Created By: Ghilz on May 13, 2011 Last Edited By: Ghilz on June 8, 2011
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One Species, One Culture

A species has only one culture

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Based of this discussion

Humans are a varied bunch. We never cease to be amazed by the difference and number of cultures on this planet, with each culture having its own facets that are often baffling to other culture. In fiction, however, this never applies to other races.

Basically, a given species has a single, unified culture. Everyone speaks the same language, the species art is uniform (ie: you have Klingon Opera, but no difference between Homeworld Klingon Opera and Colonial Klingon Opera), there's only one religion, and of course, one government.

This is also present in fantasy setting, (and thus different from One World Order) because every species in the world has just one culture. Dark Elves have their one culture, the Orcs have their own, etc... with generally only humans showing any variety.

Planet of Hats is a subtrope of this, when the alien culture is focused around a single, specific theme. Sometimes, this is justified with humanity having a "hat" of multiculturalism or diversity - it's not other races who are oversimplified, it's humans who are complex.

Any subgroup presented as having a different culture than the norm of their races will always be treated as a strange minority, perhaps even shrouded in rumors or an example of Defector from Decadence or My Species Doth Protest Too Much.

See also Planet of Hats.
Community Feedback Replies: 19
  • May 13, 2011
    ArtisticPlatypus
    I don't really see the difference between this and Planet Of Hats.
  • May 13, 2011
    CrypticMirror
    this is just Planet Of Hats
  • May 13, 2011
    Speedball
    Yeah, Planet Of Hats is this
  • May 13, 2011
    Ghilz
    Check the discussion linked there
  • May 14, 2011
    Topazan
    This is pretty much and Omnipresent Trope when it comes to fictional species, so maybe we should exclude straight examples.

    It might be worth pointing out that even one nation = one culture is often an oversimplification in the real world.
  • May 14, 2011
    Ghilz
    Good idea
  • May 14, 2011
    nrjxll
    This is not Planet Of Hats, as the linked discussion established. However, I'm uncertain whether it's different enough from One World Order to be worth creating.
  • May 14, 2011
    Ghilz
    I would say yes. For one, both true can be mutally exclusive. Take a drow in a fantasy kitchen sink, who may all have the same culture. But different races have other cultures, so it's not a one world order.
  • May 14, 2011
    fulltimeD
  • May 16, 2011
    Xzenu
    Maybe call it Monocultural Species.

  • May 16, 2011
    Rolf
    Alternate title: One Culture Per Species
  • May 16, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    It seems it was notably averted in Avatar.
  • May 16, 2011
    ElaineRose
    Could you maybe use a bit of that linked discussion on Planet Of Hats here so we can differentiate at a glance?

    Also, the Zentradi of Macross. Exposure to culture that actually was actually different caused many of them to defect.
  • May 17, 2011
    Ghilz
    Could you maybe use a bit of that linked discussion on Planet Of Hats here so we can differentiate at a glance?

    Meaning?
  • May 18, 2011
    jaytee
    I assume she means put something in the description that specifically differentiates this from Planet Of Hats. The distinction is there, but not apparent to a casual reader.
  • May 30, 2011
    Ewar
    The article on One World Order covers both this trope and the single, global government trope, but it looks more like an addition to the description: "it is rare for any species to have more than one language, artistic tradition, religion, or culinary style" is stuck in there.

    I checked the examples and the vast majority of them are just for a single global/galactic/whatever government, though, so I don't think there's much to change if we make this a separate trope. Just editing the description and trimming whatever entries fall under this new page.
  • June 8, 2011
    TBeholder
    Hm, Species Is People?
  • June 8, 2011
    Auxdarastrix
    This was pretty explicitly invoked in Babylon5 when all the races were asked to put on a demonstration of their dominate religion, and the humans were the only ones that exhibited more than one religion. Apparently cultural diversity is the Human Hat.
  • June 8, 2011
    Rolf
    Lol yeah forgot about that.
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