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16th Jul '16 1:32:45 PM ImperialScum
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* [[ShiningCity Saturn City]] in ''Literature/AeonLegionLabyrinth'' is a blending of Arabic, Latin, and Greek culture. Its technology grants [[TheAgeless eternal youth]], crime is stopped before it even stops by {{Seers}} called Sybil, and Saturnian citizens are pretty nice if a bit hedonistic. Despite being the most advanced and powerful human civilization in history, it is also completely stagnate culturally and technologically.
30th Jun '16 7:20:35 PM nombretomado
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* Metru Nui has shades of this in ''{{Bionicle}}''. (minus the togas, of course, as armoured cyborgs have no need for clothing). It's even lampshaded at one point, as a character walking through one of the districts notes how disturbingly clean everything is.

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* Metru Nui has shades of this in ''{{Bionicle}}''.''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''. (minus the togas, of course, as armoured cyborgs have no need for clothing). It's even lampshaded at one point, as a character walking through one of the districts notes how disturbingly clean everything is.



* The planet Le Marie Glennecia (AKA, Mariglenn, AKA "Eden") from ''RogueGalaxy'' is almost literally this, featuring copious amounts of actual spires and togas, and to top it all off, possesses what is obviously ''extremely'' advanced technology. How advanced? Advanced enough to move their entire planet, intact, to a completely different galaxy, possibly a completely different universe, and surround it with a time stasis field. When they finally return to normal space, they spend ''10,000 years'' waiting for the return of the return of Kisala. And all of this is completely inapparent just from looking at their stone-paved city streets or the pretty, ancient Greece-style masonry buildings. If the spires were crystalline, it would be a flawless literal example of this trope.

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* The planet Le Marie Glennecia (AKA, Mariglenn, AKA "Eden") from ''RogueGalaxy'' ''VideoGame/RogueGalaxy'' is almost literally this, featuring copious amounts of actual spires and togas, and to top it all off, possesses what is obviously ''extremely'' advanced technology. How advanced? Advanced enough to move their entire planet, intact, to a completely different galaxy, possibly a completely different universe, and surround it with a time stasis field. When they finally return to normal space, they spend ''10,000 years'' waiting for the return of the return of Kisala. And all of this is completely inapparent just from looking at their stone-paved city streets or the pretty, ancient Greece-style masonry buildings. If the spires were crystalline, it would be a flawless literal example of this trope.
29th Jun '16 1:47:10 PM Generality
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* While the entire nation of the D'ni in the ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' series was - probably - bereft of togas, their technology and archaeology almost definitely falls into this situation. Plus, they sowed the seeds of their own destruction, and whatnot.

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* While the entire nation of the D'ni in the ''VideoGame/{{Myst}}'' series was - probably - bereft of togas, togas (though concept art shows plenty of toga-like archaic fashions), their technology and archaeology almost definitely falls into this situation.situation. As a bonus, they do have at least one literal crystal spire: the center and highest point of their city houses a mechanism that uses a giant quartz crystal to generate telemetry that keeps their most advanced devices synched with each other. Plus, they sowed the seeds of their own destruction, and whatnot.
14th May '16 12:26:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''. Space elevators, matter transmitters and the like are built in a standard scifi fashion, but telepathy is eventually done in shrines and [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascension to posthumanity]] apparently by monks.

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* ''SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''.''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri''. Space elevators, matter transmitters and the like are built in a standard scifi fashion, but telepathy is eventually done in shrines and [[AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence ascension to posthumanity]] apparently by monks.
29th Apr '16 1:31:56 PM SparkyLurkdragon
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* The Silver Civilization from ''SkiesOfArcadia''. The Purple Civilization might also qualify, although their 'spires' are more like icicles.

