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->''"So this is how liberty dies... with thunderous applause."''
-->-- '''Padmé Amidala''', ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''

[[VillainByDefault Fascists, commies, theocrats and other assorted scary people]] live far, far away from your country. There's no way that they could take it over.

... And even if they did, people would fight them off before they could get a foothold. [[LesCollaborateurs Nobody would help them out]].

... Well, even if they did, there's no way those kind of people could come ''from'' your country, right?


This trope is when ThoseWackyNazis, DirtyCommunists or [[ANaziByAnyOtherName people who look and act suspiciously like either of them]] take over the protagonist's country or hometown. Communism is a less common target for this now, thanks to TheGreatPoliticsMessUp.

See also InvadedStatesOfAmerica and OppressiveStatesOfAmerica for something specific to the United States - columns of foreign troops marching down Pennsylvania Avenue can be a very powerful image when the last time this happened was [[TheWarOf1812 200 years ago]]. May involve TheCoup, though it doesn't necessarily need to (that trope is more on the act itself, this trope is more about the after-effects).

Compare PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Anime/JinRohTheWolfBrigade'' is an example. Though a sort of weird one because the pseudo-Nazis are ruling Japan. It's a criticism of how the LD Party in Japan was considered to have become more and more oppressive during the '50s and '60s. In 1955 the PM was a war criminal, for example.
* There are heavy overtones of this in ''Manga/DeathNote'' once Kira is running the show.

* ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'' was a textbook example, and a pretty good depiction of how scary Thatcherism was to some people.
** It's worth noting in the comic the fascists took over only after the Conservatives (Thatcher) were voted out and the Labour Party left NATO, which was implied to spur war in the first place. According to WordOfGod, Moore only contrived that to get the nukes out so England would not be a Soviet target, as it was the only way he could think of for England to survive such a war.
** The Norsefire party seems to be a large, bloated version of the National Front.
* The ''ComicBook/{{Days of Future Past}}'' storyline in ''ComicBook/{{X-Men}}''.
* The comic book version of [[GIJoe Cobra]] is currently undergoing such a storyline, with the Joes on the run, and Cobra having control of Congress and the US Military.
* The ''ComicBook/TwoThousandAD'' strip ''{{Savage}}'' has the Volgans (a facist alternative history version of Russia) invading the United Kingdom.
* About every other ''ComicBook/CaptainBritain'' storyline seemed to involve an alternate version of the United Kingdom which had been taken over by Nazis.

[[folder:Fan Fics]]
* In ''FanFic/TheConversionBureauColdWar'' [[spoiler: Queen Chrysalis replaced Celestia and has been in control of Equestria for about a month and a half before making contact with humanity]].
* A flashback in the ''Last Train From Oblivion'' side story of ''FanFic/TheConversionBureauTheOtherSideOfTheSpectrum'' fits the page quote near-perfectly. The chapter where this happens starts off innocently enough - but towards the end of this segment, Celestia announces that she has taken the Crystal Throne, reveals Earth's existence to the nation, and states her intention to [[WouldBeRudeToSayGenocide "spread harmony"]] to this new world. The zebra ambassador angrily declares that Celestia is acting in violation of the [[BindingAncientTreaty Concordia Maxima]] by not consulting the other species of Equus on the matter of FirstContact, while Sweetie Belle, Babs, Fancy Pants and Luna are horrified by the sudden deaths of several dignitaries onboard the ''Great Equestrian'' ship. Sadly, they are voices lost in the the crowds of ponies in the streets below them that are cheering for what amounts to the birth of the [[TheEmpire Solar Empire]].


* The page quote comes from ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', the last of the Franchise/StarWars prequels, in which Chancellor Palpatine's plans come to fruition and he becomes Emperor.
