I am trying to write a TV series based on the ""virus kill all adults" popular premise.

The difference is that it should be very realistic and based on research in biology, sociology etc.

The second thing- the plot location is in the border between Israel an Gaza dealing with the Arab -Israeli conflict.

In this apocalyptic situation would the two societies of children still conflict ?

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    $\begingroup$ Is there a certain age? 17 and 18 year olds can be much different from 14- below $\endgroup$ Apr 28, 2018 at 6:57
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    $\begingroup$ You live in a world where people of all ages can split into poisonously opposed groups over the most trivial internet drivel (e.g. games A v. game B) and you ask if two societies of children would be in conflict in a world driven by resource scarcity ? Practically a certainty, I'd say. $\endgroup$ Apr 28, 2018 at 12:23
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    $\begingroup$ Yes: Lord of the Flies. $\endgroup$
    – RonJohn
    Apr 28, 2018 at 15:30
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    $\begingroup$ For a good idea of what kids do when left almost completely to their own devices look up a documentary title "Children of Leningradsky." Its a 2005 polish documentary about orphans in Russia who live in the subway tunnels and basically have zero adult supervision or guidance. Its pretty dark stuff. $\endgroup$
    – TCAT117
    Apr 28, 2018 at 20:43

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It could go either way, but I'd lean towards cooperation.

I saw a documentary a few years back (which I unfortunately can't find at the moment) about a group of Israeli and Palestinian kids who were brought together for a while. As best I remember it, the kids entered with the prejudices they inherited from their parents, but upon meeting each other they abandoned them pretty quickly and became friends.

I don't remember if any of the kids had been directly impacted by the conflict. I also don't remember the ages of the kids.

What I understood from that was that the hatred and prejudice that fuel the conflict are taught to the youth at a very young age. But at the same time they are more flexible and will more quickly forget their differences than adults would in the right circumstances. And external threats are excellent at uniting people.

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    $\begingroup$ +1 for external threats are excellent at uniting people. Get a big enough external threat and some of the adults might start cooperating. $\endgroup$
    – bendl
    Apr 28, 2018 at 11:39
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    $\begingroup$ @bendl If the scenario is true to form. The adults should be dead. Cultural reinforcement comes through institutions which are usually run by adults. In a catastrophic situation like this, cooperation is more important than conflict. Working together is a wonderful survival mechanism. Plus one for childhood flexibility. $\endgroup$
    – a4android
    Apr 28, 2018 at 12:35

superstition supplants science

Imagine if there was nobody around to teach a kid that there isn't a monster under their bed. Instead of mom or dad demonstrating that there is no such thing as monsters and providing a sense of security and control to soothe the child and allow them to develop past the fear and paranoia there is nobody there except other kids who also believe there is a monster under the bed. The monster eventually comes to be an evil spirit responsible for taking children away in the dead of night that must be appeased with regular and brutal sacrifice. They come to earnestly believe that the world is filled with spirits and monsters and demons, and honestly and fully believe that only the crude totems they wear and odd rituals they perform are all that stand between them and the ravenous darkness.

"Societies" Become Highly Tribal

People like to say that humans are a herd animal, but that's not quite right, humans are in point of fact a tribal animal. criminal Gangs, sports fans, political groups, friend cliques, these are all just expressions of human's instinct to gather together around something in common and enshrine it within a system of totems and rituals. Think sports fandom redone a bit more simply "The clan of Sea-hawks of Seattle are to be in combat with the tribe of the Broncos of Denver, let us consume alcohol and begin the chants of victory as our chosen champions do battle!" Ditto for your orphaned young-un's. They will not be a society or civilization as we know it, but rather a chiefdom of primitive living tribes probably loosely organised around a constantly changing power structure of competing strong-men and warlords who hold power only for as long s they can defend it or provide prosperity. Think if your society was governed by a king of the hill game. Chiefdom's are not quite kingdoms, they are too small and tend to only be bit bigger than how far a strong-man and his warriors can walk in a few days containing only a few thousand individuals at best.

It Remain's Primitive For Quite Some Time

All of this wonderful technology exists because we have a lot of resources and free time. I don't have to build my own house, fashion weapons to defend it, grow or hunt all of my own food, etc etc so I am able to specialize in a task that does not concern food, water, shelter or security. When society is taken back to where these 4 basic human necessities are the primary concern of day to day life it tends to create a scenario where you are so busy being concerned with ensuring day to day existence that you cannot stop and ponder anything but those necessities. Finding or growing food and not getting attacked by somebody else equally hungry whilst trying to build literally every tool you need will be what the majority of everybody's time is spent on. This will ensure that technological or social progress is stunted fairly significantly. Your children survivors and their descendants will basically have to rebuild human progress starting from the iron age or possibly even further regressed.

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    $\begingroup$ Probably even further back, because the surviving children will have no clue how to run anything, maintain anything, build anything or advance anything. I'd give it six months, tops, and there won't be any "Israelis" or "Palestinians" at all, just mobs of kids fighting over the scraps and leftovers that remain in the shops. $\endgroup$
    – elemtilas
    Apr 28, 2018 at 16:09
  • $\begingroup$ whats even worse is that kids will eventually become adults, and an adult with this much paranoia is dangerous. $\endgroup$
    – Efialtes
    Apr 28, 2018 at 19:08
  • $\begingroup$ Except they would be worse of because all early enemy's ore is gone, it quod be drastically harder to learn how to refine metals, potential limiting them to only the metals refined by the ancients. $\endgroup$
    – Pliny
    May 15, 2018 at 13:50

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