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31st Jul '17 1:25:43 PM Discar
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* ''Discworld'': Fiction is illegal in ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'''s Agatean Empire.

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Fiction is illegal in ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'''s Agatean Empire.Empire.
** Parodied with Vetinari. He has all mimes and street performers thrown into the scorpion pit (making sure that the mimes can see a sign saying "Learn The Words" as they die) and is said to hold "Views" on modern art. The people of the city consider these his good points; previous rulers were [[TheCaligula much much worse]].
2nd Jul '17 12:48:39 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* ''Literature/FearLoathingAndGumboOnTheCampaignTrailSeventyTwo'': Under control of the Lesser Mao (Mao Tse-Tung's nephew), China becomes a totalitarian hellhole that could give North Korea and the Khmer Rouge a run for their money. After [[spoiler: the Lop Nur nuclear facility is nuked by America in retaliation for the Lesser Mao's nuking rebels in Kwangsi]], he passes several edicts. Anyone with ties to the outside world is deemed a threat and executed. That includes people with Chicken Pox, anyone who speaks a foreign language, and even anyone with a hint of literacy.

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* ''Literature/FearLoathingAndGumboOnTheCampaignTrailSeventyTwo'': Under control of the Lesser Mao (Mao Tse-Tung's nephew), China becomes a totalitarian hellhole that could give North Korea and the Khmer Rouge a run for their money. After [[spoiler: the Lop Nur nuclear facility is nuked by America in retaliation for the Lesser Mao's Mao nuking rebels in Kwangsi]], he passes several of these edicts. Anyone with ties to the outside world is deemed a threat an enemy of the revolution and executed. That includes people with Chicken Pox, anyone who speaks a foreign language, and even anyone with a hint of literacy.
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2nd Jul '17 12:47:02 PM Mr.Bubbles
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* ''Literature/FearLoathingAndGumboOnTheCampaignTrailSeventyTwo'': Under control of the Lesser Mao (Mao Tse-Tung's nephew), China becomes a totalitarian hellhole that could give North Korea and the Khmer Rouge a run for their money. After [[spoiler: the Lop Nur nuclear facility is nuked by America in retaliation for the Lesser Mao's nuking rebels in Kwangsi]], he passes several edicts. Anyone with ties to the outside world is deemed a threat and executed. That includes people with Chicken Pox, anyone who speaks a foreign language, and even anyone with a hint of literacy.
8th May '17 1:12:19 PM eroock
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7th May '17 1:21:20 AM Morgenthaler
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5th May '17 2:58:50 PM Madrugada
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* The setting of ''LightNovel/{{Shimoneta}}'' is a Japan under the "Laws for Public Order and Morals in Healthy Child-Raising", which bans anything considered indecent including anything sex-related, be it pornography, dirty jokes, or even '' proper sex education'' to "remove all that is dirty from the world."



* In ''ComicBook/{{Buck Godot|Zap Gun for Hire}}:'' THERE ARE NO LAWS IN NEW HONG KONG. SO WATCH IT.
** Unlike most examples this was done to prevent a bunch of LawfulStupid robots from taking over. However there are a lot of unspoken traditions that are enforced by everyone else.

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* In ''ComicBook/{{Buck Godot|Zap Gun for Hire}}:'' THERE ARE NO LAWS IN NEW HONG KONG. SO WATCH IT.
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IT. Unlike most examples this was done to prevent a bunch of LawfulStupid robots from taking over. However there are a lot of unspoken traditions that are enforced by everyone else.



* In the Mr. Men/Little Miss story ''Little Miss Sunshine'', the titular character visits Miseryland, where the inhabitants are kept miserable simply because of a sign stating the laws: "No smiling, no laughing, no chuckling. Giggling forbidden by order of the king." Naturally, Miss Sunshine is able to turn the kingdom around by simply changing the wording of the sign.



