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20th Mar '17 12:07:45 PM Shishkahuben
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* The Swedish-American colony in Jerusalem, which sparked Selma Lagerlöf to write her novel ''Jerusalem'', founded in 1881. The colony was founded by religious extremists, who wanted to make a "permanent pilgrimage" to Jerusalem -- only finding out the town was a Crappy Promised Land, a slovenly governed, filthy Oriental town. But the settlers proceeded during the decades to turn their colony into Idealistic Flavour. The colony exists still today.

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* The Swedish-American colony in Jerusalem, which sparked Selma Lagerlöf to write her novel ''Jerusalem'', founded in 1881. The colony was founded by religious extremists, who wanted to make a "permanent pilgrimage" to Jerusalem -- only finding out to discover that the town was a Crappy town, like any bustling city, suffered from the realities of urban planning, falling short of their ideal. Seeking to fulfill their vision of the Promised Land, a slovenly governed, filthy Oriental town. But the settlers proceeded during founded the decades to turn their colony into Idealistic Flavour. commune, which grew and eventually moved out of the city, where it served a variety of functions, including hosting refugees from WorldWarI. The colony exists still today.eventually collapsed from internal strife, and a hotel now bears its name.
6th Feb '17 2:53:14 PM margdean56
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* Indentured service in the 17th and 18th century was basically an Unreachable Promised Land. A poor man would basically sell himself as a slave to get to the Americas and work as a slave for several years at the plantation, factory or farm. Once the period of the servitutde was over, the indentured servant was free to live as inhabitant of the land. Providing, of course, that he survived the harsh treatment, climate, work and diseases firsthand.

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* Indentured service in the 17th and 18th century was basically an Unreachable Promised Land. A poor man would basically sell himself as a slave to get to the Americas and work as a slave for several years at the plantation, factory or farm. Once the period of the servitutde servitude was over, the indentured servant was free to live as an inhabitant of the land. Providing, of course, that he survived the harsh treatment, climate, work and diseases firsthand.first.



** Even the government provisions may just be {{Metaphorically True}} - for example, everyone has free access to education, even at universities, but to enter, you need a party membership and then your education will be full of propaganda. Or they may be {{moving the goalposts}} as in North Korea, where the 100% literacy rate is because "literacy" there simply consists of the ability to write "Kim Il-Sung".
** And the Soviet Union was still a totalitarian regime even before Stalin, though perhaps less brutal - and even then, it was a country reeling from [[UsefulNotes/RomanovsAndRevolutions war, revolution]] and [[FullCircleRevolution the vestiges of the former Tsarist autocracy]].

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** Even the government provisions may just be {{Metaphorically True}} - -- for example, everyone has free access to education, even at universities, but to enter, you need a party membership and then your education will be full of propaganda. Or they may be {{moving the goalposts}} as in North Korea, where the 100% literacy rate is because "literacy" there simply consists of the ability to write "Kim Il-Sung".
** And the Soviet Union was still a totalitarian regime even before Stalin, though perhaps less brutal - -- and even then, it was a country reeling from [[UsefulNotes/RomanovsAndRevolutions war, revolution]] and [[FullCircleRevolution the vestiges of the former Tsarist autocracy]].



** In short, Communist countries are in reality "No Promised Land" because the benefits may only be {{metaphorically true}} while freedom and democracy is sacrificed and [[ResistanceIsFutile punishment befalls anyone who disagrees with the government]].
* The Swedish-American colony in Jerusalem, which sparked Selma Lagerlöf to write her novel ''Jerusalem'', founded in 1881. The colony was founded by religious extremists, who wanted to make a "permanent pilgrimage" to Jerusalem - only finding out the town was a Crappy Promised Land, a slovenly governed, filthy Oriental town. But the settlers proceeded during the decades to turn their colony into Idealistic Flavour. The colony exists still today.

