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13th Mar '17 5:41:45 PM MasterHero
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* ''LightNovel/TheAsteriskWar'': The entire world is all but completely controlled by one MegaCorp which forced countries back into the system of monarchic rule, and the one place that isn't a [[CrapsackWorld Crapsack Location]], Asterisk, is used primarily as a stage for very dangerous martial arts duels and tournaments among the teenage students.
26th Feb '17 8:34:26 AM SeptimusHeap
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* "Literature/TheTamariskHunter": The people around the Colorado River have lost most if not all of their water rights to California, resulting in the collapse of civilization around the river.
14th Feb '17 8:01:44 PM eyebones
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Dystopia is Ancient Greek for "bad place." In common parlance it may simply mean "CrapsackWorld" but in the context of this trope a Dystopia is a scenario that takes a sociopolitical issue and deconstructs it or turns it UpToEleven. Better yet, do it with several issues, or perhaps all of them. Though many Crapsack Worlds are [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour obvious dystopias]], not all dystopias are Crapsack Worlds; it might be set up as Utopia but with fatal flaws. They are the less obvious Dystopias, ones where [[StepfordSmiler everyone appears to be happy]], but there is [[CrapsaccharineWorld just something wrong with it]]. This is the ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' level of Dystopia.

What differentiates a dystopia from a mere CrapsackWorld is that while you can create a Crapsack World with simple elements like gore and pain and/or Eldritch Abominations everywhere, a dystopia ''is a social commentary literally in the background'', as is a {{utopia}}n setting. As with Brave new World above, a dystopia need not be an obvious hell. The two settings share a problem in sometimes being a little too one-note. The author is thinking "capitalism sucks!", for instance, and everything wrong with the world turns out be clearly the fault of nasty {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s and their nasty, greedy {{megacorp}}orations. Conversely, it could be "governments suck!" and the corporations are the last line of defense against the evil, totalitarian [[ObstructiveBureaucrat bureaucrats]]. Whichever, it is just one note.

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Dystopia is Ancient Greek for "bad place." In common parlance it may simply mean "CrapsackWorld" but in the context of this trope The trick to creating a Dystopia dystopia is a scenario that takes to take a sociopolitical issue and deconstructs deconstruct it or turns turn it UpToEleven. Better yet, do it with several issues, or perhaps all of them. Though many Crapsack Worlds are [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour obvious dystopias]], not all dystopias are Crapsack Worlds; it might be set up as Utopia but with fatal flaws. They are the less obvious Dystopias, ones where [[StepfordSmiler everyone appears to be happy]], but there is [[CrapsaccharineWorld just something wrong with it]]. This is the ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' level of Dystopia.

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dystopia from a mere CrapsackWorld is that while you can create a Crapsack World with simple elements like gore and pain and/or Eldritch Abominations everywhere, a dystopia ''is a social commentary literally in the background'', background, as is a {{utopia}}n setting. As with Brave new World above, a dystopia need not be an obvious hell.setting. The two settings share a problem in sometimes being a little too one-note. The author is thinking "capitalism sucks!", for instance, and everything wrong with the world turns out be clearly the fault of nasty {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s and their nasty, greedy {{megacorp}}orations. Conversely, it could be "governments suck!" and the corporations are the last line of defense against the evil, totalitarian [[ObstructiveBureaucrat bureaucrats]]. Whichever, it is just one note.
10th Feb '17 2:43:24 AM memememememe
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Dystopia is Ancient Greek for "bad place." The trick to creating a dystopia is to take a sociopolitical issue and deconstruct it or turn it UpToEleven. Better yet, do it with several issues, or perhaps all of them.

A dystopia is a social commentary literally in the background, as is a {{utopia}}n setting. The two settings share a problem in sometimes being a little too one-note. The author is thinking "capitalism sucks!", for instance, and everything wrong with the world turns out be clearly the fault of nasty {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s and their nasty, greedy {{megacorp}}orations. Conversely, it could be "governments suck!" and the corporations are the last line of defense against the evil, totalitarian [[ObstructiveBureaucrat bureaucrats]]. Whichever, it is just one note.

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Dystopia is Ancient Greek for "bad place." The trick to creating In common parlance it may simply mean "CrapsackWorld" but in the context of this trope a dystopia Dystopia is to take a scenario that takes a sociopolitical issue and deconstruct deconstructs it or turn turns it UpToEleven. Better yet, do it with several issues, or perhaps all of them.

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them. Though many Crapsack Worlds are [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour obvious dystopias]], not all dystopias are Crapsack Worlds; it might be set up as Utopia but with fatal flaws. They are the less obvious Dystopias, ones where [[StepfordSmiler everyone appears to be happy]], but there is [[CrapsaccharineWorld just something wrong with it]]. This is the ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' level of Dystopia.

What differentiates a
dystopia from a mere CrapsackWorld is that while you can create a Crapsack World with simple elements like gore and pain and/or Eldritch Abominations everywhere, a dystopia ''is a social commentary literally in the background, background'', as is a {{utopia}}n setting.setting. As with Brave new World above, a dystopia need not be an obvious hell. The two settings share a problem in sometimes being a little too one-note. The author is thinking "capitalism sucks!", for instance, and everything wrong with the world turns out be clearly the fault of nasty {{Corrupt Corporate Executive}}s and their nasty, greedy {{megacorp}}orations. Conversely, it could be "governments suck!" and the corporations are the last line of defense against the evil, totalitarian [[ObstructiveBureaucrat bureaucrats]]. Whichever, it is just one note.



