The 10 Worst Science Fiction Governments

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Today, our American readers may be grumbling about tax day, but really, we may not have it so bad: Under some of the sci-fi governments we know, we’d regularly be terrorized by the mafia, shipped off to fight terrifying space bugs, and, uh, granted power solely based on how tall we were.

We’ve listed and ranked 10 of the worst science-fiction governments out there, considering not just infamy, but how well-represented the average grunt is. (Warning: there are spoilers in a few of our descriptions, so if you see the word “spoiler,” you may want to click ‘next’ and move on.) Who’s the worst?

See the list.


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