* ValuesDissonance: The American reforms apparently include banning "foreign-born Jews," among other questionable things, and are claimed to have ushered in an era of "tolerance and equality."
** Of course this is according to the narrator of the story, who's also a {{blackmail}}er and ''batshit crazy''. So you don't necessarily have to take the sentiment at face value.

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!!Thom Ryng's play "The King in Yellow":

* FunnyAneurysmMoment: At various points the play indulges in ham-fisted political commentary about civil liberties and indefinite detention and various other comments that the reader might assume are obvious references to post-9/11 America. Until you remember that the book was written in ''1999''!
* TheWoobie: Camilla, a silly, superficial princess who [[GoMadFromTheRevelation goes mad from the revelations]] of the Stranger.