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* ''Film/{{Coneheads}}'' based on a series of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' skits, the eponymous aliens' homeworld is ruled by an absolute dictator.
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** The Cardassian Union is a military dictatorship with a merely symbolic civil government. It has similarities with both Fascist and Soviet regimes. [[spoiler:In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS04E01E02TheWayOfTheWarrior The Way of the Warrior]]", a popular uprising overthrows the military government and restores power to the Detapa Council. Later the Dominion invades Cardassia and overthrows this government to install Gul Dukat as their puppet dictator.]]

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** The Cardassian Union is a military dictatorship with a merely symbolic civil government. It has similarities with both Fascist and Soviet regimes. [[spoiler:In the ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS04E01E02TheWayOfTheWarrior The Way of the Warrior]]", a popular uprising overthrows the military government and restores power to the Detapa Council. Later the Dominion invades Cardassia and overthrows this government to install Gul Dukat as their puppet dictator. Democratic rule is restored after the Dominion defeat in the ensuing war.]]



** Bajor is technically a Republic with free elections to choose the First Minister once they got rid of the Cardassian occupation, yet its religious leader the Kai (equivalent to a Pope or Dalai Lama) has excessive amounts of power and at some point one of their Kais actually held both offices.

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** Bajor is technically a Republic presidential republic with free elections to choose the First Minister once they got rid of the Cardassian occupation, yet its religious leader occupation. However, the Kai (equivalent to a Pope or Dalai Lama) has excessive amounts of power and at some one point one of their Kais actually held both offices. Kai Winn takes over as interim First Minister after her predecessor dies in office shortly before the election (she's defeated by former Resistance leader Shakaar Edon and concedes peacefully).


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* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'': Generally avoided with factions original to the game. The playable Romulan faction is the Romulan Republic, a successor state to the {{vestigial|Empire}} Star Empire. The Lukari and Kentari also have democratic societies (the Lukari are similar to the Federation, while the Kentari are a fairly transparent StrawmanPolitical of the present-day United States, complete with a [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Donald Trump stand-in]] for defense minister). The Iconians, however, are an ethnocracy very similar to the Dominion: a small circle of all-powerful rulers of one species, and several servitor species.


* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E1TreehouseOfHorrorVII Treehouse of Horror VII]] segment, "Citizen Kang", alies kidnap Homer and ask him to TakeMeToYourLeader. Homer hesitates, because they are about to have an election between President UsefulNotes/BillClinton and Senator Bob Dole, so Homer doesn't know what to tell them. The aliens Kang and Kodos are apparently familiar with the concept of an election, having monitored human activity for years, but when they kidnap Clinton and Dole and impersonate them, their campaign styles make it clear that they have no direct experience with elections. Once Kang is elected, he enslaves the human population and converts the United States into a dictatorial monarchy.

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* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E1TreehouseOfHorrorVII Treehouse of Horror VII]] segment, "Citizen Kang", alies aliens kidnap Homer and ask him to TakeMeToYourLeader. Homer hesitates, because they are about to have an election between President UsefulNotes/BillClinton and Senator Bob Dole, so Homer doesn't know what to tell them. The aliens Kang and Kodos are apparently familiar with the concept of an election, having monitored human activity for years, but when they kidnap Clinton and Dole and impersonate them, their campaign styles make it clear that they have no direct experience with elections. Once Kang is elected, he enslaves the human population and converts the United States into a dictatorial monarchy.



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* In ''Anime/TenchiMuyo,'' Jurai is a feudal monarchy similar to old Japan.

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* In ''Anime/TenchiMuyo,'' ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'', Jurai is a feudal monarchy similar to old Japan.



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*** In Pre-Crisis days, Krypton was run by the "Science Council" and described as a "technocracy." In practice, this seemed to be a sort of parliament where the representatives were picked for their ''scientific'' accomplishments. The odd implication that scientific prowess alone would be the best qualification for a good politician probably [[FridgeLogic wouldn't fly]] outside of the [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age,]] but it was established in the Fifties and the [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]] kept it until the [[Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Crisis]] due to the GrandfatherClause.

