Democracy in the fictional future city of Mega-City One
has been a significant recurring theme in the Judge Dredd
comic strip in 2000 AD
. In particular, a number of stories published since 1986 have addressed the issue of the Judges'
dictatorial system of government, and efforts by the citizens to re-establish democracy
. Besides being a notable story arc in itself, the "Democracy" stories also had wider repercussions which led directly to the events depicted in the story "Necropolis
The stories include "America
," which is regularly voted by fans in polls as the best Dredd story ever written, and is Dredd creator John Wagner
's favourite Judge Dredd
story.Judge Dredd: The Mega-History
, by Colin M. Jarman and Peter Acton (Lennard Publishing, 1995). Page 122. (ISBN 1-85291-128-X) Editor David Bishop
called it "the best Judge Dredd
story ever written."ibid.
The first Democracy story, "Letter From a Democrat," is co-writer Alan Grant
's favourite Dredd story.
All of the stories in the "Democracy" arc were written by Wagner or under his direction.
The Judge Dredd
comic strip is mostly set in Mega-City One
in the 22nd century, on the east coast of the former United States. When President Robert L. Booth
started the Third World War in 2070 (see Atomic Wars)
, the Judge
– until then no more than a police force with extraordinary powers... Read More