28 Days Later outbreak timeline - Death of a Nation

Infection
By Day Five, the epidemic was raging out of control across East Anglia and parts of the Home Counties. Panic was rife and people were packing up their belongings and fleeing for their lives despite official pleas for the public to remain calm.

By the early hours of 10th May, Milton Keynes was the scene of disorganised evacuations as Thames Valley Police did what they could alongside the local council to open up transportation routes and bring in enough buses to move everyone northwards into the relative safety of Northampton, where the Red Cross had set up shelters for the thousands of people forced to run from their homes. Despite a lack of clear directon and constant delays, the evacuation was a success and the population of Milton Keynes was largely saved. BBC news covered the evacuation for several hours showing the massive traffic jams on the M1 as vehicles moved at a snails pace. Cars and vans were restricted to the right hand lane whilst government run buses had free use of middle lane as the one remaining lane was kept clear for military and emergency vehicles.

Hurried evacuations were also occuring all over Essex, Befordshire and Hertfordshire as the infection continued to spread unchecked in some areas where the police had been forced to pull out of, leaving terrified residents to their fate. Every person left behind would be another potential enemy down the road should they fall victim to the virus. This was a fact not lost on government officals. There was even some talk of bombing cut off, unevacuated urban areas in the event the population could not be moved to safety to prevent them contracting the infection should the infected breach the areas defences. Such talk was muted on the order of the Prime Minister who would "not go down in history as the PM who blew up his own people." The "sacrafice the few to save the many" argument fell on deaf ears.

Major roads were jammed as people tried to flee the ever expanding carnage, forcing the government to commandeer public transportation due to the massive numbers requiring evacuation. Over a million people were to be evacuated northwards whilst several hundred thousand others were to be evacuated south into London, already bursting with refugees and stranded commuters from Cambridge. In densly populated Hertfordshire, there was confusion and fear as all public transport was shut down and taken over by government to evacuate the area. The state of emergency declaration gave local authorities free reign to seize private property, including vehicles, in the name of national security, so when company bosses complained over the draconian measures they were told to shut up and help or be arrested. Needless to say most complied.

The first cases of infection were reported in Luton and Stavenge on the morning of 10th May, whilst further east the army garrison at Colchester and the town of Ipswich were under serious threat. Senior officials met in a panicked COBRA session the same day with high ranking military officers to coordinate the defence of London. There were more than a few raised voices at the table that afternoon as ministers argued their point on how best to deal with the situation, some calling for quarantine and containment, others wanted mass evacuation and rescue operations, and the the Army and Air Force chiefs wanted to throw everything the British Military had at the infected irrelevant of what the arguing ministers thought about potential political backlash against such a thing. What was agreed, however, was that Luton was too strategically important to lose due to its major airport, and that it must be defended at all costs. Initially 10,000 troops were deployed north of London, using the M25 as their main defensive line from where they intended to halt the spread of infection. They were to be joined by another twelve thousand reservists by the end of the week.

The British Army launched its offensive to save Luton during the night of 10th May, deploying soldiers equiped with CBRN suits riding in Warrior IFV's backed up by Challenger 2 tanks with Apache helicopter support above whilst the Royal Air Force deployed Torando strike aircraft to contact airstrikes on heavy concentrations of infected. The result was a blood bath, as due to a breakdown in communications, the Ministry of Defence was unaware that thousands of civilians were still trapped in the town, unable to escape due to blocked roads and infected prowling outside their homes, resulting in thousands of innocent men, women and children dying under a hail of cannon, rocket and machinegun fire as well as air strikes. The video footage smuggled out by one brave ITN camerawoman of a severed arm holding a doll would haunt the nation and cause an outcry.

Thousands of infected also died, but many thousands more charged towards the soldiers, overwhelming their main forward operating base at Luton airport and forcing the surviving troops into a chaotic retreat towards the M25 defensive line where blockades and checkpoints were still being set up. All civilian traffic had been barred from the M25 and directed elsewhere. For all intents and purposes, the M25 Motorway (North) was now a military installation.

