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Justifiable reason to use a Submachine Gun in the post-apocalypse? [closed]

In my world, I planned on the use of SMGs (Submachine Guns) being common, with weapons like the H&K MP9, MAC-27, and UZI being most common. After doing some thinking though, I realized that in ...
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How to make pneumatic weaponry/airguns the main weapons of a miliary force?

Perhaps you know of pneumatic weapons also called airguns, but for those who don't; they're weapons that use air as propellant to launch a projectile rather than for example black powder or smokeless ...
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How to recruit members for a cult in the post-apocalypse?

In my world, everything was ruined. Global Thermonuclear War wiped out billions, and now, only a small smattering of post-apocalyptic survivors remain. In one bunker out in the Wasteland, a well-armed,...
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If all life on Earth was exterminated, how long would oxygen remain in the atmosphere?

There are numerous other question on this site about "If oxygen production stopped...?" but all of them appear to still have humans around. This question is different. In my scenario, we ...
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What is the best place to rebuild humanity [closed]

Imagine that time goes back, no apes smarter than chimpanzees appear, and then in year 2020, 100000 random humans with all the knowledge we have now spawn naked in one area. In what region of the ...
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Best gun in the post-apocalyptic Wasteland?

In my world, nuclear war ravaged the world, and nuclear winter scattered the survivors, dropping down the Earth’s population from 8 billion to a few million, at most. In the region of North America, ...
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Each industry in a town (maybe a bigger area) controlled by a single robot and its team? [closed]

In the future, after some apocalyptic events and a lot of bad luck, humankind has risen thanks to robots. In the town where the story happens, each industry (paper-making industry, wood industry, etc) ...
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What could lead humans to go extinct after a collapse of technological civilization?

A few hundred years from now, a prosperous humanity heavily relying on technology is hit by a disaster. It's not a type of a disaster that kills many people instantly, but it takes out enough ...
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Supplies necessary for subterranean survivors to adapt to the apocalyptic surface?

In my world, there was a brutal nuclear war, killing off a large, large amount of humanity. While the (former) working-class and blue-collar survivors spent a century fighting and scavenging in an ...
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Military/Government Breakdown in Post-Apocalyptic USSR

Background: In an alternative universe the Cold War (circa 1975) turns hot after some satellite communications errors. Nukes start flying — but for the purpose of the question, let's just focus on the ...
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How Would Society Rebuild After A Meteorite Impact? [closed]

In my book series, this planet called Aztlan is struck by a massive meteorite. The impact and ensuing fallout were basically identical to the Chicxulub impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. However, ...
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Is a genetically enhanced wolf-based creature realistic?

I had an idea for a creature in my world: the enchanced canine. Basically, they were dogs, mostly German shepherds, that were used by a police organization in the United States. These policemen, ...
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How to artificially accelerate biological evolution of species?

My post-apocalyptic world is to be populated by new creatures such as Giant Geckos, Trihorns, and super-strong giant humans. The setting is a few centuries after World War III takes place, so new ...
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Is it possible for this creature to evolve?

In my world, I wanted to have a specific type of creature (a human based one) who are called the Sealed. Basically, the Sealed were forced to go underground into a large cavern after WWIII’s aftermath,...
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Can a single survivalist in a post-apocalypse, post-EMP world have electrical appliances?

EMP has wiped out every electrical circuit on the planet (Carrington event level). At the same time some unspecified non-persistent major disaster has wiped out everyone on Earth except her. There's ...
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AGII Virus broke out, how does world surrive?

I am planning to start a post apocalypse centered web comic, however apocalypse is more social in nature, i.e no zombies or nukes for you. In near future AGII (Acute Gerontophobia Inducing Infection, ...
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Communication between City States in Giant Monster World

I'm building a world, which takes place about 300 years in the future after an event in the near future, in which giant elemental monsters started to roam around the earth. These creatures are an ...
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Plausible age for the ruins of a modern city skyline

The setting is some indeterminate amount of time in the future. Humanity has had a rough recent history being rocked by wars, disease, and natural disasters and the current iteration of civilization ...
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Running a nuclear power plant in the post-apocalypse: is it possible?

So, the apocalypse has occurred, and for about 150 years humanity spent its time wallowing in misery, sorrow, and so on. So moving on, in the northwest of Nevada there’s an abandoned nuclear reactor, ...
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Screamers: Are they possible?

I have a species of humanoid based mutants called Screamers. Screamers are supposed to be genetically engineered humans. They are modified to have the strength of a male silverback gorilla, and an ...
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What are the physical effects of a person living their entire life underground, and how would it affect them if they ever came up?

In my world, a group of high-ranking politicians and military officials (along with their families and a few skilled engineers) realized that WW3 was imminent, and decided to bunker-down, big time: ...
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If a character were to live in a hot climate for the majority of their life, would their core temperature increase?

I'm making a comic about the apocalypse and I have a character who lives in Australia for most of his life. The thing is, global warming has caused Australia to increase in temperature so much, it's ...
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Jobs/tasks needed to maintain an underground society indefinitely?

When a nuclear firestorm engulfed the world in 2029, those who caused it, the politicians, military officials, along with some scientists and engineers, retreated deep into a large, underground bunker....
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What environmental niche Giant, Bipedal Leopard Geckos fill?

So, in my world, about 90% of the animals in North America went extinct. The only surviving creatures are a few livestock animals, rats, insects, humans, and three remaining reptiles: Trihorners, ...
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Basing a civilization on maize, beans, and squash as staple foods?

In my world, an apocalypse happened, a nuclear war. Fast forward to the future. In places like Vegas, New Fresno, and Lost Angels (post-apoc LA) I was thinking about agriculture, and after doing a ...
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How long would it take to dismantle a city by hand?

