Government in Exile
Counterpart to La Résistance. Their homeland has been invaded. They fought valiantly, but they were ultimately overwhelmed. But they refuse to admit defeat quite yet. They know that they have allies abroad, and it's only a matter of time before they can muster the support to fight back. So for today, the leadership of the nation and whatever citizenry they can bring along make a hasty retreat, taking refuge in a nearby allied nation. While much of their citizens are left behind, possibly forming La Résistance and waging a war from within, they work to muster up support and mount a counterattack from outside to reclaim their homeland. Frequent any time Everything's Better with Princesses meets La Résistance in the same series. The princess in question will probably be a deposed Crown Princess trying to get her crown back. If the monarch refused to leave In Its Hour of Need, this may be led by a successor. If only the armed forces are still fighting on, with their government having capitulated or otherwise done away with, then it is The Remnant.
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- In Mai-Otome, Garderobe is invaded midway through the series. Although it's the training ground for Otome, the elite warriors of the world, they don't have enough gathered at first, and then their abilities are cut off. The Headmistress, Natsuki, is one of only a handful to escape. She spends the next series of episodes taking refuge in nearby Aries and forming an alliance to mount a counterstrike.
- Amaterasu crew's justification to fight against Henrietta alliance in Starship Operators.
- In Code Geass one of the ministers of the former Japanese government claimed this. Of course, he was also a Chinese puppet...
- Sailor Moon: Although her kingdom consists of about 9 girls and a couple of cats, Sailor Moon is still their princess and they still treat her like one.
- This trope is evident in some fashion in Equestria: A History Revealed, in which Princess Celestia left the country for a couple of years, while the government she left behind was purged and forcibly made loyal to Nightmare Moon. Upon Celestia's return, she had to gain supporters and fight to reclaim her old nation in the Equestrian Civil War.
- In With Strings Attached, many Raleka fled Ketafa after the Idris started massacring them. They set up towns on the Rust Coast of Baravada, and some of them subsequently made the long pilgrimage to the Shining Coast in order to learn magic and combat skills with which to defeat the Idris back in Ketafa.
- Worldwar: War of Equals features several examples caused by the Race invasion:
- The Ukrainian government is evacuated to Chernihiv as soon as The Race makes landfall.
- Likewise, Barack Obama, his family, and other high ranking government officials relocate to a bunker in Manchester, New Hampshire.
- After Kuwait City is overrun, the Royal Family flees to Saudi Arabia.
- With Race forces making their way to Baghdad, the Iraqi government flees to Mosul.
- As the Race advances on Cairo, the Egyptian government evacuates to Alexandria.
- In the novel SS-GB, England is conquered by Nazi Germany. King George VI is held prisoner. By the end of the novel, George is killed and his daughter in Canada, Elizabeth II, became Queen. One of the reasons why British La Résistance members arrange his death is so Elizabeth can be a legitimate Government in Exile.
- The last book in the Westmark trilogy has the protagonists form a Government in Exile while still in the country. The text even says it isn't a government-in-exile, it's a government-in-pawnshop.
- In the Yashim Series, the hero's best friend is a Polish diplomat who is harbored by the Ottoman government as a Take That to Russia. The Polish diplomat is a one-man Government in Exile.
- In the later Honor Harrington books, the People's Navy in Exile make allusions to this, but they never fool anybody but themselves. And then they don't even fool themselves anymore once they realize that they have crossed the Moral Event Horizon by cutting a deal with the Mesans to act as hired guns in return for support.
- It happens twice in The Chronicles of Narnia: the title character of Prince Caspian, and King Tirian in The Last Battle.
- In It Can't Happen Here, Windrip places Trowbridge under house arrest after winning the presidential election and turning America into a fascist state. Trowbridge escapes to Canada, where he leads a resistance movement to oust the Windrip regime from power.
- Oswin, the White Prince and rightful heir in Terra Mirum Chronicles, is on the run after the Nightmare murders his mother and brainwashes his father.
- A Song of Ice and Fire:
- The Targaryens (Viserys, Daenarys, and Aegon... maybe) think of themselves as this. They are under the impression that the common folk pray desperately for their return, and that the current king is seen as an evil usurper. While they technically have a point about Robert Baratheon usurping their father's throne, they are both too young to remember that their father was a raving nutter that everyone hated. (Robert, for all his flaws, was sane, and maintained peace for seventeen years.) Although there are still isolated pockets of Targaryen loyalists, by and large they vastly overestimate how much the common people care about the succession.
