HIMYM AU: Barney finds out that Robin works for S.H.I.E.L.D as Agent Hill (Part 1)
They’re mixing two different universes together and yet it still makes waaay more sense than the finale.
whenever i see these post-apocalyptic films set in the USA where everyone is pretty much just killing each other with no mention of other nations i always just assume that the rest of the world is fine and has learnt how to resume life as normal
Well, as has happened in pretty much every large-scale societal collapse, such as the fall of the Western Roman empire, or the late bronze age collapse, faced with a cataclysm or rapid social change, infrastructure tends to fall apart pretty quickly. Central governments devolve, and states are replaced with series of small local governments, sometimes even shrinking to be as small as a single family on a farm.
These small societies are fairly subsistent, meaning they lack the time or resources to travel to other parts of the world. The cultures of specific regions may, over time, lose interest, or completely forget that a world exists outside their own little bubble.
These periods of minimal central infrastructure can last for very little, or very large amounts of time, depending on how quickly societies build up lateral government. In Western Europe, for example, the period commonly known as the Middle Ages was the period of steadily increasing centralization of powers following the collapse of the expansive Roman empire, leading to large nation states that would eventually become the modern map of Europe.
It’s curious to note the way societies tend to follow this pattern of subsistence, followed by local governance, then statehood, then superstates, such as empires or, in this example, a consciously formed economic union. I find the subject fascinating, and love works that explore the phenomenon closely. Apocalyptic scenarios are the perfect way to view what happens right after the collapse of a state or superstate.
Rowan just stopped me and gave me a t-shirt for having such great calves.