* ''Film/GabrielOverTheWhiteHouse'' is a very weird, unsettlingly positive take on a fascist takeover of the USA. It features the U.S. president declaring himself dictator, dissolving Congress so he can rule by decree, having gangsters executed immediately after military trials, and threatening war against any country that defaults on its debts to the U.S. The movie was bankrolled by William Randolph Hearst, with some script doctoring by FDR. "I want to send you this line to tell you how pleased I am with the changes you made in ''Gabriel Over the White House'',” Roosevelt wrote a month into office. “I think it is an intensely interesting picture and should do much to help.”
* The 1995 adaptation of ''Film/RichardIII'' had the Shakespearean BigBad setting up a quasi-fascist monarchy in 1930s Britain.
* ''Film/RedDawn1984'' is a 1984 war film by John Milius about a Soviet invasion of the United States. The mini-series ''Series/{{Amerika}}'' (1987) eschews the same gung-ho approach to show a United States [[{{Dystopia}} worn down]] after ten years of communist rule.
* Although [[AccidentalAesop denied by its creators]], [[FlameWar entire rainforests have been destroyed]] in arguments over whether ''Film/InvasionOfTheBodySnatchers'' is a metaphor for Communism or [=McCarthyism=].
* ''Film/EscapeFromLA'' had the United States ruled by a Christian fundamentalist president, with people being sent to L.A. penitentiary island just for being Muslim (among other so-called "offenses"). He also has himself declared President-for-Life and moves the capital to [[IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace Lynchburg]], Virginia, his hometown. Interestingly, the state of the US military must be abysmal in this world, as a ragtag South American army is a genuine threat to the country. We can probably blame Snake for the state of the world, after he screwed up the President's speech in the [[Film/EscapeFromNewYork previous movie]].
* The 1966 film ''Film/ItHappenedHere'' depicts a [[LesCollaborateurs collaborationist regime]] in a [[AlternateHistory Nazi-occupied Britain]], and the process by which an ordinary person can fall under its sway.
* The German movie ''Film/DieWelle'' (a remake of ''Film/TheWave'') has this happen in a high school.
* Terry Gilliam's ''Film/{{Brazil}}''.
* In the 1977 film ''Film/SleepingDogs'', UsefulNotes/NewZealand slides into fascistic martial law after oil embargoes and industrial disputes flare into full-blown civil war. This was the [[GenrePopularizer first film entirely produced and set in New Zealand]].
* ''Power Play'' (1978) is a British-Canadian film inspired by the non-fiction strategy book ''Coup d'État: A Practical Handbook'' by Edward N. Luttwak. A group of military officers angry at the corruption and repression of an unnamed European government plan to take over the country.
* ''Film/GIJoeRetaliation'': Cobra has taken control of the US government, and has branded the Joes as terrorists.
* The 1971 Christian exploitation film ''Film/IfFootmenTireYouWhatWillHorsesDo'' warns that communists will be taking over the United States "within the next twenty-four months". We're shown scenes of what America will be like under communist rule, which mostly consists of people being tortured, raped, and/or killed for being Christians.
* ''Film/TwentyFourEyes'', a film about life in a Japanese fishing village from 1928 to 1946, shows how life very gradually changes as the government becomes more militaristic and oppressive. The songs the students sing change from innocent to jingoistic. The school principal burns a book deemed to be subversive, and warns the CoolTeacher that she might be called a "Red" and get thrown in jail if she doesn't watch out. Said teacher eventually quits because she can't stand to prepare her children to be soldiers.
* ''Film/APearlInTheForest'' does this literally, with the first shot of the film being an actual pair of jackboots. They are worn by Markhaa, a StateSec officer and Buryat tribesman who is bringing the tyranny of UsefulNotes/JosephStalin to Markhaa's little village in 1937 UsefulNotes/{{Mongolia}}. He's hunting for ethnic Buryats who have fled to Mongolia to escape collectivization in Stalin's Russia. He winds up destroying the village.

* One of the original examples is likely Sinclair Lewis' 1935 novel ''ItCantHappenHere'', which is about Fascism taking root in the United States.
