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Old 07-29-2018, 02:34 PM   #471
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Could people learn the language fast enough to keep critical infrastructure running?
Do the operators forget their skills, or just their language? "Keep this dial in the middle" and "flip that switch to make that light come on" don't need to be translated to be valid. I think the only actual words on the dashboard of my car are "cruise" and "brake", and the meaning of the second one will be obvious as soon as I pull the handle that I know is the parking brake. I might forget the names of the glyphs on the tach and speedometer, but if I remember how to count and add, they'll be pretty obvious as well. (Per the original scenario, even this is worse than the actual situation -- those numbers are all perfectly usable to me in my own private language. I just make different sounds to verbalize them.)

Given that it takes two months (or more) to get back to working proficiency, they won't be consulting manuals early enough to handle non-routine problems. But they might well be able to keep things going, or safely shut down things like hydro power that could damage itself. The inability to coordinate teams is going to be an efficiency problem, but not an absolute block for all those teams that have been working together for months or years. (Plus, you get the bonus of no longer having to file TPS reports or go to a meeting about the cover changes for them.)

A two-month blackout is certainly going to have an effect, but it's also not a civilization-ending catastrophe of the sort we usually get in post-apoc fiction. The bad guys can't organize their crime family or dictatorial warlord state any better than the police can hunt them down. If you have a sufficiently jaundiced view of human nature, perhaps you'll think civilization immediately collapses into people strangling each other to get that last can of beans. But the farmers might just keep growing beans, getting what they need from the coop by pointing at the bags and holding up fingers or making tally marks on paper.

Also, most people are going to realize that the disaster is temporary.
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Old 07-31-2018, 04:11 PM   #472
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I have a sufficiently jaundiced view of human nature to be sure, but not to the degree that I think we will all start killing each other over beans-though it is frightful what humans will do when they are scared enough. However we are social creatures and being struck with what is something like universal autism is going to cause a lot of trouble.
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Old 08-25-2018, 09:08 AM   #473
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This came to me in a dream last night. The characters are cops invading an underground Asian fight club. Add plenty of interest about the Yakussa and/or the Triads indulging in fight-fixing or using coerced fighters. And of course everybody is Kung-fu fighting. And yes that reference was inevitable.
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Old 08-25-2018, 09:21 AM   #474
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an underground Asian fight club... And of course everybody is Kung-fu fighting. And yes that reference was inevitable.
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Old 08-26-2018, 01:31 AM   #475
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This came to me in a dream last night. The characters are cops invading an underground Asian fight club. Add plenty of interest about the Yakussa and/or the Triads indulging in fight-fixing or using coerced fighters. And of course everybody is Kung-fu fighting. And yes that reference was inevitable.
That type of adventure sounds perfect for a G:Martial Arts, Martial Hero, Feng Shui, or Street Fighter campaign. Heck, it's almost a perfect fit for Feng Shui.
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