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29th Apr '16 7:28:40 AM SolariusScorch
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* Prevalent in ''VideoGame/{{Piratez}}'', because hiring Runts is way easier than buying complex machinery and [[Main/HumanSubspecies Ubers]] make excellent Runts.
22nd Apr '16 7:42:10 AM thatother1dude
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* The batarians in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' still practice slavery, despite a being starfaring civilisation for centuries. They argue that slavery is a "cultural right" of their people; the [[TheFederation Council]] doesn't buy it.
** Slavery is also practiced on the asari planet Illium. Only it's called "{{indentured servitude}}," ''thank you'' very much. It's considered perfectly legal and is tightly regulated with restrictions on treatment and terms of service, legal requirements for documented consensus on the part of the servant, and strict limitations on how long the servant can remain indentured. It should also be noted that indentured servants aren't necessarily physical workers; they can be practically anything and are contracted to do a normal job for a company or individual. Well, just without pay. Or the ability to leave. Or... You get the point. One indentured servant you meet on Illium is a software engineer who had a gambling debt problem.

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The batarians in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' still practice slavery, despite a being starfaring civilisation for centuries. They argue that slavery is a "cultural right" "[[CultureJustifiesEverything cultural right]]" of their people; the [[TheFederation Council]] doesn't buy it.
** Slavery is also practiced on the asari planet Illium. Only it's called "{{indentured servitude}}," ''thank you'' very much. It's considered perfectly legal and is tightly regulated with restrictions on treatment and terms of service, legal requirements for documented consensus on the part of the servant, and strict limitations on how long the servant can remain indentured. It should also be noted that indentured servants aren't necessarily physical workers; they can be practically anything and are contracted to do a normal job for a company or individual. Well, just without pay. Or the ability to leave. Or... You get the point. One indentured servant you meet on Illium is a software engineer who had a gambling debt problem.
21st Apr '16 1:35:16 PM erforce
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* The ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' series has humans being rounded up and used for slave labor by Skynet in the post-Judgment Day future. Most noted among their uses for slaves was forcing captured humans to throw corpses into furnaces. The reasons for using humans rather than automated systems are never made quite clear, though the fourth film implies that Skynet is doing it purely out of malice, as it already has plenty of automated production lines.

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* The ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' series has humans being rounded up and used for slave labor by Skynet in the post-Judgment Day future. Most noted among their uses for slaves was forcing captured humans to throw corpses into furnaces. The reasons for using humans rather than automated systems are never made quite clear, though the [[Film/TerminatorSalvation fourth film film]] implies that Skynet is doing it purely out of malice, as it already has plenty of automated production lines.
19th Mar '16 5:43:49 AM Hossmeister
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4th Mar '16 3:28:43 AM jormis29
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* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer Red Alert 2: Yuri's Revenge'' has Yuri's faction practise slave labour, even though Yuri has genetic manipulation, mind control technology and a laser-armed UFO unit ''that efficiently extracts ore from enemy refineries''. However, consider that Yuri is a madman, and the "Slave Miner" vehicle's driver [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the act by saying "Slaves are cheap!". It also gives the other two nations even more reasons to fight Yuri, and freeing the slaves is actually possible.

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* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer Red Alert 2: ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquerRedAlert2: Yuri's Revenge'' has Yuri's faction practise slave labour, even though Yuri has genetic manipulation, mind control technology and a laser-armed UFO unit ''that efficiently extracts ore from enemy refineries''. However, consider that Yuri is a madman, and the "Slave Miner" vehicle's driver [[LampshadeHanging lampshades]] the act by saying "Slaves are cheap!". It also gives the other two nations even more reasons to fight Yuri, and freeing the slaves is actually possible.
3rd Mar '16 12:51:23 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''EmpireEarth'', no matter what age the player advances to, workers will still chop trees with axes, mine minerals with picks and carry everything in a wheelbarrow. Even when soldiers are using giant mechas to move around.
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''RedFaction'', where stereotypical futuristic Martian mine slave protagonist muses to himself about how robots should be able to do nearly all of the hard work themselves. It then turns out that robots ''do'' perform most of the real mining labor, and the human-heavy mining operation is really just a front for the BigBad EvilutionaryBiologist to get test subjects for his (honestly pretty pointless-looking) secret experiments away from the prying eyes of Earth's government. Note that ''RF'' originated as an entry in the ''VideoGame/{{Descent}}'' series, the premise of which centers around futuristic mines run entirely by robots (which have [[AIIsACrapshoot their own problems]]).
* In a ''GaiaOnline'' event, each of the four towns was assigned two fantasy races to assist them in the upcoming "Rejected Olympics". The futuristic town of Aekea got [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Blizzard Style Orcs]], in addition to the previously introduced Aliens. The new aliens were created by leftover AppliedPhlebotinum that the ''real'' aliens left behind, while the orcs were HandWaved away by saying they were a newly discovered species that have been hired as manual laborers. One character even wonders if the orcs are actually being payed for their work. ...Of course, there's just one problem. ''AEKEA IS A CITY FULL OF ROBOTS''. It's the only city that's even ''allowed'' to have robots, as they were banned everywhere else after some [[NoodleIncident war that no one talks about.]] But the fact that you are enslaving ''orcs'' to effectively do something that could be accomplished by a ''tow truck'' or a ''pulley'' is a bit confusing...
* In ''EveOnline'' the Amarr Empire makes a wide use of slaves. Although they could easily replace most of their slaves with advanced technology, like the other nations have done, the Amarr believe that, by enslaving "lesser" peoples like the Minmatar, they are saving these people's souls. It's no surprise that the Amarr are quite far behind technologically when compared to the Gallente and especially the Caldari.

