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

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59 30
Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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66 58
Divergent is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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82 77
The Alliance is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
The Alliance
Firefly

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59 50
Gotham is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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64 60
The Twelve Colonies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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Battlestar Galactica (2nd version) 

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46 40
Mad Max is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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78 80
The Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
The Planet of the Apes

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80 93
The Walking Dead Universe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
The Walking Dead Universe

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67 79
The United Citizen Federation is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
The United Citizen Federation
Starship Troopers

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61 76
The Glade is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
The Glade
The Maze Runner

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51 62
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

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68 103
Panem is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Panem
The Hunger Games

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20 30
The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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24 38
Escape from New York is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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44 72
Brazil is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Brazil

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42 69
The Axiom is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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From Wall-E

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31 52
City of Ember is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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22 37
Equilibrium is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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32 56
Dark City is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Dark City

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25 47
Revolution is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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17 33
Rollerball is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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16 34
The Omega Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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