History Main / DePopulationBomb

11th Jan '17 7:38:27 AM Milarqui
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* In ''A Planet For The President'', in order to stop the trouble with the environment, the United States cabinet decides to provoke this, infecting Earth's population with a deadly virus the US inhabitants are vaccinated against. However, the President (who is in the plan) is allergic to eggs, so the vaccine must be produced elsewhere. However, all the vaccines (save for the President's) turn out to be faulty, and the illness also affects the US population: in the end, the President is the last human alive.

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* In ''A Planet For The President'', in order to stop put an end to the trouble with the environment, growing environmental crisis derived from global warming, the United States cabinet decides to provoke this, infecting infect most of Earth's population with a deadly virus virus, which the US inhabitants are vaccinated against. However, Thing is, the President (who is in the plan) is allergic to eggs, so the his vaccine must be produced elsewhere. However, all the vaccines (save for the President's) turn out to be faulty, and the illness also affects the US population: in the end, the President is the last human alive.
27th Nov '16 10:35:25 AM Sharlee
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* Myxomatosis and other diseases have often been employed as a DepopulationBomb against invasive pest species such as rabbits or rodents. Biopesticides are likewise used as a targeted alternative to insecticides to eradicate agricultural insect pests.
1st Nov '16 6:30:43 PM nombretomado
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# If the Depopulation Bomb is OnlyFatalToAdults, then this trope justifies ParentalAbandonment (e.g. ''Series/{{Jeremiah}}'', ''Series/TheTribe'', ''HisDarkMaterials''). It also justifies storylines in which children and teens have to take on the [[PromotionToParent responsibilities of adults]], or form extended families of their own.

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# If the Depopulation Bomb is OnlyFatalToAdults, then this trope justifies ParentalAbandonment (e.g. ''Series/{{Jeremiah}}'', ''Series/TheTribe'', ''HisDarkMaterials'').''Literature/HisDarkMaterials''). It also justifies storylines in which children and teens have to take on the [[PromotionToParent responsibilities of adults]], or form extended families of their own.



* ''[[Literature/HisDarkMaterials The Subtle Knife]]'', seems like this at first, as the Spectres in Cittàgazze target adults and leave them as mindless zombies, so that a city is found completely empty except for a few scavenging children. However there are still a fair number of adults around, but as they're hugely vulnerable and often have to go into hiding, society can barely function.

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* ''[[Literature/HisDarkMaterials The Subtle Knife]]'', ''Literature/TheSubtleKnife'', seems like this at first, as the Spectres in Cittàgazze target adults and leave them as mindless zombies, so that a city is found completely empty except for a few scavenging children. However there are still a fair number of adults around, but as they're hugely vulnerable and often have to go into hiding, society can barely function.
23rd Oct '16 2:05:19 PM Milarqui
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* In ''A Planet For The President'', in order to stop the trouble with the environment, the United States cabinet decides to provoke this, infecting Earth's population with a deadly virus the US inhabitants are vaccinated against. However, the President (who is in the plan) is allergic to eggs, so the vaccine must be produced elsewhere. However, all the vaccines (save for the President's) turn out to be faulty, and the illness also affects the US population: in the end, the President is the last human alive.
23rd Oct '16 9:21:26 AM FurryKef
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* [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1350272/Genghis-Khan-killed-people-forests-grew-carbon-levels-dropped.html The armies of Genghis Khan acted as a Depopulation Bomb.]] His march across Asia left so many villages desolate that forests were able to reclaim massive areas of cultivated land. The regrowth was so large and lasted for so long that it removed an estimated 700 million tons of carbon from the atmosphere, more than any other mass depopulation event in human history. This is equivalent to the amount of carbon released by a years worth of burning of petroleum.

