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Without the capability of producing chips, they are basically stuck somewhere in an Iron Age, meaning anywhere between Ancient Egypt and late Victorian era. All their equipment will continue to work as long as their electronic survives, once it start failing they will need to downgrade the production to what is possible with manual control. Food production ...


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Well, for reference -- the surface temperature of Venus is 460 degrees Celsius, which is higher than the melting point of lead. So if Earth is in that boat, game over for Earth. In the short term, the colonies are going to have to work together to survive and grow back into industrial, inter-planetary civilisations. I would think chips are important but ...


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I have to point out that the scenario is problematic when it comes to actually knocking down this civilisation without just killing everyone, and in fact almost everything, on the planet. Given that the water on this world is very deep, the OP has stated several km or deeper, and the civilisation floats, and the population is quite thinly spread across the ...


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To quote Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park, "Life Finds A Way". The floating coral islands are just the latest evolutionary adaptation to surviving on an impact riddled water world. Life of course tried bottom dwellers and fish first, but water is too good a conductor of heat so creatures who lived completely surrounded by that water were boiled to ...


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Because they are homing pigeons Pigeons have a remarkable sense of navigation, and will return to their nest, even at distances of hundreds of miles. Humans have been taking advantage of this ability for thousands of years for communication and sport. So even if the pigeons temporarily leave the city, their instincts bring them back home.


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Population Pressure It's quite simple. Much of the push to settle areas is due to population pressure. The pigeons simply haven't filled the island yet, and due to unknown dangers, the few who have gone beyond the island haven't returned. I'm not familiar with how prolific pigeons are, but the same mutations that gave them intelligence (or related ones) may ...


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Let's not forget basic biology here. They are Rock Pigeons who have been adapted to nesting in rocky crevices. The cityscape if simply full of rock crevices. Yeah, they can talk and chat and think, but they still gotta go back to the nest. (The similarities between caves and human dwellings are also compelling!) This basic biological adaptation keeps them in ...


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The ruling class discourage it In order to maintain control over the pigeon masses the ruling politicians discourage migration and strip the citizenship of any who leave, preventing them from returning. A real world parallel might be Western citizens who traveled to the Middle East to join ISIS. Their citizenship's were sometimes completely stripped and they ...


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Same reason my intelligent dolphins haven't: they're not interested. Taking over the world is a lot of hard work, they'd rather just hang out and have fun. And yes, that's a very Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy style answer and may not be appropriate to your context :) But seriously, whether an intelligent species has the potential to take over depends on ...


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The rest of the continent is ruled by crows Corvids are notoriously smart, with some species already having intelligence on par with apes, capable of manufacturing tools, and understanding physical laws. Now imagine if the aftermath of nuclear war (or whatever that had caused the extinction of hairless apes) had granted sapience to pigeons, of all birds, ...


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As a last ditch science option (with some political angle), at one point in time they couldn't navigate outside of Manhattan. The calamity that killed off the humans disrupted the Earth's magnetic field, it didn't disappear it just got alot more chaotic. As some birds have been found to sense magnetic fields, I will assume that pigeons can as well. Thus when ...


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It may depend heavily on the societies' recollection, if any, of the fall. A society that venerates the old golden age before the fall will probably strive to rebuild their new civilisation on the bones of the old sites. A society that continues to remember the fall as a time of fear and chaos and the cities as the centres of the fall is likely to shun old ...


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The flash of another impact.. large holes in the ceiling allow dust and smoke pouring in Below, young people dance and party, to the end of times.. KHAOS festival in Tessaloniki 2012.


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They are racist bigots. Outside of Manhattan there are other pigeons. Those pigeons. Not that smart. Not smart at all. Really just animals. Now don't get me wrong - the pigeons out there are easy on the eye and some have nice voices. They are fine with their own kind. But you let one of those green-necked Lotharios get at your daughter and next thing ...


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It would look like a bunker. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/aug/11/bunker-building-for-the-end-times-by-bradley-garrett-review-the-new-doom-boom Because that is what it is. This one is being used as a night club. There are light effects along the walls. The acoustics are less than idea for reproducing recorded music. But for live music, the ...


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From the inside it would probably just look like a regular nightclub. In times of stress of stress people like to be reminded of the good old days. So From the outside The place might be a reinforced concrete bunker with with armed guards patrolling, But from the inside it probably looked very similar if not identical to what we would see at 21 St. ...


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I feel like nightclubs are one of the most-portrayed, if not THE most-portrayed, cyberpunk settings. You can find lists of examples at https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CyberPunkIsTechno and https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/CoolestClubEver In Second Life, pretty much everyone builds a cyberpunk nightclub, it's the most common location ...


