History Main / Dystopia

23rd Jan '16 9:09:34 PM nombretomado
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* The world of ''StrontiumDog'' is not quite so horrible as ''Judge Dredd'', but it's still pretty nasty. In the aftermath of a nuclear war, {{mutant}}s are a victimised underclass and big tycoons casually commit genocide in the name of profit.
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* The world of ''StrontiumDog'' ''ComicBook/StrontiumDog'' is not quite so horrible as ''Judge Dredd'', but it's still pretty nasty. In the aftermath of a nuclear war, {{mutant}}s are a victimised underclass and big tycoons casually commit genocide in the name of profit.
7th Jan '16 2:05:32 PM Snarf
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* The People's Republic of Haven from the Literature/HonorHarrington series practically defines this trope.
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* The People's Republic of Haven from the Literature/HonorHarrington series practically defines this trope. Also a deconstruction, as the cost of maintaining a police state is what forces Haven into an expansionist mode and ultimately into open conflict with Manticore.
31st Dec '15 9:49:57 AM eyebones
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* The CrapsackWorld of ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' fits here. The whole galaxy has been torn apart by religion, greed, and the pursuit of power - embodied by the countless factions and figures bringing the galaxy to ruin. ** The Emirate of Mecca is easily the most brutal example - a totalitarian Muslim theocracy RecycledInSpace, ruled by the iron fist of the Prophet Muhammad. Muslim women are turned into literal baby factories, rape and murder are legal, free speech is literally an alien concept, nearly the entire population are brainwashed fanatics, and typical living conditions range from barely livable to total hellholes. The entire Muslim leadership are also complete hypocrites, flagrantly sinning and breaking their own laws with impunity.
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* The CrapsackWorld of ''FanFic/SonicXDarkChaos'' fits here. The whole galaxy has been torn apart by religion, greed, and the pursuit of power - embodied by the countless factions and figures bringing the galaxy to ruin. \n** The Emirate of Mecca is easily the most brutal example - a totalitarian Muslim theocracy RecycledInSpace, ruled by the iron fist of the Prophet Muhammad. Muslim women are turned into literal baby factories, rape and murder are legal, free speech is literally an alien concept, nearly the entire population are brainwashed fanatics, and typical living conditions range from barely livable to total hellholes. The entire Muslim leadership are also complete hypocrites, flagrantly sinning and breaking their own laws with impunity.

* ''Literature/DoAndroidsDreamOfElectricSheep'' by Creator/PhilipKDick, the novel which inspired ''Film/BladeRunner''. Nominally, the film is an adaptation.
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* ''Literature/DoAndroidsDreamOfElectricSheep'' by Creator/PhilipKDick, Creator/PhilipKDick: ** ''Literature/DoAndroidsDreamOfElectricSheep'', the novel which inspired ''Film/BladeRunner''. Nominally, the film is an adaptation.

* ''Literature/WatershipDown'': Efrafa. Both a classic ruled-by-dictator-with-a-fist-of-iron dystopia and also a rabbit warren!
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* ''Literature/WatershipDown'': ''Literature/WatershipDown'': ** Efrafa. Both a classic ruled-by-dictator-with-a-fist-of-iron dystopia and also a rabbit warren!

* Margaret Atwood's ''Literature/TheHandmaidsTale''. Everything is rationed by the theocratic government - including women who are considered things, not people. ** More precisely, the fertile women; the environment's a mess.
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* Margaret Atwood's ''Literature/TheHandmaidsTale''. Everything is rationed by the theocratic government - including women who are considered things, not people. ** More precisely, the fertile fertie women; the environment's a mess.

* Kurt Vonnegut's "Literature/HarrisonBergeron", a short story focusing on the problem of government forcing equality by any means possible. The beautiful must wear hideous masks, the strong and agile carry sacks of iron on their backs...so it goes. (It is still to this day debated whether the story is intended as a serious satire on egalitarianism or a StrawDystopia intended as a StealthParody of dystopias like Creator/AynRand's; since Vonnegut was both a socialist and an anarchist, both interpretations have their believers).
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* Kurt Vonnegut's Vonnegut: ** "Literature/HarrisonBergeron", a short story focusing on the problem of government forcing equality by any means possible. The beautiful must wear hideous masks, the strong and agile carry sacks of iron on their backs...so it goes. (It It is still to this day debated whether the story is intended as a serious satire on egalitarianism or a StrawDystopia intended as a StealthParody of dystopias like Creator/AynRand's; since Vonnegut was both a socialist and an anarchist, both interpretations have their believers).believers.

* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Panem sacrifices twenty-four teenagers (one girl and one boy from each of the twelve districts) each year in a [[KillEmAll violent death match]] broadcast live in order to show the citizens of the nation the cosequences if they try to rebel again. ** And that's not even taking into account how horribly and unfairly the country is run year round. Even most Capitol citizens don't have it as good as you may think...
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* ''Literature/TheHungerGames'': Panem sacrifices twenty-four teenagers (one girl and one boy from each of the twelve districts) each year in a [[KillEmAll violent death match]] broadcast live in order to show the citizens of the nation the cosequences if they try to rebel again. ** again. And that's not even taking into account how horribly and unfairly the country is run year round. Even most Capitol citizens don't have it as good as you may think...think.

* Kornbluth's ''The Marching Morons'' has similar themes to the film ''Idiocracy'', above. Except that the super-intelligent aristocracy are the ones slaving away, to keep the vast mentally-challenged majority from killing themselves out of sheer incompetence. ** Kornbluth produced some other memorably nasty dystopias. The two worst are probably the militarized, back-stabbing Denv with its endless, pointless nuclear war against Ellay, and the [[ReligionOfEvil sadistic Merdeka cult]], whose ideas of parenting include "child-flogging benches" and cheerful nursery rhymes such as
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* Kornbluth's ''The Marching Morons'' has similar themes to the film ''Idiocracy'', above. Except that the super-intelligent aristocracy are the ones slaving away, to keep the vast mentally-challenged majority from killing themselves out of sheer incompetence. ** incompetence. Kornbluth produced some other memorably nasty dystopias. The two worst are probably the militarized, back-stabbing Denv with its endless, pointless nuclear war against Ellay, and the [[ReligionOfEvil sadistic Merdeka cult]], whose ideas of parenting include "child-flogging benches" and cheerful nursery rhymes such as

* Creator/AynRand's novella ''Literature/{{Anthem}}'' follows the awakening and rebellion of the main character in a collectivist dystopia where individual identity is suppressed, and all citizens are taught to consider themselves interchangeable and replaceable parts in a great machine. On top of that, the government has mandated cultural and [[MedievalStasis technological stasis]] at a pre-Industrial Revolution level.
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* Creator/AynRand's novella Creator/AynRand's: ** Novella ''Literature/{{Anthem}}'' follows the awakening and rebellion of the main character in a collectivist dystopia where individual identity is suppressed, and all citizens are taught to consider themselves interchangeable and replaceable parts in a great machine. On top of that, the government has mandated cultural and [[MedievalStasis technological stasis]] at a pre-Industrial Revolution level.

* Music/{{Rush}}'s ''Music/{{2112}}'' is in part a concept album based on ''Anthem'' by Creator/AynRand. Although individual identity is not as suppressed as it is in the book, technology, and especially music, is outlawed. The main character discovers a guitar and learns to play; and when he bring it back to share with the rest of the world, the ruling elite arrest him and smash his guitar. He reacts by [[spoiler: [[DrivenToSuicide committing suicide in despair]]]]. ** Also ''Red Barchetta'' from the album ''Music/MovingPictures'' based on the story ''A Nice Morning Drive,'' written by Richard Foster (itself a kind of dystopia-by-over-watchfulness). The song is about a young man driving a car in a world where cars and/or driving is outlawed. * Music/DavidBowie's ''Music/DiamondDogs'' was originally intended to be a rock-opera based on Creator/GeorgeOrwell's ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]''; but he was unable to license the rights from the Orwell estate. Elements of ''1984'' are clearly present in the work.
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* Music/{{Rush}}'s Music/{{Rush}}: ** ''Music/{{2112}}'' is in part a concept album based on ''Anthem'' by Creator/AynRand. Although individual identity is not as suppressed as it is in the book, technology, and especially music, is outlawed. The main character discovers a guitar and learns to play; and when he bring it back to share with the rest of the world, the ruling elite arrest him and smash his guitar. He reacts by [[spoiler: [[DrivenToSuicide committing suicide in despair]]]]. ** Also ''Red Barchetta'' from the album ''Music/MovingPictures'' based on the story ''A Nice Morning Drive,'' written by Richard Foster (itself a kind of dystopia-by-over-watchfulness). The song is about a young man driving a car in a world where cars and/or driving is outlawed. * Music/DavidBowie's Music/DavidBowie: ** ''Music/DiamondDogs'' was originally intended to be a rock-opera based on Creator/GeorgeOrwell's ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]''; but he was unable to license the rights from the Orwell estate. Elements of ''1984'' are clearly present in the work.

