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14th Oct '17 7:13:33 PM AHI-3000
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What to do with criminals is a problem for societies real and fictional. One common solution in times past and perhaps [[RecycledInSpace future]] is the Penal Colony. This is a self-contained society consisting mostly of prisoners and those who guard them, usually separated from the civilized world by natural barriers in addition to (or instead of) prison walls; this can often be an island or someplace in the middle of nowhere, but in science fiction it may be a whole [[UpToEleven Prison Planet]] whose [[PlanetOfHats Hat]] is an orange jumpsuit.

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What to do with criminals is a problem for societies real and fictional. One common solution in times past and perhaps [[RecycledInSpace future]] is the Penal Colony. This is a self-contained society consisting mostly of prisoners and those who guard them, usually separated from the civilized world by natural barriers in addition to (or instead of) prison walls; this can often be an a remote island far out in the ocean, or someplace some piece of land in the middle of nowhere, but in science fiction it may be a whole [[UpToEleven Prison Planet]] whose [[PlanetOfHats Hat]] is an orange jumpsuit.
14th Oct '17 7:10:00 PM AHI-3000
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What to do with criminals is a problem for societies real and fictional. One common solution in times past and perhaps [[RecycledInSpace future]] is the Penal Colony. This is a self-contained society consisting mostly of prisoners and those who guard them, usually separated from the civilized world by natural barriers in addition to (or instead of) prison walls; in science fiction, it may be a whole Prison Planet whose [[PlanetOfHats Hat]] is an orange jumpsuit. Typically the prisoners will be required to do some sort of hard and dangerous labor; [[WeWillUseManualLaborInTheFuture mining is a favourite]] in ScienceFiction.

If the colony is fairly loosely controlled, isolated or has no guards at all, it will resemble a WretchedHive, with the prisoners more or less running the place.

The Penal Colony can be a rich source of story ideas; if you're recruiting for a RagtagBunchOfMisfits, you might do it here. [[LaResistance Revolutionary leader]] captured by TheEmpire and sent here? They may have to fight their way to the top of the prison hierarchy, then arrange an escape. Need a source of people you can dispose of without anyone caring? Have your [[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong Xenomorph]] invade the Penal Colony. Is the place too loosely supervised? If so, it may become a base of operations for the BigBad.

Compare WretchedHive and DeathWorld (which may be what separates the Penal Colony from civilization). Particularly inescapable ones can overlap with TheAlcatraz or PhantomZone. Often related to SettlingTheFrontier. See also ReassignedToAntarctica. The SuperTrope to SentencedToDownUnder, which is specifically the old British practice of sending convicts to UsefulNotes/{{Australia}}.

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What to do with criminals is a problem for societies real and fictional. One common solution in times past and perhaps [[RecycledInSpace future]] is the Penal Colony. This is a self-contained society consisting mostly of prisoners and those who guard them, usually separated from the civilized world by natural barriers in addition to (or instead of) prison walls; this can often be an island or someplace in the middle of nowhere, but in science fiction, fiction it may be a whole [[UpToEleven Prison Planet Planet]] whose [[PlanetOfHats Hat]] is an orange jumpsuit. jumpsuit.

Typically the prisoners will be required to do some sort of hard and dangerous labor; [[WeWillUseManualLaborInTheFuture mining is a favourite]] favorite]] in ScienceFiction.

science fiction. If the colony is fairly isolated, loosely controlled, isolated or has no guards at all, it will resemble a WretchedHive, with the prisoners more or less running the place.

The Penal Colony can be a rich source of story ideas; if you're recruiting for a RagtagBunchOfMisfits, you might do it here. [[LaResistance Revolutionary leader]] captured by TheEmpire and sent here? They may have to fight their way to the top of the prison hierarchy, then arrange an escape. Need a source of [[AssholeVictim people you can dispose of without anyone caring? caring]]? [[Film/Alien3 Have your [[FaceFullOfAlienWingWong Xenomorph]] Xenomorph invade the Penal Colony. Colony]]. Is the place too loosely supervised? If so, it may become a base of operations for the BigBad.

a crime lord.

These jails are often a type of HellholePrison.
Compare WretchedHive and DeathWorld (which may be what separates the Penal Colony from civilization). Particularly inescapable ones can overlap with TheAlcatraz or PhantomZone. Often related to SettlingTheFrontier. See also ReassignedToAntarctica. The SuperTrope to SentencedToDownUnder, which is specifically the old British practice of sending their convicts to UsefulNotes/{{Australia}}.UsefulNotes/{{Australia}} way back in the 19th century.



