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Basic Trope: An Arranged Marriage between two families from different nations, tribes, etc. is used as a means to seal a political alliance.

  • Straight: In an attempt to make peace with Tropestan, Wikistan gives Princess Alice in marriage to King Bob the Nth
  • Exaggerated: King Bob the Nth has an entire Royal Harem of wives and concubines who have been given to him for this reason, from various nations, tribes, etc.
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  • Downplayed: It's diplomatically useful for King Bob to be publicly courting Princess Alice, but there's no need for them to actually take it as far as marriage.
  • Justified: Making the two royal families related by marriage strengthens their alliance to one another (theoretically), and might make King Bob the Nth reluctant to declare war on Wikistan.
  • Inverted: In order for Tropestan and Wikistan to make peace, King Bob The Nth and Princess Alice must get divorced.
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  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: Every international issue is solved by marrying country rulers with each other. Illegal Immigrants? Marriage. Global Warming? Marriage. Oil Prices? Marriage.
  • Zig Zagged: King Bob the Nth has acquired some of his wives via political alliances, some he married for love, some he married for money, and some he married for other reasons.
  • Averted:
  • Enforced: Truth in Television
  • Lampshaded: "I don't mind so much about taxes being raised because of the grand wedding. It means we finally have peace."
  • Invoked: Bob and Alice are in love, but their families won't let then marry. So they work together to manipulate the diplomatic scene until their parents have to let them marry to preserve the peace.
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  • Exploited: Wikistan agrees to give Princess Alice in marriage On One Condition: namely, that every adult male cuts off his middle finger. King Bob the Nth and his subjects agree, lop off their fingers, and then soldiers from Wikistan come in and Kick Them While They Are Down.
  • Defied:
  • Discussed: "When will the war end? Our king will never give up Troperville willingly." "No, but I suppose he'll marry Princess Alice to King Bob and give her Troperville as a dowry."
  • Conversed: "There's a lot of drama because Princess Alice whines and doesn't want the marriage. King Bob, at least, thinks of his country's peace."

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