With the North Koreans getting ready to test their latest rocket it seems like a good time to scare the hell out of everybody with a nuclear war survival scenario. Honestly, I doubt it will amount to much (but it is Friday the 13th!); however, in the interest of a thought experiment I thought I’d use it as the basis of a survival scenario.
So here we go…
By September, 2016 the North Koreans have quietly built up an arsenal of nuclear weapons and distributed them around their country in various secret locations. The U.S. and other NATO countries are aware of some of the activity, but badly underestimate the size and number of weapons, and the determination of the North Korean leadership.
A border flare-up with South Korea starts with conventional shelling and then quickly escalates to small tactical nukes along the border. A few small towns and several important bridges are eradicated before the rest of the world can react. The U.S. reacts by sending stealth bombers into North Korea to bomb Pyongyang, but North Korean leadership has long since moved into mountain bunkers with all their command and control.
The North Koreans react to the bombing of Pyongyang by dropping a 20 megaton bomb on Seoul, the capital of South Korea. The U.S. responds with three MIRV’s, again targeting Pyongyang and several port cities as well.
China, upset at the nuclear testing by their neighbor in earlier years, had pretty much written them off as allies. When Chinese leadership saw the war escalating they too opened fire on North Korea with nuclear weapons.
North Korea finally opens the floodgates and shoots sixty-five of their weapons at the United States, a full two-thirds of their arsenal was saved just for us.
Russia inexplicably joins with North Korea and shoots at the US and China.
The world has now been officially at war for less than four hours.
In the United States warning sirens go off across the country and people head for shelter, confused and scared, hoping that it’s just a drill.
The first missiles from North Korea come across the North Pole and hit Washington State and California. Shortly thereafter a rain of missiles comes down across the Midwest. Russia’s weapons target the east coast and everything from Boston to Florida is pummeled by MIRV’s and nuclear bombs ranging up to 50 MT.
It doesn’t matter where you are, the world war that lasted less than 24 hours has affected you. Whether you were home or on vacation during the short war it does not matter, even halfway across the nation from Las Vegas hotels the devastation appears equally eerie and ravaged. Because of likely counter attacks and attacks on our allies there is likely no heavily populated cities left untouched around the world. In England, historical buildings and bridges lay in ruin. In France, the Eiffel Tower and Paris hotels alike are burnt to the ground. Fires rage out of control, nuclear fallout is in the air, EMP has destroyed a lot of the delicate electronics our world runs on, and most of the large cities have become blast zones.
You have managed to survive the initial war somehow, but now you emerge from your shelter into a world vastly changed. Although there’s some structural damage to your home/apartment building/shelter, it appears solid enough to live in.
The government is setting up emergency shelters where they can, but are quickly overwhelmed by the number of survivors needing medical attention, shelter, food and clean water.
Look at your own situation – current level of preps, location (close to a big city or living in the hills?), number of people you have to care for, etc.
This is it folks. TEOTWAWKI. What do you do? Stay in place? Head to one of the FEMA camps for help? Start robbing people as they go by because you haven’t prepped? Build a wall around your place against the people pouring out of the cities? Open your doors and start helping those who need aid? It doesn’t look like there’s going to be much help in the foreseeable future.
Update: Yeah, the rocket fizzled and I know that they’re nowhere near to being a nuclear super power. It’s just a thought exercise, folks! A little something to get the thought processes going. Have fun with it!