- Also Jalabhar Xho, an exiled prince of the Summer Isles. He hangs out in King's Landing fighting in tournaments and occasionally asking for an army to conquer his homeland in his name.
- In 1784: Liberty The American Revolution ends with a British victory and George Washington is captured and executed. The surviving members of the Continental Congress and a few of the units of the Continental Army escape west and settle in what today would be Illinois. They have to decide whether they will continue the Revolution from this new location or instead form a new nation.
- The Star Wars EU has the Empire become this following the fall of Coruscant. Until the Legacy comics come about again the Empire is ruled from Bastion. When the Galactic Alliance is defeated, it returns to its roots as the Rebellion, though in both cases the factions are called the "*Insert name here* Remnant" rather than a government-in-exile.
- In Harry Turtledove's Colonization series, France has been under the Reich's boot for two decades now. While the nation of France officially exists, it's ruled by a government-in-exile from the French islands in the Pacific and isn't really important to world politics. Later, the Race forces the Reich to relinquish control over France.
Live Action TV
- Babylon 5: the station harbored G'kar after Narn was retaken by the Centauri, in spite of demands he be turned over to the Centauri Republic.
- Battlestar Galactica (Reimagined): The Colonial Government can be seen as this. They even keep the trappings of their government for quite some time.
- Game of Thrones: See A Song of Ice and Fire in Literature above.
- Merlin: This is essentially the case in the season 3 finale, when Morgana took over and Arthur, Gaius, Merlin and the knights escaped into hiding. Uther remained imprisoned, though, until the good guys returned to retake the castle and free him.
- Mission: Impossible: One Mission of the Week involved the jailbreak of a political prisoner from an apartheid regime in order to set up a Government in Exile with him in charge.
- Revolution: The first season finale reveals that the last US President has been running one out of Guantanamo Bay since the Blackout.
- In season 2 Monroe is hiding out in Texas and is quite insistent that sooner or later he will return and lead his nation once again. Ironically, to do so he allies himself with Miles and Rachel, the people who brought down his government in the first place.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: "Ties of Blood and Water", follows the overthrow of a democratic Cardassian government by the Dominion, which sets up Gul Dukat as their puppet dictator. The Federation tries to use the exiled Cardassian Legate Tekeny Ghemor from "Second Skin" as the focal point for a government in exile, but Ghemor refuses because he's contracted a terminal illness.
- Suikoden V: The royal palace is captured in an attack by the Godwin faction of nobles, with the King and Queen dead and Princess Lymsleia installed as a puppet Queen. The Prince and a handful of his bodyguards manage to escape, taking refuge at first in the territory of the Barrows faction, who's rivaled with the Godwins. They eventually carve out their own section of territory under their control, recruiting cities and neighboring countries to their side one at a time until they can retake the capital.
- In Suikoden IV, this happens to the kingdom of Obel. When Kooluk's forces invade, Lino En Kuldes escapes on the rebellion's future headquarters and promotes your hero to head of the rebellion, and you set out to free the other islands.
- Medieval: Total War had something like this as a gameplay mechanic. Even after defeating a nation, it was a common occurrence for "loyalists" to rise up and try fighting back.
- Pretty much half the plot of the original Fire Emblem for the NES (as well as the remake, Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon for the DS). Altea is betrayed by their ally, Gra and have the shit kicked out of them - the only member of the royal family not killed or captured is Prince Marth, who, along with a remnant military force (Jagen, Cain, Abel, etc.) and ministers (Madelleus) escape and take refuge in Talys, one of the few countries which is truly an ally of Altea.
- Likewise, the opening acts of The Sacred Stones play out very similarly.
- Warcraft II begins with Azeroth, having been conquered by the Orcs and its king slain, founding a government in exile in Lordaeron under Anduin Lothar as Regent.
- In World of Warcraft, Gilnas is this after being invaded by the Forsaken. The Night Elves help as many people as possible escape the small nation and offer them a home on Teldrasil (Which considering the Night Elves' well known Xenophobia is a big deal). Their king however only stays for a brief period of time before going to Stormwind, where he stands next to its king.
- A major gameplay mechanic in Hearts of Iron 3. Any country which is conquered can opt to form a Government in Exile rather than capitulate; the homeland surrenders and is occupied but the GIE gets to keep any overseas colonies and their garrisons, and gets some free unit production capability to represent the forces which fled even if it has no colonies. The For the Motherland expansion added the ability to funnel that production into equipping and supporting an Underground network, with the goal of amassing enough forces to launch a nation-wide uprising.
