From Superman II
Come forward. Your General wishes to speak.
I am General Zod. Your ruler. Yes, today begins a new order. Your lands, your possessions, your very lives, will gladly be given in tribute to me, General Zod! In return for your obedience you will enjoy my generous protection. In other words you will be allowed to live.
[rips a Generals stars from his shoulder
So you are a General? And who is your superior?
I answer only to the President.
And he will answer to me! Or all of his cities will end up like this one.