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.

List of works featuring a police state[edit]

  • Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. 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]
  • The Star Wars franchise by George Lucas. The Galactic Empire dominates the galaxy the series is set in and rule it with the help of brutal enforcement carried out by the foot soldiers known as stormtroopers. The Galactic Empire is later reformed under the name of the First Order, who continue the totalitarian and authoritarian practises of their predecessor.
  • Warhammer 40,000 by Games Workshop. The Imperium is a galactic empire run by a small group of oligarchic elites known as the High Lords of Terra. The Imperium imposes strict sets of rules on almost all of their citizens. The Inquisition not only keeps a watchful eye on everyday citizens but would destroy whole planets should there be dissenters.
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The elite of the capital city dominate, exploit and repress the rest of what is left of an impoverished United States.[3]
  • THX 1138 directed by George Lucas. This 1971 film echoed contemporary images of police beating up anti-Vietnam War protestors.[4]
  • We by Yevgeny Zamyatin. The novel is about the "One State" where people live in glass homes and have no privacy.[5]
  • "A Sound of Thunder" by Ray Bradbury. A fascist state is inadvertently created by time travelers as a result of the Butterfly effect.
  • "Babylon 5" TV series, (1) Earth Alliance government under President Morgan Clark who ascended from being Vice President, after assassinating President Luis Santiago and other moderates, used hard line military units, Psi Corp, Nightwatch, & other factions to crush all dissent, which led to civil war with the anti fascist military units, government officials, & civilians, (2) Centauri Republic under the rule of the insane Emperor Cartagia & the more extreme lords in the nobility, led by Lord Refa, Cartagia rose to power with the death of his uncle Emperor Turhan & Prime Minister Malachi, assassinated, punished, slaughtered anyone that became obstacles to power.
  • "The Honor Harrington Series" by David Weber. Between the books 'A Short, Victorious War', and 'Ashes of Victory', the Republic of Haven is ruled by a 'Committee of Public Safety' which, having come to power by a violent coup, maintains that power by dictatorial methods, carried out by the Office for State Security (StateSec). Towards the end, StateSec assumes complete control over the Republic, only to be overthrown by a military coup the leaders of which then restore a democratic system.


  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.