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* [[http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1350272/Genghis-Khan-killed-people-forests-grew-carbon-levels-dropped.html The armies of Genghis Khan acted as a Depopulation Bomb.]] His march across Asia left so many villages desolate that forests were able to reclaim massive areas of cultivated land. The regrowth was so large and lasted for so long that it removed an estimated 700 million tons of carbon from the atmosphere, more than any other mass depopulation event in human history. This is equivalent to the amount of carbon released by a years year's worth of burning of petroleum.
19th Oct '16 3:37:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* Creator/KurtVonnegut uses this trope a few times, noticeably in ''Literature/{{Galapagos}}'' and "Slapstick". In ''Galapagos'' a nuclear war and ThePlague wipe out everyone except a few castaways stranded on the Galapagos Islands. In ''Slapstick'', a highly contagious virus [[spoiler:made of miniaturized Chinese Communists]] kills almost the entire population of Manhattan. Various disasters take care of the rest of the world.
** ''CatsCradle'', as well. When the ''ice-nine'' hits the fan it completely annihilates all life on Earth.

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* Creator/KurtVonnegut uses this trope a few times, noticeably in ''Literature/{{Galapagos}}'' and "Slapstick". In ''Galapagos'' a nuclear war and ThePlague wipe out everyone except a few castaways stranded on the Galapagos Islands. In ''Slapstick'', a highly contagious virus [[spoiler:made of miniaturized Chinese Communists]] kills almost the entire population of Manhattan. Various disasters take care of the rest of the world.
** ''CatsCradle'',
world. ''Literature/CatsCradle'', as well. When the ''ice-nine'' hits the fan it completely annihilates all life on Earth.
24th Sep '16 10:46:58 AM Unregistered
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* In ''ComicBook/Crossed'' it is said that out of a population of 6 billions, only 200 millions of humans survived C-Day AKA the mass infestation event that unleashed the Crossed virus into the world.

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* In ''ComicBook/Crossed'' ''ComicBook/{{Crossed}}'' it is said that out of a population of 6 billions, only 200 millions of humans survived C-Day AKA the mass infestation event that unleashed the Crossed virus into the world.
24th Sep '16 10:45:08 AM Unregistered
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* In ''ComicBook/Crossed'' it is said that out of a population of 6 billions, only 200 millions of humans survived C-Day AKA the mass infestation event that unleashed the Crossed virus into the world.
10th Sep '16 10:01:19 PM WillBGood
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** Depending on your definition, [[spoiler:Third Impact, too. Fans just can't seem to agree just how depopulating the latter's effect was. {{Instrumentality}} depopulates as definitely as old-fashioned explosions, but unlike a bomb victim, those caught in it ''can'' return to life if they want... [[LotusEaterMachine it's just that wanting to isn't easy]].]]

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** Depending on your definition, [[spoiler:Third Impact, too. Fans just can't seem to agree just how depopulating the latter's effect was. {{Instrumentality}} [[AssimilationPlot Instrumentality]] depopulates as definitely as old-fashioned explosions, but unlike a bomb victim, those caught in it ''can'' return to life if they want... [[LotusEaterMachine it's just that wanting to isn't easy]].]]
4th Aug '16 7:34:59 PM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* The eponymous ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''s, which kill all sentient life in the galaxy; specifically, ''Literature/TheForerunnerSaga'' says that they use "bursts of cross-phased supermassive neutrinos" tuned to destroy nervous systems. They do this in order to starve out [[TheVirus the Flood]] by killing both their potential hosts and any Flood form more advanced than a basic Infection Form. Before they fired the Halos, the Forerunners made sure to evacuate as many species as they could to an extragalactic safe spot; afterwards, they were resettled on their homeworlds, with each species forced to start off as hunter-gatherers again. Each individual Halo does have a limited range though, which is why there's seven of them.

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* The eponymous ''Franchise/{{Halo}}''s, which kill all sentient life in the galaxy; specifically, ''Literature/TheForerunnerSaga'' says that they use "bursts of cross-phased supermassive neutrinos" tuned to destroy nervous systems. They do this in order to starve out [[TheVirus the Flood]] Flood]], by killing both their potential hosts and any Flood form more advanced than a basic Infection Form. Before they fired the Halos, the Forerunners made sure to evacuate as many species as they could to an extragalactic safe spot; afterwards, they were resettled on their homeworlds, with each species forced to start off as hunter-gatherers again. Each individual Halo does have a limited range though, which is why there's seven of them.
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