A few years back, the Evil Overlord magicked away half of the world population - they were effectively locked away in time, for all intents and purposes. Then, against all odds, the Super Team was able to overcome the Evil Overlord and bring all those lost people back in a flash - after several years had passed.
Now, losing half of the population was rough. Some cities and towns just collapsed because integral talent and specialized supplies were in short supply. Many migrated to nearby urban centers. And we seemed to be getting everything working OK again by the time our population was doubled overnight.
Well, I could just wave my hand and say, "look, it's a happy ending, everyone is saved." I might even try to throw a bone to the scoffers and explain how it was complicated, and now there are support groups for people who were disappeared for years, struggling because other people moved into their homes in the interim years when they were gone.
But my readers are smart, and I'm sure they're going to ask me later:
- Uhh, how did they feed all those people?
- Did the Super Team also have the ability to magically double the food supply? Then why didn't they also solve world hunger while they were at it?
- What about the world economy - how did it suddenly absorb double the labor supply?
- What happened in the aftermath, wasn't there widespread looting, famine, or war over the limited supplies?
I thought the whole idea of bringing everyone back for the happy ending was really fun, but now I'm worried that it just doesn't make any sense and my readers won't be able to suspend their disbelief. Can anyone help me explain how my world population doubling overnight could ever be better than a quick and painless end, and doesn't end in widespread misery and death?