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16th Sep '17 5:04:18 PM binaroid
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* "The Quiet Apocalypse" mentioned in Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne's "Unreal Estate" is one of these. All of those End-Of-The-World-As-We-Know-It scenarios came about (and at more or less the same time), but were far less catastrophic than expected and failed to finish off the human race. The story can be found [[http://pixelscapes.com/unrealestate/ here.]]

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* "The Quiet Apocalypse" mentioned in [[Creator/{{Twoflower}} Stefan "Twoflower" Gagne's "Unreal Estate" Gagne's]] ''Literature/UnrealEstate'' is one of these. All of those End-Of-The-World-As-We-Know-It scenarios came about (and at more or less the same time), but were far less catastrophic than expected and failed to finish off the human race. The story can be found [[http://pixelscapes.com/unrealestate/ here.]]
31st Aug '17 11:51:00 AM HalcyonDayz
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* ''Series/TheTribe'': A genetically-engineered virus wipes out [[ThereAreNoAdults all the adults]] and quite a lot of the children in the world over some indeterminate timescale, but apart from some low-level fighting (the survivors are, after all, children), life continues. The children first scavenge what remains, and then return to farming to survive in small tribes dotted throughout the city and countryside. They seem able to recreate society to a roughly mid-20th century level (some machinery, electricity, computers/TVs) though a bit patchy in places.

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* ''Series/TheTribe'': A genetically-engineered virus wipes out [[ThereAreNoAdults all the adults]] and quite a lot of the children in the world over some indeterminate timescale, but apart from some low-level fighting (the survivors are, after all, children), life continues. The children first scavenge what remains, and then return to farming to survive in small tribes dotted throughout the city and countryside. They seem able to recreate society to a roughly mid-20th century level (some machinery, electricity, computers/TVs) computers/[=TVs=]) though a bit patchy in places.
21st Aug '17 7:13:37 PM jljosh02
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**A similar event happens in the [[Film/DawnofTheDead1978 original]], towards the end of the movie.
18th Jul '17 12:27:06 PM Destron
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** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' might even count as a subversion for some of the escapist aspects. Living in the [=NCR=] or New Vegas means you'll have to face a lot of the same trials you face in real life—paying bills, holding down a job, and so forth. It might not be as fast-paced as today, but it'd be comparable to the early 20th century.
14th Jun '17 6:39:16 AM UglyPanda
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* In ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'', the apocalypse actually improves the main character's life and learning to enjoy life is as much a survival trait as being able to fire a shotgun.

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* In ''Film/{{Zombieland}}'', the apocalypse actually improves the main character's life and learning to enjoy life is as much a survival trait as being able to fire a shotgun. Then again the apocalypse was so devastating that there may be as few as six people left alive at this point. Nobody left has any long-term goals besides survival and keeping themselves sane.
2nd Jun '17 10:12:35 PM DavidDelony
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* The ''Protect and Survive'' films and leaflets produced by the British government in the early 1980s seemed to imply that this would be the outcome of a nuclear conflict. Sure, you'd have to stay inside for a couple of weeks, but after that everything would be just find and dandy. ''Film/{{Threads}}'' and ''ComicBook/WhenTheWindBlows'' (see Comic Books, above) were produced in response.

