'''Basic Trope''': With no rules, laws, or leaders to follow, society crumbles.
* '''Straight''': Tropestan has no government, and therefore [[ItsAllAboutMe everyone looks out only for their own interests]], even at the expense of others.
* '''Exaggerated''': Tropestan is a WretchedHive, always at war with itself, and everyone is destitute and perpetually in survival mode.
* '''Downplayed''': Tropestan gets along more or less - however they can't coordinate well enough to keep infrastructure maintained.
* '''Justified''':
** Tropestan was in a precarious situation beforehand.
** HobbesWasRight
* '''Inverted''':
** Although Tropestan has no political leaders or government offices, [[RousseauWasRight everyone comes together to help one another out]].
** Tropestan has a government, but society crumbles.
* '''Subverted''':
** Tropestan has no formal government or political leaders, but a tribal-like tribunal or "moderators" and everyone has a say, and there are behavioral standards that must be adhered to.
** Or, with no formal government, the territory falls prey to foreign invasion from neighbors looking for valuable land and/or {{Balkaniz|eMe}}ation as warlords and communities seek to instill order before total chaos can arise.
* '''Double Subverted''':
** But then the informal leaders disagree amongst themselves, or the rules are not enforced effectively, or both, and chaos ensues.
** The informal leaders simply cannot maintain infrastructure, no matter how hard they try.
* '''Parodied''':
** Anarchist characters will loudly proclaim their desire for chaos, acting on it in a ridiculously over the top manner.
** The 'anarchists' have no idea what real anarchy is.
* '''Zig Zagged''': Tropestan's government collapses, and in the wake of it things appear to go well for a while, but then devolve into violent chaos.
* '''Averted''': Tropestan has a fully-functional government.
* '''Enforced''':
** AuthorAppeal
** SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism
* '''Lampshaded''': "You can't drive without traffic laws! Think of the pedestrians!"
* '''Invoked''':
** KingBobTheNth dies, leaving no heirs behind (and no one who really liked his ways anyway). The people have no leader until further notice.
** Not only does lack of government result in chaos, but anarchists explicitly ''want'' this, and will actively destroy/fight any order that emerges, whether or not it's oppressive.
* '''Exploited''': Anarchist characters use this reputation to their advantage, such as by intimidating enemies with fake AxCrazy behavior.
* '''Defied''': Someone steps up and does things to keep peace and order.
* '''Discussed''': "What would the world be like with no religious or political leaders, everyone just doing what they want?"
* '''Conversed''': "I don't know...I suppose it would depend on the people in a given society, and whether they pull together, or whether they look out only for themselves."
* '''Implied''': The word anarchy is never used except in a negative context, or as a synonym for chaos.
* '''Deconstructed''': The plot is set in a place where a government either does not exist, or has collapsed, exploring whether this anarchy must necessarily also equal chaos.
* '''Reconstructed''': Anarchy does result in chaos, and the reasons why are shown (perhaps despite the efforts of real anarchists, who come off as well-intentioned but still misguided). Conversely, a plausible scenario for an orderly anarchy is presented.
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