28 Days Later outbreak timeline - Death of a Nation

The loss of the UK is an even bigger when you think this is not a protracted shut down like otl COVID, it’s almost a switch on/off over the course of 4 weeks, there is no time for the Markets, trade routes, airlines to prepare.

Europe has a massive refugee crisis, trading data is locked up, stuff is not getting moved around the world. It’s an Armageddon for world trade worse than a nuke on New York or London.

It’s one of the reasons I do not like the sequel and European outbreak. The fall of the UK alone is worth more exploration not just spreading more horror.

I disagree with the Refugee issue (other then British citizens of various sorts that would have been outside of Britain at the time of the outbreak and couldn't return by the time the quarantine was enacted. I kind of figure the British refugees we hear about in the second film were not people who escaped Britain but Brit's who were out of the Islands at the time of the attack. There should have been what over a million British citizens including students studying abroad, government officials at various embassies and consulates, tourists visiting foreign countries, servicemen either garrisoned abroad such as in Germany or aboard naval ships at sea at the time of the Outbreak, and the inhabitants of the various remaining British possessions abroad such as Gibraltar, the Falklands, St. Helena, the Caribbean islands, and the like). I would agree on the recession bit. Probably more of a depression then a recession. Part of it will be the result of almost instantly losing Britain as a trade, manufacturing, banking, insurance, stock market, and travel hub. More of it will be the result of countries all almost simultaneously instituting much harsher restrictions on things like international trade and travel. You might see countries say instituting rules that every single container on a cargo ship has to be extensively searched in the event of infected individuals or infected biological material contaminating them. Might also see things like several week long mandatory quarantines on cargo vessels before they can unload. Things like recreational international travel will also largely cease for a while as countries panic about the possibility of the outbreak spreading and the economy kills tourism. Numerous airlines will likely go bankrupt or be forcibly nationalized for instance. Add in Government's vastly increasing spending on things like defense, preparedness, building large scale border fortifications, and the like and cutting spending on other fields.

Probably looking at something like Great Depression 2.0 for at least half a decade.
 
I disagree with the Refugee issue (other then British citizens of various sorts that would have been outside of Britain at the time of the outbreak and couldn't return by the time the quarantine was enacted. I kind of figure the British refugees we hear about in the second film were not people who escaped Britain but Brit's who were out of the Islands at the time of the attack. There should have been what over a million British citizens including students studying abroad, government officials at various embassies and consulates, tourists visiting foreign countries, servicemen either garrisoned abroad such as in Germany or aboard naval ships at sea at the time of the Outbreak, and the inhabitants of the various remaining British possessions abroad such as Gibraltar, the Falklands, St. Helena, the Caribbean islands, and the like). I would agree on the recession bit. Probably more of a depression then a recession. Part of it will be the result of almost instantly losing Britain as a trade, manufacturing, banking, insurance, stock market, and travel hub. More of it will be the result of countries all almost simultaneously instituting much harsher restrictions on things like international trade and travel. You might see countries say instituting rules that every single container on a cargo ship has to be extensively searched in the event of infected individuals or infected biological material contaminating them. Might also see things like several week long mandatory quarantines on cargo vessels before they can unload. Things like recreational international travel will also largely cease for a while as countries panic about the possibility of the outbreak spreading and the economy kills tourism. Numerous airlines will likely go bankrupt or be forcibly nationalized for instance. Add in Government's vastly increasing spending on things like defense, preparedness, building large scale border fortifications, and the like and cutting spending on other fields.

Probably looking at something like Great Depression 2.0 for at least half a decade.
When it is said the 15 remaining British Overseas Territories are the last remnants of the British Empire, it would also hold true for this timeline. Only the BOTs remain untouched. I wonder if British Armed Forces personnel from Bermuda, Ascension Island, Gibraltar, Diego Garcia, BVI, Akrotiri and Dhekelia, and the Falklands along with forces be redeployed to Britain or if they were to remain in place just in case other countries like Spain, Argentina, and Mauritius gets ideas. Hence why Bush ordered the deployment of three USN destroyers to the Falklands on Blair's request.

