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In the back of our minds, most of us already know that a societal collapse that will mark the end of the world as we know it is just a matter of time. And when that day comes, where would you want to be? We have to admit that given how rapidly things are spiraling out of control, playing worst-case scenarios in our heads is a form of imagining what we could do after we realize society has started to fall apart in an irreversible manner. Global events are getting crazier, scarier, and significantly more threatening with each passing day, and to make it even worse, the current crisis is a clear demonstration that our leaders are terribly unprepared to deal with the unexpected. According to several scientists and researchers, we’re right on track to witness the total collapse of our modern civilization, and ever since the health crisis erupted all over the planet, we entered a highway that doesn’t lead us anywhere good, and it won’t take too long before the world is forced to face a reckoning. When widespread chaos takes over, and everyone starts to panic, where are you going to be?
That’s the question scientists have tried to answer in a recent study in which they tried to determine the best place to be at during a global societal collapse. According to the study, the best possible locations to be living in when the world goes totally haywire is New Zealand, followed by Iceland, the UK, Tasmania and Ireland. The researchers noted that human civilization was currently “in a perilous state due to the highly interconnected and energy-intensive society that had developed and the environmental damage this had caused”. They highlighted that a collapse could be triggered by shocks, such as a ravaging financial crisis, the worsening of the climate crisis, a much more contagious virus outbreak, or a combination of all of these factors. The beginning of the meltdown would be marked by disrupted supply chains and the deterioration of international agreements that help trade among countries. Such turmoil would crash the global financial system in a heartbeat.
To come up with the final results, the researchers had to evaluate which nations would be most resilient to such a collapse, so they ranked countries according to their ability to grow food for their population, protect their borders from unwanted mass migration, and maintain an electrical grid and some manufacturing ability. When they were asked about America, the researchers said that our country’s giant land borders would compromise our ability to prevent mass migration from people who would be trying to escape climate disasters in their own countries. Millions of people could cross the southern border from Mexico or the northern border from Canada, for instance. And those vulnerabilities pushed the United States out of the top 5. In fact, there are many other factors that need to be considered which should push the U.S. way down the list.
For instance, during the heated demonstrations we witnessed in 2020, we had a taste of the potential for generalized disorder we have in this country. Major cities were in total chaos as demonstrators destroyed and burned monuments, vehicles, and stores. Since that time, we have been experiencing a worrying spike in the number of offenses. Needless to say, our core urban areas should be avoided when things start falling apart. Our susceptibility to natural disasters is another crucial factor. Only this year, we have seen the worst drought on record, catastrophic wildfires, and a truly alarming water crisis. On Thursday, we had another example of our growing instability as Alaska was hit by a magnitude 8.2 earthquake, the largest earthquake to hit the U.S. since 1965. The brutal tremor triggered a tsunami warning and local evacuations along the southwest Gulf of Alaska coast after massive tsunami waves approached the shore.
Jeremy Zidek, a spokesman for the Alaska Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, said the damages from the earthquake will be revealed throughout the week.
Sadly, considering how severe the climate crisis is getting, this is just the beginning. Economic and political tensions with other countries are also a factor to be considered, after all, it’s very unlikely a global societal collapse would happen amid peaceful times. And if a major conflict erupts, the U.S. will probably be right in the middle of it. All of this means that many of the dangerous global trends we have been seeing develop over the course of several decades are now starting to accelerate, which is to say that the hour is late, and our time to get ready for the collapse of our civilization is rapidly running out.