In this type of conflict, a character must take on society itself, and not a single person. The character stands at odds with societal norms and realizes the necessity to work against these norms. (Conflict Examples and Definitions)
For example, in Fahrenheit 451, Guy Montag resolves a man vs. society conflict (but doesn't defeat the society), while in 1984, Winston Smith resolves a man vs. society conflict by being assimilated by the society. Given that it's NaNoWriMo, I want to break the status quo of losses in the man vs. society conflict. What is a reasonable way to overthrow a globalized, dystopian society?
Notes on my dystopian society:
- They live in a globalized, ocean moon of a planet approximately the size of Neptune. The moon is locked in sync with the planet, with one side always facing the planet, in darkness and frozen over, and one side facing the star, a G8IV star, and going through phases of day and night, each of which lasts 10 hours.
- Children are taken from homes at birth and indoctrinated in 'conditioning centres' (stole this from Brave New World) into three castes: Ruling, Military, and Working. Working adults generally waste away, engaging in minimal intelligent conversation and working away their lives, using their free time by taking lubentia, a psychedelic drug with minimal side effects.
- However, due to the isolation of some islands on the ocean planet, parents are sometimes able to hide their children away from the government. This loss is minimal, and all in all, only about a few thousand are hidden away. The protagonist is one of these characters.
- The military is very well disciplined and has put down a total of 35 uprisings in its 600-year history. Their best aspect is their Orbital Superstations, behemoths that have enough active camouflage to eliminate all but their shadows. The mere presence of them puts a stop to most revolts.
- This world is part of a group of planets colonized by different countries (this one is colonized by China) while the world was terrified by a nuclear war caused by escalations in the Taiwan Strait. Thankfully, Earth has not been destroyed and it was decided that these colonies would continue growing on their own.