* A number of other artists have done songs and albums based on ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]''; most notably Rick Wakeman, Music/{{Supertramp}}, Music/{{Genesis}} founder Anthony Phillips, Music/{{Muse}}, and Music/{{Megadeth}}. ** Music/{{Eurythmics}} performed the soundtrack for the 1984 film version[[note]]although its actual use was complicated by ExecutiveMeddling; the soundtrack only appears in some cuts of the film but was released as an independent album[[/note]].
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* A number of other artists have done songs and albums based on ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]''; most notably Rick Wakeman, Music/{{Supertramp}}, Music/{{Genesis}} founder Anthony Phillips, Music/{{Muse}}, and Music/{{Megadeth}}. ** Music/{{Megadeth}}. Music/{{Eurythmics}} performed the soundtrack for the 1984 film version[[note]]although its actual use was complicated by ExecutiveMeddling; the soundtrack only appears in some cuts of the film but was released as an independent album[[/note]].

* Music/OingoBoingo's ''Perfect System'' depicts a totalitarian socity ruled by a Big Brother figure. ** A number of other songs off of the album ''Only a Lad'' (which ''Perfect System'' is from) fit into such a setting as well in addition to pointing out potentially dystopian elements of modern life.
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* Music/OingoBoingo's ''Perfect System'' depicts a totalitarian socity ruled by a Big Brother figure. ** figure. A number of other songs off of the album ''Only a Lad'' (which ''Perfect System'' is from) fit into such a setting as well in addition to pointing out potentially dystopian elements of modern life.

* The ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe is one gigantic [=Dystopia=], born from the sheer, horrific build-up of intolerance, hatred, repression, religious fanaticism, cruelty, hedonism, decadence, greed, and every other vice you could possibly imagine, over the span of millennia. Quite possibly the worst component, however, is simply neglect. The fact that many of said vices have '''''physical form''''', are sentient, and actively working towards the eventual destruction of everything probably doesn't help. Nothing is ''ever'' going to get better there. ** There's a faction of {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s who are considered to be naive ''because'' of that belief. Given the setting, there's probably a kernel of truth to that.
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* The ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' universe is one gigantic [=Dystopia=], born from the sheer, horrific build-up of intolerance, hatred, repression, religious fanaticism, cruelty, hedonism, decadence, greed, and every other vice you could possibly imagine, over the span of millennia. Quite possibly the worst component, however, is simply neglect. The fact that many of said vices have '''''physical form''''', are sentient, and actively working towards the eventual destruction of everything probably doesn't help. Nothing is ''ever'' going to get better there. ** there. There's a faction of {{Well Intentioned Extremist}}s who are considered to be naive ''because'' of that belief. Given the setting, there's probably a kernel of truth to that.

** And that's if you're a ''legal'' citizen with a proper SIN. Everyone else is ''really'' shafted.

** ''VideoGame/{{Dystopia}}''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin ...]] yeah. * ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' features a Randian utopia GoneHorriblyWrong. [[VideoGame/BioShock2 The sequel]] goes to the opposite extreme, showing a collectivist dystopia.
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** ''VideoGame/{{Dystopia}}''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin ...]] yeah. * ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' features a Randian utopia GoneHorriblyWrong. ** [[VideoGame/BioShock2 The sequel]] goes to the opposite extreme, showing a collectivist dystopia.

*** Though even before the violence, Columbia was a CrapsaccharineWorld. The rampant racism and racial divide means that half of Columbia is wealthy, peaceful and pious. The other half is made up of ruthlessly exploited workers who often work insane hours in terrible conditions for barely enough to survive.
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*** ** Though even before the violence, Columbia was a CrapsaccharineWorld. The rampant racism and racial divide means that half of Columbia is wealthy, peaceful and pious. The other half is made up of ruthlessly exploited workers who often work insane hours in terrible conditions for barely enough to survive.

** SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' reveals that Ba Sing Se, despite its technological modernization, has barely improved from what it was 70 years ago; the secret police from the original series are still around and feared, the different social classes are still forcibly segregated, and its highly selfish and tyrannical queen even seems to have a cult of personality around her. It's telling that when [[spoiler:the queen is assassinated and the walls separating the classes are brought down, the entire city instantly dissolves into an orgy of looting and vandalism]].
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** * SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' reveals that Ba Sing Se, despite its technological modernization, has barely improved from what it was 70 years ago; the secret police from the original series are still around and feared, the different social classes are still forcibly segregated, and its highly selfish and tyrannical queen even seems to have a cult of personality around her. It's telling that when [[spoiler:the queen is assassinated and the walls separating the classes are brought down, the entire city instantly dissolves into an orgy of looting and vandalism]].
31st Dec '15 2:58:56 AM CassandraLeo
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* Kurt Vonnegut's "Literature/HarrisonBergeron", a short story focusing on the problem of government forcing equality by any means possible. The beautiful must wear hideous masks, the strong and agile carry sacks of iron on their backs...so it goes. ** Vonnegut's recurring character Kilgore Traut is a science fiction author said to specialise in dystopian stories. In one of them, human beings have become so irrelevant in the face of advanced technology that suicide is seen as an act of great virtue and patriotism since it rids the nation of one useless mouth to feed.
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* Kurt Vonnegut's "Literature/HarrisonBergeron", a short story focusing on the problem of government forcing equality by any means possible. The beautiful must wear hideous masks, the strong and agile carry sacks of iron on their backs...so it goes. goes. (It is still to this day debated whether the story is intended as a serious satire on egalitarianism or a StrawDystopia intended as a StealthParody of dystopias like Creator/AynRand's; since Vonnegut was both a socialist and an anarchist, both interpretations have their believers). ** Vonnegut's recurring character Kilgore Traut Trout is a science fiction author said to specialise in dystopian stories. In one of them, human beings have become so irrelevant in the face of advanced technology that suicide is seen as an act of great virtue and patriotism since it rids the nation of one useless mouth to feed.

* ''Literature/TheIronHeel'' by Creator/JackLondon is an early enough example (published in 1908) that it may well be the TropeMaker, and is certainly at least widely considered to be the first modern example of this trope. While it's not as well known as some other examples, Orwell himself acknowledged it as an influence on ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''.
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* ''Literature/TheIronHeel'' by Creator/JackLondon is an early enough example (published in 1908) that it may well be the TropeMaker, and is certainly at least widely considered to be the first modern example of this trope. While it's not as well known as some other examples, Orwell Creator/GeorgeOrwell himself acknowledged it as an influence on ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''.''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''. * ''Literature/TheManInTheHighCastle'' is set in an AlternateHistory in which [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi Germany]] and Imperial Japan won UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Saying that it falls under this trope is probably redundant. (Actually, a lot of Creator/PhilipKDick's novels qualify; ''Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said'', ''Literature/DoAndroidsDreamOfElectricSheep'' (mentioned above), the list goes on).

