View More From This Series And aroundindentured servitude became a cornerstone in the global economy. Ironically this happens after robots gain human-equivalent rights with some exceptions. Robots can be indentured to their manufacturers for up to 10 years, to pay off the cost of their construction. Advertisement We barely hear about any of this backstory in Autonomous, but I wanted to have these events straight in my mind so that I understood what my characters were dealing with.
Obliteration of the Self or Death Worshipwhose core territories are ChinaJapanKorea and Indochina The perpetual war is fought for control of the "disputed area" lying "between the frontiers of the super-states", which forms "a rough parallelogram with its corners at TangierBrazzavilleDarwin and Hong Kong ",  and Northern Africa, the Middle East, India and Indonesia are where the superstates capture and use slave labour.
Fighting also takes place between Eurasia and Eastasia in ManchuriaMongolia and Central Asia, and all three powers battle one another over various Atlantic and Pacific islands.
The only references to the exterior world for the Oceanian citizenry the Outer Party and the Proles are Ministry of Truth maps and propaganda to ensure their belief in "the war". Eurasia was formed when the Soviet Union conquered Continental Europe, creating a single state stretching from Portugal to the Bering Strait.
Eurasia does not include the British Isles because the United States annexed them along with the rest of the British Empire and Latin America, thus establishing Oceania and gaining control over a quarter of the planet.
Eastasiathe last superstate established, emerged only after "a decade of confused fighting". It includes the Asian lands conquered by China and Japan. The annexation of Britain occurred about the same time as the atomic war that provoked civil war, but who fought whom in the war is left unclear.
Nuclear weapons fell on Britain; an atomic bombing of Colchester is referenced in the text. Exactly how Ingsoc and its rival systems Neo-Bolshevism and Death Worship gained power in their respective countries is also unclear.
While the precise chronology cannot be traced, most of the global societal reorganization occurred between and the early s. Winston and Julia once meet in the ruins of a church that was destroyed in a nuclear attack "thirty years" earlier, which suggests as the year of the atomic war that destabilised society and allowed the Party to seize power.
It is stated in the novel that the "fourth quarter of " was "also the sixth quarter of the Ninth Three-Year Plan", which implies that the first quarter of the first three-year plan began in July By then, the Party was apparently in control of Oceania.
Perpetual war Inthere is a perpetual war between Oceania, Eurasia and Eastasia, the superstates that emerged from the global atomic war. The Theory and Practice of Oligarchical Collectivism, by Emmanuel Goldstein, explains that each state is so strong it cannot be defeated, even with the combined forces of two superstates, despite changing alliances.
To hide such contradictions, history is rewritten to explain that the new alliance always was so; the populaces are accustomed to doublethink and accept it.
The war is not fought in Oceanian, Eurasian or Eastasian territory but in the Arctic wastes and in a disputed zone comprising the sea and land from Tangiers Northern Africa to Darwin Australia. The public are blind to the change; in mid-sentence, an orator changes the name of the enemy from "Eurasia" to "Eastasia" without pause.
When the public are enraged at noticing that the wrong flags and posters are displayed, they tear them down; the Party later claims to have captured Africa. By using up most of the produced objects like boots and rations, the proles are kept poor and uneducated and will neither realise what the government is doing nor rebel.
The military technology in the novel differs little from that of World War II, but strategic bomber aeroplanes are replaced with rocket bombshelicopters were heavily used as weapons of war they did not figure in World War II in any form but prototypes and surface combat units have been all but replaced by immense and unsinkable Floating Fortresses, island-like contraptions concentrating the firepower of a whole naval task force in a single, semi-mobile platform in the novel, one is said to have been anchored between Iceland and the Faroe Islandssuggesting a preference for sea lane interdiction and denial.
Living standards[ edit ] The society of Airstrip One and, according to "The Book", almost the whole world, lives in poverty: Ruined cities and towns are common: Social decay and wrecked buildings surround Winston; aside from the ministerial pyramids, little of London was rebuilt.
Members of the Outer Party consume synthetic foodstuffs and poor-quality "luxuries" such as oily gin and loosely-packed cigarettes, distributed under the "Victory" brand.
They were smoked because it was easier to import them from India than it was to import American cigarettes from across the Atlantic because of the War of the Atlantic. Winston describes something as simple as the repair of a broken pane of glass as requiring committee approval that can take several years and so most of those living in one of the blocks usually do the repairs themselves Winston himself is called in by Mrs.
Parsons to repair her blocked sink. All Outer Party residences include telescreens that serve both as outlets for propaganda and to monitor the Party members; they can be turned down, but they cannot be turned off. In contrast to their subordinates, the Inner Party upper class of Oceanian society reside in clean and comfortable flats in their own quarter of the city, with pantries well-stocked with foodstuffs such as wine, coffee and sugar, all denied to the general populace.
All members of the Inner Party are attended to by slaves captured in the disputed zone, and "The Book" suggests that many have their own motorcars or even helicopters. At the same time, the proles are freer and less intimidated than the middle-class Outer Party: They lack telescreens in their own homes and often jeer at the telescreens that they see.
The model demands tight control of the middle class, with ambitious Outer-Party members neutralised via promotion to the Inner Party or "reintegration" by the Ministry of Love, and proles can be allowed intellectual freedom because they lack intellect.You are basically describing about 85% of all the science fiction books ever written.
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