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A Hero to His Hometown (Edit link)

  • Mao Zedong in the PRC; his face is still embedded all over Chinanote  and even if officially the Chinese government has criticized the Cultural Revolution as Maoist excess he's still deified and officially respected as Our Founder and anti-Mao or critical views are taboo. Outside China, in the Anglophone, he's demonized in the English language media as a tyrant and psychopath.

Acceptable Political Targets (Edit link)

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Accidental Aiming Skills (Edit link)

  • On the team's first combat mission in gen:LOCK, Cammie comes up against a squad of Union infantry and their Spider Tank. Still squeamish about shooting people, she aims her mech's pistol at the tank... only for her shot to ricochet and knock down a massive antenna tower, which takes out the entire squad.

Aliens Are Bastards (Edit link)

  • Rick and Morty: While this show features many aliens who often fall between the lines of good, neutral, and bad, the alien species that comes closest to fitting this trope are the gromflomites. They run a People's Republic of Tyranny government called the Galactic Federation that treats humans and other alien species like second class citizens. They also don't seem to care about the well being of their prisoners and constantly invade other planets to expand their empire while committing several atrocities against them. Even Krombopulous Michael who is friends with Rick turns out to be an assassin who has no qualms with killing children and animals.

Aliens in Cardiff (Edit link)

Looking for a place to set the disaster of the week/alien invasion/supervillain's base/origin of the bad guys/home of the heroes etc? Well, you can use the classics: New York, Tokyo, London or Paris for the first three, places like Russia, North Korea or the Middle East for the other two, or Los Angeles or (again) New York for the last one. Of course, you may think that's too cliché. Another alternative is having the plot take place in a fictional town in the middle of nowhere and have the villains come from some equally-fictional Ruritania or Banana Republic. Or you may Take a Third Option. Have the center of the plot be in an actual place, but some relatively harmless semi-known non-exotic location which makes you ask "Why THERE, of all places?" That is the basis of the trope.

Anarchy Is Chaos (Edit link)

  • Averted in Eclipse Phase. Posthuman Studios happens to be run by socially progressive transhumanist Anarchists, who put a lot of their politics into the setting, and so the politically anarchist sections of the Solar System (the outer system, mainly) are portrayed a lot more sympathetically than the fascist Jovian Republic or the Mega-Corp-dominated inner system.

Ancient Conspiracy (Edit link)

  • The actual, documented Italian conspiracy known as Propaganda Due. Unlike many other such groups, it was illegal twice over: Italian law says you can have a secret society (that meets at a known place and time), but you can't have a secret society; and then the sacred tradition of Freemasonry, which is that whatever Grand Orient says, goes. Oh, yeah, this outfit was once a regular ol' Masonic lodge (Propaganda, Number Two) with Licio Gelli as Worshipful Master, but Grand Lodge revoked their charter. Evidently, Grand Orient knew perfectly well that Gelli was bad seed, what with him having fought on the side of the Fascists and said that his greatest ambition in life was to be "a master of puppets". So he continued his puppeteering ways, underground this time, along with a sordid association of friends and contacts. He misled the police about the bombing in Bologna (perpetrated by Fascists). Unlike regular Masons, who meet with bare faces and in decorated bricklayers' aprons, these people met masked, in black hooded robes. Ten years later, Gelli was found with a numbered list of names and a very thorough Plan for 'Democratic' Rebirth on his person (the latter involving the sudden, co-ordinated hostile takeover of mass media corporations with dirty money, to the end of broadcasting... yup, Fascist propaganda). The fact that he was a Fascist surprised people about as much as ''Ursus arctos'' using the forest as its toilet. The dirty money somewhat more so. The numbered list of 962 names, including the heads of every intelligence service, the heir to the throne, two hundred members of the Armed Forces, 44 Members of Parliament, and Silvio Berlusconi... well, that was a surprise. Too bad that list contained both members of the conspiracy and the contents of Gelli's Filofax. Worse, the list began at 1,000, and Gelli said before he died, years later, that "it's all going according to Plan"... which means the conspiracy could still be out there. To what end? Was it the act of a man desperate to prevent Italy descending into Communism? Was it just a group of sleazy men looking to give each other verbal hand jobs? Was it a deep state, a government from the shadows? Nobody knows.

Appropriated Appellation (Edit link)

Aristocrats Are Evil (Edit link)

Aristocrats are often willing to be polite and even with people of their own rank. Moral Myopia, however, often limits it to fellow aristocrats. Commoners are just out of luck — especially servants. If they're not actively in charge, expect them to be part of the Omniscient Council of Vagueness. A Regent for Life will pick any one of these titles, especially if they run the People's Republic of Tyranny. In that case, only when the Rightful King Returns will harmonious social order be restored to the realm.

Artistic License – Economics (Edit link)

  • Honor Harrington:
    • In the early novels, the People's Republic of Haven has an economic model where anyone who wants to can live somewhat tolerably on welfare for their entire adult life. As a result of this having been practiced for generations, the vast majority of their citizens didn't see any point in working, so the employment rate was somewhere around 10%, at most. This resulted in low productivity, which meant that the government had a small tax base, which resulted in their slowly going bankrupt. The only thing they could think of to prop up their budget was to conquer their neighbors and loot their economies, something that only provided a short-term relief, as they introduced their flawed systems to their conquered planets, resulting in millions of more unproductive Dolists (people who spend their entire lives on the dole) draining away their budget.
      Of course, the leaders knew that their system had failed, but they couldn't see a way to solve the problem, as the only places they could cut the budget enough to make a difference were the BLS (Basic Living Stipend, the permanent welfare program), which would cause the Dolists to revolt, or the Navy, which would result in attacks from neighboring planets that were at the top of the "to be conquered" list and revolts on recently conquered planets. The one nice thing you can say about the people who murdered the Legislaturists and took over was that while they may have been just as monstrous in their own ways, they did manage to fix their country's economy — by finding a propaganda spin that made the Dolists volunteer to actually work, by going to war with Manticore. This also, incidentally, led to they themselves being overthrown in the end and the original Haven Constitution being restored.
    • The reason why the Legislaturalists' Government feared the Dolists' revolt was that they were kinda squeamish about the means they'd have to employ should it break out. When the much more ruthless Committee of Public Safety introduced their wartime measures (which included the sharp BLS cut) revolt did promptly break out, and was mercilessly put down by orbital bombardment (earning one of the characters the in-universe nickname of "Citizen Admiral Clusterbomb"). There was actually very little actual volunteering, the government forced everyone to start working, as the new BLS was essentially a starvation budget, and they already had conscription for the military. The whole thing was David Weber's cautionary tale about the danger of a welfare system run rampant.
    • We later learn that it IS possible to make a BLS-like system work, and there actually were nations that made it so, ironically most of them later being absorbed by Haven for their healthy economies. The problem of the Havenite economy was less the idea of the welfare state itself, and more the incompetence and self-righteousness of the Legislaturalists, and them being manipulated into crippling their own economy by the Mesan Alignment, which had a grudge towards Haven for an entirely different reason.

Bait-and-Switch Tyrant (Edit link)

  • The demos for The New Order: Last Days of Europe had hyped up a man known only as The Father, a mysterious minister who unites the tribes of northern Siberia under a religious regime. Before the full game came out, fans expected the worst from The Father, and predicted that he would be a Sinister Minister leading either a Russian Orthodox version of ISIS or perhaps something even worse. In the full game, however, it turned out that The Father is Alexander Men, a real-life Good Shepherd whose "Divine Mandate of Siberia" is a beacon of egalitarianism and religious tolerance in the post-apocalyptic Russian wasteland, and him reuniting Russia is considered one of the best possible endings.

Balcony Speech (Edit link)

However, if the leader is demagogue, then expect this to be a case of Putting on the Reich with plenty of Hitler Cam shots. The crowds will be likely be whipped up into a frenzy, and if it’s a musical it may turn into an Angry Mob Song. In the case of villain victory, then this will likely be a New Era Speech. But if it’s a more established People's Republic of Tyranny, the crowd may look pathetic and disinterested and only give weak, obligatory cheers. In this case or in the case of a Near-Villain Victory, expect The Hero and his crew to stage a very appropriate interruption of the events.

Banana Republic (Edit link)

Banana Republic (Edit link)

  • When Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs infamously mentioned meeting the officials from "San Escobar" note  the Polish-speaking internet was filled with "facts" about República Popular Democrática de San Escobar, a little known but prosperous country in Latin America. It's usually depicted as bordering with other fictional lands like Legoland and Westeros and most of the names of locations within the country and its famous citizens are based on puns. The country has its own Facebook and Twitter pages, one Polish beerhouse named itself "Embassy of San EscoBAR'', and for a while you could even purchase San Escobar grown coffee.

Banana Republic (Edit link)

  • The Philippines could count as a downplayed version of this—downplayed in the sense that at least its leaders were mostly "democratically" elected, even the dictator Ferdinand Marcos, who was not a military officer but a civilian lawyer and politician. For most of its history, however, the Philippine economy has been tied to the American market, and to this day, the US is still one of the country's largest trading partners. Also, as with Cuba above, the Philippines counts more as a sugarcane republic—its sugarcane plantations were grown by and large to be sold for export. Nowadays, however, the country's prime export is people (i.e., labor).
    • Which technically makes it a ''People's Republic''.
    • In fact, it was a full-blown People's Republic of Tyranny during The '70s, in the heyday of the less democratic, more openly dictatorial martial law era. Fridge Logic ensues even more when you recall that Marcos, in power then, actually encouraged the first overseas Filipino workers to go abroad, thus making him the originator of the country's "labor export policy" … so yes, the Philippines in this case counts as a "People's Republic", in both senses of the word!
    • One reason for the "Banana Republic" comparison is that most Philippine Presidents and governments have been beholden to American policy since before "independence" (when the country was in fact a directly-ruled US colony). Even textbook history will tell you that the CIA effected the successful election of Ramon Magsaysay as President, that the country's first "independence-era" president Manuel Roxas Sr. was as much, and as unabashedly, an American collaborator as a Japanese one (what with his incestuous friendship with "Liberator" Douglas MacArthur), and the US government in general served as an influential advisor to Marcos during the martial law years.
    • Plus, having endured 300 years of Spanish colonial rule (and Catholic proselytization) before the Americans ever showed up, the Philippines also has the dubious distinction of feeling like a Latin American republic misplaced in Asia, which inevitably invites comparisons to the actual Latin America.

Benevolent Conspiracy (Edit link)

The Conspiracy that secretly rules the world and manipulates the lives of the common muggles is, for a change, actually a force for good rather than evil, though perhaps not Lawful Good, depending on who runs the Government. Indeed, a Benevolent Conspiracy might actually be run by the Government, in order to discreetly fight against evil, or at least to protect the interests of the people they lead. (Which is probably not to say "the current administration"; these kind of secret conspiracies are looking to a longer view.) One such goal of this conspiracy might be to work against a more powerful enemy without provoking an all out fight against them, or to prevent the populace from breaking out in a counter-productive panic by revealing things to them before they are ready.

Blood on the Debate Floor (Edit link)

Note: In Real Life, whilst actual fist-fights are generally considered a bad thing, regular heated debates (of the kind that only very occasionally erupt into physical violence) are actually a sign of health for a country's democracy; if politicians are fighting in Parliament, it means their opinions differ, and differ publicly, and that the legislature is actually a powerful enough institution to be worth fighting over. Dictatorships tend to have very polite, well-mannered legislative bodies. On the other hand, heated debates regularly breaking into violence can be a warning sign of a country descending into civil war.

Both Order and Chaos Are Dangerous (Edit link)

Bourgeois Bumpkin (Edit link)

Many stories set in the South or the Midwest (particularly the more "western" part of the Midwest) will feature characters of this type. They are often Nouveau Riche - and if the "hick" part of their persona is more apparent than usual, they're bound to have traces of the Corrupt Hick as well. Despite the name, this character need not be a literal hick or even rural; an urban character will do if his traits include political conservatism and a disgruntled and/or entitled attitude toward the world. If such a character ever does gain ultimate power, expect a People's Republic of Tyranny. Related tropes include AstroTurf, Good Ol' Boy, Lower-Class Lout (when it's an Insult Backfire), Real Men Love Jesus, and Snobs Versus Slobs.

Bread and Circuses (Edit link)

  • How the old Republic of Haven became the People's Republic of Haven in the Honor Harrington stories. The Republic guaranteed its population a "Basic Living Stipend" and most of them went onto the Dole, causing a collapse in the Haven economy, which they tried to fix by conquering their neighbours, and looting their economies, and putting their people on the Dole, which meant they had to conquer more of their neighbours...

Bulungi (Edit link)

In many cases, the Bulungi is in the midst of the transition process from a People's Republic of Tyranny or military dictatorship to a more democratic type of rule, though this might not be going well for them. If there is a dictator, expect him to have Majored in Western Hypocrisy. In particularly incorrect works, the entirety of Africa may be generalized as a Bulungi.

Bulungi (Edit link)

Bulungi (Edit link)

Bulungi (Edit link)

  • The Simpsons: The episode "Simpsons Safari" is set in Tanzania, and the production team did take effort to portray the country realistically, but did slip in some Bulungi-esque tropes, like the country changing regimes and official title frequently, and including customs like ear, lip and neck stretching that aren't Eastern African customs at the Masai village.

Cadre of Foreign Bodyguards (Edit link)

  • In Victoria, the tyrannical rulers of Cascadia depend on foreign mercenaries, mostly Swedes and Czechs, to protect their persons and enforce their rule.

Char Clone (Edit link)

Chummy Commies (Edit link)

  • In Eclipse Phase, which was devised and written by actual anarchists, the place of a faction on the morality scale can be measured by how close it is to anarcho-communism. Anarchists and scum (nomadic punk anarchists) are the best people around, the still socialist but organized Titanian state is good, but has its share of skeletons in the closet, market anarchist and ancap factions are a sort of Token Evil Teammate to the anarchists, and the others are worse. (Venus is an odd duck, as it is capitalist but presented relatively sympathetically.) Please note however it does not extend to characters, as there are positive canon characters from about any of these. Interestingly, authoritarian socialism is almost nonexistent in the setting, at least in the ideological form; a single habitat described off-handedly in one of the setting books is about the only case to mention.

Circular Reasoning (Edit link)

  • A monarchy is a nation ruled by a monarch; a monarch is someone who rules a monarchy. What with Hereditary Republics, Elective Monarchies, and Presidents-For-Life, that's about the clearest definitions there are, and political scientists often admit that sometimes the only difference between a monarchy and a republic are the titles involved. Practically, it's the same: as someone wrote, "Romans noticed they had an Empire already only when the Court protocol changed".
    • In practice, the usual definition of monarch is "ruler who gained his/her position by virtue of his/her bloodline", i.e. being the head of the nation's royal family. This distinguishes a monarchy (in which rulership is hereditary) from a republic (in which rulership is granted by a voting body). The question now becomes how the royal family gained the status of "royal family" in the first place, and the answer to that question can only be found in the very beginning of the civilization in question (or the most recent coup d'etat). Furthermore, either a monarchy or a republic can devolve into a dictatorship, the key aspect of that being a ruler seeking to gain, exert, and maintain effectively absolute power. (Many modern dictatorships are republics-in-name-only where elections are blatantly rigged so that only the current ruler has any chance whatsoever of winning (by limiting who can become a candidate, control over mass media, and vote rigging - usually in this order), Iraq under the rule of Saddam Hussein being a textbook example.)
    • North Korea, a dictatorship that has passed from father to son to grandson just like a monarchy, is another example that blurs the boundaries.
    • In practice, defining terms in such a way as to avoid circularity (without resorting to another language) can be hard.

Combat Medic (Edit link)

Note that this is Truth in Television. During World War II, military medics were supposed to go into combat with no weapons and treat the wounded of either side. However, German medics were often armed with pistols, and this led Allied soldiers to be somewhat skeptical of the non-combatant status of German medics, as taking up a weapon meant the medic forfeited his protection under the Geneva Convention and was treated as a regular combatant, regardless of any distinguishing insignia he wore, and from the German side, troops like the SS even made it a point to use wounded soldiers as bait to lure allied soldiers out and shoot them, forcing the medics to take up arms and protect themselves. In the Pacific and the Eastern Front, there were no niceties at all — both sides considered medical personnel fair game, though for the Japanese it wasn't so much that they actively targeted medical personnel, more that they had no concept of noncombatant medics; to them, a soldier was a soldier. In fact, by the end of 1941, medics in the Russian Theater even stopped wearing medical handbands because they both were useless and painted them brighter as targets. Nowadays, this trope is even encouraged in real life, due to the fact that most modern armies engage in combat with forces that do not respect the Geneva conventions.

Commie Land (Edit link)

Countries, sometimes fictitious, ruled by communist regimes. As a rule of thumb, these tend to be what happens to Ruritania when People's Republic of Tyranny is installed there.

Commie Nazis (Edit link)

Part of the problem can be traced to the Nazis themselves, or rather their official name, the National Socialist German Workers Party. This has lead certain political figures to denounce anything that they feel smacks of socialism as just another step on the road to swastikas and dodgy mustaches, with plenty of references to totalitarian Communism (especially Stalin) for good measure. Of course, there are three main problems with this belief: First, that Socialism and Communism aren't the same thing; second, just because the Nazi party used the word 'Socialist' in its name doesn't mean it actually had Socialist (or Communist) objectivesnote , just like the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is none of those things and the Holy Roman Empire wasn't any of those things; third, that Hitler really, really, really didn't like Bolshevism, blaming the Jews for it, comparing it to a disease, and also kinda fought a war over that issue.

Commie Nazis (Edit link)

  • In the Sword of Honour trilogy by Evelyn Waugh, protagonist Guy Crouchback is eager to enlist for service in WWII when Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union invade Poland and divide it between them, hoping he'll get a chance to fight against both of the world's worst ideologies-"The enemy at last was plain in view, huge and hateful, all disguise cast off. It was the Modern Age in arms". Instead, Britain allies itself with Stalin's USSR, and most of the novel is about Guy's growing disillusionment with an increasingly ignoble cause.

Concepts Are Cheap (Edit link)

  • The basis for many a real life People's Republic of Tyranny. If you can't be bothered actually making your government democratic, then naming it so is the next best thing. Whether or not this actually fools anyone though is unknown. Arguably, some do a better job of this than others, for example, Democratic Kampuchea is often seen as one of the worst dictatorships of all time, while the People's Republic of China, for all its faults and failures, did not directly kill 1/8 of its population.

Conveniently an Orphan (Edit link)

  • Thomas Theisman from Honor Harrington was raised in an orphanage in the People's Republic of Haven, which quite conveniently means the government doesn't have any loved ones to hold over his head. Not so coincidentally, once he gets the chance, he puts a brutal and awesome end to the Committee of Public Safety and resurrects the old Republic, elected President and all, that had lain in ashes for two centuries. He does not, however, become President, being quite content to stick to the military side as Secretary of War and Chief of Naval Operations; that lovely duty goes to Eloise Pritchart, Theisman's fellow conspirator and firm believer in the old Republic and the Constitution.

Corrupt Bureaucrat (Edit link)

  • Zig-zagged with Sakamochi from Battle Royale. As the administrator of the Program, he initially comes off as a repulsive, sadistic Smug Snake who takes perverse pleasure in watching ninth-graders murder each other. In the end, however, after Kawada appears to have won the Program, Sakamochi confronts him with evidence that he hacked the government, discovered how to disable the students' bomb collars, and was trying to trick them into believing that he betrayed and killed Shuya and Noriko. As they discuss the "morality" of the Program, Sakamochi reveals that while he pulled strings to get his daughter into a prestigious school, he would not use his position to get her out of the Program if her class was chosen. He also tells Kawada that he plans to have him "die from his wounds" to keep his hack from being revealed to the public, in order to gain greater favor with the government. So while Sakamochi appears to be quite corrupt, he apparently genuinely believes in the ideals of the Republic of Greater East Asia.

Corrupt Church (Edit link)

  • The Republic of Gilead in The Handmaid's Tale is a Christian fundamentalist theocracy that came to existence after the US government was replaced by a group of religious fanatics. While on the surface the leaders propagate piety and "traditional values" (such as the brutal oppression of women and the demonization of sex), in reality they rely heavily on the presence of the black market and enjoy participating in forbidden activities such as lesbian orgies.

Crapsaccharine World (Edit link)

Contrast with Sugar Bowl, the (usually) non-ironic version of this trope. Compare and contrast Vile Villain, Saccharine Show and the similar Uncanny Village wherein a world becomes a perfectly ordinary Sugar Bowl if its horrifying villain were removed, whereas a Crapsaccharine World is fundamentally rotten to the core. The two can overlap, however, if the villain is bad enough to make their world look good in comparison. Contrast People's Republic of Tyranny, Fauxtivational Poster, A World Half Full, where it looks like a Crapsack World, but it can get better, and Heel-Face Town, where the town (or city) is a Shining City which was reconstructed from a Crapsaccharine World. Happiness Is Mandatory can be this, but often fails to create even a pleasant veneer over things.

Crazy Survivalist (Edit link)

  • Mr. Prepper is a game about turning your basement into a fully-fledged self-sustaining bomb shelter; your country is turning into a plague-ridden Police State obsessed with "Blessing The President", and now it's illegal to leave, so building a sprawling underground base is the least irrational thing you can do. Unfortunately, it's not rational to go hunting wolves with a crowbar, or talk to plant-obsessed old ladies in the woods, or build a functioning ICBM.

Cultural Translation (Edit link)

Cyberpunk (Edit link)

  • Aqua Regia: About Daniel and his work as a mercenary, it features a decadent Argentina and South America in 2054, full of crime and being controlled by the military instead of a Mega-Corp, but still fits because they're using their military prowess to move their economy.

Dating Catwoman (Edit link)

  • The Committee of Public Safety of the People's Republic of Haven in the Honor Harrington series of novels assigned Political Officers to watch over its captains and admirals, as they were terrified the Navy might try a coup. While some People's Commissioners developed a wary sort of friendship with those they were theoretically supposed to ride herd on, most did their best to generally make their assigned captain/admiral's life a living hell. Unfortunately for the Committee, though, one of those commissioners and her admiral wound up falling quite desperately in love with each other. Though the two maintained a facade of icy hostility in public, as the commissioner in question was trusted implicitly by the Committee and thus could use her position to her own ends, behind closed doors was quite a different matter. In the end, with the help of a few other key Navy personnel and their collaborative commissioners, they ended up overthrowing the committee and restoring the Republic of Haven.

Day of the Jackboot (Edit link)

Compare Emergency Authority, One Nation Under Copyright, People's Republic of Tyranny, Alternate History – Nazi Victory.

Democracy Is Flawed (Edit link)

  • Victoria showcases the full spectrum of democracies and their strengths and weaknesses. In the backstory, the failing representative democracy of the United States had good intentions originally, but became deadlocked and corrupt when the legislators and bureaucratic leviathans of the federal government grew too distant from the people and were bribed by the special interests. The main story line features the titular Victoria, a direct democracy building on the Articles of Confederation; it has less corruption and unelected bureaucracies, but is correspondingly more vulnerable to populist demagogy, racism and the influence of political generals. And then, of course, there is their enemy: the Democratic Republic of Azania, a Lady Land that starts out as a democracy but soon is one in name only, after fascists take over its elected assembly.

Democracy Is Flawed (Edit link)

  • The New California Republic in Fallout: New Vegas is a democracy styled after pre-War America (as it was perceived by most survivors. That the actual America in the days before the War was not so much "flawed" as it was almost as much an authoritarian, nigh-totalitarian regime as the Communists it decried is a recurring plot element in the series), and most characters in the game say it's flawed but a hell of a lot better than suffering under a military dictatorship like some other areas. The other choices in the Mojave Wasteland are under the usually-benevolent rule of autocratic Mr. House, or totalitarian slavery under Caesar's Legion. In-universe characters non-aligned with either faction will generally see flaws and strengths of all factions, but while both NCR and Mr. House are regarded as morally gray, the Legion is near universally condemned by those outside of it.

Democratic People's Republic of Tyranny (Edit link)

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Dirty Communists (Edit link)

Don't Call Me "Sir" (Edit link)

  • Honor Harrington:
    • From Crown of Slaves, Berry Zilwicki, upon becoming queen of Torch finds the formalities associated with monarchy to be tremendously awkward, and comments that she foresees establishing the most informal monarchy in history. She prefers to be on a first name basis with people, which is convenient given that many of her future subjects are from the Audubon Ballroom, and thus have no last names.
    • Being quite small, she suggests "Your Mousety" as an honorific.
    • Jeremy also winces a bit at being addressed as "Mister X."
    • The title heroine of the series has enough titles to stock a bookstore (seriously, see 'em here), but she doggedly tries to get her Grayson armsmen to call her "Honor." It rarely happens.
    • Calling superior officers "Sir" is also taboo in the navy of the People's Republic of Haven, particularly soon after the initial coup and purge, though for more sinister reasons. The use of such titles is considered unacceptably elitist, and the use of the kludgy "Citizen [Rank]" is prescribed instead, under threat of severe punishment. Many Havenite crews ignore this requirement, depending on the attitudes of their Citizen Commissioners: for example the borderline-autistic Shannon Foraker completely ignores it, with her CO convincing the commissioner to let it slide on account of Foraker being too good an ECM tech to lose.
    • Though Michelle Henke fully expects to be addressed as "ma'am" by her subordinates — justifiably so, as she's a flag officer in the Royal Manticoran Navy — she has no interest in being called 'milady', despite being a countess in her own right and a member of the royal family (she's the Queen of Manticore's first cousin). Hence, this dialogue:

Dystopia Is Hard (Edit link)

  • Atlas Shrugged: Literally the whole point of the book is to show that governing is hard, the more you try to govern the worse things are, and that government should try to do nothing at all. In the book every bureaucrat is incompetent, every government plan goes either horribly right or horribly wrong, and when finally the whole world is turned into "people's republics" (the US too in all but the name), the leaders of the country have a massive My God, What Have I Done? moment, but still fail to rectify things because that would mean losing all their power.

Earth That Used to Be Better (Edit link)

A pervasive idea in this trope is that, once space colonization became possible, the best and the brightest will leave Earth for the colonies, leaving behind the dregs of humanity. A common thread in that idea is that said dregs are passive enough to submit to absurd amounts of regulation — many such Earths are ruled by a highly restrictive and bureaucratized one-world state. The idea that colonists are "the best", as opposed to being, say, malcontents and exiles — or even that the malcontents and exiles are "the best" — and that non-colonists are passive in the face of amoral authority are notions mostly put forth by Americans, for obvious reasons. Combine the two aforementioned ideas, and one can easily find stories that serve as a Roman à Clef for how Americans see Europe, with an extrasolar colony that serves as a free, prosperous United Space of America versus an Earth that represents everything that the author doesn't like about Europe. Of course, it's entirely possible that the colonists and the Earthopeans will each have their prejudices against the others.

Easter Bunny (Edit link)

  • The Easter Bunny in the Deep 7 game Santa's Soldiers is in a cold war type situation with Santa Claus. Her "peeples army" will work with or against the elves, depending on what suits her agenda at the time.

El Cid Ploy (Edit link)

  • In Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Marcello Jarti, a charismatic "hero of the revolution" of the People's Democracy of Jenoma in South America has a strange reputation for surviving assassination attempts; all the people killed looked exactly like him, leading the experts to conclude that he has a ton of body-doubles. In fact, the guy did die, and his Japanese partners-in-crime have been continually replicating him with imitation clones so that nobody will figure out he's dead. And even better is that the original died because he had to be used as a template for the clones to be created in the first place. This was his choice. All the clones of him were also "concluded to be the real Marcello Jarti" because they technically were- the cloning process accurately copied the original's soul, making the clones literally the exact same as the original, with the only differences being the individual memories that each one obtained only after they were born.

Enemy Exchange Program (Edit link)

  • In the MMOFPS PlanetSide 1, each of the three empires has several unique vehicles that only they can build. However, capturing both of said empire's home continents allows the conqueror to freely build those empire-specific vehicles. For example, a Terran Republic player could build, say, a Vanu Sovereignty Magrider and a New Conglomerate Peregrine if his empire is currently in control of all three empire's home continents. Players with the Advanced Hacking certification and a REK tool can hack enemy vehicles to their own side - and simultaneously kick out the occupants - allowing them to get in a gun to wreak havoc, or more commonly, just deconstruct it to prevent the enemy from re-hacking it.

Ethnic Scrappy (Edit link)

Every Man Has His Price (Edit link)

  • Mission: Impossible:
    • "The Play": When escaping from the People's Republic of Tyranny Vitol Enzor bribes the border guard checkpoint commander and tells Jim that bribe money solves any problem in an Eastern Europe nation-state. See recaps here, here, here, and here.
    • "The Pawn": Phelps offers an indirect bribe to the KGB officer who is guarding the nuclear scientist Phelps has been assigned to extract. He is threatened with deportation by the KGB officer who sees through his Obfuscating Stupidity and orders more surveillance. However, Phelps knew the KGB officer could not be bribed and used the conversation to manipulate the officer’s emotions.
      • Later Phelps uses fake evidence to convince the commissar that the KGB officer is about to defect. This evidence includes United States currency. The commissar believes this evidence since the KGB officer resembled Patton in their behavior and personality. In addition, at the beginning of the episode, Phelps says that if they are successful the KGB officer will be sent to a prison camp for failure. Therefore, it can be assumed that the officer was already under suspicion, the fake evidence simply proved the disloyalty.

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  • The male protagonist of Fallout 4 differs from all the other protagonists of canon games in the Fallout franchise, in that he is already an accomplished soldier and veteran of the Alaska reclamation campaign against the People's Republic of Tyranny. His wife - not so much, as she is primarily a lawyer in private practice before the bombs fell. A military or government agency background is only implied due to her skills matching her husband's.

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  • RCN: David Drake usually notes in the foreword to the book the sources of inspiration (normally 19th century naval battles).
    • Like a certain other long-running space opera, the novels are loosely based on the Napoleonic Wars, with the literary inspiration being the Aubrey-Maturin novels instead of Horatio Hornblower. The Republic of Cinnabar stands in for Britain (with bits of the Roman Republic thrown in), both good and bad (it's noted they favor dictatorships to democracies for their client states because they only have to control one guy, not the whole population), while the Alliance of Free Stars stands in for Napoleonic France, with elements of Prussia and the Soviet Union. Unlike the Napoleonic Wars, however, the Cinnabar-Alliance War ends in a negotiated peace after book seven, as both countries, by far the most powerful human states in The 'Verse, were on the verge of complete economic collapse after roughly forty years of fighting and would probably take most of human civilization with them.
    • The foreword to When the Tide Rises states that the book's conflicts, both military and political, are based on Lord Cochrane's memoirs from his time serving as commander of the Chilean Navy during its war of independence, and the major battle on the 1811 Battle of Lissa (not to be confused with the 1866 Battle of Lissa, which Drake comments was so farcical you couldn't use it as a basis for fiction: the Italian flagship's crew somehow forgot to load shells in their cannons and spent the entire battle shooting blanks).

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  • Octarian society in Splatoon is this of a Banana Republic or People's Republic of Tyranny, emphasized especially in the Octo Expansion lore. While Octo Expansion still leaves specifics rather vague, it builds on some of the previous lore in a way that suggests that as a result of their exile into the underground, Octarian society has taken, shall we say, a hard right turn. Military education appears to be common, there's a fairly strong implication that military leaders are in charge overall, and propaganda that exaggerates the worst aspects of Inkling society seems commonplace and dedicated to ensuring a single-minded animosity toward Inkling-kind among Octarian citizens. This is why the Calamari Inkantation "concert" was such a big deal — for a great many Octolings, it blew open the doors to the truth and made them realize there was a lot more to Inklings than what their leaders had told them. Marina, Agent 8, and other player Octolings are the ones who elected to take the bold step of trying to leave their old lives behind to see the real truth.

