'''Basic Trope''': A dictatorial {{dystopia}} gives itself a nice, democratic-sounding name.
* '''Straight''': The People's Republic of Tropeistan is a tyrannical dictatorship.
* '''Exaggerated''': The [[OverlyLongName Free and Liberated People's Just and Glorious Peaceful Democratic Workers' Republic of Tropeistan]] is an [[BigBrotherIsWatching Orwellian]] [[WretchedHive twentiethworld hellhole]] where IndividualityIsIllegal and where the smallest ThoughtCrime warrants [[{{Room 101}} eternal]] [[AndIMustScream 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.
* '''Justified''':
** Tropeistan was once founded by WellIntentionedExtremist 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, [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized during their struggle]], [[KnightTemplar their methods became so extreme]] [[HeWhoFightsMonsters that by the time the revolutionaries finally seize control]], [[MeetTheNewBoss the government that they have created is just as]] [[ReignOfTerror oppressive and brutal as]] [[FullCircleRevolution 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 LoopholeAbuse in order to [[LawfulEvil maintain power "legally."]]
* '''Inverted''': The Holy Militaristic Empire of [[BlandNameProduct Wikipedium]] is a secular liberal democratic federation.
* '''Subverted''': The People's Republic of Tropeistan is ... a functioning democracy.
* '''Double Subverted''':
** ...until the DirtyCommunists revolt!
** Tropeistan turns out to be a CrapsaccharineWorld.
* '''Parodied''':
** In this universe, dictatorships are only taken seriously if 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.
** The Oppressive Tyrannical Dictatorship of Tropeistan ''was'' a dictatorship, but is now a democratic country. They have tried to change the name, but the vote on ''what'' to rename it always ends in a tie. "Why did we become democratic again?"
** The Tropeistani people are very LiteralMinded, and are extremely confused as to why everyone assumes they are an oppressive dictatorship when they put "Democratic People's Republic" right in the name.
* '''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.
** Alternatively, continuing from '''Double Subverted''', the DirtyCommunists turn out to be ChummyCommies - but then [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Dirty Capitalists]] take control.
* '''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''':
** TheGovernment can attack whomever it pleases with no provocation provided it does so in the name of "the people."
** Tropeistan is full of {{Actual Pacifist}}s, and its first government gives it the designation "People's Republic" to make other people ''think'' they are an oppressive dictatorship with considerable military force, so that any would-be attackers will be scared off.
* '''Defied''': "'People's Republic'? That's stupid, [[RuleOfCool 'Empire' sounds way more badass.]]"
* '''Discussed''': AliceAndBob, Tropeistani nationals, argue MyCountryRightOrWrong versus MyCountryTisOfTheeThatISting over the designation of "People's Republic."
* '''Conversed''': "I can't believe Tropeistan actually calls itself a republic, everyone knows they're anything but." --Alice, while reading the paper.
* '''Implied''': The main cast is watching television together. The People's Democratic Republic of Tropeistan is mentioned during a news segment, and [[TheIllegal Zulik]], who hails from there, rolls his eyes upon hearing Tropeistan's full name.
* '''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 very names give governments ideals to which to aspire, and once some semblance of order comes to the country, they're reminded of the principles whereunder the nation was created and decide to pursue those again.
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%%* '''Played for Laughs''': ???
* '''Played for Drama''': The Democratic People's Republic of Tropeistan ''successfully'' presents itself as an {{Utopia}} and an ideal vacation destination to the rest of the world, especially by virtue of its misleading name. In truth, the country is actually an Orwellian dictatorship that shoves the vast majority of its population into absolute poverty, and violently keeps them from revealing the truth to the rest of the world. [[SceneryPorn Its best vacation destinations]] are breathtaking to look at, and [[SkyscraperCity its wealthiest cities]] are [[CrystalSpiresAndTogas marvelous technological wonders]], but anywhere outside these locations is a [[DeathWorld complete wasteland]] [[CrapsackWorld filled with people desperately trying to survive.]] Alice and Bob are [[HawaiianShirtedTourist clueless tourists]] visiting Tropeistan's finest places, but through a series of unfortunate mishaps and bad luck, they find themselves squarely in one of Tropeistan's many {{Wretched Hive}}s, seeing Tropeistan's worst through their own eyes and being viciously chased by government agents seeking to [[KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade "silence" them to maintain Tropeistan's masquerade]] of Utopia to the world.
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