What To Do When The Warnings Sound
February 19, 2013 1:10 PM Subscribe
posted by MartinWisse (31 comments total)
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It's hard to believe these days, what with Gazprom sponsoring the Champions League, that thirty years ago, if not for the actions of one man, Stanislav Petrov
) the world might have ended in a nuclear holocaust. His story long kept secret, only revealed in 1998, Petrov has finally been rewarded for his courage this week, as he became the latest recipient of the Dresden Peace Prize
. Coincidently, this honour came only days after the meteorite strike in Russia
, which as Charlie Stross points out, in the Cold War context of three decades ago might have ended in tragedy
. Curious of how that might have panned out? Well, the Protect and Survive series at Alternate History.com shows what would've happened to Britain in a full scale nuclear war
: it's not pretty.
As one of the most detailed and interesting nuclear war alternate histories, Protect and Survive has led to a lot of spinoffs by other posters
, including looks at how America and the rest of the world faired.
For those wanting the nitty gritty of this possible nuclear holocaust, the full thread dedicated to the Protect and Survive series
is also available.