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23rd Mar '17 1:12:44 PM nowaymanguy
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*''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'': The ending reveals that [[spoiler:they're on the Moon in the year 2074, Earth is currently post-Apocalypse, and a vast portion of humanity's survivors now colonize the Moon. Although certain characters, including the protagonist, thought it was still their present year of 2028, many others actually came from the current present, but were keeping it to themselves for various reasons. This goes on to make sense of various odd sounding lines of dialogue regarding Earth and various things about it.]]
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11th Jan '17 2:19:07 PM JoeMerl
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* The backstory of ''Anime/GargantiaOnTheVerdurousPlanet'' is that Earth went through an ice age, and many of its inhabitants went into space, where they founded the Galactic Alliance of Humanity in a war against OctopoidAliens [[spoiler:which actually used to be humans]]. The narrative begins with a [[ChildSoldier teenage soldier]] and his sapient HumongousMecha winding up back on Earth by accident, long after it's passed into legend. By now the ice age has ended, but the melting ice resulted in a world [[SingleBiomePlanet entirely covered in water]], with the remaining humans living in huge fleets (including the titular Gargantia).

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* The backstory of ''Anime/GargantiaOnTheVerdurousPlanet'' is that Earth went through an ice age, and many of its inhabitants went into space, where they founded In ''Anime/GargantiaOnTheVerdurousPlanet,'' the Galactic Alliance of Humanity in a war against OctopoidAliens [[spoiler:which actually used to be humans]]. The narrative begins with a [[ChildSoldier teenage soldier]] and his sapient HumongousMecha winding up back on has been separated from Earth by accident, for so long after that it's passed into legend. By now legend; all that's known is that their ancestors fled because of an ice age. When [[ChildSoldier Ledo]] and [[HumongousMecha Chamber]] arrive back there by mistake, they discover that the ice age has ended, but the melting ice resulted melted, resulting in a world an [[SingleBiomePlanet entirely covered ocean world]] where everyone lives in water]], with fleets. Though they get by pretty well, their technology is far behind the remaining humans living who live in huge fleets (including space, and much of their time is spent scavenging the titular Gargantia).remains of older, more advanced technology.
11th Jan '17 2:08:50 PM JoeMerl
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* The backstory of ''Anime/GargantiaOnTheVerdurousPlanet'' is that Earth went through an ice age, and many of its inhabitants went into space, where they founded the Galactic Alliance of Humanity in a war against OctopoidAliens [[spoiler:which actually used to be humans]]. The narrative begins with a [[ChildSoldier teenage soldier]] and his sapient HumongousMecha winding up back on Earth by accident, long after it's passed into legend. By now the ice age has ended, but the melting ice resulted in a world [[SingleBiomePlanet entirely covered in water]], with the remaining humans living in huge fleets (including the titular Gargantia).
24th Dec '16 12:20:53 PM StarSword
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* Played with in ''Literature/{{Aeon 14}}''. After the Earth colony ship ''Intrepid'' is [[TimeDilation time-dilated]] 5,000 years further into the future, they learn that the Sol system they left has fallen on hard times due to the advent of FasterThanLightTravel (which enabled interstellar warfare): [[LostTechnology a lot of technology from their time has been lost]] and most of the orbital megastructures, e.g. docking rings, other than High Terra have been destroyed. On the other hand, by the ''present day's'' standards, Earth is still fairly important, as it's now part of a major power bloc that serves as TheEmpire.
4th Dec '16 10:25:28 AM Zwazo57
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* In ''Literature/{{Refugees}}'', seven generations of humans have lived on the new planet; they don't understand why the new arrivals are so homesick for Earth.
25th Oct '16 7:05:27 PM nombretomado
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* In GeorgeRRMartin's Thousand Worlds ScienceFiction setting, Old Earth still retains highly advanced technology and some cultural significance for humans, but its political influence has declined drastically since the end of the Double War hundreds of years before most of the short stories take place: humanity faced two separate alien races bent on conquest at once, and on top of already being [[UngovernableGalaxy too large to govern effectively]], this caused the Old Earth Empire to break up.

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* In GeorgeRRMartin's Creator/GeorgeRRMartin's Thousand Worlds ScienceFiction setting, Old Earth still retains highly advanced technology and some cultural significance for humans, but its political influence has declined drastically since the end of the Double War hundreds of years before most of the short stories take place: humanity faced two separate alien races bent on conquest at once, and on top of already being [[UngovernableGalaxy too large to govern effectively]], this caused the Old Earth Empire to break up.
19th Jul '16 7:40:45 AM JackG
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A pervasive idea in this trope is that, once space colonization became possible, [[BrainDrain the best and the brightest will leave]] Earth for the colonies, leaving behind the dregs of humanity(a common thread in ''that'' idea is that said dregs are [[BystanderSyndrome passive enough]] to submit to absurd amounts of regulation - many such Earths are ruled by [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny a highly restrictive and bureaucratized one-world state]]). The idea that colonists ''are'' "the best" (as opposed to being, say, malcontents and exiles[[note]]or even that ''malcontents and exiles'' are "the best".[[/note]]) and that non-colonists are passive in the face of amoral authority are notions mostly put forth by Americans, for [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution obvious reasons]]. Of course, it's entirely possible that the colonists and the Earthopeans will each have their prejudices against the others.

