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* ''ComicBook/TheMarvels'' shows the history of the fictional East Asian country "Siancong," as it starts off in French Indochina as "the Province of Sin-Cong" and then becomes the "Free State of Sin-Cong" to the "United Lands of Western Sin-Cong" and then, finally, to the "Socialist Republic of Siancong."


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** Takistan in ''ARMA II: Operation Arrowhead'' is a dictadorship lead by [[TheGeneralissimo Colonel Muhammad R. Aziz]], who was a socialist rebel leader supported by the Soviet Union against the Royalist government of the Kingdom of Takistan. Aziz would later rule Takistan with an iron fist, and threatening their southern nation of Karzeghistan, leading to the events of Operation Arrowhead.

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** Takistan [[{{Qurac}} Takistan]] in ''ARMA II: Operation Arrowhead'' is a dictadorship lead by [[TheGeneralissimo Colonel Muhammad R. Aziz]], who was a socialist rebel leader supported by the Soviet Union against the Royalist government of the Kingdom of Takistan. Aziz would later rule Takistan with an iron fist, and threatening their southern nation of Karzeghistan, leading to the events of Operation Arrowhead.

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** Takistan in ''ARMA II: Operation Arrowhead'' is a dictadorship lead by [[TheGeneralissimo Colonel Muhammad R. Aziz]], who was a socialist rebel leader supported by the Soviet Union against the Royalist government of the Kingdom of Takistan. Aziz would later rule Takistan with an iron fist, and threatening their southern nation of Karzeghistan, leading to the events of Operation Arrowhead.
** The Altis Goverment is more lowkey about its supposedly democratic nature, but no less bloodthisrty. Played straight in the Tac Ops DLC, showing who they really were and how they came to power.


* During the Florida vote tabulation snafu between UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush and UsefulNotes/AlGore, ''Website/TheOnion'' ran an article where UsefulNotes/BillClinton took control of the United States and renamed it the "Holy United Imperial Americlintonian Demopublic".

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* During the Florida vote tabulation snafu between UsefulNotes/GeorgeWBush and UsefulNotes/AlGore, ''Website/TheOnion'' [[https://politics.theonion.com/clinton-declares-self-president-for-life-1819565819 ran an article article]] where UsefulNotes/BillClinton took control of the United States and renamed it the "Holy United Imperial Americlintonian Demopublic".

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* VideoGame/{{Brigador}}: Solo Nobre under the [[TheGeneralissimo Great Leader]]. Initially a [[OneNationUnderCopyright corporate-ruled colony]] until a coup by the NEP (Novo Exército do Povo, the "New People's Army"), after it, Great Leader closed off the state; shuttered the ports, restricting trade and travel; and began a program of rapid development to establish social order and build strong orbital defenses against any interference from space.


* The Democratic Republic of Sahrani, also known as "North Sahrani", from ''[[VideoGame/{{ARMA}} ArmA : Armed Assault]]'', the country is basically a Hispanic version of North Korea: a communist dictadorship which splitted from the more richer, capitalistic and US-allied Kingdom of Sahrani, or "South Sahrani".

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* The Democratic Republic of Sahrani, also known as "North Sahrani", from ''[[VideoGame/{{ARMA}} ArmA : Armed Assault]]'', the country is basically a Hispanic version of North Korea: Korea (with a touch of Cuba): a communist dictadorship which splitted from the more richer, capitalistic and US-allied US-aligned Kingdom of Sahrani, or "South Sahrani".


* The Democratic Republic of Sahrani, also known as "North Saharani", from ''[[VideoGame/{{ARMA}} ArmA : Armed Assault]]'', the country is basically a Hispanic version of North Korea: a communist dictadorship which splitted from the more richer, capitalistic and US-allied Kingdom of Sahrani, or "South Sahrani".