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  • In Starship Troopers, the military of the Federation (which is a federation in name only) is shown to be spectacularly arrogant, incompetent and disorganised to the point of being Mildly Military: fraternisation between soldiers and Military Maverick behaviour is encouraged by the senior officers, a planetary invasion quickly turns into a panicked rout after only very light casualties, at one point a unit throws a frat party in the middle of enemy territory, and a rookie flight officer on her first field mission isn't so much as reprimanded for nearly crashing a giant starship in trying to show off her piloting skills.

Feed the Mole (Edit link)

  • From Honor Harrington, one particular character is a high-ranking official of the Committee of Public Safety, and is assigned as the Political Officer to a high-ranking admiral. What the Committee is unaware of is that it's all an act; the official in question is not at all loyal to them, but to the true Constitution of the Republic that had not existed for over two centuries. On top of all that, she's in love with the admiral she's supposed to be reporting on. In possibly the most magnificent and dangerous bit of spycraft in the whole 'verse, she hides her true loyalties (and her relationship) for years, feeding a steady stream of misinformation to the other spies on her ship and to the Committee about the admiral (who shares her loyalties). In the end, they become a critical part of the Thomas Theisman coup that restores the true Republic. The character in question is Eloise Pritchart, the truly elected President of the restored Republic of Haven, a linchpin of the series and one of its most-loved characters, and the man she loves is Javier Giscard, the Republic's Fleet Admiral.

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  • Bunches of star nations in David Weber's Honor Harrington, including but not limited to the Star Empire of Manticore (constitutional monarchy), Grayson (constitutional monarchy with strong theocratic undertones) and the Andermani Empire (absolute monarchy with rather nutty, but competent monarchs). Then again, the whole series is Horatio Hornblower IN SPACE!!! Many other forms of government are also seen, ranging from various forms of republics to corporate-run colonies to so-called Peoples' Republics.
    • Manticore had an interesting Justification for its nobility: The oldest noble families are descended from the original colonists who footed the initial investment for the trip out to the Manticore system, with the Queen's family being descended from the biggest investor.
      • Manticore was initially established as a corporativist society not unlike Beowulf or Mesa, but it had to fall back on feudal structure after The Plague that wiped out more than half of its entire population shortly after the colony foundation. Faced with a need to quickly import a huge number of fresh immigrants, and fearing the erosion of their original investment, the original settlers developed the current feudal system as a way to ensure their political and economic domination, though some of the subsequent immigrants were wealthy enough to acquire noble titles themselves, as noble titles in Manticore are more intellectual property than anything else. It's also stated that the original political structure was significantly more feudal in nature than it eventually became, with the nobles pretty much running everything. One of the monarchs managed to build a strong executive and gain the support of the commons.
    • Unlike Manticore with its different peer ranks, all Grayson Steadholders have the same official rank. They also have significantely more authority over their Steadings than even the highest Manticoran nobles, being effectively Kings complete with the right of High, Middle, and Low Justice. This is slowly changing thanks to the Mayhew Restoration, which reinforces the authority of the Protector (basically, The High King). Historically, there has been a constant power struggle between the Sword (the Protector) and the Keys (the Steadholders). Additionally, according to the Grayson constitution, each Steadholder is allowed no more than 50 armsmen (personal guards), thus preventing them from building a large military force loyal to them alone.

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  • Babylon 5 has a few examples, mostly from the Expanded Universe:
    • The Centauri "Republic" (the only one to actually appear in the main series) is actually an Empire with several Houses scheming for power.
    • Invoked with the Sh'lassan Triumvirate, founded by humans who left Earth because they believed a feudal system was better than Earth Alliance' democracy. Their homeworld of Sh'lassa and their colony of Akdor eventually join Earth Alliance as the price the Triumvirate had to pay for military assistance in retaking their colony.
    • The Dilgar Imperium, defeated during the Dilgar War a few years before the series, was a strange case, in that they had an emperor and a nobility but the actual power resided in the very meritocratic military led by the Council of Warmasters, whose members are the nine best soldiers of the Imperium. At the end of the Dilgar War the Imperium was dismantled by Earth Alliance and the League of Non-Aligned Worlds, but a new regime failed to emerge due their sun going nova.
    • The Orieni Empire, the Centauri main rival during their golden age, had an emperor, whose power basically amounted to naming warships, with the actual power belonging not to the nobles but the Council of Hierophants, chosen among the Blessed (how they call their telepaths, as they realize they're Touched by Vorlons and actually worship them as gods). Their status after they lost the war against the Centauri is unknown.

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Fluffy the Terrible (Edit link)

A.K.A. Big Monster Cute Name. A specified variant of Ironic Nickname. If the monster feels a sense of shame regarding their name, it's also an Embarrassing First Name. Compare Killer Rabbit. See also Fluffy Tamer, the person most likely to name the critter "Fluffy" in the first place. See Sealed Evil in a Teddy Bear for this combined with Sealed Evil in a Can. See also Special Person, Normal Name, Tom the Dark Lord, Super-Fun Happy Thing of Doom, People's Republic of Tyranny, and Cute as a Bouncing Betty, a weapon-specific subtrope of this.

Former Regime Personnel (Edit link)

  • In the Honor Harrington novels, the fall of the People's Republic of Haven and the restoration of the old Republic put State Sec's private navy out of a job. Those who weren't hunted down by the Navy fled the Republic, and typically turned pirate. Two were destroyed by HMS Hexapuma in Shadow of Saganami. Most were eventually rounded up into the People's Navy in Exile, which was effectively a mercenary organization employed by Manpower Incorporated. They launched an attack on Torch, only to be stopped by a Commodore Roszak of the Maya Sector.

Full-Circle Revolution (Edit link)

  • The Republia Times, the precursor to Papers, Please, has you playing as a newspaper editor for the titular newspaper, printing propaganda for Republia's dictatorship. Halfway through the game, you get contacted by a group of rebels who promise to rescue your family if you print stories encouraging disloyalty from the readers. If you go through with it, they successfully overthrow the government, but fail to keep their promise to you, and you immediately go back to work printing papers for "Democria".

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  • Sunrider has Veniczar Arcadius, the masked dictator of the galactic superpower PACT. He already controls a good chunk of the galaxy in this capacity and is keen on taking over the rest, steamrolling the independent worlds of the Neutral Rim with his overwhelming military might. Revealed to actually be a female example later on, as she is a Hive Mind posing as the real Arcadius who died long ago.

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  • Eric Flint's Slow Train to Arcturus with the added bit most of the ship consists of misfits people wanted off Earth in their own sealed habitats. Including Neo-Nazis, Space Amish, Radical feminist genetic engineers, Native Americans, extreme sports enthusiasts, and North Korea. A Plot Tailored to the Party follows with a message about needing each other to survive (well at least needing everyone except for the Neo-Nazis and the leaders of the North Korean group). The Neo-Nazis turn out to have descended into not only barbarism but cannibalism. Unfortunately, they're the first habitat the alien protagonists attempt to enter, fortunately, they accidentally vent their habitat to space afterward and a blend of people from the other habitats re-colonize it. The Amish had (intentionally) forgotten they were in space but the others knew what was still going on.

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  • Victoria: The rulers of fanatical and theocratic neo-pagan Cascadia eventually declare themselves the collective incarnation of the goddess they worship, whereupon their reign becomes even more totalitarian.

Good Republic, Evil Empire (Edit link)

May be a case of Writer on Board, but if it is, it is not always deliberate. See also The Empire, The Revolution Will Not Be Vilified and Disaster Democracy. When the latter tries to pose as the former, it's a People's Republic of Tyranny.

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Contrast Democracy Is Bad and People's Republic of Tyranny. That trope and this one here are on opposing ends of the Romanticism Versus Enlightenment match.

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  • The Honor Harrington series has made enough use of this trope that depending on the work it's been played straight, subverted, and averted.
    • It starts with the Star Kingdom of Manticore (a constitutional monarchy) against the People's Republic of Haven (oligarchy posing as a republic). And goes to the Star Empire of Manticore and the Republic Of Haven in an alliance against the Solarian League.
    • In In Enemy Hands there's a mention that this trope, applied In-Universe, causes severe headaches for Manticore when dealing with the Solarian League. Despite the advantage they have by getting their information to the Sollies first (because the Manticore Wormhole Junction allows their ships to reach Sollie space faster), there's an instinctive mistrust of Manticore in the confederation-like League because they're still a monarchy, whereas Haven claims to be a republic.

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  • The Reluctant King: Inverted in a tale, where a kingdom is toppled by a rebellion and turns into a republic... in name only (they allow voting, but all those who vote against the republic are considered enemies of the people, and thus their vote is made null) which tries to take over the nearby far more benevolent monarchy.

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Graffiti of the Resistance (Edit link)

  • Recently, graffiti on buildings have been found in North Korea, a novelty in this police state. The authorities have been trying to track down the perpetrators for months, but haven't found the ones responsible. Moreover, graffiti are now been found scribed in 5,000 KPW bills.

Great Offscreen War (Edit link)

Great Offscreen War (Edit link)

  • Sunrider has the Alliance-Imperial War, which shaped the galaxy’s current political landscape by establishing the Solar Alliance as a legitimate rival to the New Empire and breaking the latter’s dominance of the galaxy. This would lead to the Compact Revolution a century later, in which the New Empire collapsed due to internal dissent and was reorganized into the People’s Alliance for Common Treatment, or PACT.

Hegemonic Empire (Edit link)

In more extreme cases, their cultural beliefs, values and perceptions will influence, manipulate and dominate the societies of a large number of states that might be "officially" beyond their reach on paper. Imposed as the societal norm, their culture is perceived as a universally valid ideology and status quo beneficial to all of society, symbolized by their language being one of the most commonly spoken in The Verse. A Hegemonic Empire isn't necessarily a People's Republic of Tyranny, but it could well be a rejuvenated empire, revived from a Vestigial Empire, The Remnant or even Peace & Love, Incorporated, and essentially remaining the same as ever, just more subtle in its imperialism.

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  • In the Mass Effect universe, one of the political powers is the Batarian Hegemony, but since the other information on the Batarians suggests they are a Fantasy Counterpart Culture to either North Korea or Soviet Russia, it seems likely that their official title is a People's Republic of Tyranny situation. The Asari Republics, on the other hand, play this trope straight; they are the cultural and economic superpower in the galaxy, they are the founders and most powerful member of the Citadel Council, their extremely long lives means they are quite willing to be patient and wait for their culture to become omnipresent on its own rather than force the issue, and the codex explicitly compares their early governments to ancient Mediterranean city-states.

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  • Imperial China operated on this principle for centuries. In dynastic Chinese political theory, the Emperor was the 'Son of Heaven' and thus the legitimate sovereign of the entire world; even states that weren't directly under Chinese control were expected to recognize this fact. It only really fell apart when the rising power of the industrial West coincided with a period of relative weakness for China; unsurprisingly, the imperialist Western powers (who were used to thinking of themselves as the best people on the planet) weren't too happy to kow-tow to the monarch of some (in their view) backwards nation. A few humiliating (for the Chinese) wars later, it was getting rather difficult to keep pretending that China was the grandest place on earth; this ultimately led to the downfall of last imperial dynasty, and to the founding of Republic of China, which would eventually be conquered (on the mainland) by the People's Republic of China.
    • And even before that, in China's pre-imperial feudal period, the Zhou Dynasty resembled this for about 600 of its 800 years in power: the king had little real power outside the immediate demesne of the capital, but was nevertheless recognized by the various feudal power-holders as their nominal overlord. During what is often translated as the Period of the Five Hegemons, some lords rose in power sufficiently to informally dominate the other states, without attempting to directly claim the title of overlord. Eventually, though, one of them became powerful enough to conquer the rest of China; this was Qin Shi Huang, the first emperor, and whose short-lived Qin Dynasty is actually the root of our word 'China'.

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Hereditary Republic (Edit link)

Not quite the same as the People's Republic of Tyranny; that's when the country doesn't seem to fit the "democratic" or "people's" descriptor, while Hereditary Republic is when it's the "Republic" part that's in doubt (though they can and often do overlap). May even have a President for Life in charge. Many a Banana Republic, if not ruled by an out-and-out military dictator or junta, will also settle for this instead, being controlled by a small oligarchy of wealthy and/or politically-powerful dynasties, going through the pretense of regular elections.

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  • The Honor Harrington books feature a few of these (of course):
    • The People's Republic of Haven had a sort of nobility in the form of the Legislaturalists, the powerful families that made up the constantly-elected leadership of the nation. Their leader was Hereditary President Harris until he and most of the rest of the Legislaturalists were assassinated as part of a coup by what would become the Committee of Public Safety.
    • The Republic of Monica, which features in the later books, has a similar form of government, though they maintained that their leader, President Tyler, had been legitimately elected for every consecutive term he served. Just like his father and grandfather had. And just like his son would be.

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  • Averted by Egypt, where Hosni Mubarak might well have left the presidency to his younger son Gamal had it not been for the Arab Spring. Indeed, trying to avert this was one of the main reasons Egyptians revolted in the first place—although it's likely that there would have been a revolution anyway even if Mubarak had promised not to give Gamal the presidency. You see, the hereditary succession was seen more as a symbol of the regime's corruption, and while most Egyptians were opposed to the idea on principle, most would also admit that they wouldn't have had much of a problem with it if it didn't occur in the context of a corrupt, authoritarian, and cynical regime.

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Higher Understanding Through Drugs (Edit link)

  • Inverted in the Philip K. Dick story "Faith of our Fathers". The main character, a loyal member of a People's Republic of Tyranny, takes a drug that makes him perceive his country's dictator as an evil, inhuman being. Except it turns out this isn't a metaphor; the dictator really is an inhuman monster, and everyone in the world is drugged so that they hallucinate he's a human being. The main character was actually given an anti-hallucinogen, and so, for a brief time, was the only non-drug addled person on the planet and able to see the dictator for what he really is.

Hobbes Was Right (Edit link)

  • The position of the Andermani Empire in Honor Harrington. They are more likely to trust the Manticorans (a constitutional monarchy) then the "Republic" of Haven, despite their rivalry. Of course, said "Republic" was for many centuries a brutal People's Republic of Tyranny anyway.

Hopeless War (Edit link)

  • In the backstory of The Strange Case of Starship Iris the Human-Dwarnian War was nearly this for humanity. It becomes clear to the protagonists that the only reason for the armistice was that the pro-extermination faction in the Dwarnian government lost favor. Though it's uncertain that the Intergalactic Republic quite grasps that as they're planning to start another war. Or perhaps they do.

Humans Are Bastards (Edit link)

  • In Starship Troopers, humans are presented as arrogant, jingoistic xenophobes living in a People's Republic of Tyranny. Everyone is brainwashed by propaganda and horrifically desensitised to violence, the military command dress like Nazis, murderers are arrested, tried and executed in the same day, and history classes teach students that Might Makes Right. Every action the human characters take is presented as gloriously and unambiguously heroic. The film is a satire of militarism and fascism.

100% Adoration Rating (Edit link)

Much like 0% Approval Rating, this trope is also impossible in Real Life, as even some of the most admired leaders (and puppies) will have some dissidents who oppose them for one reason or the other, whether said reason is trivial or not. It is, however, common in myths, 'official' histories, and propaganda. Claiming a Hundred Percent Approval Rating is common in the People's Republic of Tyranny.

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Illegal Religion (Edit link)

  • In the Independent State of Croatia (which was just an Axis puppet regime despite the name), Eastern Orthodoxy was outlawed alongside Judaism because it was the Serbs' favored religion, while the State only recognized Roman Catholicism and Sunni Islam as "brother religions that kept the blood of Croats true". As such, Serbs faced persecution from both Catholic and Muslim fascists via ethnic cleansing, deportation and forced conversions.

Inadequate Inheritor (Edit link)

  • This is a brewing problem in Eberron's nation of Breland. The king is wise and has achieved great things, but he's also old, and none of his heirs are anywhere near worthy to take on the position. There is a significant republican movement...but its main backer is Lawful Evil and expects it to make him effectively the next king.

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  • Honorverse:
    • In With One Stone, some Manticoran spies disposed of their espionage gear so that Havenite police wouldn't find it, then realized they now had some suspiciously empty suitcases to explain. They got away with it by packing the suitcases with valuables from their room, then pretended they had been caught Stealing from the Hotel.
    • Anton Zilwicki uses the "disreputable" variant in Cauldron of Ghosts, when he needs to carry his computer files on Just What Mesa's Been Up To through Mesan security. If the chips are scanned by standard security gear, they're set to reveal a collection of fetish porn — not illegal, but weird enough that a guard would assume that's the reason for the concealment.

Jerk with a Heart of Jerk (Edit link)

  • Robert Penn Warren's novel All the King's Men has a classic example with Willie Stark, a candidate for governor in Louisiana who comes to feel remorse about cooperating with an elitist and very crooked political machine. So he rebrands himself as a "man of the people" and wins the election by promising to improve the lives of the lower classes...and then turns into a largely selfish and power-mad dictator once he's in office. He does still have some good left in him, but it's really submerged.

Just the First Citizen (Edit link)

Often found ruling a People's Republic of Tyranny.

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Long Speech Tea Time (Edit link)

  • In the early days of TV in the 50s-70s, a common trope in Third World "republics" with leaders of questionable democratic legitimacy was that the leader was usually a bit of a windbag and could—and did!—interrupt prime-time programming for hours on end with a long speech about nothing in particular, during which the preferred activity of the people (those who had TVs, anyway) was to eat dinner or have some kind of snack. Kenneth Kaunda, President of Zambia 1964-1991 and one of the more benign examples of this kind of leader, was still famous for being so long-winded he could speak for five hours without stopping, during which the people would typically have him on as background noise while they ate dinner, read the paper, and put the children to bed.

Loved I Not Honor More (Edit link)

  • From the Honor Harrington novels come Eloise Pritchart and Javier Giscard. He's an admiral in the People's Republic of Haven's Navy, and she is the People's Commissioner assigned to watch him. Entirely unexpectedly, they mutually discovered that they were both dedicated to the long-dead original Constitution of the Republic of Haven, and subsequently fell in love with each other. Despite the risk of a traitor's execution if they were found out, they hid their relationship from State Sec for years, until they finally became part of the coup that overthrew the Committee and restored the true Republic. She then became Haven's first genuinely elected President in two centuries, while he was the military's highest-ranking serving officer. All throughout their relationship, both unflinchingly accept that their duty to cause and country must come first, which only serves to make the moments where they can be together all the more poignant.
    • Eloise takes the trope Up to Eleven by forgiving Honor for killing Javier at the Battle of Lovat, in order to forge a lasting peace between the Republic and Manticore and allow them to ally with each other against their real enemies, the Solarian League and its puppetmasters in the Mesan Alignment.

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Meaningful Rename (Edit link)

  • Honor Harrington:
    • The renaming of Haven from the People's Republic of Haven to the Republic of Haven signifies a seismic shift in that particular entity's politics and government and completes Haven's gradual Heel–Face Turn. As a result, Manticorans force themselves to switch their nickname from "Peeps" to "Havenites" — the Peeps were a People's Republic of Tyranny (albeit with quite a few sympathetic characters trying to make a change), whereas the Havenites — not just individual people, this time, but the nation as a whole — were a Worthy Opponent in a Good vs. Good scenario that only ended when Eloise Pritchart decided to throw a Spanner in the Works of the Mesan Alignment and took off for Manticore to kickstart the Grand Alliance. Phew.
    • The planet originally exploited by Manpower Incorporated and called Verdant Vista eventually rebelled and renamed itself Torch, becoming a star nation of freed genetic slaves, i.e. a beacon of freedom. Notably, the Mesans continue to call it by its original name.
    • Treecats who have adopted humans regard the human name they're given as an important part of the bond, though they keep their original names for use among 'cats.
      • Since treecat names are descriptive it's possible for a treecat's name to change multiple times during their life. A notable example is Singer of Sorrow, her name was changed to that after the rest of her clan was wiped out in the Yawata strike leaving her the Sole Survivor.
    • Also, the Star Kingdom of Manticore later becomes the Star Empire of Manticore, after the newly-discovered Talbott Cluster petitions Manticore for annexation, increasing the number of systems in the former Star Kingdom by several times. At this point, the Star Empire's total population is about 41 billion sentient beings (including humans, treecats, and Medusans). Queen Elizabeth III Winton is now known as both Queen and Empress.

Mix-and-Match Critters (Edit link)

  • In a somewhat similar vein to the above example, the furry roleplay City of Unity has this as a major plot point; As maintained by the Orwellian government, Hybrids, or Uni-Class, (50/50 mix of two species) are held as the next step in evolution over the purebred Outer Class. (single species)

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Moral Pragmatist (Edit link)

  • John Rumford in Victoria. When he takes effective command of an anti-government insurgency in Cascadia that ruthlessly tortures and murders the enemy and gives no quarter, he orders that they should start accepting surrenders where possible, and treat prisoners at least reasonably well. Rumford, a retired career USMC officer, knows that this is the smart as well as the decent thing to do, since an enemy with his back to the wall will fight to the last breath, thereby making the fight that much harder for everyone.

My Species Doth Protest Too Much (Edit link)

  • In Carrera's Legions, High Admiral Robinson, while still a villain, is considerably more sympathetic than the other United Earth big shots, and much less blind to the villainy and colossal hypocrisy of his culture. This is justified by the setting, since it's largely the malcontents of the elite classes who join the Peace Fleet to get away from the corrupt regime on Earth in the first place—or else, who get sent there, if they complain too much about things.

New England Puritan (Edit link)

  • The Handmaid's Tale: The dystopian novel is set in New England in the near future and it's implied the fundamentalist Christian movement that took control of the state had originated there as well. Republic of Gilead only controls parts of the former USA and the republic has a Christian fundamentalist theocratic totalitarian regime that arose as a response to a world-wide fertility crisis. The Bible (or at least, the parts of it useful to those in power) is interpreted very literally and the society is patriarchal to the extreme.

Newspeak (Edit link)

  • The German Democratic Republic went as far as redefining "people" as "those in power" to make itself look more Marxist: There was the "People's Police", the "National People's Army", and every last business was "the people's property". And that's only one example of many.
    • Newspeak ran so rampant in the GDR that it even contributed to the ever-present Gallows Humor. Christmas angels being officially referred to as "winged year's end figures" was an Urban Legend, but quite a credible one at the time.
    • Not to mention that the people in the GDR created their own Newspeak to at least try and avoid the omnipresent prying ears of the government. For example, "stoopware" referred to certain goods traded unofficially at regular shops because it was kept under the counter, invisible to anyone but the shopkeeper.

No Place for Me There (Edit link)

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Not-So-Omniscient Council of Bickering (Edit link)

  • As usual, the Honorverse has an example.
    • The government of the Star Kingdom of Manticore tend to fall into this whenever they spend too much time in the spotlight. Based mainly on the old British government, it's an intricate collection of factions and groups, each with their own agendas and philosophies - and the Big Good can't do a damn thing if he can't rally a majority. Enter Honor Harrington, who is most definitely NOT a politician, and things are almost guaranteed to degenerate to the point where the hero's own government is a greater threat than the hostile superpower bearing down on her with a fleet of warships. The fourth book, Field of Dishonor, centers entirely around this - the fearsome People's Republic of Haven barely makes an appearance, and instead the time is spent trying to find a way to force a Declaration of War through the labyrinthine halls of a government filled in equal measure with Evil Aristocrats, Suicidal Pacifists and Xenophobic Isolationists.
    • The Republic of Haven goes from an Attempted-Omniscient Council of Murder, Mayhem, and Spying to this trope after the Theisman Coup. Mission of Honor in particular shows that, like Manticore, the genuinely good government officials (Theisman, Pritchart, LePic, etc.) are hamstrung at every turn by the requisite selfish bastards (Giancola, "that snot" Younger). They spend most of said novel getting in the way of Eloise Pritchart's attempted peace treaty with Manticore, which spurs the President to cut the knot, shanghai most of her Cabinet, and make a mad dash to the Manticoran home system, where she offers the Queen said treaty in person. The treaty itself is therefore thrashed out by the two heads of state, Honor, and the sensible portions of Pritchart's and Elizabeth's Cabinets aboard Honor's flagship. It takes them three days.
    • The Solarian League is the largest polity in the galaxy, and every full member of the League has veto power over all legislation. As a result, it's a rare event that the League manages to pass anything as it's always possible to bribe somebody to vote against any possible legislation. This has resulted in all actual authority devolving to the non-elected bureaucrats, as regulations can be passed and enforced far more efficiently than legislation.

Of the People (Edit link)

Compare The Chosen People, when this arises from the belief that one's group or species is favored by a higher power. No relation to People's Republic of Tyranny, where totalitarian regimes put "Of the People" and other similar, democratic-sounding phrases in their titles.

One World Order (Edit link)

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  • Ursula K. Le Guin:
    • The Left Hand of Darkness, in which Gethen has several different countries. The protagonist eventually visits the country of Orgota, to find that its government and customs are vastly different from Karhide, and even mentions that he's not as familiar with the native language.
    • Similarly, in The Dispossessed, Urras is divided into several countries, including (at minimum) the liberal democratic capitalist A-Io and the "socialist" totalitarian state Thu, which are fighting a proxy war in unstable Benbilli. If this sounds like the Cold War... well... it should. Urras, it should be noted, is a double planet, with its (relatively) barren partner Anarres having been settled by "Odonian" anarcho-syndicalists who, as such, have no state. Although LeGuin is herself a noted anarcho-syndicalist, Anarres averts Mary Suetopia by having a legion of problems, including the development of entrenched bureaucracy among the "syndics."

Pacifism Backfire (Edit link)

  • Honor Harrington:
    • The Conservative, Liberal and Progressive parties of Manticore's Parliament . The first are opposed to anything that may threaten their precious privileges and ignored all signs that the People's Republic of Haven was gunning for Manticore. The second opposes any measure they believe may incite war with Haven. The latter think any military expenditure is wasted money that should have gone into something else. All three of them oppose the war with Haven from the beginning to the end, nevermind that their country is pretty much fighting for its survival. And pretty much all of their leaders hate Honor because she has proven them wrong again and again.
    • Case in point: Liberal Reginald Houseman in The Honor of the Queen. On the matter of the Grayson-Masada War - which has been going on for centuries, and where the latter is led by, and full of, ultra-fundamentalist He-Man Woman Hater jerkasses who would have no problem in nuking Grayson's cities to ruins - he thinks that putting an end to it should be as easy as getting both planetary governments together and cobble out trade agreements - pretty much Talking the Monster to Death in diplomatic form. And when he finds that Masada is going to attack and he is now the man in charge of the delegation, he attempts to order Honor to evacuate all Manticorans and leave Grayson to die. Is it any wonder that, when Honor lays a brutal "The Reason You Suck" Speech and an equally brutal punch, no one complains about it?

Planet Looters (Edit link)

  • In a rare example of humans doing it to other humans, the People's Republic of Haven from Honor Harrington regularly conquers and loots other planets simply to prop up their own bloated, unproductive welfare state. Things turn ugly when they try to do it to the Star Kingdom of Manticore and their Short Victorious War turns into a long and bloody one. Making matters worse for Haven is the fact that unlike a lot of nonhuman Planet Looters, the Havenites build their newly conquered planets into their own empire. Which means that each looted planet eventually becomes a new drain on the budget just like the homeworld. The parallels to Ancient Rome may or may not be deliberate.
    • The Solarian League's Office of Frontier Security is this as well. Theoretically, they exist to stabilize planets just outside the League's frontier, to smooth the way for them to eventually join the League and to ensure they don't become a source of Space Pirates in the meantime. By the time of the novels, they're thoroughly corrupt and have sweetheart deals with a whole pack of Mega Corps, and routinely manufacture excuses to conquer new planets for said corporations to loot. The worst part is that the League is already rich, and OFS does the looting apparently just because there's no reason not to.

Planet Terra (Edit link)

Please Select New City Name (Edit link)

  • Belgian Congo → Republic of the Congo → (1960-64); the Democratic Republic of the Congo (1964-65) → Zaire (1965-97) → the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The "Republic of the Congo" name, meanwhile, would be adopted in the neighbouring former French Congo, only to change to the People's Republic of the Congo between 1970 and 1992. The two countries are frequently confused for each other, and occasionally they are referred to as "Congo-Kinshasa" and "Congo-Brazzaville" by their respective capital cities as a way to disambiguate them.

Poe's Law (Edit link)

  • Exploited and combined with Refuge in Audacity in the Honor Harrington book On Basilisk Station through the "big lie" theory. After the Republic of Haven gets their hand caught in the cookie jar regarding their schemes with Basilisk, Honor hopes that Havenite civilians will see through their government's outrageously false Propaganda Machine, which paints themselves as the real victims of the debacle, just as easily as the Manticorans have. Unfortunately, as gets explained to her by experts on such matters, the fact that said propaganda is so outrageously false is also what leads the Havenites to accept it at face value; they would never believe that their governing authorities would deliberately lie to them in such an audacious manner, so they end up believing them even when they are lying.

Poison Ring (Edit link)

  • Georgi Markov was a Bulgarian defector who, after finding shelter in London, became a fierce critic of the People's Republic of Bulgaria. Then, in 1978, after feeling a stinging pain on his way to work, he fell mysteriously ill and died days later. An investigation and autopsy later confirmed that he was assassinated by order of the Bulgarian government, with aid from the KGB, by getting shot with a small pellet containing ricin, a powerful poison that kills with minute doses. Although the "gun" used to administer the pellet was never found, an account from Markov before he died had forensic researchers suspecting the weapon was an advanced shooting device hidden inside an umbrella (with the barrel shooting out of the umbrella's tip), of all places. A similar attack on another Bulgarian defector was recorded in Paris days earlier. This one also used a ricin pellet, but it failed. After surviving, the victim claimed that the suspect was not carrying an umbrella, which begs the question as to what exactly was the assassin's weapon disguised as. It was almost certainly though, an example of this trope.

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Political Strategy Game (Edit link)

  • Republic: The Revolution (2003) puts you in the shoes of a young activist from a fictional post-Soviet Eastern European republic who forms his own political party to topple the corrupt and reactionary government. To do so, he recruits additional activists from all walks of life and assigns them (and himself) to carry out "actions" in the game worldnote , e.g. investigating a city district (or spreading misinformation), campaigning for popular support of his cause (or sabotaging that of rival parties), or even attacking other parties' functionaries (or protecting his own). Having popular support in a district over time nets you different amounts of three types of political capital (Force, Influence, and Wealth), which correspond to three core ideologiesnote  and which you spend to launch actions, as well as story eventsnote . The game has three ideology-based endings: a Military Coup (Force), a Velvet Revolution (Influence), or a forced resignation of the incumbent President Evil, followed by his assassination (Wealth).

Politics Tropes (Edit link)

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Portal Network (Edit link)

  • In PlanetSide 1, The Terran Republic can forcibly enlarge and stabilize naturally occurring wormholes which pop into existence (and normally, vanish afterwards), allowing them to set up an interstellar empire despite lacking any form of faster-than-light propulsion. However, they lack the ability to create their own wormholes or direct where a wormhole leads, meaning that if a wormhole is closed, whatever is on the other side is effectively totally lost. In both games, the planet Auraxis, the Lost Colony where the games take place, has its continents connected via a systems of warpgates built by the ancient Vanu. A player or vehicle moving through one warpgate will be deconstructed, while the destination warpgate rebuilds them.