The end has come and gone, and the survivors of humanity have adopted a new religion - dismantling the sins of the past. Dismantling the cities, roads, towns and relics of the past by hand. The ...
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How do I make international standards for future technology?

In my world, a civil war was fought between a united human government, and the human colonies that felt alienated from the republic. Despite lacking in conventional weapons, the colonials used ...
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Best hydroponic crops to support an underground society?

So, in my world, after WW3, a contingent of American government officials, military officials, scientists, and engineers hid out in a specially constructed bunker, where they'd remain for nearly 200 ...
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How could a small group pre-apocalyptic people prevent the breakdown of an advanced nuclear-based power source generations later?

I've been toying with the idea of a world that was once hyper-technological, where body modification and nanotech-based body modifications were the norm such that society practically couldn't function ...
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After a major nuclear war/disaster, how much radiation would remain after ~300 years?

The setting for my story is a post-post-apocalyptic Earth. There was a nuclear war (and several related nuclear disasters due to power plants being either targeted or neglected), and it's already been ...
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Plausibility of running Hoover Dam in a post-nuke world?

So, in my world, the city that was once Las Vegas was rebuilt into a type of gang-ruled Sodom and Gomorrah, where the remnants of human civilization degrade themselves with prostitution, drugs, and ...
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Plausible way to make it seem like the surface is uninhabitable?

In my world, right before WW3 went down, a few influential government members, well trained scientists and engineers built an impressive technologically advanced bunker for themselves to survive in. ...
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Founder’s effect causing the majority of people in a post-apocalyptic world to become colorblind?

So, in my world (or more rather the region in which my story takes place) when the nuclear war happened the majority of people survived in small, survivalist compounds, remote wilderness shelters, and ...
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Best crops to grow in the post-apocalyptic wasteland?

A nuclear-WWIII happens, lots of people and animals die. Surviving humans are afterwards forced to either hide out in small survivalist compounds on the surface, or self-sufficient underground bunkers....
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Composite armor plates: stainless steel mesh embedded in poly resin

Long story short: the setting is something like Highlander meets The Road or I Am Legend – basically a vast majority of humanity dies VERY suddenly such that vast quantities of regular items are ...
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In what ways is a food chain like this most likely to evolve?

There was a nuclear war in my world Anthropocene. It caused a mass extinction of numerous animals on the planet, so many I can’t cover them all completely, so I’ll tell you what animals are left: ...
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How to get realistic Skinless and Screamer mutants?

My world is set after the nuclear war. I wanted to have two species of mutated humans called the Skinless and the Screamers stalking the irradiated deserts. Skinless mutants are supposed to be humans, ...
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Optimal way to survive nuclear winter? [closed]

In my world, a global thermonuclear Third World War happens, causing a nuclear winter that will last around 5 years, coupled with radioactive fallout permeating the world. Here’s the thing: I want to ...
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What kind of tradable resources would come from the ocean in a Renaissance era culture that would be different from our own society?

Ocean sourced Trade goods in a Renaissance era Earth I am in the process of writing a fantasy book that is set in a post-apocalyptic late medieval/renaissance era society. This is on Earth, about 1300-...
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The food chain was destroyed. How is it remade?

There was a nuclear war in my world Anthropocene. It caused a mass extinction of numerous animals on the planet, so many I can’t cover them all completely, so I’ll tell you what animals are left: ...
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Manufacturing recreational drugs in the post-apocalypse?

So, it’s the post-apocalyptic wasteland. Life is tough, and the daily struggle for water, food, and medicine is taxing on its inhabitants. People want to escape the wasteland. In the wastes, there is ...
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Most important/useful animals and plants to save from the apocalypse?

So, nuclear war is on the horizon. I’m order for humanity and Earth to survive on, organizations, both public and private begin to construct massive underground shelters, each with the ability to ...
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How quickly can an interstellar human population grow after 200 years post-Apocalypse?

In relation to my other questions, the earth gets destroyed in 2165 and the humans that would have survived go to a new planet. Now, context is that the humans have been into interstellar travel for ...
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Threats in a post-apocalyptic world without mutants?

So, today I asked a question about whether or not the mutants in my world were realistic Realistic mutated animals in a post-nuclear Earth? and apparently from the answers I got, they sadly weren’t, ...
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What could substitute coffee in a modern post-apocalyptic society?

Context is the same as in a previous question. Summing up: a rebuilt, ultra-modern city state after an apocalypse where everything's produced in underground farms, and as such, certain commodities are ...
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What would it take to fix a car in a post-apocalypse? [closed]

In a post-apocalyptic world, monster-like creatures have taken over most of the planet, focusing mostly on hunting humans and not really focusing on destroying any existing buildings or structures ...
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Extent of city-building possible in 10 years with access to near current resources? [closed]

The setting is Colorado in the USA, duh, where after a zombie apocalypse a local power is emerging. It's a city-state sort of thing. Now with the apocalypse overseas travel and imports are not a ...
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Could new settlements be built in the ruins of Los Angeles and what hazards would they face?

In my post-WW III world, the settlement of Lost Angels is built on the nuked remnants of Los Angeles, and is inhabited by migrants and Los Angelenos who survived living underground until the radiation ...
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How could primitive tribes survive in the post-apocalyptic Grand Canyon?

It’s the post apocalypse. Thermonuclear warfare between the United States, Russia, and China. There are a group of Americans living in Northern Arizona. With all the cities destroyed and whatnot, ...
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If the Earth would break apart, how likely would the large debris stay in orbit?

In the story I'm writing, Earth gets destroyed and the few million humans that survive go to live on another Earth-like planet. Since the destruction of the planet, the humans do visit their star ...

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