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Man-portable weapons for post-disaster Arkansan troll hunters

I have a short story in the making where two young men go hunt a troll for an old widow. I have some ideas for what they could be carrying, but am aware that messing up something as fundamental as ...
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How can I justify the absence of weapons? [duplicate]

Think of a post-apocalyptic world: 2% of the population survived, the world is in utter disarray - the works. The entire populace is controlled by a special group of advanced people, who control all ...
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Logical reason why would the bunker population use Wastelander DNA samples?

It’s been a little over 190 years since WWIII, AD 2157. Most of the surviving human population live in small farming settlements, tribal villages, or, if lucky, United City States. But, there exists a ...
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Restoring the current date based on ~100yr old sources

Imagine that humanity find out that their current date allegedly representing years A.D. is several years off. The only unquestionable timestamped data on the physical state of the Universe (...
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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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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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Are these gaps in post-apocalyptic tech possible?

So humans ended up all dead in a hundred years, and then after some time humans appeared back on Earth, but know nothing about the previous humans. They found records and blueprints of things like ...
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What city (or cities) in the U.S. would be a good sanctuary after apocalypse? [closed]

After an apocalyptic event (worldwide weaponized plague knocks out 90% of the population, say), what city in the U.S. would make a good sanctuary for survivors and the new capital for the remnant ...
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How to cut corners while rebuilding after apocalypse?

Setting: modern technology (read early XXIst century), modern humans. new virgin planet which needs infrastructure. millions of survivors, but still little by standards of global economy. Aim: ...
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Pegging currency to agrarian produce

Under the Bretton Woods system the US Dollar was fixed to gold. ($35 would get you an ounce of gold if you were there.). This obviously created problems when gold became rarer and rarer; the American ...
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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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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 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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How do the wealthy live/survive after social/economic collapse?

I am thinking about a realistic Earth scenario following total economic/social collapse as well as mass extinction of humans on Earth (90%+). The scenario involved "stragglers" who try and eek out ...
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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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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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How could a small fantasy world survive hundreds of years of darkness?

Setup: A small fantasy world -- with about three cities, five sizable towns, typical medieval technology, a low amount of magic, and some typical monsters living in the uncivilized parts -- is plunged ...
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How to prevent a fantasy world response to repeated near extinction events?

This is for a medium/high fantasy magic setting with a medieval flavor (a D&D campaign setting) and am trying to get a grasp on expected long term effects/reaction by repeated worldwide ...
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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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What would it be like living underneath a solar thermal tower in the middle of of post-apocalyptic city?

The premise for the the world I'm building is that the Superpowers of Earth lost an interplanetary war with the Colonies of Mars. As a result, most of Earth's governments have either collapsed or have ...
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Would an earlier HIV pandemic be a realistic, plausible historical apocalypse scenario?

The most recent common ancestor of the HIV-1 M group, responsible for the HIV pandemic, dates back to the Belgian Congo city of Léopoldville (modern Kinshasa), circa 1910. And the genetic history of ...
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Which voltage and frequency would be selected if there were no legacy issues?

Which voltage and frequency would be selected if there were no legacy issues? I can easily find how selection of electricity frequency and voltage was based on backward compatibility and quite ...
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Unearthing a landfill 50-100 years later [closed]

I am working on a post-apocalyptic world with relatively advanced small-scale militaries. In what ways are landfills useful as sources of rare earth metals, glass, or other materials? Edit: Mostly ...
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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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What would a post-apocalyptic government be like?

This question has to do with the same storyline I proposed in How would government change if everyone died by the age of 25? (although now that I've written a few short chapters, the name of the land ...
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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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How difficult would it be to use scrap metal from a car to make armour or an effective short sword without using fire?

Tools available would be wire, bricks, hammers, a hack saw, a pair of compound snips, and flex glue. As well as the intact body of the car itself. Assume you find the tools inside or easily within ...
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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 ...
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How do I create a societal collapse with ruins, while the tech can make Ridiculously Human Military Androids?

