Ever since the second world war has ended, scientists have been trying to figure out how could another world war be avoided. In this article, I will break down the different stages of a potential world war and how will people be affected by it.
If world war 3 would start then most likely it will start with an EMP attack, followed by a nuclear strike, large scale bombing, devaluation of the currency, destroyed infrastructure, civil unrest, mass emigration and it will all ane up in famine. Luckily the most countries depend on each other for commerce, and this is why the possibility of a world war 3 is fairly unlikely, on the other hand, if world war 3 breaks out tomorrow then it will probably be the start of a new dark age for the entire humanity.
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In order to not make the same mistakes as we have made in the past, we should learn from the past, this is why history is extremely important. If world war 3 would break out tomorrow it will be probably for the same reason as to why the previous world wars have broken out. World war 1 has started and continued because of sheer stupidity, simply put one empire was flexing on another and they started a massive world-changing conflict.
On the other hand, World War 2 has mostly started due to economic reasons, most of Europe was almost bankrupt after the first world war. There were rationing food in most countries for years after the first world war, this is how bad the situation was back then. On the other hand, Germany, who started the second world war was also crippled by massive debt and unemployment, the only thing which has kickstarted the economy was the massive mobilization of the workforce to produce military equipment.
A lot of people have been predicting the coming of a new world war for decades already, although the world has come fairly close several times to an actual nuclear world war. In one instance due to a false alarm, a soviet submarine captain was ordered to launch his nuclear missiles on the US cities, luckily for us, he has disobeyed his order as he knew the consequences of pushing that button.
If world war 3 happens who will win? Nobody will win in a world war 3 scenario, as humanity will lose a lot of its progress, and rebuilding will take an extremely long time as most people will struggle to even find food and water. There are a lot of people whoa re speculating on the world war 3 date, but this is all speculation as nobody has the power to know what will happen in the future.
The truth is that world war 3 isn’t so probable in our lifetime, as the economy of the world has grown massively and it has become so complex that most countries rely on one another for a lot of things, which is all made possible by commerce. There are plenty of countries at war even today, and honestly, nobody seems to care. If one of the bigger powers would actually declare war on another one, then that might be the beginning of the end. There are a lot of people who talk about world war 3 predictions, but the truth is that world war 3 will probably never happen in our lifetime.
The problem is that most countries who have military power rely on commerce as well, once they declare ware on anybody their economic power would be gone and their best hope would be to resolve the conflict as fast as possible, this exactly what happened in world war one also. On the other hand, ending the conflict as fast as possible will probably result in a nuclear war, sooner or later, if you want to know what are your chances to survive a nuclear war, then check out my recent article Chances of surviving a nuclear war ( Do you feel lucky? ).
The fastest way to cripple a country in both economic and logistical stand of a point is by destroying its electrical infrastructure. Even if people will get plenty of warnings that war is inevitable, most people will be oblivious to the danger as they have better things to do like arguing on Twitter. On the first day of the emp attack, people will either stay at home or go and try to somehow accomplish their work for that day, thinking that it is only a temporary problem. There is no certainty of what countries will be in world war 3, but it is safe to say that most of the richest countries will be involved in it.
The big problem is that the longer a country or even a city goes without power the more dangerous the situation may be. The first couple of days will probably be fine, some people will take this as an opportunity to take a break from work. But the instant people start noticing that the stores are going empty of food and water, they will start to panic and buy in bulk, if they have the opportunity.
The world war 3 allies and enemies, would probably be Russia, China, and India on one side, and on the other Europe and the USA. Smaller countries will also take part in the 3 rd world war, although it is fairly impossible to know on whose side they will be.
A lot of people will simply stay put and wait for the government to help, but just keep in mind that the richest and the most powerful nation which is the USA has needed 3 weeks to supply the people of New Orleans with water after the Katrina hurricane. And this has happened during no war or EMP attack, they had no problem with logistics, but the sheer incompetence of the people who were in charge has shown its effects.
Now imagine this happening to a less rich country, without any foreign aid, no possibility of communication except for the military, things will get bad fairly fast. If you want to prepare for an EMP attack, then check out my recent article Does an EMP affect batteries? ( Can they survive? ).
Scientists still can not come to an agreement if, in world war 3, nuclear missiles will be used. The truth is that there are thousands of nuclear missiles pointed at different nations and cities, all over the world. Once a nuclear missile is launched, it will create a domino effect and everybody will start nuking each other mostly because of fear. After a nuclear war, life will be fairly hard, and most countries will break up into smaller sovereign nations, that is if there are still people who can rebuild.
The problem with nuclear strikes is not that they are deadly, but their effects have far-reaching consequences, and will probably make humanity to be an endangered species. Scientists have been searching for signs of civilized life in the universe for decades already. There are several reasons why they can not find any, one o the being that most civilizations, eventually end up destroying themselves after they reach a certain point of level of technology.
