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16th Jan '17 12:48:52 AM lalalei2001
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->''"This city's sleeping like a solider trapped inside of an iron lung'',

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->''"This city's sleeping like a solider soldier trapped inside of an iron lung'',



-->-- '''Joe''', ''Music/{{TheProtomen}}: Light Up The Night''.

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-->-- '''Joe''', ''Music/{{TheProtomen}}: Light ''Music/TheProtomen'', ''Light Up The Night''.
7th Jan '17 3:30:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* Scott Westerfeld's ''{{Uglies}}'' takes place in a future where our current society has been destroyed due to a plague that burns up all our oil. The future society thus tries to avoid this trope, making sure to carefully manage their use of natural resources, only to [[spoiler:be overthrown in the end]] since, as David {{lampshades}}, they were dependent on a mandatory operation that made everyone beautiful and [[spoiler:stopped people from thinking for themselves and wanting things. People who wanted to think for themselves did not like this and found a way to reverse that part of the operation.]]
* DerekGunn's Literature/VampireApocalypseTheSeries has vampires relating to human beings this way. It's also a metaphor for humanity's relationship with oil, which resulted in the whole situation.
* The NovelsOfTheChange show that humanity in TheNineties (let alone our time) would undergo TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt without trucking and tractors (other linchpins knocked out by said [[AlienSpaceBats Change]] include electricity, explosives and steam power, but internal combustion is the most immediately lethal one).

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* Scott Westerfeld's ''{{Uglies}}'' ''Literature/{{Uglies}}'' takes place in a future where our current society has been destroyed due to a plague that burns up all our oil. The future society thus tries to avoid this trope, making sure to carefully manage their use of natural resources, only to [[spoiler:be overthrown in the end]] since, as David {{lampshades}}, they were dependent on a mandatory operation that made everyone beautiful and [[spoiler:stopped people from thinking for themselves and wanting things. People who wanted to think for themselves did not like this and found a way to reverse that part of the operation.]]
* DerekGunn's Creator/DerekGunn's Literature/VampireApocalypseTheSeries has vampires relating to human beings this way. It's also a metaphor for humanity's relationship with oil, which resulted in the whole situation.
* The NovelsOfTheChange ''Literature/NovelsOfTheChange'' show that humanity in TheNineties (let alone our time) would undergo TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt without trucking and tractors (other linchpins knocked out by said [[AlienSpaceBats Change]] include electricity, explosives and steam power, but internal combustion is the most immediately lethal one).
26th Dec '16 8:14:56 PM PaulA
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* ''Series/FlashGordon'':
** The 2007 TV series featured Mongo as a HydraulicEmpire controlled by Ming, who had The Source, the only supply of drinkable water on the entire planet (except for the polar caps, which he controlled through a usurper in the polar regional government).
** And that Source appears to be slowly running out. Which is why he's trying to develop interdimensional travel to [[spoiler:steal Earth's water]].

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* ''Series/FlashGordon'':
** The 2007 TV series
''Series/{{Flash Gordon|2007}}'' featured Mongo as a HydraulicEmpire controlled by Ming, who had The Source, the only supply of drinkable water on the entire planet (except for the polar caps, which he controlled through a usurper in the polar regional government).
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government). And that Source appears to be slowly running out. Which is why he's trying to develop interdimensional travel to [[spoiler:steal Earth's water]].
18th Nov '16 4:01:17 PM TSBasilisk
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** Nightborne are even more extreme as even a few days or even ''hours'' without arcwine can cause them devolve into the mindless Withered.
13th Oct '16 4:44:07 PM nombretomado
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** Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world (right after oil) and if you MustHaveCaffeine, you know why. The US were actually GenreSavvy enough to try and avert negative consequences of too low coffee prices by creating a cartel of the major producers, which was dissolved after the end of the ColdWar. On the flip side, the GDR had some of the heaviest political protests of its existence due to a coffee shortage in the mid 1970s. Coffee is SeriousBusiness.

