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The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In

Updated December 14, 2019 6.0k votes 647 voters 7.6k views57 items

List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    Alita: Battle Angel
    88
    18
  • 2
    The 100
    146
    113
  • 3
    The Empire
    130
    118

    The Empire

    From Star Wars
  • 4
    Revolution
    60
    59
  • 5
    The Community
    63
    65

    The Community

    The Giver
  • 6
    Alphaville
    58
    60

    Alphaville

  • 7
    Blade Runner
    86
    95
  • 8
    Divergent
    94
    107
  • 9
    Terra Alpha
    51
    55

    Terra Alpha

    Doctor Who
  • 10
    Skaro
    46
    55

    Skaro

    Doctor Who
  • 11
    Oceania
    47
    56

    Oceania

    1984
  • 12
    The Glade
    74
    94

    The Glade

    The Maze Runner
  • 13
    The Matrix
    97
    131
  • 14
    The Planet of the Apes
    83
    114

    The Planet of the Apes

  • 15
    Alex's England
    40
    54

    Alex's England

    A Clockwork Orange
  • 16
    The United Citizen Federation
    72
    102

    The United Citizen Federation

    Starship Troopers
  • 17
    Gotham
    70
    99
  • 18
    The Alliance
    83
    118

    The Alliance

    Firefly
  • 19
    The Twelve Colonies
    69
    98

    The Twelve Colonies

    Battlestar Galactica (2nd version) 
  • 20
    The Walking Dead Universe
    82
    119

    The Walking Dead Universe

  • 21
    Ba Sing Se
    59
    85

    Ba Sing Se

    Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • 22
    Imperium of Man
    33
    47

    Imperium of Man

    Warhammer 40K (Games Workshop)
  • 23
    Mad Max
    62
    92
  • 24
    The Expanse
    31
    48
  • 25
    Escape from New York
    36
    55