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Why would you build slow moving vehicles instead of faster ones?

Some thoughts that come to mind: Slower vehicles are usually more fuel-efficient. It would be fair to suppose that fuel is limited and precious. Maybe they have no gasoline at all and are forced to ...
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How long would today's books last in a post-apocalyptic setting?

For reference: Books printed before the year 1500 of the common era are called incunables and can be really expensive. Prices in the thousands of dollars or euros are usual, tens of thousand are not ...
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Why would you build slow moving vehicles instead of faster ones?

Slow moving vehicles are silent and less probable to be detected by zombies. Zombies can hear loud sounds and a loud engine will surely be noticed. People have built vehicles with very small engines ...
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Why would you build slow moving vehicles instead of faster ones?

They're Using Zombie-Power. Remember hamsters in wheels? When all the petroleum and derv ran out, an alternative needed to be found. Harnessing zombie-power is as simple as making a big frame with ...
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Post Apocalyptic Military

200 million soldiers With almost all technology gone, they're gonna go back to subsidence farming, with almost everyone needing to farm to support humanity. That means military matters will be ...
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Why would you build slow moving vehicles instead of faster ones?

Because when you are in hostile territory with no decent roads, a slow moving vehicle is still better than a toppled up or broken AND standing still vehicle. If you are crossing a hostile territory ...
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Post Apocalyptic Military

Frame Challenge Without a continued external Threat, you have no Military. That is the purpose of the Military - to engage the enemy at the Strategic level: Country vs Country - but you have already ...
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How long would today's books last in a post-apocalyptic setting?

Decades or centuries, depending This depends on whether or not the paper is acid-free. Traditionally, paperbacks and other cheap books (inlcuding comic books) were printed on acidic paper (because it ...
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Why would you build slow moving vehicles instead of faster ones?

Robustness vs Structural Weakness Since (per your comment) all of the modern vehicles are broken down/otherwise inoperable, these people essentially had to design engines from the ground up, using ...
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Why would you build slow moving vehicles instead of faster ones?

Torque vs. Velocity Your problem isn't actually unique. Why would anybody today buy a slow-moving vehicle? Why buy a 1992 Ford F-150 when you could have bought a Ford Mustang for the same price? The ...
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How long would a post-apocalyptic space colony take to recover modern levels of technology?

The colonies have some manufacturing capability, mainly confined to refining lunar rock and ice into usable materials, manufacture of ship and habitat parts, fuels, farming, and the like. So not ...
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Why would you build slow moving vehicles instead of faster ones?

The people aren't in the wagons Looking at the Oregon Trail, which also featured slow-moving wagons, the people weren't in the wagons. The wagons were loaded with supplies, so they had to walk ...
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Would an industrial level society be able to visually identify orbital debris from a destroyed mega structure?

They can, but for different reasons It can be plausible that they can find an exceptionally large piece left over with a logo or something. However, looking into space is relatively difficult compared ...
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How long can nuclear power plants last without the power grid and humanity?

Most power plants, nuclear and otherwise, are going to automatically go into shutdown once the grid stops drawing power. The biggest issue at nuclear plants is then one of the spent fuel, which if you'...
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Why would you build slow moving vehicles instead of faster ones?

They will need to use an existing vehicle In a post apocalyptic world, your ability to fabricate parts to suit your needs will be very limited. Attaching a bunch of armor plates and gun mounts to an ...
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Why would you build slow moving vehicles instead of faster ones?

Zombies have motion-based vision. There’s no reason to assume an undead brain has all the faculties of the living brain, so we can posit zombies only seeing things that move faster than a specific ...
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Why would you build slow moving vehicles instead of faster ones?

With petroleum fuels almost impossible to obtain, having been used or evaporated, and nigh on impossible to refine, they have to rely on solid fuel: wood, coal, coke, etc. Consequently they have ...
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Post Apocalyptic Military

It depends on what culture(s) survive the apocalypse The size and composition of a country's military has far more to do with cultural values and socioeconomic factors than it does with its actual ...
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Post Apocalyptic Military

There are problems You have a planetary population of 300,000,000. It's a worldwide population. Using a linear reduction, that means the population of England was reduced from 55.98M to 2.1M. The ...
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How long would today's books last in a post-apocalyptic setting?

Depends on the kinds of document Since this is a hospital, we can generally assume there are 3 kinds of printed products being stored: Medical Records, Published Textbooks, and Laminated Reference ...
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Why would you build slow moving vehicles instead of faster ones?

Jerry Rigged Electric Vehicles that use Solar Power There are plenty of EVs to go around once the apocalypses happened. After all, without the power grid functioning EVs became almost worthless to the ...
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Would an industrial level society be able to visually identify orbital debris from a destroyed mega structure?

No. They might see geostationary satellites but they would not see any detail on them. Here's some quick figures... I happened to be re-reading Patrick O'Brian's "The Mauritius Command" ...
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Why would you build slow moving vehicles instead of faster ones?

These people are walking You have a very large group of survivors (at least 100, possibly hundreds) of zombie apocalypse trying to cross from the east coast of US to the west coast. A small number of ...
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Why would you build slow moving vehicles instead of faster ones?

Speed is not as important as other factors. In general, you build for speed if you need speed. You wouldn't build something that goes fast unless you have a need to go fast. If you don't, then all the ...
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Why would you build slow moving vehicles instead of faster ones?

Speed and Power adds stress and strain to the Vehicle. Think of the old 1980s work truck that has 400,000 miles on it and is still trucking. against a Race car that needs to be rebuilt and worked on ...
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Would an industrial level society be able to visually identify orbital debris from a destroyed mega structure?

No. Take a look through youtube at some amateur astronomers' attempts to picture the international space station. They're sort of recognizable, but even the good ones are fuzzy and indistinct. Then ...
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Why would you build slow moving vehicles instead of faster ones?

They’ve built tanks Zombies are dangerous at close ranges. Therefore, the further out they are, the less dangerous they are. Your survivors need to more without risking infection, so they built mobile ...
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How long can nuclear power plants last without the power grid and humanity?

It's going to depend on details about the safety systems at the plant. I'm no expert on nuclear plant engineering so I'll yield if someone who is chimes in here. But in the US, at least, nuclear ...
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Post Apocalyptic Military

Not More than 150,000 (And Probably Lots Less) If you have guaranteed there are no zombie-equivalents and no marauders and one world government, then there isn't anyone to fight. Internal police will ...
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How long would today's books last in a post-apocalyptic setting?

One more important issue regarding duration of books is the printing method. When you have a computer printer then it can be ink printer or laser printer. The laser printer has also taken over a part ...
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