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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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Places LEAST likely to be looted in an Apocalypse [closed]

In an pist appacolyptic earth quake zombie infection, what places that might be over looked in the first 3 week by looters and survivors? Big places such as Walmarts and Costco's are bound to be ...
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How long until land life can return after the impact?

So, it finally happened. The Earth was hit by a comet, and anyone outside of a research station at the bottom of the Atlantic is now dead, or dying. So, here's what we need to know: How big would a ...
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Manners Maketh Man

Working on the art book for my post apocalyptic world building project I got used to accompanying the introduction of each character or topic with a quote to set the mood and to emphasize how little (...
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Why there are messed up teens in a world where everyone can be designed to be perfect

I have a book where in the future a sterility disease spreads across the world making people unable to have children. Then, a company rises to power and using CRISPR are able to make babies again. ...
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What are the effects of firing a gun in a small stairwell [closed]

In a scene in my book I'm thinking of having a character shooting a zombie at point blank range, while they are in a really narrow stairwell. What are the effects of a gunshot in such a small space?
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How to make vehicular combat viable in a Post Apocalyptic world?

I want to create a Mad-Max-esque post apocalyptic setting. Unfortunately after a bit of looking into this, there is one massive issue with the idea of lots of maniacs tearing across the barren ...
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What disaster could wipe out civilisation worldwide, but allow for immediate rebuilding? What would be the side effects?

For a story I have, modern civilisation must be destroyed by a worldwide disaster. The objective is roughly something that: Could be man-made or aided (if not now, maybe in the future) Decimates, ...
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Would it be realistic for horses (whether naturally or from man) to make their way south to post apocalyptic New Orleans?

I want the majority of the population of New Orleans to ride on horseback instead of cars or gasoline-fueled land vehicles, but would it make sense for traders from the North to breed horses and bring ...
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What would be the most effective way for a parasitic alien lifeform to spread and grow on a post-apocalyptic Earth?

The background is that Earth is the victim of a massive comet strike, that wipes out a large portion of humanity (let's say 80-90%). Let's say that the comet was carrying an alien parasite that's a ...
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What is the most REALISTIC cause of a worldwide catastrophe/apocalypse in the near future? (next ~100 years) [closed]

Trying to figure out a post-apocalyptic scenario and looking to stay somewhat within the realm of possibility. Given how tech levels MIGHT be in a 50 years, what would you say would be the most likely ...
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Could an American state survive nuclear war?

In a timeline where the USSR didn't collapse and the Cold War escalated into a full-blown nuclear conflict sometime around the year 2100, the world is left utterly devastated. Both the Soviet Union (...
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What are some occupations that would exist in a small settlement in a post-apocalyptic world where going outside would not be a requirement?

Let's say it was a nuclear holocaust and billions died. The setting is the US so distances are large - people are very far spread apart. There are bigger settlements/cities but for our purposes we'll ...
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How could a bioweapon designed for warfare go wrong and kill billions, and have additional side effects? [closed]

In the 22nd century, the major world powers are at each other's throats, fighting over dwindling resources and territories. One of the sides develops a biological weapon, let's say a virus, to be ...
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A plausible reason for an alien race to attack Earth and lead to a post-apocalyptic setting [closed]

My current story is post-apocalyptic, but instead of a virus/asteroid/zombies, I'm going for an alien-caused catastrophe. The setting is a future Earth affected by depleted resources, climate change ...
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How to safely construct deep underground harbors on a Snowball Earth?

A radical shift in the Earth's orbit has made the Earth much colder, with all the oceans freezing over, and the atmosphere liquifying and falling as rain. Humans live deep underground in areas of high ...
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What reason would a hidden, deep ocean society have to come up to the surface of a post-apocalyptic Earth and claim the land for themselves?

This is strictly Earth based. Would it be possible for a society to develop their own civilization underwater (nothing fantastical like Aquaman or whatever, but more of a grimy, hardscrabble existence ...
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Can You Protect Yourself From Spores With A Bandana?

Currently I'm working on a project where there's a zombie plague going on that's transmitted through spores (for reference, it's basically like the infection from The Last of Us). I was wondering if ...
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What could potentially lead to a AI/robot-driven post-apocalyptic world?

Let's say that it's the 23rd century. Climate change has gotten worse and resources are dwindling to dangerously low levels. Coastal cities have flooded, displacing hundreds of millions of people ...
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Is this a plausible way for an alien organism to unwittingly cause a mass apocalypse on Earth?

It's around the mid-2300s. Earth is, to put it simply, in trouble. Climate change has resulted in flooding of major coastal cities, displacing billions, which ultimately led to widespread conflict and ...
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How big would an asteroid have to be to destroy 99.9% of the human population? How would the remaining survive? [closed]

Let's say that a mega-asteroid is heading towards Earth. I want it to destroy essentially the entire population except maybe a few million people around the world. Now, I know that for an asteroid of ...
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Is there a way the earth could be permanently without electronics? [duplicate]

I want a post apocalyptic earth setting, many thousands of years in the future where civilization has no ability to create electronics. I looked into emps, gamma rays, and solar bursts but nothing ...
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Given the materials of a nuclear reactor, what is the most effective body of water to threaten pollution on?

I have a colony of semi-post-apocalyptic survivors who have created a deterrence scenario involving their access to both a nuclear reactor and some body(s) of water. Ideally, I'd like the water to be ...
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Rapidly Spreading Disease Timeline - Fungus Based

I've been working on this concept where a deadly new fungus starts spreading from two central locations. One in Europe and one outside of a major city in the United States. Over the course of 16 days, ...
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How would falling buildings affect the earth?

