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Questions tagged [dystopia]

For questions about society's worst possible state, its components and consequences.

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Earth under one roof: Feasible?

Okay, so how feasible is it- if even possible- to put the Earth under 'one roof'? So here is the premise. The world is heavily heavily over populated, so overpopulated in fact that almost all of the ...
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Never-ending string kebab for a dystopian future

For a Matrix-type future I want to feed people via solid food. This is to keep all their internal organs working properly. The idea is to feed them an endless kebab that is held together along its ...
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Genetic modifications for the ultimate office drone?

In a dystopian future, genetic editing, stem cell research and cloning have become commonplace. Humans in embryo can be genetically modified and designed to a immense variation; some people can give ...
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Would it be possible to distil specific human emotions into an edible drug form?

I am writing a dystopian future where I hope to make it possible that specific emotions can be taken in the form of pills or drug form; or, combined pills taken to form more complex feelings. ...
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Modern implants minus painkillers [closed]

In my fantasy country, there is a tight government control over painkillers for reasons I can’t get into now. Their technology is the same as ours, if not a bit better. There are government mandated ...
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How long would it take until this corporation controls America? [closed]

I have a corporation called Hero. They've essentially 'taken over' all of America. I just need to know what the minimum amount of time it would take is. When Hero was just starting out, back in 1974, ...
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Why would the government use so many resources to track down escapees? [closed]

My main characters has just escaped death in the Falklands. The pair have been able to sail across the ocean, to South Africa, specifically Cape Town. In Cape Town, a trench war is being fought ...
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Plausible reason why the government would not discipline its policemen?

In the dystopian state of the UFS, or Union of Fascist States, the leaders of government reign supreme. President Jeffrey Stevenson, the highest of all oligarchs in the UFS, keeps tabs on all the ...
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Is a Utopia worth it? [closed]

In a far away future, when/where technology has erased scarcity, competition and poverty, what purpose does civilisation still have? Suppose a civilisation reaches a level at which it can harvest ...
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Why might the dystopian government make its policemen patrol in fours?

So, this story takes place in the UFS fascist state, in North America. The government is extremely strict on its citizens, and everything the fallen, antiquated United States Of America held dear was ...
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How would the rich sell reducing the number of poor people [closed]

In my future robots can now do all the jobs poor people were needed for. The rich realise they no longer need poor people, and they keep threatening to revolt thus scaring the rich people. So how ...
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How can I take over the country? [duplicate]

I live in a western democratic country and I'm rather discouraged. I don't feel the current political system works and have decided to take matters into my own hands. My goals are: To use the ...
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War in a dystopian setting

In a world where there is ever-declining population due to a phenomenon that has no satisfactory explanation, what could cause war or large-scale armed confrontations between countries or sections of ...
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How to have good public opinion of police in a dystopian dictatorship with low or no crime?

I have a fairly dystopian dictatorship with a police state. There are two ideologies amongst the population. The first - the more mainstream - in general support the rulers and the police and the ...
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Dystopia vs Utopia - Possible to coincide? [closed]

Utopia within a Dystopian world? Or would this be a Utopia slowly diminishing into the state of being a Dystopia?......Hmmm Question Within a futuristic world overrun by another "intelligent" ...
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Reasonable way to win a man vs. society conflict [closed]

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. (...
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What are the effects of a cure-all? [closed]

I'm writing something involving a cure-all device. Essentially it's a panacea. No one who has it gets sick and when you're injured, the healing process is cut in half. I know this would gut the health ...
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Post Scarcity Currency

BACKGROUND: So Futurestan, that most curious of nations established in the far far away, has created a post scarcity utopia where everyone definitely has enough food and it is always summer (snow is ...
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Feasible reason for a world to move all of its sick, orphaned, incarcerated and elderly population to an isolated continent [closed]

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 ...
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The Internet in our evil Overlord era

After an intense and cruel war, our evil overlord has finally managed to conquer the world. The last nation has fallen and now only small rebel factions stand against him. The question is, what would ...
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Treatment of mental illness in a dystopian society

I am writing a sci-fi novel, set in a 1984-style dystopia, so a society which is obsessed with order and surveillance where non-predictable behaviour is punished. My protagonist is a person with a ...
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How could electricity cause worldwide death?

I am exploring a world in which: Electricity does not work/is banned All those older than approx. 35 years are dead. My current thinking is electricity has somehow wiped out all those older than 35 ...
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How to do Socialism/Redistribution of wealth in a dystopic cyberpunk city? [closed]

I'm not to well deep in socialism, so I don't know exact details on how it works. But I do know that it involves the redistribution of wealth, heavily taxing corporations and redistributing it to all ...
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What factors, in the future, could lead to a dystopia in which precious metals and gems have no value?

Throughout history, precious metals and gems have always held value and can be exchanged for goods. However, what future developments could lead to a bleak future in which these items cannot be traded ...
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Government sanctioned birth control

The government has recently implementing a law in which you must apply to have children. To prevent unsanctioned pregnancy and illegal child births they are looking for a way to control when either ...
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Personal identification chip installation [duplicate]

In Futurama every person has a chip implanted with their personal details and a predetermined job. On the show the chip seems to be implanted in to one of their hands, and is easily removable. Where ...
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What are the implications of a post-apocalyptic society entirely populated by children and what might the aftermath be like? [closed]

A disease with an incubation time of 18 years spreads, unnoticed. 18 years later, its timer goes off and kills the majority of the earth's population, leaving only those under 18 and not infected by ...
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Would the US as a nation cease to exist if a nuclear terrorist attack struck it in 2018?

