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Where should one choose to live in a post apocalytic world?
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May 19, 2010, 02:38 PM
 
I guess it depends on the type of apocalypse, but suppose 99.5% of humanity died and you could gather a small tribe together, where would be the best / safest place to live?

I'm guessing somewhere in the southern hemisphere, but my knowledge of geography is rather limited. I would want to avoid nuclear and other dangerous waste deposits, and dangerous weapons storage facilities. A geologically stable place. A non flood / hurricane prone area. A place where agriculture would be sustainable.

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May 19, 2010, 02:44 PM
 
Depends on the type of apocalypse, certainly. Asteroid/tsunami would rule out coastal or island places.

Nukes would rule out populated areas.

Middle america is already a dustbowl with either flooding or tornados.

I'd say Montana, snow is better than flooding. A million cultists can't be wrong.
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May 19, 2010, 02:47 PM
 
New Zealand South Island Tasmania.
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May 19, 2010, 02:47 PM
 
I wouldn't last an hour in a post-apocalyptic world.
     
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May 19, 2010, 03:01 PM
 
Georgia or California, if they weren't already wiped out. Lot's of agriculture there.
     
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May 19, 2010, 03:12 PM
 
The intermountain region of the U.S. is geologically stable place and you'd be able to have a farm there. You'd want to stay away from former population centers and have a lot of weapons. Much of the surviving population would eventually be knocking on your door when the last of the abandoned supermarket canned food goes bad.
     
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May 19, 2010, 03:45 PM
 
Where I am.
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May 19, 2010, 03:56 PM
 
The South Canada Sea would be uninhabitable, folks.
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May 19, 2010, 04:57 PM
 
Somewhere tropical.
     
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May 19, 2010, 05:04 PM
 
Santa Barbara, CA for climate. In case of large waves there's a 4000ft mountain to go up.
     
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May 19, 2010, 05:06 PM
 
Living on the crowded Eastern Seaboard probably means I'd be a blood-thirsty super mutant in no time. So please, keep telling me where to find your delicious brains for future reference.
     
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May 19, 2010, 05:33 PM
 
Arizona. Wait, wrong thread.
     
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May 19, 2010, 06:02 PM
 
Alaska, just so I can keep an eye on Russia, from my house.
     
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May 19, 2010, 09:36 PM
 
^Only if global warming comes true and it becomes a tropical paradise.
     
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May 20, 2010, 05:32 AM
 
Originally Posted by design219 View Post
I guess it depends on the type of apocalypse, but suppose 99.5% of humanity died and you could gather a small tribe together, where would be the best / safest place to live?

I'm guessing somewhere in the southern hemisphere, but my knowledge of geography is rather limited. I would want to avoid nuclear and other dangerous waste deposits, and dangerous weapons storage facilities. A geologically stable place. A non flood / hurricane prone area. A place where agriculture would be sustainable.

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I'd go for somewhere around Lake Geneva. Mountains nearby. Fresh water + ability to fish in the lake. Towards the south west of the lake it starts to flatten and there's lots of agriculture there now.

Only issue is this : if the apocalypse was started by the LHC, then you'd want to be as far away as possible from Lake Geneva.
     
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May 20, 2010, 02:12 PM
 
Originally Posted by hyteckit View Post
I say Oklahoma.
The main thing is to get as far away from other people as possible. Unless you plan to use them for food, that is.

Butchering the Human Carcass

Then you want to live uphill from them.
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May 20, 2010, 02:25 PM
 
Originally Posted by iMOTOR View Post
Arizona. Wait, wrong thread.
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May 20, 2010, 02:31 PM
 
Look to history, where did early man thrive? Nile, Yangzte, Tigris/Euphrates, etc.

Coastal flooding isn't as bad as it sounds, because you can just relocate upshore. No property ownership issues when everyone else is dead. But you do need fresh water, and that means a river. Rivers are also good for low-tech renewable energy.

You generally want to avoid actual tropical climates because of disease. Humans are good enough at dealing with cold, but dealing with tropical diseases is something we have significant trouble with even using the most modern technology; not something you want to volunteer for if you're "roughing it."
     
