List of fictional police states

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Fictional police states have featured in a number of media ranging from novels to films[1] to video games.


  • Nineteen Eighty-FourGeorge Orwell's novel describes Britain under a totalitarian regime that continuously invokes (and helps to create) a perpetual war. This perpetual war is used as a pretext for subjecting the people to mass surveillance and invasive police searches. The novel has been described as "the definitive fictional treatment of a police state, which has also influenced contemporary usage of the term".[2]
  • Panem - is the setting of The Hunger Games, whose Capital is the home of a decadent elite which dominates, exploits and represses the rest of what is left of an impoverished United States.[3]


  1. ^ Young Adult Science Fiction - Charles William Sullivan - Google Books. Greenwood. Retrieved 2012-09-19. 
  2. ^ The Encyclopedia of Police Science. CRC Press. p. 1004. 
  3. ^ Todd McCarthy (March 15, 2012). "The Hunger Games: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  4. ^ Annette Kuhn. Alien Zone: Cultural Theory and Contemporary Science Fiction Cinema. Verso. p. 22. 
  5. ^ Rodden, John (2002). George Orwell: The Politics of Literary Reputation. Transaction Publisher. p. 204. ISBN 9780765808967. "Zamyatin's We (1924), another terrifying police state utopia, whose citizens live without privacy in glass apartments."