News reports of the Luton Massacre and the military's rout soon broke, and the sense of dread in the country only worsened, with fringe religious groups calling it a sign of the coming apocalypse. Rumours of the horrendous military casualties during engagements with the infected in Luton and nearby towns spread amongst soldiers, many taking the decision to desert their posts and go home to their families. Several deserters were rounded up, given a field court martial and executed by firing squad to be made an example of, but for the most part deserters got away unpunished, as the army did not have resources to spare looking for them.

Colchester Garrison was overrun after a bloody battle several hours after the Luton debacle, and with that, an undefended Ipswich was stormed by the infected shortly thereafter. The token police force left behind could offer little resistance and fled right along with everybody else. Places such as Hemel Hempstead, Pottersbar and St Albans became fortresses overnight as armed soldiers set up checkpoints and defences in preperatios for preventing any further spread of the infection towards London.

It became clear to senior officials in the Blair administration that the constant video footage and news reports of refugees fleeing, of bloodied bodies and funeral pyres being tended by soldiers wearing biohazard suits was killing the nations' morale. Citing the State of Emergency, the Home Secretary brought up the idea of a "temporary state take over of the media" until the crisis passed. Prime Minister Blair agreed, albeit reluctantly, and within 24 hours all British television and radio stations of significance had been brought under control of the Home Office with support of the MoD, who deployed soldiers and "advisers" to make sure editors adhered to the new "its all going to be fine" guidelines. Nodody was happy with this, and plenty editors and journalists resigned in protest, but they were replaced. And so it came to pass that on 11 May 2002, Freedom of the Press died in the United Kingdom. The rest of the nation wouldnt be far behind it.

Blair made a speech at 4:40 PM 11 May in front of 10 Downing Street, declaring that the government and the armed forces would gain control over the situation, and urged the public to remain calm and obey the authorites. In an apparant attempt at emulating Winston Churchill he said "We shall never surrender. We will stand united, and will fight this scourge until it is wiped from our nation. We will rebuild the broken homes, we will resettle the shattered neighbourhoods, and pray for those that died."

It was not Tony Blairs Winston Churchill moment and there was no Dunkirk Spirit. The only resemblance to Dunkirk in fact was the British refugees crossing the channel TO France and not the other way around.

Worse was too come for the British people. Much worse.
 
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good TL. Finally the Heavy weapons are getting out.


WOuld a tank be able to effectively combat INfected?

the Infected could swam it and climb on top, trapping the crew inside a ceramic coffin listening to the pounding on the hatches:D.


oh, and Today's British Army is not geared toward fighting human wave attacks (WHich is basically how the infected will be attacking). they won't carry enough ammo, for one thing, and for another, army's too small by far.
 
Conspiracy theorists...

Conspiracy theorists are going to have a field day with this Rage virus outbreak (especially those who believe 9/11 was an inside job).
 
oh, and Today's British Army is not geared toward fighting human wave attacks (WHich is basically how the infected will be attacking). they won't carry enough ammo, for one thing, and for another, army's too small by far.
Judging by that, the army would probably collapse quickly in any large scale battle with the infected.

Within a few days of the outbreak in Cambridge, the number of infected would probably outnumber the number of personnel in the entire British Army.
 
'ere is my submission for JSmith's thread, lads.

https://www.alternatehistory.com/discussion/showpost.php?p=4062546&postcount=13


28 DAYS LATER: THE TIMELINE.

November 1, 2006: (Day 1, Exposure) - Three animal rights activists unknowingly set free chimpanzees infected with the "Rage" virus at an animal research laboratory in Cambridgeshire, England.

November 3, 2006: (Day 3, Infection) - The infection continues to spread; generally in a southwesterly direction towards Wales and away from London, England; for now. BBC News and Sky News reports incidents of what seem to be minor, spontaneous rioting in England and Wales, but the British government slowly becomes aware of a much bigger, growing problem.