* In the early 1950's, novelist Taylor Caldwell (better known for her historical romances) wrote ''The Devil's Advocate'', set in a near future in which America had been taken over by a dictatorial regime called "The Democracy" which incorporated elements of both Communism and Fascism and relied on backing from the military to stay in power.
* ''Literature/HarryPotter''. The Death Eaters in Book 7, although in TheFilmOfTheBook of Book 5, Cornelius Fudge's ministry had some elements of a cult-of-personality.
* The totalitarian New Order in the ''WitchAndWizard'' trilogy by Creator/JamesPatterson.
* The ''Trauma 2020'' novels by Peter Beere (''A future so terrible, you won't want to live long enough to see it!'') were set in a fascist dystopian Great Britain.
* The AlternateHistory novel ''Resurrection Day'', by [=Brendan DuBois=], is set in a United States that has become a military dictatorship after the Cuban Missile Crisis turned hot. Elections are still held, but because the Democratic Party is blamed for starting the war, the US is the equivilant of a one-party state, with the military holding the actual power.
* The UsefulNotes/ColdWar novel ''The Fourth Protocol'' by Creator/FrederickForsyth details how a hardline communist faction within the Labour Party could take over Britain. And on the other side of the political spectrum, ''A Very British Coup'' by Chris Mullin has British conservatives and the CIA plotting to overthrow a socialist Prime Minister.
* Creator/GeorgeOrwell's ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' is probably the most famous example. [[WordOfGod In the author's own words]], the book "is NOT intended as an attack on Socialism or on the British Labour Party (of which I am a supporter) but as a show-up of the perversions to which a centralised economy is liable and which have already been partly realised in Communism and Fascism... I believe also that totalitarian ideas have taken root in the minds of intellectuals everywhere, and I have tried to draw these ideas out to their logical consequences. The scene of the book is laid in Britain in order to emphasise that the English-speaking races are not innately better than anyone else and that totalitarianism, ''if not fought against'', could triumph anywhere."
* ''K is for Killing'' by Daniel Easterman is about a United States in 1940 ruled by a coalition of Charles Lindbergh's America First Committee and the Ku Klux Klan led by D.C. Stephenson. Has concentration camps and the Federal Bureau of Internal Security headed by J. Edgar Hoover.
* Creator/RobertAHeinlein wrote ''Literature/SixthColumn'' (aka ''The Day After Tomorrow'') in 1949, in which the [[YellowPeril [=PanAsians=]]] take over a United States which had retreated into isolationism. In Heinlein's ''Future History'' ‘verse, the USA goes through a period as a fascist Christian theocracy, begun by [[SinisterMinister televangelist]] Nehemiah Scudder.
* The 1970s young-adult novel ''Sleep, Two, Three, Four!'' depicts a fascist-ruled United States in 1983. The President (obviously based on Richard Nixon) rules with an iron fist, minorities are confined to walled ghettoes, people with disabilities are shipped off to "health camps," and the government secretly hires squads of thugs to terrorize suburban neighborhoods through home-invasion robberies.
* Creator/PhilipRoth's ''Literature/ThePlotAgainstAmerica'' is kind of a SpiritualSuccessor to the Sinclair Lewis novel, and uses the idea of Lindbergh becoming President and instituting Nazi-lite policies.
* ''SS-GB'' by Creator/LenDeighton is a story if Hitler had invaded England and won. The name means SS-Great Britain. The book ''Literature/{{Fatherland}}'' seems to take a lot of its story from ''SS-GB''. Both are excellent stories but if you read ''SS-GB'' first (it was written first) you tend to think ''Fatherland'' is more of the same. If you read ''Fatherland'' first you might think SeinfeldIsUnfunny.
* ''Tracer'' by Stuart Jackson, set in a [[TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture 1999 Britain]] controlled by a neo-fascist government as a result of the AIDS crisis. The protagonist is a [[BigBrotherIsEmployingYou policeman whose job is to track down AIDS carriers]] -- he gets caught up in a power struggle involving the old political parties who are trying to wrest power back from the new Hard Right.
