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"It's all over and I'm standin' pretty
In this dust that was a city
If I could find a souvenir
Just to prove the world was here"
Nena, "99 Red Balloons"

"Oh we're so tired
Watching the world expire
Time that we retire
Up in cathedral spires"
— "Cathedral Spires" by Judas Priest

"The once green earth
Is scattered with horror and gray
No winners, just losers
Who die with a few months delay"
— "Straight to Hell" by Running Wild

"The war is over
The crypt we now taste
In the late 1900's, there is no human race
We split the planet with atomic birth
Man has died
We seal the urn"
— "Beyond The Black" by Metal Church

"Not one will know of the war, not one
Will care at last when it is done.
Not one would care, neither bird nor tree
If mankind perished utterly.
And Spring herself, when she woke at dawn,
Would scarcely know that we were gone"
Sara Teasdale, "There Will Come Soft Rains"

"Termination (termination)
Expiration (expiration)
Cancellation (cancellation): Human Race
Expectation (expectation)
Liberation (liberation)
Population (population) laid to waste
See our mother
Put to death
See our mother die
Smouldering decay
Take her breath away
Millions of our years
In moments dissapear"
Metallica, "Blackened"

"Quiet now
Will we gather to conjure the rain down?
Or will we now
Build a civilization below ground?
And I'll be crowned the community kick-it-around"
The Decemberists, "Calamity Song"

"Learn by heart this poem of mine
so, dead, I still will share the time
when you cannot endure a house
deprived of water, light, or gas,
and, stumbling out to find a cave,
roots, berries, nuts to stay alive,
get you a cudgel, find a well,
a bit of land, and, if it's held,
kill the owner, eat the corpse.
I'll trudge beside your faltering steps
between the ruins' broken stones,
whispering 'You are dead; you're done!
Where would you go? That soul you own
froze solid when you left your town.'
Learn by heart this poem of mine."
György Faludy, Learn by Heart This Poem of Mine

They called it The Last War. Not because it was the last war that was fought, but because it was the last one that would ever be fought. It began over the usual shit, but this time the men in the fancy hats didn't know when to put their toys away. When it was over, it was over for good. The lakes were sand, the fields were ash and the cities were all cemeteries. Humanity was a cloud of dust blowing over everything it had built. Senators and their speeches, priests and their bibles... all they were now was soot that floated in the air and clogged in your nostrils. Cockroaches inherited the earth and mankind's survivors learned their ways. No law, faith, or creed would ever unite men again. There was nothing left to come together over, nothing left worth having. Of course, there was still plenty left to fight about.
— The opening for Weapon Brown

Four hundred centuries have passed since man stepped out into the cold depths of space. Forty thousand years. An age so long that that its history lies shrouded in legend. Who knows how Mankind came to be scattered across a million disparate worlds? Who remembers the wars that tore ancient Earth asunder and dragged man down to the level of brute beasts? Who could recognise the names of Earth's ancient ruins, of nations destroyed and peoples long since crumbled to dust? To these questions, there can be no answers. From these times there come only whispers of horror and death.

"A long, long time ago, there weren't any monsters. People used to live in one place and never move. They worked in small rooms and slept in small rooms and only went outside to move between the rooms. We know this because sometimes we find books and papers in the ruins."
Clorian, A Moment of Peace

"I do not know with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."

The explosion that destroyed our city
Razed our home, transformed our fields into wasteland
Was nothing compare to what was now happening
To those who survived
65 Days of Static, "Another Code Against the Gone"

"'Thou Shalt Not Kill... And ye Shalt build up the old wastes...' Sounds like a mighty good book o' rules. Too bad they didn't listen..."
Grandpa Squirrel ("They" being humans), Peace on Earth

Oh, Gamesverse. So many collapses. They're standing on the shoulders of so many giants that their heads are brushing the upper atmosphere. Or would be, had most of the giants not tripped one another up, stabbed each other in the kidney and generally fallen over in various different ways, in ages past. So what they're really standing on is a pile of giants' skeletons, some of which have still-spiky bits of ribcage and femur sticking out to gore whoever's currently on top in the ankle.
Aleph, author of Game Theory

"It was not, as some had predicted, the end of the world. Instead, the apocalypse was simply the prologue to another bloody chapter in human history."
Ron Perlman, Fallout 3 intro monologue.

"There's a certain liberty in hopelessness, isn't there? 'Cause things can't get 101% fucked."

Cathy: Does the future always have to be post-apocalyptic?
Dewey: No, but it helps.
Unshelved, 2008 Nov. 23 review of Shade's Children by Garth Nix

The desert was the apotheosis of all deserts, huge, standing to the sky for what might have been parsecs in all directions. White; blinding; waterless; without feature save for the faint, cloudy haze of the mountains which sketched themselves on the horizon and the devil-grass which brought sweet dreams, nightmares, death. An occasional tombstone sign pointed the way, for once the drifted track that cut its way through the thick crust of alkali had been a highway and coaches had followed it. The world had moved on since then. The world had emptied.

I travelled across the world — from the ruins of New York to the fusion mills of China, right across the radiation pits of Europe; and everywhere I went I saw people just like you, living as slaves.
Martha Jones, Doctor Who, "Last of the Time Lords"

I'll try and continue this emergency broadcast for as long as we can hold out here. The city is almost completely deserted now. There are only a few stragglers left on the streets. There are no emergency services, the fires continue to burn out of control. This incredible epidemic of random mass killing has spread to every country in the civilized world. Every hour, more people are becoming infected, being driven to senseless acts of extreme violence. We have gotten reports - sketchy at best - of people... mutating, their bodies swelling and distorting. Changing, somehow. Locally, the mass killings appear to have moved inland. All the major cities on the East Coast are silent. We lost contact with Los Angeles and the West Coast last night, so it's impossible at this time to know how many unaffected people are left. If for any reason you are one of us who hasn't become infected, take shelter immediately. Do not trust any friends or family members. I repeat: do not tru-
Emergency Radio Broadcast, In the Mouth of Madness - Ending via Killed Mid-Sentence.

Oh, my god. I'm back. I'm home. All the time, it was... we finally really did it. You maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!
Taylor, Planet of the Apes (1968) - Realizing it was Earth All Along.

"In the desert sun, every step that you take could be the final one
In the burning heat hanging on the edge of destruction
You can't stop the pain of your children crying out in your head
They always said that the living would envy the dead"

"There was a nuclear war. A few years from now, all this, this whole place, everything, it's gone. Just gone. There were survivors. Here, there. Nobody even knew who started it. It was the machines, Sarah."
Kyle Reese, The Terminator

"Three billion human lives ended on August 29th, 1997. The survivors of the nuclear fire called the war Judgment Day. They lived only to face a new nightmare: the war against the machines."

"There's nothing left to destroy in this world."
Prisoner KSC 2-303, Versus

"This is Earth. Mankind's violent nature had resulted in many civil wars and five great world wars.

During the last war, someone from somewhere launched a nuclear warhead into the South Pole. In a finishing blow to the existing problem of global warming, the water levels of the oceans rose, submerging most of the landmasses on the planet. The human population was decimated.

There were some who believed in the future... And some who fled underground... Despite their efforts, mankind perished."
Splatoon: From Man to Squid


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