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*** In Pre-Crisis days, Krypton was run by the "Science Council" and described as a "technocracy." "technocracy". In practice, this seemed to be a sort of parliament where the representatives were picked for their ''scientific'' accomplishments. The odd implication that scientific prowess alone would be the best qualification for a good politician probably [[FridgeLogic wouldn't fly]] outside of the [[UsefulNotes/TheSilverAgeOfComicBooks Silver Age,]] but it was established in the Fifties and the [[UsefulNotes/TheBronzeAgeOfComicBooks Bronze Age]] kept it until the [[Comicbook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths Crisis]] due to the GrandfatherClause.









* In the ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' series most of the Barsoomian races are ruled by monarchs, save for the tribal Green Martians. John Carter of course marries the princess of the Red Martian city of Helium.
* Creator/HGWells story ''Literature/TheFirstMenInTheMoon'' has a civilization ''inside'' the moon, ruled by the Grand Lunar, who holds that office by virtue of having the biggest brain. It is noted in-universe that Lunars conduct eugenics to produce Lunars specific to a societal purpose.
* The atevi of Creator/CJCherryh's ''Literature/{{Foreigner}}'' series cannot conceive of any other form of governance than monarchy.



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* The Jan in ''Literature/AlienInASmallTown'' have a HiveCasteSystem and are ruled by their small number of breeding females, the Matriarchs. We're told that some of their colonies do have elected legislatures in addition to the Matriarchs, but that it's not common.
* Creator/HGWells' story ''Literature/TheFirstMenInTheMoon'' has a civilization ''inside'' the Moon, ruled by the Grand Lunar, who holds that office by virtue of having the biggest brain. It is noted in-universe that Lunars conduct eugenics to produce Lunars specific to a societal purpose.
* The atevi of Creator/CJCherryh's ''Literature/{{Foreigner}}'' series cannot conceive of any other form of governance than monarchy.
* In the ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' series most of the Barsoomian races are ruled by monarchs, save for the tribal Green Martians. John Carter of course marries the princess of the Red Martian city of Helium.



* [[TheReptilians The Race]] in Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''Literature/{{Worldwar}}'' had no concept of democracy until they attacked the Earth and met humans. The name for the system in their language is "snout-counting".
* The Jan in ''Literature/AlienInASmallTown'' have a HiveCasteSystem and are ruled by their small number of breeding females, the Matriarchs. We're told that some of their colonies do have elected legislatures in addition to the Matriarchs, but that it's not common.
* The Takisians in ''Literature/WildCards'' practice [[DeadlyDecadentCourt especially skullduggerous]] medieval feudalism, with the noble families being selectively bred for superior psychic ability, scientific acumen, and physical beauty. Dr. Tachyon still doesn't get democracy after living among us for decades, not entirely seeing why elections are preferable to assassinations.

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* [[TheReptilians The Race]] in Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''Literature/{{Worldwar}}'' had no concept of democracy until they attacked the Earth and met humans. The name for the system in their language is "snout-counting".
* The Jan in ''Literature/AlienInASmallTown'' have a HiveCasteSystem and are ruled by their small number of breeding females, the Matriarchs. We're told that some of their colonies do have elected legislatures in addition to the Matriarchs, but that it's not common.
* The Takisians in ''Literature/WildCards'' practice [[DeadlyDecadentCourt especially skullduggerous]] medieval feudalism, with the noble families being selectively bred for superior psychic ability, scientific acumen, and physical beauty. Dr. Tachyon still doesn't get democracy after living among us for decades, not entirely seeing why elections are preferable to assassinations. assassinations.
* [[TheReptilians The Race]] in Creator/HarryTurtledove's ''Literature/{{Worldwar}}'' had no concept of democracy until they attacked the Earth and met humans. The name for the system in their language is "snout-counting".



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** The Time Lords, bless their double hearts, actually ''were'' a democracy, though the elections usually didn't amount to much because the Lord President's hand-picked successor almost always won. Then during the Time War, Rassilon got revived to lead them, and things went downhill.
** As Space Nazis, the Daleks are certainly not democratic. The Daleks are ruled either by a Supreme Dalek or by their creator Davros, depending on how favorable they're feeling towards Davros on any given week. He's been the cause of at least one civil war over whether they should obey him or not, but even at his lowest popularity dips, they can never quite bring themselves to kill him or let him die.
** The Ice Warriors appear to have monarchs and nobility.
** The Sontarans have no civilian population. The entire race is an army.
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** The Time Lords, bless their double hearts, actually ''were'' a democracy, though the elections usually didn't amount to much because the Lord President's hand-picked successor almost always won. Then during the Time War, Rassilon got revived to lead them, and things went downhill.
** As Space!Nazis, the Daleks are certainly not democratic. The Daleks are ruled either by a Supreme Dalek or by their creator Davros, depending on how favorable they're feeling towards Davros on any given week. He's been the cause of at least one civil war over whether they should obey him or not, but even at his lowest popularity dips, they can never quite bring themselves to kill him or let him die.
** The Ice Warriors appear to have monarchs and nobility.
** The Sontarans have no civilian population. The entire race is an army.



