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19th Sep '16 8:33:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* Deconstructed in ''[[{{Nightside}} Paths Not Taken]]'', in which Lilith's idealized vision of a city resembles this trope, but anyone who's actually ''lived'' in a city can see that she's failed to take logistics into account. It's big on the crystal spires, fountains, and other frills, but lacking in such necessary amenities as sewers.
* The Elderling civilization in ''RealmOfTheElderlings'' seems to have been like this before being destroyed by a natural disaster.

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* Deconstructed in ''[[{{Nightside}} ''[[Literature/{{Nightside}} Paths Not Taken]]'', in which Lilith's idealized vision of a city resembles this trope, but anyone who's actually ''lived'' in a city can see that she's failed to take logistics into account. It's big on the crystal spires, fountains, and other frills, but lacking in such necessary amenities as sewers.
* The Elderling civilization in ''RealmOfTheElderlings'' ''Literature/RealmOfTheElderlings'' seems to have been like this before being destroyed by a natural disaster.
10th Sep '16 3:56:13 AM Doug86
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* Many depictions of {{Superman}}'s home world of Krypton fit this trope. Post-crisis, though, Krypton was more dystopian despite all the crystal-toga trappings. When ''ComicBook/SupermanBirthright'' {{retcon}}ned Krypton's society back to something closer to the pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} version (i.e. a more general super-advanced civilization without a specific, dominant theme), the togas changed back to SpaceClothes.

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* Many depictions of {{Superman}}'s Franchise/{{Superman}}'s home world of Krypton fit this trope. Post-crisis, though, Krypton was more dystopian despite all the crystal-toga trappings. When ''ComicBook/SupermanBirthright'' {{retcon}}ned Krypton's society back to something closer to the pre-ComicBook/{{Crisis|on Infinite Earths}} version (i.e. a more general super-advanced civilization without a specific, dominant theme), the togas changed back to SpaceClothes.


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* In ''ComicBook/NewGods'', New Genesis is depicted as once of these.
30th Aug '16 11:00:03 AM Tron80
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** In the pre-Crisis universe, the citizens of Kandor who survived the destruction of Krypton settled on a planetoid which they called Rokyn. As seen [[http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tfjpknJuIk4/TpSWAxOadnI/AAAAAAAAAkY/obZ4MSCuN0M/s1600/supergirl-rokyn.jpg here]], Kandor was definitely a crystal-and-toga place.
30th Aug '16 10:26:57 AM Tron80
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** For maximum effect, post Infinite Crisis reverts some of Birthright's changes to include some of the Byrne era Kryptonian aesthetics so that you have the crystal spires and the togas at the same time.

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** For maximum effect, post Infinite Crisis ''Comicbook/InfiniteCrisis'' reverts some of Birthright's changes to include some of the Byrne era Kryptonian aesthetics so that you have the crystal spires and the togas at the same time.time.
** The ''Comicbook/{{Supergirl}}'' books often go into detail about the culture and society of Krypton, particularly Argo City (Supergirl's hometown). ''Comicbook/SupergirlRebirth'''s first scene depicts Argo City: everybody wore colourful, bright clothes and long, flowing robes and capes; and the buildings were tall, alien-looking structures made of glass and metal.
29th Jul '16 10:41:18 AM jake38
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* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' bleeds this in all three games. In this tropers OP, this series is the best example seen in any video game.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' bleeds this in all three games. In this tropers OP, this series is the best example seen in any video game.
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.
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