Episode 131 What Would a Worldbuilder Do with the leftovers?

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Episode 131 What Would a Worldbuilder Do with the leftovers?

Today's Topic – What if 2% of your population just disappeared?

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Worldbuilding is driven by questions

So the question we would like to explore today is, “What would happen if 2% of the world’s population vanished?” I really have to think the HBO series the Leftovers for the question.  I started watching the show, and it made me think.

How would the world react to such an event?  It is horrible. However, it would not come close to an apocalyptic event.  However, it should have a truly massive impact.  Our world has about 7.4 Billion people in it according to Census.gov. That would mean over 140 Million people or 1 in 50 people would just randomly disaster in a day. Sounds pretty horrible to me.

1 in 50 is bad, but there is some good news in the scenario

In 2015 the population of the earth grew at about 84 million in a year according to the worldmeter.info website.  So even if the rate of population growth slowed, the earth’s population would return to current levels in around 2 years. So this theoretic tragedy mystery in perspective, it is bad.  However, it does not put the future of mankind at risk.

So join Michael and I today as we brainstorm stories and worldbuilding changes to the world based on this question what you would do?

Podcast Show Flow

  • Brainstorm the premise of the HBo Series, “Leftovers'
  • That is it, and we held ourselves back and still got over thirty minutes

The Worldbuilding Task for the Day

What would happen in your world if 2% of the population just disappeared?

The Real World task for the day

Hug the person that you would miss the most if they would suddenly disappear

Michael's Resources

Interview with Dawn Metcalf
HBO's The Leftovers
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Images and quotes

131 Todays Question What would you do if 2 of your world’s population just disappeared 131 What would happen if a mystery happened that suddenly changed your fantasy world 131 What would you do? 131 If 1 in 50 people suddenly disappeared from your fantasy world What would happen to the states cultures institutions and religion


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