Originally Posted by JackRabbit
You are answering your own conundrum. Yes, people dependent on regular medication would be wiped out. The resulting population are those with the strong immune system, and even with a 95% extinction, still leaves some 2 million people.
Which is easily a viable population.
yes agreed but you still have other issues to deal with, that's kinda my point, it wouldn't just be one thing that would wipe us out but a combination of factors.
I totally agree that any one of the issues I've set out could be dealt with in isolation but when taken together you have a very different scenario.
even though 2 million people is easily a viable genetic pool you have to remember that the world is a very big place these people are going to be spread out all over the place in little tiny groups with a much smaller genetic pool from which to draw, inbreeding could become rife.
then you still have to hope that those that did survive the initial disaster and the epidemics that would follow had the necessary skills to continue surviving, and we'd have fierce competition from a resurgent natural world.
I don't think we should ever be complacent, all of the greatest empires in history have crumbled and collapsed while at the very zenith of their power, nothing lasts for ever.