What's the most far-fetched dystopia?

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Dystopias aren't meant to be plausible. They're a reflection of our darkest nature, writ large. Plus we can all think of real-life societies that would seem like ridiculous dystopias if you put them in fiction. But what's the most contrived or implausible dystopia ever invented?

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In honor of The Purge, opening this weekend, we want to know which dystopia you think makes the least sense, as a functioning society. Please include a picture, so we can admire the stark despair of your chosen Hell on Earth.

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Annalee Newitz

I know everybody loves it, but Idiocracy. It makes absolutely no sense, and it's basically an excuse to make fun of caricatures of working-class people and the pop culture they enjoy. Plus "intelligence" isn't something we can quantify, let alone "breed out of" the population using television.