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19th Jun '16 2:59:27 PM MikeRosoft
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* TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}} is a utozzzSTREAMING [=INTERRUPTzzzzzok=]. sorry,alpha complex is a dystopia,fellow citizen. yeah i'm a secret soicety member.zzwhat?
** The preceding was broadcast by a seditious commie mutant traitor who has been executed. Alpha Complex is a perfect utopia kept in clockwork perfection by way of Friend Computer.
** Wait, if everything is perfect, why do we have commie mutant seditionists?
** QUESTIONING THE WILL OF FRIEND COMPUTER IS TREASON!! REQUEST PERMISSION TO TERMINATE!
** Request received. Termination forms will be delivered in three to five weeks.
** So, you gonna shoot me or what?
14th Jun '16 7:53:07 PM PaulA
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* ''[[Literature/LookingBackward Looking Backward: 2000-1887]]'' by Edward Bellamy (1888), one of the first American utopian novels, which described a socialist US in the year 2000. ''News From Nowhere'' by Willam Morris was a direct response, as he deemed it overly sterile and bureaucratic. Naturally, both works have their detractors.

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* ''[[Literature/LookingBackward Looking Backward: 2000-1887]]'' by Edward Bellamy (1888), one of the first American utopian novels, which described a socialist US in the year 2000. ''News From Nowhere'' ''Literature/NewsFromNowhere'' by Willam Morris was a direct response, as he deemed it overly sterile and bureaucratic. Naturally, both works have their detractors.
13th Mar '16 3:38:23 PM Morgenthaler
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* In the pilot of ''{{Sliders}}'', Quinn is visited by his double who says that he visited a Utopian world "Where no one was afraid".

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* In the pilot of ''{{Sliders}}'', ''Series/{{Sliders}}'', Quinn is visited by his double who says that he visited a Utopian world "Where no one was afraid".
23rd Feb '16 12:36:22 PM redandready45
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* [[TropeNamer The name comes from]] Sir UsefulNotes/ThomasMore 's book ''Utopia'', [[OlderThanSteam published in 1516]], which described a communal, agrarian state. However, More [[LampshadeHanging hung a lampshade]] on the entire idea with the title- "Outopia," in Greek, means roughly "no place" ("Ou," "not," and "topos," "place") while "Eutopia" translates into "good place" ("Eu", "good"), thus the common meaning for More's title. The pun was almost certainly intentional. The extent to which More's Utopia is actually [[{{Dystopia}} utopian]] is a matter of some debate-More actually made a point that [[BigBrotherIsWatching there is no privacy]] or [[DirtyCommunists private property]], slavery still exists ([[DisproportionateRetribution as a way of punishing adultery]]), and though all four of the religions are tolerated, atheists are not, as "obviously" without belief in a god or afterlife [[HollywoodAtheist they have no reason to be moral]] (the fact that they aren't actually killed or otherwise punished, however, but merely sent to speak with the priests to change their minds, is [[FairForItsDay very progressive for the era]]).

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* [[TropeNamer The name comes from]] Sir UsefulNotes/ThomasMore 's book ''Utopia'', [[OlderThanSteam published in 1516]], which described a communal, agrarian state. However, [[UnbuiltTrope However]], More [[LampshadeHanging hung a lampshade]] on the entire idea with the title- "Outopia," in Greek, means roughly "no place" ("Ou," "not," and "topos," "place") while "Eutopia" translates into "good place" ("Eu", "good"), thus the common meaning for More's title. The pun was almost certainly intentional. The extent to which More's Utopia is actually [[{{Dystopia}} utopian]] is a matter of some debate-More actually made a point that [[BigBrotherIsWatching there is no privacy]] or [[DirtyCommunists private property]], slavery still exists ([[DisproportionateRetribution as a way of punishing adultery]]), and though all four of the religions are tolerated, atheists are not, as "obviously" without belief in a god or afterlife [[HollywoodAtheist they have no reason to be moral]] (the fact that they aren't actually killed or otherwise punished, however, but merely sent to speak with the priests to change their minds, is [[FairForItsDay very progressive for the era]]).
22nd Jan '16 4:59:38 AM thatmadork
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->'''Lev Grossman''': Do you think of Literature/TheCulture as a utopia? Would you live in it, if you could?
->'''Creator/IainBanks''': Good grief yes, to both! What's not to like? ...Well, unless you're actually a fascist or a power junkie or sincerely believe that money rather than happiness is what really matters in life. And even people with those bizarre beliefs are catered for in the Culture, albeit in extreme-immersion VR environments.
-->-- [[http://techland.time.com/2008/02/29/iain_banks_the_matter_intervie/ This]] interview, ''Magazine/TimeMagazine''
29th Dec '15 4:21:12 AM Anddrix
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* This is also a long-standing WhatIf trope with SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom; whenever he actually manages to take over the world, he manages to change it into an honest to god utopia with minimal (not none, mind) removal of freedom. At the end of the day, the reason he never seems to get there in the main universe is because he's too obsessed with one-upping Reed Richards, that and he often finds VictoryIsBoring; it's a lot easier to conquer than it is to sustain, paradise or not.

