What if your state or country had to rebuild after…

What if your state or country had to rebuild after...

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What if your state or country had to rebuild after…

Tomorrow, the entirety of humanity disappears without a trace from the earth except for the area in which you currently reside. It therefore falls to the people of your State (or country, for non Americans) to rebuild civilization.

Would you have a sustainable population?

Could your population survive without the outside trade and support that it is currently used to?

Assuming you have some authority in this new world order, what special decisions and actions would you take to have the best chance for success?

How long would it take for your new humanity to repopulate most of the planet (at least five billion people populating all the continents besides Antarctica) and what would the resulting culture(s) be like?

Easy Mode: All of the world is identical to how it is right now as far as climate goes. Cities and infrastructure are completely intact but will degrade at the natural pace without maintenance.

Medium Difficulty: All the world excepting your area is in a ravaged and highly degraded state. There are large swathes of nuclear contamination. Most of what humanity had built is crumbling and in disrepair.

Hard Mode: All of the world has gone fully to post-apocalyptic hell. You wake up to find mutant variations of your local fauna trying to kill you. This is you and your fellow last remnants of humanity’s new normal.

Can you make it through easy mode? Hard? None?

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40 Comments on "What if your state or country had to rebuild after…"

  1. AbsoluteZero July 11, 2015 at 12:07 am -      #1

    Well. First off, I’m Australian. And australia is the only continent on earth which can be completely self sustaining. So, a complete lack of trade is just so much hot air. The only loss will be the entertainment industry. We’ll likely be stuck with soap opreas and cooking shows. Ugggh… it truly is the end times.

    Population is stable. Institute a rule for encouraging mass breeding in order to cross the oceans and bring aussies to where they’re needed.

    Easy mode, we’d ace.

    Medium… we’d ace. Utterly self sustaining. The only reason we’re not currently is trade, With no need to trade, we’d be fine.

    Hard mode is what we call the Outback.


  2. Ciridae Hunter July 11, 2015 at 12:50 am -      #2

    I live in Arizona, so regrettably there would be a bunch of hicks running around the world and shooting each each other because one guy’s tan is too dark (lotta racists here, sadly). Thankfully we have a large agricultural society, several solar power plants exist here along with Palo Verde so we’d still have power for the southern half of the state. Grand Canyon has water but we would probably have to migrate to acquire more. It would take at least 150 years to get to 1 billion (assuming families have at least two or three kids) and another fifty to one-hundred to get to five, but there would be constant conflict and no anime or comics or scri-fi; so basically I might as well paint the walls with my brains :p

    Easy: we would survive easily.

    Medium: We be strained with the inability to loot clothes from other areas, but many would learn the finer trades and be rather secure.

    Hard: Since we have a large hick population we would have no trouble from the wildlife unless they become bulletproof. We might be able to produce more ammunition assuming all of the smart people don’t commit suicide right away. Farming would have to be done by hand, so most people would die of starvation or from being shot trying to steal food, but overall after the panic phase we’d get into the swing of things.

    Then I would make pilgrimage to Funimation headquarters in Texas and revel in the pre-apocalypse glory before doing the same in other areas (New York, Vegas, et cetera) while enjoying the surreal, crumbling beauty of the lost world.

  3. Numinous One July 11, 2015 at 2:04 am -      #3

    Yeah Australia has it pretty good in this situation.
    Get out of the cities and most people have some degree of experience in multiple lines of work.
    I’m not even halfway through my twenties and I’m qualified in one and somewhat proficient in two trades, same goes for most of my mates who do a trade.
    I reckon we could get back up on our feet rather quickly.

    I doubt the people out on the cattle ranches would even notice the apocalypse to be honest.

    As far as special commands or whatever, I’d get rid of that dickhead Abbot and continue on with my life.

