Everyone needs a plan to survive the zombie apocalypse, climatic apocalypse, financial apocalypse, or all of the above. You need a shotgun, hiking bags, and a pickup truck, but most of the time, you just need a good place to hide while all the shit comes crashing down – a refuge from the madness of systemic global collapse.
Now science seems to have identified the ultimate place for this: the best place to experience the end of the world is (* checks notes *) … New Zealand. This is a green idyllic place where did they film Lord of the Rings it is the safest place on earth.
That’s according to a new study by a British research group from England Ruskin University in Cambridge. Team paper was recently published in an academic journal Sustainability and assesses the geographic regions that will be most resistant to a large-scale catastrophic event (not so zombie-focused, tbh). Such events could ultimately lead to what researchers call “the global abolition of the complex” – their term for the fact that everything becomes completely FUBAR. As stated in the abstract to the article, thinking is as follows:
Since its inception, human civilization has undergone a continuous trajectory of increasing socio-political complexity; a trend that has recently sharply escalated. This phenomenon has led to increasingly serious disturbances in the Earth system, which have recently manifested themselves in such global consequences as climate change. These effects create an increased risk of a global “de-complexification” (collapse) event in which complexity can be reversed on a large scale. “Nodes of constant complexity” are geographic locations that may experience lesser “de-complexification” effects due to the presence of “favorable initial conditions” that may allow a certain degree of complexity to be retained.
The basic premise here is that some locations are better suited to confront global devastation than others. These good points, also called “nodes”, are basically places where society can potentially survive after a worldwide cataclysm. To measure this, the researchers created guidelines for assessing countries based on favorable conditions (what they call “starting conditions”), such as: high levels of local energy resources (both renewable and non-renewable), social exclusion, stable climate. , and great agricultural potential compared to the current human population – basically all of the variables that would allow civilization to remain independent of the wider global system. As Washington Post indicates that “islands in temperate regions with low population densities usually came out on top.”
So with all that in mind, here are the places where you should consider booking plane tickets when the shit hits the fan. Do not say that we did not warn you (and we apologize in advance to the current residents of these countries).