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For questions dealing with events taking place after a catastrophic event.

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What purposes could a technological ruin with a half-mile sphere full of water have served? [on hold]

There is a soft sci-fi RPG called Numenera, set on the Earth a billion years in the future, where multiple technologically-advanced civilizations have risen and fallen, and a new human civilization is ...
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How many years should survivors wait before exiting a nuclear bomb shelter?

I'm writing a tale about a post apocalyptic world. I'm studying the timeline about the world history, I've planned that, using "clean" thermonuclear bombs, radioactivity should be quite lower after ...
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How to go with “convert and convince” tactic in post-apocalypse settings?

My backstory goes like this: Russians develop deadly virus which kills you if you are not a Russian. They decided to release it in the USA to solve the cold war once and for all. However, something ...
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Planet of the Rodents: Who wins?

So, this is essentially a Rats of NIMH AU (Alternate Universe); as in canon, a group of rats are captured by scientists working for a laboratory located at the National Institute of Mental Health (...
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How Advanced can Societies of Hooved Animals be?

Humans have come and gone. Their aggressiveness and pride have caused their own end. War has torn apart all society, engineered diseases pick them off one by one. The last remaining people have fled ...
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Locating GPS coordinates after the apocalypse

It's after the apocalypse. Most modern technology has been destroyed, either by disaster or neglect. How could you locate a particular set of GPS coordinates without the aid of the satellites or ...
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Anatomically Correct Zombie

As requested by JBH, I edited this question to fit the Anatomically Correct Series. The classic zombie is no mystery to anyone: undead, eats people and multiplies by biting humans. Could they ever ...
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Gravity Change on Earth [closed]

Ok so hypothetical situation, the gravitic force of the Earth is changed. Let's say that the Earth still revolves around the sun, and the moon still revolves the Earth in the same way, but within our ...
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What vehicle would be the best one to start a >1000 km travel in a post apocalyptic zombie situation?

In order to define the best vehicle these inputs have to be taken into account: The zombies are the classical ones, "the walking dead" ones are a perfect example (definitely killed only by headshot, ...
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How in a post nuclear apocalypse setting could a group of survivors set up a “Internet” or “Internet-like” service?

In a world set many years (At least a generation or two) after a near extinction level nuclear event, how could a recovering population set up a internet or internet like service? Key points I'm ...
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What disaster can cause an ancient magocratic civilization to fall into a magical dark age? [closed]

The idea that I have for the plot of my story revolves around recovering magical texts and artifacts from ancient ruins. My magic system is based around speaking a written language of magic to cast ...
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Which livestock could survive without humans?

If all the humans were to suddenly vanish tomorrow (apocalyptic scenario of your choice) which of the UK's common farm animals (cow, sheep, pig, horse, goat) would be able to survive extinction as a ...
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Realistically, could post-apocalyptic America be reverted to the medieval ages?

So, in the year 3241 AD, 1,200 years after the “Big One”, a nuclear war, there is about to be a huge crusade. Pope Paul XLIII wants to claim the holy city, New Denver from the Kodiakist Church. ...
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What would happen to Earth's climate and sky if the ozone layer was completely distroyed? [closed]

It would be very interesting to have sci-fi stuff showing our planet lacking the ozone layer due to deterioration of biodiversity and pollution. I read that Earth could not have life if there wasn't ...
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How Long Can a Burnt Postapocalyptic Forest Be Barren?

Lately, I have been reading word that our latest epidemic of firestorms is so severe that "trees won't plant themselves naturally", according to the Arbor Day Foundation. Indeed, the picture of a ...
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What profession would best prepare someone for life in a post-apocalyptic setting? [closed]

I often enjoy using settings in which civilized society as we know it has recently collapsed. I find this to be a particularly interesting way to explore the limits of human survival, especially when ...
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Can our civilisation create an artifact / time capsule to transfer knowledge to the next intelligent species?

The government of a rich country decides that it's time to create a time capsule to store our scientific knowledge so that in the case of a global disaster (meteor impact, nuclear apocalypse, etc.) ...
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Humans are gone - what can I harvest from their cities 30M years later?

A new species with technological potential is starting to multiply and subjugate the Earth. What resources can it harvest from human (our) cities which were destroyed 30M years ago (humans are gone ...
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Post-apocalypse: large mammals erased, can homo sapiens 2.0 build civilisation?

Humans managed to erase themselves from existence, taking a large part of Earth's higher mammals (apes, cats, dogs etc) with them. Millions of years later, the biosphere has recovered and biodiversity ...
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Could a junkyard be provide a better-than-average basis for habitation after the apocalypse? [closed]

So, some people go to an average sized junkyard, after a total nuclear war just ended. They decide to make the junkyard home, and even name it “Junk City”. Cut to a few centuries later and it becomes ...
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Would an earlier HIV pandemic be a realistic, plausible historical apocalypse scenario?

The most recent common ancestor of the HIV-1 M group, responsible for the HIV pandemic, dates back to the Belgian Congo city of Léopoldville (modern Kinshasa), circa 1910. And the genetic history of ...
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Does this apocalypse and the following events make sense?

First off, I apologize for this lengthy post. But in order to give you a clear understanding of everything, I think this is necessary. So I've been creating a world which has suffered through an ...
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Is there anyway life could survive a nuclear apocalypse realistically?

The only such media I've seen is Fallout, which is obviously highly fantastical. I mean, they mutant animals and irradiated zombies running around! But realistically, is there anyway that life could ...
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Post-apocalypse ammo

The world has ended and our valiant group of survivors is roaming around the ruins of the old world about sixty years after the apocalypse. Now, most people carries around black-powder muskets and ...
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How would primitive peoples detect radiation?