Praetorian Guard (Edit link)

  • Honor Harrington:
    • Grayson steadholders (effectively higher-level nobility in command of the equivalent of states) has the Steadholder's Own tasked to protect them, though each Steadholder is limited to 50 armsmen to prevent anyone building up a private army. This actually becomes a bit of a problem, when Honor returns to her duties as a RMN officer. Since Grayson law demands that a steadholder never travels without his (or her) guards, this comes into conflict with the RMN regulation forbidding non-RMN personnel walking around armed aboard RMN warships.
    • At one point, Honor inadvertently creates a constitutional crisis when she forms The Elysian Space Navy, due to the above limitation on personal armsmen. This is averted by having her hand control of it over to Protector Benjamin, ruler of Grayson, who renames them The Protector's Own Squadron, effectively giving him a Praetorian Fleet.
    • Then there is the Queen's Own tasked to protect the Manticoran Royal Family
    • The Totenkopf Hussars which serve as the household guard of the Andermani Emperor and his family.
    • Queen Berry of Torch has a more ad hoc Praetorian Guard comprised of a mix of female scrag mercenaries and members of the Audubon Ballroom. They are later supplemented by members of the Beowulf Biological Survey Corp.
    • The People's Republic of Haven uses foreign Space Swiss mercenaries — they certainly wouldn't trust their own people. Their paranoia is justified, and the next government who rises to power after killing off the previous government uses State Sec troops for their personal guard.

President for Life (Edit link)

This does not include leaders who simply happened to expire before their predefined terms did. Nor does it include leaders who served multiple terms via show (or, in some cases, legitimate) elections where there was no other candidate. This is about doing away with elections altogether. Definitely a sign of a People's Republic of Tyranny, and very often a President Evil.

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Privately Owned Society (Edit link)

  • King Leopold II of Belgium owned what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo and considered it a business investment (that's right, he personally owned a country well over twice the size of France/Texas). The DRC is ... not doing so well now. To be fair, it didn't exactly do well back then, either. About that bad or worse—in 1900 the population was roughly half that estimated for 1800, after only fifteen years into his private rule in the "Congo Free State." Every hundredth slave had their hands cut off for an "example" of what happened if you stole from the mines. That, plus mercenary troops burned and killed whole villages who resisted, along with the brutal slave trade. It ended in 1910 when Anglo-Irish diplomat Roger Casement exposed these atrocities, which prompted Belgium to nationalize the colony, making this better, though still bad. Sir Roger was awarded a medal by the King (i.e. the British King George V-not Leopold, obviously) for his work and ironically he later got hanged for treason after his leadership role in the 1916 Easter Rising against British rule of Ireland.
    • Even later, after the Congo Free State became the Belgian Congo, corporations still had a large power over their mines, plantations and the living quarters of their workers: they provided them with schooling, healthcare and welfare (some even paid for the dowry of their male employees!)
      • Bakwanga (today Mbuji-Mayi) was build and owned by the MiBanote , who mined diamonds there, and sometimes destroyed buildings in order to access the gems!

Privately Owned Society (Edit link)

  • The country of Somalia qualifies, if only because there is literally no government (at least, one that is capable of extending control beyond the capital city). Most of the country is de facto controlled by warlords, religious militias, and pirates, and disputes are settled by the Xeer, an ancient system of customary law that is based on property rights. The official state government was established in exile with no input from the people, and has little support.
    • Somalia is interesting because it's often cited by both proponents and detractors of deregulation and decentralization of government to support their respective viewpoints. On the one hand, the Somalian economy is doing better than it was a couple of decades ago during the communist period, and better than many other African economies. On the other hand, it's not hard to do better than them when your annual GDP per capita is about $300 and there's pretty much no place to go but up. If anything it's a cautionary tale about the dangers of what can happen when government is overly powerful and oppressive and overly weak and ineffective.

Propaganda Machine (Edit link)

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Psycho Serum (Edit link)

  • City of Heroes had a whole pharmacy's selection of these drugs.
    • Overuse of Superadine is what turns people into Trolls in City of Heroes. Side-effects include green skin, hair loss, growing horns, developing Super Strength, and becoming a big dumb brute. In rare cases, causes horrifying visions into alternate realities.
    • The Council loves this stuff. By level 30, most of their troops have been given dozens of supersoldier serums augmenting everything from strength to height, at what is hinted to be a great cost of free will and intelligence. Nictus Fragments either turn you into a barely sentient warwolf or provide minor dark matter generating powers before an alien awareness takes over your entire nervous system in a fit of unadulterated evil. Shadow Cysts are a planet-wide version of the Psycho Serum concept; they allow Nictus free access and seem linked to the opening of Pandora's Box, which empowers Heroes, but enough of them cause the entire planet to be overwhelmed in darkness and every sentient being to turn into warwolves.
    • Freakshow have a cocktail of different drugs of all types, but Excelsior is the real Psycho Serum of the bunch. Thanks to an experimental Crey military booster drug, Freakshow can regenerate from normally lethal wounds, augment themselves with questionably sanitized cybernetics, and come back from the dead. Those that weren't already insane before joining the Freakshow are universally driven off the brink by the drug's side effects and nasty withdrawal, and most Freakshow carry around packs of the stuff feeding directly into their veins.
    • The Lost and the Rikti are intentionally exposed to a nasty and powerful mutagen causing extreme physical deformations and Psychic Powers, at the cost of drastically changing entire modes of thought and eventually hooking the user up into the Rikti Hive Mind, driving them against normal human society. Oh, and the physical deformations ain't pretty.
    • Arachnos Tarantulas were once human beings, doused in chemicals, and hooked directly into machinery that could not fit a whole human body. The Tarantula Queens are defined as those who came out of the process with two things: amazing psychic powers, and crippling insanity. Except Becky!
    • Hamidon himself picked up a Psycho Serum that turned him from a human-hating man into a human-annihilating Blob Monster; he was probably mad to start with, though. His followers, the Devoured, are normal humans who may or may not have liked the Devouring Earth's demands, and turned into freakish monsters with amazing powers but utterly subservient to Hamidon's insanity.
    • The Infected and the Contaminated drank sewer water and Rikti drugs, respectively. Results may include Glowing Eyes of Doom, Super Toughness, electrical powers, and a desire to bring down society.
    • Krylov's Creations invert the concept; they started out villainous, took the relevant Psycho Serum to gain powers, and either went on a mad killing spree in a villain lab or decided to go play hero... while being slightly insane.
    • The Well of the Furies itself can be a Psycho Serum, as it empowers whomever imbibes it's waters with the powers of a random deity. There are three characters known to have imbibed directly from the Well of The Furies.
      • Marcus Cole: A.K.A. Statesman, who received the powers of Zeus. This granted him Flying Brick powers with a side dose of Shock and Awe.
      • Stephan Richter: A.K.A. Lord Recluse, who gained the power of Tartarus. This caused him sprout Spider Limbs out of his back and become increasingly sensitive to sunlight, though he did get a major strength and intelligence boost.
      • And the most compelling case of all... Stheno, Goddess of the S'lisur. A Giant Snake Monster that rules over Other Snake Monsters. The Well of the Furies doesn't seem to have a very good track record so far... And not to mention Tyrant and the Reichsman...
      • Oh yeah, that one other thing... the Well is sapient. And it favors Praetoria.

Puppet King (Edit link)

  • One argument in favor of constitutional monarchies like the British royal family is that, with such a ceremonial ruler taking the place occupied by presidents in other countries, there can be no room for a dictator. While this optimistic viewpoint ignores the historical examples listed below, constitutional monarchies have historically proven resistant to revolution and despotism, though in cases they aren't the dictator's first move is of course to abolish the monarchy and establish a "republic". Moreover, in circumstances where there is no coup or a risk of one, there's some evidence to show that constitutional monarchs, who are as a rule painfully aware of their puppet status, tend to favor more democratic solutions (waiting until the next scheduled election or calling an early election) to power disputes among the elected governments than elected presidents in parliamentary systems.

    The corollary to this is that when constitutional monarchs learn their lessons poorly and are not painfully aware of the lack of democratic legitimacy, they tend to use their extensive constitutional reserve powers to disastrous results. A large part of why Greece doesn't have a monarchy anymore is because their last king, Constantine II, would often delay elections, appoint minority governments of the right-wing parties he supported rather than the majority party, and attempt to block the appointment of anyone he didn't like to the defense ministry. This ultimately resulted in a coup against him in order to establish a dictatorship that could get things done at least. Even when democracy was restored, the Greek people confirmed the establishment of a republic in a plebiscite, basically because they didn't trust Constantinenote  to stick to the script and let the politicians do the governing.

Puppet King (Edit link)

  • This can happen in countries with republican systems of government as well....
    • One favorite tactic of many military dictatorships in Latin America, including Panama's Manuel Noriega, was to install a civilian President in office to act as the official head of state. But of course in actuality said dictators were the ones calling the shots, and most everyone knew it. (In Noriega's case one of these puppet Presidents actually tried to use his official and legal authority over the military to fire him. It didn't go very well.)
    • Communist government often have very elaborate, officially "non-hierarchical" constitutional systems that do not formally concentrate much power in official leadership positions. In practice, this often means that most official leadership positions are meaningless figureheads, while some other guy actually holds all the power.
      • Deng Xiaoping was never president of China; his long reign as "de facto ruler" (which lasted sometime from the late 1970s until his death in 1997) actually overlapped with that of several presidents, who held limited power.
      • Subverted in China since 1993. The President of China, under the Chinese constitution, is designed to be a ceremonial post with no administrative powers, akin to a constitutional monarch, officially they aren't even Commander-in-Chief like even weak European presidencies are. However, in 1993, Jiang Zemin, who was General Secretary of the Communist Party and Chairman of the Central Military Commission (which is to say, Commander-in-Chief), was appointed President without relinquishing his other posts. His successors have all inherited each of his three posts, and the presidency is now tied pretty strongly to the roles of party leader and supreme military commander, although legally they are three distinct positions that just happen to be held by the same individual, making the President of China de facto very powerful indeed despite being de jure a powerless figurehead.
      • Most leaders of the USSR were not president or prime minister, either. In fact, the Soviet Union only had a President since 1990, right before it broke apart. Some leaders held the office that was technically the "head of state" position, sometimes they didn't.
      • Kim Il-sung was the only person to ever serve as president of North Korea, and the office was retired upon his death. His son and grandson have held different executive positions, but the duties of head of state are usually assigned to a figurehead.
    • This is widely believed to have been the set-up with Dimitry Medvedev, President of the Russian Federation from 2008-2012. At the time, the Russian constitution limited all presidents to two consecutive four-year terms, but not two total terms as with the United States. So any president could return to office as long as they just sat out for a term. And when Vladimir Putin was about to be term-limited, he and his supporters ran Medvedev for President. Once in office, Medvedev immediately appointed Putin as his Prime Minister. Putin returned to the Presidency in 2012, and he picked Medvedev to be his Prime Minister.
    • In accordance with the 1979 constitution, the Islamic Republic of Iran has separate heads of state and government: the elected President and the unelected Supreme Leader. In practice, the President functions more like a Mouth of Sauron chancellor than a typical republican president and is completely subordinate to the Supreme Leader (who functions more in line with say, a Sultan) and his council of clerics who are given veto power over all of his decisions. Candidates cannot even run without the Supreme Leader's approval. What division of powers do actually exist in the Islamic Republic? The split between the Supreme Leader's authority and the authority of the leaders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a military organization separate from the regular army that's responsible for "protecting the Islamic Republic system" from enemies external and internal as opposed to defending the country itself. In practice, that means they execute foreign policy (e.g. the military interventions in Lebanon and Syria) and are in charge of suppressing internal dissent.
    • Even in the US government, it's not uncommon for presidents to appoint a well-known politician or public figure to a cabinet or administrative position, without giving them any real power. One well-known example: Richard Nixon appointed William Rogers (formerly Dwight Eisenhower's Attorney General) as his Secretary of State, but delegated actual foreign policy to his National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger. (Kissinger officially got the job of Secretary of State in 1973, and uniquely remained National Security Advisor until Gerald Ford gave that job to Brent Scowcroft in 1975, while keeping Kissinger at State).
    • Despite the President (Head of State) of India technically being superior to the Prime Minister (Head of Government), in practice the position is more of a ceremonial role as it is limited in authority compared to its subordinate. In the country, it is the Prime Minister, not the President, who exercises executive powers, with the President acting on the advice of the ministers.
    • In several other nations, mainly Parliamentary Republics, not limited to the aforementioned India, the President has limited executive powers, with the true power falling into the hands of the Head of Government (e.g. Prime Minister and Federal Chancellor). Examples include Germany, Armenia, Hungary, Ethiopia, and Singapore.
      • In the case of Armenia, it used to be that the position of Prime Minister was mainly a ceremonial figurehead, until 2018. Armenia’s current President was appointed by former Prime Minister Serge Sargsyan, who was President for eight years before overseeing constitutional amendments which transferred the power of the President to the Prime Minister and then appointed himself Prime Minister to get around term limits. This didn’t sit well with the public, who forced Sargsyan to resign in a Velvet Revolution; but even with a new public-approved Prime Minister, the constitutional amendment was never changed and the position of President is more like an ambassador.
    • The Somoza family held Nicaragua as their personal estate for four decades. While Anastasio Sr. Luis and Anastasio Jr. all held the office of President at times, many times there was a figurehead President who either took orders from the Somozas or was out of office in no time. Once a handpicked puppet actually stood up for himself (just after he "won" an incredibly rigged election) — he was out of office not a year after that. When Luis was President (and his brother head of the national guard) some even said that Luis was nothing but a puppet.

Putting on the Reich (Edit link)

  • PlanetSide's Terran Republic doubles it up with Red and Black and Evil All Over Gas Mask Mooks, and in the first game are a republic in name only. Come the second game, they are just dirty socialists and drop the black in favor of white/gray, but the cosmetics make them even more like Third Reich, Soviet, and Russian soldiers, with Nice Hats in the form of peaked caps and a Soviet side cap, a huge selection of gas masks (both fantastic and based on real designs) and a helmet designed specifically to look like the heavy-duty visored helmets favored by modern Russian soldiers.

Quality over Quantity (Edit link)

  • Honor Harrington:
    • A recurring theme for the Royal Manticoran Navy, due in no small part to their primary threat being the expansive People's Republic of Haven, whose fleet they could not hope to match in numbers. Over the course of several decades, King Roger, and after his death, his daughter Queen Elizabeth, funded a series of secret R&D projects which, when paired with a very aggressive shipbuilding program, meant the war between Manticore and Haven was a long series of Superweapon Surprises for the Havenites to deal with.
    • The Manticoran Alliance faces a similar problem when war breaks out with the Solarian League. The Solarians have more superdreadnoughts than Manticore have cruisers, but their technology and doctrine are several centuries out of date because no one has dared fight them until now and they grew overly confident in their presumed superiority. The primary concern held by the Manticorans is that they may run out of ammo before the Solarians run out of ships.

Quantity vs. Quality (Edit link)

  • Honor Harrington:
    • This trope is played both ways. There are tradeoffs between more effective missiles and being able to spam more and more missiles. Sometimes one wins, sometimes the other wins.
    • Also the war between the Empire of Manticore and the Solarian League. The Solarians have more superdreadnoughts than Manticore has cruisers, but their technology is several centuries out of date because no one has dared fight them until now, while the Empire has been dealing with pirates and Haven for a long time so they've got a healthy R&D program. Manticore's tacticians are more concerned about running out of ammo than ships (in fact, Solarian commanders are willing to sacrifice entire task forces to make the Manties use up their irreplaceable high-tech missiles). Both sides have remained fairly even.
    • Haven itself was also a version of this in the early books. They were much larger and had a bigger navy than Manticore but Manticore's technical edge kept them afloat. Things evened out in later books as Haven's tech base began to catch up and Manticore discovered less manpower-intensive ship designs letting them get more ships into combat. Throughout all that Haven maintained a mantra that quantity was a quality all its own: in early books Haven countered Mantie superiority in electronic warfare by simply adding more equipment to its ships (meaning the dozen or so Haven superdreadnoughts Manticore captured and gave to Grayson in Flag in Exile were beasts at it after the Manties upgraded the circuitry), and when Manticore built dreadnought-sized LAC carriers, Haven built superdread-sized.

Qurac (Edit link)

  • In Yes, Minister, Jim Hacker visits Qumran, a fictional Muslim country based on Pakistan — in fact, the scene where Hacker and his staff secretly consume alcohol was based on a real-life incident that happened on a British diplomatic visit to Pakistan.
    • On another occasion a British nurse was sentenced to several lashes for possessing a bottle of whiskey, which provokes a miniature crisis as the government does not want to push too hard as the Qumranis are described as great friends of Britain, letting them know what the Soviets were up to in Iraq, allowing listening posts to be set up for Britain's use, and even sabotaging Opec agreements for them.
    • Another possible Qurac in Yes, Minister is "The People's Democratic Republic of East Yemen". In reality Yemen was divided into the communist People's Republic of South Yemen and North Yemen (first the Mutawakkilite Kingdom of Yemen and then the Yemen Arab Republic).
    • Qumran becomes Qumranistan in the Yes, Prime Minister stage revival and the subsequent TV remake.

Qurac (Edit link)

  • The Transformers had the fictional state of Carbombya (Full Title: Socialist Democratic Federated Republic of Carbombya) as a stand-in for then-newsworthy Libya. The country's main resources are oil and camels, its people frequently swear on the lives of their mother's livestock, and is ruled by a paranoid, egotistical dictator (whose similarities to Muammar Gaddafi are purely coincidental). The degree of racial/ethnic stereotyping in this case was so extreme that Lebanese-American voice actor Casey Kasem handed in his resignation, causing his most prominent character, Autobot computer Teletraan I, to be replaced by Frank Welker as the more advanced, visually identical, and different sounding Teletraan II.
    • The Movie (2007) was much nicer about it even though Qatar looks absolutely nothing like the dirt-choked slum shown in the film: Scorponok's attack was ended by a phone call to a nearby base from a little town in Qatar.

Rape and Switch (Edit link)

  • In Chuck Palahniuk's novel Pygmy, the titular Villain Protagonist (a Teen Superspy sent by a People's Republic of Tyranny to destroy America) brutally sodomizes a bully named Trevor in a bathroom stall as revenge for harassing him, causing him (referred to as "Trevor bitch anus" from there on out) to grow sexually attracted to Pygmy. This may be some kind of commentary on this phenomenon in fiction, since Palahniuk himself is gay and has written several gay characters before.

Rebel Leader (Edit link)

Red and Black and Evil All Over (Edit link)

  • In Honor Harrington, the PRH State Sec uniforms have red coats and black pants.
    • The inmates of one StateSec prison world refer to them as the Black Legs, partly from the uniforms and partly to have a word for the enemy that didn't include the Havenites who were their fellow prisoners.

Red and Black and Evil All Over (Edit link)

Red and Black and Evil All Over (Edit link)

  • In Sunrider, PACT’s ships and mecha are painted red with black trimming, their officers and leaders wear red-and-black uniforms with gold detailing, and even their emblem is red and black, likely to symbolize their communist leanings. Unsurprisingly, they’re the primary antagonists of the series.

Red China (Edit link)

The original People's Republic of Tyranny, China played a fair few roles as the Big Bad during part of The Cold War, even after the Sino-Soviet split resulted in better relations with the US and other capitalist nations. With the end of the Cold War and collapse of the USSR in 1991, the portrayal of the People's Republic has tended to move towards that of an international Anti-Hero, of the Neutral Evil or Lawful Evil sort—although given Values Dissonance, it sometimes could qualify as either Lawful Neutral or True Neutral instead.

Reign of Terror (Edit link)

  • Honor Harrington has the Committee of Public Safety taking over the People's Republic of Haven, which is modeled exactly on the historical French government, although it has parallels to Soviet Russia as well. It comes to a rather decisive and pointed end when the last surviving leader of the Committee is shot in the head by Admiral Thomas Theisman. He and a handful of others then restore the true Republic, under a Constitution that hadn't seen the light of day in two centuries.

Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated (Edit link)

  • Honor Harrington:
    • Honor herself says a variation on the line when she returns to Manticore in Ashes of Victory. In this case, not only has she been gone for the better part of two years, but the People's Republic of Haven actually faked footage of her execution and broadcast it throughout the galaxy. This causes a lot of complications, not least of which that her estate has been divided up according to her will. Honor is less bothered by this than by certain twenty-foot-tall memorials to her. Even the Peeps thought she had died in a failed attempt to escape. But no one was going to believe that, so they claimed to have formally executed her, to put a badass face on the debacle.note 
    • Roughly half a decade later, Honor's best friend Michelle Henke is seemingly killed at the Battle of Solon. Turns out she actually made it off the ship and was tucked safely away in a Havenite POW camp. When the two meet again, Michelle remarks that "now we're even for that jaunt to Cerberus you took."

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  • In Superman: Red Son the Man of Steel was raised in the Soviet Union rather than the Midwestern United States and thus grew up to be the ultimate enforcer and eventually supreme leader of the most successful People's Republic of Tyranny the world had never seen. At its height America and a handful of other nations were the only countries not enjoying a repressive but otherwise utopian socialist paradise, policed almost entirely by Superman himself, who has virtually eradicated crime, poverty and social injustice at the high price of freedom. When Lex Luthor finally defeats him and takes over the world for himself, he decides to model his- vastly even more successful- New World Order on the very one he just overthrew, save for a bit less equality and a bit more meritocratic elitism; his beef with Superman was never about capitalism or liberty or anything Luthor claimed to be fighting for- it was, as it always is, simply Luthor wanting to beat Superman at his own game for the sake of Luthor's own ego. It is also open to interpretation that Superman let Luthor win because he realized that Luthor would be a better ruler than he was, so long as he believed that he had finally defeated Superman.

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  • A constant theme in a whole litany of Jacobite songs and poems, some of which are really, really sad and depressing. Among the most famous:
    • Séarlas Óg- The predecessor of the much better known Óró, sé do bheatha 'bhaile, the song (rather prematurely) welcomes the Stuart prince Charles to Ireland, along with his French and Spanish allies, desperately awaiting the time when Charles and his men can come and banish the foreigners and the heretics from Ireland. Some other versions of the original song lament the fact that he couldn't actually get the French support he needed, which is more or less what happened in Real Life.
    • Mo Ghile Mear- A musical example derived from the tradition of Aisling Poetry, it is sung in the voice of a woman (representing Ireland) lamenting that the Stuart kings have gone away, and declaring that she cannot rest until she hears news foretelling their return.
    • Wha'll Be King But Charlie?- This Scottish song celebrates the return of Prince Charlie to Scotland, which happened in 1745, and declares the loyalty of all Scotland to their rightful Prince.
    • Charlie is My Darlin'- Another song commemorating Prince Charlie's return during The '45.
    • Will Ye No Come Back Again?- After the '45 Rebellion failed, Prince Charles fled Scotland and went back to France; this song laments that the Stuarts are leaving yet again, and wonders if they will ever return another time (they didn't).
    • When the King Enjoys His Own Again- Actually written after the English Civil War, when England was ruled by a military junta under the control of Oliver Cromwell, this song was resurrected as a Jacobite tune after 1688. "Yes, this I can tell", it goes, "That all will be well, when the King enjoys his own again".
    • Skye Boat Song- Commemorating Prince Charles' escape by boat after the failure of The '45, the last line promises "Charlie will come again".
    • There'll Never Be Peace Till Jamie Comes Hame- Commemorates the failure of The '15 and the flight of the eponymous James III, "the Old Pretender".

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  • The anti-mutant human villains in X-Men can also look sympathetic at times to some readers. The mutants often cause terrible mayhem as well, ranging from the often lethal Power Incontinence of sympathetic ones to all-out attempts by one would-be Evil Overlord or another to conquer America (or the world) and either enslave or exterminate the "flatscan" humans, with democratic and civil-rights-abiding governments time and again shown largely powerless to stop them. All of which makes at least some fans think that just maybe the anti-mutant Strawman Has a Point, mutants are dangerous, and after Magneto tries to destroy civilization for the Xth or Yth time and gets away with a slap on the wrist, they'll be quite happy to vote for Senator Kelly if only he'll sic some sufficiently big Sentinels on the Master of Magnetism and his cronies.

    The Genoshans are an especially sympathetic example, in large part because they lose, and we get to see the human cost to the "normals" when mutants are free to dominate a country. Basically, the Genoshans forcibly conscripted their mutants and forced them to work for the betterment of their country under close supervision, giving Genosha's non-powered population (the huge majority) a supremely high standard of living. While this is unquestionably evil, it's not done in the style of cackling, Card-Carrying Villain evil, and they justify themselves to the X-Men in the first story they appear in by pointing out that if they don't keep the mutants under strict control, these few but very powerful individuals will quickly take over their country, smashing the freedom and democracy the vast majority of the Genoshan people are presently enjoying. The X-Men, of course, liberated the mutants anyway at the end of X-Tinction Event—And the freed mutants promptly did exactly that, first destroying Genosha in a devastating civil war in Bloodties and then turning what remained of it into a mutant-supremacist People's Republic of Tyranny in Magneto Rex. Genoshan expatriates are understandably extremely bitter about all this, and at least for some readers it's hard not to admit that they sort of have a point. Also, their special police force that kept the mutants in check was a Badass Army with majorly cool uniforms, which probably added to their appeal.
    • Magneto and other mutant supremacists like him are often hard not to root for. Regardless of how Magneto unintentionally helps the case of anti-mutant villains, no matter how many times the X-Men stop him or save the world from other threats, mutants are still as hated and feared as ever. This happens even though the Marvel universe is loaded with superhumans who do not face the same prejudice mutants do despite many of them actually being more powerful than most known mutants, making the prejudice for mutants seem irrational in comparison. This causes many readers to see normal humans as undeserving of the X-Men's aid and feel they deserve to be oppressed by mutants. One of the worst examples is in Secret Empire where HYDRA, which is comprised of actual Nazis, takes over the United States of America and begins a purge of mutants, along with Inhumans, and the normal civilians don't bat an eye to it.

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With the coming of Hole in Flag revolutions, Ruritania has pretty much reverted to what it started with: ludicrous hair, ethnic strife, poverty, and backwardness. The most noticeable changes are that the monarchy is (usually) gone, replaced by a mock democracy run by some unsavoury generals, ex-communist strongmen, or corrupt bajillionaires, while the Great Powers are now acting through NATO or the UN. Everyone still seems to hate his neighbours, the anarchists may still be around, or they may have mutated into terrorists or plain old gangsters. With any luck, contemporary Ruritania might be a part of the EU, causing more trouble for its finances than Greece, Spain and Ireland taken together - and in any case, the only international attention Ruritania seems to get occurs during the Eurovision Song Contest, which it wins frequently and handily thanks to votes from the Ruritanian guest workers omnipresent in rich Western European countries.

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  • The unnamed country in the 1978 UK-Canadian mockumentary drama Power Play. The whole plot starts with a coup that tries to overthrow the local People's Republic of Tyranny that ruled the country until then.

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  • Operation Flashpoint's Spiritual Successors, ARMA: Armed Assault, is full of those as their main settings. Mostly to prevent controversies but still provide an accurate foregin conflict zone.
    • ARMA: Armed Assault has The Kingdom of Sahrani Island played this trope fairly straight, being a stereotypical Mediterranean-esque monarchy based on Cyprus. It's adversary is the aforementioned People's Republic of Tyranny in the northern half of the island, which broke away from the kingdom a few years ago. There's even a city, called Corazól located in the border between the North and South where there's a walled demilitarized zone diving the city in two, filled with ruined buildings. If you succeed in beating the main campaign, you can defeat the Democratic Republic of Sahrani and help restore the original united kingdom.
    • In ARMA II, you get the Republic of Chernarus, a Czech-speaking country bordering on Russia that gets entangled in bloody civil war with Russophone Communist extremists (and later with Nationalist militias), sparking first a NATO, then a Russian intervention. It takes its name from Belarus, its geography from the Czech Republic, the conflict from the The Yugoslav Wars, and its general aesthetics from Ukraine. Incidentally, since the outbreak of the Ukrainian Civil War in 2014, it has become surprisingly prophetic in its subject matter.
    • Also, the conflict in Takistan seen in ARMA II: Operation Arrowhead has any resemblance to the First Gulf War for how it started, the Second Gulf War for what happened to the country, or to Afghanistan for how the local people behave.
    • The Republic of Altis and Stratis in ARMA III is an interesting example. The maps are based on real life greek islands 'Lemnos' and 'Agios Efstratios' (Altough the game makes clear it's NOT the islands with a different name in the future but an entire separate location), the general theme of the islands is very similar to the countries of Malta and Cyprus - independent Mediterranean island republic - with the history begin mostly similar to Cyprus than Malta, both Altis and Cyprus were colonized by various nations, such as the Phoenicians, Greeks and Arabs, both nations are mostly famous for their tourist attractions, both nations became independent recently from the British, both suffered at the hands of a bloody civil war (Altough Cyprus' case was mostly ethnic), both became overseen by foreign peacekeepers and were invaded by a Near Eastern power. The AAF is also very similar to the Armed forces of Malta, the Cypriot National Guard and the Hellenic Armed Forces.
    • Livonia in the Contact DLC has borders with Russianote  using Polish as the official language, and are considered a baltic country. The way on how they recently joined NATO and are a stepping-stone for a Russian invasion of NATO makes them a very clear stand-in for Baltic countries and Poland, with it being named after a region in Estonia and Latvia. The LDF even uses the "Promet" rifle, based on the Polish "MSBS Grot B" model adopted as Poland's service rifle in 2018.

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  • This was Vila's specialty in Blake's 7, with various high-tech tools instead of a stethoscope, though he usually only got to use his talents on locked doors to Terran Federation military installations.

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  • A variant: There was an episode of ER where Kovacs was in the middle of a war zone in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and was just about to be shot by a death squad. He got to his knees and started to pray, and that combined with the cross he was wearing and the testimony of a local woman convinced the shooters that he was a priest and it would be bad luck to kill him.
    • After an infant is left in critical condition after he botches her surgery, Benton hovers over her bed and begins to recite the 23rd Psalm. Sadly, symbolic of his error, he can't remember the words.

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  • Deliberately invoked with anthem of Polish Scouting Association: after WWII, a new stanza was added at the Party's behest. The fact that it mostly invoked scout's service to the People's Republic of Poland and socialism didn't sit well with many people, who - in turn - tend to conveniently "forgot" about it whenever they can.

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Sham Ceremony (Edit link)

Few dictators dare to openly say Screw the Rules, I Make Them!. No, they need an excuse for wielding power over everyone. This is why the "President" of the People's Republic of Tyranny does not admit he is a tyrant, but instead keeps up the pretense that citizens are voting for him in election: democracy is a more legitimate government. It doesn't matter how flimsy the excuse is, as long as people are sufficiently uneducated or scared to buy it.

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  • One way to "increase chaos" in Just Cause 2 is to topple statues of "President" Panay. To save on explosives, you can yank them down in the classic fashion by grappling the statue's head to a vehicle.

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  • Honor Harrington. Among the nastiest things they do is throw people into space as a means of execution, which is widely regarded as an unforgivable atrocity. Space piracy is the major raison d'etre for military power in times of peace, and plays heavily in the various works of fiction. It typically serves as a place for new characters to "start off small" in deadly, but relatively low-stakes, combat (prior to the war with Haven, anti-piracy operations in Silesia were the primary source of combat training for RMN personnel). They also tend to come up as disposable pawns in Mesa's latest Evil Plan. Space pirates are never portrayed the least bit sympathetically. Piracy is universally a capital crime, and for excellent reasons.
    • It may be worth noting that many of the pirates operate under an agreement with a local polity. In Silesia, it is not uncommon to turn over a batch of recently captured pirates to the local government, and then six months later the same pirates have a new ship and are back in action. The local government is basically taking a bribe to ignore the piracy, or has funded the pirates to plunder shipping from richer nations (I.E. Manticorian shipping would carry better goods that the government can buy through normal means) and will turn a blind eye to rape and murder to gain such benefits. However, the pirates that turned over also get put on Manticore's list. If they get caught a second time...
    • Some privateers (which, historically, were separated from pirates by rather thin margins), however, get better treatment. Like Admiral (Royal Naval Reserve) Thomas Bachfisch, one of Honor's mentors. After he was beached by first Janacek admiralty, he retired from active duty, and managed to obtain the Letter of Marque, starting, effectively, a privateer shipping line. Equipped with fast, armed, merchantmen (actually, surplus Andermani Navy transports) it operated in Silesia, where their improved speed and protection allowed him to charge a premium and engage in a little pirate hunting of his own. Not mentioning his side work as a Manticoran intelligence resident (Admiral Givens of the RMN intelligence service being the source of the pressure to give him a Letter of Marque) in Silesia.
    • Piracy is also a career of choice for military units from non-existent governments. After the Saint-Just dictatorship is defeated State Security forces go into piracy and mercenary work. Some get hired by Mesa, while at least one set of battleships finds a small planet to set up a local lords. In fact the first armed ships in the Honorverse were pirates with space navies being created to counter them.
    • In fact, one of the People's Republic of Haven's few redeeming qualities was that they drew a very hard line against pirates and slave runners. The Manticorans turn captured pirates over to the local authorities. The Havenites have them Thrown Out the Airlock, though it is a customary mercy to execute the pirates by firing squad first. In fact, this stance was part of what lead the Mesans to drive the Manticorans and Havenites into an extended bloody war.

