In college, I did a paper called “Utopias and Dystopias in Film.” As far as I could tell, until today, there’s only been 1 real Utopia in all fiction, the Federation of Planets from Star Trek, and even then it is only limited to economics.
There’s been a couple that have been close: San Angeles from Demolition Man and the Empire in Star Wars.
I also checked this list: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Utopian_novels
In general, most so-called Utopian fiction tends to just be satire of whatever current government exists when it was written: the real government does X, the utopian government doesn’t do it or does the opposite.
So I thought, what the hell, I want to make one just for the sake of having an example of a true Utopia.
So, I ask you: what would be necessary for a true Utopia?
What I have so far:
- Immortality, which eliminates the need for reproductive tyranny, medicine, hubris, etc.
- Replicator-type machines that have eliminated want, desire, hunger, money, etc.
- Supercomputers that can calculate huge, multiple variables so that the outcome of anything can be determined with science instead of war.
- Time travel: any past event can be changed, thus eliminating regret. New timelines are created that branch from the old, and people can travel between alternate timelines as well.
My main hypothesis is that the main cause of human suffering is human nature itself. Every religion, philosophy, culture, etc. in the world since the history of time has some version of the 7 Deadly Sins, a.k.a. the 4 Hinderances, the 5 Poisons, etc. Since the beginning of humanity, we’ve been dealing with the same problem: ourselves. Even those cultures who did manage to be successful for a time (Macedonians, Romans, British, etc.) eventually fell victim to hubris.
In modern examples of Utopias, it seems that the goal is to work within humanity’s limits…they’ve all failed for pretty much the same reason non-utopias fail: human nature.