How do my PA civilizations rebuild after a depletion of the planet’s natural fuels?
Even with a wealth of information to rebuild, would civilization still be permanently stunted due to being unable to become industrialized?
Somehow, all the information to rebuild civilization is preserved within a newly discovered vault archive, which is discovered three thousand years later. Of course, throughout the years numerous vault archives were discovered. Each vault was made to have an AI, a “Librarian/Interactive Encyclopedia” of sorts. This AI can translate PA world languages given a short time, then communicate a reply. The vault also contains both an extensive digital and physical library. It can 3D print read more reading materials, albeit, in limited supply. Though it can recycle certain kinds of organic matter to process more.
Most archives were brought to ruin and some had their data stores corrupted. Only one, as far as if known, had an AI which was intact, but the most of its data still corrupted. All vaults were run on a geothermal energy source.
Pre-Apocalypse in my Earth-like Sci-Fantasy World
In my story, civilization reached an Early Space Age, and depleted most of the world’s natural fuel resources. Of course, during this time it was able to find and harvest alternatives fuels (solar, geothermal, asteroid mining, etc). This Early Space Age technology was still in its infancy, and being reliant upon such technology made it extremely vulnerable.
Space Technologies Do not know if this is very relevant… I may expand more if there is need for more information or clarification.
STL Travel - It relied on slower than light speed travel.
Androids (unknown by common people to be genetically modified Lab-Grown Humans) – Used for colonization. Still this was a failed attempt to create a subservient labor force that could perform actions that current mechanical robots could not. Major cultural implications but irrelevant to topic…
Generation Ships – This technology was unreliable. These were manufactured by private corporations. Most that went were impoverished or oppressed minorities (such as the androids) to colonize distant star systems. These were practically desperate attempts to colonize other Earth-like worlds in distant star systems.
Story-wise I am hoping to stunt the technological growth of my civilization to the High Middle Ages/ Renaissance period. Still some Early Space Age gadgets survived and are not completely understood and are unable to be created, but able to be maintained to persist. The apocalypse occurs during an Early Space Age. Three thousand years after the apocalypse most machines are not functional, except for the vaults (more on those further on). There are plenty of raw materials able to be scrapped from ruins. It is my reasoning that, even with all the information on hand, one would need to rebuild civilization in technological stages, like a pyramid.
NOTE The civilization technology wise, in the story, is in a Medieval Period, and human populations are now reflective of that period. The highest population in a country is estimated at 10 million.