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What would it take to create insulin in the post-apocalypse?

In post-apocalypse fiction, diabetics, if they are ever even mentioned, are typically portrayed as utterly, irrevocably screwed. In fact there was a pretty cynical example in Dies The Fire (a book ...
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Post-Apocalypse Vessel To Sail The Great Lakes [closed]

What would be a good design for a vessel that has to transverse the Great Lakes region, from Lake Superior to Lake Ontario, and do so fairly regularly? Some Info Resources: a good amount ...
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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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Post-Apocalyptic Earth. Escape from Warehouse Moon

In its heyday Earth was a great interplanetary trading post on account of its low gravity moon which was used as a warehouse for all kinds of goods. The Moon was covered almost entirely in large ...
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If humans die out would ruins of modern civilization be left in 10,000 to 20,000 years [closed]

I'm making a post apocalyptic story that take place 20,000 years in the future. And I want to know if modern civilization ruins would be around after that. stuff like buildings, signs, ...
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Slaves and used in the sexual profession? [closed]

I ask this question. In a world that was destroyed due to a great catastrophe. A new world order has emerged and the people are governed by a council of 12. This new world order allows slavery to ...
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In a post apocalyptic world, how long would hospital equipment survive?

In my world some scientists were put in what is basically a biodome, and have been teaching their children/grandchildren science and medicine, ect. there was a bioweapon that went haywire and killed/ ...
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How might a group (with an electrical engineer) restore downed power lines post-apocalypse?

In the scenario I'm envisioning, my group is in a city. They've got a source of hydroelectric power, but a few downed power lines/utility poles are making it difficult for them to transmit the ...
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Essentials for post apocalyptic traveler

You are a traveling across what used to be Colorado and Utah: it may be cold, it may be hot. This is okay, you have caches of clothing and weather gear you can easily pick up. Electricity is ...
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How can I have a permanent post-apocalyptic world?

I've recently been looking into post-apocalyptic settings for a possible novel. I like the feel of people trying to survive off of the land with nothing but the clothes on their back, or banding ...
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How long would it take to revive an extinct race of people via cloning?

So there's this planet that, several decades earlier, suffered a massive famine and drought that made habitation impossible. Everyone still alive on this planet died, except for 2 escapees, both of ...
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Can a person get out of a hole by means of water? [closed]

Someone is trapped in a small room (say, 20ft by 20ft), 100 feet underground. If there is water nearby the room, how could it be used to get a human out? There is not concrete around the room, to ...
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How many years could notebook computers and phones be stored in a closed bunker/vault and still operational when found?

The idea is for some people in a post-apocalyptic future to find these bunkers/vaults and be able to turn on the computers and charge the cellphones. How many years could the equipment last if they ...
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“An Even Blacker Death”, This Time in the 21st Century [closed]

Long ago, I asked a question as to how the culture of Europe would be affected if, instead of one-quarter or half of medieval Europe's population got killed by the black death but two out of three or ...
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How well would a society 35,000 years in the future remember today? [closed]

The story is set 35,000 years after the year 2024. In 2024, Donald Trump makes fun of Kim Jong Un's stupid hair, and long story short, the Earth gets nuked to the point where everything is covered in ...
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What I need to store culturally relevant data for a minimum for 1000 years [duplicate]

I want to write a story where the protagonists hunt down Apocalypse Repertory Caches, A.R.C.s. I had intended that A.R.C.s would be full to the brim with information: farming, medicine, civics, ...
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Effect of nuclear fallout on glacial ice

I'm working on building a post nuclear war society in a nuclear winter where northern countries have risen to dominance through a combination of being non-primary targets in the nuclear war and having ...
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How long would a location have to be quarantined to form a functional society?

Assuming disparate groups of people live within an indefinitely quarantined area, and initially have a vague notion of someday rejoining the rest of the world, how long would it take for people to ...
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How are post apocalyptic police/paramilitary force funded?

Background World has had a disaster that has caused a global breakdown of society, along the lines of Fallout or The Walking Dead (90% of people have died or been turned into flesh-hungry zombies.) ...
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Why would post-apocalyptic men be twice as large as women?

I'm creating a post-apocalyptic world several centuries into the future. After the nuclear war whatever is left of humanity has regressed into the dark age. Society: The offspring of those few who ...
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Reproduction is limited by mutation [closed]

In the year 2020, a cosmic event caused large-scale mutation in humans. Every woman could reproduce only once in her lifetime. Two hundred years later, what would be the population and composition ...
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If modern civilization collapsed, what impact would a lack of trade and industrial base have on the next civilization centuries later? [closed]

Let's say that civilization ends due to non-globally destructive means. For instance, a rising tide that destroys ports and trade wouldn't scar the landscape of Denver the way nuclear war would. ...
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Sailing the Endeavour out of Sydney [closed]

The apocalypse has happened - a super-virulent plague has ripped through, leaving only a small percentage of immune survivors. Luckily, for the purposes of this question at least, there is fairly ...
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Plausible way to time travel 10,000 years into a future where there is zero technology [closed]

Ideally the subject(s) would be stashed deep in a cave, and the process would be timed to wake him(them) up after 10,000 years have passed. Because of the low-tech nature of the future and the absence ...
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Ballistic armor for mammoths/ general potential carrying capacity

First question so go easy! I've been looking around for the carrying capacity of Elephants, hoping to extrapolate that to a Woolly or Columbian Mammoth. I know logging Indian elephants can lift half a ...
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What would languages descended from Esperanto look like? [closed]

