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* LandOfOneCity: The Alternate Universe, or at least the plot-centric part of it (AKA Earth), has only one populated city: the Shining City, a sparkling city on a hill that is entirely populated by the rich, and looks and acts more than a little like Disneyworld. Outside of that perfect city, the slums stretch on seemingly forever. Most of the plot-related action in the slums takes place in the Inner Slums, a ramshackle "city" of its own surrounding the Shining City. It is the most densely populated part of the slums, the most strictly guarded by the Roses, and the location of the large factories where Wine's rebellion brews behind closed doors. However, the slums extend across hundreds of miles, changing from tenement houses and factories to plantation farms and the feared and deadly strip-mine tent cities on their way, before petering out into wilderness. Olive spends a lot of time on the fringes of this massive city-state, and even in the wilderness outside it. She is one of the only people in hundreds of years to happen upon the ruins of what was once, it seems, a world very similar to ours.

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* LandOfOneCity: The Alternate Universe, or at least the plot-centric part of it (AKA Earth), has only one populated city: the Shining City, a sparkling city on a hill that is entirely populated by the rich, and looks and acts more than a little like Disneyworld. Outside of that perfect city, the slums stretch on seemingly forever. Most of the plot-related action in the slums takes place in the Inner Slums, a ramshackle "city" of its own surrounding the Shining City. It is the most densely populated part of the slums, the most strictly guarded by the Roses, and the location of the large factories where Wine's rebellion brews behind closed doors. However, the slums extend across hundreds of miles, changing from tenement houses and factories to plantation farms and the feared and deadly strip-mine tent cities on their way, before petering out into wilderness. Olive spends a lot of time on the fringes of this massive city-state, and even in the wilderness outside it. She is one of the only people in hundreds of years to happen upon the ruins of what was once, it seems, a world very similar to ours. The portal is located at the northern edge of the Shining City, and so it becomes habit for the alternates to refer to our universe as "our neighbors to the north" (which, in turn, causes our universe to begin to refer to their alternates as "our neighbors to the south.")

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* WainscotSociety: For much of the story, the relationship between the two universes resembles this; Olive and Melody repeatedly slip from one to the other, and Melody steals children from one universe, but widespread awareness of the so-called "wainscotting" does not come about for a while.

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* ChildOfTwoWorlds: Olive was born in our universe and spent her early childhood there. Yet she grew up and formed her family in the Alternate Universe. The result is that she doesn't really fit in anywhere. Luckily for her, she never does have to choose, as in the finale [[spoiler: the two universes merge, catastrophically, forcing them to work together to survive and build a new world from the rubble of the two old ones.]]

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* AngryBlackMan: Although the narrow black-versus-white race dynamics usually implied in this trope are not quite so rigid in the Alternate Universe, Wine is certainly a young black woman who is furious at the establishment to a frightening degree.


* AboveGoodAndEvil: Doctor Lane claims this trope, as befitting a mad scientist. In a twist, what he claims is not that good and evil don't exist, but rather that above and beyond those is a third, far more important concept: [[LoveMakesYouEvil love.]]





* LandOfOneCity: The Alternate Universe, or at least the plot-centric part of it (AKA Earth), has only one populated city: the Shining City, a sparkling city on a hill that is entirely populated by the rich, and looks and acts more than a little like Disneyworld. Outside of that perfect city, the slums stretch on seemingly forever. Most of the plot-related action in the slums takes place in the Inner Slums, a ramshackle "city" of its own surrounding the Shining City. It is the most densely populated part of the slums, the most strictly guarded by the Roses, and the location of the large factories where Wine's rebellion brews behind closed doors. However, the slums extend across hundreds of miles, changing from tenement houses and factories to plantation farms and the feared and deadly strip-mine tent cities on their way, before petering out into wilderness.

