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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.

If the story is more of a character drama focusing on one leader in particular, see RulerProtagonist.


[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/ExMachina''
* ''ComicBook/Letter44''
* ''ComicBook/QuaiDOrsay''

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* The main events of ''Fanfic/FlaihhsamSSpahkh'' are something of a government procedural set in the Romulan Imperial Senate.
* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}''[=/=]''Franchise/{{Halo}}'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, there's a PlotThread dealing with issues in the Home Galaxy Senate--mainly, an agency looking increasingly like StateSec is pushing the boundaries of [[ForScience acceptable experimentation]] while consolidating more and more power. A [[BadassBureaucrat Senator]] is trying to at least shine a light in, though so far there hasn't been much in the way of results.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/AdviseAndConsent''
* ''Film/TheAmericanPresident'' combines this with a RomanticComedy.
* ''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/GabrielOverTheWhiteHouse'': a very odd example of the genre in which the President becomes [[DayOfTheJackboot a fascist dictator]]...and that's supposed to be a good thing.
* ''Film/InTheLoop'' concerns factions within the British and American governments colluding to start the War on Terror.
* ''Film/{{Lincoln}}'': Abraham Lincoln's efforts to get the 13th Amendment passed and end slavery in the United States forever.
* ''Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington''
* ''Film/PathToWar''
* ''Film/ThirteenDays'': the Kennedy administration deals with the Cuban Missile Crisis.
* ''Film/{{Contagion}}'': is basically a look at how the CDC, as a government agency, would operate in the face of a supervirus. Local and federal bureaucracy occasionally becomes a problem.
* ''Film/ShinGodzilla'' shows in great detail what would the most likely response of the Japanese government to the Gojira threat look like. [[spoiler: And the U.S. response, too...]]

* ''Literature/EarthCentAmbassador'' is a foreign service version of this, PlayedForLaughs. One of the two leads is the ambassador for [=EarthCent=] on Union Station, operated by a race of {{Benevolent AI}}s called the Stryx.
* 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).
* ''Literature/ManticoreAscendant'', a prequel series to ''Honor Harrington'', continues the trend of Manticoran politics being at least as ruthless as interstellar warfare.
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'': It's about politics in the Seven Kingdoms... with some focus outside it when necessary, battles, dragons, zombies and other magic that occasionally show up to just make the politics much, much more complicated. Mainly, though: the fascinatingly convoluted politics of the Seven Kingdoms.
* ''Literature/StarTrekArticlesOfTheFederation'' takes its name from the United Federation of Planets' version of the Constitution, and deals heavily with Federation internal politics and foreign policy, beginning with the inauguration of Nanietta Bacco as President. The author compared it to ''Franchise/StarTrek'' [[JustForFun/XMeetsY meets]] ''Series/TheWestWing''.
* The war-themed epic thriller ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'' includes heavy elements of this, with political planning and machinations (within both the civilian government and the General Staff) as important to the story as the military action itself.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TwentyFour'' a heavily actionized political thriller where the US President is always deeply involved.
* ''Series/AlphaHouse''
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' in its first season, before the big fantasy-influenced plot arcs got going, although the politics remained extremely important even then.
* The (usually) less violent parts of ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003''
* ''Series/{{Benson}}''
* ''Series/{{Borgen}}'', which is about a fictional female prime minister of Denmark and her staff, allies, and rivals.
* ''Series/CommanderInChief''
* ''Series/TheCrown2016'', with Elizabeth II learning to take on the responsibilities of the Crown at the increasing cost of her personal happiness, and the struggles of her Prime Ministers, beginning with Sirs Winston Churchill and Anthony Eden.
* ''Series/DaVincisCityHall''
* ''Series/DesignatedSurvivor'', the 13th member in the United States presidential line of succession becomes President.
* ''Series/GrassRoots''
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': As with its counterpart ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire,'' above. Yes, it's a [[MedievalEuropeanFantasy fantasy]]. Which spends an awful lot of time painstakingly demonstrating why living in a land (mis)governed like the [[DeadlyDecadentCourt Seven Kingdoms]] currently is being... is a little too "interesting" for comfort. Saying you're watching it for the politics is actually believable in this instance.
* ''Series/TheHollowmen''
* ''Series/HouseOfCardsUK'' concerns an ambitious Conservative Party whip maneuvering to rise to Prime-Ministership.
* ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'' concerns an ambitious Democratic Party whip maneuvering to rise to Presidency.
* ''Series/HouseRules''
* ''Series/{{JAG}}'', protagonists are government attorneys.
* ''Series/{{Kings}}'', centered around a fictional DeadlyDecadentCourt in a modern setting.
* ''Series/MadamSecretary'' has the US Secretary of State, a former CIA officer named Elizabeth [=McCord=], as its protagonist, and deals with both foreign and domestic policy.
* ''Series/MisterSterling'' A SpiritualSuccessor of ''Film/MrSmithGoesToWashington'', starring an up and coming ''Creator/JoshBrolin''
* ''Series/TheNewStatesman''
* ''Series/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 was for a time a member of the City Council and [[spoiler:would eventually become Governor of Indiana and (we think) President of the United States.]]
* ''Series/ShowMeAHero'', a miniseries about the Yonkers housing controversy of the late 20th century.
* ''Series/SpinCity''
* ''Series/ThatsMyBush'' -- a sitcom example
* ''Series/TheThickOfIt''-- a sitcom about civil servants in a minor British government department making life hell for each other.
* ''Series/{{Utopia 2014}}'' is a comedy about the "Nation Building Authority", a newly created government organization responsible for overseeing major infrastructure projects.
* ''Series/{{Veep}}''--A sitcom about (what else) the Vice President of the United States and [[VicePresidentWho how useless she is]]. At least at first... Despite coming from the same person (Creator/ArmandoIannucci) as ''The Thick of It'', the characters do not usually ''intentionally'' make life hell for each other, and attempts at scheming usually backfire.
* ''Series/TheWestWing'' is the TropeCodifier, centring around a fictional US President and his staff.
* ''Series/TheWire'': The police and politics plot lines concern government procedure.
* ''Series/YesMinister'' (and its sequel, ''Series/YesPrimeMinister''), a sitcom about the British government and civil service.

* ''Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix''. Jockeying for votes: TheMusical!
* ''Theatre/AllTheWay'' -- About UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson's crusade to pass the Civil Rights Act.
* ''Theatre/BothYourHouses'': All the ugly deal-making that goes into getting a bloated appropriations bill passed.
* ''Theatre/OfTheeISing'': A very silly version that revolves around the President getting a girlfriend.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/ConflictMiddleEastPoliticalSimulator''
* ''VideoGame/CrisisInTheKremlin''
* ''Videogame/{{Democracy}}''
* ''Videogame/{{Hamurabi}}''
* ''VideoGame/HiddenAgenda1988''
* ''VideoGame/ShadowPresident''
* The ''VideoGame/{{Tropico}}'' series, a tongue-in-cheek banana republic simulator.
* ''VideoGame/UrbanEmpire'', described as ''Series/HouseOfCardsUS'' meets ''VideoGame/SimCity''.
* ''VideoGame/XenobladeChronicles2'' has shades of this. A lot of time is spent watching the machinations of the major governments, and several officials from them join the party.