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** In short, Communist countries are in reality "No Promised Land" because the benefits may only be {{metaphorically true}} while freedom and democracy is are sacrificed and [[ResistanceIsFutile punishment befalls anyone who disagrees with the government]].
* The Swedish-American colony in Jerusalem, which sparked Selma Lagerlöf to write her novel ''Jerusalem'', founded in 1881. The colony was founded by religious extremists, who wanted to make a "permanent pilgrimage" to Jerusalem - -- only finding out the town was a Crappy Promised Land, a slovenly governed, filthy Oriental town. But the settlers proceeded during the decades to turn their colony into Idealistic Flavour. The colony exists still today.
6th Feb '17 2:48:17 PM margdean56
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* The mythical and surreal Cockaygne (Cucaña, Kukania) of the Medieval European myths and folklore. It is said to be an earthly paradise with abundance of food and wine, where Christmas lasts one month and where there are five Easters in the year and eternal May, and fasting once in a hundred years. But it represents the Unreachable Promised Land - the only road leading there is an unnavigable - but wadeable - neck-deep river of faeces. It will take five years to reach there.

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* The mythical and surreal Cockaygne (Cucaña, Kukania) of the Medieval European myths and folklore. It is said to be an earthly paradise with abundance of food and wine, where Christmas lasts one month and where there are five Easters in the year and eternal May, and fasting once in a hundred years. But it represents the Unreachable Promised Land - Land, since the only road leading there is an unnavigable - -- but wadeable - -- neck-deep river of faeces. It will take five years to reach there.



* In ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'', the Fremen believe they can turn the planet Arrakis into a Promised Land through ecological engineering. They refer to it in the same quasi-religious terms. They get their wish in later books, which turns out to be a mixed blessing at best when the sandwurms [[spoiler: that create all Spice go extinct from the moisture.]]

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* In ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'', the Fremen believe they can turn the planet Arrakis into a Promised Land through ecological engineering. They refer to it in the same quasi-religious terms. They get their wish in later books, which turns out to be a mixed blessing at best when the sandwurms sandworms [[spoiler: that create all Spice go extinct from the moisture.]]



* In ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'' Lennie and George's dream of a little homestead for themselves is one of these. For most of the book it's out of reach of them because they never made much money and had to move about to keep Lennie safe; it becomes a HopeSpot when Candy decides to use his life savings to try and make it a reality. But when [[spoiler: Lennie accidentally kills Curly's wife]] George admits that he only really started believing in it because Lennie did and without him it feels pointless.

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* In ''Literature/OfMiceAndMen'' Lennie and George's dream of a little homestead for themselves is one of these. For most of the book it's out of their reach of them because they never made much money and had to move about to keep Lennie safe; it becomes a HopeSpot when Candy decides to use his life savings to try and make it a reality. But when [[spoiler: Lennie accidentally kills Curly's wife]] George admits that he only really started believing in it because Lennie did and without him it feels pointless.



* ''Literature/WatershipDown'' for the rabbits in the eponymous book. Of the Idealistic flavour - after a long struggle [[EarnYourHappyEnding the rabbits reach it]].
* Creator/SelmaLagerlof's ''Jerusalem''. A Swedish sect decides to sell their property and real estate and found a colony in Jerusalem. In the end they find, instead of land of milk and honey, a slovenly run filthy and crappy Oriental town. [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome They still make it]]. The book is based on RealLife events (see RealLife section). [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming The colony exists stil today.]]]]
* ''Literature/TheVoyageOfStBrendan'' recounts St. Brendan's search for the "Land of Promise of the Saints", a paradisical island in the Atlantic which God will give to "His elect" when the entire world will be subject to God and "days of tribulation may come upon the people of Christ" (this refers probably to the beginning of the end times as described in the Literature/BookOfRevelation). St. Brendan finds the Land of Promise, but is sent back by an angel because the time is not yet ripe to reveal the Land of Promise to mankind.

