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22nd Mar '17 5:03:51 PM ImpudentInfidel
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*** In the backstory the technology Humans used to colonize the galaxy was deliberately designed to allow this. The SCP systems that contained all the plans for things colonies might need were themselves incredibly advanced technology based on a deep understanding of physics, but the plans they produced were cunningly designed so that no particular understanding or even mechanical skill was needed to build even the most advanced of technologies. All of these systems, and the knowledge behind them, were lost in a galactic Dark Age more than ten thousand years previous. This makes intact printouts the most valuable things in the galaxy, and a working system is practically the Holy Grail.
19th Mar '17 9:43:11 AM ElSquibbonator
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* In Stephen King's book ''Literature/TheTommyknockers'', the titular aliens (and the people who are transformed into them) create devices that have incredible power, but which they have no philosophical or ethical insight into. As the main protagonist puts it, they're "Thomas Edisons rather than Albert Einsteins".
18th Mar '17 8:18:39 AM erforce
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* A partial example in ''[[WebOriginal/StarWreck Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning]]'', where Pirk, Dwarf, and Info are stuck on modern-day Earth after traveling from their own time. When the FirstContact with the Vulgars is messed up by a rock star (the Vulgars are too busy partying and doing drugs), Pirk takes it upon himself to establish the P-Fleet by using a bunch of disgruntled Russians to build the CPP ''Kickstart'' ({{Expy}} of the ''[[Franchise/StarTrek Enterprise]]''-E) based on Info's remembered plans and the Vulgar AntiMatter reactor. He then allies with the Russian President and retools the Russian military with futuristic technology, quickly conquering the world and establishing the P-Union with himself as TheEmperor. However, Info reveals that the comparatively low level of human technology means that the ship's systems are not up to their usual standarts (due to impurities in AntiMatter, the ''Kickstart'' can only go to "twist" factor 2). As such, despite Pirk using the resources of the entire world to build a space station and dozens of ships, they lack the power to actually reach other stars in any reasonable amount of time (years at best). The CPP ''Kalinka'' (an {{Expy}} of the original ''Enterprise'') looks so crappy compared to the ''Kickstart'' because they ran out of good-quality materials and had to make due. During the SpaceBattle, the ''Kalinka'' sustains damage despite the fact that it was ''never fired upon''. Hell, the enemy doesn't even bother attacking the rustbucket, figuring it'll fall apart on its own. Pirk's entire reason for invading the [[spoiler:[[Series/BabylonFive Babel-13]] universe]] is to conquer habitable planets and get more resources.

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* A partial example in ''[[WebOriginal/StarWreck Star Wreck: In the Pirkinning]]'', ''Film/StarWreckInThePirkinning'', where Pirk, Dwarf, and Info are stuck on modern-day Earth after traveling from their own time. When the FirstContact with the Vulgars is messed up by a rock star (the Vulgars are too busy partying and doing drugs), Pirk takes it upon himself to establish the P-Fleet by using a bunch of disgruntled Russians to build the CPP ''Kickstart'' ({{Expy}} of the ''[[Franchise/StarTrek Enterprise]]''-E) based on Info's remembered plans and the Vulgar AntiMatter reactor. He then allies with the Russian President and retools the Russian military with futuristic technology, quickly conquering the world and establishing the P-Union with himself as TheEmperor. However, Info reveals that the comparatively low level of human technology means that the ship's systems are not up to their usual standarts (due to impurities in AntiMatter, the ''Kickstart'' can only go to "twist" factor 2). As such, despite Pirk using the resources of the entire world to build a space station and dozens of ships, they lack the power to actually reach other stars in any reasonable amount of time (years at best). The CPP ''Kalinka'' (an {{Expy}} of the original ''Enterprise'') looks so crappy compared to the ''Kickstart'' because they ran out of good-quality materials and had to make due. During the SpaceBattle, the ''Kalinka'' sustains damage despite the fact that it was ''never fired upon''. Hell, the enemy doesn't even bother attacking the rustbucket, figuring it'll fall apart on its own. Pirk's entire reason for invading the [[spoiler:[[Series/BabylonFive Babel-13]] universe]] is to conquer habitable planets and get more resources.



