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2nd May '16 1:36:05 PM Gamecubist
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* ''Webcomic/Gaia'': what starts out looking like a standard Renaissance-stasis swords-and-sorcery fantasy setting is soon revealed to have most of the trappings of a modern industrial society, like spiral-bound notebooks, electricity, and modern clothes and fabrics. We later see a HiddenElfVillage that displays a science-fiction level of {{MagiTek}}, which may explain why a society that can produce indoor plumbing, fountain pens, light bulbs, zippers and brassieres can't also make firearms, telephones or automobiles.

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* ''Webcomic/Gaia'': ''Webcomic/{{Gaia}}'': what starts out looking like a standard Renaissance-stasis swords-and-sorcery fantasy setting is soon revealed to have most of the trappings of a modern industrial society, like spiral-bound notebooks, electricity, and modern clothes and fabrics. We later see a HiddenElfVillage that displays a science-fiction level of {{MagiTek}}, which may explain why a society that can produce indoor plumbing, fountain pens, light bulbs, zippers and brassieres can't also make firearms, telephones or automobiles.automobiles.
* ''Webcomic/DemonsMirror'' has swords, cyborgs, and carriages pulled by robots.
28th Apr '16 8:09:44 AM rjd1922
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* SchizoTech/RealLife


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* SchizoTech/RealLife
7th Apr '16 8:50:32 AM Jisu
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Compare AdventureFriendlyWorld, AnachronismStew, CultureChopSuey, and FantasyKitchenSink. TechnologyLevels is what this trope averts. As well as MedievalEuropeanFantasy, of course. If the old stuff proves as effective as the new stuff, you've also got an ArchaicWeaponForAnAdvancedAge. It may also be the byproduct of a RetroUniverse. Contrast DaysOfFuturePast. [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] tech used by [[KnifeNut schizo]][[GunNut phrenics]].

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Compare AdventureFriendlyWorld, AnachronismStew, CultureChopSuey, and FantasyKitchenSink. TechnologyLevels is what this trope averts. As well as MedievalEuropeanFantasy, of course. If the old stuff proves as effective as the new stuff, you've also got an ArchaicWeaponForAnAdvancedAge. It may also be the byproduct of a RetroUniverse. Contrast DaysOfFuturePast. [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] tech used by [[KnifeNut schizo]][[GunNut phrenics]].
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8th Feb '16 4:52:30 AM JustKnown
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* ''Webcomic/Gaia'': what starts out looking like a standard Renaissance-stasis swords-and-sorcery fantasy setting is soon revealed to have most of the trappings of a modern industrial society, like spiral-bound notebooks, electricity, and modern clothes and fabrics. We later see a HiddenElfVillage that displays a science-fiction level of {{MagiTek}}, which may explain why a society that can produce indoor plumbing, fountain pens, light bulbs, zippers and brassieres can't also make firearms, telephones or automobiles.
5th Feb '16 8:22:07 AM psionycx
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** More modern stories often explain this as a cultural shift; Kryptonians did at some point attempt to develop space travel (though not clear to what extent) but abandoned it as the planet became more xenophobic.

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** More modern stories often explain this as a cultural shift; Kryptonians did at some point attempt to develop space travel (though not clear to what extent) travel, and even had a short-lived intergalactic colonial empire, but abandoned it as the planet people became more xenophobic. The same was true of on of their colonies, Daxam. In both cases the influence of a device intended to preserve Kryptonian cultural purity messing with their genetics was used to provide an explanation. The reason Jor-El could conceive of a way to leave Krypton was because his house originally ''built'' said device and he knew how to undo its effects.



** Even before the ComicBook/CivilWar, [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]] tried letting the U.S. government use some low-powered suits of PoweredArmor a few times. Inevitably, the armor ended up getting used for purposes that were evil or stupid and Tony ended up regretting the decision.

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** Even before the ComicBook/CivilWar, ''ComicBook/CivilWar'', [[ComicBook/IronMan Tony Stark]] tried letting the U.S. government use some low-powered suits of PoweredArmor a few times. Inevitably, the armor ended up getting used for purposes that were evil or stupid and Tony ended up regretting the decision. That said, the U.S. government has Mandroids, Sentinels, portable energy weapons and all kinds of other ridiculous tech -- none of which they even bother to keep secret! Bizarrely, the general public never seems to question any of this, not even when 50 foot tall killer robots are standing guard at the White House!
16th Jan '16 7:39:26 PM HelloLamppost
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When evaluating a candidate for this trope, try not to confuse anachronisms with non-western-isms. For example, a kimono can be just as modern as a three-piece suit, if not more so. Likewise, do not confuse anachronism for cosmetic purposes with anachronism of technological capability. For example, though you will see lots of ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld at work in Schizo Tech, [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} Airships]] themselves are not more or less advanced than airplanes or helicopters, just suited to different situations--namely, ones that value endurance, payload and fuel efficiency over speed and maneuverability. Alternatively, a judge wearing an eighteenth century robe and wig while judging cybercrime cases is not schizo tech, but simply a remnant of the GoodOldWays. And again, [[TropesAreNotBad Tropes Are Still Not Bad]]. It's also worth noting that in the alternate history of a candidate, the culture and style may simply be different, so while their older architecture may seem to jar with their higher levels of technology, it may be that that style of architecture is just "in" at that time. In dealing with other cultures, also remember that the concept of TechnologyLevels is flawed, and that real societies are not obliged to all invent the same things in the same order.