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* ''Literature/WatershipDown'' for the rabbits in the eponymous book. Of the Idealistic flavour - -- after a long struggle [[EarnYourHappyEnding the rabbits reach it]].
* Creator/SelmaLagerlof's ''Jerusalem''. A Swedish sect decides to sell their property and real estate and found a colony in Jerusalem. In the end they find, instead of land of milk and honey, a slovenly run filthy and crappy Oriental town. [[spoiler:[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome They still make it]]. The book is based on RealLife events (see RealLife section). [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming The colony exists stil still today.]]]]
* ''Literature/TheVoyageOfStBrendan'' recounts St. Brendan's search for the "Land of Promise of the Saints", a paradisical paradisal island in the Atlantic which God will give to "His elect" when the entire world will be subject to God and "days of tribulation may come upon the people of Christ" (this refers probably to the beginning of the end times as described in the Literature/BookOfRevelation). St. Brendan finds the Land of Promise, but is sent back by an angel because the time is not yet ripe to reveal the Land of Promise to mankind.
6th Feb '17 2:41:03 PM margdean56
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* '''Crappy Promised Land:''' The Promised Land is in disarray, either from everyone else who arrived there before the main characters, using it up, or some other event. The once beautiful land is now dry and barren, with only vermin as its remaining native life, and ruins as its last structures. Worse, the Promised Land may even appear to be exactly as advertised, but turn out to be [[CrapsaccharineWorld just as bad as, if not worse than, the world that they know]]. This trope overlaps ''heavily'' with the Idealistic Promised Land.\\

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* '''Crappy Promised Land:''' The Promised Land is in disarray, either from everyone else who arrived there before the main characters, characters using it up, or some other event. The once beautiful land is now dry and barren, with only vermin as its remaining native life, and ruins as its last structures. Worse, the Promised Land may even appear to be exactly as advertised, but turn out to be [[CrapsaccharineWorld just as bad as, if not worse than, the world that they know]]. This trope overlaps ''heavily'' with the Idealistic Promised Land.\\



* The [[Comicbook/GiveMeLiberty Give Me Liberty]] series of comics sees child soldier Martha Washington finding Promised Land in the form of a meritocratic, technologically advanced Promised Land that is extremely Idealistic by any definition - with gardens and pyramids and shiny suits and all. It doesn't fall flat because of the sheer hellishness of former life experiences of its inhabitants, and selfless fervor with which they are prepared to defend it against other inhabitants of former United States gone insane.

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* The [[Comicbook/GiveMeLiberty Give Me Liberty]] series of comics sees child soldier Martha Washington finding the Promised Land in the form of a meritocratic, technologically advanced Promised Land that is extremely Idealistic by any definition - -- with gardens and pyramids and shiny suits and all. It doesn't fall flat because of the sheer hellishness of the former life experiences of its inhabitants, and the selfless fervor with which they are prepared to defend it against other inhabitants of the former United States gone insane.
6th Feb '17 2:38:33 PM margdean56
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The world in which the characters live in is [[CrapsackWorld less than pleasant,]] to say in the least. [[GaiasLament The sky is choked with pollution, the crops won't grow,]] and [[EvilOverlord the evil dictator]] of the land brings nothing but despair and suffering to the people.

Or, on a more positive end, the world the characters live in is fine, but the characters are restless. Perhaps they are bored with their current life and want to find something better, or perhaps they are misfits in an otherwise nice world, and desire a place where they will have no worries.

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The world in which the characters live in is [[CrapsackWorld less than pleasant,]] to say in the least. [[GaiasLament The sky is choked with pollution, the crops won't grow,]] and [[EvilOverlord the evil dictator]] of the land brings nothing but despair and suffering to the people.

Or, on a the more positive end, the world the characters live in is fine, but the characters are restless. Perhaps they are bored with their current life and want to find something better, or perhaps they are misfits in an otherwise nice world, and desire a place where they will have no worries.