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* The ''Protect and Survive'' films and leaflets produced by the British government in the early 1980s seemed to imply that this would be the outcome of a nuclear conflict. Sure, you'd have to stay inside for a couple of weeks, but after that everything would be just find fine and dandy. ''Film/{{Threads}}'' and ''ComicBook/WhenTheWindBlows'' (see Comic Books, above) were produced in response.
29th May '17 9:47:57 PM boxorak
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* ''TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' takes place in [[AfterTheEnd what's left of Hyrule 100 years after Calamity Ganon destroyed it]]; despite this, life has gone on as usual for the populace. Many of the villages Link visits are thriving (and even some of the ones directly threatened by the [[HumongousMecha Divine Beasts]] are doing well for themselves), people travel at any time despite the threat of monsters along the roads, and goods are still being produced and sold (with some people even ''expanding'' their business). Justified in that Zelda was able to [[SealedEvilInACan seal Calamity Ganon in Hyrule Castle]], allowing the places that weren't destroyed in the initial catastrophe to survive and recover. By the time the game starts, however, there's a very real threat of Ganon breaking free and [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt finishing what he started]].
13th Mar '17 3:06:33 PM Underachiever
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* The reign of the White Witch in ''Literature/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'' appears to have been this for the native Narnians. Sure, the Witch is by all accounts a tyrannical ursurper with a ruthless secret police and a tendency to turn people to stone for annoying her, and her reign is marked by a hundred years of constant winter -- but this doesn't keep locals like Mr. Tumnus or the Beavers from enjoying a modest-but-perfectly-cozy lifestyle, and once Aslan returns there are apparently plenty of healthy Narnians to flock to his cause and form a proper army while the Witch has her own servants and allies in some quantity, so it would seem that food, firewood, clothes (where needed) and in the case of Mrs. Beaver even her precious sewing machine all kept managing to come from ''somewhere'' in all this time. (For that matter, when Aslan's return puts a sudden ''end'' to the century of winter, the abrupt thaw [[NoEndorHolocaust seems to miraculously have no negative side effects whatsoever either]], though that one can potentially be explained away by Aslan being rather literally [[MessianicArchetype Lion Jesus]].)
14th Jan '17 11:25:04 PM merotoker
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* Deconstructed in the Creator/RaymondBriggs comic ''ComicBook/WhenTheWindBlows'', and its animated adaptation. A kindly but naive elderly couple hunker down as a devastating nuclear war begins. Due to the government's poor education of the public about the matter, coupled with their total failure to understand how serious the situation is (they lived through the Blitz in WWII and think it's just like that. [[{{Understatement}} It's not]]), they end up dying slowly and painfully from radiation sickness. The worst part is that they're lack of understanding of radiation leads to them making things worse, as they don't realize how stupid and self-defeating the poorly written government pamphlets are (they're told to yank doors off hinges to use as a makeshift inner shelter, than a few pages later are told to leave the doors in place and barricades).

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* Deconstructed in the Creator/RaymondBriggs comic ''ComicBook/WhenTheWindBlows'', and its animated adaptation. A kindly but naive elderly couple hunker down as a devastating nuclear war begins. Due to the government's poor education of the public about the matter, coupled with their total failure to understand how serious the situation is (they lived through the Blitz in WWII and think it's just like that. [[{{Understatement}} It's not]]), they end up dying slowly and painfully from radiation sickness. The worst part is that they're their lack of understanding of radiation leads to them making things worse, as they don't realize how stupid and self-defeating the poorly written government pamphlets are (they're told to yank doors off hinges to use as a makeshift inner shelter, than a few pages later are told to leave the doors in place and barricades).



* The world of ''Film/{{Delicatessen}}'' had a relatively cozy catastrophe, as the mail is still delivered, everyone's basically middle class, and while [[IAmAHumanitarian people are eaten]] (according to set rules), life goes on pretty a-ok.

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* The world of ''Film/{{Delicatessen}}'' had a relatively cozy catastrophe, as the mail is still delivered, everyone's basically middle class, and while [[IAmAHumanitarian [[ImAHumanitarian people are eaten]] (according to set rules), life goes on pretty a-ok.



* ''The Last Man On Earth'' and ''Film/TheOmegaMan'', both film adaptations of the original ''Literature/IAmLegend'' novel, have Neville living a relatively civilised post-apocalyptic life.
** Same with the [[Film/IAmLegend most recent adaptation of the same name]]: Neville is a CrazyPrepared scientist with a fair amount of supplies which allows him to live in relative peace and luxury in his house, even playing golf and browsing through video stores. He's also [[GoMadFromTheIsolation slowly but steadily going insane from loneliness]], with a good helping of SurvivorGuilt on top, so [[SubvertedTrope maybe it's not quite as cosy as all that.]]
* Although not the end of the world, the end of ''Film/FightClub'' fits this description in a sense.
** In fact, the entire point is to ''create'' this, to break everything down and start over new.

