Scenarios

. . . . . . . Madness in a single day.

. . . . . . . Madness in a single way.

“The AEC scientists were so narrowly focused on arming the United States for nuclear war that they failed to perceive facts – even widely known ones – that were outside their limited field of vision.” — Barry Commoner

. . . . . . . In the novel War Day published in the 1980s, there was a one-day limited nuclear war and the novel explores, in fictional format, the economic and personal results of that.

. . . . . . . The nuclear strikes only hit a handful of cities, but the economy goes into a tailspin. Europe stays out of the war by means of a secret agreement with Moscow. That little bit of backstabbing may have motivated the English guilt enough for them to supply fish to hungry Americans in the book.

. . . . . . . One thing I thought of when reading a technical-economic article online and cross-referencing it with that novel was that the U.S. factories get repatriated from overseas and brought home. The war had the beneficial effect of increasing America’s industrial muscle. Also there were two kinds of money: fiat currency and gold-backed currency. You could buy a new Ford Tornado (or whatever the brand in the book was) for $6,000 fiat … or $2,000 gold-backed dollars. It was much cheaper to buy everything in gold.

. . . . . . . On a train ride heading west for California (iirc), a bank officer from Royal Bank in Toronto, my home megalopolis, pops up. He’s embittered still about the war, because an EMP pulse above Toronto blanked out all the computers and the bank had to deal with sheer chaos.

. . . . . . . (BTW, it’s a train ride rather than an airplane flight because the planes still aren’t flying.)

. . . . . . . California is a paradise. It’s still locked down and if you try and get in past the highway barriers they’ll send you to breaking rocks in the hot desert sun. There’s no pity in the sweet orange smelling land of la-la CHiPs.

. . . . . . . Oh, and England and Japan and California were the three economic superpowers of the world in the story.

2 thoughts on “Scenarios

    1. That was the gist of it. The book never got into the whys and wherefores of the quick-launched very limited exchange. Politics, probably. Or maybe a dispute of territory like today’s Crimea.

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