'''Idealistic Flavor:''' The Promised Land is everything that it has been chalked up to be. Rivers flow with clean water and plenty of tasty fish. Fruit just falls right out of the trees, perfect for eating, the land all around you is perfect for farming, the weather is always perfect, and anyone can make it big with just a little hard work. Sadness, despair, and hard times are all but just stories and bad memories in this place. The promise of the Promised Land will be a driving force for the characters of the story, and while they face many hardships while trying to get to this place, arriving there is almost always an immediate HappilyEverAfter ending. It is possible that the Promised Land isn't exactly what it was said to be but still good; if the rivers flow with clean water and food is abundant, it's not that important that there are no genuine rivers of milk and honey. The main characters might have to work at it, but at the end of the day they'll still [[EarnYourHappyEnding earn their happy ending]].

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'''Idealistic Flavor:''' The Promised Land is everything that it has been chalked cracked up to be. Rivers flow with clean water and plenty of tasty fish. Fruit just falls right out of the trees, perfect for eating, the land all around you is perfect for farming, the weather is always perfect, and anyone can make it big with just a little hard work. Sadness, despair, and hard times are all but just stories and bad memories in this place. The promise of the Promised Land will be a driving force for the characters of the story, and while they face many hardships while trying to get to this place, arriving there is almost always an immediate HappilyEverAfter ending. It is possible that the Promised Land isn't exactly what it was said to be but still good; if the rivers flow with clean water and food is abundant, it's not that important that there are no genuine rivers of milk and honey. The main characters might have to work at it, but at the end of the day they'll still [[EarnYourHappyEnding earn their happy ending]].



* '''Crappy Promised Land:''' The Promised Land is in disarray, either from everyone else who arrived there before the main characters using it up, or some other event. The once beautiful land is now dry and barren, with only vermin as its remaining native life, and ruins as its last structures. Worse, the Promised Land may even appear to be exactly as advertised, but turn out to be [[CrapsaccharineWorld just as bad as, if not worse than, the world that they know]]. This trope overlaps ''heavily'' with the Idealistic Promised Land.\\

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* '''Crappy Promised Land:''' The Promised Land is in disarray, either from everyone else who arrived there before the main characters characters, using it up, or some other event. The once beautiful land is now dry and barren, with only vermin as its remaining native life, and ruins as its last structures. Worse, the Promised Land may even appear to be exactly as advertised, but turn out to be [[CrapsaccharineWorld just as bad as, if not worse than, the world that they know]]. This trope overlaps ''heavily'' with the Idealistic Promised Land.\\



* '''Unreachable Promised Land:''' The Promised Land exists, and is probably a great place to live -- that is, if you could actually ''get'' there. Either the Promised Land can only be reached by those with money and/or power, or some kind of barrier, either physical, political, or whatever prevents the characters from arriving to this place. In this case, getting there may be a driving force of the story, like in the other flavors, but the goal may be later discarded when reality sets in. Another take on this flavor is that the Promised Land is never really visited or even seen, but merely mentioned by the characters as they wistfully dream of making it there, but know deep down that they could never make it and continue on with their dreary lives. A variant of this is that the land is reachable, but at a great cost. Perhaps the character would have to sell his or her soul, or enslave him or herself to a cruel worker, or eat a thousand babies alive before they could even think about setting foot there. Regardless, the land is not reachable for common folk.

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* '''Unreachable Promised Land:''' The Promised Land exists, and is probably a great place to live -- that is, if you could actually ''get'' there. Either the Promised Land can only be reached by those with money and/or power, or some kind of barrier, either physical, political, or whatever whatever, prevents the characters from arriving to this place. In this case, getting there may be a driving force of the story, like in the other flavors, but the goal may be later discarded when reality sets in. Another take on this flavor is that the Promised Land is never really visited or even seen, but merely mentioned by the characters as they wistfully dream of making it there, but know deep down that they could never make it and continue on with their dreary lives. A variant of this is that the land is reachable, but at a great cost. Perhaps the character would have to sell his or her soul, or enslave him or herself to a cruel worker, master, or eat a thousand babies alive before they could even think about setting foot there. Regardless, the land is not reachable for common folk.
28th Dec '16 4:37:51 PM chizo
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* Literature/{{Exodus}}, from Literature/TheBible, is the TropeNamer, showing that this trope is OlderThanFeudalism. Subverted slightly in modern times that the present incarnation of the Promised Land may be mostly like the trope--but only after years of labor and constant effort to ''make'' it like that and ''keep'' it that way. Also referred to as the Land of Milk and Honey, milk referring to goat's milk and honey referring to a type of date paste.

