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* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'': Due to an unfortunate gate accident that split the moon, the Earth is surrounded by a brand-new asteroid belt and most of the atmosphere the asteroids would normally burn up in was blown off, so it is constantly being bombarded by pieces of moon raining down on it. Most of the Earth's surface now consists of ruined cities, craters, and various parts of nature reclaiming the urban sprawl and industrial zones. While Earth is considered something of a meaningless backwater, only known for its budding hacker culture, many people still live there in underground areas.
** An old self-aware military satelite that survived the moon explosion grew lonely once Earth's surface grew largely uninhabitated, setting up the plot for an episode.

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* ''Anime/CowboyBebop'': Due to an unfortunate gate accident that split the moon, the Earth is surrounded by a brand-new asteroid belt and most of the atmosphere the asteroids would normally burn up in was blown off, so it is constantly being bombarded by pieces of moon raining down on it. Most of the Earth's surface now consists of ruined cities, craters, and various parts of nature reclaiming the urban sprawl and industrial zones. While Earth is considered something of a meaningless backwater, only known for its budding hacker culture, many people still live there in underground areas.
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areas. An old self-aware military satelite satellite that survived the moon explosion grew lonely once Earth's surface grew largely uninhabitated, uninhabited, setting up the plot for an episode.



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** Averted by his ''Bio of a Space Tyrant'' series, in which interplanetary colonization allows Earth to revert to nature. The only nation ''not'' to migrate wholesale to another planet is India, which has become the caretaker to what is rapidly becoming a planet-sized nature preserve.
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'': A big war known as the Final War (about as final as UsefulNotes/WW1) darn near ended the planet for good, but it got back on its feet as the capitol of the largest human polity (based in Chicago, presumably one of the few major cities not destroyed). Nevertheless, things are implied to really suck for a decent percentage of the population. The undocumented population doesn't officially exist and lives in ghetto and squalor, while the average citizen does pretty well compared to even Manticore and is thus very complacent and apolitical.
** We get a look at Earth a couple hundred years after the diaspora begins (about 1700 years before current time in most of the series, or 2300 AD to us), in the short story ''By The Book'' when a world government of Greens and Neo Luddites has taken control and is being generally oppressive and suppressive of free thought and realistic history or scientific development. Spacers elsewhere in the Solar System innovate and Outbounders go colonize. Nation-states still exist with applicable and respected laws, significantly including the US Constitution and the Fifth Amendment.

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** * Averted by his ''Bio of a Space Tyrant'' series, in which interplanetary colonization allows Earth to revert to nature. The only nation ''not'' to migrate wholesale to another planet is India, which has become the caretaker to what is rapidly becoming a planet-sized nature preserve.
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington'': A big war known as the Final War (about as final as UsefulNotes/WW1) darn near ended the planet for good, but it got back on its feet as the capitol of the largest human polity (based in Chicago, presumably one of the few major cities not destroyed). Nevertheless, things are implied to really suck for a decent percentage of the population. The undocumented population doesn't officially exist and lives in ghetto and squalor, while the average citizen does pretty well compared to even Manticore and is thus very complacent and apolitical.
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apolitical.\\\
We get a look at Earth a couple hundred years after the diaspora begins (about 1700 years before current time in most of the series, or 2300 AD to us), in the short story ''By The Book'' when a world government of Greens and Neo Luddites has taken control and is being generally oppressive and suppressive of free thought and realistic history or scientific development. Spacers elsewhere in the Solar System innovate and Outbounders go colonize. Nation-states still exist with applicable and respected laws, significantly including the US Constitution and the Fifth Amendment.



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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' does this repeatedly. By 2059 [[note]][[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E16TheWatersOfMars "The Waters of Mars"]][[/note]] Earth is overpopulated and horribly polluted; in the 22nd century the Daleks occupy the planet for a whole decade [[note]][[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDalekInvasionOfEarth "The Dalek Invasion of Earth"]][[/note]]; in the 29th century the environment is ravaged by solar flares and humanity flees on giant refuge ships, country by country [[note]][[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow "The Beast Below"]][[/note]]; in the 51th, World War VI triggers another wave of colonisation [[note]][[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E6TheTalonsOfWengChiang "The Talons of Weng-Chiang"]][[/note]]; in 6067, it's solar flares again, and Earth is evacuated for ''10000'' years [[note]][[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E2TheArkinSpace "The Ark in Space"]][[/note]]. In the year 5-billion-or-so Planet Earth, long since abandoned, is engulfed by the sun [[note]][[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E2TheEndOfTheWorld "The End of the World"]][[/note]]. We assume it was a relief.

