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Old September 17 2013, 08:15 AM   #20
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Re: Hypothetical World War III

I thought that the figure of a half-billion dead was the total dead from the conflict, including indirect casualties from disease and famine and the like.

I am grimly curious about the timeline that was created by the death of Gabriel Bell. O'Brien said that the 2048 he and Kira visited was bad:

[T]hat wasn't the mid-twenty-first century that I read about in school. It's been changed. Earth history had its rough patches, but never that rough.
Inasmuch as, by the mid-24th century, Earth still hadn't recovered any spacefaring capacity, the Third World War must have been much worse. The scans of the devastated Earth--and of the apparent Romulan-dominated sphere--must be interesting ...

One thing I found. The script for "A Matter of Time", talking about the asteroid impact on Penthara V, says something disconcerting. Picard:

"The resulting dust cloud could very well create a phenomenon not unlike the nuclear winters of twenty-first-century Earth."

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