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May 20, 2010, 02:49 PM
 
Originally Posted by Uncle Skeleton View Post
You generally want to avoid actual tropical climates because of disease.
Localized disease is not something I had considered. I was thinking southern hemisphere because of the lesser development ... but moving very far might be a big mistake.
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May 20, 2010, 04:03 PM
 
I think the father north the better, like somewhere in Canada. Plenty of resources, and no pests/diseases to worry about. Of course there are Grizzly bears.
     
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May 20, 2010, 10:12 PM
 
Mississippi...lots of water, trees (for shelter and warmth), very rich delta region and lots of wildlife. Plus the remaining population wouldn't want to visit it because no one wants to visit it now.
     
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May 20, 2010, 10:24 PM
 
I'd go there.
     
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May 20, 2010, 10:48 PM
 
I'd say raid a library or bookstore for every possible survival book you can find and go in the opposite direction of the crowd. The last place you want to be is somewhere that you have to compete with other humans for survival (there's always someone bigger and badder). Most people will head south for the warmth ... I'd head somewhere with cold winters. A bonus would be somewhere with well developed solar, hydro or wind powered infrastructure.

Honestly, I'd probably stay in the Canadian prairies.
     
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May 20, 2010, 11:10 PM
 
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<right winger making "clever" remark>The post apocalyptic world, as in sometime during or shortly after the Obama presidency?</right winger>
     
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Originally Posted by besson3c View Post
<right winger making "clever" remark>The post apocalyptic world, as in sometime during or shortly after the Obama presidency?</right winger>
<left winger making "clever" remark><right winger making "clever" remark>The post apocalyptic world, as in sometime during or shortly after the Obama presidency?</right winger></left winger>

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May 21, 2010, 07:09 AM
 
It's all about Fresh Water. All of us living in the Great Lakes area will be in great shape for the pending Obamapocalypse (and fighting the rest of you off with pointy sticks!)

     
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May 21, 2010, 07:18 AM
 
South east US in the western slopes of the mountain ranges (Blue Ridge, Alleghenies etc)
     
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Lets not ruin the thread by bringing in politics, please and thank you.

Originally Posted by Dork. View Post
It's all about Fresh Water. All of us living in the Great Lakes area will be in great shape for the pending Obamapocalypse (and fighting the rest of you off with pointy sticks!)
Depends on what kind of apocalypse we're talking about. If they have time to take the nuke plants offline then I'll be staying put. If NM1 & 2, Fitzpatrick, and Ginna cook off, or even just one of them, then the area between you and I, and pretty much all of Lake Ontario, will not be a good place to be holed up for the apocalypse. Personally I would head south where the growing seasons are longer. A man's gotta eat, and you know how the winters can be in these parts.
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Must read material in choosing a place to live.
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Originally Posted by ThinkInsane View Post
Depends on what kind of apocalypse we're talking about. If they have time to take the nuke plants offline then I'll be staying put. If NM1 & 2, Fitzpatrick, and Ginna cook off, or even just one of them, then the area between you and I, and pretty much all of Lake Ontario, will not be a good place to be holed up for the apocalypse. Personally I would head south where the growing seasons are longer. A man's gotta eat, and you know how the winters can be in these parts.
Nuclear fallout isn't all that bad. You won't have to worry about using electricity in the evening when you glow in the dark, and the extra limbs could come in handy!
     
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May 30, 2010, 11:22 AM
 
Originally Posted by Chongo View Post
Must read material in choosing a place to live.
I concur. The vignette in WWZ where people invade the compound on Long Island during the Zombie Apocalypse tells a good story too. Stay. Away. From. People.
     
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May 30, 2010, 06:02 PM
 
Time to start training for the Zombie Task Force.
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Originally Posted by Dork. View Post
It's all about Fresh Water. All of us living in the Great Lakes area will be in great shape for the pending Obamapocalypse (and fighting the rest of you off with pointy sticks!)
Well, it's not salt water, but I'd hardly call it "fresh." I think I'd rather live by the ocean and run a desalination system than drink the water from the Great Lakes.
     
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May 31, 2010, 10:49 PM
 
I've been drinking water from Lake Ontario for most of my life and I'm doing just fine.
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