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TV Tropes Monday: The Quisling

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The Quisling is not just a traitor to the cause (whatever cause that may be), he does not merely collaborate with the enemy, but serves as their puppet in ruling the nation. The Quisling is usual the local “face” of the occupation, someone of authority among the locals, but willing to put the interest of the invaders before his own people.  They may do it out a naivete, believing that they are helping their people by bringing the gift of civilization, commerce or progress. But most do it for profit or power.

Of course, most Quislings are tempting fate. It is almost impossible to balance the needs of the local population against the wants of the occupier, specially since the occupier intent is to rob the locals of their resources and labor. How can you create a middle class if the occupier insist on depressing wages. How can you control inflation if currency is worthless against foreign currency standards. Every attempt to appease the locals will anger the Quisling’s patrons, while every resource spirited away to a foreign land will do the same for the locals. Not only that, but the Quisling’s masters rarely trust him, not only because they are well aware of his duplicitous nature, but also of his inherent weakness. If the Quisling had enough strength to rule on his own, he would not need the backing of a foreign power, and if he does move to strengthen his position, he may threaten that dependency.

So the Quisling either dies at the hands of the rebels, or is dumped by his masters, who may put another one in his place, side with the rebels, or simply move to rule the nation directly. More likely than not, he will have a good run, but fail utterly at the end. Not only that but neither time or history tends to be kind to the Quisling


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