Zombie Survival V2 Realistic Style
This zombie survival thread is for discussion and consideration about how one would deal with a realistically plausible scenario.
Zombies: Unfortunately, as depicted in general zombie lore, a slow shuffling zombie is just not going to happen. Most likely the zombies would be a result of either a militarized virus that's evolved to overcome it's kill switch, or a virus that's evolved to have a near perfect level of balanced qualities.
Info on disease kinds: Militarized diseases come in two varieties, MAD and tactical.
A MAD [Mutually Assured Destruction] would be one of those rather nasty ones with a near 100% lethality rate, a long primary incubation period with extremely virulant transmission , with a non-lethal secondary or teritary stage which insures it would pass under the radar, with infection spreading globally. The next stage would be a rapid and lethal explosion of the virus, meaning that if you can see the signs of infection on a person, your probablly infected too. It would require a Level A closed environment hazmat or NBC[military version, most closely resembels Gordon Freeman's HEV], since filters only reduce air particulates to non-lethal levels.
A tactical disease would be one designed to wipe out people and leave infrastructure intact, to this end, it would be highly virulant with an incubation period of minutes or hours, but because of this it would kill its source of trasnmission and thus be unable to spread after all possible vectors of transmission are dead. It would be engineered to be vulnerable outside of the body - rapidly dying outside of a host. A disease like this is the only likely cause of a zombie attack.
The Disease: The original disease would do what it is intended to do - destroy the population of an area. However, the rapid mutations and cross-pollination with other viruses might create a new strain of this virus. This one would have a longer incubation period, and be nonlethal to its host, or have nonlethal effects to an appreciable number of infected hosts. Rabies like symptoms would destroy the higher functions of the mind, or boost the 'lower' functions priority such that higher level functions are subservient to lower functions.
Note: this would only work if somewhere along the lines it gains rabies symptoms or similar disease, otherwise it's just another SARS pandemic
Biologically, they would be equivalent to a human, perhaps slightly stronger than your average person if they have an increased metabolism [they would also have to eat more, but same said metabolism could prove deadly as the body burns muscle as readily as fat]
The zombies would still have the same durability as a human, but would likely be faster [in that their movements are based on reflexive motions rather than conscious consideration, like a martial artist vs. a nublet street fighter] and have little consideration of their own intrisic health or regard for pain.
[You could rip off an arm and they'd keep coming untill they bleed to death over you, like real rabies victims]
Otherwise, nothing else remarkable about them, though if your in such an environment, it's highly unlikely that they are contact or airborne contagious, and you would need direct body fluid transmission to be infected, otherwise you and the rest of the world are fucked \o/
And so, we arrive at the main thrust of this post.
What would you do in such a situation?
Also: you should make a note of your characteristics in the following categories.
EDIT: These are just examples, don't answer em litterally -_-
Physical - How good are you with your body and its capabilities and qualities.
Do you wear baggy clothes or tight fitting clothes, and likely to be more important unless you come into a close combat situation, do your normal clothes have the pockets?
Is your hair short, long, shaved, or bald?
Are your muscles fast twitch or slow twitch? [Sprinter, Cross country, burst strength, high stamina]
Are you intrisically aware of the dimensions of your body, with good coordination?
Is your flexibility high?
Skills - DO YOU HAVE THEM :O
Can you pick locks?
Are you handy with firearms, know the difference between bullets and shells, can disassemble and clean a firearm, etc.
Are you skilled with edged or blunt melee weapons?
Do you know the difference between a hummer that gets 5 miles a gallon, a jeep that gets 20, a hybrid air vehicle that gets 100, or an electrical car? [jury rigged nuclear reactor ftw]
Are you mechanically inclined?
Can you design and build structures with enough manpower and materials?
Knowledge - Perhaps the most important attribute, do you know shit?
Can you read a manual on mechanics and make your own battery.
Could you rapidly learn basic repair works from a crippled mechanic or assist him?
Can you build improvised weapons from materials at hand, know the basic compositions of everday materials and what does and does not happen when you combine them? [I.e. bleach and ammonia forming Hydrazine]
Do you know the layout of your city, surrounding areas, how to rapidly barricade a given amount of area, etc.
And so: Discuss how well you would do if you were to find yourself in a realistic zombie scenario. [You would likely have some forewarning, perhaps a day or two of outbreak reports etc. and be in your usual environment, not out in the asscrack of nowhere]
If it's feasible in real life in an emergency situation, you can get away with it.