* The sci-fi trilogy by Creator/PeterFHamilton about psi-boosted private investigator Greg Mandel is set against a Britain recovering from a communist dictatorship.
* Creator/JoWalton's ''Literature/SmallChange'' trilogy (''Farthing'', ''Ha'penny'', and ''Half a Crown''). They are set in an alternate England in which Rudolph Hess successfully brokered peace, and the main character is Inspector Peter Carmichael, who [[BigBrotherIsEmployingYou works for the Fascist dictatorship government]]. A number of the characters are inspired by people like Unity Mitford- upper class high society people who favored appeasement during the 1930s and afterward.
* ''The Children's Story'' by James Clavell. A young [[EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep teacher]] comes to class to tell the students about their bright future with their new government. She's is chillingly charming, especially in the film adaptation (which may or may not be on Website/YouTube) and quite successfully converts her class. Watch it and tell me you wouldn't fall for it.
* The Resistance Trilogy by Clive Egleton depicts LaResistance to a Soviet-occupied Britain.
* JackLondon wrote ''Literature/TheIronHeel'', which details the long resistance against a then-futuristic American fascist state.
* In HarryTurtledove's ''In The Presence Of Mine Enemies'', Nazi Germany conquered most of Europe (including England) during World War II, and the United States in the 1970s.
* ''Literature/SevenDaysInMay'' is one of the more realistic depictions of this trope, in which a conservative general plots a MilitaryCoup against the President of the United States after he signs a controversial treaty to abolish nuclear weapons. Both the novel and TheFilmOfTheBook go into detail showing how a real-life coup could plausibly happen, and address the often-neglected area of public support -- the President is down to 29% in the polls, whereas the general is highly popular.
* TheHandmaidsTale by Margaret Atwood is based in the theocratic and misogynistic "Republic of Gilead", which has seized control of most of the United States.
* ''[[Literature/ParableOfTheSower Parable of the Talents]]'' by Octavia Butler has the U.S. become a theocracy in which non-Christians are put in concentration camps.
* The "Day of the Rope" in ''Literature/TheTurnerDiaries'' -- though according to its author, this is actually a good thing.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The article's picture is from the ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'' episode where the crew ends up in an alternate past where, due to Lenin being assassinated by a time traveler prior to the Russian Revolution, Germany, with little opposition to the East, is winning the war and has already captured much of the Eastern Seaboard. While they are hinted at being pushed back by the Allies, a group of aliens are offering the Germans advanced weapons.
** A case of YouFailHistoryForever, because anti-communism was the driving force behind the rise of fascist governments, and if the bolshevik revolution had failed, Germany and Russia [[AlternateHistory wouldn't have ended]] their infamous... cooperation.
** Also Lenin was smuggled into Russia by ImperialGermany exactly beacuse he was planning to make peace with the Germans.
* Kenneth Johnson wanted to make a mini-series based on Sinclair Lewis' ''It Can't Happen Here''. The project was originally called "Storm Warnings." It became ''Series/{{V}}'' when the network suggested Americans would be more likely to find the specter of Soviet Russia taking over scary than a homegrown fascist movement. Johnson felt this would destroy the entire point of the source material, and instead chose to make the oppressors aliens.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' had President Clark's administration, complete with the Gestapo-style (with black armbands) Night Watch.
** This is an especially noteworthy example as the show spent two years showing us the [=EarthGov=]'s slow slide into tyranny.
* Rutger Hauer TV Movie ''Film/{{Fatherland}}'' (based on [[Literature/{{Fatherland}} a novel by Robert Harris]]), set in a 1964 where the Nazis won.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** In "Turn Left". In an alternate universe where the Doctor died prematurely, it allowed for a spaceship with a nuclear-powered drive to wipe out London. The whole of Southern England had to be evacuated, and the UK was plunged into depression. They ''were'' awaiting aid from the US- but then one fifth of their population was killed in the Adipose Plot. Even more people died, and cars started expelling toxic gas thanks to the Sontarans, and things were only stopped at the sacrifice of Torchwood. Eventually England fell under martial law, and - despite there being seemingly no work for the general population - began sending immigrants to "labour camps".
