Questions tagged [post-apocalypse]

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What if the earth was turned physically inside out?

Let's say some magic aliens come and prank us. They, in one step, remove out the innards of the earth, and put everything on the surface on the inside. They make some artificial gravity so we stay on ...
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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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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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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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How long could scavenging be economically feasible in the post apocalyptic world?

So, the world has come down to a crashing halt. Nukes rain down from the sky, after the Cold War finally became a Hot War. Now, humanity is left with a wasteland. After the big one, cities have been ...
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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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Lifespan of abandoned buildings

I'm exploring a post-apocalyptic world and want to build a realistic scenario for the condition of abandoned ruins. What would you estimate to be the lifespan of the following building types? And by ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How would falling buildings affect the earth?

So basically, humankind was at 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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Which 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 why),...
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A Postapocalyptic Medieval Frontier Town

In a postapocalyptic scenario, it took man quite some time to pick up the pieces and rebuild civilization from scratch. The largest and best thus far is categorized by the settlement hierarchy as "...
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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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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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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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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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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 be needed to have a database that contained information on people with powers in a post-apocalypse?

For a post-apocalyptic world I'm writing, I have a bunch of, essentially, demons that have killed a large majority of humanity, destroying almost everything in that stands in their way, whether that ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Going from the apocalypse to X-years post-apocalypse in a logical and realistic way [closed]

I'm currently developing a post-apocalypse story idea, where a virus caused the death of a lot of humans and in advanced phases spread to animals and made them insane (don't want to have zombies nor ...
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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 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 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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