November 8, 2006: (Day 8, Epidemic) - U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair is taken to a secure location just outside London, England and is briefed about what is now clearly an international emergency as the infection continues to spread throughout England and Wales. Queen Elizabeth II and the British Royal family are flown via Royal Air Force helicopters, to Balmoral Castle. Plans go into effect to try and limit the spread of the virus and some government scientists are tasked to try and find a source of the infection, with the hopes of finding a cure soon.

November 14, 2006: With cases of the Rage virus quickly approaching London, England, and nearing Manchester and Liverpool, Balmoral Castle proves to be unsafe from the Rage victims and Queen Elizabeth II and the British Royal family are promptly flown out of the country via helicopter, to a Royal Navy aircraft carrier in the GIUK gap, the HMS Illustrious (R06). U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair briefs U.S. President George W. Bush, advising him that the situation is out of control and he will order a general evacuation of mainland Britain the next day. U.S. President Bush vows American and NATO help and speculates that this outbreak might be an al-Qaeda or similar terrorist operation.

November 15, 2006: (Day 15, Evacuation) - U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair orders mainland Britain evacuated and the United Nations convenes an Emergency Special Session in New York City, issuing a quarantine of mainland Britain. U.S. President George W. Bush addresses the American people and vows U.S. support to help the U.K. as much as possible in its hour of need. Spain, France, Portugal and the Republic of Ireland all reluctantly agree to be the disembarkation points for British evacuees from the mainland and Britons who are abroad are welcomed in America and Australia, as well.

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November 17, 2006: The infamous, final issue of the Evening Standard goes out.

London Evening Standard: London's Quality Newspaper

EVACUATION!

Mass exodus of British people causes global chaos.

| Who will stop them? | Refugee crisis looms. | Dangerous animals! |

Blair declares a state of emergency.
Military ordered shoot to kill.
Government check points overrun.
UN to build giant refugee camps.
Chaos at all London airports.
Government calls for calm.
Warships patrol waters around Britain.
All roads around London gridlocked.

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November 20, 2006: (Day 20, Devastation) - Millions of mainland Britons have been infected with the Rage virus. Hundreds of thousands of more have committed suicide in their homes rather than fall victim to the horrible fate of being infected or killed in violence and accidents related to the pandemic. Fortunately, millions were able to make it to areas in the southwest and east and north where a massive reverse Dunkirk evacuation of sorts occurred. Some last desperate- and false BBC News and Sky News broadcasts state that infection has been reported in Paris, France and New York City. This was actually an attempt by the British government to keep any other survivors from trying to make it to the remaining protected evacuation areas, which were over capacity.

November 28, 2006: - Shortwave radios pick up a transmission from Wales. It is a hauntingly beautiful rendition of Nearer, My God, to Thee. Breaking glass and snarling are heard in the background before a final: "Goodbye all!" A recording of this rendition becomes an international smash hit. A large portion of the profits are donated to the British Survivors Fund, set up during the crisis.

November 29, 2006: (28 Days Later) - Mainland Britain has been completely destroyed by the Rage virus. While close to five million people mainly from England and Wales were evacuated it is estimated that nearly fifty million people throughout the U.K. have died as a result of the infection. Around 500,000 or so are estimated to still be alive in the country but there is now little hope for them; indeed thousands are dying or being infected every hour. Queen Elizabeth II and U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair deliver a tear filled address that is broadcast worldwide; they have lost their homeland.

December 7, 2006: Manchester, England burns to the ground in a huge conflagration; due to the lack of functioning fire brigade(s). On the other hand, London, England stands nearly untouched.

December 18, 2006: Several worldwide memorials are held in memory of the millions who perished in the Rage virus outbreak. The memorial in New York City's Central Park is attended by several prominent survivng Britons including Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Prince Charles, Prince William, Elton John and David Beckham. Hundreds of thousands of displaced Britons and British expats living in the United States and Australia also attend.

December 25, 2006: Queen Elizabeth II's annual Christmas message is broadcast from The Lodge in Canberra, Australia. The Queen appeals to the surviving Britons around the world that: "Our land will always be in our hearts."

January 5, 2007: (5 Weeks Later) Surveillance planes note that most of the infected appear to be dead or dying from starvation and thirst. Some survivors are found; including, the famous Manchester 3.

