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I say this trope needs either a name rechange or a disclaimer.
Because there is nothing “punk” about Solarpunk.
The Punk Punk subgenres are just as much about attitude within a setting as the technology. Characters with attitude, rebellion, passion against the issues within the story’s setting.
Solar”punk” doesn’t have that. There’s nothing within most of the settings were the characters are rebelling or fighting against. You don’t see characters seeking to undo a wrong or wanting to get ahead in life because everything is wrong. This is Solar Utopianism, there are no problems, so there are no punks.
Punk Punk has undergone trope decay to mean \"setting.\"
Hi y\'all! Got some other suggestions for examples, curious about thoughts:
O Human Star
Mega Man (the original series, not Mega Man X or later)
Final Fantasy XII (specifically Bhujerba and Rabanastre)
Final Fantasy V (to a lesser degree; specifically the First World setting, before the plot begins)
Wanted to drop a suggestion for Cities: Skylines as a video game. The game rewards environmentally friendly city designs, as well as dense, well-designed cities. The green cities DLC adds even more to solarpunk-esque themes. Its a tad bit of a stretch though, but should be close enough, given that it is such an undeveloped genre at this point.
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