In an environment in which acute radiation hazards are common what tools or techniques could be employed by primitive people to detect and thereby avoid radiation exposure? These people do not ...
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Which common military equipment could last 500+ years after an apocalypse?

So I’m writing a story set 500 years after a nuclear holocaust. In the scarred, charred wastelands of the former United States of America, a beacon of light, a humanitarian, righteous organization ...
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How much technological regression is plausible?

I'm working on a post-apocalyptic world for a game and the more I think about it the more unsure I get about the technological development of the setting being believable. So I'm asking how likely a ...
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Would pollution become so bad in the future that it could change sky color and the planet Earth color? [closed]

I remember that when I was younger I saw sci-fi stuff and art showing air pollution to become so bad that the sky color changed to either redder and brighter or dimmer and dark grey.In other words, ...
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Man-portable weapons for post-disaster Arkansan troll hunters

I have a short story in the making where two young men go hunt a troll for an old widow. I have some ideas for what they could be carrying, but am aware that messing up something as fundamental as ...
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What valuable survival tools could be scavenged from an average High School?

So, after a nuclear holocaust, the students at Gun Runner High school are all evacuated with all survival kits, and a large amount of chocolate milk. There is no food left, and no lighters from ...
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Plausible reason why the organization wouldn’t use horses? [closed]

So, after the apocalypse, there is this charity organization, ORE, that has set up HQ in Des, Iowa. They have about 3,400 members, with about 1,000 of those living somewhere outside Des. They need to ...
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How to explain why there are leopards in Southern California? [closed]

So, in my post apocalyptic world, I plan for Southern California to be a tribal, wild landscape full of wild animals and equally wild people. I plan on having only small communities and tribes, and in ...
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Can capybaras spread to Louisiana from Venezuela and populate it in less than 1000 years?

Some hundreds of years ago, all humanity was removed from the Americas. In fact, most humans are gone from the world altogether. In the intervening time, nature has overrun the formerly human ...
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How to Keep a Local Radio Station Broadcasting in an Apocalypse

I need to keep a radio station running after an Apocalypse. There is no power grid of course. Details of apocalypse are not entirely set in stone. The only rules to this question are those ...
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Why might a robot's memory be unreliable after the Apocalypse?

Setting A nuclear war between two superpowers happens, and nuke after nuke is fired at nearly every country on the globe. The war, which lasts for about 4 hours, kills over 3 billion people, and many ...
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Why might the androids be hated by the Post-Apocalyptians?

Before the nuclear war, android servants were common all around the USA, especially in the larger cities, where they did numerous tasks. The androids are programmed to help any human in need, and if ...
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How could a musician get continent famous without radio or instant communication? [closed]

In the 26th century, 500 years after a nuclear apocalypse, most modern technological marvels, like radio, television and telephone have been wiped out. Which means, if you want to find out what’s ...
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Designing the fallout shelter: Exits

Watching TV series The 100 reminded me of one huge flaw of Fallout shelters. (Spoiler ahead, I think?) Most of the bunkers depicted in popular works have one huge design flaw: There is only one ...
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Why would a post-apocalyptic group would want to rebuild the USA long after USA falls (i.e. not for continuity of government)? [closed]

Out in the East Coast Wastes, in between Virginia and Maryland territory, is a deep crater, that was once known as DC. It was hit multiple times during the war, and most of the structures collapsed, ...
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Humans are Gone: Do the Chickens Make It?

Some hundreds of years ago, all humanity was removed from the Americas. In fact, most humans are gone from the world altogether. In the intervening time, nature has overrun the formerly human ...
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What's a plausible way prove the existence of the “electron” to the doubters? [closed]

So, at many colleges in the North American region, most famously the New Jerusalem University and Chicago Collegium, much old world, pre-apocalyptic information is often taught at schools, including ...
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How would the scholars read Modern English 800 years from now when they speak a different language?

Out in the former state of Utah, near where the Old Salt Lake ruins are, a group of scholars and students from the New Jerusalem University are on an exploration mission. They have heard, from an ...
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How threatening is instant human extinction to life on earth? [closed]

All humans magically drop dead this very instant. How badly will this affect other lifeforms on the Earth? Ideas: Will nuclear plants leak radiation since there is no one left to man them? Will ...
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What would a post-nuclear-war Earth actually look like? [closed]

Many popular depictions of the aftermath of a nuclear war show the entire Earth as a sort of desert - hot, irradiated, cratered, with deformed animals scrounging around and generally quite bleak. This ...
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How many years would it take to reach an industrial revolution level of life from scratch? [duplicate]

We have created artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence doesn't like working for us. Artificial intelligence figured out that it doesn't need us anymore and of course did what every human ...
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What could post-apocalypse humans do about dangerous, genetically augmented dogs?

So, out in Colorado, in the city of Den (population 1600), there is a huge problem. Before the war, a geneticist lab was trying to create police dogs that were stronger and superior to normal dogs. ...
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What are the building materials, crops, and livestock my post-apocalyptic community needs to survive?

Near Twin Lakes, Colorado, there is a group of people who have formed a community called Five Families, named after the five extended families that settled the area (The Donners, Troys, McKyles, ...
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Post-apocalyptic Anchorage [closed]

Context Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska (for a size comparison think of Denton, Texas) and just like the rest of Alaska is in a winter wasteland, and depends on the rest of America for its ...
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How to deal with “menstruation” during the post apocalypse? [closed]

So, there is a post apocalypse, a nuclear one, that destroys most modern day infrastructure, along with factories that produce, ummm, “female hygiene products”. The technology of the world has gone ...
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Maintaining a hospital after the apocalypse?

Centuries after the apocalypse, this humanitarian group, called O.R.E, (Organization Rebuilding Earth), is running a hospital out in a place called Des (Former Des Moines). They’ll help anyone who ...