An Outside Context Problem
is a concept from the science fiction
author Iain M. Banks
. It describes esentially any problem that a civilization
usually only faces once. His book Excession
deals with The Culture
coming head-to-head with an OCP.
He describes an OCP as this (loosely): Imagine you are in a group of people happily living off the land, inventing the wheel, harnessing water, when all of a sudden a group of massive steel ships appear with no sails and steam coming off the tops. They have large sticks that make a lot of noise, they're big into gifts to their emperor called "taxes" and their glowing-eyed religous men would like a word with your priests...