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25th Apr '17 8:41:46 AM ChronoLegion
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* ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'''s interstellar society is utterly dependent on "spice" that can only be harvested on planet Arrakis. One book even points out what would happen without the spice: hundreds of billions would die of withdrawal, interstellar navigation would be impossible, millennia-old human breeding programs would collapse, etc. When the GodEmperor wants to [[Literature/HereticsOfDune fragment humanity forever]], all he does is [[Literature/GodEmperorOfDune cause a massive spice shortage]]. "The spice must flow," after all.

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* ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'''s interstellar society is utterly dependent on "spice" that can only be harvested on planet Arrakis. One book even points out what would happen without the spice: hundreds of billions would die of withdrawal, interstellar navigation would be impossible, millennia-old human breeding programs would collapse, etc. When the GodEmperor wants to [[Literature/HereticsOfDune fragment humanity forever]], all he does is [[Literature/GodEmperorOfDune cause a massive spice shortage]]. "The spice must flow," after all. One of the prequel novels has the Emperor conspire with the Tleilaxu to develop an artificial spice substitute called Amal. It appears to work at first, causing the Emperor to attempt to destroy Arrakis in order to establish his own monopoly, but is a resounding failure in the end.
17th Apr '17 11:30:39 AM angie710
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* Antibiotics. Without them, many people (often children) would die of bacterial infections, women would [[DeathByChildbirth die during or shortly after childbirth]], safe surgery would be next to impossible, as would chemotherapy. It's not just medicine that depends heavily on antibiotics, either: most of modern agriculture depends on them, as well. Family size also is impacted, with an increased chance of children surviving to adulthood to carry on the family lineage (and thus less of a need to have a lot of them). So as bacteria evolve resistance to more and more antibiotics, civilization and society as we know it become more and more jeopardized.
8th Apr '17 9:51:17 AM Xtifr
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* OlderThanTelevision: E.M. Forster's [[http://archive.ncsa.illinois.edu/prajlich/forster.html "The Machine Stops"]], written 1909: humans in the future depend entirely on The Machine, and never leave their rooms anymore..

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* OlderThanTelevision: E.M. Forster's [[http://archive.ncsa.illinois.edu/prajlich/forster.html "The Machine Stops"]], Creator/EMForster's "Literature/TheMachineStops", written 1909: humans in the future depend entirely on The Machine, and never leave their rooms anymore..
2nd Apr '17 4:08:37 PM nombretomado
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* In ''PhantasyStarII'', the terraforming on Mota and the carefree lifestyle of its people are dependent on [[MasterComputer Mother Brain]] for everything. Three guesses on what happens to her and what happens to [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Motavia]] in between II and IV.

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* In ''PhantasyStarII'', ''VideoGame/PhantasyStarII'', the terraforming on Mota and the carefree lifestyle of its people are dependent on [[MasterComputer Mother Brain]] for everything. Three guesses on what happens to her and what happens to [[SpellMyNameWithAnS Motavia]] in between II and IV.
31st Mar '17 3:40:39 PM nombretomado
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* ''OrionsArm'' has a serious problem with people developing Baseline Hyperdependency Syndrome (that is: humans are spoiled rotten by the [=AIs=]) and nothing has even gone wrong yet, although many groups predict that collapse is imminent.

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* ''OrionsArm'' ''WebOriginal/OrionsArm'' has a serious problem with people developing Baseline Hyperdependency Syndrome (that is: humans are spoiled rotten by the [=AIs=]) and nothing has even gone wrong yet, although many groups predict that collapse is imminent.
31st Jan '17 2:54:49 AM lalalei2001
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->''"This city's sleeping like a soldier trapped inside of an iron lung'',
->''machines can keep you breathing - but what happens when they find a new war's begun?''
->''Flip a switch and turn it off, you won't be able to breathe,''
->''so either way you're a casualty!"''

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->''"This city's sleeping like a soldier trapped inside of an iron lung'',
->''machines
lung''
->''Machines
can keep you breathing - but what happens when they find a new war's begun?''
->''Flip a switch and turn it off, you won't be able to breathe,''
->''so
breathe''
->''So
either way you're a casualty!"''
29th Jan '17 5:08:20 PM WikiWitness
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->''machines to keep you breathing - but what happens when they find a new war's begun?''

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->''machines to can keep you breathing - but what happens when they find a new war's begun?''
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).
**
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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