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* The Democratic Republic of Sahrani, also known as "North Saharani", Sahrani", from ''[[VideoGame/{{ARMA}} ArmA : Armed Assault]]'', the country is basically a Hispanic version of North Korea: a communist dictadorship which splitted from the more richer, capitalistic and US-allied Kingdom of Sahrani, or "South Sahrani".


* The Democratic Republic of Sahrani from ''VideoGame/{{ARMA}} : Armed Assault''. Also, [[{{Ruritania}} Chernarus]] from ''VideoGame/{{ARMA}} II'' is a former bearer of this trope (and a certain political faction wants to return the country to that state). [[VideoGame/DayZ Then the zombies happened.]]

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* The Democratic Republic of Sahrani Sahrani, also known as "North Saharani", from ''VideoGame/{{ARMA}} ''[[VideoGame/{{ARMA}} ArmA : Armed Assault''. Assault]]'', the country is basically a Hispanic version of North Korea: a communist dictadorship which splitted from the more richer, capitalistic and US-allied Kingdom of Sahrani, or "South Sahrani".
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Also, [[{{Ruritania}} Chernarus]] from ''VideoGame/{{ARMA}} II'' is a former bearer of this trope (and a [[DirtyCommunists certain political faction faction]] wants to return the country to that state). [[VideoGame/DayZ Then the zombies happened.]]


* ''Series/YesMinister'': Lampshaded this, with "East Yemen" [[NoCommunitiesWereHarmed playing the role of]] the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen, better known as South Yemen, which (much the way West Virginia is north of Virginia) was geographically east of the Yemen Arab Republic/"North Yemen".


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* ''Series/TheWalkingDeadWorldBeyond'' has the Civic Republic, a survivor community hidden somewhere in New York that's managed to reestablish a fully functional city. While stated to have a civilian government, it appears to be heavily dominated by its military, which [[WellIntentionedExtremist views the CR as the last bastion of civilization and will do anything to protect its interests]].
* ''Series/YesMinister'': Lampshaded this, with "East Yemen" [[NoCommunitiesWereHarmed playing the role of]] the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen, better known as South Yemen, which (much the way West Virginia is north of Virginia) was geographically east of the Yemen Arab Republic/"North Yemen".


A form of {{Newspeak}}. A subtrope of SuperHappyFunTropeOfDoom. Definitely NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast if you can. Given [[SecretPolice what these governments]] [[StateSec tend to have at their disposal]], that's a big "if". It is often headed by TheGeneralissimo and/or JustTheFirstCitizen. If they go so far as to have "elections", see CorruptPolitician. If it's the "Republic" part that's doubtful, see HereditaryRepublic.

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A form of {{Newspeak}}. A subtrope of SuperHappyFunTropeOfDoom. Definitely NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast [[YouWillNotEvadeMe if you can.can]]. Given [[SecretPolice what these governments]] [[StateSec tend to have at their disposal]], that's a big "if". It is often headed by TheGeneralissimo and/or JustTheFirstCitizen. If they go so far as to have "elections", see CorruptPolitician. If it's the "Republic" part that's doubtful, see HereditaryRepublic.


* ''VideoGame/{{Planetside}}'': The Terran Republic is in fact a conservative and authoritarian police state seeking to seize control of Auraxis by force and then reestablish contact with Earth. In the first game they also had elements of ThoseWackyNazis and were clearly the bad guys, but for ''2'' this aspect was dropped.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Planetside}}'': The Terran Republic is in fact a conservative Stalinist-like and authoritarian police state seeking to seize control of Auraxis by force and then reestablish contact with Earth. In the first game they also had elements of ThoseWackyNazis and were clearly the bad guys, but for ''2'' this aspect was dropped.


* ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]'' doesn't go as far as changing the name of the Earth Alliance, but under President Clark it's this in all ''but'' name, complete with its own "Ministry of Peace" (even nicknamed in-universe MiniPax.)

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* ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]'' doesn't go as far as changing the name of the Earth Alliance, but under President Clark it's this in all ''but'' name, complete with its own "Ministry of Peace" (even nicknamed in-universe MiniPax.[=MiniPax=].)