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* ''Series/DoctorWho'' does this repeatedly. By 2059 [[note]][[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E16TheWatersOfMars "The ("[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E16TheWatersOfMars The Waters of Mars"]][[/note]] Mars]]") Earth is overpopulated and horribly polluted; in the 22nd 22[[superscript:nd]] century the Daleks occupy the planet for a whole decade [[note]][[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDalekInvasionOfEarth "The ("[[Recap/DoctorWhoS2E2TheDalekInvasionOfEarth The Dalek Invasion of Earth"]][[/note]]; Earth]]"); in the 29th 29[[superscript:th]] century the environment is ravaged by solar flares and humanity flees on giant refuge ships, country by country [[note]][[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow "The ("[[Recap/DoctorWhoS31E2TheBeastBelow The Beast Below"]][[/note]]; Below]]"); in the 51th, 51[[superscript:th]], World War VI triggers another wave of colonisation [[note]][[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E6TheTalonsOfWengChiang "The ("[[Recap/DoctorWhoS14E6TheTalonsOfWengChiang The Talons of Weng-Chiang"]][[/note]]; Weng-Chiang]])"; in 6067, it's solar flares again, and Earth is evacuated for ''10000'' years [[note]][[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E2TheArkinSpace "The ("[[Recap/DoctorWhoS12E2TheArkinSpace The Ark in Space"]][[/note]]. Space]]"). In the year 5-billion-or-so Planet Earth, long since abandoned, is engulfed by the sun [[note]][[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E2TheEndOfTheWorld "The ("[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E2TheEndOfTheWorld The End of the World"]][[/note]].World]]"). We assume it was a relief.



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* Holy Terra in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' is still ''extremely'' heavily populated, being the capital world of the galaxy-spanning [[TheEmpire Imperium Of Man]] (which itself has a population of 100 ''trillion'' living in abject misery and destitution), but is too heavily polluted for any agriculture and no longer has oceans.
** Of course, agriculture is not really necessary for Terra, as it imports all food from "agriplanets". Another important fact is that Terra is only bad below a certain height, as above the ghettos and poverty Terra is essentially a massive shrine dedicated to the Emperor and the Ecclesiarchy.

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* Holy Terra in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'' is still ''extremely'' heavily populated, being the capital world of the galaxy-spanning [[TheEmpire Imperium Of of Man]] (which itself has a population of 100 ''trillion'' living in abject misery and destitution), but is too heavily polluted for any agriculture and no longer has oceans.
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oceans. Of course, agriculture is not really necessary for Terra, as it imports all food from "agriplanets". Another important fact is that Terra is only bad below a certain height, as above the ghettos and poverty Terra is essentially a massive shrine dedicated to the Emperor and the Ecclesiarchy.



* Zig-Zagged in ''TabletopGame/BattleTech''.\\
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For a long time, Terra was important, as the center of the Terran Hegemony and later the Star League. It was the most highly developed world in the Inner Sphere (full name: Inner Sphere of Worlds Surrounding Terra).\\
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But once that fell, Terra became simultaneously insignificant and vital. It was insignificant because Terra had no (known) military in an age of near constant interstellar warfare. It was completely neutral and not particularly politically active (that was known about). However, it was important because it was owned by [=ComStar=], who ran the interstellar SubspaceAnsible network. If you screwed with them, they cut you off, which meant that your star-spanning empire would be defenseless to everyone who hates you (and ''all'' of your neighbors hate you). Also, [=ComStar=] had a hidden military and was responsible for lots of political meddling that helped lengthen the wars and speed up the slow degeneration of civilization.\\
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Terra regained some (public) prominence when the Clans showed up with the expressed purpose of conquering it (they were the descendants of the Star League's army, so they saw Terra as the capital of the League).\\
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Then, after a series of wars and badness, Terra rose up to full stature at the head of the Republic of the Sphere. This nation only lasted about 60 years before it collapsed in on itself, becoming a small, isolated "fortress" of worlds that nobody dared invade, yet was too weak to actually hurt anyone else.

