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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 
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    Political actions and policies 

    Democratic and bureaucratic politics 

    Rebellious and repressive politics 

    International and interstellar politics 


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