I’m aware this isn’t an option as far as the game is concerned, but I still find myself wondering what it would take to, if nothing else, salvage what’s left of the planet after the cataclysm inevitably spreads across the globe.
So here is the situation from what I have gathered.
The US is ground zero and got the shit beat of it. What’s left is the Old Guard hanging out around the east coast. 99% of civilians are dead and what’s left is people like the player. So basically nothing.
Don’t know about the rest of the world. Assuming most (or even some) of the major powers of Europe and Asia are intact and functioning, that means there are several human military powers still on the field. I don’t imagine their combat capabilities are too much beyond what we have today, with the inclusion of powered armor, bionics, and maybe more than their fair share of nuclear weaponry.
That is, of course, assuming EVERYWHERE isn’t ground zero for the Cataclysm. If that’s the case, then everywhere is like the US and humanity is in much deeper doodoo…and the doodoo was pretty deep to start.
The blob’s, y’know, the zombies, and let’s make the assumption here that survivors want to maintain their individuality and aren’t too keen on becoming one with the Shroom (cuz I sure wouldn’t be). The blob and the fungus are the two biggest concerns, in my opinion - neither can be reasoned with and both are constantly spreading and infecting the environment all the time. These are more or less what we’re trying to beat back to save the planet, or at least maintain control of it. Triffids are generally hostile but can be reasoned with…theoretically. Everything else is just sort of milling around or its own variety of baddie.
Controlling the spread of the fungus is going to be monumentally difficult. One spore could restart the entire process all over again. Honestly I don’t know how you could ever truly be rid of the fungus from the ecosystem.
Same with the blob. If the main collective ever realized it was being genuinely challenged or that it was losing control, it’d respond, and…we’d lose. Like…that’d be it. It’s not all-powerful but compared to even a fully functioning earth, it might as well be. If the blob phones home, we’re done. Game over. Probably literally, too.
I don’t see much in the way of allies. The Triffid hearts have the potential to be reasoned with, but honestly they’re more like governors on the forefront of a massive Triffid colonial effort, so even if we did find a few that were willing to play nice, they wouldn’t be all that much use to us. The odds of getting help from anyone from the Triffid home dimension is probably zero, so that’s not an option either.
Apparently Mi-go are a civilization, but they’re A: slavers, and B: I don’t know if they’re much more powerful than any human civilization. I doubt they’d be much of an “ally” anyway.
Looks pretty bleak. Do we have any real options to work with I’m not aware of? How do we salvage earth?