Fallout Universe on the cusp of industrialization?

Discussion in 'General Fallout Discussion' started by Tubgirl Universe Canon, Nov 7, 2022.

  1. Hardboiled Android

    Hardboiled Android Vault Senior Citizen

    Jun 7, 2015
    While it's true that the rate of acceleration is ever increasing, in truth the fundamental break with past societies and our social engineering through capital and media began in the 19th or century, with the groundwork laid earlier. There is far less daylight between the 1890s and the 1990s than there is between the 1890s and the 1490s.

    This isn't "Conquest of the Planet of the Apes," a nuclear bomb does not throw you backwards down linear time. A nuclear war rather throws your development 'backwards' in some sense, but development is not linear to begin with. It varies widely over time and place depending on innumerable circumstances. If all of industrial society were destroyed, 99.99% of people (meaning 99.99% of experts) were killed, you would not just magically end up in the Victorian era, at least not in all cases.

    Even for what little knowledge and materiel is preserved in some groups, you may not necessarily have the means or time to actually implement it, you're instead going to have to focus your resources on relearning lost arts and basic survival. I may understand the basic principles behind a steam engine, but am I really going to waste time worrying about it when I'm not even sure where my next meal is coming from? And what about the 6,000 year old tradition of metallurgy that I will have to relearn first to get to that place, all the resources I need to gather?

    And I also want to note that the traits exhibited by Fallout tribals are not particular to American Indians. Rather, American Indians share similar traits with low-development indigenous peoples the world over, because these are tendenciesand traits very fundamental to how human beings organize themselves.

    Further food for thought: Across almost the whole of the Americas, the Indians of 1492 were substantively more advanced then those encountered in the 17th and 18th century by Europeans. Disease reached most native societies well before any European set foot there. Disease killed insane portions of the population, breaking down all technical and cultural infrastructure. American Indians as we generally understand them are people who underwent an apocalypse and coped with it. Better still, their adoption of more modern technologies without being able to reproduce them in most cases is a good case study on how a post-atomic tribe would deal with a schizophrenic mix of high and low technology.
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  2. cratchety ol joe

    cratchety ol joe Mildly Dipped

    Sep 2, 2008
    I certainly think Beths approach of post-war reclamation effort is misplaced.

    210 years had passed after the war... Surely that's enough time for a society to have a good working knowledge of the 'ruins' of the old world, especially when there is copious material (either deliberately stored via vaults or incidental surviving educational literature of 'the old world') - even with the fact of a lost generation, 2 centuries accounts for about 4 or 5 generations of humans (probably 5 as life-spans in post-war are likely shorter...)

    That's the same time frame as having gone from the literal industrial revolution (circa 1800s) - learning from a position of total ignorance, to a world of digital technologies and global infrastructure & logistics (circa 2000s)

    And yet we as the protagonist are led to understand the best the wasteland can do from the literal remnants of a nuclear-capable society that came before them, is rustle together some rusty scrap for a wind turbine that can just about power a water pump...

    So I guess I hate the post-war failure of a resurgence of tech, nearly as much as I dislike Beths contemplations of the pre-war state of tech and culture of the world
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  3. Kyoto

    Kyoto First time out of the vault

    Nov 5, 2022
    That's not to mention the nerfed nukes, kinda destroys a major part of the whole theme.
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  4. william dempsey

    william dempsey Veteran of the psychic wars. [REDACTED]

    Jan 23, 2022
    Black leather jackets were trendy (Ian) so the entire Fallout scenario was akin to ' Happy Days'. Post war America.
    The 50's style cars either ran off ' Fusion Batteries (topical) or had huge gasoline tanks to run the gas guzzling engines.
    The petrol/gas had not been siphoned off to run a repaired vehicle, nor had it evaporated.

    That is why when playing Fallout Washington DC, the parked cars if hit with a rocket would all explode in a chain reaction. Then baby brothers watching the player would shout " BOOMBOOM , BOOM " and giggle.

    Then Big Brother, the player would say " 5 car COMBO, I'll search the burning wreckage for bottle caps "
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