I am searching for a word that describes a politically corrupt world/universe in particular an antonym to the word cosmos. I have searched thesaurus.com and came up with nothing. I have considered the word dystopian but discarded it as it does not imply being politically corrupt.

  • Please submit this to Worldbuilding SE. Commented Sep 28, 2015 at 13:33
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    The word cosmos does not imply a lack of corruption. Are you really after an antonym?
    – Chenmunka
    Commented Sep 28, 2015 at 13:55
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    I don't think there's an antonym to cosmos. The world/universe is called so because of the laws of nature; man had no hand in it. On the other hand, it's man who make it corrupt. So you can say politically corrupt, anarchic. or chaotic world.
    – Khan
    Commented Sep 28, 2015 at 14:07
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    What would the opposite of cosmos even mean? Nothingness? Commented Sep 28, 2015 at 15:29
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    Maybe it's the Greek origin of the word that caused the confusion? "kosmos: order, good order, orderly arrangement"
    – John B
    Commented Sep 28, 2015 at 16:46

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While the reference is obscure nowadays, you could call your universe a Tammany Hall. For a more current term, kleptocracy certainly is widely used to refer to corrupt regimes.

And I agree with the comments: "cosmos" in no way implies lack of corruption.

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