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29th Aug '17 1:57:32 AM PaulA
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* In ''Rocannon's World'' by Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin the protagonist is attacked and captured by barbarians: savage, primitive nomads who wield explosive heat-seeking surface-to-air missiles. The dissonance is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] because the nomads are being covertly supplied by TheEmpire.

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* In ''Rocannon's World'' ''Literature/RocannonsWorld'' by Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin the protagonist is attacked and captured by barbarians: savage, primitive nomads who wield explosive heat-seeking surface-to-air missiles. The dissonance is [[JustifiedTrope justified]] because the nomads are being covertly supplied by TheEmpire.
23rd Aug '17 3:42:11 PM Amahn
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** The Bajoran's of ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' became a variation of this, similar to Babylon 5's Minbari, after the arrival of The Orbs and their devotion to The Prophets. Until the Cardassian occupation their culture and civilization remained rooted as it had been 10,000 years prior, and despite having had space flight prior to human civilization's rise they never attempted to purposefully move beyond their star system - colonizing only local moons and developing only minimal new technologies in that time while continuing to live by a caste system of farmers artisans and religious leaders.
** The Hirogen from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' appear to be this curtesy of being an homage to ''Franchise/{{Predator}}''. From all appearances they are a fully nomadic civilization totally dedicated to the hunt. It's unknown how old their current technology is or how long they've been at it, but if the communications array they claimed was theirs in their first appearance was built by them, it seems to be quite ancient. When Janeway broke The Prime Directive and gave them holodeck technology they lacked the cultural understanding to use it wisely, resulting in massive numbers of deaths in and out of the Hirogen population and nearly creating a new photonic civilization, and also had to task a select few with being its sole maintainers and operators.
19th Aug '17 8:53:43 PM Caladin
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***When Marx was writing the Communist Manifesto, he did not consider Russia to be a valid location for the revolution, as it lacked the necessary industry for it to be ready for Communism, and as such it was always playing catch up. As such, it is not a definite answer as to the economic possibilities of it, though it does give indication towards the corruption within Totalitarian Communism.
28th Jul '17 9:02:25 PM StrixObscuro
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* In ''Anime/AldnoahZero'', the Vers have access to some of the greatest technology in the known universe, but their culture is so lacking that the only thing holding it together is an incredibly half-baked religion and resentment against the people of Earth.
21st Jul '17 7:00:37 PM theLibrarian
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* The fundamentalist terrorist group Islamic State (aka ISIS/ISIL/whatever) has access to modern 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, 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).

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* The fundamentalist terrorist group Islamic State (aka ISIS/ISIL/whatever) has access to modern 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, 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). Reality has also ensued when it comes to how their society worked: Children in schools weren't taught math or science, and while their fanaticism and sheer numbers were great against the fractured and poorly motivated Iraqi Army at first, once the West stepped in and not only began bombing them from the air, but the Iraqis got their act together, they've now been beaten back out of nearly all of their territory and they're unlikely to last much longer.
21st Jul '17 5:12:12 PM StrixObscuro
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* Also from the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, the Breakworld seen in Joss Whedon's run on ''ComicBook/XMen'' possesses some very impressive technology, but exists in a constant state of warfare and tyranny. [[BlueAndOrangeMorality Most of the Breakworlders don't think this is a bad thing]], and the one that does [[spoiler:is the true BigBad of the arc and an OmnicidalManiac who wants to blow up her own planet to boot.]]
* DC has the ComicBook/NewGods of New Genesis and Apokolips; they possess super high tech, and depending on how they are portrayed, are a super advanced alien race / or PhysicalGods. Apokolips are styled in Greek / Roman aesthetics, with slaves being lorded by the New Gods.