On the other hand, all the world leaders know that launching a nuclear strike will be a death sentence to them also, so they probably will not do it. What would be the point of a conquerer to nuke its enemies if they can not use the enemy’s infrastructure and resources if they launch a nuclear strike they only make unnecessary risks for their plans. On the other hand, a global conflict will come to a quick end with nuclear war, even if the costs are extremely high, at that point you the everyday person have just become a collateral victim. World war 3 countries that will play an active role in the war will probably suffer the most, countries like, China, Russia, Europe, India, and the USA.
Large scale bombing
Back in world war 2, all nations had performed large scale bombing directly targeting the civilian population, in order to make them give up. At that point all nations were fighting both soldiers and unarmed civilians, that is how desperate they were to end the conflict, just imagine what would have happened if some other nations would have developed the nuclear bomb earlier. Most big cities are connected trough highways, once these are destroyed everybody will flood to the secondary roads which will end up in a massive blockage.
Once the secondary roads are blocked, the entire city is left to fend for itself, with ever-decreasing supplies, and it is only a matter of time, till friends and neighbors turn on each other.
Devaluation of currency
No matter if world war 3 starts with an EMP blast, or a nuclear strike, one thing is certain, the nation which will get hit will have its currency devalued, to a point where people will start bartering with other items. Most of the world’s money is in electronic format, most of the people are using their cards to purchase everyday items. Once the power goes out, you can no longer use any of your cards, there will be no functioning ATM’s and your bank account will simply cease to exist.
Back in the days, banks used to have details of their clients written on paper, but as technology progressed, all of the information is digital and in the case of an emp attack, even after the power comes back your data will still be gone. It will probably take only a couple of days for massive inflation, sooner or later the money will be so worthless that you will be using it as toilet paper. Commerce on a large scale has stopped, the utilities have stopped working, and help isn’t coming.
Once the economy is down, there will be no more trade which supplies the stores, everything will close and people will have to fend for themselves, if you think that people in Venezuela have it bad, think again, they at least have power once in a while and people are already bartering. Eventually, people will lose their faith in the national currency, and even after world war 3 has ended this will make things a lot harder.
The infrastructure will be crippled once world war 3 breaks out in most of the major cities. This means that your only option to escape is on foot as every road will be blocked. In addition to this, there will be no electricity, no water coming from the tap, and no gas to heat your house. If the war breaks out during the winter, this will force a lot of people to start using alternative fuel sources to heat their homes, mainly wood.
The same happened in world war 2, most large cities were bombed and the only way for people to heat their homes was to chop up any would which they can get their hands on. The problem is that a lot of people will start making fires, in their houses, which inevitably will end up bad for some of them as they will burn down their own houses by accident. And as there is not infrastructure, and communication is done only by radio at best, odds are that the fire department will not be able to help anybody.
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People tend to panic, and do irrational things. This is why at every emergency broadcast the announcer asks for people to remain calm. The biggest problem with panic is that we are social creatures, and once a lot of people start panicking, it will not end well for most of them. Sooner or later, people will realize that they are left to fend for themselves, and this is when civil unrest un a massive scale will happen.
As most people will simply abandon their work to tend to their families, this means no police and no rule of law. A lot of unscrupulous people will try to take advantage of this situation, by looting and stealing anything which is valuable. Although most of them will only end up with useless electronic devices which nobody will ever buy, what is the point of having the latest smartphones if you do not have electricity to charge it and phone lines are also down.
Not all cities will get targeted with the bombing, nukes or emp attacks. The truth is that most of the smaller cities and towns will probably be not attacked as they do not have any strategic value. People fleeing from bigger cities, will emigrate to smaller cities, either in the same country or going to a foreign country. The problem is that even these small towns are affected, as they also will not have any electricity or any other utilities.
Once the smaller town and cities are overrun by thousands of people, it will be only a matter of time until the original residents are also forced to emigrate to another city. Some of the smaller cities and towns will try and protect their resources, which inevitably will end up in conflict.
All wars cause famine, at first the government will try to ration the food, but once the entire infrastructure is destroyed and communication is difficult, not even the government will be able to help anybody. Their best bet will be probably to get most of the supplies to a safer place and use those to try and rebuild a new world. At this point most people are abandoned by the government, without machines working on harvesting crops, without any food imports, it will cause a mass famine.
There will be some resourceful people like preppers who will start growing their own food or hunting, sooner or later some of them will band together in order to make a small commune and help each other out, this will also lead to conflict eventually as one failed harvest at any commune can be extremely problematic.
Luckily world war 3 isn’t on the horizon, yet, although who knows as there are plenty of unqualified people in charge of many countries, sooner or later somebody is going to do something very stupid, let us just hope it will not happen anytime soon. In the event that world war 3 will break out tomorrow, if you are unprepared then you probably will not have a lot of options to feed yourself and your family, this is why prepping is so important, no matter how unlikely the scenario might be.