History Main / FalseUtopia

29th Sep '17 5:59:42 AM ChronoLegion
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''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.

to:

* ''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
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* ''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
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* 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
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''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?]]

to:

* ''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
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ''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.]]

to:

* ''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
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* ''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
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* 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.

to:

* 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.
4th Apr '17 7:41:30 AM IdumeanPatriot
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Genosha was worse than Latveria. A utopia to only the upper class, their cruel apartheid government used mutants as a SlaveRace to maintain a stellar economy. (But it came crashing down after they attracted the ire of the ComicBook/XMen.)

to:

* Genosha, another fictional Marvel state that appears mainly in the ComicBook/XMen comics, is a rare subversion of this trope. When they first appear, they are presented as a little model democracy with a super-advanced economy and public health care, like a stereotypical Sweden on steroids. Then, however, it [[TheReveal turns out]] that the country secretly implements a super-harsh SuperRegistrationAct that basically reduces its [[FantasticRacism mutants]] to state slavery. But ''then'' the story takes pains to explain that the country ''really is'' a paradise for everyone else ''except'' the mutants--And with a few hundred of them in a country of ten million, this makes them [[CrapsackOnlyByComparison easily the smallest oppressed underclass in history]]. The Genoshan government also get to justify their harsh measures by appeals to national security, arguing that if not kept under strict control, the super-powered mutants will quickly [[BewareTheSuperman destroy their democratic way of life]]. And they are actually [[TheExtremistWasRight proved right]] by the story, as the X-Men, not buying this, free the mutants--Who then proceed to turn Genosha was into a SuperSupremacist PeoplesRepublicOfTyranny that purges the majority population and is [[NiceJobBreakingItHero objectively far worse than Latveria. A utopia to only the upper class, their cruel apartheid government used mutants as a SlaveRace to maintain a stellar economy. (But it came crashing down after they attracted the ire of the ComicBook/XMen.)old regime in just about every way.]]
30th Mar '17 6:43:46 AM IdumeanPatriot
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* In ''Literature/{{Victoria}}'', the Republic of Azania has shades of this. A [[LadyLand majority-female]] society, they are a generally peaceful, economically and technologically advanced nation in an otherwise largely post-apocalyptic setting, which welcomes women and homosexuals fleeing the [[EvilReactionary reactionary]] neighboring states. However, it is also a semi-totalitarian dictatorship that practices eugenics, bans natural childbirth and heavily discriminates against men.
28th Mar '17 4:45:52 AM Doug86
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* Genosia was worse than Latveria. A utopia to only the upper class, their cruel apartheid government used mutants as a SlaveRace to maintain a stellar economy. (But it came crashing down after they attracted the ire of the {{X Men}}.)

to:

* Genosia Genosha was worse than Latveria. A utopia to only the upper class, their cruel apartheid government used mutants as a SlaveRace to maintain a stellar economy. (But it came crashing down after they attracted the ire of the {{X Men}}.ComicBook/XMen.)
This list shows the last 10 events of 174. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Main.FalseUtopia