January 20, 2007: American scientific teams initially conclude from studying Rage virus samples that it appears to effect only primates and that it apparently hasn't mutated or gone airborne. A large scale re-population of mainland Britain is thus possible.

February 2, 2007: U.S. President George W. Bush addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress in Washington, D.C. attended by Queen Elizabeth II and U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair. It has been decided that the United States will lead an international attempt to re-populate mainland Britain. President Bush also appeals for U.N. and NATO assistance in the mobilization. In the address, President Bush also warns the governments of Iran, North Korea and "other tyrants" that "while our attention may now be on a friend, we will still be watching."

February 19, 2007: (11 Weeks Later) - An American-led NATO military force enters London, England. The U.S. military is joined by several others from around the world; including Australian, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Brazilian, German, and Dutch military forces.

March 15, 2007: Conditions in the U.N. Refugee camps in Spain, Portugal, France, and the Channel Islands are deteriorating and there are growing incidents of anger among the displaced Britons. There is a lot of pressure on the international community to find a more permanent home for the thousands of displaced Britons in these aforementioned camps.

March 19, 2007: U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair announces that returning British military forces from Afghanistan and Iraq won't be immediately re-deployed in mainland Britain. Instead, they will be deployed to the British refugee camps in Europe, the Channel Islands, and the only untouched country of the United Kingdom, Northern Ireland.

April 12, 2007: (18 Weeks Later) - Despite widespread skepticism, a report conducted by the U.N. and NATO declares that mainland Britain is free of infection.

April 30, 2007: It is announced that there will be a worldwide lottery of surviving Britons in the U.N. refugee camps and in other uncomfortable situations to determine who will be amongst the first to repatriate. Only those without children under 18 will be chosen from initially.

May 2, 2007: It is clarified that the repatriation lottery applies only to those who were residents of mainland Britain prior to October 15, 2006. Also, Prime Minister Tony Blair declares that Queen Elizabeth II and the other survivng government officials will remain in Canberra, Australia the time being. One aggressive British journalist caused some controversy by quiping: "Of course, they were the first out; so, its only proper that they are the last back!"

May 26, 2007: (24 Weeks Later) - Reconstruction begins as the Isle of Dogs (District 1 Zone) receives its first group of refugees. If all goes well, plans are established to repopulate certain areas of Sheffield, Birmingham, Liverpool, Leceister, and Cardiff in the next coming summer months.

June 27, 2007: U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair resigns in the face of growing pressure, both at home and abroad.

June 29, 2007: (28 Weeks Later) - It is noticed by a group of Portuguese journalists that a couple of children under the age of 18 have joined a group flying to the District 1 Zone for repatriation.

July 4, 2007: The Isle of Dogs Massacre occurs as most of the repatriated Britons are shot or killed by the American-led NATO military force in an attempt to quell another deadly outbreak of the Rage virus. The attempt largely fails.

August 4, 2007: Victims of the Rage virus reach Paris, France; which has been largely abandoned after an unexplained outbreak of the Rage virus in France swept inland from the Calais region. All of Europe trembles at the thought of: "What happens next?"

March 1, 2009: (28 Months Later) - ???

November 1, 2034: (28 Years Later) - ???

November 1, 2286: (28 Decades Later) - ???

November 1, 4806: (28 Centuries Later) - ???

November 1, 30006: (28 Millenia Later) - ???
 
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Epidemic
By the 12th May, eight days into the outbreak, the Health Protection Agency declared the virus to have reached epidemic levels and the Prime Minister authorised the use of deadly force by all police and military forces against anyone hampering the efforts of security services to maintain law and order. It was draconian but the fate of the nation was at stake.

Over a hundred looters were shot in Coventry by armed police. Soldiers shot at people protesting against fuel rationing in London the same day when they tried to approach Parliament, which was holding an emergency session. Eighteen people died and dozens were hospitalised. None of this went reported in the now government controlled media. Even some newspapers were censored.

Rolling blackouts were occuring in London in an effort to conserve power, and in some areas the water supply began to fail.

