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30th Nov '17 1:42:43 PM angie710
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* ''Manga/DeathNote'': Sure, there are no more wars or acts of terrorism, and crime is low...but that's because the death penalty applies for [[AllCrimesAreEqual even the most minor infractions]], including violations of JapanesePoliteness, and there's no such thing as "due process" or "fair trial by a jury of one's peers." And even things like laziness (by [[JapaneseSpirit Japanese standards]], of course), or adultery, are considered capital crimes. People go by fake names as a matter of course, because they're so afraid of having their real identities revealed to Kira; even husbands and wives don't know each others' real names. The world is ruled by a large {{Cult}} who views Kira as TheScourgeOfGod, or (more accurately) as {{God}} Himself. If you don't like someone, or they've wronged you in some way, or they're your rival, or you feel that they've brought shame to your family, just reveal their real name and picture to Kira, and he'll take care of them for you...and beware that ''you'' could be next. Young children are brainwashed into accepting Kira and his definition of justice, and threatened ''by their own parents'' with being killed by Kira for misbehaving. No one can trust ''anyone'' else; parents are turned against children, children against parents, friends against friends, lovers against lovers, and spouses against spouses.

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* ''Manga/DeathNote'': Sure, there are no more wars or acts of terrorism, and crime is low...but that's because the death penalty applies for [[AllCrimesAreEqual even the most minor infractions]], including violations of JapanesePoliteness, and there's no such thing as "due process" or "fair trial by a jury of one's peers." And even things like laziness (by [[JapaneseSpirit Japanese standards]], of course), or adultery, are considered capital crimes. People go by fake names as a matter of course, because they're so afraid of having their real identities revealed to Kira; even husbands and wives don't know each others' real names. The world is ruled by a large {{Cult}} who views Kira as TheScourgeOfGod, or (more accurately) as {{God}} Himself. If you don't like someone, someone or [[HeteronormativeCrusader their lifestyle]], or they've wronged you in some way, or they're your rival, or you feel that they've [[FamilyHonor brought shame to your family, family]], just reveal their real name and picture to Kira, and he'll take care of them for you...and beware that ''you'' could be next. Young children are brainwashed into accepting Kira and his definition of justice, and threatened ''by their own parents'' with being killed by Kira for misbehaving.misbehaving or getting bad (or even just [[TheBGrade mediocre]]) grades. No one can trust ''anyone'' else; parents are turned against children, children against parents, friends against friends, lovers against lovers, and spouses against spouses.
30th Nov '17 1:33:49 PM angie710
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* ''Manga/DeathNote'': Sure, there are no more wars or acts of terrorism, and crime is low...but that's because the death penalty applies for [[AllCrimesAreEqual even the most minor infractions]], including violations of JapanesePoliteness, and there's no such thing as "due process" or "fair trial by a jury of one's peers." And even things like laziness (by [[JapaneseSpirit Japanese standards]], of course), or adultery, are considered capital crimes. People go by fake names as a matter of course, because they're so afraid of having their real identities revealed to Kira; even husbands and wives don't know each others' real names. The world is ruled by a large {{Cult}} who views Kira as TheScourgeOfGod, or (more accurately) as {{God}} Himself. If you don't like someone, or they've wronged you in some way, or they're your rival, or you feel that they've brought shame to your family, just reveal their real name and picture to Kira, and he'll take care of them for you...and beware that ''you'' could be next. Young children are brainwashed into accepting Kira and his definition of justice, and threatened ''by their own parents'' with being killed by Kira for misbehaving. No one can trust ''anyone'' else; parents are turned against children, children against parents, friends against friends, lovers against lovers, and spouses against spouses.
24th Nov '17 4:03:35 PM Lemia
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* In ''Series/TheGoodPlace'', the titular Good Place turns out to be this. It appears to be a bright and pleasant Heaven, but it's actually a [[{{Hell}} Bad Place]] designed to look like a Good Place and induce the four humans living in it to unknowingly psychologically torture each other for eternity with help from the place's other too-good-to-be-true inhabitants who are actually demons. It's also very good at offering what seem to be ideal pleasures but actually aren't, like how all its stores serve frozen yogurt instead of ice cream.
29th Sep '17 5:59:42 AM ChronoLegion
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* ''Literature/TheStarsAreColdToys: The Geometers live in a highly-advanced post-scarcity society, raised by Mentors to be productive individuals, who love their jobs. Their ships are sleek, fast, intelligent, and completely unarmed. Everybody's cheerful, no one has to worry about money (since it doesn't exist in their world), and they are dedicated to making every alien race out there their friends. Then you look under the surface and realize that making aliens friends means first infiltrating their society and reducing their civilization to a primitive one, so that Geometers can remake it in their image. Everyone is cheerful partly due to having been brainwashed since they're little (all Geometer children are raised in boarding schools) and partly due to all their food and drink being laced with tranquilizers (i.e. they're all a little stoned). Anyone who disagrees with their philosophy is deemed mentally ill and placed in a "sanatorium", which is basically a forced labor camp with alien guards, who kill escapees. Oh, and those "unarmed" ships? A single Geometer scout ship is capable of obliterating dozens of dedicated warships of the militant Alari using "repurposed tools", which include things like powerful force fields, laser cutters, and seismic probes (multi-kiloton nukes). In addition, Geometers are masters in designing {{Synthetic Plague}}s.

