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What's a reasonable timeframe for civilian survivors to learn how to fly a helicopter on their own?

Post-Apocalyptic modern world, a group of civilian survivors about three dozen in number find themselves trapped in a military base. They have no way out except by air. The military base has a dozen ...
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How much of our civilization would survive after 100,000 or more years as humanity rebuilds completely (to WW1 tech)? [closed]

In addition to that, what buildings would be most useful or most interesting to a humanity restarted all the way from the stone age to world war one level technology? The specifics of the apocalypse ...
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What kind of Apocalypse could push human technology back to an age of steam?

I am envisioning an Earth that has been stripped of natural resources. Clean water, food, and wood/trees are rare and costly enough to be used as units of exchange. Whole swaths of land once fertile ...
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What trains would survive a post-apocolypse [closed]

My world is in the distant future. While there were nukes, they were not used entirely, and there were many bioweapons like the t virus. The world has a few major governments still standing, but are ...
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Nuclear Armageddon comes! Can Bob's plants survive?

Bob loves plants. More specifically, he loves terrariums. Bob's magnum opus is a large terrarium made from a 5-gallon glass water jug. Inside is a miniature ecosystem: plants grow, detritivores feed ...
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Recreating a fantasy setting in a post-apocalyptic world

This is my first post on stack exchange ever. I literally started writing this i minute after I created this account, so please be patient with me. I’m Imagining a post-apocalyptic scenario as a ...
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Humanity is gone. What's the timeline of vermin infestation in an abandoned wholesale supermarket club?

Due to an accident during a transdimensional handwavium experiment, every sentient being on Earth was whisked away into another dimension. Humans are gone in a fiat. Somewhere, during temperate summer,...
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What would happen to nuclear missiles left to rot post-apocalypse? [duplicate]

A sudden cataclysm takes place. The human race is all but wiped away. And the nukes in their bunkers and silos are left to rot for 800 years before anyone finds a record of them. What has happened to ...
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What kind of event would wipe out 90% of the human population? [closed]

I've been wanting to develop a sort of post apocalyptic setting where dinosaurs rule the land and humanity is confined to underground bunkers. I've come up with ideas of events where dinosaurs are ...
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How do I defend a walled citadel from a lizard army?

The setting is post apocalyptic wastelands. The use of nuclear weapons has resulted in the creation of mutations, the most deadly of which are the lizards. The antagonist devises a technology that ...
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Can loneliest loneliness kill in a post apocalypse?

My story occurs in the near future after a nuclear holocaust, the human population is reduced to mere thousands spread out all over the world. A mysterious disease seems to infect the survivors of the ...
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What would be the ideal date and time for a magical zombie apocalypse to occur to cause the most death and destruction?

An invisible eldritch entity has enveloped the entirety of modern planet Earth. As a result of this, any human who dies becomes a zombie. This is not spread by bites or anything like that, death of ...
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What would a modern fortified castle look like?

Assume that paramilitary siege weapons were proliferated to the general public after America fell. Details below, but basically short of multi-billion dollar tactical weapons such as advanced fighter ...
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Could the movement of animals and plants be used by a future civilization to figure out that it isn't the first civilization?

I noticed that when it comes to the idea of humans going extinct, and how human civilization could be detected by future civilizations, a lot of the ideas for how human civilization could be detected ...
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Statistically, what is the best place in the United States to restart civilization?

so for background : the world is post apocalyptic. a handwavium virae kill most of humanity. with the government is collecting is remaining population to a good area,we assume there is only 100.000 ...
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What event could nullify nuclear weapons use?

In the moment I am writing a story about a post apocalyptic earth where a new, stable society is thriving centuries later. The setting is planned to be an early industrial solar punk world with some ...
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What Would Be The Technological Limitations of a Civilization That Never Developed the Concept of Zero? [duplicate]

I have been brainstorming a short-story idea about an advanced civilization that develops on earth 60 million years after humans go extinct. Said civilization discovers time travel and decides to meet ...
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On a new settler planet, what could semi-randomly wipe out surface electronics?

I am looking for a plausible explanation as to why approximately every few decades something happens that destroys surface electronics and then continues for several years. Ideally it would be ...
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why would a post apocalyptic exploration team want a Teenager in their group? [closed]

So for the setting : the world is recovering of a mass apocalyptic event the place in which where all of the mankind steading, is actually a small communities and towns centered around a city of ...
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World and societies after the nuclear war [closed]

Im interested in your answers or existing books and films on the topic on how would a society function assuming a large scale nuclear war, but no nuclear winter. Real world, so no magic or mutants. ...
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Feasible ways for humanity to survive a nuclear apocalypse?

As stated in answers to my previous question: How many survivors would grow on earth years after a worldwide nuclear holocaust? ...even two countries like India & Pakistan bombing each other a few ...
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How would humans mutate in an urban enviroment? [closed]

How would humans evolve in an urban environment? Allow me to give some more details. Specifically on a small island, roughly at 800 square miles in size. Excluding beaches, parks, and other such ...
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A variable-ammo post-apocalyptic projectile-weapon

Needlessly long names aside, how would this weapon work? Made from scratch with junk scavenged from a 21st century world, post nuclear apocalypse. Assume nothing was specifically preserved, only the ...
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population growth from a person alone [closed]

for context: an apocalypse has happened. Everyone dies with the exception of this one man. Assume that this man is able to stumble upon a cloning machine. Said machine can hold up to 10 babies. We ...
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How many years until cities become either a flatland or forests? [closed]

To be clear, I'm talking about apocalyptic events that cause devastating long-term effects, such as: An asteroid impact (lets say about 4.5km wide) A hyper-eruption from a super volcano (lets say it ...
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Which areas of USA would have the most successful centers of growth after nuclear holocaust?

