In one story I remember reading that the judiciary had trouble makers planted in democracy protests to agitate trouble to cause the judges to intervene and lock people up.

In another story (the golden child?) a dying chief judge hand power to another judge with out there being any consultation with the citzens?

  • "Judge Dredd, chronicles of a crime-wave society, that never happened." – Jack B Nimble Sep 28 '11 at 15:38
  • There's a continuum between a democracy and fascism. It's not a binary thing. – DVK-on-Ahch-To Sep 28 '11 at 16:45
  • Judge Dredd isn't a fascist, he is the law – Naib Jul 30 '17 at 10:24

Dredd has evolved over the years however the stance on Democracy has not changed much.

Since 2117 reforms brought in by Chief Judge Volt mean that the Chief Judge is elected by the 400 Senior Judges so as to strengthen the office.

Democracy in Mega City One is seen as being undesirable by the Judges, largely because the populace are disinterested in the process. The 2113 referendum on Democracy, the culmination of the Democracy Storyline that ran on and off between 1986 and 1991, saw only a small minority of citizens vote at all, and those that did voted for the status quo.

There is an elected Mayor and Council, but generally these are token, although Mayor Ambrose was seen as a force for positive change.


As defined by Merrian-Webster, fascism is: "A political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition" or as "a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control"

Neither describe the Judge rule over Mega City One. There is no nationalism involved, there are no racial considerations involved, and there are no dictatorial leader -- the Chief Judge is fairly elected even if by a small portion.

  • I disagree. 1. Nation is Mega City and the Judges have to legally hold it above all others + Cursed Earther Mutants (race is implied) are not welcome and can be deported to an internment camp in the cursed earth. 2. Dictatorial Leader - when the judiciary are the leadership and they run by autocratic control - judges have the right to execute the law - that they get to redefine. 3. Social Regimentation - Judges and everybody else. – Preet Sangha Sep 29 '11 at 9:42
  • I agree with this disagree. Except for the 'dictorial leader' part as the Chief Judge keeps changing. – Dono2000 May 1 '14 at 2:09

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