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The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In

Updated December 14, 2019 6.0k votes 643 voters 7.5k 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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    Alita: Battle Angel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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    The 100 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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    The Empire is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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    The Empire

    From Star Wars
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    Revolution is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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    The Community is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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    The Community

    The Giver
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    Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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    Alphaville is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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    Alphaville

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    Divergent is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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    Terra Alpha is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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    Terra Alpha

    Doctor Who
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    Skaro is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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    Skaro

    Doctor Who
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    Oceania is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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    Oceania

    1984
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    The Glade is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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    The Glade

    The Maze Runner
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    The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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    The Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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    The Planet of the Apes

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    Alex's England is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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    Alex's England

    A Clockwork Orange
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    Gotham is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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    The Walking Dead Universe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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    The Walking Dead Universe

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

    Firefly
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    Imperium of Man is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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    Imperium of Man

    Warhammer 40K (Games Workshop)
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    The Twelve Colonies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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    The Twelve Colonies

    Battlestar Galactica (2nd version) 
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    The United Citizen Federation is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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    The United Citizen Federation

    Starship Troopers
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    Ba Sing Se is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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    Ba Sing Se

    Avatar: The Last Airbender
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    Mad Max is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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    The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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    Escape from New York is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fictional Dystopias to Live In
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