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* ''The Last Man On Earth'' and ''Film/TheOmegaMan'', both film adaptations of the original ''Literature/IAmLegend'' novel, have Neville living a relatively civilised post-apocalyptic life.
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life. Same with the [[Film/IAmLegend most recent 2007 adaptation of the same name]]: Neville is a CrazyPrepared scientist with a fair amount of supplies which allows him to live in relative peace and luxury in his house, even playing golf and browsing through video stores. He's also [[GoMadFromTheIsolation slowly but steadily going insane from loneliness]], with a good helping of SurvivorGuilt on top, so [[SubvertedTrope maybe it's not quite as cosy as all that.]]
* Although not the end of the world, the end of ''Film/FightClub'' fits this description in a sense.
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sense. In fact, the entire point is to ''create'' this, to break everything down and start over new.



** Another Wyndham book with this theme is ''Literature/TheKrakenWakes'', in which the Earth's seas are colonized by unseen aliens; the aliens eventually [[spoiler: melt the polar icecaps, causing world-wide flooding.]]

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** Another Wyndham book with this theme is ''Literature/TheKrakenWakes'', in which the Earth's seas are colonized by unseen aliens; the aliens eventually [[spoiler: melt the polar icecaps, causing world-wide flooding.]]flooding]].



** All of this is true, but as the series progresses, the protagonists [[LampshadeHanging explicitly note]] they have either [[spoiler: fallen into the luckiest string of fortunate coincidences ever]] or, far more likely, [[spoiler: some powerful behind-the-scenes force is assisting and/or guiding them; by the end of the third book, they're receiving overt psychic visions. The chance that this is all somehow tied directly into the Change is very high.]]

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** All of this is true, but as the series progresses, the protagonists [[LampshadeHanging explicitly note]] they have either [[spoiler: fallen into the luckiest string of fortunate coincidences ever]] or, far more likely, [[spoiler: some powerful behind-the-scenes force is assisting and/or guiding them; by the end of the third book, they're receiving overt psychic visions. The chance that this is all somehow tied directly into the Change is very high.]]high]].



* Completely averted in ''Literature/TheRoad''. Quite possibly the farthest you can avert it without killing off the entire population before the book starts.
** The closest we come to it is when the man and the boy [[HopeSpot find a well-stocked and comfortable shelter]]... that they eventually have to leave because the risk that others may find it is too high.

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* Completely averted in ''Literature/TheRoad''. Quite possibly the farthest you can avert it without killing off the entire population before the book starts.
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starts. The closest we come to it is when the man and the boy [[HopeSpot find a well-stocked and comfortable shelter]]... that they eventually have to leave because the risk that others may find it is too high.



* In ''Literature/WorldWarZ'', a handful of countries managed to get by almost unscathed through the ZombieApocalypse: Israel was pretty much the ''only'' nation that took the initial zombie threat seriously while Ireland and Cuba were isolated enough to be zombie-free. On the other hand, the Israelis had to contend with a brief civil war against ultra-Orthodox dissidents over abandoning Jerusalem and letting in goyim, and Cuba faced democratic upheaval [[spoiler:with Fidel Castro ''willingly giving it to his people,'' guaranteeing his own legacy and ensuring he didn't get toppled over by an increasingly overpopulated, diverse, and liberal populace.]] North Korea meanwhile ''attempted'' pulling this off through having its entire population go underground to wait out the zombie apocalypse. [[spoiler: Decades later, no one's in a rush to figure out whatever became of them.]]