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* The Silver Civilization from ''SkiesOfArcadia''.''VideoGame/SkiesOfArcadia''. The Purple Civilization might also qualify, although their 'spires' are more like icicles.
26th Apr '16 1:34:16 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* In contrast to the [[DeathWorld Red]] and [[CrapsackWorld Yellow zones]], Blue zones in ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerTiberiumWars'' are this minus the togas. People there have life expectancies over 100, incredibly high standards of living, full employment, virtually no crime, spotless cities, pristine wilderness, quantum computers, and routine spaceflight. All of it made possible by [[GreenRocks Tiberium]].
17th Apr '16 7:33:47 PM frogpatrol
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While there's a definite trend towards giant and architecturally impressive glass towers in the modern era, the trope hasn't quite made it to the status of TruthInTelevision yet -- aside from a conspicuous lack of togas, robes, or unisuits, these shiny new buildings aren't part of the sort of sweeping social movement this Trope describes but individual corporations jockeying to display their wealth[[note]]Of course, this trope WOULD apply if all the individual corporations and members of the population were sufficiently wealthy to live in a Crystal Spires and Togas world; for example in a post-scarcity civilization.[[/note]]. Utopian cities they are not; very real slums crowd their feet.

As Time Magazine put it, this is nearly the opposite of {{Steampunk}}, as Steampunk seeks to make technology more viewable, easier to connect with than the sleek shiny technology of this era. Compare with CityOfGold and SpaceBrasilia. See also PowerCrystal and DataCrystal, for the PlotDevice version.

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While there's a definite trend towards giant and architecturally impressive glass towers in the modern era, the trope hasn't quite made it to the status of TruthInTelevision yet -- aside from a conspicuous lack of togas, robes, or unisuits, these shiny new buildings aren't part of the sort of sweeping social movement this Trope describes but individual corporations jockeying to display their wealth[[note]]Of course, this trope WOULD ''would'' apply if all the individual corporations and members of the population were sufficiently wealthy to live in a Crystal Spires and Togas world; for example in a post-scarcity civilization.[[/note]]. Utopian cities they are not; very real slums crowd their feet.

As Time Magazine ''TIME'' magazine put it, this is nearly the opposite of {{Steampunk}}, as Steampunk seeks to make technology more viewable, easier to connect with than the sleek shiny technology of this era. Compare with DefectorFromDecadence, SpaceElves, CityOfGold and SpaceBrasilia. See also PowerCrystal and DataCrystal, for the PlotDevice version.
6th Apr '16 12:12:17 PM Glasender
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* The ''Series/MysterScienceTheater3000'' experiment ''Warrior of the Lost World'' featured a Dystopian world in which lived a group of toga-wearing "enlightened ones". They had [[HealingHands healing powers]] and lived in a [[AnotherDimension pocket dimension]] from which they battled an [[{{Dystopia}} oppressive totalitarian government]] that had [[TakeOverTheWorld taken over the world]].

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* The ''Series/MysterScienceTheater3000'' ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' experiment ''Warrior of the Lost World'' featured a Dystopian world in which lived a group of toga-wearing "enlightened ones". They had [[HealingHands healing powers]] and lived in a [[AnotherDimension pocket dimension]] from which they battled an [[{{Dystopia}} oppressive totalitarian government]] that had [[TakeOverTheWorld taken over the world]].
1st Apr '16 1:57:57 PM thatmadork
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', the Institute maintains a clean, sleek and white plastic appearance which deliberately invokes this motif and contrasts with the grimy, lived-in aesthetic seen everywhere else in the Commonwealth. The scientists who wander the halls do so in labcoats which have toga-like patterns on them. [[spoiler:Of course, it's all a thin veneer and underneath it's just as dirty and decayed as the rest of the wasteland.]]
19th Mar '16 2:07:03 PM MorningStar1337
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** The Allagan Empire from ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV'' is the Posthumous version. A large technologically advanced empire, complete with a literal Crystal Spire. It's also a deconstruction, for their advancements allowed them to live in comfort and [[AndManGrewProud hubris]] to the point of decay and it was eventuality buried by a large-scale earthquake, leaving only a large satellite/evil-sealing can and a small floating abandoned research facility.
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