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  • In Charles Stross' Singularity Sky, most spacefaring civilizations use functional, cylindrical designs for their ships. The technologically backward New Republic wanted their flagship to look like a proper warship instead, and so gave it a more attractive shape. It promptly gets destroyed by more functional, if less stylish, enemy craft.

State Sec (Edit link)

The trope gets its name from the Honor Harrington book series, where the People's Republic of Haven's Department of State Security ("State Sec") has its own Space Navy, Space Marines, Army, intelligence organizations, and so on. This was in turn inspired by the Real Life Schutzstaffel of Nazi Germany, which had the elite Waffen-SS which was pretty much a second German Army for the Nazi party, the Allgemeine-SS which ran the damn thing, and literally any other responsibility that Himmler could talk Hitler into giving him. With such a precedent, this trope has a way of coinciding with Putting on the Reich.

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  • The Trope Namer is the Office of State Security (State Sec) in the Honor Harrington universe.
    • The People's Republic of Haven's FBI, CIA, and Department of Corrections all in one, with its own parallel army and navy, prison planets, political officers, and thought police. It is not coincidental at all that they're commonly referred to as "SS".
    • This is in contrast with Internal Security - the previous regime's Secret Police, before they were overthrown. The Legislaturists were not as centralized and used multiple services, including the Mental Hygiene Police. When the Committee of Public Safety comes to power, they reorganized the security apparatus into the ruthless State Security.
    • That said, not all State Sec characters in the series are villains. More than a few of them eventually become opposed to the Committee, for reasons ranging from idealism (Victor Cachat) to self-serving pragmatism (Erasmus Fontein).
    • After the fall of the People's Republic, many State Sec warships flee Havenite space, becoming Former Regime Personnel. Two are destroyed by HMS Hexapuma in Shadow of Saganami. Those two, along with many more, were hired by Mesa, and eventually sent against Torch. They failed thanks to the intervention of Commodore Luis Roszak, whose Solarian forces took a serious pounding.
    • Mesa has large, quasi-military police forces to stamp out rebellions among the slaves and near-slaves that make up most of the planet's population, from the more police-like Mesan Internal Security Directorate to the more heavily armed Mesan Planetary Peaceforce, with access to everything up to and including orbital strikes.

Statues, Monuments and Memorials (Edit link)

This index is for tropes that relate to anything built or created to memorialize someone or something. These are typically created to honor a person — usually dead but possibly alive if the Setting is a People's Republic of Tyranny — or to celebrate a great victory.

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  • "Tankies" note are a sub-section of communist living outside the former communist world and still defend the old Soviet Union with a near religious fervor just as they did during the Cold War. Unlike "necro-patriots" living within the former Eastern Bloc (who generally acknowledge the hardships even if they miss it for one reason or another) or other groups of socialists who have denounced the USSR, tankies insist the USSR was a paradise ruined either by incompetent liberalizing leaders or the CIA. The fact that the political left hasn't and doesn't like them, adopting social democratic and green politics over Marxism-Leninism, and the right doesn't care doesn't seem to have dawned on them. Even the few remaining nominally communist states, including China, Laos and Vietnam, have mostly abandoned central planning for market economies. Regardless, tankies are the inverse of the "not real communism" types of socialists, insisting that China, Laos, and Vietnam are "real communism adapted to material conditions". This becomes a subverted trope when you notice that while tankies still defend the USSR, they've mostly thrown their weight behind The People's Republic of China, who as of 2020, is in a currently escalating cold war with the United States. In fact, if you dare say that China isn't real communism they call you an "ultra-leftist" and make you a Persona Non Grata in their communities.
    • There is a bit of split within tankies between "classic tankies" and "Sino tankies," the latter of whom are the mentioned sympathizers of China. The former classic tankies are a double shot of this trope, effectively still fighting the Cold War and the Sino Soviet split. Rather than China, classic tankies throw their weight behind the political powerhouses of... Cuba, Venezuala, and Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko. note 

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  • In Starship Troopers, the Federal Network reported on the (probably) coincidental asteroid strike as an attack on earth by the Arachnids on Clendatu. The disaster is twisted in such a way that makes it seem like the Terran Federation has no choice but to declare war on Klendathu. The Network also espouse anti-Arachnid propaganda, with one interviewee stating "the only good bug, is a dead bug!" and a mother gleefully cheering as her children squish some insects on earth. The Network also glorifies the military, and is putting a very positive spin on how the invasion of Klendathu is quickly becoming a quagmire.

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Super Trope of Have I Mentioned I Am Sexually Active Today? and People's Republic of Tyranny.

The Alliance (Edit link)

  • In Honor Harrington, the decades before the start of the series proper were primarily occupied with the steady expansion of the People's Republic of Haven, which was invading and occupying all the single-system polities along its frontier. The Star Kingdom of Manticore, whose economic wealth and strategic location made it an inevitable target, formed an Alliance with several other star nations in the path of Havenite expansion. This is usually referred to as the Manticoran Alliance, as Manticore possesses the most advanced and efficient military and industrial complex in the alliance, and struggles to combat the much larger Peoples Republic of Haven, whose sheer size still looms over the alliance.
    • Later on, this gets kicked Up to Elevenol' massive Haven, having endured a rather permanent change in government decidedly for the better (and stopped eating up single systems in the meanwhile), ends up joining the Alliance, in response to a mutual enemy that's an order of magnitude, perhaps multiple orders, larger than them and all previous alliance members combined. It could've been even bigger, as the Andermani Empire wanted in, but Manticore and Haven convinced them to stay neutral and, instead, work against the Alliance's true enemy Mesa.
      • And then "up to twelve", when Queen Elizabeth III and President Eloise Pritchard decide to take steps to turning Grand Alliance into a more permanent political structure: instituting reciprocal citizenship (i.e. Manticoran citizens are also Havenite citizens, and vice versa), standardized warship design, reciprocal officer training, etc. And this is after the Grand Alliance fleet raids the Sol System and browbeats the League into ending the war and rewriting its constitution, effectively becoming the new galactic superpower.

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  • The Walking Dead: Over the course of Season 7, we see an alliance form between Alexandria, Hilltop Colony, the Kingdom, and the Scavengers (with some mostly unwilling help from Oceanside) in order to take down Negan and the Saviors. Though the Scavengers end up betraying them.
    • The Walking Dead: World Beyond features the Alliance of the Three, a diplomatic and trade pact between the survivor communities in Portland, Omaha (and its colony at the University of Nebraska), and the Civic Republic (a military state hidden somewhere in New York).

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  • The Emperor of Chimer in A House of Many Doors is a textbook paranoid-schizophrenic, constantly executing subjects and changing his mind. In a House filled with Crapsack Worlds, Chimer's citizenry stand out as being significantly worse off than their neighbors, with highlights such as the Mycena Free State (which exports a drug manufactured from mycena brain stems) and the circus city of Harlequin. Even Chimer's questline rewards are a Luck-Based Mission, as the Emperor will reward or punish you on a dice roll independent of your choices and results.

The Dreaded Dreadnought (Edit link)

  • Aeon 14: Destiny Lost: ASTnote  dreadnoughts. At six kilometers long, they're about as large as you can get and still be capable of Faster-Than-Light Travelnote , and a single squadron of eleven is such a severe threat the protagonists have to break out their Grey Goo superweapon to destroy them.

The Empire (Edit link)

The Empire is typically Obviously Evil, but may still attempt to represent itself as the Lightbearer of Civilization, Defender of Faith, Domain of Law and Order, The Co-Prosperity Sphere, Central State of Humankind or Legitimate Regent of Humanity. A People's Republic of Tyranny may overlap with these titles. The Empire may be genuinely highly civilized, wealthy, organized, and/or vital, or corrupt, bureaucratic, sybarite and/or ossified. It may be militaristic and imperialistic, or pacifistic and turned inwards. In nearly all instances, the Empire features an original founding polity, usually a race or nationality, who stand above and enjoy special privileges that are denied to the Empire's various subject peoples. Overall will adhere to the trope Order Is Not Good.

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See People's Republic of Tyranny when The Republic or The Federation acts like an Empire despite not technically being one itself. These examples often have The Generalissimo as its ruler instead of the Emperor.

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  • The United Citizen's Federation of Starship Troopers is this, being a Federation In Name Only. Their supercilious self-image just means they have to conquer the Klendathu Arachnids as revenge, who would actually qualify as the Empire themselves if they weren't the ones being invaded at the time.

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  • Inverted, played with and otherwise Deconstructed in the Honor Harrington series. Manticore may finally revel in some good old-fashioned imperialism, but that doesn't stop them from being the nice guy of the series, while alleged Federations are either corrupt bureaucratic monstrosities that are falling apart at the seams (League), or alternate between that and bloody tyranny (Haven). Although Haven has gotten a lot better lately. You can make a pretty good case that are now as much the "good guys" as anyone else. Right now the only reason they're fighting Manticore is over a really big misunderstanding (details would be a major spoiler). Indeed, the only true black in the series now are the people behind genetic slavery — everyone else is various shades of gray.

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  • Sunrider has two historical empires in its backstory.
    • The Holy Ryuvian Empire was a theocratic stated ruled by a succession of God Emperors, and it controlled the entire galaxy for tens of thousands of years before it went into a sharp decline. By the present day it has become a Vestigial Empire consisting of a single backwater planet.
    • The New Empire was founded in the wake of the Ryuvian Empire’s collapse, and its rulers saw themselves as successors to the Ryuvian God-Emperors. It was an oppressive place where the elite lived in luxury on the paradise planet of Eden Prime, while the rest of their citizens toiled in poverty. They tried to conquer the entire galaxy and were the dominant superpower for several hundred years, until the fledgling Solar Alliance defeated them in the Alliance-Imperial War and stopped their conquest cold in its tracks. Over the next century a revolution would sweep through its territories, causing the New Empire to collapse—and be reorganized into the People’s Alliance for Common Treatment, or PACT—several years before the start of the game.

The Federation (Edit link)

Rarely evil, but will sometimes suffer from red tape, and the occasional corrupt politicians and/or generals. When they are evil, The Federation will oppose the independence of a number of colonies, whether space colonies in orbit, Mars or other planets in the system, or on entirely different systems. Even in this case, the main opposing force may be shown to be Well Intentioned Extremists and/or an example of The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized, willing to hurt innocent people to try to gain their independence, or worse, being used as a front for a truly evil Big Bad. The heroes will usually be either among the good soldiers of the Federation or neutral parties who get caught up in the war; this is especially true in anime. In this case, The Federation will be seen as the lesser of two evils. Occasionally you will get a People's Republic of Tyranny.

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  • Several in the Gundam series. The Federations are portrayed as flawed at best and a People's Republic of Tyranny at worst:
    • The Earth Federation in Mobile Suit Gundam. It does not allow citizens in space colonies to vote or have any say in politics (and it was responsible for exiling many of the colonists to space in the first place), leading to many, many independence groups forming. However, it's the "gray" in the series' Black-and-Gray Morality, contrasted against the Nazi-emulating Principality of Zeon.
      • The Federation gets worse in Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam, with the Titans - a corrupt branch that is just as bad, if not worse, than Zeon and ruthlessly suppresses any opposition, including gassing a whole colony.
      • After the Titans are purged the Federation is less actively malicious, but still corrupt and ineffectual. Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ sees most Federation officials more concerned with currying favour with the Big Bad than stopping her, while they're merely worryingly oblivious in Mobile Suit Gundam: Char's Counterattack (and, in this case, the heroes technically work for them).
      • When you actually look at the history, the Federation is going through one long decline throughout the entirety of the Universal Century, so much so, that by Mobile Suit Victory Gundam, it is pretty much irrelevant, and in G-Saviour it has collapsed completely to be replaced by CONSENT (which is the other trope).
      • Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn shows the aforementioned downfall and attempts at reversing as being a long, protracted consequence of the Federation's Start of Darkness: the concealment and manipulation of Laplace's Box (itself containing the original, utopian vision for the Universal Century), all in an effort to maintain power over all humanity.
    • The United Earth Sphere Alliance of Mobile Suit Gundam Wing, appropriately enough, evolves from The Alliance to this over several decades before the series begins. While its leadership on Earth is mostly accepted as peaceful if heavy-handed, it becomes the target of the protagonists for its military rule over the colonies in space. In a subversion, it's overthrown early in the series, but its legacy holds on throughout.
      • The Earth Sphere Unified Nation from later in Gundam Wing, in contrast, is one of the most benevolent and peaceful examples in the whole Gundam franchise. Ironically, it's founded by the aristocratic Romefeller Foundation to finally end Earth's conflicts under the name of the "World Nation".
    • The Atlantic and Eurasian Federations in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED. Though part of an alliance of Earth superstates, they're the major influences of that side. Typical for Gundam, both have negative aspects. Though allies, both powers mistrust each other. The Atlantic Federation is prejudiced against Coordinators, influenced by the Blue Cosmos terror group. Meanwhile, the Eurasian Federation is almost entirely opportunist, attempting to steal from or subvert its allies in an attempt to get ahead once ZAFT is out of the picture. The Altantic Federation ends up pulling an Eviler Than Thou in both wars, first sacrificing the Eurasians at JOSH-A, then outright attacking them when they try to switch sides with the Destroy.
      • The Earth Alliance (aka OMNI) as a whole qualifies. At the surface, it's just self-interested and ineffectual. The problem is that its military high command is controlled by Coordinator hating Blue Cosmos aderhents, and too many of its industrial and economic leaders are of the War for Fun and Profit variety. It's shown that, while most of the civilian council don't seem outwardly villainous (they'd rather fix Earth's energy crisis than wipe out the other side), they don't have the guts to stop people like Azrael from walking over them.
    • The Earth Sphere Federation from Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is just a pawn for a tyrannical mastermind, abusing its political power against whoever opposes his reign - and do not forget his right-hand men, the A-LAWS, either. Once the A-Laws and it's masters fall, the Federation becomes much more nicer. By the time of the movie, the Federation is pretty much near Star Trek's level of benevolence. In addition there's The Union of Solar Energy and Free Nations and the Advanced European Union (AEU). Averting the franchise trend, both groups are actually pretty nice, save for their Cold War with each other and the occasional political turmoil with it's members.
    • After War Gundam X has the United Nations Earth in the Backstory. It is mostly destroyed in the subsequent Colony Drop seen the prologue, but is subsequently reestablished by the middle of the series as the New United Nations Earth.
    • The Federation from Mobile Suit Gundam AGE follows the Gundam pattern of not being especially benevolent to anyone who opposes them. Also, its decision to cover up a failed Mars colonization attempt rather than rescue the colonists is the reason the war is going on at all.

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  • The United Citizen's Federation of Starship Troopers is more of a People's Republic of Tyranny and The Empire than a Federation, being a highly militaristic and quasi-fascistic state seemingly run by a military hierarchy, complete with a Propaganda Machine. Civil rights are surprisingly good though, and racism and sexism seem to be almost entirely absent. Though the military itself is very poorly run, the general population seems to enjoy a reasonably comfortable standard of living. However, free speech is heavily restricted: anyone speaking against the Federation gets hanged. Ordinary murderers are tried, convicted and put to death within a day-on live television (it's also heavily implied that the "murderer" shown is really a political prisoner). You also only become a full citizen with voting rights after enlisting in the military-otherwise you're considered a "civilian". Surprisingly, conscription seems to be unnecessary since people will enlist to gain full citizenship anyway. In fact, this was part of Robert A. Heinlein's vision, since he loathed conscription.

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  • Subverted in Dani and Eytan Kollin's Unincorporated series with the United Human Federation which starts out democratic but evolves into the People's Republic of Tyranny. Played straight with the Outer Alliance. it's left ambiguous at the end as to whether the Alliance remains together after leaving the Solar System or breaks up as it's constituents scatter among the stars

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  • The Terran factions in StarCraft usually fit this to one degree or another, although in StarCraft it is a Confederation, which is not nearly so well-intentioned. This is even worse of a misuse then the term 'Federation' tends to be, as a confederation is supposed to have even looser central government, one that wouldn't have the authority to try to retain a region that wanted to leave—though perhaps that was the point all along. It is later succeeded by the Terran Dominion, which for all intents and purposes is effectively an autocracy and much more overt in both name and intentions.

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The Federation (Edit link)

  • The Solar Alliance from Sunrider is a federation of one hundred planets and has been the galaxy’s dominant superpower for a hundred years. Like the various Gundam Federations, the Alliance is portrayed as flawed. It is mired in political deadlock and bureaucracy due to its great size. Its politicians are initially unwilling to go to war with PACT despite the threat it poses to the galaxy, while its military leaders like Admiral Grey are willing to do whatever it takes to both start the war on their own terms and win it. While Kayto Shields knows that he needs the Alliance’s military might to drive PACT out of the Neutral Rim and liberate his home planet Cera, he’s wary of their intentions. Despite all this, the Alliance does provide relief efforts to impoverished Neutral Rim planets like Ongess and it respects other planets’ refusal to join its ranks, unlike PACT (which forces planets to join by nuking their cities from orbit).

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The Generalissimo (Edit link)

"There are no offensive stereotypes in the glorious Socialist Democratic Federated Republic of Carbombya!"

The Generalissimo (Edit link)

A Sub-Trope of Evil Overlord, as well as The Caligula. The militaristic leader of a fictional third world state or nation (often located in Latin America, Central or Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, or the Middle East/North Africa). Almost invariably rules a People's Republic of Tyranny or a Banana Republic. Almost Always Male, and often either Large and in Charge or The Napoleon/Mister Big.

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  • In the Skolian Saga by Catherine Asaro, the Skolian Imperialate is the Kingdom in the books which take place after Spherical Harmonics, in which the Ruby Pharaoh overthrows what is nominally Her Majesty's Government in a military coup and resumes direct rule. This is a rare case of the Kingdom being called an Empire. Indeed, even before the events of Spherical Harmonics, the Skolian Imperialate is not The Empire — it is The Federation. Ironically, The Empire of the Skolian Empire series calls itself a "Concord".

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  • Sunrider starts out as a pretty straightforward war story, with PACT as the main antagonists and their megalomaniacal dictator Veniczar Arcadius as the Big Bad. Then it’s revealed that Arcadius is just a persona adopted by the Prototypes, a collective of telepathic clones who are pulling PACT’s strings and claim to be doing so for the Solar Alliance as well. The Prototypes in turn are subservient to their Hive Queen Alpha.

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The Republic (Edit link)

The Trope Namer can be attributed as The Galactic Republic, usually referred to as just The Republic. However, in trope terms it's more like The Federation. Not to be confused with the People's Republic of Tyranny, or Plato's work of political philosophy.

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  • Honor Harrington: A wide variety of examples have been seen so far:
    • The People's Republic of Haven used to be one of these in the Back Story, and side stories taking place a few centuries back such as the Manticore Ascendant depict Haven as being one of the most powerful examples in the galaxy. Later books in the main series have Haven reverting back to being a Republic, and having to deal with the various problems of the transition and lingering hostility with the Star Kingdom of Manticore.
    • The Solarian League similarly used to be one of these before it gradually changed into something else due to centuries of complacency and increasing power of the Bureaucracy. A number of the League's older member worlds are still indicated to be examples unto themselves, however.
    • The Star Kingdom of Manticore (and later The Star Empire of Manticore, despite the name, tends to be a closer example than most of the powers claiming the title of "Republic", being a Constitutional Monarchy modeled after the United Kingdom of of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The Crown is hereditary, and has some very specific powers, but otherwise everything is run by the House of Lords (who inherit their seats) and the House of Commons (who are not allowed to hold hereditary title and are voted for by the populace).

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  • Military science fiction Victoria has the Northern Confederation, a reactionary version with weak central government and strong elements of direct democracy—in some respects a Jeffersonian homesteader republic, but updated for the new era century with cold fusion and a ban on color television. Most of their enemies are various flavors of the People's Republic of Tyranny.

The Revolution Will Not Be Civilized (Edit link)

Succeeding could well turn into People's Republic of Tyranny. Some characters in such a setting may be Necessarily Evil and the more self-aware of those will realize that there's no place for them in the world they're creating. The victory may be not the end of it, since there always can be a "postscriptum" — The Purge. Motive Decay occurs in revolutions that have been dragged on for long enough; as you continue having to drag in new recruits, they will have less of an understanding of why they are fighting beyond the current regime being bad news and the revolutionary forces being good news, which leads to even further dehumanization of the opposition and makes them think far less about doing truly awful things in the name of their cause.

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The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask (Edit link)

  • In Honor Harrington:
    • Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth III of Manticore was forced to wear the Queenly Mask for some time in her youth after her parents were assassinated by Haven's sympathizers, who hoped that a teenage queen would be easy to manipulate. They happened to be wrong. Very, very, very wrong. She had it tough for some time, though, until she won a broad popular support, and not just that of her close allies.
    • President Eloise Pritchart of the restored Republic of Haven, as well — she's not, strictly speaking, a queen, but she is a President with the same responsibilities. And all the more so because she, Thomas Theisman, her lover Javier Giscard, and a few other people had restored a true republic that hadn't existed for two centuries, and so she absolutely must be this in order to ensure it survives.
    • Honor herself is not exactly royalty, but her capacity as a commander suffers from this on-and-off starting with the middle of the second book and coming in full force after the fourth.

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  • Everything about North Korea is basically this, especially because they're an autocratic state complete with propaganda (and gulags) straight out of the eras of Stalin or Mao, and are still fighting the Cold War twenty-odd years after everyone else has given up. And that they still don't have Internet. If you examine the country in greater detail things get even more out of date. It is not uncommon to find trains from the Twenties or weapons from the Fifties still being used, even among comparatively more advanced hardware. Linguists have also noted the phenomena of divergence between the forms of Korean spoken in North and South Korea. Isolation and cultural divergence has led to (North) Korean perpetuating the styles and forms of the language as spoken sixty or seventy years ago. (North) Korean also lacks lots of the more-recently evolved words and phrases (neologisms) which have been coined or adapted from other languages to describe modern technology or socio-cultural evolutions. Put into Western terms, imagine a part of Britain divided by an arbitrarily chosen line, behind which people still speak like an Ealing Film character or a BBC announcer from the 1940s and which lacks phrases like home computer, mobile phone, or even the ever-changing youth slang of the decades since 1950.

Ungovernable Galaxy (Edit link)

  • Kris Longknife: Due in part to Culture Clash between the overpopulated urban core worlds such as Earth and New Eden and less-developed rim worlds such as Kris's homeworld Wardhaven, and also because of the lack of convenient FTL travel or communication (it's done by means of static jump points and travel within a star system is light-limited), the first book of the series ends with the dissolution of the Society of Humanity. In its wake a number of smaller polities form, the two largest being the Wardhaven-led United Sentients (later renamed the United Society, an elective constitutional monarchy) and its rival the Greenfeld Confederation (really People's Republic of Tyranny, later turning into the Greenfeld Empire and finally becoming a Hegemonic Empire under Grand Duchess Vicky Peterwald). The most powerful alien race and the only one bordering human space, the Iteeche, are similar, being ruled in theory by a God-Emperor but with their many satrapies really being realms unto themselves in all but name.

Unishment (Edit link)

Person А: Why do we send saboteurs to Siberia, which is part of our socialist paradise, instead of exiling them to the capitalist hell of the West?
Person Б: Because we could not afford the increase in sabotage.

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  • PlanetSide's New Conglomerate, a collective of Mega Corps, pirates, mercenaries, and libertarians, aims to overthrow the Terran Republic - an oppressive oligarchy in the first game, and a struggling collectivist state in the second - and establish a democratic freedom-loving state. The NC soundtrack incorporates rock and country themes and their selection of Micro Transactions cosmetics include homages to the USA in the form of decals and a ten gallon hat.

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  • In Eclipse Phase, the Jovian Republic is terrified of the threat posed by the Titanian Commonwealth, and is convinced that the Commonwealth will nuke them if it gets the chance. The Titanian Commonwealth doesn't actually care about the Jovians, viewing them as a tedious bunch of Evil Luddites who are more of a threat to their own citizens than anyone else, and is more likely to send humanitarian aid than anything military unless the Jovians are trying to start something with a Titanian ally.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny probably started with The Roman Empire, which continued to call itself a republic (Senate and People of Rome) when it effectively became an absolute monarchy as the Julio-Claudian dynasty concentrated all power in one person.

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Too many examples to count, really. Prior to the Thirty Years' War, which established the "Westphalian theory of sovereignty", most rulers were at least de jure in some sort of vassal–overlord relationship to other rulers, and preeminence in such relationships was immensely important; on the other hand, those relations usually included at least nominal "protection," and for some smaller territories, it was highly desirable to become the vassal of a powerful faraway lord in order to be left alone by less powerful local lords with designs on conquering them. The mess this created is one of the reasons why the Holy Roman Empire had the name it did, as it was basically the medieval equivalent of calling your People's Republic of Tyranny the Democratic People's Democratic Shiny Happy People's Republic of the People today.

Vote Early, Vote Often (Edit link)

  • It's well known that several People's Republic of Tyranny countries sometimes utilized this to ensure that someone won the election.
    • Josef Stalin once mentioned that it matters not who votes in an election, but rather, it matters who counts the votes when commanding his officers to do an implied instance of stuffing the ballot boxes (of course, this only applied in the Eastern European countries he was taking control of-in the Soviet Union they only allowed Communist candidates to begin with).

Walls of Tyranny (Edit link)

  • Blake's 7: When the crew are confronted with a huge wall of incredibly lethal (and probably expensive) Space Mines at the very edge of Terran Federation space with pretty much nothing on the other side until the next galaxy, this trope is Avon's initial guess as to why they're there: To keep humanity from leaving. But it doesn't take them long to realise that such a thing would be an absurd waste of resources and serve no practical purpose except to intimidate people, even for a regime with quite a bit of form for that sort of petty tyranny. In fact, the mines are there to keep someone else out...

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  • Agent 8 in Splatoon 2: Octo Expansion writes poetry consisting of three eight-syllable lines for each of the eighty mem cakes. Some of these express their eagerness to join Inkling society, which, as hedonistic and commercial as it is, is vastly preferable to life under the Octarian regime. Others are introspective, contemplative, or simply artistic. A pity they don't speak Inkling nearly so well.

Weasel Words (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Naming an oppressive republic something that points out the fact that it's democratic to try and make it sound not-oppressive.

Women Are Wiser (Edit link)

  • Vandread seems to be something like this early on. In this show's take, the all-male planet develops into a paranoid fascist dictatorship, while the all-female planet is a constitutional democracy. However, it shows the men of their planet having few resources surviving in a harsh unforgiving world by using what they have sparingly and not being afraid to depend on each other, whereas the women inhabit a planet rich in resources, but are morally and socially deficient, constantly trying to one-up each other and waste the plentiful resources they have frivolously. Overall, both societies are corrupt, just in different ways.

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  • Invoked in the flash game The Republia Times. You play as the newspaper editor of a People's Republic of Tyranny and ordered to puff up pieces that keep people entertained (to bring in more readers) or inspire loyalty while downplaying negative news. Thus until you're contacted by La Résistance you're encouraged to produce papers with huge articles about a celebrity wedding while stories like a terrorist bomb causing 600 casualties being relegated to the side column.

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  • Kaiserreich: Legacy of the Weltkrieg
    • In a broader sense the National Populist ideology from Kaiserreich: Legacy of the Weltkrieg is this — game-mechanically, in the pre-HOI 4 versions it is the Nazi ideology of vanilla Hearts of Iron renamed to National Populistnote . In terms of ideology, it is described in terms suggesting that, insofar as any ideology can be described within the broad categories used in the game, it is essentially Nazism/Fascism shorn of the ideological focus on a totalitarian state (that is instead picked up by the ideology mentioned below). Examples include Boris Savinkov, leader of the People's Republican Party in Russia, William Dudley Pelley of the America First Party and Corneliu Codreanu, leader of the Romanian Iron Guard (which was also Fascist in real life).
    • The Totalist ideology also qualifies - for a start, two of it's founding members are Benito Mussolini and Oswald Mosley.

Analysis.Anti Villain (Edit link)

  • Several of the Havenite military personnel in the Honor Harrington series are only villains because they happen to be part of a nation that is at war with Manticore. This is especially the case after Eloise Pritchart takes over as President and transforms Haven from a People's Republic of Tyranny into a genuine democracy. They have now become straight protagonists after Haven and Manticore allied to fight Mesa.

Anime.After War Gundam X (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The SRA, ruled from a colony dubbed "Cloud Nine", is hailed as a paradise for Newtypes (enough that Nicola, a high-ranking official, insists that Tiffa is better there than on Earth). In reality it's a dictatorship where any dissent is not tolerated, and they still harbor a deep grudge against Earth's denuded population.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Lampshaded by Archer in "The Honeymooners" after North Korean agents address their plans to send the captured Archer and Lana back to "The Glorious Democratic People's Republic of Korea".

Archive.Ad Of Win Archive 2010 (Edit link)

Mon Solo: On People's Republic of Tyranny, an ad in Chinese for completing the 2010 US Census.

Archive.Ad Of Win Archive 2010 (Edit link)

The Great Unknown: Still trying hard to get Banned in China, there's an ad for "The International Chinese Dating Site" on People's Republic of Tyranny.

Awesome.Grrl Power (Edit link)

Deus: I prefer diplomacy to violence, but some people's belligerence inoculates them to reason. I suppose it's for the best. I was going to have to eventually remove you anyway. You're quite a horrid individual. A textbook despot. Your government thrives on corruption, terror squads, abduction, the lot, and the world will be an objectively better place without you in it.

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Awesome.V For Vendetta (Edit link)

V: I suppose you're wondering why I called you here this evening. Well, you see, I'm not entirely satisfied with your performance lately... I'm afraid your work's been slipping, and... And I'm afraid we've been thinking about letting you go. Oh, I know, I know. You've been with the company a long time now. Almost... let me see. Almost ten thousand years! my word, doesn't time fly? It seems like only yesterday... I remember the day you commenced your employment, swinging down from the trees, fresh-faced and nervous, a bone clasped in your bristling fist... "Where do I start, sir?" You asked, plaintively. I recall my exact words: "There's a pile of dinosaur eggs over there, youngster." I said, smiling paternally the while. "Get sucking." Well, we've certainly come a long way since then, haven't we? And yes, yes, you're right, in all that time you haven't missed a day. Well done, thou good and faithful servant. Also, please don't think I've forgotten about your outstanding service record, or about all the invaluable contributions you've made to the company... Fire, the wheel, agriculture... It's an impressive list, old timer. A jolly impressive list. Don't get me wrong. But... Well, to be frank, we've had our problems, too. There's no getting away from it. Do you know what I think a lot of it stems from? I'll tell you... It's your basic unwillingness to get on with the company. You don't seem to want to face up to any real responsibility, or to be your own boss. Lord knows, you've been given plenty of opportunities... We've offered you promotion time and time again, and each time you've turned us down. "I couldn't handle the work, guv'nor," you wheedled. "I know my place." To be frank, you're not trying, are you? You see, you've been standing still for far too long, and it's starting to show in your work... And I might add, in your general standard of behaviour. The constant bickering on the factory floor has not escaped my attention... Nor the recent bouts of rowdiness in the staff canteen. Then of course there's... Hmm. Well, I really didn't want to have to bring this up, but... Well, you see, I've been hearing some disturbing rumours about your personal life. No, never you mind who told me. No names, no pack drill... I understand that you are unable to get on with your spouse. I hear that you argue. I am told that you shout. Violence has been mentioned. I am reliably informed that you always hurt the one you love...The one you shouldn't hurt at all. And what about the children? It's always the children who suffer, as you're well aware. Poor little mites, what are they to make of it? What are they to make of your bullying, your despair, your cowardice and all your fondly nurtured bigotries? Really, it's not good enough, is it? And it's no good blaming the drop in work standards upon bad management, either... Though, to be sure, the management is very bad. In fact, let us not mince words... The management is terrible! We've had a string of embezzlers, frauds, liars and lunatics making a string of catastrophic decisions. This is plain fact. But who elected them? it was you! You who appointed these people! You who gave them the power to make your decisions for you! While I'll admit that anyone can make a mistake once, to go on making the same lethal errors century after century seems to me nothing short of deliberate. You have encouraged these malicious incompetents, who have made your working life a shambles. You have accepted without question their senseless orders. You have allowed them to fill your workspace with dangerous and unproven machines. You could have stopped them. All you had to say was NO! You have no spine. You have no pride. You are no longer an asset to the company. I will, however, be generous. You will be granted two years to show me some improvement in your work. If at the end of that time you are still unwilling to make a go of it... You're fired. That will be all. You may return to your labours.

