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"We would all like to vote for the best man. But he is never a candidate."
Kin Hubbard

Tropes that are related to governmental systems, political ideologies and policies, and the way they shape historical/current events in both fiction and the real world.

Political facts and useful notes can be found on the Useful Notes index. Please be double-plus mindful of the Rule of Cautious Editing Judgement.


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    General politics tropes 

    Mass media politics 
  • Backed by the Pentagon: The entertainment industry maintains business connections with the national government; for example, Hollywood asking the US Department of Defense to loan military equipment for use in films.
  • Banned in China: A work of media has been (legally) prohibited from being released or distributed in a specific country.
  • Book Burning: The physical desecration of literature, which may be done as an act of politically motivated censorship (or protest).
  • Distanced from Current Events: When media gets censored in order to avoid accidentally drawing parallels to controversial news stories from real life.
  • Media Watchdog: Activist groups who want to protest or censor objectionable content in the media, perhaps for ideological reasons.
  • Movement Mascot: When a fictional character becomes political.
  • No Swastikas: Media depicting Nazi Germany avoids any display of swastikas.
  • Nuclear Weapons Taboo
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: The belief that society has gone to pot because too many people are overly concerned about being politically correct.
  • Propaganda Machine: When mass media is used as an instrument of state propaganda that promotes the government's policies.
  • Propaganda Piece: A work of media or entertainment which was intended to politically indoctrinate its viewers.
    • Wartime Cartoon: Animated films as pro-war propaganda, meant to instill viewers with militaristic and nationalistic sentiments against the enemy.

    Political officials and citizens 

    Political concepts and philosophies 

    Political actions and policies 

    Democratic and bureaucratic politics 

    Rebellious and repressive politics 

    International and interstellar politics 


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