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originally posted by: MyHappyDogShiner
a reply to: mobiusmale
I don't quite understand how 90% of Americans would have to die from losing power.
originally posted by: Ahabstar
a reply to: proteus33
Not really, a cascading failure that left a good portion of the US dark from Ohio to NY was accomplished by a single squirrel that liked chewing on power lines until he was fried. Automation of the plants failed to divert the load fast enough and crashed, placing more load on neighboring stations. Rinse and repeat...
I am a rather competent individual that could almost take the challenge of being stripped naked and dropped anywhere east of the Mississippi and told to avoid contact or rescue for 30 days and make it. But even I know my limitations. Mother Nature is a very harsh chic and prolonged survival situation of one or more years...I put my odds at 40% if I choose to be optimistic. 20-25% if pessimistic. And that is with other human contact sharing resources of food and material.
90% death toll is on the high end, 75-85% is my guess depending on variables of successful shelter in place versus open ranged hunt and gather/scavenging. Not to be political, but look at the county by county map of the 2016 election. Those blue ones are the big cities and hold about 55% of the total population. About 65% of the land mass is inhospitable or of limited resources to sizable populations. Yes, you can walk for coast to coast with just the clothes on your back and thing you pick up along the way but odds are you will die trying. Most people will not cross the Great Plains to die in the desert as you might think.
Total system failure for one or more years would be it. Recovery would be complicated by lack of labor to build new infrastructure as most people would go into survival mode and not future planning mode. Making the task harder.
75-85% death toll is my guess, with a 25-35% recovery to modernized standards in five years. Some places with have more tech than others. I would set the country as a whole to the 1930's after five years with pockets of telephone and indoor plumbing returned or still absent depending on the area.
He is not alone in this fight and there is more countries who not hate them than you realize. Then there is also that little thing about the enemy of my enemy is my friend. you yanks made a poopload of enimies far and wide. They wait for their chance. There is a fine line between brave and stupid
originally posted by: Dawn81
NK weapons are outdated he doesnt have the power or popularity or the respect from other countries to get new weapons. Nor the missile power how many times did it fail to fire in our direction? Too many failures hes all talk.