Awesome.WWE Raw (Edit link)

  • June 18, 2012:
    • Cyndi Lauper and Wendi Richter return to a WWE ring after an absence of 27 years. Heath Slater comes out and orders them and Layla to get out of "his" ring, but Roddy Piper comes to the rescue. Piper thanks Cyndi and Wendy for everything they've done for this business, and gives Cyndi a framed Gold Record, saying he wishes Captain Lou Albano were still alive to share this moment. Heath Slater continues to diss them, so Piper pokes him in the eyes and Cyndi smashes the record on his head, beating him bloody. The beating was so bad that Piper broke character and called for a medic.
    • Paul Heyman mocks Triple H, saying Brock Lesnar will not accept his challenge nor drop his two lawsuits, then makes a lewd comment about Stephanie. Hunter is enraged, but Heyman warns that if he strikes him, it will trigger another lawsuit. Hunter calms down, and Heyman laughs, claiming he can predict everything he does... Triple H decks him unconscious and asks, "Did you see that coming?"
    • John Cena giving Laurinaitis 3 Attitude Adjustments and then making him tap to the STF to finally get rid of him.
      • Better? To mock Laurinaitis' "People Power", he actually asks the audience if they want to see Laurinaitis given another AA. They resoundingly support the idea and thus Laurinaitis gets three Attitude Adjustments.
      • Even better, both Big Show and David Otunga pull a Screw This, I'm Outta Here! on Laurinaitis at different points during the match (or in Big Show's case, before the match), leaving the once-powerful tyrant boss at the mercy of John Cena.
      • In David Otunga's case, it was after he was forced to battle against Cena alone - Laurinaitis refused to tag in until he assumed he could pin a weakened Cena, and when he did, he promptly revealed that he had been faking his injuries for the past month. The look of disgust on Otunga's face at that point was perfect.
      • Laurinaitis' Humiliation Conga continued after the show went off the air, with Zack Ryder, the Big Show, and Triple H all getting a piece of him., topped off by Vince McMahon literally getting one last kick in on the former Mr. Excitement.

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  • One-Federation Limit: The Earth Alliance, the Minbari Federation, the Centauri Republic (which is actually a monarchy like the late Roman republic), the Narn Regime and the Vorlon Empire. Some races (like the Dilgar, Shadows, and Drakh) have no stated governmental body, while the others have ones only stated offhand or in the background material (Drazi Freehold, Brakiri Syndicracy, Abbai Matriarchate, Grome Autocracy, etc)
    • And all those miscellaneous governments could conveniently be lumped into the League of Nonaligned Worlds.

BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor.Literature (Edit link)

  • Non-supernatural example: In Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, the character of Serena Joy is a former conservative televangelist who preached that women belonged in the home and helped to support the overthrow of the United States by the theocratic Republic of Gilead; by the time of the novel, she has been stripped of her public role, reduced to the role of subjugated housewife, and forced to be present while another woman — the Handmaid of the title - has sex with her husband every month. As the latter character wryly notes, "How furious she must be, now that she's been taken at her word."

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The machine washes the common cold separately.note  Fall dry low.note  Only the bleach of no-chlorine, when had need of.note  Do not do the iron over the conception.note  Do not dry neat.note 
  • Rather inexplicably, numerical quantities will sometimes get butchered in translation, resulting in such hilarious (and terrifying) oddities as a food product having different cooking temperatures in English and French, a rechargeable battery going from 500 recharges in English to 300 recharges in French, or a 10 year limited warranty being reduced to one year in French.
  • Other inexplicable mistakes include a "wash hands" pictogram which is captioned with "after use" in English and "before use" in French, an item which is "dishwasher safe" in English and "hand wash only" in French, and a product made in U.S.A. in English and in the "People's Republic of U.S.A." in French.

BullyingADragon.Real Life (Edit link)

  • Possibly the dumbest thing the Khmer Rouge did once they took over Cambodia following the end of The Vietnam War was attacking their own former ally and neighbor Vietnam. Take into account that the North Vietnamese were the same people who had been supplying them with weapons and providing training to their forces during the war in the first place. Also, the latter were far better equipped than the former were, with a professional army trained, supplied by, and advised by the Soviets- and if that wasn't bad enough, these were the same Viets who sent their French colonial masters running home to lick their wounds by beating them in a straight confrontation, and caused the US a massive headache for almost two decades afterwards, eventually outlasting them by continuing to fight even after nearly a million soldiers dead. And the Vietnamese Communists in the north had just concluded a long and brutal war with the anti-communists in the South; the ARVN alone in the mid-70s was over ten times the size of the Khmer Rouge's regular military in 1979, and much better equipped. The Vietnamese military of 1979 consisted of both that army and the one that beat it. This is in contrast to the Khmer Rouge's mostly ragtag guerrilla army composed of Child Soldiers and farmers and peasants given guns, with only a bare handful of divisions of actually regular military forces, which even per man were inferior to the Vietnamese. To wit, the standing army of Vietnam was 615,000 men with 900 tanks, 2,000 armored vehicles, and 300 combat aircraft, while Cambodia had just over 70,000 men with 200 armored vehicles and no notable numbers of tanks or aircraft. You can probably guess that Democratic Kampuchea wouldn't last long after this...

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  • The Honorverse is full of them. Starting with Honor Harrington herself, of course, but the supporting characters are almost better than the protagonist. Especially Eloise Pritchart, she who can lie to a People's Republic of Tyranny for six long years, survive two revolutions, and wind up as the truly elected president of a republic that hadn't existed for two centuries, and Shannon Foraker, Badass Adorable techno nerd who can wipe out two whole squadrons of superdreadnoughts with only the word "Oops." And then there's Dame Estelle Matsuko, the world's greatest diplomat, and Augustus Khumalo, who proves his badass in the most unlikely manner, and the sheer unadulterated awesome that is Aivars Terekhov and Michael Oversteegen, and Princess Abigail Hearns, who is the first-ever Grayson woman to serve in the Navy, and Michelle Henke, Honor's best friend, who is awesome and snarky and also an amazing tactician, and Tom Theisman who is basically goodness incarnate, and poor Allen Higgins who just needs a goddamn hug already, and Benjamin Mayhew who's basically restructuring an entire society while keeping the bones of it intact, and....

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The country's official name is the Democratic Republic of Leasath, and the country is ruled by an authoritarian general.

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Characters.Battletech Inner Sphere (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: As the name implies, the Confederation was initially an alliance formed for mutual defense against the Free Worlds League and Federated Suns. Over time, it all became the personal domain of whichever member of the Liao family sat on the throne (though the "tyranny" part comes and goes, depending on who's in charge).

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Technically, he is a public servant and he has to face elections every four year. In reality, he chooses his opponent himself (always some nobody who has no chance of winning) and after his victory he kills them. Everybody is on it, really… he openly referred to the electors as "puppets" and got applauses, and a reporter covering the event called the election a "mockery of democracy".

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  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • Imperial America may be a de facto People's Republic of Tyranny that does any number of horrible things, but the one thing they seemingly don't do is widespread transhumanism. Even among OSI agents, cyborgs are the exception rather than the rule, and by all appearances, no one is forced to accept any modifications.
    • Outright slavery appears to be a massive taboo as well, if Hamilton and Caruthers' individual disgust for the practice.

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Characters.City Of Heroes (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: He is quite fittingly nicknamed "Tyrant" by his detractors no matter what he wants to believe about doing it all for the people. Without Mother Mayhem to keep them all psychically pacified, the people of Praetora were actually cheering on Arachnos.

Characters.Civilization Beyond Earth (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Averted, in the backstory at least. How tyrannical the People's African Union is in-game is up to the player or AI.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Nominally, Gallifrey is a Parliamentary republic. In reality it's the opposite; when the Lord President ends his term he gets to name his successor and he is promptly brought into office via a non-contested election (there's nothing stopping another candidate entering the race — in fact the law specifically states no candidate can be barred from the race, but it's not considered traditional). Things slightly get better when Romana becomes President... only for everything to go to hell thanks to the Time War and Rassilon is resurrected to be President again and quickly rules the planet with an iron fist.

Characters.Exalted Exalted Of Creation (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny:
    • In 2E, Raksi sacked the city of Sperimin and renamed it "Mahalanka, City of a Thousand Golden Delights." Those delights are hers alone, however, and any independent authority would question just how "delightful" they're supposed to be. Downplayed in 3E, where Mahalanka is simply the capital of the far more honest and descriptive Thousand Fangs Army Total Control Zone, and it's more of a False Utopia.
    • And those apemen mooks she's spawned? They only obey her because they're bugfuck terrified of her.

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House Kazami is head of the City of Flowers, the most fertile region and city in the Plains of Death, a beautiful city to the untrained eye built upon the agonizing torture of 'undesirables'. Their chief torture method involves the flesh-burning 'sulphur water', likely sulfuric acid, and their family is renowned for its cruelty. Their sigil is a sunflower with yellow petals directly surrounding a black center, and a second layer of blood-red petals surrounding the yellow layer, on a black field. Their motto is 'Their Blood Feeds Us' according the supplementary material.

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Ser Shou's squire. Originally an urchin who escaped from the City of Flowers. Is a capable fighter and has a Puppy Love romance with Jaime.

Characters.Gen Lock (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: With a name like “The Great Union of the Fourth Turning Republics”, you’d think they were the good guys. They aren’t. And they destroy the Statue of Liberty to prove it.

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The governing power that attempts to replace the Aurigan Coalition, replacing a reasonably liberal constitutional monarchy with a People's Republic of Tyranny.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: A distant relative of the ruling Po family from Khandanyang (the in-game equivalent to North Korea) who worked with state security to expose and execute dissidents. His abilities were skilled enough for the regime to put him on a purge list, which he escaped.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Offcially he's no emperor, he's just "first citizen", he however controls Rome with an Iron Fist. The reason he is so beloved is because he just happens to be a very reasonable tyrant.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Once he overthrows Huey Long, Pelley renames the AUS to the Commonwealth of America, a brutal Christian theocracy that openly endorses white supremacism and anti-vaccination.

Characters.Kikaider (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Called Jesus Town and styled as a utopia, when in fact it's a dictatorship that brainwashes its people into subservience.

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  • The Federation: Back on Earth, there's the United North American States and the European Union. There's also the Chinese People's Federation, but it's not clear if they really are a federation or just a People's Republic of Tyranny. These three super-nations comprise the three major Earth-based powers in the Systems Alliance.

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  • Dirty Commies: In sharp contrast to the hyper-capitlaist free market economy of Citadel Space, the Hegemony's economy is heavily statist, with the state controlling everything from industrial goals to the outside flow of information and goods. Case in point: while there are a bunch of Mega-Corp weapon, cybernetic, and pharmaceutical manufacturers of human, asari, turian/volus, or salarian origin to buy from in the first game, the only batarian manufacturer is Batarian State Arms, the publicly owned government entity. And while the Hegemony is never actually called communist, a lot of its imagery and background details (like the deceptively sinister name, omnipresent State Sec, and hilariously bad propaganda) are clear references to places like North Korea.

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  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: They have more than a few similarities to North Korea and the worst aspects of Red China. Their names, on the other hand, are clearly Arabic. Especially Balak, the most prominent batarian character. This references both the historical Barbary States (who, like the batarians, were notorious pirates and slavers) and modern Islamic terrorists which were very much in the headlines when the first game was being made (it's no coincidence that the very first batarian we meet is planning to destroy a colony via directed collision and is explicitly called a terrorist). A good comparison would be Libya, as a historical Barbary State, a socialist military dictatorship with a non-indicative name, and a notable state sponsor of terror throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Libya also fits in another way: just as the first notable conflict of the Systems Alliance marines was fighting off the Skyllian Blitz of (predominantly) batarian pirates, so too was the first action of the United States marines fighting off Barbary pirates from Libya (hence, "From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli").

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The Hegemony is run by a military dictatorship, practices slavery on both aliens and citizens alike, while crime and poverty run rampant on their worlds. They also have a tendency to use propaganda to make outrageous claims about their impressive military, economic and academic superiority to other races.

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  • The Republic: Subverted. Even though it called itself a Republic in its early days, it really was more of a People's Republic of Tyranny, except that the leadership decided to forego 'People's' and 'Democratic' to avoid being lumped into the Soviet bloc.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: They do have elections in Mousepotamia. The poster notifying the population of the upcomings one has a small bit at the bottom reading: "P.S. Anyone who does not vote for "The Iron Mask" will be beheaded after leaving the voting booth.".

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Subverted. While Virginian society is militaristic and the army still has considerable influence, the survivor state is nonetheless trying to make the transition back into American-style democracy.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Has a habit of referring to himself by titles implying an elected office, despite being a complete tyrant, likely because "King" or "Emperor" would make sense in such a case.

Characters.Pyre (Edit link)

  • Hidden Depths: Each one of them has multiple facets to their personality, and you may be surprised about what you can learn from your teammates about their outlooks on life and their own pasts. For example, Hedwyn and Jodariel are both military criminals, being a deserter and an unauthorized liberator of POWs (at least from the perspective of the Commonwealth) and Bertrude isn't nearly as nasty as she first appears.

Characters.Red Flood East Asia (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: If the Republic maintains peace with the Revolutionary Republic against the Governate, then they will remain an autocratic regime.

Characters.Red Flood Europe (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Augier's 'Free People of Gaul' might be either a brutal eco-fascist tribal democracy, or an insane dog-eat-dog anarcho-primitivist nightmare where people are robbed (as freedom only 'enslaves' them to their desires), mating is mandatory during season, and everyone has to live like animals, by instinct alone, without logic.

Characters.Red Flood Russia (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The Belarusian Democratic Republic is ruled with an iron fist by the military dictator Stanisław Bułak-Bałachowicz.

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  • Villain Protagonist: A lot of his actions can be seen as questionable at best, from dangerous experiments to child endangerment to outright genocide to being neglectful of his family. In "Wedding Squanchers" Birdperson reveals that Rick is a wanted criminal and is considered a terrorist by the Galactic Federation. (Of course, this is by a despotic organization so the perspective there is more than a little skewed.) The devil even lampshades this.

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  • False Utopia/People's Republic of Tyranny: The Federation is a paradise, because they say it is. Most of it's citizens are perfectly happy to accept this as a universal truth and those who aren't, such as the Maquis, are treated with scorn, derision or labelled enemies of the state.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: While the People's Chairman supposedly rules in the name of the working class, the reality is that Germany has exchanged one bad tyrant for one even worse. One of focuses in the early Liebknecht route actually allows him to fully dissolve the Reichstag after it mysteriously burns down (sound familiar?) and centralize all power in his "Supreme People's Council"

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  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Of a Banana Republic or People's Republic of Tyranny, emphasized especially in the Octo Expansion lore. While Octo Expansion still leaves specifics rather vague, it builds on some of the previous lore in a way that suggests that as a result of their exile into the underground, Octarian society has taken, shall we say, a hard right turn. Military education appears to be common, there's a fairly strong implication that military leaders are in charge overall, and propaganda that exaggerates the worst aspects of Inkling society seems commonplace and dedicated to ensuring a single-minded animosity toward Inkling-kind among Octarian citizens. This is why the Calamari Inkantation "concert" was such a big deal — for a great many Octolings, it blew open the doors to the truth and made them realize there was a lot more to Inklings than what their leaders had told them. Marina, Agent 8, and other player Octolings are the ones who elected to take the bold step of trying to leave their old lives behind to see the real truth.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Way back in the 22nd century, their planet was a wreck. Then the tri-partite rule of the Detapa Council, the Obsidian Order and the military began. And for a time, things seemed okay... provided nobody complained about the quashing of civil liberties too loudly.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The Breen regime enforces legal and social equality between all member races through forced public homogeneity, and concealment of Breen diversity even as it's utilized.

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  • Early Installment Weirdness: They were originally called the Cardassian Empire, but this was changed to the Cardassion "Union" (a name which drips with blancmage) much later on, presumably to differentiate them from the Klingon and Romulan Empires.
    • On a related note, the Obsidian Order were caught building a fleet of next-generation ships in the barren Orias System in "Defiant". Dukat mentioned that the Order never approved of the peace treaty with the Federation, and were planning to re-invade the Badlands with those ships, going entirely over the heads of the Central Command in the process (presumably to set up a kind of "CIA Evil, FBI Good" scenario). Later on in the season, Enabran Tain explains the fleet is part of a joint-operation with the Tal Shiar to launch a first strike on the Changeling's homeworld. This is slightly more in line with the Obsidian Order's organizational functions of maintaining security and carrying out espionage.

Characters.Star Wars Galactic Republic (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: During the Clone Wars, the Republic gradually becomes a military dictatorship in all but name, where every single decision is made by Palpatine and each star system is overseen by a regiment of clone troopers all in the name of safety and defense. By the time the Empire is declared, Palpatine even points out that they are an Empire already and it's just a change in name.

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  • Undying Loyalty: She displays this towards the Galactic Republic. Despite gradually becoming aware of its many many flaws, Padmé remains steadfastly faithful that the Republic can uphold its ideals of justice, security, diplomacy and freedom. She refuses to even consider leaving the Republic or taking a course of action she believes will infringe on the constitution, tends to put her duty to the Republic's people before everything else and willingly risks her life on multiple occasions in service to the Republic. It's only in Revenge of the Sith that she finally starts to realize the Republic is a shell of itself; even then, deleted scenes show she's still trying futilely to keep the democracy intact. Watching it collapse altogether and become the Empire is devastating for her, marking the start of her descent past the Despair Event Horizon.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: A government that boasts about being a more moral, more democratic alternative to the Republic while being nothing of the sort.
    • A few Separatists do honestly believe they're fighting for freedom from the tyranny and corruption of the Republic. Most of their forces, however, are rich mega-corps that wanted to strike out on their own (and were even responsible for most of the corruption in the Republic), or local political dissidents seizing on it as an opportunity to settle old scores with their regional rivals.

Characters.Star Wars Separatist Alliance (Edit link)

  • Shadow Archetype: The Separatist Alliance could be viewed as one for the Alliance to Restore the Republic, being quite literally a rebellion against the corrupt central power in the Galaxy, which is also the predecessor of the Empire. However, the Separatists are controlled by corporations and even more so the Sith (despite nominally being democratic), and de facto just want to carve out a chunk of planets to control and exploit. This was likely intentional on the part of Darth Sidious so that people would draw comparisons between the Separatists and those who eventually came to oppose him.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Twomey's "Republic of Ireland" is a "grassroots democracy", but Twomey himself retains ultimate veto power as Chief of Staff of the Irish Republican Army, resulting in his in-game ideology being classified as Despotism.

Characters.TNO Central Siberia (Edit link)

  • Foil: To Orenburg.
    • Both Orenburg and the Siberian Black Army are Libertarian Socialist anarchist societies led by a council created to unite numerous settlements to help them work together. Both of their councils suffer from difficulties related to the implementation of the anarchist system in their current situation. However, while Orenburg's issues lie on the council being heavily decentralized and many seeing the best solution being to abandon it for a centralized government, the Black Army's issues lie on the council being too centralized, with many preferring the council to de-centralize itself lest it fall into a dictatorship.
    • Both Orenburg and the Siberian Black Army are disdainful of those who don't follow the anarchist system, and view them as different flavours of reactionariesnote , to the point they act hostile even to neighbors who aren't reactionaries and genuinely want to help themnote . However, while Orenburg is completely unable to stand up for itself and only survives because the League tolerates their shenanigans and continues protecting them, SBA is more than capable of protecting itself and only clashes with Sablin's Soviet Union until after they've united the entirety of Central Siberia all by themselves.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: A downplayed example, but many examples are present and easily noticeable right from the beginning. Despite being a democratically-elected organization, the Black Army is rife with cronyism and corruption, with nepotism ensuring relatives of successful generals can get easily promoted to high positions despite having done nothing to merit it, while actually hard-working and upstanding soldiers get shafted and arrested on sham trials if their superiors feel they may be a threat to their own power. And, of course, many of them are power-hungry and seeking to wrestle control of the communes to themselves. If nothing is done, the Black Army will coup the Siberian Soviet and establish a military junta that actively extorts its citizens for tributes to sate the generals' greed, playing the trope straight. Of course, it can be subverted and thoroughly defied if Stepanov's coup fails, which results in The Purge.

Characters.TNO Central Siberia (Edit link)

Characters.TNO Central Siberia (Edit link)

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: While they certainly aren't as bad as Carrillo's "Free" Catalunya, some decisions that the FAI can take cross into this territory, such as completely outlawing the Catholic Church or purging former members of Franco's government.

Characters.TNO Iberian Union (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Catalunya led by the authoritarian socialist PCI is called "Free Catalunya", despite its general lack of freedoms. Free Catalunya is authoritarian socialist at best, and Autosuficiència at worst.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Shafarevich officially styles his fascist dictatorship the 'Russian Free Republic', the same name as a liberal democratic Komi, as part of his continued obfuscation of fascism under the guise of conservative democracy.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: This group of ex-Nazi collaborators officially style themselves the Committee for the Liberation of the Peoples of Russia (from 'Bolshevik tyranny'), but are not better than the Bolsheviks are by any means. Russia under the KONR ranges from a flawed democratic republic with a controlled opposition (Zykov), a strongman dictatorship with some benevolent tendencies (Bunyachenko), or a fascist, stratocratic kleptocracy (Oktan).

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Despite Lysenko's extreme brutality and despotism, Magnitogorsk bills itself as the "People's Republic of Magnitogorsk," as Lysenko thinks that he's ruling a legitimate Soviet successor state.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Downplayed in the national unification. The Despotism ideology means that leadership is effectively monopolised by a single figure or at most a small group, not exactly something a "People's Free Republic" should be. However, this doesn't have to mean tyrannical leadership, and there is indications the Republic is fairly decentralized and egalitarian by the standards of non-Divine Mandate Despotist states.

Characters.TNO Taboritsky (Edit link)

Characters.TNO Taboritsky (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: For all their anarchist rhetoric, the Bratsk Communal Vanguard is nothing but a tyrannical bandit state. Those deriding them are silenced as quickly as possible.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The name Republic of Korea is no more than a sham, as Syngman Rhee rules the country with almost autocratic power.

Characters.TWR Russia (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Despite being supposedly a democratic republic, Rogozhin and the National Union of Solidarists have been ruling the country as a military dictatorship following the death of President Alexander Kerensky in 1951.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: A tyrannical, controlling regime who disguised themselves as a peace-loving government made by & for the people.

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"Votes in favor! Carried... u... nanimously."

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Despite having the word "republic" in the name, they're made very clear to be a military junta. With many people referring to them as the Intergalactic Regime.

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The self-professed Supreme Military Commander, President-for-Life, and King of Kings of the Socialist Democratic Federated Republic of Carbombya. A corrupt and greedy leader who is often willing to make deals with the Decepticons to further his goals. The creation of this incredibly offensive Middle-Eastern stereotype caused Casey Kasem (who is of Lebanese descent) to quit the show in disgust.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: His army is called the "People's Freedom Army" and is used to overthrow a parliamentary democracy in favor of a military dictatorship.

Characters.Victoria (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Downplayed. The final name of the country never goes beyond the simple "Republic of Victoria", yet they are, for all intents and purposes, a one-party state — with said single party eliminating all significant competition through banishment... or worse — headed by William Kraft, who is essentially a President for Life elected on the "one man — one vote — one time" basis. That said, this president, at least, declined a proposal to abandon any pretenses to a democracy out of a belief that a democratic government, even with all its flaws (that somehow barely, if at all, manifest in the story), is still preferable to a non-democratic one.

Characters.Victoria (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: By the end of the story, the United States is little more than this, with random arbitrary tyranny and foreign mercenaries oppressing the citizens.

Characters.Victoria (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Its full official name is the Democratic Republic of Azania, and it is as democratic as that usually implies, with a small junta of extremists holding all real power.

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A high government official of the small, high-tech state of Genosha, Moreau was in charge of mutant affairs—Which in Genosha meant supervising the implementation of a ruthless Super Registration Act that made all mutants forced laborers for the government, under military supervision. Moreau, a highly moral man, was always troubled about the system he served (especially when his own family suffered the personal consequences of it, as his daughter-in-law-to-be was identified as a mutant), but remained convinced that it was the least bad option in a Crapsack World where rampaging superhumans would frequently cause disaster and ruin when not firmly kept down. First of all he was a patriot, always loyal to his nation, for which he was prepared to suffer and die. In a later story, this bizarrely forced him into an alliance with the X-Men against the system he had so long championed, when right-winger Cameron Hodge and jingoist President Renault hijacked the Genoshan government and steered it towards military confrontation with the United States. Hodge killed him, and the old Genoshan system died with him, soon to be replaced with a mutant-supremacist People's Republic of Tyranny.

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  • All Crimes Are Equal: Deconstructed with the Law Machines, Nigh-Invulnerable robots which summarily cart off lawbreakers to an unknown fate like Ultima Online guards. Surprisingly, this isn't as bad as it sounds. Not only are the laws they enforce still democratically voted on, they are enforced equally - that is, they are applied to government employees and officials to the exact same extent as citizens. Thus, after the Laws summarily wiped out a People's Republic of Tyranny, most humans became quite tolerant (and even admiring) of them. The rest simply move to worlds where fewer of the Laws have been passed.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Tirania, whose name hilariously gives it out. There are several signs with friendly messages in the road leading to their frontier, but the frontier itself is a barbed wire zone with mines, tanks and even ballistic missiles pointing outwards.

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  • Dirty Communists: Subverted and played straight. The Oktober Guard and other Soviet troops were given a lot more depth than most fiction of them time. It was, however, made clear that they were still a threat to the mission. It should also be said that the Borovia arc featured an Eastern Bloc gulag and guards as sadistic as any ever portrayed in fiction.

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  • Permanent Elected Official: The founder of the Socialist Republic of Britain and it's first Prime Minister is due to become this during the second book. Despite his respect for the Prime Minister, LeBrock disapproves the move, believing that it is the first step to becoming a People's Republic of Tyranny. In the end, he doesn't make it, having been revealed to have collaborated with Britain's former French military governor to massacre all of the other resistance leaders, and subsequently thrown off a building by LeBrock.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The Federation of Man. Apparently it used to be an actual Federation until the Cumaea took over; there's still an elected parliament officially running things, but it and the military are heavily influenced by the witches.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The fledgling Republic of Arriopa is pretty much what you'd expect from a Republic built in the ashes of a theocratic monarchy, which is to say that it's a military dictatorship sprinkled by resentful lesser nobles like Lazaro violently jockeying for positions in the eventual government.

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  • Football Hooligans: In one Billy the Fish story, rival boss Gus Parker and his henchman Wilf try to get Billy's team Fulchester kicked out of the European Cup by dressing as Fulchester fans, getting drunk and smashing up the city where they're playing their next match. Unfortunately for them Fulchester are playing in a People's Republic of Tyranny, and no sooner have they stepped off the boat than they get a thirty year prison sentence for insulting a local police officer.

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The Scandinavia-made adventures in the 1970s had frequent anti-colonialist plot-lines, in which the Phantom took on the regime of for instance a badly caricatured Rhodesia (the "Republic of Rhodia," which has since become a more conventional People's Republic of Tyranny) and where real-life characters, such as bishop Abel Muzorewa, appeared in equally thin disguises. That reflected the widespread anti-apartheid sentiments in those countries. In the 2013 issues of Fantomen Rhodia's apartheid regime was finally overthrown by the black RLA (Rhodian Liberation Army), with their leader and longtime political prisoner Nelson N'Dela (a thinly disguised Nelson Mandela) becoming the country's new democratic president.

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  • Gilead in The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, a fundamentalist Christian theonomy that has stripped women of most of their rights.

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  • Papers, Please has the entire continent the game takes place in, with each country being crappy in its own respect. Arstotzka, your homeland and the main setting of the game, is a Soviet Union-esque totalitarian dictatorship ruled by oppressive xenophobes, but somehow is not quite as bad as most of the other countries, being home to some of the best doctors, the brightest scientists, and the most stable economy in the continent. Kolechia, Arstotzka's neighbors, is considered to be even worse, with a terrible health care system and being host to terrorists that regularly attack Arstotzka's borders, thus fueling Arstotzka's xenophobia. Antegria is under the thumb of an outright tyrant who spies on and kills their own citizens on a whim. Obristan is a hotbed of criminal activity, particularly drugs, and has even crappier border security than Arstotzka. The United Federation has a decent economy, but a lousy health care system that results in a resurgence of polio. Republia is an oppressive People's Republic of Tyranny, not unlike modern-day North Korea. The only country that doesn't seem to have any major issues is Impor. All of this on top of the fact that the game takes place during The '80s, which was the twilight years of the Soviet Union, a time when Communist states were on their last legs.

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  • The Good King: To the extent that one can make judgments about an author's politics from his works, Weber is a not-so-closeted monarchist, describing people as biased against monarchy and toward republics in his works, no matter how tyrannical or in name only that republic is. That said, it's important to note that he's a constitutional monarchist - all of his protagonist royals preside over or strive for some form of representative government. They have real but limited powers, or wield their theoretically absolute power in an enlightened, limited way.

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  • Despite the Terran Republic in PlanetSide 2 having sinister gas mask infantry, red and black/gray uniforms, and an obsession with putting as much lead downrange as possible, they are arguable the least "evil" faction - they saved the Earth from a near-Forever War that was consuming humanity, are a genuine democracy with a large welfare state, and genuinely want to reunite the warring factions on Auraxis (but probably lopping off a few heads in the process to show who's boss), but the Auraxis remnant have been pressed into drastic actions due to resource shortages and insurrection on the damaged colony fleet as it tried to find a new home. In contrast, the New Conglomerate wants to abolish much of the welfare state and set up more a laisezz-faire system for their operations ("A miserable free man is better than a contented slave"), and the Vanu Sovereignty want to forcibly "enlighten" everyone.
    • Averted, however, with the Terran Republic in PlanetSide 1, where it was an oppressive oligarchy that kept the Earth under an iron fist for a thousand years. Their uniforms and equipment was much darker (such as the almost completely black Prowler tank), and their gas masks more intimidating.
      • Really all the factions are this for the most part since...
      • The Terran Republic have kept the peace by sacrificing liberty and human rights and creating a police state, albeit a mostly benevolent one. And despite being democratic, they have still managed to remain in power as a one party state for over a millennia, suspect in it's own right, and they clearly are not alright with citizens of their empire attempting to secede.
      • The New Conglomerate want to rule themselves and are fighting for the right of self-determination from a controlling oppressive government which is completely unwilling to let them go peacefully. However it is clear they have resorted to using terrorist tactics and the 'Conglomerate' part of their name comes from their backers, a group of extremely powerful corporations using the rebellion to free themselves from Terran Republic rules, regulations and presumably taxation. Their leadership also comes into serious question on both moral and tactical grounds since - on pretty shaky justifications - they have also declared war on the Vanu Sovereignty and forced themselves into a war on two fronts for no reason.
      • The Vanu Sovereignty are scientists and free thinkers who believe artifacts left for them by Vanu and his people are the key to uplifting the human race. They (re)invented immortality on Auraxis and gave it to all and only want to improve people's lives through technology. They didn't even want to fight the NC and offered something akin to an alliance, which was rejected. They don't even really want to rule Auraxis, but are fighting to preserve and protect the Vanu artifacts there, since they believe uplifting the species will end petty factional disputes anyway. They are also cultish in nature, extremist, zealous transhumanists surrounded by rumors of sick and inhumane experiments, willing to uplift people whether they wish it or not, convinced that they and only they are able to decide whats best for their lost brothers and sisters, whom they see as stupid misguided children begging to be taught. Given that they are undoubtedly the most intelligent people in the setting, and that Vanu is reluctantly confirmed by the TR to have existed, they may or may not be right.