* Fury 161 from ''Film/{{Alien 3}}''.

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* Fury Fiorina "Fury" 161 from ''Film/{{Alien 3}}''.''Film/Alien3'', a distant planet home to a remote prison facility full of hardened convicts, such as murderers and rapists. [[TheHero Ellen Ripley]] crash-lands here after the events of the [[{{Film/Aliens}} previous movie]], and has no choice but to cooperate for survival with the local guards and inmates, while yet another Xenomorph runs rampant through the place.
25th Jun '17 2:08:11 PM nombretomado
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* Camp Green Lake in ''{{Holes}}'', which is a camp entirely surrounded by desert.

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* Camp Green Lake in ''{{Holes}}'', ''Literature/{{Holes}}'', which is a camp entirely surrounded by desert.
12th Jun '17 2:36:15 PM faunas
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* UsefulNotes/{{Angola}} was this for UsefulNotes/{{Portugal}}. A place of uncurable diseases with Portugal only controlling a couple of forts and whose only important activity until its abolition was slave capture and export (although later came some others, like diamonds), this all changed during TheFifties when finally the diseases were curable and came non-prisoners attracted by new-found fertile lands for agriculture, especially coffee, cocoa and sisal. Later, oil was struck during TheSeventies. (Although, it must be noted, prisoners still went to Angola 'till the end.)
11th Jun '17 8:52:22 PM Fireblood
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** Season 2 shows that there other labor camps kept outside the walls of the occupied cities, which are seen as a step below the Factory on the punishment scale.

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** Season 2 shows that there are other labor camps kept outside the walls of the occupied cities, which are seen as a step below the Factory on the punishment scale.scale.
* ''Series/AmericanGods2017'': "A Prayer for Mad Sweeney" highlights how the Thirteen Colonies were once used this way for convicts from Britain, with the story of Essie [=McGowan=].
15th May '17 7:19:56 PM nombretomado
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* In the previous century, before discovery of Australia and with minimal North American colonies, Cromwell prevented further dissent in post-Civil War Britain by exiling dissenters and extremists [[note]]Those who wanted a fully-fledged English Revolution to eliminate 'all'' nobility and not just the king; who demanded equality, redistribution of land, universal suffrage, universal education, and other seditious things[[/note]] to the West of Ireland, then seen as a sufficiently remote penal colony. English exiles married into the Irish, were assimilated as Irish, and bequeathed English names like Smith, Higgins and [[TheTroubles Adams]] to Ireland. [[note]]As well as descendants like Simon Bolivar and Bernardo O'Higgins, who freed South America from the Spanish. Or Gerry Adams in the North.[[/note]]

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* In the previous century, before discovery of Australia and with minimal North American colonies, Cromwell prevented further dissent in post-Civil War Britain by exiling dissenters and extremists [[note]]Those who wanted a fully-fledged English Revolution to eliminate 'all'' nobility and not just the king; who demanded equality, redistribution of land, universal suffrage, universal education, and other seditious things[[/note]] to the West of Ireland, then seen as a sufficiently remote penal colony. English exiles married into the Irish, were assimilated as Irish, and bequeathed English names like Smith, Higgins and [[TheTroubles [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles Adams]] to Ireland. [[note]]As well as descendants like Simon Bolivar and Bernardo O'Higgins, who freed South America from the Spanish. Or Gerry Adams in the North.[[/note]]
14th May '17 10:31:42 AM nombretomado
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* ''Franchise/StarCraft'':

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* ''Franchise/StarCraft'':''VideoGame/StarCraft'':
9th Apr '17 9:32:38 AM nombretomado
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** The aforementioned Kessel is featured in ''RogueSquadron''.

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** The aforementioned Kessel is featured in ''RogueSquadron''.''VideoGame/RogueSquadron''.
12th Mar '17 5:05:12 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': What the three castles of the Night's Watch are. Criminals fill a good portion of the ranks as they picked joining the watch over execution. The rest are low-ranking highborn sons, bastards of nobles, or those who fought on the losing side of a war.
25th Jan '17 10:44:45 AM VicGeorge2011
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* Alphatraz is a prison planet in ''Planet Terry'' where nobody escapes...because the prisoners are in charge of it and have turned it into a luxury prison.
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