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A pervasive idea in this trope is that, once space colonization became possible, [[BrainDrain the best and the brightest will leave]] Earth for the colonies, leaving behind the dregs of humanity(a humanity (a common thread in ''that'' idea is that said dregs are [[BystanderSyndrome passive enough]] to submit to absurd amounts of regulation - many such Earths are ruled by [[PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny a highly restrictive and bureaucratized one-world state]]). The idea that colonists ''are'' "the best" (as opposed to being, say, malcontents and exiles[[note]]or even that ''malcontents and exiles'' are "the best".[[/note]]) and that non-colonists are passive in the face of amoral authority are notions mostly put forth by Americans, for [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution obvious reasons]]. Of course, it's entirely possible that the colonists and the Earthopeans will each have their prejudices against the others.
13th Jun '16 7:32:25 PM zarpaulus
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* In Creator/MCAHogarth's ''Literature/ParadoxUniverse'' Earth sent the [[TranshumanAliens Pelted]] out in GenerationShips then had a bloody war with Mars and turned isolationist. Centuries later the Pelted discovered Well Drive, colonized dozens of stars, then found their way back home. Neither of them handled it well.
7th Jun '16 12:18:34 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* In the ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' franchise, one of the defining moments is when Earth gets bombarded by millions of Zentraedi warships at the climax of the Space War. The final arc of ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', set a couple of years after that fact, shows that Earth is mostly a barren wasteland littered with craters and shattered remains of old cities, with only a couple million survivors here and there on the surface. The ecosystem barely survived, and plant life is slowly making a comeback, but it will be decades, perhaps centuries before the planet is green again. However, the cities established on Earth post-war all seem to be reasonably thriving by the time of ''Anime/MacrossPlus'' (thanks to mass cloning and a captured Zentraedi Factory Satellite), and the planet remains the political center of the interstellar human/Zentraedi civilization, even after more habitable worlds are settled as colonies.

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* In the ''Anime/{{Macross}}'' franchise, one of the defining moments is when Earth gets bombarded by millions of Zentraedi warships at the climax of the Space War. The final arc of ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'', set a couple of years after that fact, shows that Earth is mostly a barren wasteland littered with craters and shattered remains of old cities, with only a couple million survivors here and there on the surface. The ecosystem barely survived, and plant life is slowly making a comeback, but it will be decades, perhaps centuries before the planet is green again. However, the cities established on Earth post-war all seem to be reasonably thriving by the time of ''Anime/MacrossPlus'' (thanks to mass cloning and a captured Zentraedi Factory Satellite), and the planet remains the political center of the an interstellar human/Zentraedi human/Zentraedi-centered civilization, even after more habitable worlds are settled as colonies.it incorporates an ever growing number of colonies and species across the Milky Way.
13th May '16 8:02:29 PM war877
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UsefulNotes/{{Earth}} just isn't what it used to be, running low on resources and living space, and humanity has started to [[HomeworldEvacuation move out in a significant way]]. There's at least a genetically stable offworld population in the ColonizedSolarSystem or elsewhere, but plenty still live on the planet. Contact is maintained, but the planet is generally implied or stated to have downgraded, sometimes significantly, in health from today. Essentially, it's become an InsignificantLittleBluePlanet even by the standards of human society. The two variables are what percentage of total humanity is offworld and what the standard of living is for the remaining peoples been done, both of them related to how far down the road from now the story is. Sometimes they take place after the low point, when Earth has undergone some healing but still bears scars on the land or in memories. The important things are that the planet is measurably worse off (even if only by our increased numbers) and no longer home to the only viable population of humanity.

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UsefulNotes/{{Earth}} just isn't what it used to be, running low on resources and living space, and humanity has started to [[HomeworldEvacuation move out in a significant way]]. There's at least a genetically stable offworld population in the ColonizedSolarSystem or elsewhere, but plenty still live on the planet. Contact is maintained, but the planet is generally implied or stated to have downgraded, sometimes significantly, in health from today. Essentially, it's become an InsignificantLittleBluePlanet even by the standards of human society. The two variables are what percentage of total humanity is offworld and what the standard of living is for the remaining peoples been done, peoples, both of them related to how far down the road from now the story is. Sometimes they take place after the low point, when Earth has undergone some healing but still bears scars on the land or in memories. The important things are that the planet is measurably worse off (even if only by our increased numbers) and no longer home to the only viable population of humanity.
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