* Creator/RayBradbury's short story ''[[http://englischlehrer.de/texts/pedestrian.php The Pedestrian]]''. A man goes out walking at night, which no one else does anymore -- they're all watching TV. He's stopped by the police and hauled off to the Psychiatric Center for Research on Regressive Tendencies.
** A throwaway line in ''[=Fahrenheit 451=]'' reveals that the pedestrian of the title [[spoiler:is likely Clarisse [=McClellan=]'s uncle]].
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** In ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'', [[spoiler: Lily Weatherwax]] has created the ideal fairytale kingdom. To aid this, ''by law'', toymakers ''must'' sing as they work, butchers ''must'' be red-faced and jolly, and everyone ''must'' smile '''all the time'''. Violators will be taken away to an uncertain fate. This is an interesting approach to the TheoryOfNarrativeCausality, which elsewhere on the Disc is treated more as a ''physical'' law than a statutory one. It could be a case of WrongGenreSavvy -- she's applying the rules of [[{{Disneyfication}} kiddyfied nursery rhymes]] to a world that runs on more cynical rules.
** Fiction is illegal in ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'''s Agatean Empire.

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* Creator/RayBradbury's short story ''[[http://englischlehrer.de/texts/pedestrian.php The Pedestrian]]''. A man goes out walking at night, which no one else does anymore -- they're all watching TV. He's stopped by the police and hauled off to the Psychiatric Center for Research on Regressive Tendencies.
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Tendencies. A throwaway line in ''[=Fahrenheit 451=]'' reveals that the pedestrian of the title [[spoiler:is likely Clarisse [=McClellan=]'s uncle]].
* ''Discworld''
** In ''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'', [[spoiler: Lily Weatherwax]] has created the ideal fairytale kingdom. To aid this, ''by law'', toymakers ''must'' sing as they work, butchers ''must'' be red-faced and jolly, and everyone ''must'' smile '''all the time'''. Violators will be taken away to an uncertain fate. This is an interesting approach to the TheoryOfNarrativeCausality, which elsewhere on the Disc is treated more as a ''physical'' law than a statutory one. It could be a case of WrongGenreSavvy -- she's applying the rules of [[{{Disneyfication}} kiddyfied nursery rhymes]] to a world that runs on more cynical rules.
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''Discworld'': Fiction is illegal in ''Discworld/InterestingTimes'''s Agatean Empire.



* Creator/AynRand's ''Literature/AtlasShrugged'' gets increasingly dystopian as various laws are passed, eventually revealed to be designed to allow a handful of leaders of various fields to get an ever-tightening grip on personal freedoms and and the flow of business, hoping to get more power and wealth. This eventually culminates in the passing of Directive 10-289, which: prohibits any nonapproved scientific research (allowing only one institution, which had a hand in it); makes it illegal for people to quit or be hired without approval by a board (which are controlled by a union-organizing-gangster, who had a hand in it); ''and'' demands all prices and production be fixed at the level it was when the directive was passed (controlled by underperforming businessmen, who, yes, also had a hand in it). In the end, the directive only accelerated the social decay and collapse, and backfired spectacularly on the people who passed it.



* ''Literature/TheHandmaidsTale'' plays this trope ridiculously straight, with their society strictly regulating the lives of women and men alike. Men are forbidden from marriage until they have served in the military [and even then is implied to be a rather small number], women are divided into strict ranks where they must either be housewives, concubines or, if they're infertile, either made prostitutes or shipped off to radioactive colonies with malcontents to die [the average lifespan of one of these colony workers once shipped out is given as three years].



* "[[HappinessIsMandatory Happiness is mandatory]]. Unhappiness is treason. Treason is punishable by summary execution. Are you happy, citizen?" - Friend Computer, ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}''
** Fortunately, The Computer is your Friend, and will be only too happy to ''help'' you be happy by applying Better Living Through Pharmaceuticals. As a result, many Citizens are so happy they forget to do anything else, like eat or sleep.

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* "[[HappinessIsMandatory Happiness is mandatory]]. Unhappiness is treason. Treason is punishable by summary execution. Are you happy, citizen?" - Friend Computer, ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}''
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''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'' Fortunately, The Computer is your Friend, and will be only too happy to ''help'' you be happy by applying Better Living Through Pharmaceuticals. As a result, many Citizens are so happy they forget to do anything else, like eat or sleep.



