Although the terms "{{Dystopia}}" and "{{Utopia}}" are opposites, between the two there are a number of intermediate points. From straight dystopia, in which everyone is so miserably unhappy that it's impossible to believe that anyone could tolerate it for a second, to utopia, which is essentially heaven on earth, a chart might look as follows. Those between the poles are universes which, while oppressive to varying extents, are not much different from any real country:

* ''[[Literature/NineteenEightyFour 1984]]'' or ''We''- hell on earth with nasty punishments for those who fail to toe the line.
* ''Literature/{{Fahrenheit 451}}''- More than a lesson on how NewMediaAreEvil, given that the government in question burns the books and houses of those who do read, replacing them with meaningless, endless soap operas and entertainment for the sake of keeping the population docile - and as a result, everyone is pretty much a StepfordSmiler.
* ''Film/{{Brazil}}'' or ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'' - Look like bad versions of England at first glance, but both have Orwellian cruelty beneath the surface. The latter came to power through a program against homosexuals, non-white Britons, and other "undesirables".
* ''Film/AClockworkOrange''- the nastiness comes from SociopathicHero youth and the brainwashing used as an attempt to stop it seems a fairly reasonable solution given the circumstances.
* The Fire Nation or Ba Sing Se from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender''- both could be a FantasyCounterpartCulture for Singapore (especially the latter) and function as rather repressive Eastern societies whose inhabitants seem to be on the whole happy with their situation.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' can be found at both ends to a degree - the Imperium of Man acknowledges that it is a dystopia, but is a far sight better than anything else. Meanwhile, the Tau Empire sees itself as a utopia for all races, but non-Tau have a different view.
* On the libertarian side, the future envisioned by Creator/NealStephenson might lie at about this point. The world's wealth disparity has sharply worsened, but all sorts of cool new technologies have emerged, and the absolute standard of living doesn't seem to have changed much (a few satirical excesses in ''Literature/SnowCrash'' aside).
* Some of the examples of UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans such as that in "TheOnesWhoWalkAwayFromOmelas'', ''[[{{Firefly}} Firefly/Serenity]]'' and perhaps that of ''Literature/TheGiver'' as well.
* ''Literature/BraveNewWorld''- A CrapsaccharineWorld that feels like utopia for the majority of people and thus enjoys popular support. The few malcontents can usually be ignored, as most people are too busy having sex and getting high to be influenced by them; at worst, an occasional troublemaker is exiled to an out-of-the-way island. Nevertheless, despite all the unchecked fun and hedonism (and in many ways because of it), it's clearly established as being a pretty shallow, hollow and fairly pointless existence.
* CrystalSpiresAndTogas - has the good parts of Literature/BraveNewWorld and is also intellectual. The [[Literature/TheCulture Culture]] novels are a good example. The entire populace spends all of its time entertaining each other with games, endeavours and such, while benevolent computers run everything. ''Franchise/StarTrek'' is another good example.
* A truly ungodly long list, complete with ongoing discussion, can be found [[http://forums.spacebattles.com/showthread.php?t=105383 here]]. It rates fictional cultures and races by letters in order of pleasantness to horror for humans to be conquered by them.

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