  4. mack006 July 11, 2015 at 2:06 am -      #4

    Well since I am Australian, I’ll obviously root for my country. Though a sudden disappearance of trade could do a lot of damage to the economy, I am sure we will bounce back rather quickly. To sum it up:

    * Are responsible for 30% of the world’s coal supply
    * Account for 50% of China’s iron supply
    * Largest bauxite producer in the world (aluminium ore)
    * Third largest Uranium producer in the world (Ironically we don’t use nuclear energy)
    * Third largest natural gas producer in the world
    * Contains one of the largest underwater reserves in the world, occupying over 20% of the country
    * Very fertile soils, expecially around the coasts

    Well, thats all I can think of for now. Hopefully we can survive.
    Dunno about the rest of you guys

  5. AbsoluteZero July 11, 2015 at 2:15 am -      #5

    Australia: Completely self sustaining, hostile the further into the country you get, so much so it spawned Mad Max with naught but the landscape. Of absolutely no strategic value whatsoever.

    Australian Military Strategy in case of invasion, “If they can inhabit it, be our guest.”

    One of those lucky countries who could functionally have people live post-apocolyptic environments already, just by moving closer to the center of the country. Overall, this scenario is probably the least effective on Australia of all potential doomsday scenarios.

    My question to the non-australians here. Can you -trust- that your country isn’t going to be apocolyptically annhilated? Come to Australia, where the Apocolypse won’t make things much deadlier!

  6. Ciridae Hunter July 11, 2015 at 2:21 am -      #6

    Does Australia have nice forests? I would be willing to sail to China or something, but I prefer to live by trees that aren’t shorter than me (Arizona sucks-we’d survive but that isn’t living)

  7. AbsoluteZero July 11, 2015 at 2:33 am -      #7

    Australia has bushes. Trees are in them. We also have some rainforests. All of them are filled with deadly animals. But, you can try some tradititional grub food.

  8. Ciridae Hunter July 11, 2015 at 2:36 am -      #8

    That’s fine with me. I used to hunt wolves with knives back when I was brave (a retard) so if I had a firearm because I’m not as young (retarded) as I used to be, then it would be easy enough to survive.

    Are mutant animals edible, or will radiation kill me?

  9. AbsoluteZero July 11, 2015 at 2:41 am -      #9

    Australia has strict gun control laws, and I wouldn’t suggest randomly eating animals you find in the bush, other than standard grub food, which you can find inside trees. Trying to eat a cane toad would likely kill you. Feel free to kill as many of those as you can see. We don’t want them.

  10. Ciridae Hunter July 11, 2015 at 2:49 am -      #10

    I know about cane toads. And I hate them, so if I see one I’ll step on it and hope the others are watching.

    So no crock-pot croc stew? No honeyed Koala? That hurts, but so does dying (and I’ve run out of good Karma a long time ago) so I guess I’ll have to make due with farming. And gardening. Just hope the Jampocalypse ends quickly and that the Asian Giant Hornets don’t mutate.

  11. Ninja Lowk July 11, 2015 at 3:55 am -      #11

    Maryland? Apparently we’re called little america cuz we’ve got a little of everything from farm land, to mountians, to beaches. Eh, we might do alright.
    Also, crabs.

  12. Blaze July 11, 2015 at 7:21 am -      #12

    Heh i live in Hungary which is a very interesting case,Becoz we have got LOTS of fresh water and farmland(called puszta) we also got mountains and hills.

    easy mode:it will be really easy because we didn’t got any ores but the country’s next to us got a plenty.There will be a major migration of hungarians into Europe because we hungarians mostly obsessed about reclaming the Carpathians (no offense but i know my kind,we are still enraged by the decisions made nearly 100 years back)We should survive but yeah entertainment would hard because all of our favorite game and movie industry titans would be lost (but hell yeah we’ve neocore games)

    medium mode:Yeah we sucked but i believe that we would be able to rebuild the nearby countries before Hungary collapses.

    Hard mode:If it will be fallout style i think we would survive we got lots of domesticated animals and nearly everybody knows the ricks of farming so many would die but many would survive too.it will take much more time to rebuild civilization but i think we’ll manage.

    If i could make an edict i think i would make soap operas forbidden and would reboot SG1, SGA and SGU :)

  13. AreNamesNeeded July 11, 2015 at 7:35 am -      #13

    Hard mode sounds like Fallout, or Half Life 2. I’d go with China. 1 billion people right off the bat, if I’m not mistaken.