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When evaluating a candidate for this trope, try not to confuse anachronisms with non-western-isms. For example, a kimono can be just as modern as a three-piece suit, if not more so. Likewise, do not confuse anachronism for cosmetic purposes with anachronism of technological capability. For example, though you will see lots of ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld at work in Schizo Tech, [[UsefulNotes/{{Airships}} Airships]] themselves are not more or less advanced than airplanes or helicopters, just suited to different situations--namely, ones that value endurance, payload and fuel efficiency over speed and maneuverability. Alternatively, a judge wearing an eighteenth century robe and wig while judging cybercrime cases is not schizo tech, but simply a remnant of the GoodOldWays. And again, [[TropesAreNotBad Tropes Are Still Not Bad]]. It's also worth noting that in the alternate history of a candidate, the culture and style may simply be different, so while their older architecture may seem to jar with their higher levels of technology, it may be that that style of architecture is just "in" at that time. In dealing with other cultures, also remember that the concept of TechnologyLevels is flawed, and that [[AliensNeverInventedTheWheel real societies are not obliged to all invent the same things in the same order.
order, and may miss some inventions entirely.]]



This trope has frequently been TruthInTelevision depending on the circumstances, with historical works involving [[WorldWarI World War I]] and other major events that were technological 'kitchen sink' like affairs (with cavalry charges co-existing with airplane bombing runs) one hundred percent qualifying. Beware: Many sci-fi settings that aren't [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness harder than diamond]] can become this ''constantly'' if you think about it too hard. Also remember that TechnologyLevels aren't necessarily a solid concept -- different societies will [[AliensNeverInventedTheWheel certainly invent things in different orders and may miss some inventions entirely.]]

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This trope has frequently been TruthInTelevision depending on the circumstances, with historical works involving [[WorldWarI World War I]] and other major events that were technological 'kitchen sink' like affairs (with cavalry charges co-existing with airplane bombing runs) one hundred percent qualifying. Beware: Many sci-fi settings that aren't [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness harder than diamond]] can become this ''constantly'' if you think about it too hard. Also remember that TechnologyLevels aren't necessarily a solid concept -- different societies will [[AliensNeverInventedTheWheel certainly invent things in different orders and may miss some inventions entirely.]]\n
16th Jan '16 7:38:27 PM HelloLamppost
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This trope has frequently been TruthInTelevision depending on the circumstances, with historical works involving [[WorldWarI World War I]] and other major events that were technological 'kitchen sink' like affairs (with cavalry charges co-existing with airplane bombing runs) one hundred percent qualifying. Beware: Many sci-fi settings that aren't [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness harder than diamond]] can become this ''constantly'' if you think about it too hard.

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This trope has frequently been TruthInTelevision depending on the circumstances, with historical works involving [[WorldWarI World War I]] and other major events that were technological 'kitchen sink' like affairs (with cavalry charges co-existing with airplane bombing runs) one hundred percent qualifying. Beware: Many sci-fi settings that aren't [[MohsScaleOfSciFiHardness harder than diamond]] can become this ''constantly'' if you think about it too hard.
hard. Also remember that TechnologyLevels aren't necessarily a solid concept -- different societies will [[AliensNeverInventedTheWheel certainly invent things in different orders and may miss some inventions entirely.]]
28th Dec '15 12:27:01 PM Anddrix
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** Latveria is one of the most advanced nations on Earth, but most of the landscape ''looks'' quaint and medieval--because DoctorDoom ''likes'' the quaint medieval look.

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** Latveria is one of the most advanced nations on Earth, but most of the landscape ''looks'' quaint and medieval--because DoctorDoom Doctor Doom ''likes'' the quaint medieval look.
27th Dec '15 8:34:27 AM Morgenthaler
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* The animated movie ''Film/DragonHill'' seems mostly set in a medieval setting, with a character trying to improve technological advance (such as the use of television); in the end, [[spoiler:it turns out dragons had developed a ''super computer''.]]

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* The animated movie ''Film/DragonHill'' ''WesternAnimation/DragonHill'' seems mostly set in a medieval setting, with a character trying to improve technological advance (such as the use of television); in the end, [[spoiler:it turns out dragons had developed a ''super computer''.]]
14th Oct '15 5:58:07 AM SeptimusHeap
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