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* In ''Literature/WorldWarZ'', a handful of countries managed to get by almost unscathed through the ZombieApocalypse: Israel was pretty much the ''only'' nation that took the initial zombie threat seriously while Ireland and Cuba were isolated enough to be zombie-free. On the other hand, the Israelis had to contend with a brief civil war against ultra-Orthodox dissidents over abandoning Jerusalem and letting in goyim, and Cuba faced democratic upheaval [[spoiler:with Fidel Castro ''willingly giving it to his people,'' guaranteeing his own legacy and ensuring he didn't get toppled over by an increasingly overpopulated, diverse, and liberal populace.]] populace]]. North Korea meanwhile ''attempted'' pulling this off through having its entire population go underground to wait out the zombie apocalypse. [[spoiler: Decades later, no one's in a rush to figure out whatever became of them.]]



* ''Series/TheLastManOnEarth'' is an AfterTheEnd story about the ''very'' few survivors of [[ThePlague a virus]] that eradicated humanity, and how they group together. Phil Miller nearly falls into suicidal despair at one point, but is living a fairly comfortable existence in a world that's strangely lacking in either dead bodies or destruction. Or so it seems to the characters, most of whom are in denial about how bad things are. As time goes on they're increasingly forced to deal with the reality of their situation, such as the fact that their food (stolen from abandoned stores) will run out. The illusion is shattered completely in the second season when [[spoiler: Phil II dies of appendicitis because nobody has the medical training or supplies to help him.]]

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* ''Series/TheLastManOnEarth'' is an AfterTheEnd story about the ''very'' few survivors of [[ThePlague a virus]] that eradicated humanity, and how they group together. Phil Miller nearly falls into suicidal despair at one point, but is living a fairly comfortable existence in a world that's strangely lacking in either dead bodies or destruction. Or so it seems to the characters, most of whom are in denial about how bad things are. As time goes on they're increasingly forced to deal with the reality of their situation, such as the fact that their food (stolen from abandoned stores) will run out. The illusion is shattered completely in the second season when [[spoiler: Phil II dies of appendicitis because nobody has the medical training or supplies to help him.]]him]].



* ''Series/{{Survivors}}'': The BBC series has a virus (according to the title sequence, created in China) spreading around the world. The mostly white, mostly middle-class survivors quickly band together and start creating small self-sustainable farming operations, and go travelling about Britain, meeting other survivors and trying to help them and set up communications and even establish some new sort of order. And everyone still drinks ASpotOfTea every now and then, too.

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* ''Series/{{Survivors}}'': The BBC series has a virus (according to the title sequence, created in China) spreading around the world. The mostly white, mostly middle-class survivors quickly band together and start creating small self-sustainable farming operations, and go travelling about Britain, meeting other survivors and trying to help them and set up communications and even establish some new sort of order. And everyone still drinks ASpotOfTea a SpotOfTea every now and then, too.



* The protagonist of "The Story Of Willy" by King Missile has this perspective on the impending apocalypse ("Today is a special day, the last day of planet Earth, and I'm going to enjoy myself"). Even when he finds his friend Bob has committed suicide, he resolves to wait until Bob's wife gets home and take her out dancing. [[spoiler: Of course, because this is King Missile we're talking about here, Willy [[ShootTheShaggyDog then gets run over by a runaway steamroller]]]].

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* The protagonist of "The Story Of Willy" by King Missile has this perspective on the impending apocalypse ("Today is a special day, the last day of planet Earth, and I'm going to enjoy myself"). Even when he finds his friend Bob has committed suicide, he resolves to wait until Bob's wife gets home and take her out dancing. [[spoiler: Of course, because this is King Missile we're talking about here, Willy [[ShootTheShaggyDog then gets run over by a runaway steamroller]]]]. steamroller]].]]



** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' explores this further. On the west coast, instead of the the land being rendered near-unlivable by the Great War, everything just reverted back to the 1880s save for locations and things like The Strip and the occasional KillerRobot or two. Most people seem to live fairly relaxed lives thanks to the [=NCR=] and the significant lack of raiders after [[VideoGame/{{Fallout|1}} a period of relative anarchy]]. [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}} Then things started improving]], before getting downright civilized. However, a few of the descriptions for the Boneyard (former LA) suggest that parts are still pretty dodgy. The game tries to highlight every ending's positive and negative effects, but the only negative effect the developer could think of for supporting the NCR is ''slightly higher tax rates!''

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** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' explores this further. On the west coast, instead of the the land being rendered near-unlivable by the Great War, everything just reverted back to the 1880s save for locations and things like The Strip and the occasional KillerRobot or two. Most people seem to live fairly relaxed lives thanks to the [=NCR=] and the significant lack of raiders after [[VideoGame/{{Fallout|1}} a period of relative anarchy]]. [[VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}} Then things started improving]], before getting downright civilized. However, a few of the descriptions for the Boneyard (former LA) suggest that parts are still pretty dodgy. The game tries to highlight every ending's positive and negative effects, but the only negative effect the developer could think of for supporting the NCR is ''slightly higher tax rates!''



** Daniel likes ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' episode "Time Enough at Last", as he is an introvert and enjoys the thought of being alone to read. Even the whole "broken glasses" TwistEnding doesn't bug him, as there are books on tape now. He changes his answer to one were there would be at least ''some'' other survivors when he realizes that he will never learn how ''Series/GameOfThrones'' ends if Creator/GeorgeRRMartin dies.

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** Daniel likes ''Series/TheTwilightZone'' ''Series/{{The Twilight Zone|1959}}'' episode "Time "[[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS1E8TimeEnoughAtLast Time Enough at Last", Last]]", as he is an introvert and enjoys the thought of being alone to read. Even the whole "broken glasses" TwistEnding doesn't bug him, as there are books on tape now. He changes his answer to one were there would be at least ''some'' other survivors when he realizes that he will never learn how ''Series/GameOfThrones'' ends if Creator/GeorgeRRMartin dies.






* The ''Protect and Survive'' films and leaflets produced by the British government in the early 1980s seemed to imply that this would be the outcome of a nuclear conflict. Sure, you'd have to stay inside for a couple of weeks, but after that everything would be just find and dandy. ''{{Threads}}'' and ''ComicBook/WhenTheWindBlows'' (see Comic Books, above) were produced in response.

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* The ''Protect and Survive'' films and leaflets produced by the British government in the early 1980s seemed to imply that this would be the outcome of a nuclear conflict. Sure, you'd have to stay inside for a couple of weeks, but after that everything would be just find and dandy. ''{{Threads}}'' ''Film/{{Threads}}'' and ''ComicBook/WhenTheWindBlows'' (see Comic Books, above) were produced in response.
16th Nov '16 9:26:02 AM Nazetrime
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* At face value, ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'' has a JustBeforeTheEnd sequence focused on people who end up surviving TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, then jumps to 90 years AfterTheEnd, during which humanity has had plenty of time to recover and the settlement we get to see in the end of the prologues and the first three chapters are the better-off ones. However, the less cozy aspect peeks just below the surface, with some characters originating from a place where small settlements sometimes just plain disappeared and the story mostly happening in the ForbiddenZone that fell victim to the apocalypse and still contains remnants of failed attempts at preventing its spread and later failed reconquest of the lands by the descendants of those who used to live there.

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* At face value, ''WebComic/StandStillStaySilent'' has a JustBeforeTheEnd sequence focused on people who end up surviving TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, then jumps to 90 years AfterTheEnd, during which humanity has had plenty of time to recover and the settlement settlements we get to see in the end of the prologues prologue and the first three chapters are the better-off ones. However, the less cozy cosy aspect peeks just below the surface, with some characters originating from a place where small settlements sometimes just plain disappeared and the story mostly happening in the ForbiddenZone that fell victim to the apocalypse and still contains remnants of failed attempts at preventing its spread and later failed reconquest of the lands by the descendants of those who used to live there.
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