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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.
9th Nov '15 11:16:38 PM shadowbeast
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* This trope is one of the reasons suggested in ''TabletopGame/{{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 ''TabletopGame/{{1001 ''1001 Science Fiction Weapons}}'' 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.
9th Nov '15 11:10:10 PM shadowbeast
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* This trope is one of the reasons suggested in ''TabletopGame/{{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.
11th Oct '15 11:40:14 PM M84
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/WildThornberries'', the Thornberries encounter a tribe of natives who nearly eat Darwin. After the Thornberries arrive and try to explain that Darwin is their pet, with Nigel trying pantomime and such in the belief that they can't speak English, the chief of the tribe cheerfully says "Easy come, easy go" in perfect English (thanks to language tapes). He then calls a friend on his cellphone saying that they won't be eating monkey for dinner and suggests going into town to pick up some steaks. The native boy Deborah befriended is revealed to own a computer and has even designed his own website. The chief explains to the Thornberries that the way of life their tribe has enjoyed for generations won't be changed just because they have some new gadgets.
11th Oct '15 11:37:07 PM M84
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberries'', the Thornberries encounter a tribe of natives who nearly eat Darwin. After the Thornberries arrive and try to explain that Darwin is their pet, with Nigel trying pantomime and such in the belief that they can't speak English, the chief of the tribe cheerfully says "Easy come, easy go" in perfect English (thanks to language tapes). He then calls a friend on his cellphone saying that they won't be eating monkey for dinner and suggests going into town to pick up some steaks. The native boy Deborah befriended is revealed to own a computer and has even designed his own website. The chief explains to the Thornberries that the way of life their tribe has enjoyed for generations won't be changed just because they have some new gadgets.
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberries'', ''WesternAnimation/WildThornberries'', the Thornberries encounter a tribe of natives who nearly eat Darwin. After the Thornberries arrive and try to explain that Darwin is their pet, with Nigel trying pantomime and such in the belief that they can't speak English, the chief of the tribe cheerfully says "Easy come, easy go" in perfect English (thanks to language tapes). He then calls a friend on his cellphone saying that they won't be eating monkey for dinner and suggests going into town to pick up some steaks. The native boy Deborah befriended is revealed to own a computer and has even designed his own website. The chief explains to the Thornberries that the way of life their tribe has enjoyed for generations won't be changed just because they have some new gadgets.
11th Oct '15 11:36:48 PM M84
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheWildThornberries'', the Thornberries encounter a tribe of natives who nearly eat Darwin. After the Thornberries arrive and try to explain that Darwin is their pet, with Nigel trying pantomime and such in the belief that they can't speak English, the chief of the tribe cheerfully says "Easy come, easy go" in perfect English (thanks to language tapes). He then calls a friend on his cellphone saying that they won't be eating monkey for dinner and suggests going into town to pick up some steaks. The native boy Deborah befriended is revealed to own a computer and has even designed his own website. The chief explains to the Thornberries that the way of life their tribe has enjoyed for generations won't be changed just because they have some new gadgets.
6th Oct '15 7:03:10 AM Ramidel
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* A few societies in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' are in this boat, most notably Lookshy of the [[ScavengerWorld Scavenger Lands]].
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* A few societies in ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' are in this boat, most notably the Realm, and to a lesser extent Lookshy of in the [[ScavengerWorld Scavenger Lands]].Lands]]. Both societies have control of significant amounts of technology left over from the Old Realm, but this technology requires a degree of infrastructural sophistication that can't be maintained without the oversight of the Solar Exalted. The Realm embraces this fact, and its power is largely built on ancient [[AncestralWeapon Ancestral Weapons]] while the average peasant grows rice in the fields. Lookshy tries to avert this, and much of their society is organized around maintaining their tech and even building new stuff. To the extent that this trope applies to them, it's because they still have lots of BlackBox technology that they could never hope to replicate - their culture has adapted to work with ''most'' of the {{Magitek}} that they use.
20th Sep '15 8:08:08 PM Adept
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* The people living aboard the GenerationShip [[AnalogueAHateStory Mugunghwa]] have somehow degraded culturally into something resembling Joseon-era Korea. It's implied that none of them understand the principles of how the ship works, or know anything about astronomy.
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* ''VisualNovel/AnalogueAHateStory'': The people living aboard the GenerationShip [[AnalogueAHateStory Mugunghwa]] Mugunghwa have somehow degraded culturally into something resembling Joseon-era Korea. It's implied that none of them understand the principles of how the ship works, or know anything about astronomy.
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