* The Jedi of StarWars kind of subvert this. The galaxy around them may have reached the pinnacle of technological development, but they stick to (comparatively) lower tech and chivalric ancient customs... because they're ''more'' civilized than the current ones. [[spoiler: Whiiiiiiich comes to bite them in the ass. Just because you cling rigidly to custom doesn't mean your archenemies have to. The Sith actually become more successful once they ditch the Evil Wizard schtick and become modern politicians.]]

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* The Jedi of StarWars ''Franchise/StarWars'' kind of subvert this. The galaxy around them may have reached the pinnacle of technological development, but they stick to (comparatively) lower tech and chivalric ancient customs... because they're ''more'' civilized than the current ones. [[spoiler: Whiiiiiiich comes to bite them in the ass. Just because you cling rigidly to custom doesn't mean your archenemies have to. The Sith actually become more successful once they ditch the Evil Wizard schtick and become modern politicians.]]
12th Mar '17 12:33:26 PM Kimera128
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* The Pylons from ''Series/LandOfTheLost'' are remnants of a past civilization yet are more advanced than anything the Sleestaks could create.

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* The Pylons from ''Series/LandOfTheLost'' ''Series/LandOfTheLost1974'' are remnants of a past civilization yet are more advanced than anything the Sleestaks could create.
23rd Feb '17 11:20:31 AM TheKaizerreich
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There was no surprise in the fact they were hated for it and treated like [[SelfDemonstratingArticle primitives suddenly endowed]] with power and technology. The ''nouveau riche'' attitude of the political leadership, with men like Robert Ley, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Weber_%28SS_general%29 Christian Weber]], and Hermann Goering ruling their departments and flaunting their wealth like [[TheDon Mafia bosses]], only made things worse. In more practical terms, the Nazis took the same attitude to Jewish scientists like UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein and rejected their research in favor of promoting hare-brained ideas in physics and other fields simply because non-Jewish Germans came up with them. Among the results of that bigotry were that many of those scientists fled to nations like Britain and the United States, which gave them the advantage of the skilled personnel needed to develop nuclear weapons.[[note]]The (few) top-tier physicists remaining in Germany capable of designing atomic weapons (Heisenberg, for example) had no intention of doing so for the Nazis; several of them even managed to get themselves put in charge of atomic research specifically so that they could make sure nothing practical ever came of it.[[/note]]

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There was no surprise in the fact they were hated for it and treated like [[SelfDemonstratingArticle primitives suddenly endowed]] with power and technology. The ''nouveau riche'' attitude of the political leadership, with men like Robert Ley, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Weber_%28SS_general%29 Christian Weber]], and Hermann Goering ruling their departments and flaunting their wealth like [[TheDon Mafia bosses]], only made things worse. In more practical terms, the Nazis took the same attitude to Jewish scientists like UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein and rejected their research in favor of promoting hare-brained ideas in physics and other fields simply because non-Jewish Germans came up with them. Among the results of that bigotry were that many of those scientists fled to nations like Britain and the United States, which gave them the advantage of the skilled personnel needed to develop nuclear weapons.[[note]]The (few) top-tier physicists remaining in Germany capable of designing atomic weapons (Heisenberg, for example) had no intention of doing so for the Nazis; several of them even managed to get themselves put in charge of atomic research specifically so that they could make sure nothing practical ever came of it. What ''did'' come out of it, but thankfully never actually used, would be something we call a "Dirty Nuke", which is essentially putting nuclear material and copious amounts of explosives together, then detonating the contraption to spread nuclear pollution over a very wide area.[[/note]]



* Let's just say, this trope + modern ''weaponry'' = Very Bad Things.

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* Let's just say, this trope + modern ''weaponry'' = Very Bad Things. Most horrible example ever? ''UsefulNotes/WorldWarII''.



* What happens when traditional "sons, not daughters" societies as in the Middle East, India and China gain access to prenatal gender testing and abortion? Well despite laws actively trying to prevent it, the birth ratio is as skewed as 100 male to 90 female newborns in some places. If there were no laws against it, the ratio would probably be even worse.

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* What happens when traditional "sons, not daughters" societies as in the Middle East, India and China gain access to prenatal gender testing and abortion? Well despite laws actively trying to prevent it, the birth ratio is as skewed as 100 male to 90 female newborns in some places. If there were no laws against it, the ratio would probably be even worse. China, in particular, has a massive problem with this in that there is now a whole industry build around finding Chinese(-descended) women in foreign countries and ''kidnapping'' them to forcefully marry them to Chinese men in the homeland.



