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8th May '16 8:55:42 PM PaulA
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* AnneMcCaffrey's ''[[Literature/TowerAndTheHive Pegasus in Flight]]'' has limited children laws; theoretically, each woman is permitted two children (however, the rules can be bent by people with influence, such as the Center). The first protagonist is an example of an illegal extra child, who was retroactively legalized in exchange for services rendered to Law Enforcement and Order. It also has a plot with a child smuggling ring. These laws are enforced by having the extra children (And any women caught producing them) sterilized. These laws have apparently been repealed in the sequel series, as multiple characters are shown having more than two children without any difficulty, presumably because practical interstellar travel has solved the crowding/resource issues that made the population control laws necessary in the first place.

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* AnneMcCaffrey's ''[[Literature/TowerAndTheHive Pegasus in Flight]]'' Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''Literature/PegasusInFlight'' has limited children laws; theoretically, each woman is permitted two children (however, the rules can be bent by people with influence, such as the Center).Center). These laws are enforced by having the extra children (and any women caught producing them) sterilized. The first protagonist is an example of an illegal extra child, who was retroactively legalized in exchange for services rendered to Law Enforcement and Order. It also has a plot with a child smuggling ring. These laws are enforced by having the extra children (And any women caught producing them) sterilized. These laws have apparently been repealed later in the sequel ''Literature/TowerAndTheHive'' series, as multiple characters are shown having more than two children without any difficulty, presumably because practical interstellar travel has solved the crowding/resource issues that made the population control laws necessary in the first place.
2nd May '16 5:39:29 AM ChronoLegion
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* In Creator/MikhailAkhmanov and Christopher Nicholas Gilmore's novel ''Literature/CaptainFrenchOrTheQuestForParadise'', all colonies impose birth licensing policies once they reach a certain population density. While there are plenty of dystopian governments, even the nice ones do it. There is a group of women, whom the eponymous space trader nicknames "the Frantic Mothers", whose goal in life seems to be to bear as many children as possible, regardless of who the fathers are. They will do anything to move to a new colony that encourages this sort of behavior, including paying for passage with sex (preferably with a fertile male, for obvious reasons). Since the protagonist had himself sterilized (completely reversible), the Frantic Mothers are a little disappointed in him. Since most humans in this universe undergo a procedure that stops aging, it is possible for the same woman to be the progenitor of several colonies (imagine how many babies she can make in several centuries).

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* In Creator/MikhailAkhmanov and Christopher Nicholas Gilmore's novel ''Literature/CaptainFrenchOrTheQuestForParadise'', all colonies impose birth licensing policies once they reach a certain population density. While there are plenty of dystopian governments, even the nice ones do it. There is a group of women, whom the eponymous space trader nicknames "the Frantic Mothers", whose goal in life seems to be to bear as many children as possible, regardless of who the fathers are. They will do anything to move to a new colony that encourages this sort of behavior, including paying for passage with sex (preferably with a fertile male, for obvious reasons). Since the protagonist had himself sterilized (completely reversible), the Frantic Mothers are a little disappointed in him. Since most humans in this universe undergo a procedure that stops aging, it is possible for the same woman to be the progenitor of several colonies (imagine how many babies she can make in several centuries). While the protagonist isn't a big fan of such women, he does admit that they're the driving force behind most colonization ventures, pestering their government until it decides to finance the construction of a colony ship.
2nd May '16 5:13:35 AM ChronoLegion
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* In Dmitry Glukhovsky's ''The Future'', the world of the 25th century is a SocietyOfImmortals, as a result of the development of the anti-aging vaccine 300 years prior. The trade-off is the abandonment of traditional reproduction in favor of strict government-controlled population levels. Not everyone is happy with this, resulting in opposition to the ruling Immortality Party, which uses genetically-engineered soldiers to police the society for any procreation violations, the most vocal of which is the so-called Life Party, members of which use both political and terrorist means to get their way.
24th Feb '16 10:19:43 AM Morgenthaler
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* The Drow families in ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' are only allowed two sons at any one time, though they can have as many daughters as they like. They sacrifice the third to Lolth. Unless one of them conveniently dies beforehand. Drizzt Do'Urden was the third child of his family, but one of his brothers was assassinated shortly after his birth, so they didn't have to sacrifice him. This tradition exists because Lolth herself demands it. She has...issues...with men, to put it lightly.