Food and fuel hoarding became problematic, and prices for basic commodities soared sky high, forcing the Chancellor Gordon Brown to impose a price freeze and a ban on bank withdrawals over £300 to keep the economy from collapsing entirely. It was an increasingly pointless effort. The pound was in free fall and nothing would save it. A rationing scheme was introduced in some areas where supply problems were increasingly an issue, with ration books being issued for families.

Conditions for thousands of refugee's from East Anglia and the home counties crowding the Millenium Dome as well as the massive tent cities in Hyde and Regeants Parks were becoming what the UN's refugee commitioner described as "inhuman and intolerable" as food and clean water ran low, and chemical toilets overflowed.

The MoD began to put out advertisements on the TV and the papers calling for a new "Home Guard" which would essentially be a militia force used to back up the army and police. They would be armed and equiped with older, mothballed equipment and given only a mimimum of training. Enough to fire a gun and follow basic orders. There wasnt time for anything else. "Grasping at straws" the Chief of the General Staff said when the Defence Secretary presented the idea to him. Nevertheless despite the army's reservations the new Home Guard would be created and deployed, though their overall level of involvement would be neglagible. Less than 2,000 volunteers would receive the training despite over 50,000 putting their names forward. Events would tragically just move too fast.

In London itself, violent clashes bordering on rioting broke out due to the unpopularity of the new food rationing scheme, resulting in supermarkets and ration collection depots being ransacked and looted. Running battles between riot police and hungry Londoners continued for hours until an order went out to use live ammunition. The dissent stopped after that. Vigilante groups formed to protect neigbourhoods from mobs of looters as police presence began to dissipate as officers abandoned their posts to be with their families.

On 14 May, the day the infection reached London's northern borough's outskirts, thousands of Londoners rushed to Heathrow, Stansted and London City airports as mass panic set in as the public realised the epidemic was going to hit the capital.

At least 50,000 people fled from London via air and rail travel over the following 24 hours, and number that would rise dramatically over the next week. Fear and dread gave way to panic as the lethal virus spread without mercy towards millions of terrified Londoners hoping and praying that their great city would be spared. Their hopes and prayers would go unanswered.
 
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JSmith

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Im loving it.Cant wait for more-I really hope you go post 28 Days and up to and including 28 Weeks.
 
Im loving it.Cant wait for more-I really hope you go post 28 Days and up to and including 28 Weeks.
yeah id like to explore other areas NATO may try and resettle, or how an exiled British government and monarchy copes with the aftermath of the disaster, and maybe then the District 1 outbreak and the virus reaching France
 

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Im puzzled why the 28 universe doesnt seem to have more interest than it does since we have so many here from the "Anglospehre" and its a TL that would likely have touched the lives of almost everyone here in some way. Maybe its too ASB for some-but there are a million ASB's ISOT TL's that seem to get far more interest so surely thats not it :confused:
 
Evacuation
The dawn of 14th May saw day ten of the outbreak, with the infection about to hit the army blockades in north London, and outbreaks occuring in the midlands. Britain was a nation in panic.

The infected ravaged the city of Leicester , after making their way up the M1, killing and infecting drivers in the huge lanes of stalled traffic, one of the reasons it spread so fast, the infected infecting their way up and down the stalled lanes on the motorways between cities.

Pandemonium reigned in Leicester as council officals and local police and Red Cross workers desperatley tried to hash out a plan and organise an evacuation for the unprepared city. Some got out, but in the chaos, thousands were left behind as the buses and trains fled the city, some people clinging onto the roofs of trains like something you would see in India. Over 30,000 people died in Leicester alone, and triple that number were infected. It had been the worst violence of the outbreak since Cambridge and yet much worse was still to come in other, larger cities.

Corby and Rugby were overrun in the hours that followed, though both had been abandoned the previous day after rumours that the infected had been sighed nearby.

In Birmingham, Britains second largest city, the military was digging in for a fight, to give local police and officals time to evacuate the city of some 1 million people.

The first infected were reported on the outskirts of Birmingham on the afternoon of 14 May. They were quickly dealt with, but more kept coming and tried to break through the Army Blockades set up on the M6, M42 and M54 set up to prevent the virus entering the city.