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DarthWiki.Alt Talia (Edit link)

  • No Hugging, No Kissing: Not exactly, as romance does exist in the series. Especially in the non-canon stories involving Nyotalia characters. However, in Alt-canon itself, not only is it pretty rare, but nation instincts make it so that it’s basically enforced, and it's extremely hard for nations to fall in love, much more so mutually, so much so that for certain characters (e.g. Prussia, Iceland), pairing them off with a character who makes sense is virtually impossible without engaging in incest. The series is often inherently hostile to romance development, so the rare romance that exists is pretty notable (and shipping being ubiquitous in human spinoff series like EC x AT can be a bit jarring as a result). The author has also preemptively denounced the shipping of certain characters like ISIS or nationverse North Korea (unless the latter is being shipped after unification) “for the sake of common decency”.

DarthWiki.Chronicles Of Conflict (Edit link)

DarthWiki.Chronicles Of Conflict (Edit link)

DarthWiki.EV Nova United Galactic Federation (Edit link)

  • The Empire / People's Republic of Tyranny:
    • The Balcrusian People's Republic, a star-conquering dictatorship that conducts regular purges, has turned numerous minor species into "vassal" races, and whose secret police doubles as elite paramilitary forces.
    • Oddly, all three titular empires avert The Empire. All three are constitutional monarchies (specifically parliamentary democracies with the emperor as chief of state) and fairly benign (although the Ganbar Empire is starting to drift into The Empire).
    • The First Axe-tail Empire started out conquering worlds, which they saw as bringing the gifts of the gods to more primitive cultures, and in truth they did some good, some bad (like the Roman Empire). They mutated into a truer version of The Empire as time went on and corruption set in.

      Then the Axe-tails were overthrown and reduced to squabbling tribes in the War of Retribution, which brought the Holy Sathu Commonwealth into existence. Out of the frying pan, into the fire... The Commonwealth was eventually brought down by the addition of the Ganbar Empire to the Andromedan political stage, which led the Sathuans' vassals in overthrowing them. This led to the formation of the Meridian Star Republic.

DarthWiki.EV Nova United Galactic Federation (Edit link)

  • Good Colors, Evil Colors: Played with. Galactic ships are blue and gray, Balcrusian ships use lots of blood red, Klavarese ships are purple (for decadence), Varellavites are brown, and Axe-tails (good guy antagonists) are yellow. Then the Ganba (borderline The Empire) go and subvert it with gray, green and yellow.

DarthWiki.EV Nova United Galactic Federation (Edit link)

  • Good Republic, Evil Empire:
    • Subverted in two instances. The UGF's primary antagonist, the Axe-Tail Star Empire, actually doesn't fit the definition of The Empire: they're a fairly democratic Proud Soldier Race whose only real beef with the UGF (among one faction at least; there's also political and religious conflicts involved) is that their current borders contain systems that were part of the Axe-Tails' ancient empire before it collapsed. Which makes them Scary Dogmatic Aliens, but not really an Evil Empire. That trope fits better with the Balcrusian Peple's Republic.
    • The other subversion is the Klavar Republic versus the Axe-tails. The Klavarese fit The Republic to a tee: a democratic government hamstrung by corruption, where the real power is in the hands of business leaders.

DarthWiki.End Of An Era (Edit link)

DarthWiki.Scattered Remains (Edit link)

It is set from 1975 to 1978 and tells of an Alternate History, where an utility company, DoubleHelix Discharge Incorporated (usually shortened to DoubleHelix or DHD), has monopolized the competition, and is so powerful that it eventually forms its own place in government and even rules over some smaller countries. It also uses its army to enforce the direct collection of its bills.

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DarthWiki.Steam Chronicle (Edit link)

  • One-Federation Limit - Almost all political entities are called only by its government type. As a result, we have: one Empire, one federation and one People's State. An exception is made to Peria as the Perian Coalition.

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The setting is the constructed world of Fibonacci, an abandoned human colony world which rebuilt civilization from an extensive library left by one of the colonists. The colonists were able to recreate a technological level close to that of the early 90s up to the late 2000s. Politically, the planet is divided into the Meridian Empire, the The United Federation of the Allied Interdependent League of Democracies (or UFAILD), the People's Republic of Bufferia, The Republic of Shinar, and The Kingdom of Concord.

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  • The Federation - The Empire has become this since the extinction of the monarchical line and the rise of provincial governors and the use of local languages by the establishment. There is tension between the Imperial government, such as it is, and the stronger local Governors and their cabinets and bureaucracies, and of course the communists exploit the growing Imperial paranoia after the First War (against an ill-advised Lenkish invasion). It is a typical Victorian-era conservative, authoritarian version of the Federation, but it is not in itself ideologically similar to The Empire as it is troped here until the absolute end of the line when the revolution breaks out. In the latter books, it slowly decays into a Vestigial Empire, and eventually in the post-war series, is a precursor to the new communist Commonwealth.

DealWithTheDevil.Literature (Edit link)

  • In the Honor Harrington series, it's mentioned that State Sec analysts half suggest the titular heroine has been in position to ruin the People's Republic of Haven plans by pure coincidence, while the other half suggest this trope as an explanation for her so regularly winding up in just the right place to cause the PRH problems.

DeathIsCheap.Video Games (Edit link)

  • In the backstory for the original PlanetSide, death being cheap caused the Forever War that still rages a decade later. When the Terran Republic first landed on Auraxis, they found the ruins of an ancient, powerful alien race, including a vast Portal Network. When a pilot got sick of having to divert around the warpgates that terrified the Republic, he flies through it and is executed by firing squad for treason when he comes out of a warpgate on the other side of the planet. Republic scouts inexplicably found him the next day relaxing under a palm tree near a warpgate, and executed him. And again, the next day, continuously until they got sick of it. The Republic later had all colonists and troops on the planet sent through the warpgates and "matrixed" to prevent work-related deaths, but dissenters quickly realized that the Republic can no longer truly punish them, leading to two rebellions and the subsequent civil war.

DesignatedHero.Live Action Films (Edit link)

  • Starship Troopers does this in-universe. Though the story frames the characters and humanity as a whole as heroic, even the slightest reading between the lines suggests them to be less The Federation and more a People's Republic of Tyranny. They're a violent, jingoistic power that kicks off a Bug War for incredibly suspect reasons (blaming a meteor strike on a race of insect-people who don't seem like they could have managed it and with no stated evidence). Their training procedures are a cruel meat grinder. Their government is so dedicated to military development that non-soldiers can't even vote. They aren't even particularly successful in their battles with the bugs. However, being that the film is meant as in-universe propaganda, nobody so much as questions this, and the war is framed as a just and heroic victory.

EvilVersusEvil.Live Action Films (Edit link)

ExactWords.Literature (Edit link)

  • An ongoing, major point of the first nine Honor Harrington novels — give or take an anthology — was that the war between Manticore and Haven could only end with the destruction of the Star Kingdom or the destruction of the People's Republic. At the end of book nine, Havenite Admiral Thomas Theisman puts a very pointed end to the People's Republic of Tyranny Haven had become via a pulser dart to Oscar Saint-Just's head. The People's Republic of Haven ceased to exist, and three books later — give or take half a dozen side novels — the Star Kingdom of Manticore and the Republic of Haven formed the Grand Alliance. Well played, Weber. Well played. It works even better if one notes that the year before the final peace treaty and alliance, the Talbott Cluster had just joined with Manticore, and as a result the Star Kingdom of Manticore didn't get to see the final end of the war either. The Star Empire of Manticore, on the other hand...

Fanfic.A Hero (Edit link)

Fanfic.A Hero (Edit link)

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The Sovereign Dominion of Adek. A puppet state set up by General Hill on a conquered Batarian colony. She even lampshapes it slightly at one point, saying that the Sovereign part made the name sound better.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: "Feeling Presidential" mentions that during Dipper's presidency, America briefly enters a conflict with the "Free People's Democratic Utopian Republic of Quebec". Nothing much is said about this country, except that it apparently eventually collapses under the extreme weight of its totalitarian regime.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Apparently, Discord gave himself the title of 'President of Equestria' or at least that's what the tag on his theater seats says. Twilight naturally lampshades this.

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Fanfic.Tales Of The Dominion (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The T-Rogoran Empire.
    • The Dominion also has some characteristics of it. A nominally democratic Citizen's Parliament has little real power within the Dominion government, with true power resting within the Supreme Council and the Prime Jeddak.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The TCB!Equestrian army is called the Salvation Army, while their airfleet is called the Rescue Fleet. The reeducation centers are called "Mind Healers" by pro-Empire ponies. Averted with the official name of Equestria itself, however, which is now called The Solar Empire.

Fanfic.The Forever Trilogy (Edit link)

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: When RM finds out he's royalty in "The RM That Would be King". And he manages to overthrow 47 countries and 4 states.

Fanfic.The Quick And Easy Path (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Discussed. Proudmoore mentions the "United Federation of Planets" might not be as nice as its name seems; Janeway understands his hesitation though obviously the UFP does not follow this trope at all.

Fanfic.The TSAB Acturus War (Edit link)

Fanfic.To The Stars (Edit link)

  • Godzilla Threshold: Both sides of the Unification Wars crossed the lines that would have been considered unthinkable before the war, but accepted as a necessary part of war effort during it, the Freedom Alliance more so than the United Front. One side effect of this is that due to both sides modifying their whole populations for the sake of survival, those who conducted research on longevity suddenly found that the human bodies had an essentially complete infrastructure for the necessary steps for achieving effective immortality.

Fanfic.To The Stars (Edit link)

Fanfic.To The Stars (Edit link)

  • World War III: The Unification War, fought between the Freedom Alliance, a coalition of states whose hyperclass (the economic elite, much wealthier than the rest of the population) had come to believe it was morally wrong to hand out relief to the poorer strata of the population, and the Unified Front, nations whose hyperclass, while still believing itself morally superior to the poors, at least helped them survive, sparked when the Freedom Alliance willfully exterminated entire segments of St. Petersburg population for daring to complain about their living conditions. The Unified Front won through a combination of economic superiority, Alliance AIs being so appalled at their masters' atrocities they would defect at the first chance, and the vast majority of the MSY being on the Unified Front's side.

FantasyCounterpartCulture.Literature (Edit link)

  • David Weber:
    • The Honor Harrington series is based on this trope, since its pretty much the Napoleonic Wars in space. Some are blatantly obvious, while others are little vague. Much fun can be had by history buffs trying to match up the Honorverse star nation with their historical counterpart. A few more obvious examples:
      • The Star Kingdom of Manticore itself is pretty much Britain in the 1800s, minus the empire (although it does become an empire in later books). They have a monarchy and active aristocracy coexisting with a democracy. Its three planets, Manticore, Sphinx, and Gryphon, correspond to England, Wales, and Scotland (especially that last one). And it's a mercantile superpower.
      • The People's Republic of Haven is France in the late 1700s. It starts off as essentially pre-revolutionary France with a veneer of democracy. Then it undergoes its own revolution, run by a Committee of Public Safety, which is led by a man named Rob S. Pierre. And its capital city is named Nouveau Paris. Eventually, it becomes a genuine democracy modeled on the modern United States, and drops the "People's" part from its name.
      • The Andermani Empire is explicitly based on Prussia - its founder, Gustav Anderman, believed he was the reincarnation of Frederick the Great. The Empire's official language is German, although most of its population is ethnically Chinese, so you got names like Chien-lu Anderman.
      • Grayson admits that it's Meiji-era Japan, complete with katanas. However, its actual cultural background is the Deep South.
      • Subverted in the case of Masada, which has a lot in common with Taliban-run Afghanistan (veiled women, strict religious laws, and a government composed entirely of religious fanatics)... except that the Masadans first appeared in Honor of the Queen, published in 1993, and the Taliban only came to power in 1996.
      • Weber himself compared the Kingdom of Torch to 19th-century Haiti following the slave uprising there, only more stable and backed by several major powers.
      • The one surefire aversion is the Solarian League, which is far too big for any historical parallel. Weber once said "If the Solarian League is the United States, then Haven and Manticore might as well be individual counties in California".
    • Weber's later work the Safehold series is set nearly 1000 years after humanity started a Lost Colony and had the project heads disagree about how deep the Space Amish needed to go. The winners implemented a religion designed to prevent technology that would attract the Scary Dogmatic Aliens that destroyed the rest of humanity. The conflict over this results in a religion very similar to Medieval Catholic Christianity. In addition, the main setting is The Good Kingdom of Charis, a (relatively) progressive and free-thinking island nation, with a powerful navy; it is visited by the protagonist, a cyborg copy of the executive officer of the colonists' escort fleet, who disguises herself as a man named Merlin, and greatly strengthens and enriches it, including establishing something very similar to Anglicanism. There is also the Republic of Siddarmark, comparable to the Austrian Empire in function and culture, Charis is England, Emerald is Ireland, Chisholm is Sweden, Corisande is France, and Harchong is comparable to China. (It is a large feudal empire, famous for fine silk, and gunpowder was (re)-invented there.) At one point in the first book Charis is explicitly compared to late-Renaissance/early Industrial Revolution England or Holland.

Film.Bridge Of Spies (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The "German Democratic Republic" and the "Union of Soviet Socialist Republics" are authoritarian single-party police states disguised by democratic-sounding names, and they're not afraid to do what it takes to get rid of their enemies whether foreign or domestic. Ironically Not So Different from the United States which is shown to compromise its civil liberties in the name of national security.

Film.First They Killed My Father (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Democratic Kampuchea, to which Cambodia is renamed following the Khmer Rouge takeover, quickly becomes this, with the new regime systematically killing millions, and plunging Cambodia into massive famine.

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Film.Spectral (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Moldova is implied to have been this before the war began. The country was ruled by the "Central Regime" who were eventually toppled when the populace revolted in demand of a more democratic government 2 months prior to the films events. Said regime poured billions into weapons development, which is later revealed to be how the Spectrals were created.

Film.Starship Troopers (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny:
    • The United Citizen Federation, where civil rights are plenty (unless you want to have kids) but political freedoms are virtually nonexistent, murderers are arrested, tried and executed the same day, and the media is a fully interactive Propaganda Machine.
    • It could be said that the United Citizen Federation is de jure a democratic federation, but de facto a stratocratic oligarchy - a nation run by a small handful of military veterans with very few checks and balances on their power, as they have already proven through their service that they can handle power responsibly, or that is the theory anyway.

Film.Starship Troopers (Edit link)

Film.Starship Troopers 3 Marauder (Edit link)

  • The Theocracy: The United Citizen's Federation was already a far future People's Republic of Tyranny with incredibly overt militaristic and fascistic tendencies in the first two movies. Then after the alien Hive Mind brainwashes (and later kills) the current Sky Marshal by claiming itself to be a god, the leadership of the Federation, impressed with the blind obedience that religion can instill, establishes its own mandatory state religion with propaganda campaigns declaring God a citizen of the federation!

Film.Super Mario Bros (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: As evidenced by the various Vote Koopa posters, Dinohattan was at least officially a Democratic Republic. Unfortunately, Koopa, their current president, managed to remain in office via false elections. King Toadstool and Princess Daisy point toward it originally being a Constitutional Monarchy, suggesting Koopa performed a coup against the ruling house and "reformed" the government to give him complete control. The junior novelization and a deleted scene reveals that Koopa has consistently run against himself for his entire reign — all the candidates have been Koopa with a different title marketing him in a different way to the populace. It was one of many bits of heavy political commentary that were cut from the release.

Film.The Dark Knight Rises (Edit link)

  • Commie Land: Terrifyingly, Bane implements a Reign of Terror that essentially turns Gotham into this trope, with cues from both the Bolshevik and French Revolutions. Bit character and thief Jen—who fervently supports this—coos that the fancy home that she and Selina are standing in at one point is "everybody's home now." Selina, who always thought she'd love the day when this would happen, realizes the horrific People's Republic of Tyranny implications and gradually turns to Batman's side.

Film.The Dark Knight Rises (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Invoked. During his "reign", Bane maintains his spiel about "giving power back to the people" while turning Gotham into a horrific dystopia that, rather than being run by the People, is instead led by his mercenaries, common street thugs, and all of the insane criminals that Batman has put away over the years.

Film.The Dictator (Edit link)

Film.The Dictator (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The Republic of Wadiya does not have an overly long name, but it deserves a mention for just now blatantly undemocratic it is. From the official site:

Film.The International (Edit link)

Film.The Killing Fields (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Democratic Kampuchea, despites its name, is anything but actually democratic, being a communist dictatorship intent on killing anyone who even slightly opposes them or is considered a threat. They're so tyrannical, that they make the neighboring Socialist Republic of Vietnam, itself one of these following the Fall of Saigon, look much better by comparison.

Film.Two Thousand And Nine Lost Memories (Edit link)

  • The Great Politics Mess-Up: Invoked and failed. According to the movie, the two Koreas were supposed to unite in 2008, enabling Korea to become a new star on the international scene. Flash forward to 2013, Kim Jong-Un has inherited the reign from his father and proved to rule the People's Republic of Tyranny like it's ever been.

Franchise.Star Trek (Edit link)

  • The Empire:
    • The Klingon Empire, the Romulan Star Empire and the Cardassian "Union." The Andorians tried their hand at becoming an imperial power in ENT, but mostly just embarrassed themselves.
    • The Terran Empire rules with an iron fist in the Mirror Universe. The Alliance that overthrew them also counts.
    • Whereas the Klingons were usually confined to Space Cold War and Romulans largely kept to themselves after the Great Offscreen War, the Dominion was the first example of this trope to truly give future humanity a run for its nonexistent money. Much larger and older than the Federation, ruled by paranoid shapeshifters with a Clone Army that worships them as gods. It even took an alliance (of the Feds, Klingons and Romulans) plus La Résistance to defeat them.

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Fridge.Papers Please (Edit link)

Sergiu: There is more action at this checkpoint than in the war. I fought in Kolechia for 5 years. If you think it is bad in Arstotzka, it is ten times worse in Kolechia. I do not blame them for coming here.
  • Given the number of refugees and asylum-seekers from Kolechia, Antegria, Republia, Obristan, and even Impor and the United Federation, it's quite possible that every other country is just as bad or worse than Arstotzka. And, of course, if you have the right papers, you can leave at any time.
  • It's no secret that some people (and, in fact, most of them) in the West had a very incorrect idea about life in USSR; even those who thought it was bad usually didn't realize just how bad it was. It's possible those immigrants just don't have the full picture and their decision to move would turn out to be a life-destroying mistake.
  • Furthermore, if The Republia Times (another game by Lucas Pope that was set in a similar universe) is an indication, both EZIC and the Arstotzkan government are downright benevolent when compared to both the Democria rebels and the Republia government. For one thing, if you are 100% loyal to either EZIC or the Arstotzkan government, the former will take good care of your family while the latter will leave them alone. In Republia, however, no matter what you do, your family will be killed by the end.
    • Some Nightmare Retardant kicks in in that not ALL the applicants are desperate refugees, criminals, and terrorists. Many of them are government officials, journalists, or other people on official business, and that other countries (such as Obristran and the United Federation) are at least A Lighter Shade of Grey.
    • Indeed, a fair number of them are just visiting because they have family in Arstotzka or are tourists. Early on, there's also a crapton of people who are trying to get to whatever country is past Arstotzka (the ones whose entry permits say "transit").
    • What's more, there's one entrant who has insufficient papers, but wants to enter because the surgery he wants is illegal in his home country; while making his case for letting him through, he also mentions that he only trusts Arstotzka doctors. Combine this event with the headline that Arstotzkan doctors managed to pioneer a breakthrough form of spinal surgery, and one gets the general idea that Arstotzka has a good health care system (or at least decent compared to their neighbors). That, or there's a good reason why his questionable surgical operation is banned back home.

Fridge.Quentyn Quinn Space Ranger (Edit link)

  • The entire Federation:
    • The Cosmic Being that keeps the Federation in working order keeps an entire race under the delusion that they are not Too Dumb to Live; An entire race has been reduced to some Cosmic Being's pet gold fish.
    • Alternately, the Federation is hiding behind the protection of that Cosmic Being so they don't have to change elements of their civilization that are just plain broken. Which is just about everything.
    • Or: An entire species that is just too idiotic to realize that, when a Nigh-Invulnerable, God-like, cosmic entity with unimaginable wisdom at it's disposal tells you that you really need to make some changes to the way they have been doing things, you should probably do so. The Cosmic Being literally devotes nearly all of it's spare time just to keeping their absolute mess of a government/educational system/legal system/EVERY FREAKIN' POSSIBLE FACET OF THEIR SOCIETY AND CULTURE from collapsing in a fiery heap of shame and failure. Again. The only change that has occurred in their society in 400 years of interstellar exploration is that the smart ones actually have an opportunity to leave their steaming failure of a society before it finally self destructs.
    • The scariest thing about the entire scenario is that, the higher up the command chain you go, the greater the incompetence of the people in charge. Looking at the crew of the Glorious Undertaking, and their entire civilization, is like looking at the The Dilbert Principle in action: the most incompetent people have been elevated to the highest offices, while the most competent are stuck at the lowest levels. This is most likely due to the fact that those who support the flawed ideals of the ruling regime are the ones who decide who gets promoted, so those who support the ruling regime are the only ones who get promoted. And since only an incompetent idiot would fail to see that the system is not working, only incompetent idiots get promoted. Meanwhile, the failing system is held together by the incredibly competent people who spend their entire lives at the bottom of the ladder.
    • Even scarier is the fact that the entire species appears to be in a state of severe monoculture, something that the author indicates is only possible in the future through an extreme totalitarian government. Which makes you wonder what their homeworld is really like. The Federation-like Expy is indicated to be socialist, or at least claims to be...
    • The crew of the Glorious Undertaking sit idly by and watch as a comet strikes a planet full of sapient (but Bronze Age tech level) sophonts. They made no effort to aid, evacuate, or rescue the inhabitants... and they cite the Prime Directive as the reason why they didn't make a move to aid anyone. Now, feel free to go try and watch any episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation where The Prime Directive is a major theme without cringing, because this very closely mirrors more than one episode where the Prime Directive hindered the crew of the Enterprise in helping less advanced races in surviving situations that would be an extinction level event.

Fridge.XCOM Enemy Unknown (Edit link)

FridgeBrilliance.The Legend Of Korra (Edit link)

  • When Bolin, Varrick and the escaped prisoners are trying to pass the border, Bolin mention they're from camp 14. Camp 14 is named after the infamous North Korean Kaechon internment camp where prisoners are judged "unredeemable" by the government. They are sentenced to hard labour, torture, starvation and other horrors 'til death, with no possible release. Ever. May count as Fridge Horror when you realize what Kuvira's "hard truths" are really about...

Funny.Far Cry 4 (Edit link)

  • This is the royal government's official guide to the game's setting, which is of course filled with all kinds of bullshit propaganda that regurgitates all of Pagan Min's egotistic delusions.
    • The People section heaps a lot of exaggerated praise for Pagan and his allies, while also mocking and scorning their enemies.
    • The Places section likewise insists that all areas of the war-torn nation under Min's control are a perfect paradise.
    • The Animals section humorously compares most of the wildlife to human beings, from the Royal Army to the Golden Path.

Funny.Perfect Companions (Edit link)

Twilight: "Property of Discord, Spirit of Chaos and Great and Really Great President of Equestria?! Pinkie, are these the same seats he created to watch you five torture me after he brainwashed you?!"

Funny.The Order Of The Stick (Edit link)

Redcloak: We had a whole contest for the name. Just be glad it beat out "Hobgobbostan" and "The Goblin's Republic of Goblins".

GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff.People (Edit link)

  • Muhammad Ali was one of the most respected boxers of all time in the United States, but he was huge in Zaire (now known today as The Democratic Republic of the Congo) after his "Rumble in the Jungle" match against George Foreman held there c. 1974. Google "Ali Bomaye".

HateSink.Western Animation (Edit link)

Headscratchers.Dead Space 2 (Edit link)

  • While initially seeming a clever aversion of An Economy Is You, is there justification for Isaac's credentials as a CEC engineer to work when he's been in Guantanamo Sick Bay for three years? Even if some bureaucrat forgot to erase his clearances upon admission, after his escape it doesn't take him long to get the attention of Teidemann, who happens to be the director of EarthGov on Titan who just declared martial law. If simply being director of the People's Republic of Tyranny wasn't enough, declaring martial law over the colony likely placed endless colony resources at his disposal that should include overriding any and all attempts to access restricted areas made by one Isaac Clarke... At the very least, Tiedemann should have been able to restrict his access in the the government sector itself, right? I'm not confused about Isaac hacking to gain resources, as that makes perfect sense. This specifically regards his ability to access maintenance vents and kiosks without consequence.
    • EarthGov is powerful, but not thatpowerful, not to mention unpopular as well. The CEC was never under the jurisdiction of the Government, and since Isaac is still officially MIA, they haven't revoked it. Additionally, the shops and maintenance functions were run by private companies, and EarthGov had no jurisdiction over them, even under martial law, likely thanks to Unitologist infiltrators ensuring those boundaries or the servers allowing remote control of those systems being taken offline in the infestation. Finally, as for how Isaac could still use the kiosk in the Government Sector, Tiedemann assumed Clarke would never get there, and then assumed the security teams could handle him, and when both failed he had bigger concerns than shutting off a kiosk.
    • It feels like more of a Why Don't You Just Shoot Him? problem that wasn't well-justified. Tiedemann tries to kill Isaac by cutting power/life support to a whole section of Titan, reactivating the CEC's processing plant with him in it, and aiming a solar array at him. All that, but he can't bring himself to access the system that gives him access to restricted areas and hit "Delete"? Interestingly, while inside the plant, Isaac asks Ellie if she can shut it back down. She replies by saying she can't because Tiedemann somehow "declared her dead in the system".
    • Since Ellie works on the Sprawl it's possible that Earth Gov has a system in place where they can notify CEC one of their employees died and that automatically lists her as dead, so if someone murdered an employee and took their staff card/details they could be prevented from using them in a hurry. Since Isaac isn't supposed to be on the station no such functionality works for him.
    • Alternatively, Isaac is on the station undergoing a psychological evaluation and C.E.C.'s automated store systems act on the assumption that if he has unimpeded access to the store, his evaluation is over without the paperwork being completed. Furthermore: it may be that the shops are on a separate network, or that they don't require access codes. They may very well basically be a corporate 3D Printer or matter-fabricator that services all RIG equipped personnel in their operation zone. Note: Ellie is declared dead in the Titan Station security networks, meaning things like secured machinery, access doors to restricted areas and other such things no longer recognize her access as valid; Issac may very well have similarly been declared dead in the main operation controls of the Sprawl and Government sector. It's possible that things like the maintenance doors (the little Jeffries Tubes) only check for classification, not actual access codes due to the fact that engineers may need access to dangerous or restricted areas in a hurry in an emergency.

Headscratchers.My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic General Canon (Edit link)

  • So, Princess Celestia is the ruler of Equestria, right? Well, doesn't that technically make her a queen, not a princess?
    • Word of God is that Celestia and Luna were supposed to be queens, but Hasbro said that they should be princesses because kids associate queens with evil and princesses with good. In-universe, it might have something to do with the fact that the two sisters rule together.
    • She's the absolute leader, and a goddess too, she can call herself whatever she likes.
    • It is worth mentioning that Celestia absolutelly hates her job as a ruler, only keeping it because she knows it is needed to keep peace on Equestria, being called a "princess" instead of "queen" helps to lighten things up.
      • When was this mentioned? She certainly doesn't seem to like spending every Grand Galloping Gala shaking hooves, but I don't see any reason to believe she hates her job.
    • There's another theory that her and Luna's parents are still around, so technically she can't call herself queen.
    • Plenty of nations historically have been ruled by princes or princesses. Technically speaking, Equestria could be called a Theocratic Principality (as Celestia and Luna are both princesses and goddesses).
      • Glorious Pony's Theocratic Principality of Equestria!
      • Yeah, Equestria could very well be Principality (you only get the title attached to your country) but from where the idea Celestia is a god came from? The show contradicts that literally everywhere.
      • It's probably the part where she's immortal (or at least, she doesn't age and is old enough to have been a fully matured adult well over a thousand years ago), twice the size of almost every other pony in existence, no one knows where she comes from, and her special talent is moving a celestial object. If she's not at least a demigod, she's got a real funny way of showing it.
      • If 'Hearth's Warming Eve' is to be believed, it takes the collective power of the entire unicorn population of Equestria to do a job that Celestia can easily handle alone. note  In your average fantasy setting, any single entity that can match the power of an entire nation full of wizards without breathing hard has people building temples to it.
    • Remember that Celestia feels she would love to experience the same things her subjects would, and be treated like yet another pony? I prefer to think that Celestia and Luna were originally queens, but demoted themselves to princesses to be less "high and mighty" from society.

