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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.
14th Mar '16 12:26:19 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''{{AGC}}'', how the inside of Joe's mind is represented.

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* In ''{{AGC}}'', ''Webcomic/AnotherGamingComic'', how the inside of Joe's mind is represented.
15th Feb '16 2:53:24 PM psionycx
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* The Time Lords of ''Series/DoctorWho'' represented a civilization of this type; the trope was subverted in a couple of ways. Even their first appearance, which shows them highly advanced and almost utopian, establishes their civilization as so boring and pompous that the Doctor [[DefectorFromDecadence couldn't wait to run away from them]]. Later appearances [[DependingOnTheWriter often, though not always,]] revealed them as corrupt, petty and hypocritical. So it's probably not so bad that they [[DroppedABridgeOnHim had a cosmic bridge dropped on them]] in the new series.

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* The Time Lords of ''Series/DoctorWho'' represented represent a civilization of this type; the type. Hobbies include creating MagicFromTechnology and AbusingTheKardashevScaleForFunAndProfit. The trope was subverted in a couple of ways. Even their first appearance, which shows them highly advanced and almost utopian, establishes their civilization as so boring and pompous that the Doctor [[DefectorFromDecadence couldn't wait to run away from them]]. Later appearances [[DependingOnTheWriter often, though not always,]] revealed them as corrupt, petty and hypocritical. So it's probably not so bad that they [[DroppedABridgeOnHim had a cosmic bridge dropped on them]] in the new series.
11th Feb '16 1:50:46 AM 940131
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After passing the "[[RaygunGothic big, shiny and sciencey!]]" period, a highly developed civilization can enter a stage where technology continues to advance, but becomes a lot sleeker and subtler. At the same time, society gets epic. Jumpsuits will start being replaced by togas, robes and such garments, bustling [[MegaCity mega-cities]] by [[ShiningCity brilliant]] [[{{Arcology}} arcologies]]. There will be [[PowerCrystal crystals]]. Lots and ''lots'' of [[DataCrystal crystals]]. This world of tomorrow may end up looking much like Ancient Greece (the theme-park Cecil B. de Mille version at least) while still enjoying ultratech comforts.

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After passing the "[[RaygunGothic big, shiny and sciencey!]]" period, a highly developed civilization can enter a stage where technology continues to advance, but becomes a lot sleeker and subtler. At the same time, society gets epic. Jumpsuits will start being replaced by togas, robes and such garments, bustling [[MegaCity mega-cities]] by [[ShiningCity brilliant]] [[{{Arcology}} arcologies]]. There will be [[PowerCrystal crystals]]. Lots and ''lots'' of [[DataCrystal crystals]]. This world of tomorrow may end up looking much like Ancient Greece or Rome (the theme-park Cecil B. de Mille version at least) while still enjoying ultratech comforts.
8th Feb '16 5:59:59 PM DoktorvonEurotrash
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** There is also humanity's more advanced descendants in the year 5 million, as opposed to their stupid, vicious counterparts that live underground.

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** There is also humanity's more advanced descendants in the year 5 million, as opposed to their [[Literature/TheTimeMachine stupid, vicious counterparts that live underground.]]
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