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Can capybaras spread to Louisiana from Venezuela and populate it in less than 1000 years?

Some hundreds of years ago, all humanity was removed from the Americas. In fact, most humans are gone from the world altogether. In the intervening time, nature has overrun the formerly human ...
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How to Keep a Local Radio Station Broadcasting in an Apocalypse

I need to keep a radio station running after an Apocalypse. There is no power grid of course. Details of apocalypse are not entirely set in stone. The only rules to this question are those ...
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Why might a robot's memory be unreliable after the Apocalypse?

Setting A nuclear war between two superpowers happens, and nuke after nuke is fired at nearly every country on the globe. The war, which lasts for about 4 hours, kills over 3 billion people, and many ...
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Why might the androids be hated by the Post-Apocalyptians?

Before the nuclear war, android servants were common all around the USA, especially in the larger cities, where they did numerous tasks. The androids are programmed to help any human in need, and if ...
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How could a musician get continent famous without radio or instant communication? [closed]

In the 26th century, 500 years after a nuclear apocalypse, most modern technological marvels, like radio, television and telephone have been wiped out. Which means, if you want to find out what’s ...
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Designing the fallout shelter: Exits

Watching TV series The 100 reminded me of one huge flaw of Fallout shelters. (Spoiler ahead, I think?) Most of the bunkers depicted in popular works have one huge design flaw: There is only one ...
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Why would a post-apocalyptic group would want to rebuild the USA long after USA falls (i.e. not for continuity of government)? [closed]

Out in the East Coast Wastes, in between Virginia and Maryland territory, is a deep crater, that was once known as DC. It was hit multiple times during the war, and most of the structures collapsed, ...
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Humans are Gone: Do the Chickens Make It?

Some hundreds of years ago, all humanity was removed from the Americas. In fact, most humans are gone from the world altogether. In the intervening time, nature has overrun the formerly human ...
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What's a plausible way prove the existence of the “electron” to the doubters? [closed]

So, at many colleges in the North American region, most famously the New Jerusalem University and Chicago Collegium, much old world, pre-apocalyptic information is often taught at schools, including ...
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How would the scholars read Modern English 800 years from now when they speak a different language?

Out in the former state of Utah, near where the Old Salt Lake ruins are, a group of scholars and students from the New Jerusalem University are on an exploration mission. They have heard, from an ...
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How threatening is instant human extinction to life on earth? [closed]

All humans magically drop dead this very instant. How badly will this affect other lifeforms on the Earth? Ideas: Will nuclear plants leak radiation since there is no one left to man them? Will ...
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What would a post-nuclear-war Earth actually look like? [closed]

Many popular depictions of the aftermath of a nuclear war show the entire Earth as a sort of desert - hot, irradiated, cratered, with deformed animals scrounging around and generally quite bleak. This ...
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How many years would it take to reach an industrial revolution level of life from scratch? [duplicate]

We have created artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence doesn't like working for us. Artificial intelligence figured out that it doesn't need us anymore and of course did what every human ...
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What could post-apocalypse humans do about dangerous, genetically augmented dogs?

So, out in Colorado, in the city of Den (population 1600), there is a huge problem. Before the war, a geneticist lab was trying to create police dogs that were stronger and superior to normal dogs. ...
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What are the building materials, crops, and livestock my post-apocalyptic community needs to survive?

Near Twin Lakes, Colorado, there is a group of people who have formed a community called Five Families, named after the five extended families that settled the area (The Donners, Troys, McKyles, ...
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Post-apocalyptic Anchorage [closed]

Context Anchorage is the largest city in Alaska (for a size comparison think of Denton, Texas) and just like the rest of Alaska is in a winter wasteland, and depends on the rest of America for its ...
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How to deal with “menstruation” during the post apocalypse? [closed]

So, there is a post apocalypse, a nuclear one, that destroys most modern day infrastructure, along with factories that produce, ummm, “female hygiene products”. The technology of the world has gone ...
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Maintaining a hospital after the apocalypse?

Centuries after the apocalypse, this humanitarian group, called O.R.E, (Organization Rebuilding Earth), is running a hospital out in a place called Des (Former Des Moines). They’ll help anyone who ...
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Discovery of space-time distortion via post-apocalyptic cartography?

So I have been working on a world where space has been "cracked" by some mysterious disaster which plunged the world into chaos. It is not immediately apparent - i.e. no giant glowing holes in the ...
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Which parts of our civilization would survive 1000 years? [closed]

If some catastrophic event happened that wiped out humanity tomorrow, not destroying any objects or places, which parts of our civilization would survive for 1000 years? What would the world look like?...
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How to explain why there was no military presence after the apocalypse? [closed]

In the year twenty-hundred and sixty eight (2068) commie demons rose up from the underground and scorched the United States, and the United States Kingdom demons rose up from the underground and ...
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How to get tattoos in the post apocalypse?

In my post apocalyptic world there is a tribal clan called The Mutants. None of them are those radiation zombies however, and they are all actually just prime humans. They are called The Mutants, ...
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What information would be useful to these tribals?

Long after a nuclear war wiped out most of the people on earth, civilization has been knocked of its feet. The San Diegoans, a small tribe from San Diego, were unremarkable to say the least. A small ...
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Creating a new society by children

I am trying to write a TV series based on the ""virus kill all adults" popular premise. The difference is that it should be very realistic and based on research in biology, sociology etc. The ...
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What useful information could a post-post apocalyptic world glean from a 4chan-like resource?