This is related to my previous question: How many survivors would grow on earth years after a worldwide nuclear holocaust? In an earth with roughly a billion modern day survivors, and 20 million ...
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What would a post-apocalyptic underground city be like after 1,000 years?

The city is modern/futuristic and is fairly large. It was designed to be self-contained, and has been sealed shut for a thousand years. All human residents died, so there has been no maintenance. ...
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A forcefield only penetrable by humans?

In the not-too-far-away future during a nuclear winter, one city survived by being sealed under a dome forcefield (?) protecting them from the cold weather and potentially harmful sunrays once the sky ...
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Only 35 random people from disappeared Earth population are alive at any one time, how long before "new" babies are born?

Based on: If everyone in the world disappeared except 35 random people, how long would it take for one of them to realize they're not alone? Everyone suddenly disappears from Earth except 35 ...
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Would "new" clothes from 40 years ago be readily wearable?

Background This question is set in a story where the Yellowstone supervolcano exploded 40 years ago (possibly others, doing research on it) during "The Mining Incident," and following this ...
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Population recovery time after a fantasy nuclear winter

One of the major events of my setting is an all-out war between two factions of gods (and their human subjects) using basically the magical equivalent of nukes and nuclear technology. The world was ...
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How could a real life apocalypse game draw in most people?

A supreme being has finished their renovations of modern day Earth, and has now decided what is needed is monsters, epic quests, magical powers, danger, excitement, and all. However, they also don't ...
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How would the general public be kept unaware of a zombie outbreak? [closed]

Consider a zombie outbreak beginning in March 2020 rather than the Covid-19 pandemic we have today. This pandemic has started intentionally by a secret world organization to lower down the human ...
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How many survivors would grow on earth years after a worldwide nuclear holocaust?

In year 2020, the world leaders started a third World War, nuking military installations, government stations, and population centers, which resulted in a nuclear holocaust, wiping out roughly 50% of ...
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Explaining Anthropomorphism In Later Development

After 1000 years of dwelling in apocalyptic shelters, some brave souls have begun exploring the surface. (This is how Rhydars were discovered and documented, by the way.) Among the first things these '...
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Explaining Symbiosis for Rhydar

If you don't know what a Rhydar is, please see here and here. So, Rhydar are pretty interesting creatures. Post-apocalypse radiation and magical energy (long story short, this world was apocalyzed-...
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In a post intergalactic WW3 where most of scociety has moved into a VR world to escape, what created the zombies that roam outside (Not nuclear war) [closed]

Basically, this is after a war between human civilizations on multiple planets in our galaxy. Most people have decided to live the rest of their lives in a fully immersive VR world and a very small ...
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What would cause regular EMP bombardments on Earth?

In the SF/post-Apocalyptic world that I'm building, the Earth is struck by interplanetary EMP bombardments that destroy most electronics. The year is around 2040~50, and the tech level is bumped back ...
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How many people needs to die for society to collapse? [closed]

A limited nuclear exchange occurs in the world, how many people would have to die for civilization to collapse? With the goverments falling and the economy in ruins. I need an approximate death toll ...
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How could society collapse after alien disclosure? [closed]

How would society handle an official disclosure that we are not the top predator on earth and there is something hunting/preying/eating us (as per latest UFO interviews) like an alien civilization, ...
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What event could lead to a scenario in which society has collapsed, but cloning facilities still operate?

I have this scenario where the world was thrown into chaos by something and in this event, shortsighted governments launched assaults on numerous military and civilian targets, leading to the collapse ...
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Most of Solar System is colonized but Earth dies with most of knowledge and technology. What the colonists may do to rebuild the civilization?

Suppose it happens some 250-300 years in the future. There are some (medium-sized) cities on Mars, settlements throughout Solar System, an interplanetary communications network, many orbital space ...
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How frequently can I pound my civilization with rocks and expect it to rebuild between?

I have a civilization living on floating reefs on a pure water world (no land other than the reefs). There are creatures on the planet that extract relatively pure metals from the water to use ...
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How would a nightclub in a post-apocalyptic future look like? [closed]

I am studying theatre directing. It’s a thing of beauty to build a world for a set design. So: I’ve written a text that will be played by actors. It’s about a computer programmer who meets and falls ...
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Why have my intelligent pigeons not taken over the continent?

My story takes place in a post-apocalyptic world where there are no humans. On the island of Manhattan, which has been abandoned for a long time, there are communities of animals with human-level ...
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Restoring or recycling in a post-apocalyptic setting?

I have been wondering what would be more practical in a post apocalyptic setting, trying to restore the ruins of old (like refurbishing what can be restored and rebuilding over what cannot be and ...
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What is the most useful information to recover from an apocalypse?

The world ends tomorrow, you can't stop it and you will die. You can, however, put information on a hard drive(s). What information has the best ratio of "days until world back to pre apocalypse ...
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Is it feasible to have enormous boarding schools to educate a world empire's children?

In my fictional world, humanity lives underground in a planet that is not Earth. The underground is solid rock with "burrows" of large size that house all life on this planet. Think of it ...
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How long would it take for society to reform? [closed]

In this scenario, all of humanity spontaneously disappears. Earth is left untouched for a while, but not for too long. Buildings stay mostly completely intact, and most importantly, so does the ...
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How could a world empire prevent rebellions with minimal bloodshed?

In the world I've thought of, monstrous beings more or less ended civilization on my planet. From the fires of this apocalyptic event, the world empire arose. It took over territory either by force or ...
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