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** Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world (right after oil) and if you MustHaveCaffeine, you know why. The US were actually GenreSavvy enough to try and avert negative consequences of too low coffee prices by creating a cartel of the major producers, which was dissolved after the end of the ColdWar.UsefulNotes/ColdWar. On the flip side, the GDR had some of the heaviest political protests of its existence due to a coffee shortage in the mid 1970s. Coffee is SeriousBusiness.
9th Aug '16 11:39:43 PM PaulA
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* In the ''{{Dragaera}}'' novels, the loss of the Orb in Adron's Disaster caused the Dragaeran Empire to collapse into anarchy, its government shattered and its populace ravaged by plague, invasion, and catastrophe. Only the return of Zerika from the Paths of the Dead, bearing the re-created Orb, re-started the Cycle and restored sorcery and order to the Empire.

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* In the ''{{Dragaera}}'' ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' novels, the loss of the Orb in Adron's Disaster caused the Dragaeran Empire to collapse into anarchy, its government shattered and its populace ravaged by plague, invasion, and catastrophe. Only the return of Zerika from the Paths of the Dead, bearing the re-created Orb, re-started the Cycle and restored sorcery and order to the Empire.
31st Jul '16 2:28:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* Mother in ''DresdenCodak'': a world-assimilating AI/ GreyGoo /[[TheSingularity Singularity]] that provides everything Humanity asks for - to point of making people unnecessary, irrelevant and progressively infantile. They go to the verge of extinction as life in the virtual worlds she/it provides takes precedence over breeding. When humanity finally goes to war with Mother, victory comes at a terrible cost: much of human history and culture dies with Mother, and every human is [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic blinded]].

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* Mother in ''DresdenCodak'': ''Webcomic/DresdenCodak'': a world-assimilating AI/ GreyGoo /[[TheSingularity Singularity]] that provides everything Humanity asks for - to point of making people unnecessary, irrelevant and progressively infantile. They go to the verge of extinction as life in the virtual worlds she/it provides takes precedence over breeding. When humanity finally goes to war with Mother, victory comes at a terrible cost: much of human history and culture dies with Mother, and every human is [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic blinded]].
20th Jun '16 2:01:14 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'', the monster city uses human screams as their only power source. At the beginning of the movie, the city is in the middle of an energy crisis (and the titular company, which harvests the screams, is in danger of going under) because human children are getting harder to scare.[[spoiler: This is why Waternoose is the BigBad. He's willing to do ''[[WellIntentionedExtremist anything]]'' to keep the company afloat, including kidnapping children to forcibly extract their screams. Fortunately, the energy crisis is solved by the introduction of a new, better energy source- laughter.]]
10th May '16 10:27:03 AM Jhonny
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* Oil. Powers the vast majority of all freight transport[[note]]electric cargo railways don't count - it's still largely oil that's being burned to create the electricity[[/note]], and it takes several million years to form. The process of refining oil is also used in making plastics and carbon black for tires. It'll run out eventually, and considering how many AfterTheEnd or BadFuture scenarios are caused by the oil running out, we might go this way if we don't find alternative fuel sources.

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* Oil. Powers the vast majority of all freight transport[[note]]electric cargo railways don't count - it's still largely oil that's fossil fuels that are being burned to create the electricity[[/note]], and it takes several million years to form. The process of refining oil is also used in making plastics and carbon black for tires. It'll run out eventually, and considering how many AfterTheEnd or BadFuture scenarios are caused by the oil running out, we might go this way if we don't find alternative fuel sources.
10th May '16 9:06:18 AM hullflyer
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* Oil. Powers the vast majority of all freight transport[[note]] electric cargo railways notwithstanding[[/note]], and it takes several million years to form. The process of refining oil is also used in making plastics and carbon black for tires. It'll run out eventually, and considering how many AfterTheEnd or BadFuture scenarios are caused by the oil running out, we might go this way if we don't find alternative fuel sources.

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* Oil. Powers the vast majority of all freight transport[[note]] electric transport[[note]]electric cargo railways notwithstanding[[/note]], don't count - it's still largely oil that's being burned to create the electricity[[/note]], and it takes several million years to form. The process of refining oil is also used in making plastics and carbon black for tires. It'll run out eventually, and considering how many AfterTheEnd or BadFuture scenarios are caused by the oil running out, we might go this way if we don't find alternative fuel sources.
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