** The 1960s story "The Dalek Invasion of Earth" has Daleks conquering Earth in the 22nd century, but still hits all the standard tropes of the "if Germany had invaded the UK in World War II" alternate history.
** The 1970s story "Inferno" has a MirrorUniverse in which the UK is a fascist state. It's left unclear whether this was due to a successful conquest by Nazi Germany or a successful home-grown fascist movement.
* One episode of ''Series/LoisAndClark''. They seemed surprisingly ready, with all the swastika banners and uniforms in place.
** They'd had years of preperation while establishing their "all-American" identities.
* The first episode of ''Series/{{Sliders}}'' has the timelost group get stuck in a world where the Soviet Union won the Cold War and took over America, and "ThePeoplesCourt" is simply an extension of the People's Police and the People's Prison.
* There was a miniseries in TheEighties called ''Series/{{Amerika}}'', about a Soviet takeover of, well, guess where. It involved an ambiguous ending that made it appear that the Americans were preparing a rebellion, without actually saying who wins in the end.
* An [[MadeForTVMovie after-school special]] called ''Film/TheWave'' (and its {{novelization}}) has this happen successfully in a HighSchool as part of a social experiment conducted by [[PoliticallyMotivatedTeacher a history teacher]]. It was remade in 2008 by the Germans as ''Film/DieWelle''.
** Fun fact: the movie and book were BasedOnATrueStory. See below under RealLife.
* An episode of ''Series/{{Misfits}}'' took place in an alternate timeline where Germany won UsefulNotes/WorldWarII and Britain was made into a Nazi province. All things considered, the differences between the timelines are not that great but still disturbing. The community center is now a detention center for delinquents and undesirables, and people with powers are being rounded up so that Seth the Power Dealer can transfer their abilities into high-ranking Nazi officers. Shaun, the apathetic and slightly corrupt social worker from the real timeline is now an apathetic and ''very'' corrupt Nazi official. Curtis and Alisha, being black, are reduced to second-class citizens- Alisha's drink-driving would have earned her a ''prison sentence'' if Shaun hadn't chosen her as his "personal assistant." As a final insult, [[TheWoobie Simon]] has been conscripted into the local Nazi regiment, and is bullied into executing defenceless prisoners.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' gives us this... at a ''community college''. It comes after [[spoiler:the [[Recap/CommunityS3E18CourseListingUnavailable Star-Burns wake]], with Chang in the role of the Dear Leader and middle-schoolers as {{Blackshirt}}s.]]
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'': Gul Dukat takes control of the Cardassian government and arranges Cardassia's membership of the Dominion before then attempting to justify his actions to both the Cardassian people and the rest of the Alpha Quadrant. His leadership of Cardassia is ''only'' a disaster for the Alpha Quadrant; for Cardassia itself, it's a catastrophe of apocalyptic proportions [[spoiler: (when the Cardassian people revolt against the Dominion with Bajoran and Federation help, the Dominion commits genocide, destroying over eight hundred million civilians; Cardassian history will ''not'' remember Dukat's leadership fondly)]].
* On ''Series/{{Revolution}}'' the Monroe Republic has shades of this but Monroe is really just a dictatorial warlord and has no real ideology behind him. In season 2, the Patriots, TheRemnant of the old US Government, start taking over the Eastern Seaborn and are a much straighter example with their fanaticism and brainwashing camps. The protagonists are living in a small town in Texas when the Patriots arrive to 'save' the town from a savage tribe of raiders. They soon find out that the Patriots hired the raiders themselves to create a pretext for the presence of Patriot troops. Soon enough martial law is invoked.
* A 1968 made-for-TV movie, [[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0063589/ ''Shadow On The Land'']] depicted a Fascist dictatorship ruling a near-future, AlternateHistory USA and the resistance to that regime.