Alright, so since the earlier question turned out to be too broad, I am going to ask a different one now. Here is the scenario from the earlier question: "So, a little thing that propped into my ...
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Do we need to match and couple humans manually in future to maintain gene pool of human beings?

(I'm talking binary:Male and female) This is post apocalyptic scenario. I'm writing a short story and storyline​ is as follows: In a distant future: After the world war there are only a few thousand ...
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Is there any organization to a shantytown of storage containers?

What is the layout (or physical arrangement) of a shantytown made of storage containers? It is meant to be chaotic, but are there any organizing principles I should be aware of? The cargo containers ...
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Who will be horrified by the Worldbuilding site? [closed]

Who will be horrified (or angered or distressed) on reading or knowing of the existence of the Worldbuilding Stack Exchange site or any post(s) present on it? By 'who will', I mean any futuristic/...
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Monitoring for people who practice religion

In a dystopic world, amongst many other things, religion has been outlawed and anyone found to be practicing will be punished accordingly. For minor infringements a large fine is given to the citizen....
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The Hive returns: stop robot from attaining godhood in a pure deterministic universe [closed]

The Hive Software Upgrade: Based on the answers provided bellow on : Robots are superior than humans. Prove importance of emotions to them The hive temporary freezes, entering a short "blue screen ...
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How would a society with both Brave New World and Nineteen Eighty-four themes tie together? [closed]

I read Nineteen Eighty-four and became obsessed with it for a while, due to its deep philosophical concepts, and the dim outlook stuck with me for a long while. Admittedly, I also read Brave New World,...
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Would a civilisation be better without nationalities? [closed]

I have often wondered if civilisation would be better off as a single state or country. As an example, instead of being British I would be Earthish, and so would every body else. I don't know how ...
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Life on surrogates [closed]

In this dystopian world, ruled by a plutocracy, everyone experience life on surrogates. Due to very intense and effective advertising, ANYTHING can be sold, including stuff we really don't need (a bit ...
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What major event could disrupt planet Earth's orbit around the Sun?

What artificial disaster could disrupt the orbit of our planet? Not necessarily making it leave the Solar System, but maybe changing its trajectory around the sun. And by artificial, I mean that the ...
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Cyberpunk dystopia mixed with Roaring Twenties

I was looking at the cyperpunk genre, and I noticed that for dystopian futures, they always tend to do big, bad corporations controlling most of everything, with a mostly corrupt police force, and ...
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Would a world run by geniuses be a dystopia? [closed]

In an alternate reality, the world is governed by geniuses. Geniuses may debate on which economic/social theory is most applicable to our world leaving the peasants to fend on their own. Or they may ...
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What happens when the mega corp turns evil? [closed]

Famously, Google's founding motto was "Don't be evil." Imagine, if you will, a corporation called FooTec that, while like Google in interests, capabilities, and assets, has chosen a different path. ...
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How do I get the guards on my side [closed]

Previous question: How to kill a telepathic, defended Person. All rules and effects from previous question/accepted answer still apply. It's been 33 Days since what I/My dictatorship dubbed 'The ...
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What kind of catastrophic event would cause the Earth's atmosphere to thin out?

Is a dystopian future with a thinner atmosphere and heavy snow feasible? Also would that mean that snow clouds formed at lower altitudes?
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What would a dystopia look like if it forgot that it is a dystopia?

What would a world like the heavy dehumanising/totalitarian dystopias like 1984, Anthem, We, Brave new world, Fahrenheit 451 went on so long that people forgot it was a dystopia. Where the population ...
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How could the English language gradually dwindle to just one word?

This excerpt below is from George Orwell's 1984 and it is the character Syme talking about the progress of the official language "Newspeak" and how its goal is to eventually destroy modern language. ...
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One side can make reality warping super-soldiers by sacrificing a few special types of individuals, will the other side be forced to follow suit? [closed]

In this world, there are two opposing allegiances in a state of political and military tension with one another. One side discovers a way to create a device that allows soldiers to have meta-human ...
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Separation of people into classes based on their intelligence and school performance [closed]

Note: the country is a socialist dystopia. I have thought of the following system which could be a fair solution to the problem of different social classes and the distribution of people between them:...
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How could a modern day city lose all connection with the outside world? [closed]

It's modern day, shortly after a devastating war. Similar to Kowloon Walled City in China, both countries involved with the city don't want to care for it and leave it to its own devices. However, ...
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Why could this dystopia work?

The setting : a world at a nexus of realities called the Axis. It's a place where different aspect of reality collide. Elements, though, lights, concepts, shapes... Each of those has its own world ...
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Would geographical borders exist in a near-future world ruled by corporations instead of nation-states?

Following on from my previous question, where we brainstormed the events that might lead up to such a hellish world, I've been thinking over what the social structures and divisions of power might be ...
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What kind of historic event would precipitate a worldwide corporate dystopia?

I have an idea for a story set in a not-too-far future where the political lines of the world map have been redrawn, not by nation-states like France or Belgium but by corporations like MacroCorp, ...