Playing With / United Europe

Basic Trope: All the countries in Europe united into one country.
  • Straight: In the year 2100, most of Europe is one country.
  • Exaggerated: In the year 2030, all of Europe from Iceland to Gibraltar to the Absheron Peninsula to Novaya Zemlya is one big authoritarian unitary state.
  • Downplayed:
    • A few countries in Western Europe are united as one country.
    • The European Union wields more power than it has today, but isn't one unified country.
  • Justified: It takes place in the far future, and the governments of Europe have agreed that they would be better off as one country.
  • Inverted: Each country in Europe is balkanized.
  • Subverted:
    • There are early references to Europe being united, but later it is revealed that they are simply referring to the European Union.
    • North Europe and South Europe both became united, but North Europe is a different union than South Europe. (Some economists proposed such a split due to the debt crisis of South Europe.)
  • Double Subverted: ...which has become a full-on country.
  • Parodied:
    • Europe is exactly like the United States.
    • Every country in the world and even some space colonies joined the EU... Except for Turkey, which still is not allowed to be a member.
  • Zig Zagged: United Europe unites and dissolves throughout the work.
  • Averted: Europe is divided into many countries just like in real life.
  • Enforced:
    • The writers don't want viewers to be confused by all the different countries.
    • The writers want to keep the diplomatic relations simple, so they write Europe as one uniform block.
  • Lampshaded: "I miss the days before Europe was united."
  • Invoked: The leaders of various countries try to unify.
  • Exploited: A character runs for President of Europe, allowing him to control the entire continent.
  • Defied: The leaders of European countries try to stay as independent as possible.
  • Discussed: "Maybe all of Europe should unify."
  • Conversed: "Why is Europe always united in these shows?
  • Deconstructed: The government of Europe is oppressive, causing the people to rebel.
    • Alternatively: The government of Europe becomes a corrupt government full of lobbyists, which regulates non important aspects of everyday live just for the sake of regulation. It threatens national sovereignity causing right wing groups to rise and demand to leave the union. The common currency benefits germany, but strangles the economy of southern europe, causing crisis after crisis threatening to destroy the union. Then, germany causes europe to get flooded by thousands of undocumented refugees from the middle east and africa.
  • Reconstructed: The people of Europe live on peacefully afterwards.

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