The leaders might be cultivating themselves as a VillainWithGoodPublicity. Or they may genuinely believe that their society is genuinely democratic, even more so than (so called) real democracies. Who knows; if they give everyone BreadAndCircuses and are RepressiveButEfficient, people might not even care.

TruthInTelevision: North Korea, for example, is officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and it is one of the most repressive, totalitarian governments in the world.

A form of {{Newspeak}}. A subtrope of SuperHappyFunTropeOfDoom. Definitely NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast if you can. Given [[SecretPolice what these governments]] [[StateSec tend to have at their disposal]], that's a big "if". It is often headed by TheGeneralissimo and/or JustTheFirstCitizen. If they go so far as to have "elections", see CorruptPolitician. If it's the "Republic" part that's doubtful, see HereditaryRepublic.

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The leaders might be cultivating themselves as a VillainWithGoodPublicity. Or [[BelievingTheirOwnLies they may genuinely believe that their society is genuinely democratic, democratic]], even more so than (so called) real democracies. Who knows; if they give everyone BreadAndCircuses and are RepressiveButEfficient, people might not even care.

TruthInTelevision: North Korea, UsefulNotes/NorthKorea, for example, is officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, and it is one of the most repressive, totalitarian governments in the world.

A form of {{Newspeak}}. A subtrope of SuperHappyFunTropeOfDoom. Definitely NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast if you can. Given [[SecretPolice what these governments]] [[StateSec tend to have at their disposal]], that's a big "if". It is often headed by TheGeneralissimo and/or JustTheFirstCitizen. If they go so far as to have "elections", see CorruptPolitician. If it's the "Republic" part that's doubtful, see HereditaryRepublic.



No relation to OfThePeople, which is about one group claiming everyone other than themselves to be "savage, inhuman barbarians."

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No relation to OfThePeople, which is about one group claiming everyone other than themselves to be "savage, inhuman barbarians."
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** The Galactic Republic in the timeframe between ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' and ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''. At the time ''Attack of the Clones'' takes place, Chancellor Palpatine's tenure should have ended two years ago, but he's stayed Chancellor beyond his second term because of the Separatist crisis--a crisis ''he himself'' engineered--and eventually, he gains emergency powers that prove to be the beginning of the end of democracy. As the Clone Wars drag on, the Republic becomes a military dictatorship in all but name. Palpatine becomes the only voice of authority, and all worlds have a regiment of clone troopers for "protection". When he finally declares the formation of [[TheEmpire the First Galactic Empire]], it's really just a formal change in name.

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** The Galactic Republic in the timeframe between ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' and ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''. At the time ''Attack of the Clones'' takes place, Chancellor Palpatine's tenure should have ended two years ago, but he's stayed Chancellor beyond his second term because of the Separatist crisis--a crisis a crisis ''he himself'' engineered--and engineered and eventually, he gains emergency powers that prove to be the beginning of the end of democracy. As the Clone Wars drag on, the Republic becomes a military dictatorship in all but name. Palpatine becomes the only voice of authority, and all worlds have a regiment of clone troopers for "protection". When he finally declares the formation of [[TheEmpire the First Galactic Empire]], it's really just a formal change in name.



