Most of the wealth of a society is collectively possessed by a tiny group of persons
- "THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF OLIGARCHICAL COLLECTIVISM by Emmanuel Goldstein"
- A war after which the winners enslave the losers;
- A Cyberpunk world in which Mega Corps reign supreme;
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- Neo City, in Secret of Cerulean Sand, is organised as this.
- The Class and, to a lesser extent, the Organo in Texhnolyze are like this: They live in a bizarre sort of peaceful bubble society high above the impoverished people whose lives they control through violent go-betweens given just a small modicum of their privilege.
Of course, the people of the surface world are even further up the ladder, but they are completely outside the system and their absence only enforces the very Orwellian nature of Luxite society below.
- In Divergent Chicago is ruled by the Abnegation faction, whose sole defining characteristic is selflessness.
- The Trope Namer is Nineteen Eighty-Four:
- The economical system of the Domination of Draka is described, by a character, by using these exact same words: the land and its Serfs were alloted to a Citizen and could be seized in cases of lack of use.
- The Hellhole Trilogy has the vast lions share of all wealth controlled by noble families. While they aren't out to screw the poor or private, non-noble entrepreneurs, they aggressively seize all of the major cash industries. Such as the mining for the mineral that makes FTL navigation possible. They're also out to screw each other over for control of these industries and ownership of planets as possible. The heroes, naturally, are a mix of Defector from Decadence and good old working class entrepreneurs.
- In the SF novel This Perfect Day, the tiny class of controllers have access to great luxury and advanced medical care, while the rest of the populace lives under rationing so strict that maximum allowed lifespans are enforced.
- In Das Kapital, Karl Marx describes the theory of the Asiatic mode of production, where a tiny despotic and urban elite appropriate the surplus of village communities, whom they own as a collective.
The theory is very controversial because the name refers to the theory of Oriental despotism and that this mode don't differs much from feudal Europe.
- The Clans in BattleTech, nearly all property belongs to the Clan as a whole, including people. With the exception of Bondsmen who serve the Warrior who captured them until the Bondsholder determines that they can be freed to join one of their holding Clan's castes.
- It is safe to assume some worlds in Warhammer40000 are organised as this. For instance, Sepheris Secundus in Dark Heresy, a Medieval world where serfs are heavily exploited by the nobility in mines.
- Vault City in Fallout 2 is organised as such, with a tiny number of citizens living in great luxury on the work of servents bought from the outside.
Please include only historigical exemples, per Ban on Politics
- In Sparta, all the land belonged to the homoioi as a collective and was given, by the State as a life estate with the helots needed to cultivate it, to an homoios as a means to enables him to train and pay his share for the ''syssitia''.
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