNotes/JamesBuchanan to 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.

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** In the 1830s, UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson appointed UsefulNotes/JamesBuchanan to 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 foreign 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.



* 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 more subtle 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 the "titular diocese" of Partenia, an Algerian city destroyed inthe 5th century. Titular dioceses are usually only assigned to Curia officials who carry the rank of bishop but have no pastoral responsibilities. Similarly, Pope Francis removed the young and healthy Cardinal Raymond Burke from his powerful post as Cardinal Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura and reassigned him as the Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, a purely ceremonial position usually given only to elderly ''retired'' cardinals. 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 more subtle 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 the "titular diocese" of Partenia, an Algerian city destroyed inthe in the 5th century. Titular dioceses are usually only assigned to Curia officials who carry the rank of bishop but have no pastoral responsibilities. Similarly, Pope Francis removed the young and healthy Cardinal Raymond Burke from his powerful post as Cardinal Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura and reassigned him as the Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, a purely ceremonial position usually given only to elderly ''retired'' cardinals. This reassignment is presumed to be a response to the conservative Burke's criticisms of Pope Francis's relatively liberal reforms.



** Historically China has a long tradition of using this trope. Imperial officials who fell from favor were often reassigned to posts in Guangdong -- or worse, 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 tasked with "securing the Chinese fortress so that the indigenous peoples won't rebel" all made this kind of assignment disagreeable indeed. "Exile to Xiamen Island" was an idiom for suffering harship in a faraway place during the Tang and Sung Dynasties. Not much of a punishment now, as Xiamen is one of the richest parts of the country.

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** Historically Historically, China has a long tradition of using this trope. Imperial officials who fell from favor were often reassigned to posts in Guangdong -- or worse, 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 tasked with "securing the Chinese fortress so that the indigenous peoples won't rebel" all made this kind of assignment disagreeable indeed. "Exile to Xiamen Island" was an idiom for suffering harship hardship in a faraway place during the Tang and Sung Dynasties. Not much of a punishment now, as Xiamen is one of the richest parts of the country.



* 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 a time when Hokkaido/Ezo was more like an autonomous client-state than 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.

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* After the Boshin War that paved the way for the Meiji Restoration, the Aizu domain lords -- beter better 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 a time when Hokkaido/Ezo was more like an autonomous client-state than 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.
31st Dec '16 7:47:28 AM Thenakedcat
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** 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.

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** In the 1830s, UsefulNotes/AndrewJackson appointed UsefulNotes/JamesBuchanan to 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.



** 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 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.

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** 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 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. Ulysses S. Grant, by contrast, exemplified the Reassignment Out Of Antarctica: starting from an ''Illinois militia unit'', he steamrolled Confederate armies in Kentucky and Tennessee, restoring Union access to the Mississippi shipping lane, a massive tactical gain that earned him command of ''the entire war''.
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.
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