* [[UnderwaterCity Rapture]] in ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock}}'' was built to be a capitalist utopia free from religious and government interference, where anyone can achieve for his/her own gain rather than for the fulfilment of others, and where the artist need not fear the censor and the scientist need not be bound by petty morality. Too bad the man who built it, Andrew Ryan, was also a crazy hyper-capitalist who so strongly believed everyone had to be a SelfMadeMan that he prohibited publicly funded social programs and altruistic charities, so everything in the city was privately owned, [[{{Dehumanization}} the poor were thought of as "parasites"]] and absolutely everything had a price tag on it, even basic necessities like food, water, sanitation and ''oxygen''. This environment of completely unfettered dog-eat-dog economics alienated the worse-off citizens of Rapture and allowed a man named Frank Fontaine to make an absolute killing smuggling contraband from the surface. Ryan could not compete with Fontaine on even terms and this emerging threat to his power base pissed Ryan off to no end, so he founded a SecretPolice force to seize Fontaine Futuristics by force, scuttling his entire philosophy in the process. Ryan didn't know at the time but for the rest of Rapture, this meant that Ryan can seize any business deemed ''too'' profitable, and [[CivilWar this was the last straw]]. Ryan, a man who founded an underwater city built on the ideals of personal liberty, began cracking down ever harder on his citizens - first his police came for the smugglers, then they came for political activists, and eventually they [[AllCrimesAreEqual came for the lounge singers who wrote mildly derisive songs about him]]. In the end, Ryan turned Rapture into a OneNationUnderCopyright NotSoDifferent [[HeWhoFightsMonsters from the collectivist states he so greatly despised]].

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* [[UnderwaterCity Rapture]] in ''VideoGame/{{Bioshock}}'' was built to be a capitalist utopia free from religious and government interference, where anyone can achieve for his/her own gain rather than for the fulfilment of others, and where the artist need not fear the censor and the scientist need not be bound by petty morality. Too bad the man who built it, Andrew Ryan, was also a crazy hyper-capitalist who so strongly believed everyone had to be a SelfMadeMan that he prohibited publicly funded social programs and altruistic charities, so everything in the city was privately owned, [[{{Dehumanization}} the poor were thought of as "parasites"]] and absolutely everything had a price tag on it, even basic necessities like food, water, sanitation sanitation, and ''oxygen''. This environment of completely unfettered dog-eat-dog economics alienated the worse-off citizens of Rapture and allowed a man named Frank Fontaine to make an absolute killing smuggling contraband from the surface. Ryan could not compete with Fontaine on even terms and this emerging threat to his power base pissed Ryan off to no end, so he founded a SecretPolice force to seize Fontaine Futuristics by force, scuttling his entire philosophy in the process. Ryan didn't know at the time time, but for the rest of Rapture, this meant that Ryan can seize any business deemed ''too'' profitable, and [[CivilWar this was the last straw]]. Ryan, a man who founded an underwater city built on the ideals of personal liberty, began cracking down ever harder on his citizens - first his police came for the smugglers, then they came for political activists, and eventually they [[AllCrimesAreEqual came for the lounge singers who wrote mildly derisive songs about him]]. In the end, Ryan turned Rapture into a OneNationUnderCopyright NotSoDifferent [[HeWhoFightsMonsters from the collectivist states he so greatly despised]].


** The Galactic Republic from ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' to ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''. At the time ''Attack of the Clones'' takes place, Chancellor Palpatine's tenure should have ended two years ago, but he's stayed Chancellor beyond his second term because of the Separatist crisis, and eventually, he gains emergency powers that prove to be the beginning of the end of democracy. As the Clone Wars drag on, the Republic becomes a military dictatorship in all but name. Palpatine becomes the only voice of authority, and all worlds have a regiment of clone troopers for "protection". When he finally declares the formation of [[TheEmpire the First Galactic Empire]], it's really just a formal change in name.

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** The Galactic Republic from in the timeframe between ''Film/AttackOfTheClones'' to and ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith''. At the time ''Attack of the Clones'' takes place, Chancellor Palpatine's tenure should have ended two years ago, but he's stayed Chancellor beyond his second term because of the Separatist crisis, and crisis--a crisis ''he himself'' engineered--and eventually, he gains emergency powers that prove to be the beginning of the end of democracy. As the Clone Wars drag on, the Republic becomes a military dictatorship in all but name. Palpatine becomes the only voice of authority, and all worlds have a regiment of clone troopers for "protection". When he finally declares the formation of [[TheEmpire the First Galactic Empire]], it's really just a formal change in name.

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