Is there a word for the "parallel world" of dictators?

Most dictators were surrounded by people who don't dare to tell the truth.

The result: the dictators didn't see the world like it is, but only how they wanted it to see. They didn't know how the average people felt.

Is there a word for this "parallel world" of dictators?


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You can say that they lived in an echo chamber: they only heard what they had already said.

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How about bubble -- one word -- or alternate reality -- two words? Both describe the "parallel universe" of dictators.

Many people live inside bubbles. In doing so, they insulate themselves from information from outside the bubble, and at the same time, they ensure that all the information they receive is from inside the bubble. From Dictionary.com:

bubble: anything that lacks firmness, substance, or permanence; an illusion or delusion (emphasis added)

Alternate reality is a synonym for parallel universe. [Wikipedia] It's fair to say that dictators live in alternate realities. To paraphrase the OP:

They don't see the world as it is, but only how they want to see it. They don't know how average people feel.

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