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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.
6th May '16 11:00:26 PM Doug86
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* The [[AllInTheManual manual]] for ''VideoGame/PandoraFirstContact'' explains that humanity has been steadily moving off Earth into orbital habitats and other colonies in the Solar System with [=AIs=] being assigned to attempt to restore the planet to habitability. At some point, those [=AIs=] ban humans from returning to Earth and close it off. All anyone knows is that some strange seismic activity has started on the planet. Then again, the game takes place on an extrasolar planet called Nashira 667 Cc (or Pandora), and the settlers are too busy trying to survive there to worry about Earth.

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* The [[AllInTheManual [[AllThereInTheManual manual]] for ''VideoGame/PandoraFirstContact'' explains that humanity has been steadily moving off Earth into orbital habitats and other colonies in the Solar System with [=AIs=] being assigned to attempt to restore the planet to habitability. At some point, those [=AIs=] ban humans from returning to Earth and close it off. All anyone knows is that some strange seismic activity has started on the planet. Then again, the game takes place on an extrasolar planet called Nashira 667 Cc (or Pandora), and the settlers are too busy trying to survive there to worry about Earth.
13th Apr '16 5:27:55 AM ChronoLegion
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* The [[AllInTheManual manual]] for ''VideoGame/PandoraFirstContact'' explains that humanity has been steadily moving off Earth into orbital habitats and other colonies in the Solar System with [=AIs=] being assigned to attempt to restore the planet to habitability. At some point, those [=AIs=] ban humans from returning to Earth and close it off. All anyone knows is that some strange seismic activity has started on the planet. Then again, the game takes place on an extrasolar planet called Nashira 667 Cc (or Pandora), and the settlers are too busy trying to survive there to worry about Earth.
14th Feb '16 6:10:34 PM pittsburghmuggle
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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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Earth 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.
8th Feb '16 6:09:45 PM Kalaong
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* FPaulWilson's science fiction has the same theme, and the PRT actively encouraged it; all groups of political deviants were simply put in giant spaceships and told, "If you think you can do any better than us, go ahead and try." The colonies came to be known as "Out Where All The Good Folks Go." Centuries later, Earth is a world state that puts Literature/TheDraka to shame; once population levels rose too high, the government not only set up reproductive laws, but started sterilizing anyone with genetic diseases, real or imagined. And once they believed they had a suitably healthy, pliable population, they started TheWarOfEarthlyAggression.

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* FPaulWilson's science fiction has the same theme, and the PRT actively encouraged it; all groups of political deviants were simply put in giant spaceships and told, "If you think you can do any better than us, go ahead and try." The colonies came to be known as "Out Where All The Good Folks Go." Centuries later, Earth is a world state that puts Literature/TheDraka to shame; once population levels rose too high, the government not only set up reproductive PopulationControl laws, but started sterilizing anyone with genetic diseases, real or imagined. And once they believed they had a suitably healthy, pliable population, they started TheWarOfEarthlyAggression.
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