Is there any end to politics?
I have to say, in every science fiction book or movie I've dove into, and every fantasy created, there is a back-story. Now, sometimes the back-stories are personal, sometimes they're filled with the comings and goings of entire countries, but inevitably, there is ALWAYS a political force standing in the background moving the people and events forward.
Let's take an easy one. Star Wars. Now, there isn't a person alive who could argue that politics isn't the MAIN theme of this series of books and movies. Of course there's a more personal story overlaying the plot, but the momentum behind the series is the ultimate struggle for power, and at the base of it all, is political power.
Now, maybe one not so plain. I'm picking a hard one now, one that might be even have to be played with a bit, but I still think we can make a solid case. One in fantasy is The Never Ending Story. Now, like all good fantasy stories, this one has more than it's fair share of insane creatures, some good and some bad. It also has what every good story needs; good vs evil. Yup, isn't that the basis of politics? The only difference is that everyone thinks they're the "good" and the other side is "evil"... Okay, so I won't go that far, but I will say that the reason this young boy is needed in this book is to give power to the forces of good, and allow the establishment of government to begin again. Of course the story has to play out until the last possible second, yet, it does in fact, allow the groundwork for a new governing body of the "lands" after the same "lands" have been swallowed up by anarchy... or The Nothing...
Without politics in our stories, there would be no pressure for the movie/book to move forward. People could frolic at their own pace and never find resolution to their issues because there would be no time limit to pressure the characters into any type of motivational action. Without the need to battle evil, or overthrow the existing government, or exact change upon the nation or lands as a whole, then there is nothing pressing the individuals within the landscape of the story to move in any direction.. there would be bedlam.