* ''Series/{{Defiance}}'': Season 2 opens after a 9 month TimeSkip, during which the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Earth Republic]] has taken complete control of the town. While the E-Rep's propaganda talks about how much safer and prosperous they've made the town, there's also the fact that the gulanite miners are worked so hard that half of them have become drug addicts to cope with it, and accidents are common. Meanwhile, those who speak out against the E-Rep are either locked up, or suffer "[[MakeItLookLikeAnAccident accidents]]".
* In the TV series ''Series/GameOfThrones'', the Lannister takeover of the Iron Throne is made to invoke this. They have faceless goons in armor that was specifically made to resemble [[ANaziByAnyOtherName the Teutons]] from ''Film/AlexanderNevsky'' marching all over the Seven Kingdoms, their tyrannical king voices his desire to abolish local feudalism and become an autocrat, and on reconquered territories they rely on [[TheQuisling collaborationists]] installed by force and hated by the local population.

* As the storm clouds gathered over Europe and the Far East, PulpMagazine hero ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operator_No._5 Secret Service Operator #5]]'' (1934 - 1939) fought attempts by various foreign armies from [[MexicoCalledTheyWantTexasBack South America]], [[ThoseWackyNazis Europe]] and the [[YellowPeril Orient]] to [[InvadedStatesOfAmerica conquer the United States]]. The events are completely over-the-top as befits the pulp genre, except for the time the Japs destroy an entire city (Philadelphia) with their evil atomic bomb. [[HarsherInHindsight Only Orientals would do such a dastardly deed...]]

* "Stars & Stripes" by Music/{{KMFDM}}, complete with the StockPhrase:
--> Divided and conquered. Gripped by fear. Wishful thinking that it can't happen here

* The opening movie for the Playstation version of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyII'' basically opens with this.
* ''VideoGame/FreedomFighters'' opens the game with this sort of thing before moving on to LaResistance. Elements of this trope can be seen throughout the game, including the military-controlled broadcasts that are seen between levels.
* ''VideoGame/VandalHearts'' utilizes both sides, everyone is done-up in red and seem like James Bond style communists, but the ManBehindTheMan and TheStarscream is a short dark haired guy named Dolf...
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert'' depicts the Soviet Union taking over Europe and the USA in dramatic fashion. In their [=RA=] ending they occupy London and especifically Buckhimghan Palace, in [=RA2=] alone, they destroy the Pentagon, bombard the Statue of Liberty into rubble, mind-control the US president, [[RuleOfCool turn the Eiffel Tower into a giant tesla coil]], shut down Wall Street (complete with infantry march), and start expanding into space.
* In ''VideoGame/DayOfTheTentacle'', the mutant Purple Tentacle enacts a totalitarian, racist takeover of America and [[TakeOverTheWorld the world]].

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* A complicated example appears in ''Literature/{{Reds}}''. Given how divided the United States had become between the left and right, the Great Depression proves to be more than the republic could handle. When the [[DirtyCommunists Workers' Communist Party]] wins a landslide election victory, the panicked establishment sees no way out but a military junta. With the constitution suspended, the Army mobilized to put down opposition, and [[ANaziByAnyOtherName KKK death squads]] murdering anyone who gets in the way, it was only a matter of time before the left took up arms as well. From the perspective of the average modern reader, neither outcome is desirable.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The ''JusticeLeague'' arc "The Savage Time" begins with the League returning to Metropolis to find Nazis marching in the streets. Turns out someone used Time Travel (again) to make [[GodwinsLawOfTimeTravel Germany win World War II.]]
* In ''TheFairlyOddparents'', Fairy World gets taken over by their bureaucratic and business-oriented cousins the pixies. Everything becomes boring and corporate (and buried in paperwork!), and the pixes try to make everyone StopHavingFunGuys.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', the occupation of [[HiddenElfVillage Ba Sing Se]] by the [[ANaziByAnyOtherName Fire Nation]]. We see tanks, rhinos, and [[FacelessGoons faceless firebending soldiers]] line the streets and Fire Nation sigils adorn the Earth King's palace. Mere hours previously, the residents of the city thought this impossible.