- This briefly occurs in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2, with President Dugan and his administration seeking refuge in Canada after most of the country is taken by the Soviets.
- The Order of the Stick — the surviving residents and leaders of Azure City escaped on ships out to sea after Xykon's forces took over their homeland. Post-Time Skip finds them still trying to find a place to re-settle since the other Southern nations can't take in all the refugees. It finally takes a wizard to get them all to a suitably-inhabitable island to colonize. Meanwhile, the Azure City residents that were left behind form different factions of La Résistance and bicker amongst themselves.
- In Drowtales, the clans of Chel'el'sussoloth started out as this and believed in the Queen Sharess' promise to bring them back to the surface after war forced them underground, but by the time the main story begins it's persisted for a millennium and almost all of the original dark elves have been replaced by their children the drow, and the fact that they haven't adapted since then causes problems that become more and more evident as the series goes on and the office of the Val'Sharess, who supposedly speaks for Sharess, is shown to be either indifferent or powerless plus the real Val'Sharess has actually been dead for close to 30 years in the present time of the story after being removed in a coup pulled by her own daughters, with various Body Doubles and other trickery (somewhat) keeping up the illusion that she's alive.
- The Witches of Dathomir in The Gungan Council claims to be one of these. Yet, being composed of only Nightsisters and their allies, such a claim is contested by the rest of the galaxy.
- In The Legend of Korra, Prince Wu is technically the Earth King, but he's stuck in Republic City. Being unambitious, and not eager to meet his predecessor's fate, he spends his time living the life of the Idle Rich. Until, very last two episodes of Book and series with Wu regetting the thorne and rethinking to begin planning dissolved the Monarchy and Earth Kingdom into may elected-democratic nations to prevent any more tragic events with Earth Monarchy and Nation.
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- World War II had Charles de Gaulle, who initially lead part of the Free French Forces. As he continued to organize more exiled forces under his command, and even began to gain control of French colonies previously under the control of Vichy France, he gradually became the de facto leader of the French Government in Exile.
- Several nations that were invaded by Germany in WWII had governments-in-exile, often headquartered in London.
- Poland's government-in-exile continued for 51 years until the fall of communism in 1990, when it disbanded after recognizing the legitimacy of the post-communist government led by Lech Walesa. The longest government-in-exile in modern times to have been disbanded, however, was that of Ukraine (1920-1992) established after the Soviet takeover.
- In contrast, the longest government-in-exile, the Rada of the Belarusian Democratic Republic, is still going strong in Canada since its inception in 1919 to the present day. Unlike Ukraine, it was unwilling to recognize Lukashenko's government after he seized power by decree. Interestingly, this Rada was never even meant to be a permanent government, much less one to last almost a century; it was a provisional parliament intended only to set the foundation for a constitutional convention.
- One contingency plan in the unlikely success of a German invasion during WWII would have had the Royal Family (or at least Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret - who, famously, would not leave without their mother, who would not leave without the King, who would never leave), along with some senior British politicians, setting up a government-in-exile in Canada. Presumably members of the governments-in-exile already in London would have likewise fled to Canada or the United States.
- It was once common practice for monarchs to harbor pretenders to a rival throne. The most famous of these to English speakers were the Jacobites.
- The Tibetan government in exile, residing currently in India.
- Queen Wilhelmina and the rest of the royal family fled the Netherlands in World War II as a symbol of resistance; they were welcomed back with uproarious joy afterward. (King Leopold, in neighboring Belgium, had stayed and dealt with the invaders and was consequently forced to resign.) Her daughter Juliana went further afield, to Ottawa (where her daughter Margriet was born; the Canadian government temporarily declared the maternity ward of the hospital in which Juliana gave birth extraterritorial so she would gain citizenship from her mother alone). It also helped that Juliana's husband Bernhard, although a German, had wanted to stay and join La Résistance, and remained in London with his mother-in-law for much of the war, flying missions for the RAF and later taking command of the Dutch armed forces in the last days of the war.
- Though China would have you believe differently, Taiwan counts as this for them since they call themselves the Republic of China, left over from the Nationalist side of the civil war back in the 30s and 40s. Fortunately or unfortunately, depending on your point of viewnote , since they're just an island facing off against one of the world's largest countries there's very little chance that they'll actually be able to become the recognized government again.