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Satire: Dictatorship 101

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So, you want to become a dictator. Before you can do so, there are some very important steps to consider before embarking on this very long journey. The steps will be covered in this lesson in the span of five sections: Pre-Power, Eliminating All Enemies, Building Your Dictatorship, Maintaining Your Dictatorship, and Making an Exit.

Pre-Power

Everyone knows that to get to the top you have to start at the bottom. Your first step is, of course, becoming a peasant. All you have to do is pick a country to inhabit (particularly one with a broken economy) and invest most of your money in the broken economy — or you can give it away. Once you have done that, you will have no choice but to start working for a living (this will come in handy later on).

Eventually you will get mad at the terrible government and you will become a revolutionary. This is an important step. You must hold many rallies and protests (getting arrested if necessary) and capture the attention of the party leader. If he likes what you have done, he will appoint you to a position in the party. After this, you must do all you can to help the party achieve a coup and take control of the government.

Continue working your way up the power chain and making a name for yourself. A few ways to do this would be making lots of public appearances, making a lot of friends within the party, and/or begin writing for a hip magazine. Once you have made a name for yourself and gathered a considerable amount of followers, you can start accusing those under you of being dissidents from the party and having them exiled. This will greatly aid your climb upwards, which leads us to our next section.

Eliminating All Enemies

Continue exiling your underlings until you are just about at the top. Then, have a large group of people attack the leader and burn his house down. This will force him to leave the country, as he will believe it is no longer safe. Once you have done that, you are now the de facto dictator.

Eliminate every single other person in the government except for people who you absolutely trust. Even if they have been loyal all the way, it will still lower the probability of a revolution. Now that you are the official dictator, you’re ready for the next step.

Building Your Dictatorship

This is perhaps the most involved step of this whole undertaking. First things first: You must create an identifiable logo/color that is easily recognizable as the insignia of your empire (i.e. Hitler’s swastika or Mao’s red). Next, put the insignia on the uniforms of all armed forces. After this, take the elite out of the armed forces and make a police force that will root out any dissidents and scare others from becoming dissidents.

A secret police force is very important. They will enforce the censorship of the media and literature; they will get rid of all the intellectuals and put them to work; and they will make sure everyone is reciting your Oath of Loyalty (be creative – they’ll have to say it no matter what).

This is the time when your dictatorship is booming. Almost everyone still believes you are amazing; and industrial and agricultural production should be good, too, since everyone is working on farms and in factories. Meanwhile, you can bask in your own personal wealth and power.

In your downtime, fashion a name for your dictatorship. Now that you have built your dictatorship, you are going to have to start working on its maintenance.

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  • http://www.associatedcontent.com/user/39420/joanne_huspek.html Joanne Huspek

    Instead of making an exit, you can enlist in the help of a clone or a bona fide professional dictator impersonator. That way even if you’re gone, they’ll all think you’re still here and the fear level is maintained.

  • http://www.smorgasborgparty.smorgasborg.com Henry Mosher

    Ahahaha
    So true, so true.

  • Cindy D

    Excellent!

    The police don’t actually have to impose censorship on the media and literature, you can keep the intellectuals and let them do that willingly. So, if you change things like that around just a bit here and there, you can have an article about how to create a Republic or a Democracy.

  • ellevite

    what happens to the soul of the dictator?, while the body rests in the grave, where will the soul be? Hell or heaven?