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How would you farm crops that get their energy through darkness in a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by monsters?

In a post-apocalyptic world, monster-like creatures have taken over most of the planet, and twenty years later, only a few clusters of humanity still remain with somewhat functioning governments, and ...
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What types of tactics would humans develop against creatures that are hurt by light in a literal dark post-apocalyptic world?

In a post-apocalyptic world, monster-like creatures have taken over most of the planet, and twenty years later, only a few clusters of humanity still remain with somewhat functioning governments, and ...
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How would Humans change, or evolve, to being Domed for many thousands of years?

A little snippet from my story idea, for some context- "The Earth Government Collapses, caused by the cutoff of resources from the Colonies. Large-Scale war soon erupts, with Nuclear Weapons being ...
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What would be the effects of a post-apocalyptic planet being almost completely consumed by darkness? [closed]

One day, through means no one quite knows how, the world was consumed by near-total darkness. The sky became near pitch-black, the "days" only allowed little light through the clouds of darkness, and ...
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What would be needed for radio broadcasts to be a viable means of communication in a post-apocalypse?

The post-apocalypse in question is one where monster-like creatures have taken over most of the world. Now, twenty to thirty years later, only a few clusters of humanity still remain with somewhat ...
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How to say “good bye” in during or after an apocalyptic event [closed]

I am working on a story based around an average worker during in a world wide calamity. I was thinking a office drone (IT, accounting, logistics coordinator). I was thinking a war between humans and ...
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Could a group of survivors realistically find useable ammunition and/or weapons in a post-apocalyptic world?

I'm trying to figure out if it would be possible for a group of people living in the wilds of a post-apocalypse USA could find some useable weapons and/or ammunition. The post-apocalypse in question ...
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What species will benefit most from humanity's having been here?

Assuming that as a species, we do ourselves in, not through war but through environmental neglect and overpopulation, what species will benefit most from the effect we have had on the planet during ...
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Best Animal for traveling through post-apocalyptic Colorado Mountains?

You are a part of a tribe called the Twin Sisters. You need to travel for about 3 weeks worth of travel, but there all no cars: You live in post-Nuclear Colorado. You need some type of animal to ...
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What would it take to make watching movies in the apocalypse an actual possibility?

For a story I'm writing set in the post-apocalypse, I have a character whose only real reminder of their dead family are the movies they used to watch together, since everything else that belonged to ...
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Post-Apocalypse EV Effectiveness

Setting: It's after the apocalypse. No zombies or major nuclear fallout, just 99.9% of people were killed for some reason (superplague, whatever). During the final days of society, massive looting and ...
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Is a modern dark age possible?

For context, I'm considering a story similar to the Netfilx TV show The 100 in which humanity has to recolonize the Earth following a major extinction-level event. I'm aiming for the society they ...
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What are the consequences of an earth overgrown with plants?? [closed]

Imagine if humans solved the climate crisis by developing plants that grew almost like a cancer. Imagine the growth as exponential, uncontrollable, and any chances of cutting down the trees would be ...
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How hard would it be for a post apocalyptic society to create rocket launchers?

I've been working on this post apocalyptic setting, and I was wondering how hard it is to make rockets for murdering purposes. I know the technology to make rockets is pretty old, so, could a society ...
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Logical reason why survivors in a post-nuclear world would not migrate south?

I’m building a post apocalyptic world right. In my world, after the Nuclear War there is a brief nuclear winter. Realistically, some have told me, the survivors would migrate south as the Southern ...
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Naturally altering the climate in order to create lush areas in a wasteland - Is it plausible, and if so how?

In essence: I'm playing around with a few ideas relating to a post apocalyptic United States, and one of the concepts I've come up with is a world of mostly dusty deserts and other regions mostly ...
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How to sustainably feed Las Vegas after the apocalypse?

