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  • Basic Trope: An Arranged Marriage set up by a government and/or religious leader.
  • Straight: Alice and Bob each receive a letter in the mail stating that they are to be married, per order of the People's Republic of Ruritania, and the date and time the "wedding" is to take place.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Several couples are married en masse, all by order of the PRT.
    • Alice and Bob are brother and sister, and the PRT explicitly legalized their incestuous union, among many others.
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  • Downplayed: Princess Alice is married off to King Bob the Nth, in order to seal a political alliance between Tropestan and Wikistan.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted: Alice and Bob date, and eventually they get engaged, and go down to the courthouse or city hall to get a marriage license.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
    • Adam and Steve get matched up due to a computer glitch, and argue over who's the Seme and who's the Uke
    • Bob awkwardly asks Alice if she's into watching television, right before the mass wedding.
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  • Zig Zagged: Some marriages are arranged by the government, some by religious leaders, some by parents or other relatives of the couple, sometimes by a couple that chooses to Marry for Love.
  • Averted:
    • Alice and Bob do not get married in story.
    • The government has little to no say in who gets married, or when, apart from a few rules concerning legal age or how closely related a couple can/cannot be.
    • The institution of marriage as we know it does not exist in this setting, in either a civil sense or a religious one. Instead, couples either hook up and go their separate ways, or else move in together with little or no fanfare. No one has to sign any paperwork, get a blood test, present a divorce decree or death certificate if it's not a first marriage, exchange rings or make vows, or anything like that, and there's no reception, Fairy Tale Wedding Dress, flowers, cake, tux, gift registry, etc.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "Dear Citizen Number 12345, you are hereby ordered to report to the Palace of Ruritania for your marriage to Citizen Number 246810..."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited:
    • Leaders of a Breeding Cult use it in an attempt to create a master race, or a superhuman.
    • Leaders of a dictatorship try to use a joyful event to distract people from the fact that it's, well, a dictatorship. Or, to control every aspect of its citizens' lives.
  • Defied:
    • Alice leaves the country, and seeks asylum in Tropestan, rather than being married off to some man twice her age that she's never met.
    • The government decides not to meddle in its citizens' marriages.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "Another fanfic about Fudge's marriage law. I can already predict what happens next. The only question is: Snape or Draco?"

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