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What are the harmful consequences of burning cigarette stubs in large quantities?

I have a pair of survivors living in a trailer (18-wheeler's trailer) and they have found about 3 pounds of cigarette butts and have decided to burn them for warmth. What would happen to these two? (...
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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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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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Genetic enhancements to breed docility, intelligence, empathy, and acceptance?

I'm beginning to build a post-apocalyptic world wherein rulers want to breed humanity in such a way that: 1) does not end up again in the ecological mess we see in the real world, and; 2) human beings ...
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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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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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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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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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Feasible guns and ammo in a distant future post-apocalyptic setting [closed]

I'm working on a setting for an rpg and I definitely want to go for a distant future, post-apocalyptic world, not unlike Numenera. In Numenera guns of all different kinds would be considered Cyphers ...
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Would calibers be kept for reverse engineered weapons in a post apocalyptic setting?

For a setting that I design I deal with REBUILT post apocalyptic weapons. Sooner or later someone (possibly more than one side) would try to manufacture some weapons. Actually, not just repair ...
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Disappearance of a large amount of the Earth

Imagine that, suddenly, a rather large cone shaped hole from the core to the crust appeared. All the land mass of the cone just vanished. Which could be the changes that this event would produce in ...
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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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Is there anyway life could survive a nuclear apocalypse realistically?

The only such media I've seen is Fallout, which is obviously highly fantastical. I mean, they mutant animals and irradiated zombies running around! But realistically, is there anyway that life could ...
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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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How would a post-apocalyptic society come about worshiping contemporary literature?

In a world after modern society has been completely demolished and history has virtually been forgotten, civilization still struggles to carry on as humanity rebuilds to something reminiscent of Late ...
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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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What animals would dominate after the apocalypse? [closed]

After a large nuclear war, most of the survivors get the hell out of dodge, and leave the large cities to build communities in places with nearby water sources, land for farming, and etc. But, the ...
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Complete cloud coverage for 300 years

What would the weather conditions be like if earth was covered in a layer of clouds and pollution for 300+ years? there is still light in the day but it is minimal and the nights are pitch black. ...
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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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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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Destroying an earth-like planet with a green-house

Due to global warming, Earth has become uninhabitable. The rich left off to colonize 'New Earth' while everyone else is left behind. For whatever reason, the people left behind have survived, but out ...
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How does life recover after a nuclear war? [closed]

Let's suppose that on a planet the intelligent beings started a nuclear war and destroyed most of the surface of the planet. Now, the intelligent beings are all extinct. Assuming this were an earth-...
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Post-apocalyptic… Rasberry Pi with Linux distribution?

Some time ago I asked about redesigning computer from scratch in post-apocalyptic setting. Nevertheless such approach may seem a bit like reinventing the wheel... So I'd try to look at the same issue ...
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Benefits to Yellowstone Eruption today?

If the Yellowstone Supervolcano did happen to erupt within the next ten years or so, what benefits would there be to humanity? I understand that there would probably be many extinctions to other ...
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Where could Humanity live on Earth had LA Apocalypse not been resolved?

In the terrible movie LA Apocalypse the planet's core destabilized causing the fault lines to erupt, magma spilled out, earthquakes going every 5 minutes. Eventfully things were resolved by detonating ...
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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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How to stop cannibalism because of a world's lack of resources? [closed]

Create this mental picture in your head: A World named Gazon that used to be full of life until the Sentient Gazons you created used up all the available resources and started eating each other. Only ...
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Using psychic powers to rebuild civilization

One day, a huge rock crashed into Earth, somehow resisting all efforts to shoot it down as if it were protected by some mysterious force. Its impact into the African continent wiped out a substantial ...
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Fall of steampunk

Imagine a world where steampunk has been taken to a highly advanced level. Gears and cogs and all that fun stuff, on both massive and minuscule scales. Now destroy that civilization. Earth split ...
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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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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 would a plan to bootstrap civilization after a full collapse look like? [closed]

Provided civilization collapses, as it probably will sooner or later, how could a plan to bootstrap it after look like? A satellite system that provides information at the right moment (after cities ...
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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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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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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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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 kind of weapon would you need to level an entire city to glass? [closed]

Title says it all but let's be more specific: I'm planning a post-apoc world where our current civilization has been wiped out in a large scale war. The story takes place centuries after the ...
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Feasibility of mothballing passenger jets and cannibalizing some of them

Situation: A huge, well organized group of survivors (including pilots, technicians, etc). A few dozens of passenger jets left that because of shortage of fuel soon would not serve as transport ...
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How fast would our technological world shut down if most of us died?

In the event that MOST of the world population were wiped out in a plague / apocalypse that did not directly destroy infrastructure, just killed the people, how long would infrastructure like the ...
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A Recent Mass Extinction--How Long Must Life Reel Itself Back In?

In our understanding of mass extinction and adaptive radiation, we have found that life can't and doesn't bounce back right away. They take time. It took life eight to ten million years to recover ...
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What impact is felt by in our modern society if no other fauna and flora exists?

Suppose somehow everything animals and plants except human went extinct overnight, they simply vanished without trace no remains nothing. My story will touch on how our survival instinct turns us into ...
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Highest Possible Standard of Living in a Post-Apocalyptic World [closed]

Let's assume a world in which the human population and web-of-trade have been severely reduced by a worldwide civilization collapse. How would small community (in the hundreds or low thousands) go ...
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Could a nuclear war cause the majority of Earth to be uninhabitable for hundreds or thousands of years?

I understand that nuclear bombs don't have lasting radiation effects on the area that they're dropped. Examples of this are Nagasaki and Hiroshima, where less than a century after an atomic bomb was ...
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How long would current weapons last?

In a post-apocalyptic world where humans stopped producing the weapons and ammunition as we know today, how long would one be able to rely on one of these weapons (guns, rifles, etc.) they posses? How ...
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A Generation of Revelation [closed]

In this alternate scenario, events from 1950 to 2012 had reduced the human population from 12 billion to 500 million. They are, as follows: 1950-1986: The whole continents of Africa and South ...
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World after extreme nuclear radiactivity and mass reproduction

For whatever reason earth has been contaminated with extreme amounts of nuclear radioactivity that cause dna changes as much as that would be possible, countries from all over the world come to an ...
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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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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 ...
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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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How would English language develop in an apocalypse? [closed]

I'm planning an English-speaking apocalyptic world, where only a handful of survivors exist and serve as anchors for past culture. Interestingly I've lately noticed how strange the language in many ...

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