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* ''Literature/TheStarsAreColdToys: ''Literature/TheStarsAreColdToys'': The Geometers live in a highly-advanced post-scarcity society, raised by Mentors to be productive individuals, who love their jobs. Their ships are sleek, fast, intelligent, and completely unarmed. Everybody's cheerful, no one has to worry about money (since it doesn't exist in their world), and they are dedicated to making every alien race out there their friends. Then you look under the surface and realize that making aliens friends means first infiltrating their society and reducing their civilization to a primitive one, so that Geometers can remake it in their image. Everyone is cheerful partly due to having been brainwashed since they're little (all Geometer children are raised in boarding schools) and partly due to all their food and drink being laced with tranquilizers (i.e. they're all a little stoned). Anyone who disagrees with their philosophy is deemed mentally ill and placed in a "sanatorium", which is basically a forced labor camp with alien guards, who kill escapees. Oh, and those "unarmed" ships? A single Geometer scout ship is capable of obliterating dozens of dedicated warships of the militant Alari using "repurposed tools", which include things like powerful force fields, laser cutters, and seismic probes (multi-kiloton nukes). In addition, Geometers are masters in designing {{Synthetic Plague}}s.
29th Sep '17 5:59:27 AM ChronoLegion
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* ''Literature/TheStarsAreColdToys: The Geometers live in a highly-advanced post-scarcity society, raised by Mentors to be productive individuals, who love their jobs. Their ships are sleek, fast, intelligent, and completely unarmed. Everybody's cheerful, no one has to worry about money (since it doesn't exist in their world), and they are dedicated to making every alien race out there their friends. Then you look under the surface and realize that making aliens friends means first infiltrating their society and reducing their civilization to a primitive one, so that Geometers can remake it in their image. Everyone is cheerful partly due to having been brainwashed since they're little (all Geometer children are raised in boarding schools) and partly due to all their food and drink being laced with tranquilizers (i.e. they're all a little stoned). Anyone who disagrees with their philosophy is deemed mentally ill and placed in a "sanatorium", which is basically a forced labor camp with alien guards, who kill escapees. Oh, and those "unarmed" ships? A single Geometer scout ship is capable of obliterating dozens of dedicated warships of the militant Alari using "repurposed tools", which include things like powerful force fields, laser cutters, and seismic probes (multi-kiloton nukes). In addition, Geometers are masters in designing {{Synthetic Plague}}s.
28th Sep '17 3:08:46 AM HelloLamppost
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* Captain Kirk spent a lot of his time on the original ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' deconstructing these on one planet after another, often ending with the lesson that it is necessary for our strength of character for us to have to struggle a little, and so a bland and cloying "perfect" world might not even be desirable, even if it were achievable.
9th Sep '17 6:44:46 AM WillBGood
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* ''Film/DemolitionMan'': The futuristic town shown in the movie has its people think they are safe from harm, that violence has been erased from the world, and the tiniest thing like swearing is forbidden, but you barely get tickets for that. Apart from the fact that this world is completely "boring" to live in, it is anything but safe: a single psycho is enough to ruin its peace. And he was thawed out to take out a small community of people who wouldn't comply to the city's standards. [[TooDumbToLive And why the hell did these people keep working weapons and ammo in a museum with nothing but glass to keep them out of the wrong hands?]]