Headscratchers.Revolution (Edit link)

  • It makes no sense that there are no oceangoing ships available. Without mechanized agriculture, deep-sea fishing should be extremely valuable as a source of food. Certainly far more valuable than scrap lumber, and there's plenty of scrap lumber from houses and other pre-blackout items on land. In medieval times, European fishing crews went as far as Iceland for a good catch. That was even before the compass and astrolabe for navigation. Handwaving the oft-mentioned diesel issue, there are plenty of sailing vessels around today, and more can be made just using hand tools. Many hobbyists build their own sailboats today. There's also no reason the militia should be interested in many sailing vessels given that there is no danger of invasion from overseas, and they certainly would want another source of food as well.
    • The issue of Maggie getting back to her kids changes over time. Mainly, she wants to go to England to find her kids before something awful happens to them. Initially, ships were beginning to be dismantled at a time when there was no infrastructure to trade in large amounts of food. The first capable infrastructure was the militia which had no interest in feeding a populace that might rise against against it. And the militia had other used for the ships so finished the job of re-purposing the remaining ships. By the time shes at a port, the deep sea worthy vessels are all dismantled. She reasons that it was too late to save her child years before that point anyhow and gives up on life. Her suicide attempt was interrupted by a second chance at life that has not effect on her original reasoning into despair and actually conflicts with all issues that arise if she rethinks her original reasoning (she'd be considering abandoning the family that saved her life and needs her in favor of a family that is most likely dead). So even though there's eventually deep sea vessels in the world, Maggie won't be going.
    • I figured it was probably along the lines that nobody really knows how, and worse, nobody really cares. While possible, crossing the pond isn't going to be easy, and no crew is going to risk their lives, or God forbid, being stranded across the Atlantic just so one woman can see her kids again. As for the militia confiscating some of the bigger, better ships, I guess it could be just so they have them when/if they need them, and to make sure the rebels and/or Pirates don't get a hold of them. In the end, this is just one of the many cases of Fridge Logic this show has to offer.
      • Would being stuck across the Atlantic really be that bad? The mention of trade with England strongly suggests that Britain still exists, possibly with the same government as before (Britain's current regime existed before the crossbow was invented and survived Cromwell and more revolts than I can count, and they're loyal to the government in a way we aren't, so it's actually likely). In fact, this is an excellent explanation for the seizure of ships: things are better in parts of Europe than MR, so there's a Berlin Wall situation, where Monroe wanted to prevent all his competent people from leaving.
    • The militia doesn't need a navy but it does need to feed people if it expects to retain control. The larger vessels may have been impressed into a fishing fleet and can't be spared to go any farther than the Grand Banks (weather forecasting is now very hit-and-miss, so long-range voyages are much riskier). The fate of ships coming from Europe or elsewhere to the United States remains unexplored. Are the other republics opening up overseas trade?
    • Why would anyone want to cross the Atlantic? For Aztec gold? Everyone in North America (and presumable other continents) is busy fighting civil wars and putting down roaming bandits. Why in the world would someone in Seattle (who somehow has an operational sailing ship) want to sale to England? Not only is there certainly no profit in it, but the Panama Canal is almost certain ruined, so captains would have to take the Drake Passage.
      • For trade and information purposes, and some bands of expatriates may try to make the crossing between Europe and North America to get home (just as Maggie attempted unsuccessfully). We don't know how the rest of the world outside the Monroe Republic is situated—Monroe may just be a People's Republic of Tyranny while the other American nations are behaving more rationally. Likewise, the situation in Europe may have stabilized enough to permit trade. Nobody's going to take the Drake Passage anytime soon, but the north Atlantic run could be viable again (and possibly the Middle Passage between Brazil and west Africa as well).
    • It seems that part of the reason for lack of ship usage is purposeful technological stasis in the Monroe Republic. The militia has commandeered larger vessels as escape-proof training facilities for unwilling teenage conscripts. This is confirmed by "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia" when the president of the Georgia Federation mentions to Miles that Georgia has a fleet of tall ships and is regularly trading with Europe, and regards the Monroe Republic as backward. If only Maggie had gone south instead of north, she might have made it home after all...
    • Side note: Maggie could have got home without a ship, theoretically. It would have been very dangerous, but she could have gone north into Newfoundland, waited for winter, crossed the Davis Strait to Greenland on the ice, and from there got a ship to Iceland or Britain (they would probably have started whaling up there again). Another plan not dependent on a ship: go west not east, up into Alaska from Seattle, cross the Bering Strait on the ice, and just start walking west. Either of these plans would probably have left her dead from starvation, cold, accident, or homicide before she got halfway, but she could have tried.

Headscratchers.Starcraft (Edit link)

  • Emperor Mengsk. Really? I'm not sure whose Genre Blindness bugs me more: the people for not spotting the red flag earlier, or Arcturus for putting on a show of taking up the heavy burden of shepherding his people through trying times and then blowing his altruist credibility by taking the title of emperor. He might as well have gone straight for Arch-Generalissimo Father-of-His-Country and be done with it.
    • In his coronation speech cinematic he doesn't just throw the word out there, he specifically plays the image. Its a helluva speech about the letting no terran be divided, letting no man consort with alien powers, all united under one single throne. Remind you of a certain other Emperor of mankind, yes? There's always been a bit of bleed through back and forth between Starcraft and 40k. Seems Blizz acknowledged it fairly firmly here.
    • The Confederacy was a super-corrupt oligarchic dictatorship made up to look vaguely like a democracy, and the Heaven's Devils prequel novel makes it pretty clear that the only other power in the sector, the Kel-Morian Combine, is little better. Simply put, I think they found his honesty refreshing.
    • Would Mengsk declaring himself emperor even be a problem? Napoleon declared himself emperor of France, after the France grew tired of the Revolution. There have been empires throughout human history, and across all nations. The problem here isn't "Mengsk wants to be emperor;" since he could call himself "General Secretary" or "President" and still wield the same authority. Mengsk also has most of the guns and his regime did push the Zerg out of Terran space, while pointedly avoiding conflict with any non-imperial world. This would look great when compared with the Confederacy.
    • Because any negative conotations the word emperor may have is more or less a modern invention. By definition, an empire is a group of states governed by one guy who's office title is hereditary, which is exactly what the Dominion is. Besides, considering that he's technically a dictator, calling himself anything else just to sound more democratic would've sounded even more villainous.
    • Not to mention most people didn't really have any other alternative. What else could they have done? Say "no" to Mengsk, who is essentially runs the most powerful and stable Terran government in Koprulu? You'd either get conquered by him, get left to fend for yourself against the Zerg, or be forced to join a weaker third party like the Umojan Protectorate or Raynor's Raiders.
    • Ahm... what are negative connotations about "Emperor" word? Arch-generalissimo father (or "benevolent leader" or "lord-protector") would ding far worse in my opinion. Napoleon, Petr I, queen-empress Victoria, Caesar himself, Carl the Great... Actually, I can name benevolent emperors from the sci-fi as well, and it wouldn't be hard. Also, the base meaning of the word also suit his message perfectly - he is a military leader taking high command od the state in the dread situation of fighting two xeno races.

Headscratchers.The Karate Kid (Edit link)

  • In regards to the remake, who moves to China to get a better life?
    • Well, with China becoming the rising dragon of economic prosperity, perhaps there is good hopes for a new life. On another in movie note, several outside source materials depict this as a job transfer, so with their livelihood at stake, they had to move in order to keep and perhaps further develop their "better life".
      • China's economic power is a bubble caused by them intentionally inflating their currency to near-worthless levels in order to keep their populace poor and oppressed. Living conditions in China are sharply contrasted with that of the United States.
      • While China's economic power is indeed a bubble, its not messing with its currency to hurt its own people. Its messing with its currency to give itself an advantage economically, especially where investing and exports are concerned. Which is part of why its economic power is a bit of a bubble.
      • They were moving away from Detroit. Even Cleveland has joked their motto is "It could be worse, at least we're not Detroit."
      • Makes even more sense thanks to some recent Reality Subtext with Detroit...
    • Also, they didn't move to China for a better life. Dre says that his mother got transferred to China for her job.
    • Actually if you're a foreigner who moves to China as part of a company deal, you can have an amazing life. The same amount of money that will keep you in a somewhat comfortable middle class lifestyle in America can make you modestly wealthy in China. Living in China mostly only sucks for common Chinese people.
    • It's clear that OP has never traveled to China. In the major metropolitan cities, like Beijing where Dre and his mom moved to, life is relatively comfortable for most educated, middle class people ever since the government embarked on its economic reforms in the 1980s. Furthermore, not all of China's social and economic problems are caused by governmental policies, but are rather problems faced by developing countries as a whole. Statements proclaiming that China's issues with poverty are a conspiracy by Chinese government deliberately keeps the populace poor and oppressed are absolutely xenophobic nonsense and not based on any economic reality.

Heartwarming.Acts Of Kindness (Edit link)

  • The story of Lee Hyeon-seo. She fled North Korea in the late '90s to live with distant relatives in China. 10 years later, she left for South Korea and tried to adjust to her new life. Later, she learned her mother and brother were in danger because of her defection. Lee took a plane back to China, returned to North Korea, found her family and guided them out of the country. In their 2000 mile trek, they almost got caught several times. Unfortunately, her mother and brother were arrested in Laos, just a few meters short of the South Korean embassy. Lee didn't have enough bribe money and began crying out of despair. An Australian tourist was passing by and saw her crying. After understanding her broken English, the tourist used an ATM machine and gave her the money needed to bail her family. Lee asked why he was helping her. The tourist replied: "I'm not helping you....I'm helping the North Korean people." Lee succeeded in bringing her family to South Korea, and has said this act of kindness from a complete stranger has brought hope for all North Koreans and herself.

HonorHarrington.Tropes A To F (Edit link)

  • Democracy Is Bad:
    • This is the view held by the Andermani Empire. From their point of view, any democratic system is far too unreliable and unpredictable in the long term to be trusted. It is noted that the one of the only reasons this works is because the Andermani have a strange trend of getting very competent yet odd rulers. In addition, there is mention that the Empire nearly tore itself apart a few times over the issue of succession.
    • The People's Republic of Haven is shown to be democratic in the worst possible sense, at first. It's controlled by a hereditary oligarchy, but the Legislaturalists maintain their mandate through an exchange of an ever-expanding welfare system for votes. Later, this is replaced by a fascist Committee of Public Safety, which is not democratic, but its power is still based in mob rule.
      That said, the narration notes that there were nations that copied the Haven's welfare system, but actually made it work, and the Haven's fall into the oligarchy is an exception rather than the rule. It's later revealed that Havenites were actually skillfully manipulated into breaking their own system by the Mesan Alignment, seeking to weaken them so they'd be less of an obstacle to their plans of galactic domination.
    • The narration is generally in favor of a restricted, elitist, or at least meritoctatic democracy. Manticore doesn't allow welfare recipients (those who get more in government benefits than they pay in taxes) to vote, and the idea of the government using tax money to give the voters what they want is called "vote-buying" and is repeatedly portrayed as the first step to a nonfunctional People's Republic of Tyranny.

HonorHarrington.Tropes G To L (Edit link)

  • Hero Antagonist: The Republic of Haven, particularly once they stop being the People's Republic of Haven. There's plenty of mutual respect on both sides among the various military commanders, and most of the decent Havenite officers are simply My Country, Right or Wrong types who are fighting Manticore only because they have no choice. When Haven and Manticore wise up to the fact that outside forces have been manipulating them into war with each other, they decide they've had quite enough of that, thank you very much, and proceed to join up in a military alliance so badass that the only reaction from readers is, "holy hell, Mesa is fucked." This team-up is made a great deal easier by the aforementioned mutual respect.

HonorHarrington.Tropes G To L (Edit link)

  • Just the First Citizen: After the Committee of Public Safety takes over the People's Republic of Haven, this trope starts cropping up all over the place. The head of the Committee is the Citizen Chairman, cabinet-level positions are Citizen Secretaries. It even extends into the military, from Citizen Petty Officers on up to Citizen Admirals.

HonorHarrington.Tropes M To R (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Played straight enough that you could use it as a navigation-aid for plotting hyperspace jumps with the aforementioned People's Republic of Haven. To the point where the entire nation pulled a seemingly collective Heel–Face Turn by the simple method of removing the "People's" bit from their namenote . It's pointed out repeatedly, by people on both sides, that the Republic of Haven is a completely different beast to the People's Republic of Haven, and several False Flag Operations manage to only temporarily convince anyone otherwise.

IThoughtItMeant.O To R (Edit link)

  • The People's Republic of Tyranny is not a country populated entirely by tyrants, or those with tyrannical attitudes for that matter. Or Tyrannosaurs.

ImAHumanitarian.Literature (Edit link)

  • In the Congo novel, the team has to constantly avoid a cannibalistic tribe of natives who are at war with the Mobutu government. Partly because they were cannibals, but mostly because Mobutu was a vicious dictator running a People's Republic of Tyranny and he didn't like that said tribe was ignoring him.

InsistentTerminology.Literature (Edit link)

InsistentTerminology.Real Life (Edit link)

  • The German Democratic Republic used this trope a lot:
    • Renaming its more oppressive features, similar to People's Republic of Tyranny - the Berlin Wall was officially referred to as the Anti-Imperialistischer/Antifaschistischer Schutzwall (anti-imperialist or anti-fascist protection rampart), both terms targeted at West Germany.
    • Many items related to religious holidays were renamed to comply with secular ideology. Easter bunny-shaped chocolate was called a Frühlingsschokoladenhohlkörper (springtime chocolate hollow body) and angel figurines on Christmas trees were called geflügelte Jahresendfiguren (winged end-of-the-year figurines). Even for a language like German that's used to long concatenated words, they sound rather ridiculous. Scholarship is divided about how much these terms really caught on.
    • Foreign (especially American) words that entered German parlance, even those that were in use before WW2, were replaced with Exactly What It Says on the Tin German words. Darts became Wurfspiel ("throwing game"), Supermarkt became Kaufhalle ("purchasing hall"), Comics became Bildergeschichten ("picture stories") etc. This was to emphasize that their versions were "completely different" from the corrupting capitalist counterparts.
    • West Germany wasn't shy of returning this in kind. In the early years after World War II, the West German administration considered itself the only legitimate German state and refused to recognize even the existence an East German state. It used alternative names, such as Ostzone ("Eastern zone") or Sowjetische Besatzungszone ("Soviet Occupation Zone"). They also refused to recognize any country that maintained diplomatic relations with East Germany, with the exception of the Soviet Union (which was too big and important to upset in this way) until Willy Brandt's Neue Ostpolitik (New Eastern Policy) of the late 1960s and early 1970s.
    • You can both date and place the origin of a German-language text by the terms it uses to refer to the largest German-speaking city, or rather its parts. West-Berlin, Berlin (West) for the West and Ost-Berlin or Berlin, Hauptstadt der DDR for the East. "Pankow" (a neighborhood in East-Berlinnote ) was also often used pars pro toto for East-Berlin, especially when talking about the political leadership. Probably because it sounds "Russian" to most Germans and thus underscores the "foreign government" aspect the West-German conservatives liked to emphasize about the GDR.
    • The border between the parts of Berlin was almost always called "Sektorengrenze" (sector border) in West-Germany, because technically speaking Berlin only ceased being divided into four sectors upon reunification and yes the Berlin wall coincided with the borders of the Soviet sector of Berlin. Of course the borders between e.g. the British and the American sector was almost entirely irrelevant, but finding any other name for the Berlin-Berlin border would have been a political minefield, so the name stuck.

InsistentTerminology.Real Life (Edit link)

  • Korea and Korea:
    • Both countries have historically rejected the names "North Korea" and "South Korea" due to their non-recognition of each other. The Northerners insist that their country is the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the DPRK, or simply Korea. South Korea is the Republic of Korea or, again, just Korea. In the Korean language, they also use different words for Korea: "Joseon" in the North and "Hanguk" in the South. (These days, the North still does this with 100% persistence; South Koreans are more likely to take a more practical approach but some are still quite insistent, and it's still the official government line.)
      • The language name issue has resulted in the Japanese broadcaster NHK to create their own Insistent Terminology. It's not a Korean language program, it's a Hangul program. Hangul is the name of the Korean Alphabet, so it's kind of like calling "English Class", "Latin Alphabet class."
    • North Korean citizens can finally get a taste of American-style fast food in a new restaurant opened in the capital of the isolated country, as long as they do not ask for a hamburger. Instead, patrons of the Samtaeseong diner, which opened in Pyongyang in July 2009, have to order a suspiciously similar "minced beef with bread".
    • As seen on the documentary series Vice, North Korean officials will insist that their "Supreme Leaders" be referred to by title rather than just by their names.

It.Elenco Provvisorio P-R (Edit link)

JustForFun.Equestria (Edit link)

  • Ponies' Republic of Tyranny: According to some historical accounts, the Earth Pony Federation was hardly more democratic that that. In theory, it was one of the first modern democracies, but in practice, the democracy was not taken care of very well, and the Chancellor usually ended up being a replacement monarch. Occasionally, they even abused the power mercilessly.

JustForFun.Inspector Spacetime (Edit link)

  • Enemy Civil War: Following the events of Sixth Inspector serial "Corporation of the Blorgons", the Blorgon Commonwealth of Sentients got broken into three competing factions, all of which figured in the next season's mammoth "Internal Investigation of the Inspector". Sadly, the Seventh Inspector's "Oblivion of the Blorgons" was a hideously apt title, as the Commonwealth was depicted as being (re)unified with absolutely no explanation as to what happened.

JustForFun.TV Tropes Additional Evil Overlord Vows Cellblock U (Edit link)

  1. Or I can pick a more neutral name. You never know when a snooping Genre Savvy person busts your People's Republic of Tyranny for what it is.

KangarooCourt.Real Life (Edit link)

  • All trials in the early period of the People's Republic of China were this way. Defendants who didn't admit their guilt would be punished more severely (an aspect of mainland Chinese law that still exists today). A formal legal system didn't really exist until after Mao died anyway — the judges would be loyal party members who often had no legal training, with two "people's assessors" who more often than not were just peasants. Even now, the PRC's legal system is not renowned for its fairness.

LARP.Model United Nations (Edit link)

  • Evil Feels Good: Some of the most-sought-after countries to represent are North Korea, China, Russia, Iran, Israel, Myanmar/Burma, Saudi Arabia, and the United States precisely because you can be a complete Jerkass and get away with it. To elaborate:
    • North Korea is expected to be completely contrarian, obstructionist, and uncooperative;
    • Russia and China have oodles of power and leaders devoted to Realpolitik, and can thus get away with anything they please;
    • Myanmar and Saudi Arabia are exceptionally and openly authoritarian regimes (none of this People's Republic of Tyranny business for them: their motto is "damn straight we're a military dictatorship (Myanmar)/absolute monarchy (Saudi Arabia))". To be fair, Myanmar has recently become more of a hybrid regime than the outright junta it used to be, although the Tatmadaw (the official name of the Myanma armed forces) still more or less runs the show;
    • Iran has been gaming the international system for three decades and holds positions diametrically opposed to most of the rest of the world (e.g. Iran can advocate nuclear proliferation, restricting women's rights, and call people infidels—and win);
    • Israel's official policy is "we do what we need to survive, other consequences be damned," which more or less gives them a justification to be complete assholes to everyone if need be, including their own allies.
    • The U.S. has tons of weight to throw around, which in some hands can compensate for a lack of subtlety or tact. The Bush administration (or facsimiles thereof) take this Up to Eleven; it's generally expected that MUN under the Trump Administration will see a return to this style of representation for the USA.
    • Granted, none of this is evil (though many people regard some or all of these countries as such), but you're certainly the antagonist in the room... and that can feel pretty awesome.

Laconic.Peoples Republic Of Tyranny (Edit link)

Salute the flag of the People's Democratic Unabridged Version HERE. Those who do not will be shot for high treason. Thank you.

LandslideElection.Real Life (Edit link)

The election was held in a state where the elections are just for show, serving to confirm that 'the people' support the incumbent despot (or despots). Seen in many generally authoritarian and totalitarian regimes, whether old or still existing, which still have elections. See also People's Republic of Tyranny and President for Life.

LetsPlay.The Hohenzollern Empire (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The Soviet Commune was a repressive totalitarian dictatorship which suppressed religion, individuality, and traditional culture in favor of futurism and an extreme interpretation of Marxism. When the Soviet Army seized the Occupied Territories, General Secretary Molotov implemented a policy of deromanization in which all traces of the Roman identity, from the German and Greek languages to Romanitas, were eradicated in favor of long-dead local cultures (Hungarian, Romanian, Czech, Polish, and so on). All opposition to Soviet rule was brutally suppressed, especially under General Secretary Varennikov.

LightNovel.Kyouran Kazoku Nikki (Edit link)

LightNovel.Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle (Edit link)

Literature.A Light In The Darkness (Edit link)

Literature.A Practical Guide To Evil (Edit link)

Literature.Across Realtime (Edit link)

The major initial technology change is the invention of the Bobble, a projected sphere that completely separates the inside from the outside. This is initially believed to be permanent, which would lead to anyone trapped inside a bobble dying when their oxygen runs out. The inventors of the bobble quickly style themselves as The Peace Authority and eventually take over political power, bobbling all who oppose them in an ends-justify-the-means method of ending all war... as well as anyone might threaten their superiority.

Literature.Ad Astra Per Aspera (Edit link)

Literature.Ad Astra Per Aspera (Edit link)

Literature.Amalia (Edit link)

The plot is about the romance between the widow Amalia and the unitarian rebel Eduardo Belgrano, descendant of the national hero Manuel Belgrano, who was trying to escape the prosecution of La Mazorca, and was injured by a gaucho ambush when he was attempting to reunite with the troops who fight against Rosas. Eduardo is saved by his friend Daniel Bello, a Magnificent Bastard who leads him to his cousin's Amalia house, a tucumanian twenty years widow whom has a house in Barracas, in the suburbs of Buenos Aires.

Literature.Amalia (Edit link)

Literature.Amberlough (Edit link)

Literature.America The Book (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Lampshaded in the section on Africa; the Democratic Republic of the Congo is noted as one of these, and apparently gets worse as the "democratic republic" part of the name is further emphasized.

Literature.An Examination Of Extra Universal Systems Of Government (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The Free German Reich claims that they're a democracy with a fully transparent government that televises all proceedings. Other nations refute this, stating that the military-industrial bureaucracy is the real power, with the parliament members being carefully selected before being allowed to run, and those televised proceedings all being scripted. Plus, everything is heavily regulated and policed, and eugenics are still a government-sanctioned norm.

Literature.Aristoi (Edit link)

Literature.Atlas Shrugged (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: By the end of the novel every country in the world sans the United States is a "People's State" (read: a communist dictatorship).

Literature.Beatles (Edit link)

  • Take a Third Option: A political example of the trope, and quite historically correct. The Norwegian socialist movement chose to fight both superpowers, stating an independent line (because the USSR showed itself as a People's Republic of Tyranny). Lampshaded by Stig:

Literature.Between Planets (Edit link)

Don Harvey has spent several years at Boarding School on Earth while his parents were busy with archaeological digs on Mars. However, trouble was brewing between the Federation and the Venus colony so his parents radiogram him to leave for Mars before the school term ended. He does so but gains the interest of the I.B.I. who interrogate him. However, given his youth, he is allowed to head home to Mars. The Venus rebels strike while he is in-transit at the Circum-Terra transfer space station and is diverted to Venus rather than returning to Earth when the rebels destroy it.

Literature.Blood Of Stars (Edit link)

Set in a sprawling galaxy once ruled by the human-dominated Empyrean and now by the fanatical, nominally egalitarian Revolutionary Commonwealth, the universe runs on the titular blood of stars: starblood. Stars, in this setting, are sentient, incomprehensible, borderline Eldritch Abomination entities, once worshipped as gods by the Empyrean and now enslaved by the Revolution. Their blood fuels engines, powers weapons, interferes with complex electronics, is used as currency, and can even be used to grant the ability to wield starfire to individual people, the Starborn.

Literature.Blood Of Stars (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The Revolutionary Commonwealth, which is at least attempting to be a totalitarian state in the name of the people of the galaxy. Infighting, fragmentation and overextension prevent it from achieving it completely, but it's definitely the intention.

Literature.Book Of The New Sun (Edit link)

  • Istanbul (Not Constantinople): As suggested in the ''GURPS'' game, the Commonwealth where Severian lives is in South America (Buenos Aires is often suggested as the location of Nessus), the Ascians are the former United States of America, and the Xanthic peoples are Asian.

Literature.Caliphate (Edit link)

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: United Earth claims to be a utopia, but there is a blatant caste system, human sacrifice is considered acceptable for certain religions, and many of those in power of the Feudal Future government are varying degrees of corrupt.

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  • Full-Circle Revolution: In The Abyss Beyond Dreams, Bienvenido is governed by the absolute monarchy of the Captains. It's overthrown by the People's Congress, which by two and a half centuries later is established in A Night Without Stars to have a repressive secret police force and generally be just as bad, if not worse.

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  • Cannibal Tribe: The team has to constantly avoid a cannibalistic tribe of natives (the Kigani) who are at war with the Mobutu government. Partly because they were cannibals, but mostly because Mobutu was a vicious dictator running a People's Republic of Tyranny and he didn't like that said tribe was ignoring him. Nor does it help that the general in charge of battling the tribe, Ngo Muguru, is said to be just as unpleasant as any one Kigani.

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  • Higher Understanding Through Drugs: The main character, a loyal member of a People's Republic of Tyranny, takes a drug that makes him perceive his country's dictator as an evil, inhuman being. Except it turns out this isn't a metaphor; the dictator really is an inhuman monster, and everyone in the world is drugged so that they hallucinate he's a human being. The main character was actually given an anti-hallucinogen, and so, for a brief time, was the only non-drug addled person on the planet and able to see the dictator for what he really is.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The Provisional Republic of Iowa, which on the surface appears to have maintained its pre-Change democracy, is in practice a hereditary dictatorship where people can be sent to slave labor in mines for stepping out of line. The other Midwest states, Fargo, Kirksville, Concordia, Marshall, and Richland are implied to be much the same. And in the later books, these are assumed to be the good guys! At least compared to the CUT.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Despite Leia arguing in Legacy of the Force that attaining the post of Chief of State of the GFFA through any means other than election (which is what her son Jacen did) is unconstitutional, Daala is basically installed in the position by military leaders. This is only emphasized by an aversion of the Good Republic, Evil Empire trope. The previous and current leaders of the Empire, Gilad Pellaeon and Jagged Fel, are often shown as being far more benevolent and trustworthy leaders of their authoritarian state than Daala is of the nominally democratic GFFA.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The so-called Republic of Califa was never democratic as far as we can tell. Before the Warlord conquered it and turned it into a military dictatorship, it was under the seemingly just as oppressive control of the Pontifexa. Any truly republican origins before this have not yet been revealed by the author.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The "Commonwealth" is a pretty straight example. The "Interdimensional Federal Republic of Lyniezia" less so, though it does engage in imperialism.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Averted with the Democratic Republic of Azerbaijan, the first democratic Muslim state.
    • Averted the Chinese Soviet Republic isn't very authoritarian either.
    • Played straight with France, which is a militant Sorelian state.
    • Russian Empire under Shkuro is a hyper-religious fascist state.

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Honor Harrington is a Military Science Fiction series by David Weber. The book series is mainly set around the adventures of the titular heroine, although we see a fair amount of the wider universe. The primary conflict of the storyline is the Star Kingdom of Manticore (The Good Guys) vs. The People's Republic of Haven (The Bad Guys Who Aren't Entirely Unsympathetic).

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: According to the book the "full and technically correct" name of San Sombrèro is the "Democratic Free People's United Republic of San Sombrèro". The country is run by warlords.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The Republic's leader, Elector Primo, has been reigning for 30 years and counting through rigged elections, though the elites (including June, at first) don't mind much. He has also designated his son, Anden, as his heir, effectively making it a hereditary republic. While Anden does ascend as leader after Primo's death, he is interested in reforms and actual democracy may finally be ushered after the war.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Annexia, based on East Germany and other Soviet satellite states. Noteworthy in that they manage to oppress the hell out of people despite having abolished concentration camps, mass arrests, and most forms of torture; under Dr. Benway's guidance, they have removed every trace of plant life from the cities, installed giant buzzers on apartment buildings that ring the quarter-hour loudly enough to throw people out of their beds in the middle of the night, and rewritten the laws to make it impossible to do anything — from leaving your house without your gigantic portfolio of ID papers to consuming alcohol in the presence of another person — without breaking some regulation and thus subjecting yourself to arrest and interrogation.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: China shifts from one form of this to another when the communist regime is overthrown and replaced with a democratically-elected government that is really just a puppet system that answers to the military.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The Bavarian Soviet Republic is an inversion. The Bavarian Soviet Republic was a libertarian socialist project and one of its founders Kurt Eisner said that the Republic would protect property rights and sought to distance himself from the Bolsheviks.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The People's State of Gitmo, which controls most of post-Deluge Cuba, is an oppressive dictatorship run by an unelected bureaucracy which enforces a strict caste system.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The bad guys mostly come from the "Alliance of Free Stars", which is even less democratic than Cinnabar and amounts to a military dictatorship (it's based mainly on Napoleonic France, with elements of Prussia and the Soviet Union).

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: As its name suggests, the Democratic Republic of New Eden is a hellish theocratic tyranny.
    • The Greater Galactic Happiness, Friendship and Co-operation Collective is run by demented sadistic lemming men intent on conquest.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: By 1998, there is a successor state to the Soviet Union whose Russian name translates roughly to "Union of Sovereign Prosperous Republics".

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Malkan. It simply calls itself a Republic (without "People's"), but qualifies in every other way due to corrupt oligarchical politics, huge class differences, slavery and oppression. Basically, it's a fantasy version of the stereotype of medieval Venice.

Literature.The Bulls Hour (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Averted. While Choyo Chagas rule is pretty tyrannical, it largely isn't ideologically motivated and is more in line with the good ol' monarchical despotism.

Literature.The Difference Engine (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The Government claims to be liberal, in practice it holds files on most citizens, blackmails, hangs political opponents and asks from everyone, Mallory included, to declare publicly their allegiance to the party.

Literature.The Dogs Of War (Edit link)

The Dogs of War is a 1974 novel by Frederick Forsyth. It follows Sir James Manson, who discovers a large amount of valuable platinum in Zangaro, a People's Republic of Tyranny, and endeavors to obtain it via a discreet coup d'état. For this end, he employs Cat Shannon, a mercenary, who is given a hundred days to gather his team and make the strike. The rest of the book follows Shannon as he gathers his old friends and prepares for it.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Rand's supposedly utopian mini-country has some of these traits from the get go, but it seems to have gone pretty much full blown in the installments set chronologically later-of which we've only seen a few glimpses so far. Still, the very first episode blatantly shows that by 1966, Rand's utopia has morphed into a white supremacist totalitarian regime that uses modern slavery on the locals.

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The setting is the Republic of Gilead, a newly-established theocracy still fighting rebellion at its borders in the former United States. Money has been abolished; laws are based on the state's interpretation of Christianity, and many crimes are punishable by public execution. Everyone has a specific role to play - especially women.

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  • Just the First Citizen: The Commdor of Korell, Asper Argo note  claims that Commdor simply means "the first citizen of our Republic". Dr Asimov spends a paragraph to comment on the phenomenon:

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The Republic of Korell, which is for all intents and purposes a one-man state ruled by an extremely repressive and vicious ruler named Commdor Asper Argo, who styles himself as Just the First Citizen and assures visitors that he is called the "Well-Beloved". It is also wretchedly poor, has a Secret Police and the infrastructure, like the population, seems poor and underdeveloped. The main character of the story, Hober Mallow, sourly notes that for such a beloved man, his house (which is more like a Palace) is unnaturally well-defended, heavily fortified and has a large complement of guards.

Literature.The Movolreilen Saga (Edit link)

The Movolreilen Saga is a fantasy story written by Roberts 2028 on concerning five countries: The Nation of Nilenira, The Kingdom of Vecendall, The Confederation of Beosachuth, The Maerplion Empire, and The Kingdom of Cusubolm.

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  • Crapsack World: A couple.
    • Nyvan, both before and after Quinn Dexter has his way with it. Before it was divided into rabidly nationalistic and xenophobic nation states that where openly hostile to one another, and went out of their way to destroy each other's economies, rendering the entire planet impoverished. About 50,000 people a year leave the planet with next to nobody immigrating to replace them, and since the only people who can afford to leave are middle class professionals, the planet as a whole also suffers from a constant brain drain, further retarding economic development. So intense is the mistrust between the different countries, that Nyvan doesn't even have a single global internet, with each nation maintaining it's own communications network, and not even attempting link with their neighbors. There isn't even a pretense of planetary government, no UN type body, and only three of the planet's over 20 nations are even members of the Confederation, instead the planet is dominated by a complex and shifting system of alliances lead by the "big four" planetary powers, Tonala, (the wealthiest and most developed nation, officially a democracy, but in actual fact a single party state dominated by wealthy industrialists) Isfahan, (A fundamentalist Muslim Theocracy that's already conquered three other nations) Nazareth, (A fundamentalist Christian Theocracy) and New Georgia, (A federal republic based on the model of the old United States, and the only one of the "big four" nations that's actually a full democracy.) The lack of a centralised planetary government, and the constant threat of war made the planet a magnet for organised crime, pirates, and mercenaries. Afterwards it became literally uninhabitable.
    • Earth is hell. Fusion reactors provide energy literally "too cheap to meter" — priced by subscription instead of consumption — and have annihilated atmospheric and water pollution, but the heat from forty billion humans living in first-world conditions have altered weather patterns to non-stop Cat-5 hurricanes. The population has sheltered themselves in a dozen or Arcologes. They are so overpopulated that all activities are restricted to semi-functional schedules; basically low-security prisons where All Crimes Are Equal; any conviction for any crime results in deportation at the individual's expense, to be repaid through Indentured Servitude on whatever terracompatible rock Govcentral decides to dump you on.

