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

[[AC:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/ExMachina''
* ''[[{{ComicBook/QuaidOrsay}} Quai d'Orsay]]''

[[AC: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.

[[AC: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).
* ''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.

[[AC:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/AlphaHouse''
* ''Series/BabylonFive'' in its first season, before the big fantasy-influenced plot arcs got going. Though the politics remained extremely important even then.
* The (usually) less violent parts of ''Series/BattlestarGalacticaReimagined''
* ''Series/{{Benson}}''
* ''Series/{{Borgen}}''
* ''Series/CommanderInChief''
* ''[[DaVincisInquest Da Vinci's City Hall]]''
* ''GrassRoots''
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': 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''
* ''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 was for a time 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'').

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

[[AC:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/HiddenAgenda1988''
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