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* ''Film/DemolitionMan'': The futuristic town shown in the movie has its people think they are safe from harm, that violence has been erased from the world, and the tiniest thing like swearing is forbidden, but you barely get tickets for that. Apart from the fact that this world is completely "boring" ''boring'' to live in, it is anything but safe: a single psycho is enough to ruin its peace. And he was thawed out to take out a small community of people who wouldn't comply to the city's standards. [[TooDumbToLive And why the hell did these people keep working weapons and ammo in a museum with nothing but glass to keep them out of the wrong hands?]]
24th Jun '17 2:58:35 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* ''Franchise/{{FactionParadox}}'' has the City of the Saved: a galaxy-sized city at the end of time where every human and human-descended individual is resurrected in immortal invulnerable bodies and can live forever in the closest thing the setting has to paradise... unless they're only part-human, [[FantasticRacism in which case they're second-class citizens and are generally thought of as lucky to have got in.]] In addition, humans and posthumans with non-human friends and lovers tend to be tragically disappointed when they realise their loved ones didn't make it into this human-supremacist heaven. House Halfling, the pressure group for part-human rights, explicitly pointed out that the City's culture will stagnate much faster with only human influences and that it is at present a rather unsatisfactory endpoint of history. [[SarcasmMode Fortunately that probably won't matter any more, as someone figured out a way to turn off the immortality, a civil war broke out, and one group's attempt to end it summoned an]] EldritchAbomination [[SarcasmMode from the universe after this one. So that's alright then.]]

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* ''Franchise/{{FactionParadox}}'' ''Franchise/FactionParadox'' has the City of the Saved: a galaxy-sized city at the end of time where every human and human-descended individual is resurrected in immortal invulnerable bodies and can live forever in the closest thing the setting has to paradise... unless they're only part-human, [[FantasticRacism in which case they're second-class citizens and are generally thought of as lucky to have got in.]] In addition, humans and posthumans with non-human friends and lovers tend to be tragically disappointed when they realise their loved ones didn't make it into this human-supremacist heaven. House Halfling, the pressure group for part-human rights, explicitly pointed out that the City's culture will stagnate much faster with only human influences and that it is at present a rather unsatisfactory endpoint of history. [[SarcasmMode Fortunately that probably won't matter any more, as someone figured out a way to turn off the immortality, a civil war broke out, and one group's attempt to end it summoned an]] EldritchAbomination [[SarcasmMode from the universe after this one. So that's alright then.]]
24th Jun '17 5:42:03 AM JackG
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* ''Literature/TomorrowTown'' is supposedly a technologically-advanced community-of-the-future. The devices they invent are CoolButInefficient, the community only survives on government subsidies, and the social system is inherently sexist. The outside world has long surpassed Tomorrow Town in social and technological advancement. No-one dares complain about these obvious facts until after their founder is murdered.
16th May '17 6:51:57 PM nombretomado
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* In the ''{{Uglies}}'' series, everyone over sixteen is beautiful, and anyone who has just turned sixteen has a few years of non-stop partying. But the operation to become a Pretty involves having brain implants to make you vapid and shallow. Justified, as the brain implants were meant to stop people becoming as destructive as the Rusties, the race of humans who destroyed the world with their stupidity.

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* In the ''{{Uglies}}'' ''Literature/{{Uglies}}'' series, everyone over sixteen is beautiful, and anyone who has just turned sixteen has a few years of non-stop partying. But the operation to become a Pretty involves having brain implants to make you vapid and shallow. Justified, as the brain implants were meant to stop people becoming as destructive as the Rusties, the race of humans who destroyed the world with their stupidity.
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