What IS a totalitarian government? Are there any instances of success with a totalitarian government? Is success possible with totalitarianism? What are the positive effects and the negative effects of a totalitarian government?

(Imagine that this is a uni history final exam)

This is of no concern to me, I am just bored and wish to debate.

Someone answer these questions. LOL!

Edit:: God I fail. Didn't know there was a debate forum.