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

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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

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The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
andrew-scott-brooks added

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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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Divergent is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Dahrmaguy added

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The Twelve Colonies is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Clark Benson added The Twelve Colonies Battlestar Galactica (2nd version) 

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

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The Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
The Planet of the Apes

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Gotham is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
gordan-prakiš added

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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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65 76
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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49 60
Ba Sing Se is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Ba Sing Se Avatar: The Last Airbender

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57 72
The Glade is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
The Glade The Maze Runner

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

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

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Escape from New York is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
OCD Man added

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44 70
Brazil is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Brazil

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The Axiom is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
andrew-scott-brooks added The Axiom From Wall-E

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31 49
City of Ember is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
LaChance added

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Dark City is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Dark City

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

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Rollerball is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
OCD Man added

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Revolution is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Dahrmaguy added

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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

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The World of Logan's Run is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
The World of Logan's Run

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23 49
Alphaville is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Alphaville

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31 64
Elysium is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Elysium

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Into the Badlands is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Luke Albright added

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Uglies is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Ms.green added Uglies

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The Community is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
The Community The Giver

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OASIS is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
OASIS Ready Player One

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Imperium of Man is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Imperium of Man Warhammer 40K (Games Workshop)

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Terra Alpha is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Terra Alpha Doctor Who

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21 55
Skaro is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Skaro Doctor Who

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The Road is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Dahrmaguy added

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21 56
Oceania is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Oceania 1984

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20 56
The World State is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
The World State Brave New World

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A Boy and His Dog is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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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 Sprawl is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
The Sprawl Neuromancer

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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 Circle is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
The Circle

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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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The Terran Federation is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
The Terran Federation Blake's 7

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

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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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Union Grove, New York is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
Union Grove, New York Word Made by Hand