I hope you guys know what a utopia is. If not, click here. Too lazy to click? It's basically an attempt at making a perfect community, state, etc. Good examples of attempts at Utopias include The Giver and Gathering Blue, both by Louis Lowry, Uglies/Pretties/Specials/Extras by Scott Westerfield, or Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, among many others that I can't quite think of right now. Thing is, a bunch of these attempts end up failing because humans are just naturally corrupt, so therefore are unable to create anything perfect. These failed utopias are called "dystopias", hence the name of this topic. I was playing around the idea of making a dystopian RP, where the role players are members of a utopian society (in the future, of course) that goes horribly wrong somehow. But let's not talk about how it goes wrong first; let's talk about how they attempted to make it perfect. ^^ - Weather is controlled by a large dome which only allows a certain amount of sunshine, rain, snow, wind, etc. every day when needed. It's not even real precipitation, just water that's being recycled in the society that rains down through a series of pipes... like the sprinklers in your lawn. Only not from the ground, but te sky. If they ever need more water, the real rain from outside the dome helps, or the officials could just steal some water from the river nearby. - Food is produced in a large farm ran by robots, who've been progammed to know exactly when to plant, harvest, water, etc. the crops. The only animals available for food will be fish and poultry, because red meat is rather unhealthy. Also, organic food ftw~ - The people originally put into this community/project were chosen as babies, following the idea of Locke's "blank slate". These babies were educated into accepting ideals and stuff that the project managers believed were good for a perfect society. - Government is ran by the people, as a true democracy. No representatives, nothing. Laws must be decided as a group, and everyone must participate that's over the age of 21. - Marriage isn't through love, and kids aren't made biologically. Marriage is often pre-determined; basically, you've already been paired up by the time you're born. This is to prevent angst when a boy breaks up with a girl while dating, or vice-versa. Kids are made in a lab, where they combine a sperm and an egg together and then nourish the embryo in some special futuristic device. They do this to ensure that a) the population is stable, and b) the male to female ratio is even. If someone dies, no problem; just make another person that was the same gender as whoever died. - No weapons of any kind, meaning these people don't eat with forks or knives or even sporks (sorry Rachel). Blunt wooden chopsticks are to be used for eating, along with wooden bowls, plates, and spoons. The community is hidden from the outside world because the dome cloaks the area to make it so that it's not detectable by radar and whoever looks at the area only sees an incredibly tall mountain. Or desert. Something like that. - Jobs are rotated monthly to ensure that everyone knows how to do everything. There is also no currency, since you get the amount of food you need depending on your age, height, weight, gender, etc, and everyone wears the same outfit (though of course you have different shirts, but they all just look the same). When a person reaches a certain age, he/she will recieve whatever they need, like a bike, larger clothes, a cell phone, etc. Jobs include taking care of the dome, taking care of the farm, entertainment stuff, mail, and teaching. - Kids who're eight and up also rotate around these jobs, more as apprentices than anything else, every two weeks, up until they're twelve years old. Until then, they learn basic math, science, and grammar at day-school. - There is no religion, to ensure unity. This is because the original members were never taught about religion, so therefore they're agnostics to an extent. - To ensure that nobody gets ill, everybody is vaccinated for every known disease, and for diseases that change regularly, they just get regularly vaccinated. If anyone does get ill, they're sent away to get special medical treatment. If they don't come back within a month, the community proclaims the person dead and gets a replacement (see bullet #5). People with mental problems are also to be sent away, along with those with genetically inherited diseases, autosomal problems (like Down Syndrome), translocation, etc. (those diseases related to genetics, basically) - No outsiders alowed into the community in any way, shape, or form. No technology outside of bicycles, chairs, tables, buildings, clothes, pencil, paper, clipboards, calculators, or cellular phones, which cannot call anyone outside of the community. The only exceptions are the robots that take care of the farm, and the dome. Whew, that's a lot of stuff. I didn't even write everything, though I'm sure these things are bound to change once I post this up because of the variety of opinions and stuff here. XD Anyways, as you can see, a rather nice attempt at a utopia, no? But... of course, everything can go wrong. There's always going to be that one person who questions everything, and sure enough some dude throws a fit outside of his house one day saying that he had a dream, and proclaims that none of this is true, that there's more to life and the earth than this little community, and everything they've learned is a lie. Typical, huh? People get all worked up and his wife and friends have to carry him away or something... but now the community's all worried and stuff, wondering if this guy's right. Eventually, everyone agrees that he's mentally unstable, so they have to send him away. But the cat's been let out of the bag, and chaos ensues~ kinda. So then some kids get together and decide to escape because they realize that this crazy man was right! And they have to find some new place to stay after they've escaped, and yadda yadda~ I dunno. D: But yeah, that's basically my idea so far. Thoughts?