When the worlds ends...

I just learned that China's six biggest ports now ship 25 times more goods than the entire planet shipped just a generation ago.

A few logical steps later, I found myself wondering;

How long could [insert country of choice] last if all international transport (including materials transported via pipes) were suddenly shut off?

How far back down the scale of civilisation would your nation slide before it stabilised?

Which countries would fare worst? Best?


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Well depending on so many things that could happen we need to narrow down what would be the cause first. Say a global EMP burts from the sun fries all electronics everywhere. This could cause what your describing in your proposal. Nothing moves from country to country, and even within the countrys.
Depending on the time of year it happend, (spring,summer,fall,winter) almost every country would have a MASSIVE die off. Even the countries that many think wouldn't be that bad like the USA. Look at the population density of any major city and tell me how much food could be grown to support that population in the city.

As an example look at New York with hurrican Sandy. If there was no help from the outside, no way to transport food, fuel, power, water, meds to Manhatten Island for just one month. How many people do you think would survive? My guess there would be 99.9% die off from natural and man-made causes. Now if the same situation without the same population and with farmable land I'd say a much lower die off. If you can't support yourself, and everyone else supporting them selves, then your set up to fail.

And this isn't even taking into accout human nature and the will to survive. Humans are know as the most deadly animal on the planet for a reason. We have brains that allow us to use tools. If you stop and think about it, you are capeable of doing anything to survive at all costs. There is no civlization when it comes to starvation. No rules. People will do whatever it takes. Scary to think about. If you want to see a glimps of it, see the movie called The Road.

Have a nice day!
I just watched the trailer for "The Road." I'd never heard of it before, but it looks like a great movie! Headed to eBay now. ;-)
It was never promoted like most movies now days. I think because it is such a dark subject that at the time they didn't think anyone would want to watch it. Now everyone is getting into shows like doomsday preppers and Hollywood can't figure it out. Let me know if you like it. :)
Just watched it last night. Dark, indeed! Interesting, too... but if I never hear the word "papa" again, I'm good with that. ;-)
Yea it does get to you don't it. I really didn't see that coming but that's part of what makes it good. Makes you think of things in a new light.
I will! Thanks for the recommendation!
lemonie5 years ago
From the film Withnail and I:
If you're hanging on to a rising balloon, you're presented with a difficult decision — let go before it's too late or hang on and keep getting higher, posing the question: how long can you keep a grip on the rope?

People can understand your idea, but they will still be consumers tomorrow. So to answer the question, the the nations that consume most would be hit hardest and those statistics should be easy to find. And they'd slide back towards nations that consume much less.

Goodhart5 years ago
I would say that I wouldn't want to be withing 500 miles of nearly anyone else if this happened.....enough said :-)
In the States, I wouldn't either. 8-/
humans are pretty much human everywhere, and after a few days of hunger....well you know :-)
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