** Something similar happens with the Equalist takeover of Republic City in ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', with troops and mecha-tanks in the streets and Amon maintaining a queue of benders to depower. They go so far as to mount a giant replica of Amon's mask on the statue of Aang, indicating either extreme commitment or way too much time on their hands.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Happened in real life when the Channel Islands (a series of British territories felt to be too close to the French coast to be able to save) were occupied by the Nazis after the fall of France. The iconic image of [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_PnjruCyyH70/ScxEvRciFsI/AAAAAAAAASQ/AbrYPa5dWFI/s400/1940%2Bchannel%2Bislands%2Bcommandant.jpg a Nazi officer being helped out of his car by a British policeman]] helped to bring home the real threat of occupation for the rest of the UK at the time.
* Similar to the Channel Islands is the Argentine invasion of the Falkland Islands in 1982. At the time, Argentina was ruled by a ruthless military junta that was waging an exceedingly violent campaign against it's own people (see below). The Argentine military even had detailed files on a lot of the islands' residents, and promptly deported people who they felt would cause political headaches for them, which backfired when said people gave media interviews blasting the Argentines for taking away their homes. They also turned the school at Goose Green into an army stronghold, with the playground actually being used to drill troops. Fortunately, unlike the Channel Islands (which remained occupied till the end of World War II), the residents of the Falklands only had to wait 74 days before a very angry Great Britain reclaimed the Islands in UsefulNotes/TheFalklandsWar.
** And speaking of Argentina, the country itself experienced this when the aforementioned military junta seized power in a coup. They soon initiated the infamous "Dirty War", a campaign of terror that targeted anyone who spoke out (or even just normal bystanders) against the regime. The primary motivation behind the junta's decision to invade the Falklands was to distract their people from internal problems (which now included an economic crisis in addition to growing anger over the Dirty War) and boost support for the regime. It worked at first, as even Argentines who were normally among the regime's staunchest opponents supported the invasion. However, after the British wiped the floor with the Argentine military and reclaimed the islands, support for the regime once again collapsed (since they now had a humiliating military defeat on their hands as well) and one year later they lost power. So ironically, the thing the junta hoped would save their regime ended up being the thing that caused their downfall.
* During World War II, Winnipeg and the surrounding areas was the site of a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/If_Day (mock) invasion]] by Nazi Germany and subsequent change in life, including book-burnings outside the library and renaming the town to "Himmlerstadt". It was staged in an effort to bring the effects of a Nazi invasion right into people's minds - to this end it worked, as war bond sales skyrocketed and exceeded the goals set beforehand.
* In 1969, a high school history teacher named Ron Jones pulled this off in a high school, starting a student movement called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Third_Wave the Third Wave]] in order to show his class, which was learning about UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, just how easily ordinary people can be led astray by fascism. It served as the inspiration for the movie and book ''Film/TheWave''.
* [[CaptainObvious It happened in Italy in the 1920s and in Germany and Japan in the 1930s.]] There were also relatively small fascist movements in America and the United Kingdom; neither were successful. France was able to internally resist fascism, but the point was rendered moot when Germany forced them to surrender and the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vichy_France Vichy regime]] took over (ironically the Nazis would have preferred the previous government stay in power, as it would have made the French accept their occupation more readily).
** It's interesting to note that both Hitler and Mussolini were ''appointed'' to power. They didn't take over after a revolution like the Bolsheviks did in Russia. (Not for want of trying on Hitler's part in the early days, mind you.) Also, contrary to a still widely-held but erroneous belief, while Hitler was elected, the election wasn't exactly what we'd consider a free election. Mussolini, though officially appointed to Prime Minister of Italy by King Victor Emmanuel III, was able to do so with the threat of political chaos - either he and his Fascists were appointed or the Party would launch a coup (there were blackshirts already Marching on Rome, though Mussolini himself only got involved near the end). The King, stuck between Mussolini and the anti-monarchist Italian Socialist Party, picked Mussolini. The end result of this was that Il Duce is probably the only Fascist leader ever to be fired by a Head of State who theoretically outranked him, although it didn't exactly stick.
