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Shadow government

From Academic Kids

A shadow government is a "government-in-waiting" that remains in waiting with the intent to take control of the government in response to some event.

In parliamentary governments it is common for the opposition party to have a shadow government in which top leaders of the opposition are prepared to assume certain ministries should the opposition come to power.

It is also used as a somewhat pejorative term to denote a government that takes over in the event of a disaster.

United States:

United Kingdom:

  • The Civil Contingencies Secretariat is responsible for planning for government continuity in the event of catastrophe, although it is not itself a "shadow government".

Conspiracy & Sci-Fi

The concept is popular in many conspiracy theories and science fiction. These theories have another definition for shadow government : a secret government within the government. This secret government is the 'real' government that controls the known govenment's basic course. The members' identities and meeting halls of the secret shadow government are only known by a select few. This secret government is often portrayed as corrupt and having connections to the C.I.A., Illuminati, and Freemasons. It usually knows about and handles weird situations kept secret, such as the New World Order, the Apocalypse, aliens, AntiChrist, demons, human body or soul harvesting, missing persons, experiments on people, etc. The shadow government is often funded by money lost in the government's system, or behind government contract projects that are false fronts.de:Schattenkabinett

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