  14. AreNamesNeeded July 11, 2015 at 7:37 am -      #14

    Also I live in England. We’re fucked. No survival instincts other than “Must get food from fridge”.

  15. Darth Bombad July 11, 2015 at 8:04 am -      #15

    Canada woo woo! we’re the second largest country in the world, with immense
    natural resources and a small sustainable population.
    We’d breeze through the first two, the third might be a problem thanks
    to our wildlife and some of the harshest wilderness outside the jungle.

    The new world would be a lot more polite (LoL) and because we’re so damn
    multi-cultural most of the world could eventually be reclaimed by their people.

    As for my executive decision, America is rebuilt and returned to native control.

  16. Sauroposeidon July 11, 2015 at 9:06 am -      #16

    World is fucked. I live in Missouri.

    “As for my executive decision, America is rebuilt and returned to native control.”

    At this point, we are the natives. Not even counting natural born citizens, do you know how many of us are mixed blood natives? You would be hard pressed to find somebody in the midwest to East Coast who isn’t 1/20th Cherokee or whatever. Not sure about the West Coast.

  17. itcheyness July 11, 2015 at 10:12 am -      #17

    “As for my executive decision, America is rebuilt and returned to native control.”

    So you’re exiling your First Nations people off of their native land (Canada) to a land that isn’t there’s (The United States)?

    You’re a sick monster

  18. TheSorrow July 11, 2015 at 1:37 pm -      #18

    I would imagine if you lived in Canada that you would go by which province you live in, and not the entire country itself.

  19. Glutinous-Bicarbonate July 11, 2015 at 3:55 pm -      #19

    Yeah, I amend that. America, Canada, China, and Austrailia are based on their constituent states/provinces/territories

  20. Shadow-Knight July 11, 2015 at 3:58 pm -      #20

    My people have rebuilt from nothing before, it would take time but we could do it again.


  21. Darth Bombad July 11, 2015 at 5:45 pm -      #21

    “based on their constituent states/provinces/territories”
    So that restricts me to B.C. damn that nerfs me quite a bit, we’d still do well
    but there are some key resources we’d need to secure from other areas.

    Actually it’s all are land, your borders mean nothing to us, my people used
    to roam so far south we had contact with the Sioux and Apache.

    I was gonna say kick everyone out to re-populate their own countries,
    but that seemed a bit too extreme. LoL

  22. Friendlysociopath July 11, 2015 at 6:32 pm -      #22

    …Screw it, I’m just gonna be a zombie, hakuna matata bitches.

  23. LadyRamkin July 11, 2015 at 7:24 pm -      #23

    If my life experience/knowledge included anything outside of the room that contains all my stuff, then i might actually be able to answer this question. As it stands, I am barely aware of what country I live in, let alone any of that other stuff.

  24. Epicazeroth July 11, 2015 at 8:55 pm -      #24

    Well, I’m in Maryland. I think we could be self-sufficient. We’d have to figure out how to build electronics and machines before they ran out.

    Though obviously the whole US would probably do better. Might even get Californians to stop growing all those damn almonds.

  25. Ciridae Hunter July 11, 2015 at 9:05 pm -      #25

    I always thought California should stop shoving avocados down people’s throats during summer, but yea-they’re not even good almonds.

  26. AbsoluteZero July 11, 2015 at 9:36 pm -      #26

    Even locked to my state, we’d still crush it. Huge amounts of room to move into, we know the lay of the land. Australia has the huge advantage of A. Being potentially completely self sustaining. And B. Not directly connected to any other nations. Reinhabiting the country is only a matter of time, not effort.

  27. Murder July 11, 2015 at 10:59 pm -      #27

    They only people in the US equiped to survive any of these scenarios are the conservative, right wingers.Anyone not armed to the teeth and moving in large numbers will be quickly gunned down and their valuables and/or virginities taken. My area is mostly tourist and urbanites, so we’ll slowly destroy ourselves until all the perishable food and potable water has gone… and we all die. The few rednecks, farmers and survival experts will be murdered and their property assimilated by people extending their lives a few days longer.

