D is for Dystopia or Utopia?

AtoZ2019DDystopia: An imagined state or society in which there is great suffering or injustice, typically one that is totalitarian or post-apocalyptic / condition of life is extremely bad, as from deprivation, oppression, or terror / society in which social or technological trends have culminated in a greatly diminished quality of life or degradation of values.

Utopia: An ideally perfect place or state of things in which everything is perfect in its social, political, and moral aspects.

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iscussing to myself if this work in progress is the Utopia I have initially thought, has taken me running in circles.

For starter´s, there´s this beautiful bunch of characters that would do the delight of the Furry fandom, and just the idea of showing up to the book signing fully dressed as my main character gives me the thrills, but there´s so much more than corsets, googles, furry costumes and that feeling of strolling at a reinassance fair.

Definitely, the deities – Goddesses and demigods – play an important role in the creation and status quo of the world, shaping it, creating a beautiful environment, plenty of vegetation and wild animales in every ecosystem, from the valleys where most people have settled, to the deserts and seaside, where seamonsters lurk and become a great attraction for freak shows when caught alive.

Demigods, on the other hand, have a way of maintaining the order of things just as they were, and delegating the punishment for wrongdoers to the Inquisition. All is done for the greater good, of course.

People live in either cozy medieval mountain villages, and the main populations are already enjoying the perks of modern stampunk inventions, and all the drawbacks that modern life stress, poverty and pollution might bring.

All creatures live in a peaceful environment, either humans, minotaurs, or tigers inhabit mixed cities, although there are also many remote towns where one race might prefer to live without mingling with others. Crossbreeding is a capital sin all throughout the world, and some take it as literally as to avoid any contact or commerce outside their race.

Every country has their monarch, the royal family maintaining the inherited power, although there´s a main Kingdom, the one where the Goddesses supposely set foot at two occasions, and therefore is called the Navel of the World, and the Monarch is designed by a prophecy instead of a Dinasty. The Goddesses whisper the name to The Matriarchy of the Sacred Mercy, or that´s what they claim.

Sometimes wars spread among countries, or make truces and join forces against barbarians and pirates. Outcasts of countries who prefer to live godless and lawless.

The only thing that has prevented other kingdoms for conquering this, the richest kingdom of all, is the divine warning that, if ever living creature shall break the balance of the Kingdom, the entire world will end. Religion is the main ruler therefore, and the one deciding over the lives of the citizens so far.

Despite of it, nobody seemes concerned, things had always been that way, and there´s no use in changing them. The entertain themselves with sacred festivities, like the harvest festival, (sorry, no Xmas) or the spring solstice, where heretics are burned, and festivities and banquets are thrown to all the pious onlookers. Panem et circenses. (Bread and circuses)

 

*What do you think of the `perfect´ way of living of Aroura´s creatures so far? Follow me tomorrow to the next post: E is for the Evil Overlords and other clichés.

If you missed the former posts, you can find them here:

1. A is for Auto-da-Fé

2. B is for Bestiary and Anthropomorphic creatures

3. C is for Cyborgs

*Here you can go to the Linky to the #BlogchatterA2Z post´s for the letter D

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Poster: Steampunk images Taringa!

I´d love to hear from you. if you have any comment, or want to know more about this story, you can post a comment. Also, if you are doing the #AtoZChallenge, please drop here your link, I´d be happy to read your blog posts. 😀

8 thoughts on “D is for Dystopia or Utopia?

  1. I don’t think it’s either. It’s not utopia if there are drawbacks to progress and steampunk inventions, and not dystopia if most of the population is living in a happy, idealistic setting.
    Though it makes me curious – if your story is leaning toward utopia because of all of the “ideal” things you described – where is the conflict that would push the story forward? Utopias aren’t really adventure-spawning settings after all. 🙂

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    1. Thanks, I know, at the moment it sounds quite mild, all rainbows and flowers. I’m trying to link the main conflict with the environment. I was going to write about it near the end of the month, but you are right. I’ll check where can I add something sooner.

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  2. Hannie,

    I’m sorry for dropping the ball with my visits. It seems we both got derailed this month. lol No doubt, it’ll take me a few days to catch up on your A2Z daily entries but I shall work on them through completion. Thank you for joining me during April in my Little Mermaid art sketch series.

    I did two post enteries for the letter ‘D’ . First, my pencil drawing of Dudley and a second post updating Dudley in living color! 😉

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