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* Also from the Franchise/MarvelUniverse, the Breakworld seen in Joss Whedon's run on ''ComicBook/XMen'' ''ComicBook/AstonishingXMen'' possesses some very impressive technology, but exists in a constant state of warfare and tyranny. [[BlueAndOrangeMorality Most of the Breakworlders don't think this is a bad thing]], and the one that does [[spoiler:is the true BigBad of the arc and an OmnicidalManiac who wants to blow up her own planet to boot.]]
* DC has the ComicBook/NewGods of New Genesis and Apokolips; they possess super high tech, and depending on how they are portrayed, are a super advanced alien race / or race/or PhysicalGods. Apokolips are is styled in Greek / Roman Greek[=/=]Roman aesthetics, with slaves being lorded by the New Gods.Gods.
* In ''ComicBook/SevenSoldiers of Victory'', the Sheeda's entire civilization is based around travelling through time and plundering the technology of past civilizations. This has left them with a lot of technology and magic (including a giant time machine, a cauldron that restores life, and various sophisticated means of MindControl), but all they do with such technology is continue plundering other time periods for more.
* ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'':
** Chase's MadScientist parents created a host of advanced technology, but Chase's curiosity about it ended after he figured out that the Fistigons make fire and the Leapfrog has lasers. At one point, he discovers that the Leapfrog included holographic records of his parents' exploits, but never decided to look through them.
** Nico's family has wielded the Staff of One for centuries, giving them access to the kind of power that could scare ''gods'', but Nico's mother used it as if it were just a melee weapon that could channel spells. When Nico meets her ancestor Witchbreaker, the old witch laments that her descendants stopped exploring how to use the staff properly after figuring out how to cast simple offensive spells.



* Played for laughs in ''Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'' when Beethoven gets access to modern synthesisers.

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* Played for laughs in ''Film/BillAndTedsExcellentAdventure'' when Beethoven gets access to modern synthesisers.synthesizers.



* The Prawns from ''Film/{{District 9}}'' are pretty animalistic, but only because the ones we see are part of a rather unintelligent worker caste that don't know how to do anything unless they're told. All the more intelligent leaders died before their ship arrived at Earth. [[spoiler: Well, most of them did]].

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* The Prawns from ''Film/{{District 9}}'' are pretty animalistic, but only because the ones we see are part of a rather unintelligent worker caste that don't know how to do anything unless they're told. All the more intelligent leaders died before their ship arrived at Earth. [[spoiler: Well, [[spoiler:Well, most of them did]].


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* In the ''Literature/JohnCarterOfMars'' series, Barsoom is littered with artifacts from the more advanced White Martians who once ruled the planet, but most of those ruins have been overrun with Green Martians, who aren't intelligent enough to appreciate anything more complicated than the fact that the radium rifles kill things.
21st Jul '17 4:03:21 PM DVB
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* The Homeworld Gems from ''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.

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* The Homeworld Gems from ''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. Furthermore, their empire is stagnating due to resource-loss.
25th May '17 9:34:52 AM TheNicestGuy
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* ''VideoGame/RimWorld'' plays this both forwards and backwards, as the background concept is that on any given rim world there are distinct cultures that interact with each other but are nonetheless living at very different tech levels. In game terms, your own faction begins at either "tribal" or "colony" (space-faring but stranded) level, which dictates which technologies on the extensive tech tree will be pre-learned. Anybody can use the products of any technology (e.g., scavenged weapons, advanced medicines bought from a trader), but to make something yourself may require research--a lot of research. It works both ways, in that beginning at a higher tech level leaves some more primitive techs locked, and actually puts you at a disadvantage when you try to research them. For example, colonist types have forgotten how to brew beer.
12th May '17 4:16:48 PM JOKER_G
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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.

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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 human trafficking and ''kidnapping'' them to forcefully marry them to Chinese men in the homeland.marriage.
8th May '17 11:44:45 AM LordInsane
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* ''VideoGame/MightAndMagic VII'': This turns out to be a hinge point in the conflict between the two groups of eight mysterious visitors once their origins are revealed -- they're[[spoiler: [[PreviousPlayerCharacterCameo the protagonists if III]]]], so while they have acquired an impressive knowledge of Ancient technology, they're still using technology ''far'' beyond their cultural background and with limited knowledge outside how to repair and use the machinery. Half recognise this, and want to keep looking for the Ancients on the logic the people who actually ''built'' the things in the first place would be far more capable at uplifting their lost colonies. The other half... [[spoiler: [[RogueProtagonist wants to take over the world.]] They try to spin it as uplifting where they are instead of keeping on looking for a civilisation that might be long gone, but their actions and less restrained dialogue make clear they mostly just want to rule as kings.]]
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