The Dystopian world may be [[Literature/NineteenEightyFour obviously a Dystopia]] and there is no effort made to hide the fact that the world is in fact a CrapsackWorld. Frequently the heroes are constantly battling just to survive and the BigBad is an evil dictator. Or it might be set up as Utopia but with fatal flaws. They are the less obvious Dystopias, ones where [[StepfordSmiler everyone appears to be happy]], but there is [[CrapsaccharineWorld just something wrong with it]]. This is the ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' level of Dystopia.
17th Jan '17 11:17:24 PM FordPrefect
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** ''Lord of the World'' by Robert Hugh Benson

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** ''Lord The 1907 novel ''The Lord of the World'' by Msgr. Robert Hugh BensonBenson shows Western civilization as having turned into a socialist, technologically-advanced society that persecutes those still clinging to religion and individualism, and attempts to stamp out Christianity once and for all. This is brought to a head with the arising of the Anti-Christ...



* The 1907 novel ''The Lord of the World'' by Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson shows Western civilization as having turned into a socialist, technologically-advanced society that persecutes those still clinging to religion and individualism, and attempts to stamp out Christianity once and for all. This is brought to a head with the arising of the Anti-Christ...
17th Jan '17 11:15:11 PM FordPrefect
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* The late Creator/OctaviaButler's books ''Literature/ParableOfTheSower'' and ''Parable of the Talents'' are this. They are America in the 2020's and 2030's respectively(the books were written in the 90's). People are sold into slavery by the police, given dog collar-like things, and every city is a WretchedHive.

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* The late Creator/OctaviaButler's books ''Literature/ParableOfTheSower'' and ''Parable of the Talents'' are this. They are America in the 2020's and 2030's respectively(the respectively (the books were written in the 90's). People are sold into slavery by the police, given dog collar-like things, and every city is a WretchedHive.
17th Jan '17 11:11:23 PM FordPrefect
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The Computer is quite insane and utterly paranoid, and rules with an iron fist, society being organized in a hierarchy of security clearances based on the [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience colors of the rainbow]][[note]]Infrared and Ultraviolet are represented by black and white, respectively. Rumors of a Gamma Clearance are treason.[[/note]] and supported by swarms of robots, omnipresent surveillance and an endless bureaucracy. Players are Red-level Troubleshooters, whose job is to [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin find trouble and shoot it]], and whose main targets are traitors, Communists and other members of secret societies, as well as unregistered mutants and Commie Mutant Traitors.\\

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The Computer is quite insane and utterly paranoid, and rules with an iron fist, society being organized in a hierarchy of security clearances based on the [[ColorCodedForYourConvenience colors of the rainbow]][[note]]Infrared and Ultraviolet are represented by black and white, respectively. Rumors of a Gamma Clearance are treason.[[/note]] and supported by swarms of robots, omnipresent surveillance and an endless bureaucracy. Players are Red-level Troubleshooters, whose job is to [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin find trouble and shoot it]], and whose main targets are traitors, Communists and other members of secret societies, as well as unregistered mutants and [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs Commie Mutant Traitors.Traitors]].\\
8th Jan '17 12:58:34 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted in ''{{Transmetropolitan}}''. The future setting appears at first to be a filthy, crowded, cruel dystopia. As the story progresses, though, it becomes clear that they're dealing with essentially the same issues we deal with today, just with the volume turned up by technology and increased population. Furthermore, some of the modern world's problems have been defeated; pollution has ceased to be an issue for example, though in Spider's childhood it apparently still was a severe threat. The subversion is further driven home by the protagonist's [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold ultimately optimistic nature]]. There's even a Christmas special where he explicitly states that things tend to be better in the future.

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* Subverted in ''{{Transmetropolitan}}''.''ComicBook/{{Transmetropolitan}}''. The future setting appears at first to be a filthy, crowded, cruel dystopia. As the story progresses, though, it becomes clear that they're dealing with essentially the same issues we deal with today, just with the volume turned up by technology and increased population. Furthermore, some of the modern world's problems have been defeated; pollution has ceased to be an issue for example, though in Spider's childhood it apparently still was a severe threat. The subversion is further driven home by the protagonist's [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold ultimately optimistic nature]]. There's even a Christmas special where he explicitly states that things tend to be better in the future.
2nd Jan '17 3:05:40 PM Crino37
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* ''Series/BlackMirror'' is anthology series which the main theme of the episodes being the nasty consequences caused by the use of technology, so most of the episodes set in the future would somewhat count, but the most notable example is in the episode Fifteen Million Merits, where people live underground, having to ride exercise bycicles to generate energy and television literally rules the society.

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* ''Series/BlackMirror'' is anthology series which the main theme of the episodes being the nasty consequences caused by the use of technology, so most of the episodes set in the future would somewhat count, but the most notable example is in the episode Fifteen Million Merits, where people live underground, having to ride exercise bycicles to generate energy and energy, while television literally rules the society.
2nd Jan '17 3:04:30 PM Crino37
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''Series/BlackMirror'' is anthology series which the main theme of the episodes being the nasty consequences caused by the use of technology, so most of the episodes set in the future would somewhat count, but the most notable example is in the episode Fifteen Million Merits, where people live underground, having to ride exercise bycicles to generate energy and television literally rules the society.

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* ''Series/BlackMirror'' is anthology series which the main theme of the episodes being the nasty consequences caused by the use of technology, so most of the episodes set in the future would somewhat count, but the most notable example is in the episode Fifteen Million Merits, where people live underground, having to ride exercise bycicles to generate energy and television literally rules the society.
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