  28. Ciridae Hunter July 11, 2015 at 11:28 pm -      #28

    At least you can steal some clothing to look flashy while someone kills you. I only have boots, jeans, and enough leather to make a BDSM boutique.

  29. GrandMaster July 12, 2015 at 12:50 am -      #29

    Texas should do fine. It has a ton of oil and plenty of farmland, so resources won’t be a huge problem. It has room to grow in regards to space and has a pretty sustainable environment.
    Easy mode Texas does fine
    Medium Texas does fine.
    Hard mode Texas takes casaulties but almost everyone I know owns a weapon of some sort so while their might be some chaos in the beginning once it has passed Texas should be able to do ok.

  30. Ninja Lowk July 12, 2015 at 1:18 am -      #30

    “enough leather to make a BDSM boutique.”

    So what you saying is, when the apocalypse comes, you’re the person responsible for all the crazed bandit’s clothing.
    You better stock up on metal spikes just to be safe.

  31. Ciridae Hunter July 12, 2015 at 3:17 am -      #31

    “You’re the one responsible for all the crazed bandit clothing”

    I also make armor and improvised weapons, so you can also blame me for being able to withstand gunshots or when they stab you with electrified spears made using car batteries, jumper cables, old katana blades/sheaths, and duct tape (easier to hold onto when bloody and holds the cables in place). I know I would live through the apocalypse, but I would still be depressed if all of the authors I like died (no more games or anime, either-so depressing) because I would have to socialize with actual people (aside from you guys, but you could all be machines for all I know)

  32. Marshy88 July 12, 2015 at 9:23 am -      #32

    Here in Ontario, Canada, we got lots of farms and a health 13 Million people. Sure, Anyone in the GTA is screwed, because of 6 million people in such a small space. So easy, nailed it, medium, millions instantly die if they are in the center of Toronto, hard, we might do. Just wished i could use my last home California, I had a friend with a machine gun. That’s who u wasn’t to be with in an apocalypse.

  33. Marshy88 July 12, 2015 at 9:24 am -      #33

    Ps that photo on the left of the post is Toronto

  34. admin July 12, 2015 at 10:54 am -      #34

    @Marshy88 – Nice Minecraft builds!

  35. Marshy88 July 12, 2015 at 10:23 pm -      #35

    ? @admin what do you mean?

  36. CrimsonBaron July 19, 2015 at 9:10 am -      #36

    I live in Northampton, in England. Assuming England’s political structure stayed the same, everyone in the UK is dead, especially us as Northampton council cannot do the right thing regarding road building, let alone gathering food! If the political structure breaks down and one strong leader takes over, we could survive on Easy as long as the Channel Tunnel and various ferry services still work, to spread into Europe and eventually Russia and the Middle East. Medium, probably not, as Britain hasn’t supported itself for centuries, once we gained an Empire and began to rely on imports. Hard, no chance. Not enough high-calibre weapons for hunting these badass mutants that spring up.

  37. Rookie July 19, 2015 at 9:17 am -      #37


    Welcome to BankGambling.

  38. Dualgunner July 19, 2015 at 9:20 am -      #38

    Wasn’t expecting another Arizonan on this site! Hiya!

  39. CrimsonBaron July 19, 2015 at 9:35 am -      #39


    Thanks! I’ve been viewing the site for about a year now, finally decided to join. This sounded a great topic to complain about my government on! Yeah, the UK is screwed if the government stays in power, else we are OK on the Easy.

  40. mortis August 14, 2015 at 2:18 am -      #40

    I’m in California, and I think that most if it would be alright, at least it would where I would, because we are mostly self sustaining, at least on the outskirts, and the most anyone would have to worry about would be looters and militias and bandits, though my towns full of veterans, so we’d do pretty well

    Easy: as the astralian put it, we’d ace it

    Medium: may be hard, but U.S. In the sierras would be fine

    Hard: again, small, isolated town full of vets in the mountains, we’d do fine

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