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Nineteen Eighty-Four

Nineteen Eighty-Four (or 1984) by George Orwell, is a 1949 English novel about life under a futuristic totalitarian regime in the year 1984. It tells the story of Winston Smith, a functionary at the Ministry of Truth, whose work consists of editing historical accounts to fit the government’s policies. The book has major significance for its vision of an all-knowing government which uses pervasive and constant surveillance of the populace, insidious and blatant propaganda, and brutal control over its citizens. The book had a substantial impact both in literature and on the perception of public surveillance, inspiring such terms as ‘Big Brother’ and ‘Orwellian’.

1984 Political geography

The world is controlled by three functionally similar totalitarian super-states engaged in perpetual war with each other:

Oceania (ideology: Ingsoc or English Socialism) comprises Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, Polynesia, Southern Africa, and the Americas.
Eurasia (ideology: Neo-Bolshevism) comprises continental Europe and northern Asia.
Eastasia (ideology: Obliteration of the Self, usually rendered as “Death worship”) comprises China, Japan, Korea, and Northern India.

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