SciFi and Fantasy The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In  

Jacob Shelton
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List Rules Vote up the nightmarish imaginary societies that you actually wouldn't mind living in.

If science fiction tells us anything, it’s that a perfect society ruled by one person, or a shadow government made up of robots or whatever is a bad thing. But just because you live in a world controlled by the NWO or cyber gangsters who keep everyone plugged onto the Internet doesn’t mean that you can’t have a nice time. Since the 18th century, writers have been employing fictional dystopian worlds to get their point across about government oversight, political correctness, or whatever world issue is stuck in their craw. But, let’s be real, some of the fictional dystopias just aren’t that bad. Sure, no one wants to have to fight to the death on TV, but what if you just got to watch people fight to the death while you got wear wacky hair and eat all the food you want? All of a sudden the world of The Hunger Games doesn’t sound so bad! Take a look at these dystopian societies and think about which one you’d rather live in.

Choosing the best dystopian society isn’t easy. For every promise of free soma and evening of meaningless sex, there’s a Kafka-esque bureaucratic nightmare waiting around the corner. The examples of dystopia on this list range from young adult fiction like The Giver, to definitely for adults only works like A Clockwork Orange. All of the worlds collected here are different, so it’s up to you to figure out which work of fiction contains your favorite dystopian society.

Remember to vote up the nightmarish imaginary societies that you actually wouldn't mind living in, because Big Brother is always watching!
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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Dahrmaguy added The 100

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The Empire is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
andrew-scott-brooks added The Empire From Star Wars

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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
OCD Man added Blade Runner

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The Twelve Colonies is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Clark Benson added The Twelve Colonies Battlestar Galactica (2nd version) 

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The Alliance is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
The Alliance Firefly

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
andrew-scott-brooks added The Matrix

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The Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
The Planet of the Apes

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Mad Max is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
OCD Man added Mad Max

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The Walking Dead Universe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
The Walking Dead Universe

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Divergent is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Dahrmaguy added Divergent

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The United Citizen Federation is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
The United Citizen Federation Starship Troopers

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Gotham is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
gordan-prakiš added Gotham

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The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
lokresia added The Expanse

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Ba Sing Se is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Ba Sing Se Avatar: The Last Airbender

Live Action Films with the Best CGI Effects

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Brazil is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Brazil

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Equilibrium is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
MatthewGill added Equilibrium

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The Glade is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
The Glade The Maze Runner

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City of Ember is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
LaChance added City of Ember

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Dark City is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Dark City

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Panem is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Panem The Hunger Games

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Into the Badlands is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Luke Albright added Into the Badlands

Fictional Sidekicks You'd Most Want as a Best Friend

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Alphaville is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Alphaville

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The Axiom is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
andrew-scott-brooks added The Axiom From Wall-E

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Escape from New York is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
OCD Man added Escape from New York

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The Omega Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
OCD Man added The Omega Man

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Revolution is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Dahrmaguy added Revolution

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Rollerball is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
OCD Man added Rollerball

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A Boy and His Dog is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Daniel Dreisbach added A Boy and His Dog

The Coolest Fictional Objects You Most Want to Own

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Uglies is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Ms.green added Uglies

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The World of Logan's Run is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
The World of Logan's Run

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OASIS is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
OASIS Ready Player One

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Elysium is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Elysium

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The Community is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
The Community The Giver

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The World State is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
The World State Brave New World

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Imperium of Man is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Imperium of Man Warhammer 40K (Games Workshop)

The Scariest Animals in the World

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Skaro is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Skaro Doctor Who

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Terra Alpha is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Terra Alpha Doctor Who

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Oceania is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Oceania 1984

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The Sprawl is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
The Sprawl Neuromancer

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Alex's England is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Alex's England A Clockwork Orange

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Republic of Greater East Asia is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Republic of Greater East Asia Battle Royale

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The Road is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Dahrmaguy added The Road

Things You Should Know About The Illuminati

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The Vortex is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
The Vortex Zardoz

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The Terran Federation is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
The Terran Federation Blake's 7

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Ad Hoc is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Ad Hoc Virtual Light

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Pollen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Pollen Jeff Noon

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Republic of Gilead is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Republic of Gilead The Handmaid's Tale

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The Circle is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
The Circle

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West-Dem and Pac-Peop is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
West-Dem and Pac-Peop The Penultimate Truth

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New Chusan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
New Chusan The Diamond Age