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25th May '16 1:41:08 AM PaulA
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* The Hellborn from the Literature/JonShannow trilogy ride horses, practice human sacrifice, wear goats' horns on their helmets... and pack high-quality firearms.
15th Mar '16 9:31:05 AM zarpaulus
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** Whether he was right or not is [[FlameBait still under debate]].
14th Mar '16 11:34:24 PM Eliphas8
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* This is in some ways how Marx defined capitalism. Humanity has developed to universally fulfill needs, but the culture, government, and organization of society had not caught up to the sheer ability to produce and provide for those needs in spite of that. So a revolutionary change must be made in order to bring human society up to the standards that technology and industry make possible.
23rd Feb '16 12:11:59 AM shadowbeast
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* This trope is one of the reasons suggested in ''1001 Science Fiction Weapons'' for the OGL system, as a potential explanation for the existence of the many melee weapons in the book created with [[EnhancedArchaicWeapon advanced technology]], from regular swords made from alloys and composite materials far beyond modern technology to warhammers made out of hyperdense materials with a little antigravity motor inside in order to allow the use of little anime-esque schoolgirl characters wielding hammers that weigh five tons or more (they become unusable when the power runs out, as not so many sci-fi settings allow playable races that can lift that.) The idea being that advanced races develop these things for their more primitve hirelings who are more familiar with more primitive weapons but need a technological edge when it is uneconomical to train them with gun-shaped energy weapons, unlikely as that sounds. It also provides the rationale for many of the [[ThrowawayGuns disposable weapons]] in the book; the "idiot guns" series are meant for warlords to issue to their [[ChildSoldiers Child Soldiers]] who can't read with a minimum of training (hence the pictorial instructions on the outside) resulting in not so much a gun as a claymore mine that is held onto, while the Liberator assault shotgun is an automatic shotgun meant to be dropped to rebel and extremist groups who can't be trusted to care for a firearm, for purposes of slaughtering many people as messily as possible, and therefore cannot be reloaded and may as well be tossed out when empty, as it doesn't make a very good club.

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* This trope is one of the reasons suggested in ''1001 Science Fiction Weapons'' for the OGL system, as a potential explanation for the existence of the many melee weapons in the book created with [[EnhancedArchaicWeapon advanced technology]], from regular swords made from alloys and composite materials far beyond modern technology to warhammers made out of hyperdense materials with a little antigravity motor inside in order to allow the use of little anime-esque schoolgirl characters wielding hammers that weigh five tons or more (they become unusable when the power runs out, as not so many sci-fi settings allow playable races that can lift that.) The idea being that advanced races develop these things for their more primitve primitive hirelings who are more familiar with more primitive weapons but need a technological edge when it is uneconomical to train them with gun-shaped energy weapons, unlikely as that sounds. It also provides the rationale for many of the [[ThrowawayGuns disposable weapons]] in the book; the "idiot guns" series are meant for warlords to issue to their [[ChildSoldiers Child Soldiers]] who can't read with a minimum of training (hence the pictorial instructions on the outside) resulting in not so much a gun as a claymore mine that is held onto, while the Liberator assault shotgun is an automatic shotgun meant to be dropped to rebel and extremist groups who can't be trusted to care for a firearm, for purposes of slaughtering many people as messily as possible, and therefore cannot be reloaded and may as well be tossed out when empty, as it doesn't make a very good club.
14th Feb '16 12:28:56 PM szielins
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** This is also the origin of Klingons themselves. They were originally a slave race who overthrew their masters and stole their tech.
14th Feb '16 11:50:46 AM szielins
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** This is a common theme in ''Known Space'', the Slavers, or Thrintun, have massive psychic abilities but are barely able to move. They are borderline idiotic, but they met the Tnuctipuns, who are insanely smart, and the Tnuctipun were instantly slaves to a society that could barely move. The Thrintun may still be around as the Grogs, who have at the very least learned to leave well enough alone: Grogs work very hard at appearing (and actually ''being'') harmless objects of ridicule, possibly, if they really are descended from Thrintun, because they still remember what happened before when they ''didn't''.
11th Feb '16 8:02:16 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The theocratic Covenant of ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' base most of their technology on [[{{Precursors}} Forerunner]] tech, and despite their copied tech being inferior to the original, any attempt to even better understand it, much less actually improve it, runs the risk of being seen as blasphemy. It's gotten to the point where their grasp of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxwell%27s_equations Maxwell's equations]] is actually worse than that of humanity's.

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* The theocratic Covenant of ''Franchise/{{Halo}}'' base most of their technology on [[{{Precursors}} Forerunner]] tech, artifacts, and despite their copied tech being vastly inferior to the original, Forerunner originals, any attempt to even better understand it, much less actually improve it, runs the risk of being seen as blasphemy. It's gotten to the point where their grasp of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maxwell%27s_equations Maxwell's equations]] is actually worse than that of humanity's.



** Even on a social level, many of the Covenant races are somewhat old-fashioned; the Elites live in a feudal society complete with serfdom, the Brutes and Grunts still organize themselves by clans and tribes, and the Jackals have no real governments of their own outside of the Covenant High Council, though it's worth noting that the Jackals and Elites still managed to independently develop space colonization technologies not only back when humans were still using swords and bows, but ''before'' they ever began reverse-engineering Forerunner artifacts. And the only reason they did that is because the Prophets were beating them badly with a single Forerunner Dreadnought. They finally realized that they had to commit sacrilege and study the Forerunner relics in order to improve their tech to match the Prophets.

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** Even on a social level, many of the Covenant races are somewhat old-fashioned; the Elites live in a feudal society complete with serfdom, the Brutes and Grunts still organize themselves by clans and tribes, and the Jackals have no real governments of their own outside of the Covenant High Council, though it's worth noting that both the Jackals and Elites still managed to independently develop space colonization technologies not only back when humans were still using swords and bows, but ''before'' they either of them ever began reverse-engineering Forerunner artifacts. And the only reason they the Elites did that is the last part was because the Prophets were beating them badly with a single Forerunner Dreadnought. They Dreadnought, making them finally realized that they had to commit sacrilege and study the Forerunner relics in order to improve their tech to match the Prophets.Prophets'.
24th Jan '16 1:06:15 PM DarkHunter
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* ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'': This is the case for the Zentraedi. They have access to very powerful warships and CasualInterstellarTravel, as well as reproduction exclusively via cloning. However, they don't have a clue how any of their technology actually works. They can't innovate new technologies, and can't even repair what gets broken. Everything they have is a BlackBox manufactured by fully automated factories, which are themselves a BlackBox. This is one reason they were so interested in human society even before they discovered [[AlienArtsAreAppreciated music and entertainment]]: humans had demonstrated the ability to repair broken tech, which the Zentraedi wanted to obtain for themselves.
15th Dec '15 8:39:40 PM FF32
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* One [[SCPFoundation SCP]] is a pair of hillbilly FeudingFamilies stuck in a ForeverWar with random weapons, sometimes primitive, sometimes futuristic.

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* One [[SCPFoundation [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCP]] is a pair of hillbilly FeudingFamilies stuck in a ForeverWar with random weapons, sometimes primitive, sometimes futuristic.
14th Dec '15 8:31:43 AM ImpudentInfidel
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** Applies to the Pre-War society as well. Even in 2077, with an abundance of futuristic technology at their disposal, America (and perhaps the entire world) remained culturally locked in the 1950s.

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** Applies to the Pre-War society as well. Even in 2077, with an abundance of futuristic technology at their disposal, America (and perhaps the entire world) remained culturally locked in the 1950s. An idealized 50s with full racial and sexual equality, admittedly, but still the 50s.
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