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What was the first SciFi book/movie that has a species or other large group whose ethics is deliberately built based on game theory?

Doesn't have to use the word "Game Theory", as long as the concept is clear enough that anyone reading who knows what Game Theory is right away can recognize it.

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I was tempted to say "Ender's Game" but while some facets of game theory actually showed up in context of ethics/morality in the sequels (or especially, prequel short stories), I don't think they were shown in "Ender's Game" itself.

But thinking about Ender's Game led me to a much ealier work that should satisfy the requirement: Heinlein's 1959 "Starship Troopers" (the RAH book, not the "let's buy the rights and totally pervert 100% of the book" movie).

In the book, one of the central themes is political/ethical theory - presented as lessons Rico attends in History and Moral Philosophy classes - that, leaving aside its particulars, is basically Game Theory.

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Been some time since I read Starship Troopers, so cna't be sure, but from what I remember the main pieces of philosophy were regarding the military. The only political philosophy I remember is the one in which he argues why only people who serve in the military should get to vote. – apoorv020 Jun 24 '12 at 14:24
@apoorv020 - there's lots more. – DVK-in-exile Jun 24 '12 at 16:36

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