** Which isn't to say that humans don't ''communicate''. They just don't ''speak'' (figuring out what someone is trying to tell you is a puzzle in itself).



* Do not mention the 100-year war in Ba Sing Se. (''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'')
** More specifically the edict is that "There ''is no'' war"
*** There being such an edict tells you [[HopelessWar how well the war is going]]. There being such an edict and knowing how well the war is going, tells you [[DownerEnding how it turns out]].
*** Applying the rule to the ruler as well as the people didn't help. It's hard to run a war your advisers insist isn't happening.

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* Do not mention the 100-year war in Ba Sing Se. (''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'')
** More specifically the
The edict is that "There ''is no'' war"
*** There being such an edict tells you [[HopelessWar how well
war in Ba Sing Se." (Do not mention the war is going]]. There being such an edict and knowing how well the war is going, tells you [[DownerEnding how it turns out]].
*** Applying the rule to the ruler as well as the people didn't help. It's hard to run a war your advisers insist isn't happening.
100-year war.) (''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'')
5th May '17 12:45:15 PM eroock
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->''"Anyone found not having a good time will be shot".''
-->-- Graffiti in Robert Harris' ''Literature/{{Fatherland}}''

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->''"Anyone found not having a good time will be shot".''
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-->-- Graffiti Graffito in Robert Harris' ''Literature/{{Fatherland}}''
4th May '17 3:42:22 AM SorPepita
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* No chocolate! (''Literature/{{Bootleg}}'' by Alex Shearer, which was also made into a TV series, a manga and an anime.)

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* No chocolate! (''Literature/{{Bootleg}}'' (''Bootleg'' by Alex Shearer, which was also made into a TV series, a manga and an anime.)



* Averted by Fordian Society from Aldous Huxley's ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' who do not pass any singular edict or unpleasant law in order to forge their dystopia but instead are conditioned culturally to not doing anything alone, being incapable of a long term relationship, consuming a drug called Soma when you are not happy, and all number of things in order for you to be "happy" and not disturb the social order, if you don't follow even one of this rules of behaviour they banish you to a island far away so you won't disturb the social order, but is stated at one point that is not as a punishment as it may look as there they're able to coexist with persons who share similar belief and live their own way. After all, "Everyone belongs to Everyone Else".
* ''Literature/TheHandmaidsTale'' plays this trope ridiculously straight, with their society strictly regulating the lives of women and men alike. Men are forbidden from marriage until they have served in the military [and even the is implied to be a rather small number], Women are divided into strict ranks where they must either be housewives, concubines or, if they're infertile, either made prostitutes or shipped off to radioactive colonies with malcontents to die [the average lifespan of one of these colony workers once shipped out is given as three years].

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* Averted by Fordian Society from Aldous Huxley's ''Literature/BraveNewWorld'' who do not pass any singular edict or unpleasant law in order to forge their dystopia but instead are conditioned culturally to not doing anything alone, being incapable of a long term relationship, consuming a drug called Soma when you are not happy, and all number numbers of things in order for you to be "happy" and not disturb the social order, order; if you don't follow even one of this rules of behaviour they banish you to a island far away so you won't disturb the social order, but is stated at one point that is not as a punishment as it may look as there they're able to coexist with persons who share similar belief beliefs and live their own way. After all, "Everyone belongs to Everyone Else".
* ''Literature/TheHandmaidsTale'' plays this trope ridiculously straight, with their society strictly regulating the lives of women and men alike. Men are forbidden from marriage until they have served in the military [and even the then is implied to be a rather small number], Women women are divided into strict ranks where they must either be housewives, concubines or, if they're infertile, either made prostitutes or shipped off to radioactive colonies with malcontents to die [the average lifespan of one of these colony workers once shipped out is given as three years].
26th Feb '17 8:36:13 AM SeptimusHeap
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* "Literature/TheTamariskHunter": Most if not all of the water in the Colorado River belongs to California, meaning that states and people farther upriver have no water.
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