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The Drow families in ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' are only allowed two sons at any one time, though they can have as many daughters as they like. They sacrifice the third to Lolth. Unless one of them conveniently dies beforehand. Drizzt Do'Urden was the third child of his family, but one of his brothers was assassinated shortly after his birth, so they didn't have to sacrifice him. This tradition exists because Lolth herself demands it. She has...issues...with men, to put it lightly.
24th Feb '16 10:19:12 AM Morgenthaler
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* A variation of this based on gender is put out in Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy. (See the ForgottenRealms entry below, as these books are the ones that defined those rules.) The main character (who has since become [[TropeNamer well]] [[DrizztSyndrome known]]) was, incidentally, a third son.

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* A variation of this based on gender is put out in Literature/TheDarkElfTrilogy. (See the ForgottenRealms entry below, as these books are the ones that defined those rules.) The main character (who has since become [[TropeNamer well]] [[DrizztSyndrome known]]) was, incidentally, a third son.
24th Feb '16 10:18:49 AM Morgenthaler
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** actually, his prison sentence was for punching the cop that grabbed his daughter. the punishment for having a 3rd child is just a hefty fine. additionally, 3rd children were ineligible for many government programs, including the terra nova project itself.
24th Feb '16 10:16:49 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the 22nd century of ''TerraNova'' the protagonist was sentenced to six years in prison for having a third child. Fortunately they don't care about population laws in the virgin frontier of 85 million BC.

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* In the 22nd century of ''TerraNova'' ''Series/TerraNova'' the protagonist was sentenced to six years in prison for having a third child. Fortunately they don't care about population laws in the virgin frontier of 85 million BC.



* The Drow families in ''ForgottenRealms'' are only allowed two sons at any one time, though they can have as many daughters as they like. They sacrifice the third to Lolth. Unless one of them conveniently dies beforehand. Drizzt Do'Urden was the third child of his family, but one of his brothers was assassinated shortly after his birth, so they didn't have to sacrifice him. This tradition exists because Lolth herself demands it. She has...issues...with men, to put it lightly.

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* The Drow families in ''ForgottenRealms'' ''TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms'' are only allowed two sons at any one time, though they can have as many daughters as they like. They sacrifice the third to Lolth. Unless one of them conveniently dies beforehand. Drizzt Do'Urden was the third child of his family, but one of his brothers was assassinated shortly after his birth, so they didn't have to sacrifice him. This tradition exists because Lolth herself demands it. She has...issues...with men, to put it lightly.
13th Feb '16 1:41:55 PM Saber15
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* In the ''Literature/GreatShip'' universe, it is implied that passengers on the Greatship have to pay for additional berths for children. When almost every entity on the ship is some form of life-extended TransHuman, it's a practical (and profitable) method to keep the ship from being overrun by children. That being said, most of the Greatship [[UnnecessarilyLargeVessel remains largely empty]] and only marginally explored, [[PlanetSpaceship as the ship is larger than Saturn]].
13th Jan '16 2:44:00 PM Morgenthaler
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* The movie ''Film/{{Fortress}}'' (with ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' star Christopher Lambert) has the protagonist and his pregnant wife try to leave a dystopian US after it implements a one-child policy to fight increasing population growth.

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* The movie ''Film/{{Fortress}}'' (with ''Film/{{Highlander}}'' star Christopher Lambert) ''Film/{{Fortress 1992}}'' has the protagonist and his pregnant wife try to leave a dystopian US after it implements a one-child policy to fight increasing population growth.
9th Jan '16 2:16:10 PM zarpaulus
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* In ''TabletopGame/HcSvntDracones'' Corptowns can easily afford to provide free food and housing for their citizens that can't afford it, but, to limit any strain on the corporate welfare system citizens' income are evaluated every year and if they fall below a certain bracket they are surgically sterilized. Though it can easily be reversed with their medical technology. It's also not explicitly stated but implied that abortions may be performed as well, as [=MarsCo=] can save the genome of a specific fetus that a parent wants but can't afford at the time to clone later.
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