I also remember it was mentioned here that British forces in Afghanistan were redeployed. I'm not sure if other areas with British forces such as the ones in Kenya, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Nepal, Singapore, Brunei, and Canada would be ordered back home or to remain in place.

Photo for reference:
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Lastly, what is going in OTL is basically what is happening for this timeline even though it's just confined Britain initially. People who had plans to go to Europe at the time of the outbreak would likely cancel their plans due to the fears of it reaching the continent during the early days. The fact that is spreads fast is both a blessing and curse: blessing in the sense the people you see that are normal are normal, though later we'd see asymptomatic carriers that could unknowingly infect the others; for the curse it is because those caught in the initial zones would be casualties and it would be harder to quarantine the immediate area.

The airline industry is hit hard but not as hard as OTL since there are other places to travel aside from Europe.
 
When it is said the 15 remaining British Overseas Territories are the last remnants of the British Empire, it would also hold true for this timeline. Only the BOTs remain untouched. I wonder if British Armed Forces personnel from Bermuda, Ascension Island, Gibraltar, Diego Garcia, BVI, Akrotiri and Dhekelia, and the Falklands along with forces be redeployed to Britain or if they were to remain in place just in case other countries like Spain, Argentina, and Mauritius gets ideas. Hence why Bush ordered the deployment of three USN destroyers to the Falklands on Blair's request.

I also remember it was mentioned here that British forces in Afghanistan were redeployed. I'm not sure if other areas with British forces such as the ones in Kenya, Oman, Bahrain, Qatar, Nepal, Singapore, Brunei, and Canada would be ordered back home or to remain in place.

Photo for reference:
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Lastly, what is going in OTL is basically what is happening for this timeline even though it's just confined Britain initially. People who had plans to go to Europe at the time of the outbreak would likely cancel their plans due to the fears of it reaching the continent during the early days. The fact that is spreads fast is both a blessing and curse: blessing in the sense the people you see that are normal are normal, though later we'd see asymptomatic carriers that could unknowingly infect the others; for the curse it is because those caught in the initial zones would be casualties and it would be harder to quarantine the immediate area.

The airline industry is hit hard but not as hard as OTL since there are other places to travel aside from Europe.

Why do you assume people will only be worried about directly flying from Europe? You're not getting that in this situation the world just watched one of the world's most powerful country, with hundreds of nukes, some of the world's most advanced military tech, a massive economy, a global financial/banking/insurance/stock market center which possessed what was popularly considered one of the highest quality and best trained militaries in the world.

And they lasted less then a month before completely and utterly collapsing with the majority of the populace being killed or infected.

And there's the unfortunate fact that their will be very little hard knowledge about what exactly Rage is and how it's transferred. For all the world knows beside the infected fluid vector it's also airborne in a delayed action format. So letting someone who several months ago was briefly in the UK to say travel from say Australia to the US would appear to cause a major possibility of the outbreak reaching the US.

For at least several year's afterwards of the events of 28 Day's later private recreational international travel will be either banned or very heavily restricted or discouraged.

Similarly regarding the potential "Delayed action airborne version of Rage" I think it's pretty likely that all or most of the British citizens located in Foreign countries (Other then the various remaining overseas possesions) will in all likelyhood be forcibly gathered and put in some sort of prison/quarantine camps for at least a period of months. Either on isolated islands or in certain highly secure area's. St. Helena or the Channel Islands might work.
 
Why do you assume people will only be worried about directly flying from Europe? You're not getting that in this situation the world just watched one of the world's most powerful country, with hundreds of nukes, some of the world's most advanced military tech, a massive economy, a global financial/banking/insurance/stock market center which possessed what was popularly considered one of the highest quality and best trained militaries in the world.

And they lasted less then a month before completely and utterly collapsing with the majority of the populace being killed or infected.