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* Zig-Zagged in ''TabletopGame/BattleTech''.\\
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For a long time, Terra was important, as the center of the Terran Hegemony and later the Star League. It was the most highly developed world in the Inner Sphere (full name: Inner Sphere of Worlds Surrounding Terra).\\
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But once that fell, Terra became simultaneously insignificant and vital. It was insignificant because Terra had no (known) military in an age of near constant interstellar warfare. It was completely neutral and not particularly politically active (that was known about). However, it was important because it was owned by [=ComStar=], who ran the interstellar SubspaceAnsible network. If you screwed with them, they cut you off, which meant that your star-spanning empire would be defenseless to everyone who hates you (and ''all'' of your neighbors hate you). Also, [=ComStar=] had a hidden military and was responsible for lots of political meddling that helped lengthen the wars and speed up the slow degeneration of civilization.\\
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Terra regained some (public) prominence when the Clans showed up with the expressed purpose of conquering it (they were the descendants of the Star League's army, so they saw Terra as the capital of the League).\\
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Then, after a series of wars and badness, Terra rose up to full stature at the head of the Republic of the Sphere. This nation only lasted about 60 years before it collapsed in on itself, becoming a small, isolated "fortress" of worlds that nobody dared invade, yet was too weak to actually hurt anyone else.



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* ''Webcomic/RoninGalaxy'': Taylor [[http://www.roningalaxy.com/comics/chapter-1/page-43/ tells Cecil about her difficulties getting to the Moon,]] given that her native Earth is in a warlike state. Cecil retorts that Earth is an "antique."

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* ''Webcomic/RoninGalaxy'': Taylor [[http://www.roningalaxy.com/comics/chapter-1/page-43/ tells Cecil about her difficulties getting to the Moon,]] given that her native Earth is in a warlike state. Cecil retorts that Earth is an "antique.""antique".





28th Aug '17 4:18:38 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** Worthy of note is that while many humans have no connection with the Earth personally, most homeworlds are still seen as the symbolic "heart" of their personal species. Thus, when the Reapers attack Earth in the third game, many human characters become ''[[DarkestHour exceptionally desperate]]'' to save it, leading to extraordinary acts of heroism, [[WellIntentionedExtremist and villainy]].

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** Worthy of note is that while many humans have no connection with the Earth personally, most homeworlds are still seen as the symbolic "heart" of their personal species. Also, unlike the other spacefaring races who have had centuries to spread out, the ''vast'' majority of humans still live on Earth (Earth has 11.4 billion people; the largest human colony boasts 4.4 million). Thus, when the Reapers attack Earth in the third game, many human characters become ''[[DarkestHour exceptionally desperate]]'' to save it, leading to extraordinary acts of heroism, [[WellIntentionedExtremist and villainy]].
12th Jul '17 8:42:03 AM ChronoLegion
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* In Creator/VladimirVasilyev's ''Death or Glory'', it's mentioned that Earth and the core colonies are suffering from overpopulation and pollution, while the outer colonies are, for the most part, tiny and isolated, where law and order don't really matter as much as the power of your blaster. By the time of the third and fourth novels, the influx of alien technology has revitalized humanity, and Earth and the colonies are actually not a bad place to live anymore.

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** ''Literature/TheGenesisFleet'' prequels show this only starting to happen, largely thanks to the invention of the jump drive. Previously, all interstellar travel and colonization was done via sublight, and the colonies were relatively close to Old Earth. This meant that Old Earth could exert its will and protection on the colonies. However, with the discovery of FTL travel, journeys between systems now take weeks at most, and the second wave of expansion is underway, with the new faraway colonies no longer able to count on Old Earth or the old colonies. As such, the Earth SpaceNavy is being decommissioned, with the still-existing nation-states no longer willing to foot the bill. Instead, they are willing to sign a deal with one of the old colonies for protection. The mothballed ships (and their crews) are now in demand by the new colonies, seeking to protect themselves from pirates, slavers, and aggressive neighbors. It's heavily implied that the need for mutual protection is largely what triggers the formation of TheAlliance on the outskirts of human space, with the earliest form of such cooperation being Lieutenant Robert Geary of the Glenlyon SpaceNavy helping to drive off a hostile destroyer from Kosatka space. The Kosatka government later reciprocates and sends a hastily-armed freighter to assist Glenlyon. A former Earth SpaceNavy officer reveals that the mighty Earth fleet, which the other fleets have used as a yardstick, has gotten so mired in bureaucracy that could barely do anything. Initiative is frowned upon, everything has to be done in accordance with checklists, and any situation not covered by a checklist first has to be added to a checklist before acting on it.
* In Creator/VladimirVasilyev's ''Death or Glory'', ''Literature/DeathOrGlory'', it's mentioned that Earth and the core colonies are suffering from overpopulation and pollution, while the outer colonies are, for the most part, tiny and isolated, where law and order don't really matter as much as the power of your blaster. By the time of the third and fourth novels, the influx of alien technology has revitalized humanity, and Earth and the colonies are actually not a bad place to live anymore.
12th Jul '17 5:43:22 AM jormis29
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* In the Manhunter RPG setting (which has a Palladium books Rifts: Manhunters world book as well) the aliens that created the titular manhunters terraform an entire planet into a replica of Earth dubbed New Earth to which they transplant all the Earth's monuments and historical structures where the best go and the Earth is left a backwater hive stripped of its history.

