Science Fiction Story Ideas – Part 11: Politics

Science Fiction Story Ideas

Politics

Utopia/ Dystopia

  • Robotic technology becomes cheap enough that, worldwide, everyone can quit their jobs. Robotic valets take over the mundane chores of life, like cooking, cleaning, even basic hygiene. Generations later, a change in the earth’s magnetic field renders all of humanity’s technology useless. People have to relearn how to do the most basic things for themselves.
  • As robotic technology develops, more and more humans drop out of the workforce, having no need to work. The politicians watching these developments realize that, if people don’t have to spend most of their time and energy working, they will begin to question the need for a government. A government hoax creates millions of new jobs, jobs that only humans can fill.
  • A powerful advertising company announces that it is building its own city. Fifty thousand people move in and are given free food and housing, as long as they watch commercials on television. However, the advertising quickly moves from television to the real world, and become more and more intrusive, gradually increasing to the level of psychological torture.
  • Earth’s newest immigrants are a group of aliens called the Givers. The aliens live to serve, and anyone under their care is given food, shelter and clothing, all for free. Soon no one works, and everyone on earth is completely dependant on the Givers. The Givers begin to attach rules to their service: no staying out late, no drinking or smoking, no overeating, no reading, no criticizing the Givers… As the Givers become increasingly strict, earth becomes one giant prison.
  • In a distant future, robots have taken over all manual labor. The only thing humans have left to do is create literature, music and art. Years later, to the horror of the world’s artistic community, a computer programmer develops an A.I. that can write poetry.
  • A pharmaceutical company develops cures for all sexually transmitted diseases and completely effective birth control. The earth rejoices to be free from sexual restraint. As sleeping with a stranger becomes common, so do serial killers.
  • Crime is finally eliminated through the simple procedure of broadcasting everyone’s lives on national television, 24 hours a day.

Galactic Empire

  • A small, backwater planet is the only source of Grubbers, a delicious, shrimp-like animal. Grubbers become such a popular food that controlling the supply becomes the key to controlling the galactic economy.
  • A gigantic breed of locusts comes to control the galaxy. Any planet attempting to rebel is attacked by a swarm and devoured.
  • A homeless man on earth is abducted by aliens who inform him that he is the reincarnated emperor of the galaxy. The homeless man stares out the ship’s portholes as they leave earth and head for the Royal Throne World.
  • Humanity finally encounters intelligent life in the universe, only to discover that the entire galaxy is controlled by The Ancient Church. Earth is told to convert to the alien religion or suffer the consequences.
  • The rest of the Galactic Empire considers earth a dangerous planet, full of hostile and warlike creatures. The emperor assigns a team of space pirates to watch for astronauts leaving earth, to make sure they never discover the existence of the Empire.
  • An alien planet uses its army to kidnap the most beautiful women in the galaxy, forcing them into sexual slavery. They are showered with wealth, turning their planet-sized brothel into a galactic empire.
  • In the Galactic Empire, the emperors are elected democratically and serve for life. When the emperor has a heart attack, his assistants decide to conceal his death. They can run the universe as long as everyone is convinced the emperor is still alive.

Tyrannical or Worldwide Government

  • A small group of college professors takes control of the earth after they discover how to control the one thing everyone needs: gravity. They appear on television and announce that “Gravity is now twenty dollars a day. Pay up, or float off into space!”
  • When a new cult is able to summon UFOs, the earth’s governments are terrified into surrendering. However, a religious skeptic discovers that the UFOs are not what they seem.
  • The earth is bathed in cosmic radiation, giving a small number of people psychic abilities. The gifted few band together to conquer the world. Decades later, a highschool janitor discovers that he is immune to telepathy, and the rebellion begins.
  • The worldwide government legislates that any babies born will be removed from their parents and sent to a gigantic city called The Nursery. There, the children will be force-fed propaganda in the guise of education, and taught to love the government and be good, unquestioning taxpayers.
  • A group of teenagers discovers that the government is using hypnosis to convince citizens that they are paying taxes willingly.
  • In the near future, the government watches all its citizens with omnipresent security cameras. A handful of people working in a television studio discover that they can use their equipment to control the security cameras, making the government see whatever they want it to see.
  • At birth, each human is assigned a robot called a Guardian. Each human is followed by a Guardian, twenty-four hours a day, for their entire lives. Guardians give advice, solve problems, and protect their humans from danger. Guardians constantly remind their humans that the government is good, kind, and necessary. Guardians also remind their humans of the rules, and the punishment for breaking them.
  • Worldwide Entertainment Monitoring offers an unusual service: anyone with an account is watched 24/7. WEM tracks the music they listen to, the books they read, the movies they watch, the food they eat, and more. This information is used to give users recommendations on books, music, and movies that they will probably enjoy. Also, they can use the service to find users with similar tastes, who will make excellent friends or romantic partners. Unbeknownst to them, the government also keeps track of the data, using it to predict crimes. If you read the same books as a murderer, you are considered “suspicious”, and immediately arrested.
  • In order to keep the population under control, the government gives away a drug called “Bliss.” As the name implies, the drug keeps everyone perfectly happy and content, virtually eliminating political unrest. It also lowers their lifespan, insuring that the planet never gets too crowded. When some people are reluctant to take the pills, the government simply dumps the drug into the water supply. A small group of rebels must search for uncontaminated water, so they can be clear-headed enough to challenge the government.