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* The Takisians in ''Literature/WildCards'' practice [[DeadlyDecadentCourt especially skullduggerous]] medieval feudalism, with the noble families being selectively bred for superior psychic ability, scientific acumen, and physical beauty. Dr. Tachyon still doesn't get democracy after living among us for decades, not entirely seeing why elections are preferable to assassinations.


Sometimes this is done because the writer wants to make the aliens truly alien in culture, thus having weird, even sometimes incomprehensible, political systems is a way. However, if the aliens' government system is just another non-democratic human system like absolute monarchy or dictatorship, then this is not the reason. In some works it could be a way to present humanity's [[GoodRepublicEvilEmpire nice democratic system vs the aliens' evil Empire]], which is very common when TheFederation faces TheEmpire. Sometimes is just a matter of PlanetOfHats: some writers just can't think that a ProudWarriorRace can be democratic (despite the fact that we have many examples in our own world) because, well [[ArmiesAreEvil warriors are not democrats]], also in scenarios of AlienInvasion, having the invaders enjoying a democracy would feel kind of contradictory (despite, again, many examples in our history where democratic republics held vast, cruel empires and subjugated other peoples without considering this a contradiction). And since EverythingIsBetterWithPrincesses, a space princess is probably going to need a monarchy to hail from.

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Sometimes this is done because the writer wants to make the aliens truly alien in culture, thus having weird, even sometimes incomprehensible, political systems is a way. However, if the aliens' government system is just another non-democratic human system like absolute monarchy or dictatorship, then this is not the reason. In some works it could be a way to present humanity's [[GoodRepublicEvilEmpire nice democratic system vs the aliens' evil Empire]], which is very common when TheFederation faces TheEmpire. (This is especially common in works made during the UsefulNotes/ColdWar for [[ScaryDogmaticAliens obvious reasons]].) Sometimes is just a matter of PlanetOfHats: some writers just can't think that a ProudWarriorRace can be democratic (despite the fact that we have many examples in our own world) because, well [[ArmiesAreEvil warriors are not democrats]], also in scenarios of AlienInvasion, having the invaders enjoying a democracy would feel kind of contradictory (despite, again, many examples in our history where democratic republics held vast, cruel empires and subjugated other peoples without considering this a contradiction). And since EverythingIsBetterWithPrincesses, a space princess is probably going to need a monarchy to hail from.



** [[{{Mordor}} Apokolips]] is an absolute totalitarian dictatorship under Darkside.

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*** An episode of ''Series/DeepSpaceNine'' references they ''did'', briefly, practice democracy after a coup ousted the current emperor. It didn't last long, and Klinon history refers to it as "the Dark Time." Make of that what you will.

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*** An episode of ''Series/DeepSpaceNine'' references they ''did'', briefly, practice democracy after a coup ousted the current emperor. It didn't last long, and Klinon Klingon history refers to it as "the Dark Time." Make of that what you will.



* Among the standard races of ''VideoGame/MasterOfOrion'' 2 only humans have democratic government. All other races are ruled by dictators, by feudal lords or have [[HiveMind hive mind]].

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* On ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS8E1TreehouseOfHorrorVII Treehouse of Horror VII]] segment, "Citizen Kang", alies kidnap Homer and ask him to TakeMeToYourLeader. Homer hesitates, because they are about to have an election between President UsefulNotes/BillClinton and Senator Bob Dole, so Homer doesn't know what to tell them. The aliens Kang and Kodos are apparently familiar with the concept of an election, having monitored human activity for years, but when they kidnap Clinton and Dole and impersonate them, their campaign styles make it clear that they have no direct experience with elections. Once Kang is elected, he enslaves the human population and converts the United States into a dictatorial monarchy.