I want to have Las Vegas be a huge, bustling city in my post-apocalyptic world. I want 6,000 people to be living there, at least, and I want it to act as a trading hub in the area, with plenty of ...
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Human vs Dinosaur conflict in post apocalyptic world [closed]

500 years post apocalypse, human society is based on small settlements surrounded by electric fences. This is because, during this time dinosaurs have returned to roam the earth. These dinosaurs are ...
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How would humans react in a post- apocalipic world if they all became sick from a new virus? [closed]

I am working on writing a story where humans try to survive in a deserted wasteland where a highly contageous and mortal disease is spreading like wildfire. How would humans act or react to the ...
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How Would I Believably Wipe Out an Entire Planet's Population and Culture Without Destroying Said Planet?

In my story, there is a planet. The planet's name is not really important for the sake of this question, so we're going to refer to it as "dead planet". Background: Dead planet is entirely hot ...
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What conditions would be necessary to have all of the world's mainland animals be subjected to island gigantism?

Most of the humans on my alternate universe's Earth have gone extinct due to a global war, leaving a handful of survivors and the buildings to serve as a reminder of how great they once were. This ...
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Intercontinental radio broadcasting in a post-apocalyptic world

I'm in the process of planning a post-apocalyptic novel. The gist of it is that the vast majority (99.9%+) of all humans simply disappeared from the face of the earth, or so it seems. The story ...
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Can Magic Enhance the use of 19th Century Firearms?

The setting is a post-apocalyptic Earth, a few hundred years after a "world-ending" war. What remains of humanity is beginning to emerge from Fallout-esque shelters, but (more importantly) magic ...
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Would it be logical for races to have their own colonies to preserve their cultures post-Apocalypse?

In my story, Earth was destroyed and about 19 million survive (from races and cultures from all over the world) and go to a new planet as their new home. At the start of my Sci-fi book, it's set 125 ...
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How would a world occupied by just teenagers occur? [duplicate]

My story is set in a post apocalyptic setting where there are only teenagers and children. Also, cities are overrun with knee high grass and large lakes. Animals have evolved and have gotten more ...
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Why would humans still fight and battle, even after nuclear war just destroyed society?

In my world, a nuclear war back in the 60’s wiped out about 3/4ths of humanity and a lot of the major cities. Civilization was reduced to pitiful outposts, or secluded in underground shelters until it ...
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How to survive a supervolcano eruption in short term and a post-apocalyptic world in long term?

A supervolcano has erupted (with a Volcanic Explosivity Index (VEI) of 8 or higher1) at Yellowstone Park. I am not in the kill zone and not in at least 300 km (~185 miles) radius so I have time to ...
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Could present-day humanity survive on Antarctica alone?

Tomorrow morning, an apocalyptic event wipes humanity off the face of the earth - except for in Antarctica. The nature of the catastrophe is unclear, but it seems that any human will die within a few ...
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Game theory solution for HAM radio users during apocalypse [closed]

Premise Consider the cult classic scene of a zombie apocalypse where pockets of survivors are reconnecting over radio channels. One party claims to offer salvation, drawing in small groups of ...
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What condition would the Guggenheim building in Bilbao, Spain, be in 400 years from now in a post-apocalypse?

(I posted something earlier and was asked to edit it. I'm new here so … learning is painful, what can I say) I'm Derek B. Miller. I'm the author of Norwegian by Night, The Girl in Green, and American ...
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What do you call a society after it collapses to a certain degree? [closed]

I've been thinking about phrases like "a post-apocalyptic society", "a stone-age society", "bombed back to the stone age", etc. I've also been wondering how these terms apply to First World, Second ...
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Is it a good idea to build floating city on water?

