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Is there any plausible reason (abstract or otherwise) why a world and its population would decide to permanently move/exile all orphans, sick population,incarcerated and elderly population to an isolated region?

Update: I have added the incarcerated percentage of the population to the question too.

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    $\begingroup$ No rational reason, unless there is some infectious thing going on. If they don't want to kill them off, moving them far away and keeping them alive there is a lot of trouble. The reason can be religious, or ideological, like - "We are building a perfect society here, and only young, healthy and well-reared can be the builders." $\endgroup$ – Alexander Aug 17 '17 at 21:56
  • $\begingroup$ "and keeping them alive" does not appear in the question. "Grandpa went to live in a land across the sea. No, really he did: Here's a picture of him being eaten by wild dogs there." $\endgroup$ – user25818 Aug 17 '17 at 21:59
  • $\begingroup$ Why bother with moving them? To get the "dogs picture"? $\endgroup$ – Alexander Aug 17 '17 at 22:02
  • $\begingroup$ @Fendec do you mean a one time migration, a permanent exile, a temporary trip, or a culture where people are continually going as they fall into one of those categories? $\endgroup$ – user25818 Aug 17 '17 at 22:17
  • $\begingroup$ Sounds like an alternative world with the Youth Wing of the Khmer Rouge running the show. Year Zero on a global scale. $\endgroup$ – a4android Aug 18 '17 at 2:07
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For the benefit of the sick, orphaned and elderly

The populous regions of your world are heavily industrialised - to the point where the air quality poses a significant health risk to everyone, particularly the sick and elderly.

Sick people are temporarily relocated to health care facilities in clean air regions, and returned home when they have recovered.

Elderly people are permanently relocated to clean air regions. Their contribution to society during their working days is commended and they live out their lives in leisure.

Orphaned people are considered the "property" of the state, and drafted into healthcare and service roles to support the sick and elderly.

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  • $\begingroup$ This is definitely in the right direction but I was thinking more of a permanent relocation of these groups of the population $\endgroup$ – Fendec Aug 18 '17 at 7:48
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Societies can and have come up with many reasons and methods to remove various undesirables, but usually they just kill them, or drive them out of the immediate area. The only reason I can think of to go to all of the effort of keeping them alive and transporting them to a far away place (a separate continent is going to be a long expensive trip) is if they are being sacrificed in some manner to save the rest of the population.

We send the less productive, less wanted members of society (they would also send the criminals) to the far off land as a sacrifice to the [Gods, Dragons, Vampires, Aliens... evil malevolent monsters of your choice] lest they grow angry (and hungry) and come and destroy the kingdom.

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I would respond: Australia. When discovered, Australia was a brand new continent, and lots of ships were sent there for settlers to settle (and later, for prisoners of the Britain Empire to be sent to hell since they discovered that any species can kill you in Australia). So was when America was discovered.

Agree, usually people send young men with good health for exploration, treasure-hunting and most of the miscommunication with locals that could turn wrong, but what if your continent is special (like, not interesting or inherently dangerous) and due to a recent war, you send there every prisoner of the country who lost? Including families and children?

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Marketing

In the nazy germany the idea of the "ARYAN" race was superior to everything else was enough to start a segregation and genocide.

You just need to push the idea that after certain age you become a burden and need to stay aside for the greater good and people unaffected and that "feel" a gain from it would support it.

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  • $\begingroup$ @AlexP Sorry, my mistake I was thinking in spanish. edited :) $\endgroup$ – Tridam Aug 17 '17 at 22:33

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