The number of infected had grown significantly and although a large number of troops, police and armed civilians were defending the blockades vigourously, the government realised it was only a matter of time before they got through. The next day, the evacuation of Birmingham began. In all, close to a million people were to be evacuated.

It was obvious that the government could not save everyone, there was not enough time, but the troops were ordered to fight to the last man to give the evacuation effort as much time as possible. The troops followed their orders, and they never retreated, fighting the infection until they ran out of bullets, and even then, they charged the infected with beyonettes.

The M6 blockade was the first to fall, with the M54 and M42 falling a few hours later. 425,000 people had been evacuated by the time the infection got into the city. That still left more than 400,000 in Birmingham, awaiting evacuation. Those who were left behind but managed to survive to tell the story told of "the streets running with blood" as the infected rampaged through the evacuation centres where people were waiting for help, that would not come.

The RAF bombed the infected hordes in the city centre, after the government finally relented to RAF command, killing many thousands, but by the next day, there were hundreds of thousands of infected in Birmingham, all of them spreading out of the city and into neighbouring towns, including Wolverhampton and Stafford. By this point, there were serious discussions in Cabinet about the use of Britains nuclear arsenal to destroy cities rife with infection, but the Prime Minister was extremely reluctant to do so, and ultimatley decided against it.

The number of displaced people in the UK was well over 6,000,000, and many more were soon going to become displaced. The British Red Cross, as well as other NGOs were utterly overwhelmed and the camps established in the safer areas of Britain were full. Many people were turned away from these camps, and in desperation and frustration, they chose to seek shelter abroad.

On the 15 May, the first British refugees landed in France. The French government had anticipated this situation days earlier, and had built camps in Normandy and Brittany to house refugees, but these camps were quickly overwhealmed, and the French Government asked for United Nations assistance.

The U.N. began to construct giant refugee camps in northern France, and as the days went on, camps were being built in Ireland, Norway, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium to cope with the growing refugee crisis. In all, over 100,000 refugees had fled the United Kingdom between 13 and 14 May. Many more would follow, dwarfing that number. All major airports in England were inundated with tens of thousands of people demanding flights, many of whole were without a ticket, cash or even a passport.

The British Government demanded that all British airlines allow refugees on board for free, regardless of them having a passport or ticket.

The British airlines agreed, and even international airlines came to the aid of the British people and helped in the evacuations. By the night of 15 May, over 300,000 people had fled the UK by air and another 250,000 via trains or boats.

Tony Blair visited the troops manning the 18th blockade on the M25, who had been engaging the infected a few hours earlier, and thanked them for their hard work and bravery on behalf of the British people.

He returned to Downing Street and spoke on live television to the British people, and in particular the people of London, declaring that the fight against the infected must go on, and that the people must stand united against a common enemy.

It would be his last public address from Downing Street.

A large scale evacuation was ordered for the capital that night, with the majority of the evacuee's being directed to tents cities in southern England, particularly in Kent and in Cornwall, still far from the frontlines. The roads to the north had been closed due to the infection largely cutting London off from the north of the country, though it was still possbile to travel west from London then head north, but still not very practical. All public transportation in and around London was commandeered by the government over the next twelve hours. Cars, trucks, buses, trains, planes, helicopters, even barges and Royal Navy patrol boats aided in the evacuation.

By the 16 May, twelve days into infection, 75% of the population of London had been evacuated to the south. Thousands remained behind, some too stubborn, some too scared to leave. Others chose to commit suicide. Some five thousand suicides occured in London between the 14th and 16th May.

Tony Blair and his cabinet remained in Downing Street working day and night, with only a few hours sleep.

Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott resigned from the government on 16th May and left the country with his family to go to Australia. Home Secretary David Blunkett followed two hours after and left for Dublin. Blair's senior advisers were fleeing the sinking ship that was Great Britain.