Let's say in a post-apocalyptic flooded Earth, the land is becoming more crowded and more scarce as the sea levels rise. So a countries government decides to build a floating city that expands ...
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Is popping corn still viable as seed stock? [closed]

In a very near-future (as in, assume no spectacular technological advances or changes to society) post-apocalyptic situation, would a group of survivors scavenging a store after all of the fresh ...
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One half of my population was eliminated. How do I restore them without causing havoc? [closed]

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 ...
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How can leg amputation be done and how would the amputee recover in a post-apocalyptic world? (50 years after our current time)

I am writing a story where my main character and her friend gets transported to a post-apocalyptic future that takes place 50 years after the time period they lived in. She eventually gets her leg ...
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Which human-made monuments would still be standing thousands of years after an apocalyptic event? [duplicate]

It has been several thousand years since an apocalypse happened. The cause was some kind of explosion, be it nukes or a extinction-event meteor. Humans have persisted, as they do, and have effectively ...
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What is a possible future weapon of mass destruction? [closed]

Instead of using nuclear weapons as a cause of an early civilization collapse (I feel like that's too generic), what are some alternative weapons that could trigger the start of a new era?
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To what extent would a 21st Century Industrial power collapse under an airborne HIV-like virus? [closed]

In an alternate 21st Century Earth, an airborne strain of HIV, or a brand new airborne virus that causes the same symptoms of HIV evolves. The new Super-HIV virus retains the ability to transmit by ...
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Land and sea are infested by giant carnivourous squid/crab things. How do I survive? [closed]

So, recently, a bunch of Kraken eggs have hatched, bringing them back form a few centuries of extinction for unknown reasons. Also, turns out that when their sea-based population gets too high, some ...
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How much “value” would someone able to make certain commodities have in a post-apocalyptic world?

I'm still unsure how much technology will be available in this world, I don't know if there will be "pockets of working grids", if people can only get energy from generators(which also adds the ...
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How plausible would it be for post-apocalyptic survivors to develop a mass psychosis/culture bound syndrome of seeing ghosts?

Some kind of WW3/resource war event happens. The majority of human beings (definately over 90%, so billions) are killed by a series of bioweapon diseases used by both sides or die in the ensuing ...
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In an Earth with massively spiked CO2 content, how might survivors set about reducing that content?

Some cataclysmic event has transpired on planet Earth in the not-too-distant-future, and the outside air is now thick with CO2, causing all of the problems that come with it. Human beings can no ...
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Post- Nuclear Holocaust. Radioactive wastelands vs eco-system and chances of human survivability?

I'm attempting to flesh out the history to a sci-fi novel I'm currently writing, which is set in the future. Several hundred years prior to the beginning of the story, lack of resources lead to ...
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Need a North American location with a large city and whitewater river for post-apocalyptic fiction

My story has several key locations that I would like to ground in a real place in North America. It takes place 50-60 years in the future after 97% of humanity has been wiped out. I'm having a hell of ...
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Realistic powers in an apocalyptic/post-apocalyptic setting

In most apocalyptic settings(specially those with a zombie-kind of plague) the main character(s) only have very mundane means to deal with their problems and those always have a catch: any gun they ...
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How long would a medium sized city last if transplanted to another world?

I'm creating a story where a couple of cities across the globe have been transplanted into a different world. About a five mile sphere around a centered point in a city has been taken. They are neatly ...
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Can this underground culture survive for 200 years

I have a underground culture that has been cut off from the surface for near on 200 years, and I am trying to understand what issues will I need to cover and am most likely to run into for there ...
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How to cross the Atlantic in a post-apocalyptic world [closed]

A small group of people in the UK survived a global apocalypse. They have access to the remain stock piles of gasoline, kerosine, food, and clean water, and pharmaceuticals. And, have access to ...
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Would sea levels drop in a Younger Dryas-type event?

I was imagining a sort of post-apocalyptic/collapse setting, where a few centuries of climate catastrophes brought on by climate change cause essentially your general end of the world as we know it ...
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What would be a reason for taking over the Washington Space Needle in a Post apocalyptic world battle [closed]

In the last battle of a story I am working on the last battle to be over the Space needle in Seattle Washington and I need a strategic reason why... The Set up: Two groups are fighting over the Space ...

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