Playing With: People's Republic of Tyranny
Basic Trope: A dictatorial dystopia gives itself a nice, democratic-sounding name.
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- Straight: The People's Republic of Tropeistan is a tyrannical dictatorship.
- Exaggerated: The Free and Liberated People's Just and Glorious Peaceful Democratic Workers' Republic of Tropeistan is an Orwellian twentiethworld hellhole where Individuality Is Illegal and where the smallest Thought Crime warrants eternal torture.
- Downplayed: The Republic Of Tropeistan isn't a republic but is actually a monarchy with a strict but fair king. It still has a misleading name, but isn't too bad.
- Tropeistan was once founded by Well-Intentioned Extremist revolutionaries with the noble ideals of transforming the country from an autocracy into a genuinely democratic republic, which would govern only its own people with their consent. However, during their struggle, their methods became so extreme that by the time the revolutionaries finally seize control, the government that they have created is just as oppressive and brutal as the one they replaced.
- The Tropeistanian people are none too bright, so the government tries to dupe them into believing they live in a democracy.
- Or, Tropeistan is trying to project a democratic image to other countries despite being an oppressive dictatorship.
- Tropeistan originally was a democratic republic run for the benefit of the people, until the present ruling party took power. To maintain a veneer of legitimacy, said party don't bother to change the name or the constitution but rely on all manner of Loophole Abuse in order to "legally" maintain power.
- Inverted: The Holy Militaristic Empire of Wikipedium is a secular liberal democratic federation.
- Subverted: The People's Republic of Tropeistan is ... a functioning democracy.
- Double Subverted:
- In this universe, dictatorships are not taken seriously unless they give themselves democratic-sounding names.
- The People's Republic of Tropeistan doesn't get any aid from other countries because they're all going to their rival neighbours the Democratic People's Republic and Commonwealth of the Peaceful, Definitely Not Oppressed Tropese, who routinely threaten to bomb all their neighbours.
- Zig Zagged:
- The People's Republic of Tropeistan is a dictatorship... but then the people revolt! However, a military junta takes control shortly after that. But then another resistance movement revolts and takes over the government. ...
- Tropeistan calls itself something in Tropese which can be translated as both "the People's Republic of Tropeistan" and "the State of Tropeistan". The protagonists never visit Tropeistan, and the stuff they hear about it is pretty contradictory.
- Averted: Tropeistan simply calls itself the State of Tropeistan, or even just Tropeistan.
- Enforced: International law requires that all dictatorships have democratic-sounding names.
- Lampshaded: "Tropeistan, isn't that a democracy?" "Its full name is the People's Democratic Republic of Tropeistan." "Ah I see, so it's a communist dictatorship."
- Invoked: "Change it from Empire to People's Republic, it sounds better and helps us sleep more soundly."
- Exploited: The Government can attack whomever it pleases with no provocation provided it does so in the name of "the people."
- Defied: "'People's Republic'? That's stupid, 'Empire' sounds way more badass."
- Discussed: ???
- Conversed: "I can't believe Tropeistan actually calls itself a republic, everyone knows they're anything but." -Alice, while reading the paper.
- Deconstructed: The governments of the world used to have the best intentions when they started and so they all had democratic names. Unfortunately, Realpolitik kicks in and the progressive policies and democracy must be dropped. It's a point of shame for every leader, but they can't change it because of the idealism that every citizen embraces.
- Reconstructed: The governments are given ideals to aspire to by their very names, and once some semblance of order comes to the country, they're reminded of the principles that the nation was created under and decide to pursue those again.
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