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Q: They have developed a complex multi-party democracy that, by coincidence, runs more or less along Westminster system lines Political affiliation and lessons from the past Earth was once human. Current pigeons ancestors thrived in human cities, they were influenced by humans, human culture and human remains. Their system is in fact human. There are two ...


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To these animals, Manhattan is the civilized world. Anywhere else is just lawless wilderness inhabited by feral creatures that will prey on each other without a second thought. To move away from there would be like an average urban dweller to move to deep in the Amazon. The isle does not keep them in, it keeps the dangerous wilderness out, allowing for the ...


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Because, like Dr Doolittle, they can talk to the animals If these pigeons are physically the same as their ancestors today, there are a whole lot of things they can't do. They can't develop a tool-using society because they lack opposable thumbs or an acceptable substitute. They aren't strong enough to lift heavy things and their body shape plus limits on ...


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I have met people in Manhattan who haven't left Manhattan in 20+ years. Perhaps your pigeons have the same mindset. You know the one. I could see this being real funny in a story. "Ew, you crossed the bridge??"


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It depends on water. https://www.michaeljohngrist.com/2009/10/airplane-boneyard-in-the-mojave-desert/ Depicted: long term plane storage in the Mojave desert. It is dry. When there is water there is corrosion, and freeze/thaw heave. And there is life pushing and nibbling and burrowing. Things in a wet climate return to the Earth fast. In a dry climate ...


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It is also interesting to ask if any technology from 100-500 years ago is in use (or at least functioning) today, and the answer is... yes. Now admittedly they are likely to have had some maintenance in that time, but it still gives us some useful reference. This list is made from my own recollections of old things and spending 30mins on google. ...


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Mostly recycle, with limited restoration. 100-500 years is a long time. It's long enough for concrete to break down for steel to rust, and electronic components to break. Some rare materials well repaired by nanites and protected from the elements may have lasted longer, but most of the technology is gonna be wrecked and useless to you.


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Considering how limited these peoples' access to immobile reasources, I'm gonna assume that you want a weapon that does a lot with very little. I suggest a weapon that reuses its ammunition. Take any projectile weapon, and modify it so that you can use the ammo again. An arrow that is easily lost in the bush? Nah, attaching a small rope or string to that ...


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This question goes in the direction of the anime Dr. Stone which I highly recommend watching if you wanna see a setting like this. Well, others stated that farming technology would be super important, I'm not so sure about that because even if the whole knowledge about farming is lost, it is not super hard to find out how crops grow on a field. The anime has ...


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Maybe you might read A Canticle for Liebowitz, by Walter M. Miller Jr. This looks at the aftermath, specifically a group of monks who are trying to find, preserve, and copy books from from before an apocalypse. One problem is that they don't understand much of what that are copying: one monk devotes years to making a beautifully illuminated copy of a ...


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tl;dr: The front page of the information on that disk is concerned with preserving the infrastructure to read and preserve the information itself for as long as possible. Computers and storage media — including, unfortunately, unwritten ones — have a very limited shelf life and will be irreplaceable without a working industrial infrastructure. There is no ...


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Antiseptic child birth and farming techniques are your greatest initial focus because modern civilisation requires a certain population density, and the diversification of labour that it allows, in order to function. You need as many people as you can get and the food to keep them feed more than anything else. Basic sanitation, food hygiene, general ...


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Everything 10TB can hold every scientific paper, technical manual, patent, textbook, and engineering schematic in existence with lots of room to spare, likely enough extra room to fit every published book. Compressed text data and technical diagrams really does not take up that much space. You might even have enough space left over for all the more popular ...


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Almost all people die, a group of 150 people survives. They get to keep a small selection of books. Modern civilization is as dead as the dodo. There is nothing they can do to keep it alive. Nothing. Presuming that they have enough food and hand tools to keep them alive for the first few years, the best books they can have would be -- A set of 19th century ...


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Warning: Contains Math Let's start with the numbers side of things. My city, Toronto, has roughly 3,000,000 people. A brief Google search shows its school board to serve roughly 247,000 students with an additional 91,000 in the Catholic school system. All totalled, that means that a bit over 11% of the population is serviced by the city's school boards. ...


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It's feasible and the modern day rich do it a lot. Boarding schools are common. The rich have no time for their kids, and often send them away to a school with other rich kids. Some states also dump most kids in a state school as well, so they can be educated to properly follow the state. It doesn't make especially resilient people. In a boarding school you'...


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the are called creche schools and they have been tried. So it depends on what you mean by "feasible" They ran into a few problem. especially when the children were only or mostly raised in the creche. Creche raised children tend to treat crechemates as family and biological family as strangers. A reoccurring problem was crechemates had a lot of ...


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