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18th Oct '17 11:38:29 AM CosmicFerret
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* The ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels contain a number of societies that result when you take the expected stereotypes and turn them up until the knob breaks off. Notably:
** Dwarves, for whom gender diversity is something that happens to other people because both sexes have long, lush beards and dress in so many layers of clothing that they default to an androgynous barrel shape, and every individual has a bone-deep instinct for mining, smithing, and trading. Notably, traditional dwarves consider even identifying as female to be shameful and obscene, though this seems to be easing off in more progressive areas.
** Lancre, where narrativium seems to be a bit stronger than elsewhere, and thus stories tend to be a law of physics. People there tend to break out in fairy tales.
** Uberwald, a country of GothicHorror where every vampire myth is true, but no two vampire families necessarily have the same combination of traits and weaknesses, and pretty much every classic horror trope can be found if you just walk far enough.
** Igors. Whether they are a family, a social group of like-minded individuals, or a species in their own right is unclear, but they all have a crazy talent at mad science and surgery of all kinds, and all serve as an assistant of some sort to a Marthter. The men tend to be hunchbacked and artfully ugly, while the females (Igoras and Igorinas) tend to be drop-dead gorgeous, to fit with the expected stereotypes of, respectively, TheIgor and the MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter. It is also demonstrated in ''Discworld/MonstrousRegiment'' that they can be quite gender-fluid within these parameters.
10th Oct '17 3:02:08 PM EEPster
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*Very much subverted for the alien species of ''Literature/StarCity'', the Ba'ren. They are very much a [[MulticulturalAlienPlanet multi-planet, multicultural species]].
** Invoked by humans who are ignorant and/or [[{{Fantastic Racism}} hate the Ba'ren]].
** Lampshaded in reverse by the Ba'ren. Their researchers complain that it's hard to translate Earth media because the humans do not have a [[CommonTongue common, culture-neutral language]], instead comprising of many different languages and cultures.
8th Oct '17 10:12:22 PM infernape612
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** In the Original Series the Romulans are a ProudWarriorRace -- or [[RecycledInSpace Space]] [[AncientRome Romans]] (with home planets named Romulus and Remus) -- but ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]'' and ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' had an alternate interpretation: they are all intrigue all the time

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** In the Original Series the Romulans are a ProudWarriorRace -- or [[RecycledInSpace Space]] [[AncientRome Romans]] (with home planets named Romulus and Remus) -- but ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration TNG]]'' and ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' had an alternate interpretation: they are all intrigue all the timetime.
24th Sep '17 11:41:59 AM nombretomado
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* The ''{{Belgariad}}'' series of novels by Creator/DavidEddings:

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* The ''{{Belgariad}}'' ''Literature/TheBelgariad'' series of novels by Creator/DavidEddings:
16th Sep '17 5:16:37 PM nombretomado
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*** Everyone from Elysia is an [[YanksWithTanks American-ish]] paratrooper.

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*** Everyone from Elysia is an [[YanksWithTanks [[UsefulNotes/YanksWithTanks American-ish]] paratrooper.
10th Sep '17 10:22:59 AM nombretomado
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* In one MickeyMouse detective story Mickey and {{Goofy}} are employed by aliens from a planet where everyone is a thief - its perfectly legal to steal, people are suspicious of someone who doesn't, and their leader got his position because he is such a great crook. (No, not by cheating. People ''voted for him'' because he was such a dishonest man.) They need an outsider because they are temporarily hosting an artifact shared with other, friendly planets, and they don't trust anyone on their own planet - with good reason.

