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Where in the American West Would a New City Arise?

It's been 20 years since a global pandemic wiped out over 99% of the world population, and America was not spared. Of the 330 million people in the country (give or take a few million), only about 1.5 ...
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Are there radio systems that allow people to talk simultaneously?

I'm currently writing a story set in a post apocalypse. It would be based in the current year . This story takes place from the perspective on one person who is speaking to a group of people, all in ...
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Is taking steroids in the apocalypse a good idea? [closed]

Society as collapsed, and now everywhere is in a state of anarchy. You're probably going to have to fight for food and supplies, so you should be strong. You might need to get strong quickly, so if ...
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Would a post-apocalyptic village full of only children be sustainable? [closed]

In Fallout 3, there is an infamous settlement the player has to go through called Little Lamplight. Little Lamplight is a cave town that exclusively consists of children and tweens under the age of 16....
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What if bears evolved the ability of speech, what would their voices sound like? [duplicate]

What if a post-apocalyptic future happened on real life where bears on planet earth evolved and gained even more intelligence to the point it is as equal as humans, evolved opposable thumbs for tool ...
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Motivations for technologically advanced humans to abandon the solar system or a planet still habitable? [closed]

Let's say we are in the moderately distant future. For example, humans are technologically advanced enough so that interstellar travel is possible and Venus and Mars are terraformed. General ...
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How likely is it that global nuclear war will make rebuilt civilizaton unable to ever reach current technological level closeTo civilization in 202x?

This is year 2029. There is a malevolent AI working in shadows. There is also a group of people who oppose it, who also work in shadows. At some point they understand that their struggle is close to ...
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How do people live in bunkers & not go crazy with boredom?

This is a problem I ran into while writing a piece set into a post-apocalyptic urban fantasy future. For a short background: I proposed a world where a large Island-country had disaster struck and ...
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What is a reasonable timeframe to build a funeral pyre with a hundred corpses, with five apocalypse survivors

Survivors reaching a post-apocalyptic urban area in the north-western quadrant (North America or Europe) need to remove and dispose of all corpses in the building they intend to live in. They have ...
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How effectively recover enriched uranium from nuclear impact site?

In the world(not Earth, but eath-like), I am building there was a nuclear exchange recently. Recently, I mean 25(subject to change) years into the past. I am describing a small clump of cities near ...
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How doomed are you if you are shot in the post apocalypse? [closed]

So, to set the stage, society collapses, we still have people, technology, and cities, but we are all having to kill each other, for food, probably. Of course, there are still doctors and surgeons and ...
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How would the UK be affected if 90% of the world’s population died from a virus? How long would it take before it would impact climate change? [closed]

The idea I'm currently working with would be the world overpopulated, things a bit further in the future in terms of the effects of climate change than now, being hit with a global virus that kills ...
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If the USA was hit by a bombardment of nuclear warheads, what would the landscape look like?

In my world, technology that could alter a living creature's biology (later called Lazarus Tech) became incredibly popular in many places, until the overuse of the technology cause countless millions ...
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Why would hinder the government from reclaiming postapocalyptic US?

So I am writing the lore for a video game. It takes place on an island, near the Western Coast. It has been 20 years since the zombie apocalypse and 10 years since the government started reclaiming ...
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How could a pandemic trigger a renaissance? [closed]

In all this gloomy pandemic reporting of the last 3/4 years nobody ever noticed that one of the worst pandemics in known history happened at the beginning of the renaissance and it did not stop it. It ...
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Other than match and rope, is there any other way to fire what is essentially a musket/cannon?

Okay, so, weird question, I know. But I'm making a fantasy world long after the apocalypse and it is a world where people are running out of ammo and a specific tribe has gunpowder but fails at ...
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Why are there no handheld firearms in my steampunk future?

I am working on a steampunk/plasmapunk game. The players are dropped into a ruined world full of old technology. The big focus of the game is the players salvaging the stuff that's left behind and ...
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How do we survive in post-apocalyptical permanent nighttime (with no electricity, communication, running water, and aliens of course)? [closed]

A race of aliens have invaded Earth and they love the dark. These aliens have caused intense smoke shading to occur so that it is permanently pitch black. It has been several weeks since it went dark, ...
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Why would someone design criminal classes in their LitRPG System?

Post-Apocalyptic scenario, the government is gone. A scientist finished his greatest creation ever. A self-replicating nanobot swarm that, when dispersed in the upper atmosphere, will settle in every ...
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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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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? [closed]

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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