Soctopia The fictional country By Madeline Grutzner

The magnificent country of Soctopia used to be a nice little settlement, but you know, it used to be, but now it is ruled over by Hope Solo, their dictator. In Soctopia, Hope Solo decides all laws on her own, and like in real life, she uses anger and violence to keep control. The country revolves around Hope Solo’s desires, with her ultimate control, she has the power to do whatever she wants. She came into her place as dictator when the United States women’s soccer team lost to Sweden in the 2016 summer olympics.When everyone started saying terrible things about her abilities to play, she left the United States and traveled to Soctopia.She then used her athletic abilities to overtake their government. She resorted to violence, and using her soccer training, she was able to easily overtake the country’s unathletic rulers. She promised that she would be able to save their country, but once she was in the office she was free to do whatever she wanted. Hope Solo is now a powerful dictator, living in a society where nothing stands in her way.
You should first know how the government works, before you start criticizing everything that Hope Solo is doing. Hope Solo really can do whatever she wants, she lives in a dictatorship. In a dictatorship, there is no constitution, or rules dictators have to follow. Throughout history, most of the dictator’s power comes through the military, like Hitler, for example.Hitler was a terrifying dictator that came to power at a time when Germany was at their weakest. Germany had been blamed for WW1 and had been forced to pay retributions to other countries. He gave hope to the Germans and gave them a scapegoat for their problems, the Jews. He then conducted a mass genocide, killing over 6 million Jews. At the same time that Hitler was ruling over, another dictator was ruling over Russia.His name was Stalin, and he was willing to kill anyone who stood in his way on rise to power. He ruled with a reign of terror, and sent millions of people to death camps, and millions of his own people died of famine. This is part of what makes a dictatorship unlike any of the other kinds of government, because of the fact that one single person has ultimate control over a giant group of citizens. The major difference from here is the ultimate lack of voting. The people have to have trust that their dictator will choose the right path for their country.
In Soctopia, everyone follows a strict set of rules, all of them credited to Hope Solo. The people of Soctopia can't refuse Hope Solo´s rules, or death is likely the punishment. Often in a dictatorship, when the dictator becomes corrupted because of their power over people, people in the country have tried to escape the country. In the 1960’s, there was a wall built in Berlin, separating east and west Berlin, the Berlin wall. Russia, France, and the United States had each been given a part of berlin, but Russia, who had a dictator, wanted their side of the city to be completely unassociated with France or the US. They built a giant, cement wall, guarded by hundreds of Russian soldiers. People of east Berlin started to dig massive tunnels across to west Berlin. Simply climbing the wall would be impossible, if you were even a hundred yards from the wall, you were shot. Even if you had a miracle and made it to the wall, the Russians had glass cemented into the wall as well. Hope Solo rules Soctopia unfairly, making soccer their number one sport, and it is a requirement that they wear her jersey on July 30, her birthday. Like many dictators, she has her faithful army, which protects her, as well as enforces all rules. If rules are not followed, or playing/watching other sporting events, the army will make sure the Soctopians will pay by spending life in prison, or a fine. She finds money for these extravagant desires through unfair taxes. The people have to give her thousands and thousands of dollars each, besides other normal costs. She has been known to accept the casual soccer ball or single goalie glove here or there ( counts as double the money if you have a pair of gloves, not just one.).
Something that makes Soctopia different than an oligarchy is the fact that, in an oligarchy, it is a group of people that rules over because of their so called “elite” features. This is very different from a dictatorship, because in a dictatorship, as I have said already, there is only one person. An oligarchy is a matter of putting one group of people above another. In Mr. Gasner’s oligarchy, The group of people are the “special elite coach rulers”, who have each other to support and contradict their decisions. In Soctopia, and all other dictatorships, there are no rules, constitutions, or supporters of the dictator. These two governments, overall, are completely different, despite the closely related theme of the country. Another large part of the difference is the apparent smoothness of the government in Soccer Central, compared to the chaos of Soctopia. The only apparent organised defense system in Soctopia are Hope’s guards. The desire to be in the country really depends on the government, and even though I would not want to be considered lower than another class of people, I would rather have more confidence in my leader. My next comparison is from a Representative Democracy. This was Peyton’s paper, where she talked about the representative democracy in Canterlot. Canterlot is very different from Soctopia because, in Canterlot, a new pony is elected every four years, or is impeached if they are not meeting the expectations of the citizens. This is very different from Soctopia because, in a dictatorship, someone comes into power by terrorizing, and does not stop ruling the country until they die, or they step down from ruling. Anyone can be the dictator in a dictatorship, just like anyone can run for president. It is still different, because in a democracy you must run for president and you have to trust the citizens to vote for you and the other branches are equally as powerful as you. In a dictatorship, you can simply take over the country through power, and you have all ultimate control. Since It is currently unoptional to try to find a partner to compare, I am now going to compare my country of Soctopia to a modern-day Absolute Monarchy. In an Absolute Monarchy, the citizens are ruled over by a King and a Queen. Most Absolute Monarchies now, like the UK for example,now have a parliament. A parliament is similar to a representative democracy, but there is still a royalty that oversees the government. This is different than a dictatorship, because even though there may be one distinct leader, a king or queen may have the church to reinforce their decisions. In a dictatorship, the dictator usually settles all matters on their own, and have the power to.

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