Foreign Secretary Jack Straw left for the coast the next day hoping to catch a ferry to France, without formally resigning, fearing that London would fall and he would be killed. His car was stopped by panicked citizens trying to flee the city who had not been able to get out after the evacuation vehicles did not return. He was mugged and his car stolen, according to an eye witness who later escaped to Spain. No trace of him was ever found after that, and it is generally agreed he died when the infected overrun the city only a few hours later, although one man claimed to have seen his body swinging from a lamp post with a noose around his neck, nobody will ever likely know what happened to him.

The government was in a state of near collapse, but Blair refused to leave London despite the insistance of his advisers, as did the Queen, who defiantly remained in
residence with the Royal Standard flying at half mast over Buckingham Palace in respect for those who had died.

The infected finally overrun the beleagured army on the M25 line at 4:00 PM 17th May, killing and infecting thousands of soldiers, those soldiers that were infected turning and spreading the virus behind the lines and finally into the city itself. Soon the growls and snarls and knashing of teeth could be heard drifting through deserted streets of north London.

Blair finally relented an hour later and was driven from Downing Street to nearby Horseguards where a helicopter awaited on the parade ground. He was airlifted from the city, along with what remained of his cabinet and taken north to York, where they established a temporary capital.

Blair would later recall in his best selling memoirs, "A Journey" released in 2005 : "I felt a tremendous sense of guilt and shame as i boarded that helicopter, and looked back at the black door as i swung shut one last time. I felt as though i was abandoning not just our nations capital, but our nation itself. We managed to get a lot of people out of London in time, but not everyone, it was impossible, there were too many people and too little time, even with that accomplishment, i still can't forgive myself. When we flew over the gridlocked motorway, i remember watching the drivers bumping the cars in front of them, and people running and jumping from roof to roof on the cars to get away from the infected. All i could think was, im safe up here, and those poor people down there are left to die. I made my mind up to resign from my position as soon as the crisis had passed, how could i lead a country i had abandoned to utter savagry ? I pray every night asking for forgiveness, i doubt those prayers will ever be answered."

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were extracted by an SAS team from Buckingham Palace and airlifted to the relative safety of Windsor Castle just west of London, which had a military cordon protecting it and had been fortified.

Nealy 30,000 civilians and police died in London as the infected overcome the few remaining defences in the mostly abandoned former capital, most of the deaths occuring in a packed Paddington Station as desperate Londeners tried to get a train to Heathrow airport, the infection spread like wildfire amongst the tightly packed crowd of close to 20,000 terrified men, women, kids, infecting almost all those there in a matter of minutes.

By the time night fell, anyone left in London would notice an odd sight. The streetslights hadnt come on. And they never would.
 
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At 8:38 PM, May 4th 2002, a group of animal rights activists broke into a research lab near Cambridge University, unleashing several chimps which are, unknown to the activists, infected with the highly contagious Rage virus.

Within seconds, all of the activists, and a scientist who had desperately tried to stop them releasing the caged animals, had become infected earlier.

They rampaged through the building before being confronted by a single armed security guard. The infection ended just as quickly as it began.
That's what would really happen.
 
One thing that always left me wondering is why there were no car wrecks or dead bodies littering the streets of London or abandoned army vehicles. I mean, i know the city was evacuated but surely not everybody could have been saved before the virus hit ?
 
Depends how many people were infected in the building before security was able to respond, most security guards in the UK arnt armed.

So in a way, gun control leads to the death of millions :p lol
100% of civilian guards are unarmed in the UK. Civilian guards for banks etc lost the ability to have guns in the 1950s.

The only armed guard force outside the military are the two special police forces, the civil nuclear constabulary and ministry of defense police - both of which are 100% firearms trained (unlike the regular police).

It took something silly like 10% of all on duty armed officers nationwide to look for 1 armed criminal recently near a village - so I wouldn't have any high hopes for the police's ability to hold back the infected hordes :eek:
 
Id possibly go through 28 weeks and do a timeline on the outbreak in Europe, and how NATO and Russia are forced to unite to try and quell the outbreak or something along those lines
 

JSmith

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Im really enjoying your work.Im especially looking forward to the peroid between 28 Days and 28 Weeks.
 
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