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* In ''EmpireEarth'', ''VideoGame/EmpireEarth'', no matter what age the player advances to, workers will still chop trees with axes, mine minerals with picks and carry everything in a wheelbarrow. Even when soldiers are using giant mechas to move around.
* [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''RedFaction'', ''VideoGame/RedFaction'', where stereotypical futuristic Martian mine slave protagonist muses to himself about how robots should be able to do nearly all of the hard work themselves. It then turns out that robots ''do'' perform most of the real mining labor, and the human-heavy mining operation is really just a front for the BigBad EvilutionaryBiologist to get test subjects for his (honestly pretty pointless-looking) secret experiments away from the prying eyes of Earth's government. Note that ''RF'' originated as an entry in the ''VideoGame/{{Descent}}'' series, the premise of which centers around futuristic mines run entirely by robots (which have [[AIIsACrapshoot their own problems]]).
* In a ''GaiaOnline'' ''VideoGame/GaiaOnline'' event, each of the four towns was assigned two fantasy races to assist them in the upcoming "Rejected Olympics". The futuristic town of Aekea got [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Blizzard Style Orcs]], in addition to the previously introduced Aliens. The new aliens were created by leftover AppliedPhlebotinum that the ''real'' aliens left behind, while the orcs were HandWaved away by saying they were a newly discovered species that have been hired as manual laborers. One character even wonders if the orcs are actually being payed for their work. ...Of course, there's just one problem. ''AEKEA IS A CITY FULL OF ROBOTS''. It's the only city that's even ''allowed'' to have robots, as they were banned everywhere else after some [[NoodleIncident war that no one talks about.]] But the fact that you are enslaving ''orcs'' to effectively do something that could be accomplished by a ''tow truck'' or a ''pulley'' is a bit confusing...
* In ''EveOnline'' ''VideoGame/EveOnline'' the Amarr Empire makes a wide use of slaves. Although they could easily replace most of their slaves with advanced technology, like the other nations have done, the Amarr believe that, by enslaving "lesser" peoples like the Minmatar, they are saving these people's souls. It's no surprise that the Amarr are quite far behind technologically when compared to the Gallente and especially the Caldari.



* In the ''{{Terinu}}'' universe, the hyper-advanced Varn Dominion used slaves a great deal, but it was regarded as culturally necessary since their gods had declared they were the MasterRace and deserved to rule over the lesser races and have their every whim catered to. Five hundred years later, the good guys' successor government permits the use {{indentured servi|tude}}ce as punishment for criminals (with one JerkAssProtagonist declaring it was "Cheaper than letting them sit in a cell and eat up public funds"!), and just good old-fashioned corporate evil as isolated industrial facilities bind their workers through indenture and selling their souls to the company store.