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* ''Literature/TheIronHeel'' by Creator/JackLondon As with the novel it's based on, ''Series/TheManInTheHighCastle'' is set in an early enough example (published AlternateHistory in 1908) which [[ThoseWackyNazis Nazi Germany]] and Imperial Japan won UsefulNotes/WorldWarII. Saying that it may well be the TropeMaker, and is certainly at least widely considered to be the first modern example of falls under this trope. While it's not as well known as some other examples, Orwell himself acknowledged it as an influence on ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''.trope is probably redundant.
31st Dec '15 12:34:34 AM CassandraLeo
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* ''Literature/TheIronHeel'' by Creator/JackLondon is an early enough example (published in 1908) that it may well be the TropeMaker, and is certainly at least widely considered to be the first modern example of this trope. While it's not as well known as some other examples, Orwell himself acknowledged it as an influence on ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''.
21st Dec '15 4:52:08 AM Minni128
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*''WebAnimation/EightySix'' takes place during in a dystopia where the year is 2208, where a totalitarian fascist government, called the Organization has made pet dogs illegal, instead training them enforce order, '''brutally'''. Naturally, this leaves the citizens to fear them and the Organization altogether.
5th Dec '15 2:16:49 PM eroock
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25th Nov '15 11:42:34 AM FF32
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* ''Film/TheLEGOMovie'': Bricksburg is a cheerful dystopia taking plenty of influence from ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' and ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' where people are [[BreadAndCircuses distracted via frivolous entertainment]] from the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive main antagonist's]] master plan in gluing everything in place with a superweapon known as the [[WeaponOfMassDestruction Kragle]]. Even the acronym of the weapon (TAKOS) has an ominous feel to it when it is simply disguised by the innocent name of 'Taco Tuesday', where people are given free tacos to avoid them catching on. There is constant reminders that you are [[BigBrotherIsWatching being watched via billboards and surveillance cameras]] and people are [[SecretPolice dragged away for interrogation, imprisonment, torture and even execution if they fail to follow the instructions - you are even told to report someone if you suspect them doing this]]. For a kids' movie, this is some heavy, dark, frighteningly relevant satire.
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* ''Film/TheLEGOMovie'': ''WesternAnimation/TheLEGOMovie'': Bricksburg is a cheerful dystopia taking plenty of influence from ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' and ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour'' where people are [[BreadAndCircuses distracted via frivolous entertainment]] from the [[CorruptCorporateExecutive main antagonist's]] master plan in gluing everything in place with a superweapon known as the [[WeaponOfMassDestruction Kragle]]. Even the acronym of the weapon (TAKOS) has an ominous feel to it when it is simply disguised by the innocent name of 'Taco Tuesday', where people are given free tacos to avoid them catching on. There is constant reminders that you are [[BigBrotherIsWatching being watched via billboards and surveillance cameras]] and people are [[SecretPolice dragged away for interrogation, imprisonment, torture and even execution if they fail to follow the instructions - you are even told to report someone if you suspect them doing this]]. For a kids' movie, this is some heavy, dark, frighteningly relevant satire.
19th Nov '15 12:13:46 PM FF32
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* ''VideoGame/IronStorm'': UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne has been dragging on for a horrifying 50 years and has become a ForeverWar. Everything is saturated with industrial grimness and in general decay. The global economy has become dominated by greedy and ignorant {{MegaCorp}}s and completely dependent on [[WarForFunAndProfit keeping the war running]]. As if that wasn't bad enough, humans in general have become militaristic {{Crazy Survivalist}}s. There's an oppressive new Eurasian empire, which is ruled by a completely insane quasi-religous zealot, who claims to be the new Genghis Khan. And if you think the supposed good guy countries of the setting are any better, think again: they're militaristic jingoists and crumbling democracies masquerading as brave saviours of civilization. Seriously, it's as if someone did a SpiritualLicensee shooter game adaptation of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''...
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* ''VideoGame/IronStorm'': UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne has been dragging on for a horrifying 50 years and has become a ForeverWar. Everything is saturated with industrial grimness and in general decay. The global economy has become dominated by greedy and ignorant {{MegaCorp}}s and completely dependent on [[WarForFunAndProfit keeping the war running]]. As if that wasn't bad enough, humans in general have become militaristic {{Crazy Survivalist}}s. There's an oppressive new Eurasian empire, which is ruled by a completely insane quasi-religous zealot, who claims to be the new Genghis Khan. And if you think the supposed good guy countries of the setting are any better, think again: they're militaristic jingoists and crumbling democracies masquerading as brave saviours of civilization. Seriously, it's as if someone did a SpiritualLicensee SpiritualAdaptation shooter game adaptation of ''Literature/NineteenEightyFour''...
10th Nov '15 10:48:22 AM morenohijazo
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* The world of VideoGame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf is set in a fictional future (year 266X AD), involves characters that more or less resemble the [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany German]] and [[KatanasofTheRisingSun Japanese]] soldiers of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and seems to be ruled by heavily militarised governments. [[spoiler: And there's a Nazi-inspired Secret Society, ''Gessellschaft'', that is looking to get ''even more'' power...]]
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* The world of VideoGame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf ''VideoGame/AkatsukiBlitzkampf'' is set in a fictional future (year 266X AD), involves characters that more or less resemble the [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany German]] and [[KatanasofTheRisingSun Japanese]] soldiers of UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and seems to be ruled by heavily militarised governments. [[spoiler: And there's a Nazi-inspired Secret Society, ''Gessellschaft'', that is looking to get ''even more'' power...]]]] * ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoII'': One disc jockey complains his car's been stole five times. This month alone.
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