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* LandOfOneCity: The Alternate Universe, or at least the plot-centric part of it (AKA Earth), has only one populated city: the Shining City, a sparkling city on a hill that is entirely populated by the rich, and looks and acts more than a little like Disneyworld. Outside of that perfect city, the slums stretch on seemingly forever. Most of the plot-related action in the slums takes place in the Inner Slums, a ramshackle "city" of its own surrounding the Shining City. It is the most densely populated part of the slums, the most strictly guarded by the Roses, and the location of the large factories where Wine's rebellion brews behind closed doors. However, the slums extend across hundreds of miles, changing from tenement houses and factories to plantation farms and the feared and deadly strip-mine tent cities on their way, before petering out into wilderness. Olive spends a lot of time on the fringes of this massive city-state, and even in the wilderness outside it. She is one of the only people in hundreds of years to happen upon the ruins of what was once, it seems, a world very similar to ours.

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* LandOfOneCity: The Alternate Universe, or at least the plot-centric part of it (AKA Earth), has only one populated city: the Shining City, a sparkling city on a hill that is entirely populated by the rich, and looks and acts more than a little like Disneyworld. Outside of that perfect city, the slums stretch on seemingly forever. Most of the plot-related action in the slums takes place in the Inner Slums, a ramshackle "city" of its own surrounding the Shining City. It is the most densely populated part of the slums, the most strictly guarded by the Roses, and the location of the large factories where Wine's rebellion brews behind closed doors. However, the slums extend across hundreds of miles.

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* LandOfOneCity: The Alternate Universe, or at least the plot-centric part of it (AKA Earth), has only one populated city: the Shining City, a sparkling city on a hill that is entirely populated by the rich, and looks and acts more than a little like Disneyworld. Outside of that perfect city, the slums stretch on seemingly forever. Most of the plot-related action in the slums takes place in the Inner Slums, a ramshackle "city" of its own surrounding the Shining City. It is the most densely populated part of the slums, the most strictly guarded by the Roses, and the location of the large factories where Wine's rebellion brews behind closed doors. However, the slums extend across hundreds of miles.miles, changing from tenement houses and factories to plantation farms and the feared and deadly strip-mine tent cities on their way, before petering out into wilderness.


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* TheLadette: Olive fits this trope more than {{Tomboy}}. She is a major heavyweight (although this is portrayed as a problem, and by the end of the story, she quits drinking), loves to brawl, wins pit fights for money even when blackout drunk, doesn't take care of herself very well at all (again, treated as a problem, as at least part of her lack of hygiene is a form of self-sabotage), and don't even get me started on the swearing. The only thing she lacks is the sex, as Olive is a HeartbrokenBadass with a [[BruiserWithaSoftCenter gooey center]], and not the type to engage in casual sex.

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* TheLadette: Olive fits this trope more than {{Tomboy}}. She is a major heavyweight (although this is portrayed as a problem, and by the end of the story, she quits drinking), loves to brawl, wins pit fights for money even when blackout drunk, doesn't take care of herself very well at all (again, treated as a problem, as at least part of her lack of hygiene is a form of self-sabotage), and don't even get me started on the swearing. swearing.
* LandOfOneCity:
The Alternate Universe, or at least the plot-centric part of it (AKA Earth), has only thing she lacks one populated city: the Shining City, a sparkling city on a hill that is entirely populated by the rich, and looks and acts more than a little like Disneyworld. Outside of that perfect city, the slums stretch on seemingly forever. Most of the plot-related action in the slums takes place in the Inner Slums, a ramshackle "city" of its own surrounding the Shining City. It is the sex, as Olive is a HeartbrokenBadass with a [[BruiserWithaSoftCenter gooey center]], most densely populated part of the slums, the most strictly guarded by the Roses, and not the type to engage in casual sex. location of the large factories where Wine's rebellion brews behind closed doors. However, the slums extend across hundreds of miles.

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** Aside from TV, the Alternate Universe also has quite a bit of toy culture. Bracelet-making kits, glittery stamps, gumball machines, jukeboxes, wind-up toys, and a mindboggling variety of dolls are all beloved by the rich. They even have an alternate-universe version of the Slinky, called the "Silky." It is a doll made of silk, designed to "walk" in the same way a Slinky does by flipping onto its hands, then feet, then hands again.

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** Reality shows are the most popular kind of television, and there is a plethora of them. The full list of reality shows takes up thousands of channels, and they all follow roughly the same format with altered trappings, so there's really no point in listing them here.
** It is also worth mentioning that all the above television, even the propaganda itself, is laced with subliminal messaging. One minor story arc follows a Rose whose job it is to design and implement subliminal messaging.

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