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* In the ''{{Terinu}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Terinu}}'' universe, the hyper-advanced Varn Dominion used slaves a great deal, but it was regarded as culturally necessary since their gods had declared they were the MasterRace and deserved to rule over the lesser races and have their every whim catered to. Five hundred years later, the good guys' successor government permits the use {{indentured servi|tude}}ce as punishment for criminals (with one JerkAssProtagonist declaring it was "Cheaper than letting them sit in a cell and eat up public funds"!), and just good old-fashioned corporate evil as isolated industrial facilities bind their workers through indenture and selling their souls to the company store.
3rd Mar '16 12:50:43 PM Morgenthaler
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** Somewhat averted in ''RiseOfNations'', where your workers' tools advance with the age. Modern workers will use chainsaws and jackhammers.
24th Feb '16 3:52:34 PM Saber15
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* In ''Tabletopgame/BattleTech'', human labor is far cheaper than machine labor, particularly in the Periphery where civilization never truly recovered from the [[ForeverWar 300 years of total warfare]] that [[LostTechnology destroyed humanity's technology base]]. The tiny Marian Hegemony that styles itself after Ancient Rome is the only nation that condones slavery.
30th Jan '16 11:43:16 AM Morgenthaler
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* GURPSReignOfSteel has many of the AI Zoneminds keeping human slaves in a variety of ways and for a variety of purposes. This makes sense in many applications since robots are expensive to produce but human vermin are cheap and disposable. Notable cases include:

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* GURPSReignOfSteel ''TabletopGame/GURPSReignOfSteel'' has many of the AI Zoneminds keeping human slaves in a variety of ways and for a variety of purposes. This makes sense in many applications since robots are expensive to produce but human vermin are cheap and disposable. Notable cases include:



* Slave traffic is mentioned in {{Traveller}}. It is illegal in the Imperium, though the Sword Worlds have a judicial slavery as punishment for murder, treason, and other heinous crimes (which makes one amused at the {{Irony}} of the fate of a SpacePirate caught while trying to sell off his captives). It is not always made clear what the slaves are expected to do. However the SchizoTech of {{Traveller}} at least sort of justifies it.
* This is almost to be expected in ''{{Rifts}}'', given the SchizoTech of the setting. Throughout much of North America, people are often enslaved or {{indentured|Servitude}}, turned into cyborgs and used as miners. The Coalition doesn't use slave-borgs, but [[FantasticRacism nonhumans]] are sometimes enslaved and employed in the mega-cities or the 'burbs. In magic-dominated places, meanwhile, slavery is widespread and slaves are used for any and every task, be it labor, warfare, GladiatorGames, [[SexSlave sex]] or [[ToServeMan food]] (the latter is a big one, since a ''lot'' of alien evils do it to cement their CardCarryingVillain status).
* In ''FadingSuns'' due to the Church's attitude towards technology there is a great deal of demand for manual labor. The Muster Guild specializes in providing workers though most of them are temps or outright slaves while members get cushy supervisor positions.

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* Slave traffic is mentioned in {{Traveller}}.''TabletopGame/{{Traveller}}''. It is illegal in the Imperium, though the Sword Worlds have a judicial slavery as punishment for murder, treason, and other heinous crimes (which makes one amused at the {{Irony}} of the fate of a SpacePirate caught while trying to sell off his captives). It is not always made clear what the slaves are expected to do. However the SchizoTech of {{Traveller}} at least sort of justifies it.
* This is almost to be expected in ''{{Rifts}}'', ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'', given the SchizoTech of the setting. Throughout much of North America, people are often enslaved or {{indentured|Servitude}}, turned into cyborgs and used as miners. The Coalition doesn't use slave-borgs, but [[FantasticRacism nonhumans]] are sometimes enslaved and employed in the mega-cities or the 'burbs. In magic-dominated places, meanwhile, slavery is widespread and slaves are used for any and every task, be it labor, warfare, GladiatorGames, [[SexSlave sex]] or [[ToServeMan food]] (the latter is a big one, since a ''lot'' of alien evils do it to cement their CardCarryingVillain status).
* In ''FadingSuns'' ''TabletopGame/FadingSuns'' due to the Church's attitude towards technology there is a great deal of demand for manual labor. The Muster Guild specializes in providing workers though most of them are temps or outright slaves while members get cushy supervisor positions.
13th Dec '15 4:29:14 PM nombretomado
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* Subverted in the ''[[XWingSeries Rogue Squadron]]'' series. The various prisoners of ''Lusankya'' are, to their knowledge, used as slave labor in mines. [[spoiler:In fact, the mines are a deception meant to keep the prisoners from finding the actual escape routes and the manual labor is just a form of distraction and punishment. The labor simply consists of breaking rocks up into sand anyway (which was common for useless make-work performed in real penal colonies)]].

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* Subverted in the ''[[XWingSeries ''[[Literature/XWingSeries Rogue Squadron]]'' series. The various prisoners of ''Lusankya'' are, to their knowledge, used as slave labor in mines. [[spoiler:In fact, the mines are a deception meant to keep the prisoners from finding the actual escape routes and the manual labor is just a form of distraction and punishment. The labor simply consists of breaking rocks up into sand anyway (which was common for useless make-work performed in real penal colonies)]].
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