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* Literature/{{Exodus}}, from Literature/TheBible, is the TropeNamer, showing that this trope is OlderThanFeudalism. The Promised Land is the land which, according to the Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible), was promised and subsequently given by God to Abraham and his descendants, and in modern contexts an image and idea related both to the restored Homeland for the Jewish people and to salvation and liberation is more generally understood. Subverted slightly in modern times that the present incarnation of the Promised Land may be mostly like the trope--but only after years of labor and constant effort to ''make'' it like that and ''keep'' it that way. Also referred to as the Land of Milk and Honey, milk referring to goat's milk and honey referring to a type of date paste.
13th Oct '16 4:45:47 PM nombretomado
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** This may have something to do with the Soviet Union being {{Totalitarian Utilitarian}} ''at best'', or at worst, [[BananaRepublic a totalitarian nation with a sham ideology]] [[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans designed to support more totalitarianism]]. A "worker's paradise" would only be a good description if you believe that certain government provisions outweigh the {{Long List}} of horrors including the omnipresent {{Propaganda Machine}}, lack of opposition parties, threat of going to {{The Gulag}}, threatening {{secret police}}, [[ColdWar constant threat of war]] and the [[DeadlyEuphemism threat of "disappearing"]].

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** This may have something to do with the Soviet Union being {{Totalitarian Utilitarian}} ''at best'', or at worst, [[BananaRepublic a totalitarian nation with a sham ideology]] [[DespotismJustifiesTheMeans designed to support more totalitarianism]]. A "worker's paradise" would only be a good description if you believe that certain government provisions outweigh the {{Long List}} of horrors including the omnipresent {{Propaganda Machine}}, lack of opposition parties, threat of going to {{The Gulag}}, threatening {{secret police}}, [[ColdWar [[UsefulNotes/ColdWar constant threat of war]] and the [[DeadlyEuphemism threat of "disappearing"]].
17th Sep '16 9:20:02 AM sailing101
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* All three games in the ''VideoGame/Patapon'' series have the title people on a search for Earthend, their Promised Land.

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* All three games in the ''VideoGame/Patapon'' ''VideoGame/{{Patapon}}'' series have the title people on a search for Earthend, their Promised Land.
4th Aug '16 1:11:14 PM LordGro
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* Literature/TheVinlandSagas: There are many enthusiastic descriptions of Vinland's natural resources, such as wild-grown wheat, grapes, streams with plenty of fish, no frost or snow in winter, and forests full of game for hunting and timber for building. At Leif's Huts, there is salmon "larger than they had ever seen before" (''The Greenlanders''); at Straumsey, there are "so many birds there that they could hardly walk without stepping on eggs" (''Erik the Red''). When Leif and his companions drink the dew of Vinland right after making land, they "thought they had never tasted anything as sweet" (''The Greenlanders''). ''Erik the Red'' also asserts that Leif found Vinland accidentally when he was sailing to Greenland with a mission from the king of Norway to preach Christianity there; this and the combined mention of wheat and grapes--which are used to make bread and wine, i.e. the food used in the Eucharist--suggest between the lines that maybe the discovery of Vinland was according to some divine plan. Vinland is not a perfect paradise, though: In ''Erik the Red'' Thorfinn and his party suffer famine during their first winter in Vinland because their preparations were insufficient, and the natives fight back and kill Thorvald Eriksson and Thorbrand Snorrason.
30th May '16 9:16:46 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Paradise (Rakuen) in ''WolfsRain'' is apparently real. Nobody seems to know what it's like, only that it's desirable to get there.

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* Paradise (Rakuen) in ''WolfsRain'' ''Anime/WolfsRain'' is apparently real. Nobody seems to know what it's like, only that it's desirable to get there.
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