Everyone needs a plan to survive a zombie apocalypse, climate apocalypse, financial apocalypse or all of the above. You need your shotgun, bags, and a pickup truck, but mostly you just need a good place to hide while all the shit is falling apart — a haven from the madness of a systemic, global collapse.
Now science has apparently locked the definitive location for it: The best place to survive the end of the world is (* checking notes *) … New Zealand. That green, idyllic place where they filmed Lord of the Rings is the safest place in the world.
This is according to a new study by the British research team from Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge. It’s a team paper it was recently published in an academic journal Sustainability and assesses the geographic regions that would be most resilient to large-scale catastrophic events (not so much focused on tbh zombies). Such events could eventually lead to what researchers call “global decomplexing” – their expression when things become completely FUBARNA. As outlined in the abstract, the thinking goes like this:
Human civilization has gone through a continuous trajectory of growing socio-political complexity since its inception; a trend that has recently experienced a dramatic acceleration. This phenomenon has resulted in increasingly serious disturbances of the Earth’s system, which have recently manifested themselves as global effects such as climate change. These effects create an increased risk of a global event of “decomplexation” (collapse) in which complexity could experience widespread change. “Permanent complexity nodes” are geographical locations that may experience minor “decomplexing” effects due to “favorable initial conditions” that may allow a certain degree of complexity to be maintained.
The basic premise here is that some places are more suitable for enduring global devastation than others. These good places, also called “nodes”, are basically places where society could survive after a world cataclysm. To measure this, researchers have created a scoring guide for evaluating countries based on favorable conditions (what they call “initial conditions”), such as: high levels of indigenous energy resources (both renewable and non-renewable), social isolation, stable climates, and large agricultural potential in relation to the current human population – basically all the variables that would allow civilization to maintain its independence from the wider global system. As Washington Post he points out, “islands in temperate regions and with low population density were mostly at the top.”
So, with all that in mind, here’s where you should consider booking a plane ticket when shit hits a fan. Don’t say we didn’t warn you (and we apologize in advance to the current inhabitants of these nations).