Oligarchical collectivism describes any setting where the wealth is collectively possessed by a tiny group of persons.
Bonus points if the majority of the population is enslaved
by this elite.
The oligarchs are often Social Darwinists
and/or perceive themselves as a Master Race
The setting can take place in Feudal Future
, Medieval Stasis
or After the End
Such society can be born from:
can search to overthrow such a system.
Anime and Manga
- The Trope Namer is 1984, where the Inner Party possess, de facto, all the wealth of Oceania.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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