So basically, humankind was t the pinnacle of technological greatness. We had a massive network of floating cities all around the globe. During "The Fall", all the massive spire-like buildings fell, ...
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How to protect these rhinos? [closed]

In my post-apocalyptic world, rhinos are used as beasts of burden. However, in order to survive harsh conditions and harsher predators, they need to have some sort of armor (natural or unnatural). ...
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Armor that is “good” but also weak in some way [closed]

In a setting where a people armed with guns and effective armor (of some sort), are engaged in a struggle against another people armed with primitive weapons and equivalent armor. By that, it's ...
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Wich knowledge would persevere in this post-apocalyptic world?

First of all: sorry for my english. I'm writing a post-apocalyptic book and I got some simple questions before I can finish shapping its world. In my fiction, the world fell apart (doesn't matter ...
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Indispensable tools for scavenging

In my world the „apocalypse“ dates back several decades and most people have settled down, the scavenging is left to professional adventurers who roam the less accessible and more dangerous ruins of a ...
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How would someone establish a dictatorship during the zombie-apocalypse [closed]

We're talking about a big group of ~3000 (possibly more) survivors around 5 years after the downfall. 1% of humanity is still alive, 59% is zombified (classic slow zombies, TWD-like), the remaining 40%...
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Major empires have been destroyed. Results in numerous independent cities [closed]

I'm in the process of building a world for a D&D 5th ed campaign which is due to kick off in the new year and I'm looking for some feedback on a time line, political climate, etc. for the world ...
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Possibile explanation for a [somewhat] realistic floating continent scenario?

I'm writing a story that takes place in a world where people live on continent-sized chunks of earth (basically the size of tectonic plates) suspended in the air, left over from some cataclysmic event....
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Post-apocalyptic aircraft

I have a post-apocalyptic scenario, set in the ruins of an American metropolis with flooded streets. Boats are used most of the time, but aircrafts have advantages, for battle or if you have to get on ...
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What are some issues I can expect in creating a self-sufficient, post-apocalyptic underground society? [closed]

(Please bear in mind I am quite new here, and I have in fact created this account just now. I've tried my best to follow all the rules I've read browsing around. I do realize this is quite a broad ...
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A practical post apocalypse bullet farm for the survivor on a budget [closed]

In a post apocalyptic society (let's say northern Arizona or southern Colorado) or just outside of a city what would be Needed to practically 'farm' (produce) modern bullets? The idea is to be able to ...
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What is realistic quality of computer blueprints quickly backed up before apocalypse and their impact on future design?

Incoming generic apocalypse, a bunch of people with low budget tries to quickly download publicly accessible blueprints, so in a few decades or centuries someone would be able produce again computer ...
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Security measures that could plausibly last 150+ years?

So, the world experienced an apocalypse about 150 years ago. Sad times. Me and a couple buddies are the the salvaging business, and hello, recently we found a jackpot, an untouched military base. When ...
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Post nuclear apocalypse fauna

The chicxulub asteroid impact caused climate change, and the climate change caused a mass extinction. But many land-based animal groups survived, crocodillians, lizards, snakes, turtles, frogs, ...
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How long would it take for society to rebuild itself? [closed]

Humanity creates a new technology that discovers these strange crystals (on Earth) that produce a little bit of electricity. There's now a race for mining them, and the whole world is going crazy over ...
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Best way to recolonize Earth after nuclear war?

Humans of the past, I have some very bad news. In the year 2062, nuclear war broke out and destroyed much of the Earth. But luckily, in America, we were ready. We knew war was inevitable, so we built ...
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How can a pocket of technologically advanced humans survive the apocalypse?

In a post-apocalyptic novel I'm writing, I plan to follow up with a sequel wherein the main characters are trapped in a hidden city in North America called Eden that has electricity, underground ...
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What are the chances of national superpower declaring war and launching nukes at each other over remaining petroleum reserves? [closed]

I am a fan of the movie Mad Max: Fury Road. In the beginning of the movie, people speak of "Oil Wars" and people "Killing for Guzzolene (Gasoline)". But what are the odds of that happening? And could ...
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How useful would a hydroelectric power plant be in the post-apocalypse world?

The details don't matter, just that a large fraction of people have died (let's say 90%) and society has completely collapsed. It's only a year or two later, and people have started to gather ...
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What type of chemical catastrophic event might reduce the bioavailability of iron?

I am imagining a world where an astronomical event occurs, like Earth collides with a comet, and humanity is all but wiped out. In their desperate attempt to recover, humans enter a form of stone age. ...
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How to play music during post apocalypse

So it's 3 years after the apocalypse, there are 2 characters that are living in the wild, I want them to be able to listen to music (any type), but they don't have any electric power. They need to be ...
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What to do with plastic while living in the wild?

Two people are living in a forest near a recently evacuated city, and they are getting their food and other supplies from there. They turn any natural materials into compost, but what do they do with ...
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Useable life span of different types of plastic and polymer [closed]

OK folks - here's one for you petrochemical types: World is set 200 years post an apocalypse that wipes the global population back to about 280 million (the population of the world circa 1000AD). ...
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How many people are necessary to maintain modern civilisation?

Modern Earth; a series of connected events (natural disasters, mass migration, drug-resistant pandemic, collapse in biodiversity, armed conflict) have led to a significant reduction in human ...
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What would be left of a modern city 50,000 years from now?

I've seen questions here about what cities would be like after being abandoned for a thousand years, but what would be left after timescales of tens of thousands of years? Ancient settlements like ...