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* In the Manhunter ''Manhunter'' RPG setting (which has a Palladium books Rifts: Manhunters ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}: Manhunters'' world book as well) the aliens that created the titular manhunters terraform an entire planet into a replica of Earth dubbed New Earth to which they transplant all the Earth's monuments and historical structures where the best go and the Earth is left a backwater hive stripped of its history.
9th Jul '17 5:23:43 PM IdumeanPatriot
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* ''Literature/CarrerasLegions'' has United Earth, a corrupt and declining [[DirtyCommies socialist dictatorship]] (basically, a jaundiced view of the present-day European Union taken UpToEleven) that can hardly even maintain its star-spanning Peace Fleet anymore. Their enemies are the humans of Terra Nova, and especially the [[UnitedSpaceOfAmerica Federated States of Columbia]], who are as yet less technologically developed, but rapidly advancing.
25th Jun '17 3:31:30 AM Occidensill
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** Later in the series the plot brings us to the planet, where extensive note is made of the damage done to the planet, ranging from global warming to orbital strikes to someone setting autonomous walking tanks to destroy Stonehenge, which was only barely averted. It's also noted that the planet is slowly healing, with Lyons, Kansas held up as an example- the buildings are disintegrated and the land a desert, but plants and people are starting to resettle.

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** Later in the series the plot brings us to the planet, where extensive note is made of the damage done to the planet, done, ranging from global warming to orbital strikes to someone setting autonomous walking tanks to destroy Stonehenge, which was only barely averted. It's also noted that the planet is slowly healing, with Lyons, Kansas held up as an example- the buildings are disintegrated and the land a desert, but plants and people are starting to resettle.



But once that fell, Terra became simultaneously insignificant and vital. It was insignificant because Terra had no (known) military in an age of near constant interstellar warfare. It was completely neutral and not particularly policially active (that was known about). However, it was important because it was owned by [=ComStar=], who ran the interstellar SubspaceAnsible network. If you screwed with them, they cut you off, which meant that your star-spanning empire would be defenseless to everyone who hates you (and ''all'' of your neighbors hate you). Also, [=ComStar=] had a hidden military and was responsible for lots of political meddling that helped lengthen the wars and speed up the slow degeneration of civilization.\\

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But once that fell, Terra became simultaneously insignificant and vital. It was insignificant because Terra had no (known) military in an age of near constant interstellar warfare. It was completely neutral and not particularly policially politically active (that was known about). However, it was important because it was owned by [=ComStar=], who ran the interstellar SubspaceAnsible network. If you screwed with them, they cut you off, which meant that your star-spanning empire would be defenseless to everyone who hates you (and ''all'' of your neighbors hate you). Also, [=ComStar=] had a hidden military and was responsible for lots of political meddling that helped lengthen the wars and speed up the slow degeneration of civilization.\\



* ''VisualNovel/VirtuesLastReward'': The ending reveals that 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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* ''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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21st Jun '17 1:32:06 PM PufflePalooza
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* Earth has been abandoned for 700 years at the start of the Disney Pixar Movie WALL·E and Humans live on a TvTropes/PlanetSpaceship
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21st Jun '17 1:31:19 PM PufflePalooza
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21st Apr '17 6:48:02 AM Neakal
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** In the sequel, [[spoiler: Stukov]] makes references to rolling hills and the general beauty of Earth and expresses the longing to return even as he expresses awareness that [[YouCantGoHomeAgain it is no longer possible for him to do so]]. It could be either that [[spoiler: Stukov]] is wearing nostalgia goggles or that Earth has (at least somewhat) recovered from the early days of the [[TrainsRunOnTime United Powers League]].
8th Apr '17 9:56:54 AM Xtifr
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* In E. M. Forster's ''Literature/TheMachineStops'', some unspecified catastrophe has rendered the surface of the Earth almost barren, with cold, thin, poisonous air. Humanity lives [[BeneathTheEarth beneath the surface]] in a vast complex of cells controlled by the titular Machine.

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* In E. M. Forster's ''Literature/TheMachineStops'', "Literature/TheMachineStops", some unspecified catastrophe has rendered the surface of the Earth almost barren, with cold, thin, poisonous air. Humanity lives [[BeneathTheEarth beneath the surface]] in a vast complex of cells controlled by the titular Machine.
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