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* This is also a long-standing WhatIf trope with SelfDemonstrating/DoctorDoom; Doctor Doom; whenever he actually manages to take over the world, he manages to change it into an honest to god utopia with minimal (not none, mind) removal of freedom. At the end of the day, the reason he never seems to get there in the main universe is because he's too obsessed with one-upping Reed Richards, that and he often finds VictoryIsBoring; it's a lot easier to conquer than it is to sustain, paradise or not.
21st Dec '15 3:09:38 AM Adept
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* The Franchise/EvilliousChronicles by {{mothy}} frequently involves characters either discussing the concept or attempting to achieve it, often in the process providing a {{Deconstruction}} of what it means to have a utopia and how to get one (the Clockwork Lullaby song series in particular features a set of characters trying to achieve utopia by collecting ''seven demons of sin'', with others rightfully skeptical of the results that would produce.)

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* The Franchise/EvilliousChronicles by {{mothy}} Music/{{mothy}} frequently involves characters either discussing the concept or attempting to achieve it, often in the process providing a {{Deconstruction}} of what it means to have a utopia and how to get one (the Clockwork Lullaby song series in particular features a set of characters trying to achieve utopia by collecting ''seven demons of sin'', with others rightfully skeptical of the results that would produce.)
28th Nov '15 6:59:37 PM Fireblood
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* The titular setting of ''Dinotopia'' is based around a peaceful coexistence between dinosaurs and humans. You know, except for the carnosaurs in the Rainy Basin. And that one guy nobody likes who rants about how Dinotopia doesn't mean dinosaur utopia-it really means "terrible place". He gets points for his Greek knowledge, but he's still a dork. But he does have a NiceHat.

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* The titular setting of ''Dinotopia'' is based around a peaceful coexistence between dinosaurs and humans. You know, except Except for the carnosaurs in the Rainy Basin.Basin, who are convinced to stay there by dying herbivores making a pilgrimage there to be eaten. And that one guy nobody likes who rants about how Dinotopia doesn't mean dinosaur utopia-it really means "terrible place". He gets points for his Greek knowledge, but he's still a dork. But he does have a NiceHat.


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** In the episode ''Neutopia'', a "neutered utopia" is created when the crew and their passengers crash-land on a planet where an alien takes away everyone's genitals, causing a blissful, conflict-free society. However, once they remember how good sex was, they demand to have their genitals back. Unfortunately, the alien [[GenderBender gives them back wrong...]]
19th Nov '15 2:14:54 PM KingNine
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* In ''Comicbook/TheAutumnlandsToothAndClaw'' despite a rash of racism the floating cities are a utopia. The animals live peaceful lives dedicated to the pursuit of magical knowledge and industry. In the Autumnlands at large there haven't been '''any''' major wars for a very long time.
31st Oct '15 2:44:56 PM StFan
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* Life on the Axiom in ''WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}}'' is seemingly perfect, with everything done by robots, if you overlook the fact that humanity has devolved into fat, infantile couch potatoes. What with the weight problem and the fact that everyone communicates via computer screens, you wonder how anyone on that ship managed to have babies. Unless the babies are genetically engineered or something.

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* Life on the Axiom ''Axiom'' in ''WesternAnimation/{{WALL-E}}'' ''WesternAnimation/WallE'' is seemingly perfect, with everything done by robots, if you overlook the fact that humanity has devolved into fat, infantile couch potatoes. What with the weight problem and the fact that everyone communicates via computer screens, you wonder how anyone on that ship managed to have babies. Unless the babies are genetically engineered or something.
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