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Based on history, tactics are your best bet. A great example is battles from the British-Zulu war, which didn't have a great outcome for the Zulus but contained many examples of tribal warriors outmaneuvering the vastly more developed British forces, often because the dominant force became complacent with their power and were caught completely off guard.. ...


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If you had used science-fiction, or omitted science-based, things could be holywoodian as you describe. Given science-based, though, most likely the disease would probably cause as much panic and less deaths than bird flu, or flash eating bacteria. This disease you describe can be prevented by wearing a simple mask. As soon as the disease is found out, the ...


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Humans consume only a tiny fraction of any given body of water making poisoning a natural water sources relatively inefficient. That said, the water pumping stations in small-to-mid-sized towns tend to be pretty lax in their security, and all of the water that they process goes straight into people's homes. Insert your payload directly into the station's ...


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Medicine. I am a great fan of Ambroise Pare. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambroise_Par%C3%A9 I recommend anyone interested in this stuff read his Apologie and Treatise. He is a super engaging and interesting writer and you really get a feel for his personality and the times in which he lived. Pare was a 16th century barber-surgeon and is best known for ...


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Clockwork hacksaw. From a postapocalyptic character I dreamed up for this question, who sabotages a helicopter. Primitive tribe fighting back against advanced military force? I was thinking about Hack's homemade hacksaw. It has a clockspring at the base she can wind up. On triggering it moves the blade back and forth a couple of mm, very fast. ...


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Hanna-Barbera had the exact same problem for their series the Herculoids. They addressed that need with Tundro, the up-armored rhino that shoots plasma balls from his forehead horn, because the best defense is a good offense. A brute of a cargo carrier, mega-traction with its mutant-like ten legs, and the heart of a warrior, always ready to protect his ...


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I think the answer to your question (in my opinion) ranges from realistic (it could happen) to scifi (still realistic but with extra bells and whistles that seem cool). Here's a list of ways you can handle this: Bulletproof vests vs. Harpoons and ballistae: The way kevlar works is that it's really good at absorbing kinetic energy. But here's a catch lol: it ...


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So who says he just started gathering followers after the apocalypse? Maybe he had a cult going when the end happened, hell maybe he predicted it (or something close enough he can pretend). If he had already been stockpiling loyal cult members and supplies then once the apocalypse happens he's in a great position to take over. He's probably got a ...


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With such a tiny population (2000-4000 is a small town, not a "city"), very little will be passed on. Example: The city's size might support a single doctor and a single lawyer, each with a single apprentice. Certainly not an entire medical school or law school. The entire scientific background of clinical medicine will be lost in favor of merely practical ...


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When an object at rest at some height is allowed to accelerate through gravity and hits a lower elevation, it converts its gravitational potential energy into kinetic energy and imparts the ground. There are considerations about elastic vs. inelastic collisions, but they don't matter much for this question. Things can be simplified down to the following ...


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Rhinos are already armored powerhouses. Most small arms would do little more than anger them. In a post apocalyptic world, the weapons needed to bring them down without risking a good deal of loss of life would be rare. I'd recommend vanilla rhinos or just slightly toughened hides (rendering them all but immune to small arms fire).


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Humanity is not as smart as it was. Homo sapiens has existed as a species for 300,000 years. It took 290,000 years before members of our species domesticated the animals we like to eat, and another 5000 before anyone made things out of metal. There were not technological innovations for a very long time. Maybe something happened 10,000 years ago to our ...


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Why aim for a body of drinking water when you can do so much damage elsewhere? You won't get too far trying to pollute a body of water used for drinking. Aside from the near-endless security measures, it's not hard to switch from an unsafe source to a safe one. Given however that over 90% of the world's oceans are totally unexplored, you can really narrow ...


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Polluting a body of water is a badly conceived idea when it comes to mutual assured destruction. If you want to annihilate an enemy, you want its soldiers either immediately dead or demoralized to point of surrender. An army intoxicated by radioactive water with certain death somewhere in the future makes a nightmare of an opponent, for the simple reason ...


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Your people with primitive weapons get upgrades. https://www.lordnelsons.com/gallery/frontier/griffing/14.htm Depicted: the Battle of Bushy Run, 1763. Here the Ottawa fight the British using rifles. How did Indians get rifles? The same way as anyone else - they bought them, or traded for them, or were given them by the enemies of the British. The ...


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I hope this is useful for you, but the less armored people need to use the brain intead of the weaponry. I'm going to answer from my limited knowledgement of warfare. PD: Sorry for my english. Primitive defender vs advanced attackers The best scenario for the "primitive people" (I'm going to call them that way, if you don't mind). Here, you need to use ...


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Tomahawks A proper tomahawk has a hatchet blade counter-balanced by a small hammer surface on the back of the head. A steel tomahawk whose axe blade has a pointed beard (the part sticking down from the main axe blade) can also be used for prying. In one tool, you have a weapon, a hammer, an axe, a prybar, a skinning blade (hold the hawk by the hammer ...


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A War Pick and Rope A War pick is essentially 1 side of a Pickaxe and 1 side of a hammer/axe. The pick side combines the advantages of a standard pick and crow bar. You can use it to help climb buildings, by stabbing the pick side into the wall. You can use it to destroy stones, rocks or metal contractions in your way. The metal pick will provide much ...


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Forget the crowbar, get a halligan bar. Scavengers are less like burglars and more like firefighters they just want entry as easily as possible, so look at what fire fighters and other rescue units use. halligan bars are far more versatile than a crowbar and way better for getting through doors and walls. They were designed by firefighters to get into ...


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Crowbar and Axe are the best frends of any scavenger. You can wear them both and they both are not bad weapons and have a lot of different usages. + knife - you shuold always have a knife of some sort with you in any kind of hiking even now.


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I really don't see that you actually have a problem here. Dictatorships almost always form around a cult of personality, and the more pressure the population is under, the more quickly they can form. All you need is the Dictator to accumulate just enough power to create a safer place for people to be than wherever they were, and they'll flock to him. ...


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Very plausible. This has happened numerous times in asian history, great empires fracturing after a great defeat or civil strife. look at china and middle east most of it will be there. While knowledge wasnt wiped out, talented people got killed, people who knew how to administrate,lead and execute orders. You could say that leaders are easier to replace ...


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What about pages from books? Wouldn’t have much tactical value but they would be hard to come by and people would desire them, plus if they were from a technical book or something they would be even more valuable, and you bring one book with you and you can pay for a lot.


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