Literature.The Orphan Masters Son (Edit link)

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  • Good Republic, Evil Empire: Inverted in a tale, where a kingdom is toppled by a rebellion and turns into a republic... in name only (they allow voting, but all those who vote against the republic are considered enemies of the people, and thus their vote is made null) which tries to take over the nearby far more benevolent monarchy.

Literature.The Reluctant King (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Vindium became a "republic" whose First Consul had anyone who disagreed with him beheaded, convinced that his opinions were infallibly true, with anyone against him an "enemy of the people". The people, meanwhile, he defined solely as those who shared his views, even if those were a minority. Because of this, he held any vote against him to be invalid by definition. Not happy with just Vindium, he tried to spread his wondrous "republican" values through conquest, which led to his death.

Literature.The Shadow Campaigns (Edit link)

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Krutovist Russia's formal name is the "Russian Democracy". It is a military dictatorship under the rule of Alexei Krutov.
    • This trope is fairly common due to the fact that "Democrat" is fairly common as the name for the head of state of a Republic (opposite of Autocrat), first introduced by the Vespucia Free State. As such, dictatorships such as Russia and Oceania are led by Democrats despite having no semblance of democracy.

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Because the series' covers feature Laser Blades prominently, young readers would be forgiven for confusing this with Star Wars. They wouldn't be far wrong. The series starts about 20 years after a college professor and unlikely revolutionary, Peter Robes, led an uprising against the monarchy; the "Blood ," a ruling caste which had been genetically engineered for wisdom, intense charisma and occasional superpowers, were wiped out almost to a man. The lone survivors are a small band of loyalists; the king's nephew, newborn Dion Starfire, whom they managed to escape with; and Warlord Derek Sagan, who helped organize the coup and fought his Star-Crossed Lover Maigrey Morianna to do it. At the beginning of the book, the last of those loyalists, Maigrey's bookish brother Platus, is killed, leaving the now-grown-up Dion to flee with the help of Mendaharin "Tusk" Tusca, halfblood Heroic Bastard son of another of said loyalists. Hunted by now-President Robes and "Citizen-General" Sagan and the People's Republic of Tyranny the new government has become, aided by the rumpled, fatherly General Dixter and enigmatic Not Quite Dead Maigrey, Dion must find a way to come into his birthright and reclaim the throne.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: Doyle argued that despite being republics in name, by the fact of oppressing different ethnic groups (especially blacks), engaging in gun dealing and international conspiracies, and having a President for Life as one of the leaders, the Boer states were not in fact democracies.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The island of Majorca, run by a military dictator as an apartheid state keeping the "immigrants" impoverished and disenfranchised, is officially named "Liberty".

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In the nation known as the People's Republic of Isonomia, a middle-aged man known as KB209, or Kay, is attending one of the weekly rallies in the city, along with thousands of other individuals, in which they praise the Father while expressing hatred for a noble known as Bialik and his sinful nation of Zion, the primary enemies of the state. While there, he discovers a woman named Ellie rebelling against the Equalist Empire by wearing nail polish. After Kay meets Ellie and knows more about her, he finds out that she's part of a rebellion currently at war against the Equalists. Kay ends up fighting for his life as he and Ellie try to escape Isonomia and reach Zion, which Ellie explains is really a safe haven far away from Isonomia where rebels like Kay and Ellie can life a happy, colorful, fulfilling life without being judged for their differences, all while the White Army and the sadistic White General, EQL61, hunts them down on the Father's orders.

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  • Ambiguous Gender: Actually legally invoked/mandated by law. As gender is seen as something which makes people unequal, the People's Republic of Isonomia, in their desire to make everyone equal, forces its citizens to disguise their gender with masks, robes, and voice modulators. The only legal exception is the Father, who is referred to with male pronouns.

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  • Dirty Communists: The villains, the Equalist Empire/People's Republic of Isonomia, are a massive communist dictatorship spanning nearly the whole world. Though never explicitly called communist, the Father names several communist countries- the Soviet Union, Khmer Rouge-controlled Cambodia, China, and North Korea (and even the non-nation of Jonestown)- as prototypes of Isonomia. Also, everyone calls each other “comrade”, the stereotypical communist term of endearment.

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The Republican Union starts as a highly-decentralised version of the former United States, with a nasty fundamentalist and nationalist streak, but slowly evolves into a totalitarian dictatorship.

Literature.What Madness Is This (Edit link)

"How can you believe in this? What madness is this, that has consumed you all and turned you into genocidal freaks?! I came to this country ten years ago, seeking freedom and opportunity. I was met at the docks by armed thugs. I was met at the hotel by armed thugs. I was immediately forced to sit down with a pastor of your so-called Church and was forced to undergo tests to see how vulnerable I was to the 'Devil's wiles," like whether I would or would not be willing to report a neighbor for speaking against the government in private to me. Whether I do or do not find Irish women attractive and/or worthy of carrying on my genetic lineage with. After that, I was given a punch card for an ORRA computer, and I was assigned a job in a factory. Then I was drafted. I lost most of my left foot in combat against Virginia in '56. It took me two months for your so-called 'government healthcare' to get me my painkillers. What kind of freedom and opportunity is this? Since I got off the boat from Baden, I have been mugged, assaulted, forced into conversion, worked half-to-death, and been shot at by some guy I've never met in a war both of us got literally nothing out of. You're all insane. You're all evil lunatics hellbent on destruction and murdering your fellow human beings. You make me sick."

Literature.Who Needs Men (Edit link)

  • Hobbes Was Right: Neither side in the war is democratic: the Northerners are ruled by warlords, while Anglia is a People's Republic of Tyranny. No one thinks democracy could work under their respective circumstances, either.

Literature.Who Needs Men (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The Republic of Anglia. While the specifics of its political system are not described in great depth, no mention is made of a parliament, elections or the like, and the Prime Minister's power is to all seeming absolute. If anything, it resembles a vaguely communist military dictatorship; certainly the military is greatly influential, with the principal Military Academy noted as the place anyone ambitious to be anything applies (or sends her daughters).

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  • People's Republic of Tyranny: North Korea is still like this, even in Zoofights. Their entrant to Zoofights 5, Great Leap Forward, furthers the "we're nice people" lie.

Magazine.Private Eye (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The "Prime Ministerial Decrees" spoof of Gordon Brown had him constantly spouting Communist jargon adapted to the here and now, such as referring to David Cameron's politics as "neo-Bullingdonite-Etonist deviationist backsliding". Also sometimes appears in the Dave Spart segments.

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  • 24: Jack Bauer's days are hard enough as it is. These adversaries he's faced only make them more challenging:
    • Day 2: Jonathan Wallace is a Coral Snake soldier secretly working for Peter Kingsley and his conspirators. Tasked with helping his employers start a war with the Middle East, Wallace planted a fabricated recording implicating Syed Ali and other government officials before killing the Coral Snake team that was supposed to prevent the nuclear bomb from exploding in Los Angeles. After the bomb explodes outside of Los Angeles and Kingsley decides to kill Wallace to cover his tracks, Wallace eludes his assailants before assassinating Syed Ali to force Jack Bauer into helping him. He later makes a deal with Jack, offering to give up evidence that will expose Kingsley so long as he gives up Kate Warner, who will allow him safe passage out of the country. When Jack and Wallace are cornered by Kingsley's hitmen, Wallace fends them off alongside Jack, and later gives up the evidence he had hidden in his body after suffering a fatal gunshot wound.
    • Day 3: Stephen Saunders is a former soldier-turned-terrorist. Holding America responsible for abandoning him to be tortured in Bosnia, Saunders decides to strike back by dismantling the American government. Upon acquiring twelve vials of the Cordilla virus, he has one vial of the virus released in a hotel, killing hundreds in the process. Afterwards, he attacks a MI-6 office just as CTU was gathering intel on Saunders, and later forces President David Palmer to have Ryan Chappelle murdered so he wouldn't uncover his bank accounts. When his daughter, Jane, is captured by CTU, and Saunders is surrounded by CTU officers, Saunders orders his men to kidnap Michelle Dessler so her husband, Tony Almeida, would help him escape. Even after Saunders is finally apprehended, Saunders reveals that he instructed his eleven couriers to release the virus unless his demands are met.
    • Day 4: Kalil Hasan is a member of one of Habib Marwan's terrorist cells. Participating in the kidnapping of Secretary of Defense James Heller, Kalil and his allies discovered that computer programmer Andrew Paige accidentally came across one of their Internet nodes. Kalil and another terrorist later visited Andrew's office and murdered all of his co-workers, before Kalil started a manhunt against Andrew. After finding Andrew's location by intercepting a CTU phone call, Kalil kidnapped Andrew while posing as Jack Bauer and killed two law enforcement agents during his escape. He later interrogated Andrew to find out what he knew, and ordered him to be executed even after Andrew claimed he didn't know anything about Heller's abduction. As he repeatedly evaded authorities while posing as an innocent civilian, Kalil discovers that he's being tracked by satellite, resulting in him committing suicide so Bauer and CTU won't discover Heller's location.
    • Day 5:
      • Ivan Erwich is a member of the Dawn Brigade and Vladimir Bierko's chief lieutenant. Initially posing as a hostage during a terrorist attack, Erwich was in fact a sleeper cell ordered to smuggle Sentox nerve gas out of an airport. As the hostage crisis is resolved, Erwich sneaks out of the airport and succeeds in acquiring several nerve gas canisters. As he tries to smuggle the canisters out of the country in a ship container, he catches one of his allies tampering with them. Erwich interrogates and kills the man, deducing that his American allies have betrayed him. Knowing he can't smuggle the canisters out of the country, Erwich decides to strike back at America instead as punishment, where he repeatedly eludes the authorities and attacks a shopping mall without any of his men giving up his location.
      • Christopher Henderson is one of the primary members of the season's Sentox VX nerve gas conspiracy. A patriot who is skilled at frequently adjusting his plans when need be, and one of the few villains who manages to constantly fend off Jack successfully, Henderson takes it upon himself to have David Palmer assassinated when he uncovers information about the conspiracy. Afterwards, he frames Jack Bauer for the murder, and tries to have Tony Almeida and Chloe O'Brian killed, while successfully killing Michelle Dessler. After Henderson is caught by Bauer, he refuses to give up his employers' names, even after his wife is threatened and he's tortured for over an hour. After escaping custody, Henderson kidnaps Evelyn Martin's daughter in exchange for finding the location of a recording implicating him and President Charles Logan. Over the course of several hours, Henderson has anyone killed in his pursuit of the recording, even going as far as handing it off to one of his allies before getting recaptured. Knowing his employers will eventually kill him, Henderson agrees to help CTU in stopping Russian terrorists in exchange for safe passage out of the country, and attempts to kill Jack Bauer.
    • Day 7: Tony Almeida is a former CTU agent who becomes a terrorist out of frustration over the American government officials who didn't receive punishment for orchestrating his wife's death, deciding to become a mercenary and joining David Emerson's crew. After uncovering information about Alan Wilson, the man who ordered his wife's death, Tony used all of his resources to lure him out of hiding. Teaming up with Jack Bauer, Chloe O'Brian, and Bill Buchanan, Tony worked as a double agent, where he helped them apprehend or kill members of the People's Freedom Army and Emerson's crew whilst providing information that averted numerous terrorist attacks. Once Tony thwarts Jonas Hodges' schemes by destroying a cache of biological weapons, he betrays his allies and kills multiple FBI agents to elude capture. Having gained Wilson's attention, Tony forces an innocent man to conduct a terrorist attack; when it fails, he comes up with the idea to extract traces of the biological pathogen from Jack's blood for Wilson to use. Once Tony finally confronts Wilson, he murders Wilson's adversary and rants about how Wilson ruined his life before attempting to kill him.
    • Day 8: Samir Mehran is a former Kamistani soldier who leads a Kamistani terrorist cell in America. Believing that President Omar Hassan has been corrupted by America, he tries to have Hassan assassinated multiple times so his brother, Farhad, can take his place. When the plans fail, Samir decides to attack America instead with a nuclear dispersal device. After Farhad betrays him, Samir has him killed, and he later has Tarin Faroush kidnap Hassan's daughter, Kayla, in an attempt to get Hassan to expose America's antinuclear defenses. Samir allows Kayla to escape so she would unknowingly bring an EMP into CTU headquarters, and later smuggles the nuclear components into New Your City undetected. After eluding CTU multiple times with the help of Dana Walsh and threatening to activate the nuclear device downtown, Samir finally kidnaps Hassan when he gives himself up, and successfully murders him over a live video on the Internet mere minutes before CTU can rescue him.

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  • Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle:
    • Hayes Vi Arcadia is a former royal of the ancient Holy Arcadia Empire obsessed with nothing less than the annihilation of the New Kingdom of Atismata and the return of the Empire's tyrannical ways. Kicking off her war against Atismata by selling weapons and information to their enemies, Hayes makes her first formal move by leading an assault on Cross Feed academy, killing anyone in her way. Forcing Lux to assist her in showing her the way to an ancient ruin by infecting the boy's friend Phi with Ragnarok cells, Hayes goes back on her word and orders a corrupted Phi to slaughter Lux and her other friends, planning to cure the girl only after her friends are dead so as to drive her to killing herself. In her most despicable move, Hayes uses the colossal Gigas to lead a full-scale invasion of Atismata, ordering the capital and its countless inhabitants be wiped out to pave the way for her new coming order. After being revived by the Lords faction, Hayes attacks the academy with two Ragnaroks and later electrically tortures Lux to whip and rape his friends, nearly killing him when he refuses. On the verge of death, she fuses with Ragnarok Sacred Eclipse and betrays her eldest sister out of jealousy for her position, intending to control the Ruins and convert the masses into Elixir. Despite seeing herself as a victim of usurpation by the founders of the Old Arcadia Empirenote , her actions establish her as an irredeemable sadist motivated by envy and overblown, misplaced spite.
    • The King of Vices is the mysterious figure responsible for turning the Republic of Heiburg into a de facto military dictatorship. Taking advantage of Hayes's arms trade with her country, the King increases the military's political influence and uses this power to sadistically enslave her citizens and empower the worst of Heiburg's soldiers. In need of a secret identity, the King sexually abuses and brainwashes Rosa, and then orders her to blind Stefa, allowing the dictator to Kill and Replace Stefa's cousin, Calensia. After a failed joint operation with Hayes to destroy the New Kingdom of Atismata, the King kills Heiburg's commander, replaces him with Rosa to act as her new proxy and scapegoat, and tries to have Lux and Celestia assassinated out of spite for their virtue. Anticipating that Lux and Philuffy are in Heiburg, the King sends Rosa to kill them, and then tries to convince Lux to kill a defeated Rosa in order to frame him as an assassin and traitor. Moving her plan into the final stages, she sends Rosa on a suicide mission to unleash Ragnarok Metatron to devastate Atismata. Unrepentant to her dying breath, the King of Vices mocks the heroes for their ideals while taking pride in being a predator rather than prey.

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  • Ace Combat series:
    • Skies of Deception: Diego Gaspar Navarro is the commanding officer of the Democratic Republic of Leasath. Eager to build a new attack aircraft and strengthen the country's military, Navarro stole the funds donated from Aurelia during a Leasathian civil war. He later persuaded Leasath into believing that Aurelia manipulated and took advantage of them during the civil war. When Leasath declared war on Aurelia, Navarro used all of the Leasathian military forces to annihilate most of the Aurelian forces, and even permitted them to attack civilian locations. After Aurelia gradually regains their independence and takes back their capital city, Navarro flees to a series of islands as Aurelian forces pursue him. He later launches the attack aircraft to destroy the Aurelian pursuers and broadcasts it to the public just to show off the aircraft's power.
    • Skies Unknown: Matias Torres is the Captain of the super-submarine Alicorn, going rogue along with his crew during the events of the three DLC missions in order to seemingly put an end to the Lighthouse War with the nuclear massacre of a million lives, thus terrifying the world into putting down their weapons. That seemingly extreme-but-noble motive is eventually proven false when Torres, at the command of an absurdly powerful boat and a fanatically loyal crew, reveals that for all of his posturing, he actually revels in the "elegance" of hitting a difficult target—in this case, the million lives he's about to butcher from 5,000 kilometers—over 3,100 miles—away—and has an almost fetishistic obsession with death. In fact, he'll even violate wartime conventions by feigning surrender just to gain time to fire his nukes, and if he's successful, he'll keep laughing maniacally and describe the act as "beautiful". On all accounts, Torres is a narcissistic madman who strives to inflate his ego through mass murder, and won't hesitate to sacrifice his crew for it; the devil incarnate, as one character would put it.

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  • Homefront: Kim Jong Un takes over North Korea after his father's death, uniting the country with South Korea to form the Greater Korean Republic and ruling over its people with an iron fist. He would also forcibly annex numerous countries throughout Asia before setting his sights on the United States of America, launching an invasion to take over the country. Under his rule, he brainwashes his subjects into worshipping him; those who refuse to submit are sent to re-education camps where they are systematically killed, with mass graves containing thousands of corpses.

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  • Reds!:
    • William Dudley Pelley is the "President" of the Free American State in a German-occupied Belarusian town of Maly Trostenets. Under Pelley's guidance, the Nazi collaborationist state recreates a twisted image of the pre-revolutionary America, where the ideals of National Socialism are upheld, the amended Constitution enforces racial oppression, and African-American prisoners of war are kept as slaves to emulate the idyll of the antebellum United States. The luxurious life of Pelley and other Nazi Americans in Maly Trostenets is maintained by oppression of the local population, subjecting the Soviet people to grueling forced labor and starvation rations. When the German defeat on the Eastern Front becomes apparent and food supply to the Free American State runs short, Pelley decides to cut rations for Soviet laborers even more in order to keep the parasitic existence of the Nazi American statelet undisturbed, leading to numerous deaths from hunger among the Slavic workforce. To withdraw himself from the horrific reality of the incoming Nazi collapse, Pelley indulges in rape, only to later shame the sex slaves for their "devilish temptations". When Pelley attempts to escape to American Havana after the German surrender, he is immediately brought back to the Soviet Union, as even the anti-Communist American state saw Pelley and his regime as a hideous disgrace to the American ideals.
    • Virgil Effinger is the leader of the Schwarz Legion, the military wing of the Free American State. Serving as the "Secretary of War" of the Nazi American puppet government, Effinger is responsible for repressing the native population of Maly Trostenets, taking a sadistic pleasure in brutal and inhumane torture and killing of Soviet citizens and American prisoners of war. Effinger especially hates those "Aryan" prisoners of war who refuse to join the Nazi side, throwing them to basement and letting dogs maul them. Effinger personally tortures and murders slaves who collapse of starvation and executes one Belarusian for each who drops dead from labor. As the tide of war turns against the Germans, Effinger becomes even more psychotic, causing him randomly murdering Slavic servants and even turning his gun against the Red American renegades, blaming their "lingering Redness" for defeat. Effinger is assassinated shortly before the Soviet liberation of Maly Trostenets under mysterious circumstances. Whenever he was killed by his Belarusian maid, the SS members who started to consider him "deranged and violent wastrel" or Pelley's goons who saw him as an obstacle for their evacuation, it is clear that everyone recognized Effinger as a deeply depraved and sadistic individual.

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  • Bittersweet Ending: "Sheep" ends with the implication that the sheep will overthrow their masters only to install a People's Republic of Tyranny ("You better stay home and do as you're told!") Luckily, there's still a verse of "Pigs on the Wing" to go.

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  • Banana Republic:
    • The aptly-named Republic of Banania mentioned in Mastropiero que nunca and "El Acto en Banania" parodies the dictatorships that took place in Latin America during the 70s and 80s. It has been patiently governed by general Eutanasio Rodríguez, a Drill Sergeant Nasty, during the last 49 years (well, duh).
    • The Republic of Feudalia is not as obvious as an example as Banania, but it also fits, given the national anthem mentions how they have all their money taken away from aboard, when their own politicians could do so.

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  • The story of Kim Hyon-hui, a North Korean responsible for the bombing of (South) Korean Air 858. She was trained from youth to become a spy, learned fighting skills and undercover skills. The terror bombing order came directly from the future North Korean leader, Kim Jong-il. She and another agent placed a bomb on board the plane and left on the transit. After the airplane exploded, customs agents in Bahrain caught them with fake passports. The other agent committed suicide with a cyanide cigarette while she was restrained before she could ingest the poison. Kim Hyon-hui was handed over to South Korean intelligence where she denied repeatedly of being a North Korea agent. South Korean agents took her on a ride across Seoul many times and after 8 days, she cracked. Kim Hyon-hui couldn't deny the truth anymore: South Korea was a land of prosperity and freedom, while North Korea was a dictatorship hellhole who spread lies to its people. Worse is that she killed 115 innocent people, all for the caprices of a crazed dictator.

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NationalStereotypes.Asia (Edit link)

  • Similar stereotypes to Cambodia (see The Bridge on the River Kwai for a major example) with the exception of being more devoutly Buddhist. The Burmese are either saffron-robed monks, armed revolutionaries or oppressed city folk. Unfortunately, this one is closer to Truth in Television.
    • If British people think of Burma at all, there's a vague memory that we fought a war there once, didn't we? And a lot of our people were taken prisoner when it wasn't going well for us and forced to build a railway. Post-Imperial baggage means that unless the British are forced to sit up and pay attention, they think of places like this as they were imagined to be in Imperial days; and Burma was merely seen as an eastern extention of the Indian empire rather than a country in its own right.

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  • Igor Shafarevich's Russian Free Republic, similarly to Albert Speer's Reich, isn't immediately disturbing on the surface, but is insidiously unnerving. Although a nominal democracy (albeit with Shafarevich being the only name on the ballot) and the least deranged outcome among those aligned with the Passionariyy, his regime is also one of the most stable and sustainable ways in which an ethnosupremacist strain of Russian fascism could survive as a viable system. That his rule is also the most pragmatic means that it has the potential to not only be the most long-lasting among the Passionariyy (even compared to Serov's Ordosocialism), but also outlast Nazi Germany itself. All the while, Jews and "Russophobes" are quietly targeted, with none the wiser.

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  • Any discussion of communism will inevitably have numerous people bring up the many atrocities committed in its name, particularly those committed by the Soviet Union, the People's Republic of China, the Ethiopian Derg, and the Khmer Rouge of Cambodia/Kampuchea. While communism hasn't been discredited in the way fascism and related ideologies have, it is still a very contentious school of thought, even among left-wingers, to the point where China became the Trope Namer for People's Republic of Tyranny.

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This trope naturally derives from certain Real Life regimes' attempts to prove to the world that they're totally legit democracies. Please, however, add examples judiciously, and limit them to documentable, objective examples.

PlayingWith.A Fool For A Client (Edit link)

  • Justified:
    • The country Bob faces charges in has no provision for a court-appointed attorney if the defendant can't afford to hire one. This applies to Bob.
    • Bob doesn't like the attorney the court picked out, or doesn't trust one he didn't even choose.
    • Bob actually is a lawyer. Especially if he has legal expertise relevant to the case at hand.
    • Bob doesn't trust any lawyers.
    • It's a civil case, and Bob is settling out of court.
    • Alice and Bob are going through an amicable divorce, and they are able to divide up their assets, debts, children, and pets fairly without having a Divorce Assets Conflict or hiring attorneys.
    • Bob is overconfident and stupid.
    • Bob files a Frivolous Lawsuit. It's so ridiculous that no lawyer wants to touch it.
    • Bob lives in a People's Republic of Tyranny. As he's been deemed an enemy of the state, the Kangaroo Court won't even let him have an attorney.

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PlayingWith.Ambiguous Criminal History (Edit link)

  • Zig-Zagged: Bob is stated to have been in jail, has some shady skills, but insists that he doesn't have a criminal record anymore. He was from Free Democratic Troperian Republic which no longer exists and the records were either destroyed in the collapse or successors invalidated previous ones. We still don't know what he was convicted of and if he actually deserved it or not.

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PlayingWith.Bread And Circuses (Edit link)

  • Straight: To keep the proletariat distracted from economic hardships and costly wars, the People's Republic of Bulungi broadcasts 24 hours of repetitive shows and violent sports.

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  • Justified:
    • Bob wants his voice heard, but doesn't want to go through the rigamarole of getting licensed. (Especially if Bob is anti-establishment.)
    • Bob's country only has a state monopoly broadcaster which won't broadcast the kind of content Bob wants to present.
    • Bob lives in a People's Republic of Tyranny and is a political dissident trying to bring down the government with a mix of news the state propaganda doesn't want to report on, intermingled with banned foreign pop songs.

PlayingWith.Bureaucratically Arranged Marriage (Edit link)

PlayingWith.Capitalism Is Bad (Edit link)

PlayingWith.Capitalism Is Bad (Edit link)

  • Double Subverted: The actual Troperia is even worse and People's Republic of Tyranny is just trying to spare its citizens from seeing the unimaginable horrors of life in Troperia.

PlayingWith.Capitalism Is Bad (Edit link)

  • Zig-Zagged:
    • Troperia does some things better than others. Other capitalist countries are better, while others are worse. So are other feudal countries and other socialist ones.
    • People's Republic of Tyranny's depiction of Troperia as dystopic is accurate, or rather, was. Things got worse in Troperia for a while, but then they got better.

PlayingWith.Good Republic Evil Empire (Edit link)

  • Subverted:
    • The Republic is Good (i.e. people inside are happy and it has a better human rights record), the Empire is Bad (i.e. rulers are bad and it has a poor human rights record) but the People's Republic of Tyranny has consistently violated treaties and international obligations and starts a War for Fun and Profit that oppresses the lives of the Empire, far worse than the Empire does.
    • The Republic and the Empire only appear good and evil respectively because of Voterton's Propaganda Machine to cover up the fact that it is a communist dictatorship invading a peaceful empire.
    • The so-called republic is in fact an oligarchy with limited suffrage and deep inequality, it supports and advocates slavery ('reparations'), practices segregation ('diversity'), and is warmongering and expansionist (in the name of 'liberation'), while the Empire is ruled by an Enlightened Monarch with a centralized bureaucracy that protects minorities from the Tyranny of the Majority.

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  • Double Subverted:
    • It is revealed that the "Republic" is actually a dictatorship (there are technically elections... but voting for anyone other than the incumbent results in getting thrown in a work camp) while the "Empire" has a freely elected Parliament and a Monarch who only fills a figurehead role.
    • The president of "People's Republic of Tyranny" has found out the Hegemonic Empire has destoyed their public properties in the past, so they tried their best to unleash La Résistance on the Empire once and for all.

PlayingWith.Good Republic Evil Empire (Edit link)

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PlayingWith.Hobbes Was Right (Edit link)

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PlayingWith.Just The First Citizen (Edit link)

  • Enforced: The work satirizes a regime (possibly a People's Republic of Tyranny) led by one or more people who used modest titles relative to the power they wielded.

PlayingWith.Kangaroo Court (Edit link)

PlayingWith.Kangaroo Court (Edit link)

PlayingWith.Landslide Election (Edit link)

  • Justified:
    • Alice is the ruler of People's Republic of Tyranny; the election is rigged and nothing but a publicity stunt.
    • The country is not yet quite a People's Republic of Tyranny, as there is still a semi-functional democratic multi-party system that could theoretically get rid of the current president, Alice. However, she's a President Evil who has been using her power to intimidate political opponents, dismantle the free press, spread propaganda and suppress voters in areas that prefer Bob. Her underhanded tactics pay off when she receives seventy-five percent of the votes.
    • Bob's party had fallen apart during the campaign; this undermined his chances of winning.
    • Bob gets caught up in a major scandal shortly before the election.
    • Bob's party is currently in power, and has been spectacularly terrible at governing. The majority of the electorate is desperate to get rid of them.
    • Bob's policies are too radical to garner much public support, so the more pragmatic Alice easily beats him.
    • Alice is so strong and popular that pretty much no one would stand a chance against her, even though Bob would likely win against a generic opponent.
    • There's no particular reason for Alice's large win. She just happens to be more charismatic and much better at connecting with voters.

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  • Defied: Bob, the opposition leader in People's Republic of Tyranny, is warned that President Alice intends to rig the upcoming election and sets out to find evidence of those plans.

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PlayingWith.Misplaced Sorrow (Edit link)

  • Exaggerated: Adelaide, the President Evil of the People's Republic of Tyranny, is devastated when she hears that the Evil Empire has nuked her allies Troperia and Wikipedistan... because she wanted to launch a surprise invasion on them, take all their resources and enslave the surviving citizens.

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PlayingWith.Political Correctness Gone Mad (Edit link)

  • Deconstructed:
    • Authorities are so obsessed with not offending anyone that society ends up becoming a People's Republic of Tyranny (or something similar) run entirely by authoritarian zealots.
    • People's ideas end up getting rejected because one person finds it "offensive", reducing the chances of society ever developing.
    • Political correctness has become hypocritical or biased in that people respect the ideas and feelings of the offended, but not those of the unoffended.
    • Tropestan's morals and rules eventually decay into Blue-and-Orange Morality.
    • Political correctness has been played in so many circumstances that most people decide any instance of it is Crying Wolf. Because it's used so flippantly as both a concern and an accusation, nobody can identify reasonable instances of the practice and they will be dismissed with the rest of the rabble.
    • Political correctness hasn't gone mad, but the Tropestani public constructed a "straw political correctness" which has gone mad to bash real political correctness, causing it to lose popularity and causing suffering to discriminated or disadvantaged groups.

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PlayingWith.Shocking Defeat Legacy (Edit link)

  • Straight: Upon hearing the loss of Fort Tropeia, which was said to be impregnable and defended by the best troops in The Federation, the morale of the population plummets as now the People's Republic of Tyranny is closing in on Capital City.

PlayingWith.Shocking Defeat Legacy (Edit link)

  • Discussed: "Fort Tropeia had the latest defenses, the best troops, the top generals. Losing it made us realize how the People's Republic of Tyranny was not going to stop."

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PlayingWith.The Federation (Edit link)

  • Subverted:
    • The Federation is a bureaucratic, corrupt government that cares more about rules and regulations than its people.
    • Colonies want to leave the Federation, believing they are better suited to rule themselves independently. Despite their general benevolence, the Federation disagrees and attempts to forcibly reassert control.
    • Colonies in the Federation have no rights and poor living conditions compared to the core of the Federation.
    • The Federation is a federation of several governments, united for peace and democracy. Everyone has a decent standard of living, and is better off than most other nations. But it isn't a republic. In fact, it isn't called a federation, but an Empire. It's a federal monarchy, with an Emperor ruling over various kings, dukes, princes, etc. Thus it is the Federation and the Empire at the same time.
    • Everything is sunshine and roses...then Elysium seizes control of The Federation, and forcibly takes control of all its colonies. The story is about Faye trying to overthrow The Federation and defeat Elysium to free the colonies from her.

PlayingWith.The Revolution Will Not Be Vilified (Edit link)

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  • Downplayed: Bob has a driver's license, but no real credit history, which makes getting a bank loan a bit tricky.
    • Bob officially claims to be The Stateless after the collapse of Troperia and while his origin is accepted it is still a laborious and slow or expensive process to become a citizen of someplace else.

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PlayingWith.Women Drivers (Edit link)

  • Invoked: The People's Republic of Tyranny makes it illegal to teach women to drive, so when in an emergency a woman must drive, she tends to be very bad at it.

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Podcast.The Strange Case Of Starship Iris (Edit link)

  • People's Republic of Tyranny: The IGR claims to be a republic. Repeated comments from Jeeter, Tripathi, and Arkady suggest that's not the case.

PrecisionFStrike.Real Life (Edit link)

  • President Franklin D. Roosevelt is quoted — most likely apocryphally, but the sentiment is certainly visible in US foreign policy of the time — as describing a Latin American dictator (most likely Anastasio Somoza Garcia or Rafael Trujillo) "He is a son of a bitch, but he is our son of a bitch". You see, the leader(s) in question were running a People's Republic of Tyranny, but they were on friendly terms with the US.

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