Sunday, January 16, 2011

Surviving the Zombie War: Part One - The Combatants

What is the Zombie War?

This term is a misnomer.  The zombie outbreak will destroy any government or military infrastructure within a matter of days or weeks.  After that the human race will be its own army and anyone left alive will be a soldier.  And the only way to win this war will be to stay alive.


  1. Zombies.  Not only are they the top contender, but they will probably represent a majority of the population in a very short period of time.  In fact, by the time you realize the severity of the zombie threat, there will most likely be more of them than us.
  2. Survivors.  Hopefully you fall into this category, because that’s who this is written for.  Survivors are simply those dispossessed humans trying to find someplace they can go to be safe.
  3. Marauders.  There are scavengers drawn to every disaster.  While decent people will be trying to survive the apocalypse, looters will be picking through the rubble for some way to profit from it.  When there’s nothing left to loot, they’ll quickly evolve into gangs of bandits and thieves.  This is the Mad Max syndrome.  Some people were never fit for a civilized world anyway, and they’ll instantly embrace the lawlessness of the Necrocracy.
  4. Crazies.  Hell on Earth has a tendency to eat at people, in this case literally.  Some survivors are likely to be so traumatized that they’ll be holed up somewhere waiting for someone to set them off.  Don’t be the one to do it. 
  5. New World Order.  When society collapses, some people will adapt to anarchy while others hold to the mores enforced by the previous administration.  Some will jump at the chance to improve on the model, however, and suddenly you’ll start running into self-appointed militia men and citizen soldiers who expect you to follow the law of the land because their guns are bigger than yours.  Or worse yet, they’ll want to recruit you.

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