* Many east and central European countries installed or were taken over by right-wing dictatorial regimes in the 1920s and 1930s (e.g. Poland in 1926, Romania in 1938, Bulgaria in 1923, Yugoslavia in 1929 etc.). These weren't exactly fascist, but often did end up allying with the Nazis in World War II (Poland is the obvious exception).
** And of course many of these countries were graced with the Soviet occupation (Yugoslavia being an exception) until 1990s.
** Hungary got hit by this trope many times. First, local communists took over in 1919 and instituted a terror campaign. They were quickly beaten, but the country then went through a right-wing terror campaign. A monarchy was set up, but due to political circumstances it was ruled by a regent, Miklos Horthy, who basically ruled as a dictator. In World War II, Hungary was an ally of the Third Reich, though when things started looking bad for the Axis, it tried to pull out of the war. Hitler was not amused and took over by force, and installed a government under the fascist Arrow Cross party. Finally, after the war, the Soviets made Hungary into a satellite state.
* The [[RedOctober October Revolution]] by the Bolshevik party against the Provisional Russian government may well be the modern TropeCodifier.
* South America, most notably during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar (and offers insight as to why the United States is usually not the most popular country in Latin America today):
** Brazil: March 31st, 1964, stretching into April 1st. Supported by the United States out of baseless fears of "socialist" policies by President João Goulart. Ruled by military junta until 1985. Thousands got tortured, disappeared or killed.
** Chile: September 11th, 1973[[note]]9/11 really isn't a good day, it seems[[/note]]. CIA-supported coup of socialist President Salvador Allende, who killed himself in the presidential palace rather than exile. Ruled by a junta led by Augusto Pinochet until 1990. Thousands got tortured, disappeared or killed.
** Uruguay: June 27th, 1973. Along similar lines as other South American coups listed here. Thousands got... You get the idea.
** Argentina: Twice - June 1966 and March 24th, 1976. There had been coups before, but these two are notable in that they sought to change the establishment rather than act as a mere guardian. Again, US-supported, who generally had closer relations with the Argentine military than with the civilian government (Peronism was viewed suspiciously in Washington, and its popularity in Argentina was worrisome). The latter is particularly notorious as it marked the beginning of Argentina's Dirty War, where thousands of opponents of the regime [[{{Unperson}} disappeared]] (estimates range from 9 to 30 thousand).
* Also UsefulNotes/ColdWar-related, the Greek military junta of 1967-1974.
** Also Greece-related, the election of the neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn in the midst of the country's debt crisis. Golden Dawn is currently third place (17% or more) in Greek opinion polls and holds eighteen seats in the Greek parliament -- this despite the party making racist statements, engaging in violence (including up to ten reported murders), and even beating up opponents on live television.
** Similar to Golden Dawn is Jobbik, currently the third-largest political force in Hungary. The party has a long history of racist attitudes towards Jews, including incidences of Holocaust denial and blood libel. They also promote repressive policies against Hungary's gay and minority communities.
** With the state the EU is in economically, most EU-member nations currently have a right-wing populist party in their parliament, many of which are hostile to immigrants and have been struck by scandals related to racism. It should be stressed that while these parties don't openly espouse Nazism, they have been forced to expel members who did. Of recent note is the National Front in France and the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands.
* The "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Business_Plot Business Plot]]" may have been a U.S. attempt at this in TheThirties. In 1934, retired Marine Corps Major General Smedley Butler testified to a Congressional committee alleging that a group of wealthy businessmen had approached him the year before with a scheme to create a quasi-fascist veterans' organization (headed by Butler) which would then stage a coup against President Roosevelt.