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"Oh Horn of Plenty!
A Horn of Plenty for us all!
And when we raised the cry,
The brave did heed the call,
And we shall never falter"
—Panem Anthem, The Hunger Games

"Now Fatherland, Fatherland, show us the sign
Your children have waited to see
The morning will come
When the world is mine
Tomorrow belongs to me"
Cabaret, "Tomorrow Belongs to Me"

"But somehow it is strange to hear the state department say
You are living in the free world, in the free world you must stay"
Phil Ochs, "Ballad Of William Worthy"

""Coalition." "Alliance." It all sounds so reasonable, but what you've described is the behaviour of urban street thugs."
Cap. Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation ("Legacy")

"This is the land of opportunity. The opportunity to turn yourself in."
Gen. William Devereaux, The Siege

"Every faction in Africa calls themselves by these noble names: Liberation-this, Patriotic-that, Democratic Republic of something-or-other. I guess they can't own up to what they usually are — Federation of Worse Oppressors Than the Last Bunch of Oppressors."
Yuri Orlov, Lord of War

"Ankh-Morpork had dallied with many forms of government and had ended up with that form of democracy known as One Man, One Vote. The Patrician was the Man; he had the Vote."

"Korell is that frequent phenomenon in history: the republic whose ruler has every attribute of the absolute monarch but the name. It therefore enjoyed the usual despotism unrestrained even by those two moderating influences in the legitimate monarchies: regal 'honor' and court etiquette."

"Good morning, honorable Members of the Council, esteemed visitors, Mr. Leader of the Opposition...
[cut to shot of a hanged person]"
The Mayor of Sodom, This Is Sodom

Real Life

"I had seen little evidence that the USSR was progressing towards anything that one could truly call Socialism. On the contrary, I was struck by clear signs of its transformation into a hierarchical society, in which the rulers have no more reason to give up their power than any other ruling class."

"Well, you know, I've always thought that the PLO is the most corrupt and incompetent Third World movement I've ever seen. I mean, they've always presented themselves as revolutionaries waving around guns, Marx, etc.—but they're basically conservative nationalists, and they always were conservative nationalists. The rest was all pretense."
Noam Chomsky on Yassar Arafat, Understanding Power

"Citizens shall have freedom of speech, press, assembly, demonstration, and association. The state shall guarantee conditions for the free activities of democratic political parties and social organizations."
Article 67, Chapter VII of the Constitution of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea

"North Korea is trying to build up its tourism by showcasing the 'natural beauty' that exists there. Considering the nation's near total lack of development it does indeed have a lot of natural wonders."

"The difference between a republic and a people's republic is a lot like the difference between a jacket and a straitjacket."
Ronald Reagan

Sub-saharan Africa's largest nation has grown more oppressive over the decades, and its name has kept pace.
Congo. Lies in name: 0. Oppression level: bloody.
Republic of the Congo. Lies in name: 1. Oppression level: sadistic.
Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lies in name: 2. Oppression level: inhuman.
People's Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lies in name: 3. Oppression level: genocidal.
Shiny Happy People's Democratic Republic of the Congo. Lies in name: 5. Oppression level: hide.


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