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* In one MickeyMouse detective story Mickey and {{Goofy}} WesternAnimation/{{Goofy}} are employed by aliens from a planet where everyone is a thief - its perfectly legal to steal, people are suspicious of someone who doesn't, and their leader got his position because he is such a great crook. (No, not by cheating. People ''voted for him'' because he was such a dishonest man.) They need an outsider because they are temporarily hosting an artifact shared with other, friendly planets, and they don't trust anyone on their own planet - with good reason.
6th Sep '17 8:30:34 PM TheBigBopper
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* ''Manga/GalaxyExpress999'' is the ur-example in Anime/Manga. We have planets where everyone's a beggar, fat, angry, lawless, sad, glows in the dark and so on. Subverted with Planet Fury, which appears to be a CrapsackWorld whose hat is fighting. [[spoiler: Its real hat is [[CannotTellALie candor]]. The constant fighting is just a side effect.]]

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* ''Manga/GalaxyExpress999'' is the ur-example in Anime/Manga. ''Manga/GalaxyExpress999'': We have planets where everyone's a beggar, fat, angry, lawless, sad, glows in the dark and so on. Subverted with Planet Fury, which appears to be a CrapsackWorld whose hat is fighting. [[spoiler: Its real hat is [[CannotTellALie candor]]. The constant fighting is just a side effect.]]



* In ''LightNovel/KinosJourney'', each individual country is a separate Planet of Hats, such as a country devoted to nothing else but the construction of a tower or is inhabited by people who do nothing but secretarial work. Most amusing is the town who doesn't have a hat, and is trying desperately to get one. They show off some different 'ancient tradition' to every traveler to come by. Kino remarks that this ''is'' their hat.

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* In ''LightNovel/KinosJourney'', each individual country is a separate Planet of Hats, such as a country devoted to nothing else but the construction of a tower tower, or is one inhabited by people who do nothing but secretarial work. Most amusing is the town who which doesn't have a hat, and is trying desperately to get one. They show off some different 'ancient tradition' to every traveler to come by.who passes through. Kino remarks that this ''is'' their hat.
6th Sep '17 8:02:26 PM TheBigBopper
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Occasionally semi-{{justified|Trope}} in settings with relatively convenient space travel. Many nations agree to use a single language (usually English) when they must operate in a multinational group. It is also reasonable to expect planetary colonists to be culturally and linguistically uniform.

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Occasionally semi-{{justified|Trope}} {{justified|Trope}} in settings with relatively convenient space travel. Many nations agree travel and colonization. Consider that anatomically modern ''homo sapiens'' had scattered across the continents long before what we call "civilization" developed independently in different parts of the world, and that the absence of fast transportation or communication caused populations to use a single language (usually English) when be largely independent of each other until they must operate in had already developed persistent cultural differences. If a multinational group. It is also reasonable to expect planetary group of space colonists to be culturally from the same culture settled an uninhabited planet and linguistically uniform.
were left to develop on their own, they could hypothetically spread that culture over the entire planet and maintain it through technology.
1st Sep '17 4:12:36 AM HalcyonDayz
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** The Breen's hat in ''DS9'' is basically "mysterious and enigmatic", to the point that no-one knows ''anything'' about them, including what they look like under their refrigeration suits, and whether they really need the suits in the first place. In the ''Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse'', their hat is "anonymous egalitarianism"; they're a multi-species society who wear the suits so that each person is judged entirely on their merits and not as a member of whatever species they are (only one of which really needs the refrigeration properties). It's suggested that each race in the Breen Confederacy has their own hat, but given the above they try to keep quiet about it.

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** The Breen's hat in ''DS9'' ''[=DS9=]'' is basically "mysterious and enigmatic", to the point that no-one knows ''anything'' about them, including what they look like under their refrigeration suits, and whether they really need the suits in the first place. In the ''Franchise/StarTrekNovelVerse'', their hat is "anonymous egalitarianism"; they're a multi-species society who wear the suits so that each person is judged entirely on their merits and not as a member of whatever species they are (only one of which really needs the refrigeration properties). It's suggested that each race in the Breen Confederacy has their own hat, but given the above they try to keep quiet about it.
1st Aug '17 3:17:32 PM RockRaider
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Scrapland}}'', on the planet's capital city of Chimera, every robot has a specific function. In fact, D-Tritus is refused entry into Chimera until he's assigned a job.
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