* DemocracyIsBad: The attitude of most Belters; the Massachusets Contingent holds a poll to see if the Vestans want a government and everyone but the [=MasCons=] refuses to vote. As such their opinions "don't count" and they get a council that barely anyone really wanted.
* DesignatedHero: Many detractors felt that the "heroes" are basically selfish capitalists who may have caused economic woes for UW Earth ([[StrawmanPolitical strawman of any opposition to Libertarianism and Anarcho Capitalism]]) rather than the system itself being the problems. Not to mention that lack of any trade proposals with Earth and consideration of any attempts at diplomacy as UW's evil intent (not to mention treated as VillainBall, especially the use of military force in the first stories) by the belters didn't help much with their characterization.
* HarsherInHindsight: One character cited a Paris attack as one the events being used as an example of government's use of tragedies for their own cause. Then the real 2015 Paris Attack happened.