My post-post apocalyptic society (200+ years after the fall) is extremely technologically stratified, with the haves hoarding near-future technology and the have-nots making do with pre-industrial and ...
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How long would it take for society to readjust after half of human population suddenly ceases to exist? [closed]

How or why this happens is outside the scope of the question, but suppose one day roughly half of the human race vanishes out of the blue. The "disappearance" happens completely randomly, with no ...
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How to name a post apocalyptic town? [duplicate]

I cannot think of good names for towns in my country in the post apocalypse. Most of the time I just call the towns “New Houston” or “New Seattle”, but I need more creative names. What are methods ...
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How long would it take for an array of introduced alien fauna to form functional ecosystems on a near-future “Dead Earth”?

Imagine that, in the near future, pollution, overpopulation and war leads to a massive extinction where almost all chordates, some invertebrates and many plants are wiped out. Small, resilient plants, ...
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How to enforce the slave rules?

After a nuclear war, the Post-Apocalyptic Southwest has organized itself to become the Western Federation. The Federation is a Democratic Republic led by a high elder and council. It has laws banning ...
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Can an apocalypse send civilization back to Iron-age technology? [duplicate]

I'm sandboxing a question about a post-apocalyptic setting similar to Horizon: Zero Dawn (in which the achievements of modern/futuristic man are seen as magic by their hunter-gatherer descendants), ...
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How do my PA civilizations rebuild after a depletion of the planet’s natural fuels?

How do my PA civilizations rebuild after a depletion of the planet’s natural fuels? Even with a wealth of information to rebuild, would civilization still be permanently stunted due to being unable ...
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Is this a good reason for the tribes to stay?

So, in my story, there are these 3 tribes out in Southern California that are fighting a war over resources, water specifically. My main character helps one become victorious. The names of the tribes ...
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What would be the effects of a worldwide nuclear disaster? [closed]

I have a dystopian project coming up and I would like to ask for some advice. What would be the effects of a worldwide nuclear disaster? Some answers to include are: How long until humans would be ...
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Everything alive in the world dies this instant. Without bacteria to decompose anything, what happens to the remains? What does this look like?

So when I say everything, I mean everything. Humans, animals, plants, fungi, bacteria, all dead. If the bacteria and other detritovores and decomposers can't decompose anything since they themselves ...
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Cooking with flatscreens [closed]

If you were stuck in a dystopian future, where all technology was useless but still littered around (and so physically available), what would you re-purpose to enable you to cook a stew? Fire surround,...
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Way to divide up Earth for post-apo story purposes [closed]

So, I'm basicly creating world in which most of terrain which isn't shoreline, mountain or plateu is shrouded in "Mist" (with capital "m") which renders this terrain inaccesable for people, they are ...
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Plausible weapon or other cause for a space-stage civilization to shatter and revert to primitive societies

So I have been creating this one planet recently. It has naturally occurring water, atmosphere, and alien life already there. It's a nice place that is almost a duplicate of pre-human earth, just with ...
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How does an adolescent became a prominent post apocalyptic leader of a large community? [closed]

My story is set in The Walking Dead universe. Quick explanation for those who don't know what that is: Comic and TV show about zombies and more about how the survivors deal with the apocalypse than ...
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Would religion still have a play role in society after the apocalypse?

So, the classic nuclear apocalypse happens, 90% of the human race is gone, and the cities of the world have been totally destroyed. Life was PERMANENTLY changed for the survivors. People were reduced ...
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Human caused apocalypse other than nuclear winter or climate change [duplicate]

I am writing a post apocalyptic story in which a large amount of the foliage is dead and agriculture has become much more difficult. My original idea was to say that this was caused by an ancient ...
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What supplies would be needed to build a modernish town/city in the post apocalypse?

So the nuclear apocalypse happened, and 90% of the population died from the either the blast, radiation, famine, violence or disease within the next 5 years. Fortunately, the United States government ...
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How would a big cat evolve to climb on and jump between ruined modern buildings?

So, in a post-apocalyptic setting, when humans have gone extinct and their cities fell into ruin, I was wondering what animals might evolve to conquer the ruins of our cities. Notice: I know that all ...
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What will happen to a spent nuclear fuel pool without routine maintenance?

Assuming the human population is decimated (how doesn't matter) such that nuclear power plant maintenance is impossible. What would happen to a spent nuclear fuel rod pool? It seems to me that ...
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Could humanity survive on a single food source?

Let's imagine that every food source except one suddenly becomes extremely toxic for humans and no matter what we try to do with them, they stay toxic. I'd like to know if there's some food source ...
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Animal husbandry in post-zombie apocalypse Great Britain

Disclaimer: The scenario here is modelled after the M. R. Carey's book The Girl With All The Gifts and its sequel The Boy On The Bridge, so it will contain some spoilers. Scenario: Most of human ...
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Future People on Earth [closed]

I watch the TV show The Last Man on Earth and there is only a handful of women and men living. In the show the few are trying to conceive. They haven't covered how eventually they will have to inbreed ...
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Lunar society and survival of technobarbarian survivors of space-ship crash [closed]

The Premise Generations and generations ago, interstellar war engulfed an earthlike system. One casualty of this war was a sizeable vessel that was crippled and crash-landed on a moon orbiting an ...
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Is it realistic to believe an apocalyptical setting can last 500+ years?

Our world of fiction is filled with books, movies, and games suggesting a Mad-Max-style apocalypse can last hundreds of years. This, despite the fact that nuclear fallout would decay within a decade ...
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How long would cities be recognizable after a nuclear war?

In 2068, a nuclear war is fought between the USSR and the USA. 42,000 best bombs are used, and 2,000 megatons are used during the war. My story takes place mostly in 4 regions of the United States, ...
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Generating and storing power in a post-apocalyptic world

Say that an apocalyptic even takes place, a genetic disease wiping out most of humanity in a matter of years. So, there are no bombs, nuclear winter, or any sort of event that messes up the ...