This artistic rendition of a futuristic society built in an apocalyptic wasteland is stunning. And the juxtaposition is interesting for a variety of reasons.
Imagine for a moment, a world where we have rebuilt AND advanced as a society after an apocalyptic event. This concept isn’t as common as the mad max version which alludes to a post-apocalyptic future where humans struggle to survive.
But why not imagine a future where we burned and then recovered.
Maybe it would look like Rome?
There’s a common theme in post-apocalyptic literature right now. We’ve seen it in books like Wool, Metro2033, The Remaining and many other stories. That theme takes survivors of a post-apocalytic event underground to live in tunnels, bunkers or subways. We’ve seen it in movies, and television, too. Of course, this idea isn’t new. And authors have been writing about it for decades.
But it’s got me thinking. So I decided to do a bit of research. The results were startling.
Most people probably have no idea that some governments have already prepared for a fraction of their population to live under the surface. North Korea, China, Vietnam, Switzerland and even the United States are all examples.
You may remember a passage in the book, World War Z, where North Korea moves their entire population underground when the zombie apocalypse hits… but did you know China has an entire underground city? Or that Switzerland is one of the safest countries in the world due to the tunnels they’ve built deep in the mountains?
Governments have been preparing for the apocalypse for decades. It’s fascinating when you think about how fiction is in some ways, not fiction at all…