How do I create a societal collapse with ruins, survivors, and the weaponry is back to pre-gunpowder technology (swords, shields, bows, etc.), while the Pre-Collapse tech can make Ridiculously Human ...
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Humanity loses the vast majority of its technology, information, and population in the year 2122. How long does it take to rebuild itself? [closed]

The year is 2122. An AI created in the year 2115 with complete, unfettered access to control of the entirety of Earth's electronic equipment has caused a mass extinction event of humanity after ...
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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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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 man-made monuments in the U.S. could last for 500 years?

It’s the year 2568, exactly 500 years after Nuclear war destroyed the two superpowers that started it, the United States and the Soviet Union, along with others such as China, both Koreas, Japan, ...
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Is there an impact event scenario where vegetation could survive on the surface but humanity would not?

I am working on a scenario that begins with an impact event. I have multiple questions, but I'll start with the catalyst for this world. Is there a type of impact event that would not be a global ...
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Can cities and homes stop being functional during an impact winter where the only option is move on?

Following up on this question, Would Living Underground during Impact Winter be Ideal, I realized I have more questions. I was asking about an impact winter that was caused by an asteroid and leads ...
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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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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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If the Cold War went hot in the early 1970s, do NATO and the Warsaw Pact have any plans to rebuild after the last nuclear warhead goes off? [closed]

So, if you are thinking this is just another random scenario, it is not. It is a sequel to my previous question on whether the Soviets and other Warsaw Pact forces, henceforth referred to as PACT ...
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What could you mine from a city squashed by an ice sheet - in a new ice age?

Western civilisation fell over a few centuries ago, because the Earth shifted back into a full on ice age climate. Oh and Skynet kind of happened. Ice sheets expanded, inexorably rolling over the ...
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Is it possible to dye cloth/leather with blood?

Is it possible to dye leather/cloth with blood without it fading, perhaps by using a sealant of some-kind? Note: This would be in an apocalyptic world where advanced chemical compounds would have ...
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Production of ammo in post-apocalypse - problems and solutions

First i'll introduce the settings, it's the same one as for my previous question (about currency). It's happening in post-apocalyptic SE Europe (Balkans specifically), about 60-80 years from now. ...
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How a nuclear war in north hemisphere would affect the south hemisphere?

I'm trying to figure out how a nuclear war in the north hemisphere would affect the south (specially South America, where my story is set). I read about the nuclear fallout and nuclear winter ...
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Unprepared and Without a Homeworld

The Scenerio In the very near future a NASA probe returns to Earth with a soil sample from an asteroid containing a strange substance able to catalyze cold fusion reactions. The economic value of ...
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Will humanity survive if only larger cities are left?

Let's pretend that somewhere around our current time there exists a secret superweapon that kills humans nearly instantly but doesn't cause significant damage to structures or nature (flora and fauna)....
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How would the appearance of Earth from orbit change when it would be rendered uninhabitable?

Through extreme pollution and large-scale warfare with atomic, biological and chemical weapons Earth has become completely unable to sustain life. The atmosphere is toxic, the water undrinkable and ...
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Postapocalyptic, Venus-like planetary atmosphere

This question is about the same postapocalyptic future setting as this one, so you might want to refer to it, if you have any questions… about my question: What species, if any, would survive this ...
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Does this apocalypse and the following events make sense?

First off, I apologize for this lengthy post. But in order to give you a clear understanding of everything, I think this is necessary. So I've been creating a world which has suffered through an ...
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How long could we preserve technology post-apocalypse?

If we specifically engineered a doomsday bunker to preserve technology and weaponry, what could we preserve and how long could we make it last? I'm looking at a timeline of circa 300 years. You can ...
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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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Horses vs. Bicycles in a soft post-apocalypse

I want to ask about the utility of bicycles vs. horses, but in a rather specific circumstance. In the future, there is war (the particulars are irrelevant), and it causes the usual loss of population ...