We have met the GovernmentConspiracy, and it is us! The main characters ''are'' TheGovernment (or at least part of it) - in TheWhiteHouse, {{Whitehall}}, the Governor's mansion, a CovertGroup, or bureaucrats elsewhere. Variations range from SitCom to PrimeTimeSoap with political trappings to topical RippedFromTheHeadlines drama.

A LawProcedural with government attorneys as the main protagonists is a subgenre. See SpyDrama for espionage themed stuff. See also PoliceProcedural and CopShow for law enforcement portrayals.
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!!Examples

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''ExMachina''
* ''[[{{ComicBook/QuaidOrsay}} Quai d'Orsay]]''

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/AdviseAndConsent''
* ''Film/TheAmericanPresident''
* ''Film/{{Conspiracy}}'' is a ''really'' sinister version of this, about a meeting between a group of German government officials in 1942... planning the Holocaust.
* ''Film/{{Dave}}''
* ''Film/InTheLoop''
* ''Film/{{Lincoln}}'': Abraham Lincoln's efforts to get the 13th Amendment passed and end slavery in the United States forever.
* ''Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington''
* ''Film/ThirteenDays'' -- the Kennedy administration deals with the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* To a degree, ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', and even more so ''Discworld/MakingMoney''.
* When the plot doesn't center on the military action, much of the plot of the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' series busies itself with the intricate workings of the various governments involved, and occasionally gives the impression that the military commanders have a less stressful job than the politicians do (''[[AssInAmbassador Some]]'' of the politicians certainly think so, at least).

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/AlphaHouse''
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' in its first season, before the big fantasy-influenced plot arcs got going.
* The (usually) less violent parts of ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined''
* ''Series/{{Benson}}''
* ''Series/{{Borgen}}''
* ''Series/CommanderInChief''
* ''[[DaVincisInquest Da Vinci's City Hall]]''
* ''GrassRoots''
* ''Series/TheHollowmen''
* ''Series/HouseOfCardsUK''
* ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'' (updated and now US-set version)
* ''Series/HouseRules''
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'', protagonists are government attorneys.
* ''Series/{{Kings}}'', centered around a fictional DeadlyDecadentCourt in a modern setting.
* ''Series/TheNewStatesman''
* ''NoJobForALady''
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation''--An odd one in that it focuses on small-town local government, with a bureaucrat as the central character--albeit a bureaucrat who is now a member of the City Council.
* ''Series/SpinCity''
* ''Series/ThatsMyBush'' -- a sitcom example
* ''Series/TheThickOfIt''
* ''Series/{{Veep}}''
* ''Series/TheWestWing''
* ''Series/TheWire'' (Partially)
* ''Series/YesMinister'' (and its sequel, ''Series/YesPrimeMinister'').

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[[folder: Theatre ]]

* ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix''. Jockeying for votes: TheMusical!
* ''Theatre/AllTheWay'' -- About UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson's crusade to pass the Civil Rights Act.

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/HiddenAgenda1988''
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