** The Kree government is described as "Military-technocratic dictatorship" in the Marvel wiki, and is usually ruled by the Supreme Intelligence, a HiveMind composed of [[BrainUploading brain uploaded]] dead Kree, usually represented by an image of a hideous blobby green face; whether this blobby mass actually ''is'' made of a bunch of disembodied brains varies DependingOnTheWriter. The Intelligence is one of the most brilliant minds in the Marvel Universe and pulls [[XanatosGambit Xanatos Gambits]] constantly, but it is hellishly ruthless in its dealings with its own people and will pull genocidal acts of violence against them if it perceives some [[BlueAndOrangeMorality long-term]] or [[EvilutionaryBiologist eugenic benefit]] from doing so.

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** The Kree government is described as "Military-technocratic dictatorship" in the Marvel wiki, and is usually ruled by the Supreme Intelligence, a HiveMind composed of [[BrainUploading brain uploaded]] dead Kree, usually represented by an image of a hideous blobby green face; whether this blobby mass actually ''is'' made of a bunch of disembodied brains varies DependingOnTheWriter. The Intelligence is one of the most brilliant minds in the Marvel Universe and pulls [[XanatosGambit Xanatos Gambits]] constantly, but it is hellishly ruthless in its dealings with its own people and will pull genocidal acts of violence against them if it perceives some [[BlueAndOrangeMorality long-term]] or [[EvilutionaryBiologist eugenic benefit]] from doing so. The Kree themselves [[DeusEstmachina literally worship]] the thing.


** The Kree government is described as "Military-technocratic dictatorship" in the Marvel wiki, and is usually ruled by the Supreme Intelligence, a HiveMind composed of [[BrainUploading brain uploaded]] dead Kree, usually represented by an image of a hideous blobby green face; whether this blobby mass actually ''is'' made of a bunch of disembodied brains varies DependingOnTheWriter. The Intelligence is one of the most brilliant minds in the Marvel Universe and pulls [[XanatosGambit Xanatos Gambits]] constantly, but it is hellishly ruthless in its dealings with its own people and will pull genocidal acts of violence against them if it perceives some long-term eugenic benefit from doing so.

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** The Kree government is described as "Military-technocratic dictatorship" in the Marvel wiki, and is usually ruled by the Supreme Intelligence, a HiveMind composed of [[BrainUploading brain uploaded]] dead Kree, usually represented by an image of a hideous blobby green face; whether this blobby mass actually ''is'' made of a bunch of disembodied brains varies DependingOnTheWriter. The Intelligence is one of the most brilliant minds in the Marvel Universe and pulls [[XanatosGambit Xanatos Gambits]] constantly, but it is hellishly ruthless in its dealings with its own people and will pull genocidal acts of violence against them if it perceives some long-term [[BlueAndOrangeMorality long-term]] or [[EvilutionaryBiologist eugenic benefit benefit]] from doing so.


** The Kree government is described as "Military-technocratic dictatorship" in the Marvel wiki.

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** The Kree government is described as "Military-technocratic dictatorship" in the Marvel wiki. wiki, and is usually ruled by the Supreme Intelligence, a HiveMind composed of [[BrainUploading brain uploaded]] dead Kree, usually represented by an image of a hideous blobby green face; whether this blobby mass actually ''is'' made of a bunch of disembodied brains varies DependingOnTheWriter. The Intelligence is one of the most brilliant minds in the Marvel Universe and pulls [[XanatosGambit Xanatos Gambits]] constantly, but it is hellishly ruthless in its dealings with its own people and will pull genocidal acts of violence against them if it perceives some long-term eugenic benefit from doing so.


* The Gamilons in ''[[Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato Star Blazers]]'' are unabashedly fascist, led by Leader Desslok (In German, "[[ThoseWackyNazis fuhrer]]" literally means "leader.")

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* The Gamilons in ''[[Anime/SpaceBattleshipYamato Star Blazers]]'' are unabashedly fascist, led by Leader Desslok (In (in German, "[[ThoseWackyNazis fuhrer]]" literally means "leader.")

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* In ''Anime/TenchiMuyo,'' Jurai is a feudal monarchy similar to old Japan.


* And Kirk certainly encountered plenty of planets-of-the-week ruled by computers, often masquerading as gods.

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