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A nuclear apocalypse happens and what not. 500 years later the region of Southern California has devolved into primitive and backwards tribes that are often at war with each other.

In this story, my main character helps one tribe defeat two others in a war to control the water resources in the area.

The thing is, it would make more sense for the clans to just relocate somewhere else instead of staying. My question is, what would be a logical reason for the tribes to not leave the area?

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  • $\begingroup$ Welcome to the site, Talos. This questions seems to be about plot elements of a story, not about designing aspects of a world. For plot based questions, there are as many different answers as there are people with imagination. Here at Worldbuilding, we want to have questions that have only a single 'right' answer. I'm voting to close this as 'primarily story based.' You could rephrase your question as a reality check, where you propose a solution as ask us if it works: "Is X a logical reason for tribe to not leave the area?" $\endgroup$ – kingledion Apr 21 '18 at 4:40
  • $\begingroup$ Glad to see another Fallout fan. I think the question is primarily opinion based, though - why people choose to stay or go is usually personal and emotional. $\endgroup$ – Renan Apr 21 '18 at 5:29
  • $\begingroup$ If you ignore the origin, this is simply a situation that has arisen countless times in history with every variation and outcome imaginable. History will tell you that sense has little to do with why things happen. $\endgroup$ – StephenG Apr 21 '18 at 5:37
  • $\begingroup$ The radiation is gone after 10 years. The bullets are gone or useless after 100 years. After 200 years all the plant life has grown back. Moving a community is a pain, it's usually easier to fight than to migrate unless the opponent has overwhelming force. But my real question is, since most of the world's tech was developed in the last 150 of our years, why are they still primitive? They should have been back to sending satellites into orbit 200 years ago. $\endgroup$ – JBH Apr 21 '18 at 5:50
  • $\begingroup$ @StephenG : "History will tell you that sense has little to do with why things happen" you should perhaps look more to Geography then (the bit of the curriculum my teacher called human geography when I was at school), it nearly always makes sense, you might ask why people continue to build & live on flood planes, the answer is as my teacher continually repeated "cheap flat land", not to mention ready availability of water for drinking, transport & industry (in earlier times), if (in hindsight) you don't know why (the broader flow of) history is as it is you're just not looking at it right. $\endgroup$ – Pelinore Apr 21 '18 at 6:22
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Because they can't leave without putting themselves in danger.

  • There are other tribes living around. In order to take their area, the tribe would have to fight them.
  • Large parts of the region is a desert and a nuclear war is not going to make the area more livable. They are surrounded by deserts and/or mountains and the most likely place to settle is far away. The trip to get there could be dangerous.
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  • $\begingroup$ Add in the tropes of mutated animals etc... $\endgroup$ – nzaman Apr 21 '18 at 7:41

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