** Whether he was right or not is [[FlameBait still under debate]].
* The terrorist group ISIS/ISIL/whatever has access to modern weaponry, yet their beliefs in regards to women's rights, LGBT rights, science, etc. are straight out of the Dark Ages.

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** Whether he was right or not is [[FlameBait still under debate]].
debate]], though the biggest trial of communism in real life, the ''[[UsefulNotes/SovietRussiaUkraineAndSoOn Soviet Union]]'', failed very, very badly.
* The fundamentalist terrorist group ISIS/ISIL/whatever Islamic State (aka ISIS/ISIL/whatever) has access to modern weaponry, weaponry (assault rifles, missile launchers, explosives, even some stolen tanks), yet their beliefs in regards to women's rights, LGBT rights, science, etc. are straight out of the Dark Ages.Ages, as they take a very, '''very''' literal reading of the quran (which results in most of the victims of their reign of terror being other Muslims with more moderate views, since to ISIS, these folks are just doing it wrong).
22nd Jan '17 3:45:26 AM Luppercus
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* The Homeworld Gems from Steven Universe are extremely advanced, forming an intergalactic empire with faster than light travel and instantaneous communication across galaxies. They also have no concept of art or music, and have actually ''declined'' culturally over the last thousand years.

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* The Homeworld Gems from Steven Universe ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' are extremely advanced, forming an intergalactic empire with faster than light travel and instantaneous communication across galaxies. They also have no concept of art or music, and have actually ''declined'' culturally over the last thousand years.
14th Jan '17 11:21:47 AM CurledUpWithDakka
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** The Centauri and Minbari despite being technologically more advanced than humans, resemble a late medieval/Renaissance European or Indian society and still have stuff like legalized duels, arranged marriages. a caste system and an absolute monarchy.

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** The Centauri and Minbari despite being technologically more advanced than humans, resemble a late medieval/Renaissance European or Indian society and still have stuff like legalized duels, arranged marriages. marriages, a caste system and an absolute monarchy.



* ''Videogame/{{Starbound}}'' has Avians, who received spacefaring technology from a precursor race, and yet still have priest-castes and human...well, avian sacrifices to their god, with atheism being a crime. So, you have {{Mayincatec}} BirdPeople in space.

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* ''Videogame/{{Starbound}}'' has Avians, who received spacefaring technology from a precursor race, and yet still have priest-castes and human... well, avian sacrifices to their god, with atheism being a crime. So, you have {{Mayincatec}} BirdPeople in space.
30th Dec '16 3:54:48 AM bhlee0019
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Related to InsufficientlyAdvancedAlien, which is about a race that's interstellar, but every other tech they have sucks comparatively, ''and'' they probably don't understand it. Contrast RockBeatsLaser. The NobleSavage inverts this trope, being essentially High Culture, Low Tech. See also BambooTechnology, AliensNeverInventedTheWheel, ScavengerWorld, GivingRadioToTheRomans, TechnologyUplift and CargoCult. Not to be confused with "[[CyberPunk High Tech and Low Life.]]" Compare KlingonScientistsGetNoRespect, when a society undervalues the profession that make its desired lifestyle possible.

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Related to InsufficientlyAdvancedAlien, which is about a race that's interstellar, but every other tech they have sucks comparatively, ''and'' they probably don't understand it. compare CrystalSpiresAndTogas . Contrast RockBeatsLaser. The NobleSavage inverts this trope, being essentially High Culture, Low Tech. See also BambooTechnology, AliensNeverInventedTheWheel, ScavengerWorld, GivingRadioToTheRomans, TechnologyUplift and CargoCult. Not to be confused with "[[CyberPunk High Tech and Low Life.]]" Compare KlingonScientistsGetNoRespect, when a society undervalues the profession that make its desired lifestyle possible.
11th Dec '16 4:44:37 AM eedwardgrey3
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** The Centauri and Minbari despite being technologically more advanced than humans, resemble a late medieval/Renaissance European or Indian society and still have stuff like legalized duels, arranged marriages. a caste system and an absolute monarchy.
1st Dec '16 1:54:17 AM Jake
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** It's implied in some of the fluff that this is true for at least one enemy race; [[TheBrute Mutons]] apparently have some kind of tattoos or ritual scarification, which combined with their observed behaviour in combat (including some sort of war chant) leads Dr Vahlen to theorise that they're some kind of tribal society forcibly uplifted as {{Mooks}}.
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