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Why Third World Countries Are Better Suited For The Apocalypse

The apocalypse is one of the most fascinating notions to man’s sensibilities. It’s why TV shows like The Walking Dead easily hit the most watched list. Man is intrigued by the notion of his own end. He’s always been told since the book of Revelations that the world would come to an end and over time he’s imagined several ways this purported end would come to fruition.

These several ways could include; alien invasions, zombie invasions, nuclear explosions and biological catastrophes. All these agents of destruction have one thing in common; to bring man to his knees by taking all he has achieved (technology, civilization) and to vastly reduce man’s population. They’ll never actually eradicate man, as you’ve seen in films like World War Z, or Resident Evil. Even after the rapture in Revelations, some poor souls would be left behind. There’ll always be a couple survivors to feel the brunt of the loss.

Now what are the effects of an apocalypse? Let’s say you were lying in a coma in an underground bunker for one year. How would you know the apocalypse took place while you were floating with unicorns or having house parties with Victoria’s Angels (whatever weird stuff you do in your unconscious).


First off, the streets would be bare. If you lived in highly populated or lively areas like New York or China or India or Nigeria, you’ll notice. The survivors would stay indoors especially if the Zombies are the reason for the invasion. You won’t find anyone sunbathing or yelling at his phone. The desolation would be hard to miss.

Secondly, no internet. Yep, in fact no reception at all.  Who’s gonna be manning your phone lines or cell towers when they’re probably roaming the streets, searching for juicy brains. Speaking about lines, no one’s gonna be manning the power lines either or the aliens would destroy the power plants, in other words, total black outs at night.

Lastly, getting food is going to become a heck of a big deal. Yea you think it is now but try when there’s no Macdonald’s, or food market. Let’s say it was an alien invasion and the green assholes shot down all your food temples and stole your supermarkets with shrinking equipment. Let’s say its back to setting traps and hunting antelopes like a good cave man.

Now let’s imagine all this happened in a third world country. Note we’re not using the old cold war definition (where countries aligned with the US were first world, USSR was second world and all other unaligned countries were third world.) Another name for third world is underdeveloped. It means the country is yet to fully make use of or manage the resources available to it. You know you’re in the third world when poverty is the order of the day and getting access to basic amenities like clean water, adequate shelter, adequate food, functioning health services and internet access is reserved for those with high paying power. So in other to meet any of these basic needs, you have to severely labour to beat the odds.

Sometimes, even if you have the paying power, the amenities are non-existent or epileptic, like in Nigeria where there is severe inflation and electricity is a rare gift and paying your bills does not exempt you from suffering perennial blackouts. So imagine you’re here when the apocalypse hits.

Now first off, you can’t go lower than ground Zero and ground Zero is the final destination of any apocalypse worth its salt. Looking from the angle of reduced population, yep the apocalypse would try to drastically reduce these pesky humans. But some third world countries are known for their teeming populations. India has a whopping 1.23 billion humans. An apocalypse would have do serious overtime to deal with that.


Even if it’s a plague, where the disease is transmitted from one individual to another or Zombie invasion where getting bitten is a welcome card into the Zombie race, there will be still be survivors like I said earlier. This is because, man adapts; he constantly finds ways to beat the odds. The Europeans never would have learnt quarantining if not for the merciless plagues that tormented them. So since there would be survivors, it makes sense that the place with a larger population would produce more survivors.

These survivors would waste no time in replenishing the earth. Remember that if an area is overpopulated, it’s because the prevailing culture encourages population growth. Take a look at Indian films; it would hit you that it is great glory for a man to be surrounded by his large family.  It means family planning is shunned or ineffective. Therefore these survivors would get to work real quick because it’s their nature. Considering the insane population growth rate of highly populated countries, two partners would produce as much as nine or ten offspring regardless of whether they are scared of the zombies roaming outside or the aliens in the street.

Look at The Walking Dead for example, the fear of zombies didn’t stop Glen from producing a baby, didn’t stop Rick’s wife from keeping her pregnancy. So even if the survivors were hiding in caves or underground tunnels, they would still manage to fill those places with little humans. If the apocalypse came back in about ten years, it would be frustrated by the teeming fresh multitude waiting for it.

Let’s even take a closer look at the point I made about the streets being bare. That wouldn’t happen in developing countries. Consider war ridden regions like Syria or terrorist plagued regions e.g. the northern part of Nigeria.  You’ll think the people would cower in their homes, scared of coming out but it is not so. Barely two days after a bomb blast or shooting spree, the streets would be filled again with individuals going about their various goals. Just like in the film, 1000 Times Goodnight, you see children laughing and playing in the streets, traders marketing their wares, life just going on even though it’s a place plagued by terrors.


This is attributable to the large population of these regions or the fact that they are used to such hardships. War or bloodshed is no longer a shock to their sensibilities; rather such things are now seen as a part of life. To be more concise, the apocalypse would not drive people in developing countries to hide in fear, simply because they have become accustomed to violence and suffering.

Many people in developed countries cannot imagine a life without modern technology or modern health care facilities. Many are not adapted to make use of raw materials to satisfy their wants. They can only make use of refined goods. Imagine having to wash clothes without a washing machine, to store food without a freezer, to heat food without the help of a gas cooker or microwave or to keep warm without electric heaters. Imagine having to make ends meet, not by being a web designer or blogger or any related thing because, no internet yo.


If you find all these notions strange, too bad; the peeps in developing countries live like this every day. This makes them more prepared in the face of an apocalypse. The absence of the internet means nothing because the internet is very much absent or difficult to access in these regions. Same thing goes for electricity. Most Africans still wash their clothes with their hands (no machines), still make use of candles and Kerosene lamps at night. There is therefore a much lesser chance for an individual in a developing country to be bothered by or depressed over the effects of an apocalypse.

Subsistence agriculture is a pretty big deal in developing countries. In almost every rural area in Nigeria, people have small food gardens in their backyards. Others have small poultries or small farms. As much as people like Donald Trump and other critics would like to claim that developing countries depend on developed countries for sustenance, it is clear that third world countries are very good at adapting to the worst conditions. The individuals there are good at making use of the environmental raw materials to satisfy immediate needs. They just lack the ability to further their economy by making use of these raw materials. But the ability to satisfy immediate needs is what is needed to survive an apocalypse. People in developed countries on the other hand; suffer a disconnection from their environment. Being able to write programming code or create economic models or trade won't mean squat when an apocalypse has taken the internet or banished electricity. 


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