Esperanto itself is mostly derived from/reminiscent of English, Polish, Russian, German, French and various romance languages (or so I’ve heard). In a post-apocalyptic future where the survivors ...
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What could you scavenge from the average American house? [closed]

There was a nuclear war about ten years ago. Now, people are coming back and stripping InsertCityHere of useful supplies. I want to know what they could get from the average American suburban house. ...
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Mobile Post-Apocalypse Shelter

So there was a nuclear apocalypse. It doesn't really matter why. Most people now, about a few decades or so later, are scavengers. They take pre-nukes things and use them for shelter and utilities. ...
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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 people randomly scattered wherever they were before everyone disappeared. How long would it take on average for 2 or more people to meet? What other ...
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A catastrophe that wipes out the current civilization but does not make humanity go extinct [closed]

I'm looking for a catastrophe on a scale that can wipe out civilization as we know it, but humanity will not go extinct (i.e. humanity will start to thrive again after some time has passed, but should ...
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What purposes could a technological ruin with a half-mile sphere full of water have served? [closed]

There is a soft sci-fi RPG called Numenera, set on the Earth a billion years in the future, where multiple technologically-advanced civilizations have risen and fallen, and a new human civilization is ...
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How many years should survivors wait before exiting a nuclear bomb shelter?

I'm writing a tale about a post apocalyptic world. I'm studying the timeline about the world history, I've planned that, using "clean" thermonuclear bombs, radioactivity should be quite lower after ...
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How to go with “convert and convince” tactic in post-apocalypse settings?

My backstory goes like this: Russians develop deadly virus which kills you if you are not a Russian. They decided to release it in the USA to solve the cold war once and for all. However, something ...
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Planet of the Rodents: Who wins?

So, this is essentially a Rats of NIMH AU (Alternate Universe); as in canon, a group of rats are captured by scientists working for a laboratory located at the National Institute of Mental Health (...
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How Advanced can Societies of Hooved Animals be?

Humans have come and gone. Their aggressiveness and pride have caused their own end. War has torn apart all society, engineered diseases pick them off one by one. The last remaining people have fled ...
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Locating GPS coordinates after the apocalypse

It's after the apocalypse. Most modern technology has been destroyed, either by disaster or neglect. How could you locate a particular set of GPS coordinates without the aid of the satellites or ...
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Anatomically Correct Zombie

As requested by JBH, I edited this question to fit the Anatomically Correct Series. The classic zombie is no mystery to anyone: undead, eats people and multiplies by biting humans. Could they ever ...
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Gravity Change on Earth [closed]

Ok so hypothetical situation, the gravitic force of the Earth is changed. Let's say that the Earth still revolves around the sun, and the moon still revolves the Earth in the same way, but within our ...
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What vehicle would be the best one to start a >1000 km travel in a post apocalyptic zombie situation?

In order to define the best vehicle these inputs have to be taken into account: The zombies are the classical ones, "the walking dead" ones are a perfect example (definitely killed only by headshot, ...
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How in a post nuclear apocalypse setting could a group of survivors set up a “Internet” or “Internet-like” service?

In a world set many years (At least a generation or two) after a near extinction level nuclear event, how could a recovering population set up a internet or internet like service? Key points I'm ...
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What disaster can cause an ancient magocratic civilization to fall into a magical dark age? [closed]

The idea that I have for the plot of my story revolves around recovering magical texts and artifacts from ancient ruins. My magic system is based around speaking a written language of magic to cast ...
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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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Realistically, could post-apocalyptic America be reverted to the medieval ages?

So, in the year 3241 AD, 1,200 years after the “Big One”, a nuclear war, there is about to be a huge crusade. Pope Paul XLIII wants to claim the holy city, New Denver from the Kodiakist Church. ...
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What would happen to Earth's climate and sky if the ozone layer was completely distroyed? [closed]

It would be very interesting to have sci-fi stuff showing our planet lacking the ozone layer due to deterioration of biodiversity and pollution. I read that Earth could not have life if there wasn't ...
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How Long Can a Burnt Postapocalyptic Forest Be Barren?

Lately, I have been reading word that our latest epidemic of firestorms is so severe that "trees won't plant themselves naturally", according to the Arbor Day Foundation. Indeed, the picture of a ...
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What profession would best prepare someone for life in a post-apocalyptic setting? [closed]

I often enjoy using settings in which civilized society as we know it has recently collapsed. I find this to be a particularly interesting way to explore the limits of human survival, especially when ...
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Can our civilisation create an artifact / time capsule to transfer knowledge to the next intelligent species?

The government of a rich country decides that it's time to create a time capsule to store our scientific knowledge so that in the case of a global disaster (meteor impact, nuclear apocalypse, etc.) ...
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Humans are gone - what can I harvest from their cities 30M years later?

A new species with technological potential is starting to multiply and subjugate the Earth. What resources can it harvest from human (our) cities which were destroyed 30M years ago (humans are gone ...
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Post-apocalypse: large mammals erased, can homo sapiens 2.0 build civilisation?

Humans managed to erase themselves from existence, taking a large part of Earth's higher mammals (apes, cats, dogs etc) with them. Millions of years later, the biosphere has recovered and biodiversity ...
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Could a junkyard be provide a better-than-average basis for habitation after the apocalypse? [closed]

So, some people go to an average sized junkyard, after a total nuclear war just ended. They decide to make the junkyard home, and even name it “Junk City”. Cut to a few centuries later and it becomes ...