Resource War


(permanent link) added: 2011-03-28 23:18:38 sponsor: Odon (last reply: 2013-02-20 13:33:15)

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Trope seen in dystopian sci-fi. A reference, casual or otherwise, to a war fought over diminishing natural resources. Especially significant if it's something we take for granted in advanced societies, like clean water. Of course this is Truth in Television, as seen in the Middle East. Wars are always going to be fought over natural wealth, but the dystopian aspect comes about because there is an acute shortage of that resource.
  • The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. The Ration War of 2007 (gee, remember that?).
  • Implied in the opening montage of Roadwarrior, in which a shortage of oil lead to a nuclear conflict that reduced the Land Down Under to a wasteland plagued by leather-clad hooligans driving gas-guzzling vehicles.
  • The B-Movie "Battletruck" begins with the words "After the Oil Wars..."
  • The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi. The Coal Wars are being fought between Thailand and Vietnam, in a world in which all the petroleum has been used up.
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