And there's the unfortunate fact that their will be very little hard knowledge about what exactly Rage is and how it's transferred. For all the world knows beside the infected fluid vector it's also airborne in a delayed action format. So letting someone who several months ago was briefly in the UK to say travel from say Australia to the US would appear to cause a major possibility of the outbreak reaching the US.

For at least several year's afterwards of the events of 28 Day's later private recreational international travel will be either banned or very heavily restricted or discouraged.

Similarly regarding the potential "Delayed action airborne version of Rage" I think it's pretty likely that all or most of the British citizens located in Foreign countries (Other then the various remaining overseas possesions) will in all likelyhood be forcibly gathered and put in some sort of prison/quarantine camps for at least a period of months. Either on isolated islands or in certain highly secure area's. St. Helena or the Channel Islands might work.
Wasn't it discovered a few days later that the virus is fast-transforming one? Of course NHS and WHO personnel where baffled but then when it was established that it could transformer victims in 12 seconds, the international health community would know what to do. Unfortunately came the asymptomatic carriers.

Just the first week alone the world would face a second depression worst than 1929 or even OTL's 2008.

I'm gonna have to agree with you there might be some form of riots or hate attacks on British citizens just like what happened to Chinese or East Asian people with COVID-19. We might even see a forced deportation of such.
 
Wasn't it discovered a few days later that the virus is fast-transforming one? Of course NHS and WHO personnel where baffled but then when it was established that it could transformer victims in 12 seconds, the international health community would know what to do. Unfortunately came the asymptomatic carriers.

Just the first week alone the world would face a second depression worst than 1929 or even OTL's 2008.

I'm gonna have to agree with you there might be some form of riots or hate attacks on British citizens just like what happened to Chinese or East Asian people with COVID-19. We might even see a forced deportation of such.

True the fact that the virus transfers will be found relatively quick. But without the research from the original lab there will still be a lot of doubt. Especially about possible long term versions. Someone will theorize quick that while the virus we know does as in TL rapidly infect those bitten or espoused to infected fluids in the right place. But others will fear that besides that version there is a longer term airborne version. Basically that someone can become infected just by nearing an infected individual but that the airborne version is slow acting and six months to a year later they will instantly transform into the infected with all that entails. Hence many countries will arrest Brits who were in Britain within even a few months of the outbreak and forcibly quarantine them in military facilities and high security prisons.

There will undoubtedly be hate attacks by mobs and individuals against British refugees or expats who were abroad at the time. Probably more lynchings then beatings unfortunately. Countries not even worried about a potential long term airborne version might quite likely arrest and at least temporarily imprison Brits just to prevent them from being ripped apart by terrified angry lynch mobs. This might very well extent in certain nations to Non Brits who have accent's that would be seen as some as being similar to the various British accents (Australians, New Salamanders, perhaps the Irish, and even people who aren't Brits and never have been but learned English with a British accent). You'll see in a lot of countries people changing their names from stereotypical British names to less British names.

The question as to forced deportation is where? Who would really accept them? We might see Brits living outside of the Overseas possessions be forcibly deported to the British possessions. If Ireland (both the Republic and NI) avoid infection we might see most of those outside of the possessions be deported to NI or the possessions. Quite possible that those possessions get a lighter quarantine/containment.

As to the British forces abroad there are two main options as I can see them

A) They're allowed to return to the UK bypassing the quarantine. These will be on "One Way Flights/voyages" with planes or ships loaded with soldiers and supplies allowed to bypass the Quarantine under the explicit terms that the planes and ships aren't going to be able to leave again anytime soon. For things like cargo aircraft and combat aircraft I could see them being allowed to base out of say Ireland (assuming it's not infected), or France, Norway, some of the other offshore islands (if they remain uninfected), the Benelux, or perhaps Iceland. As long as they're doing airstrikes or air dropping supplies (Weapons, munitions, fuel bladders, spare parts, food, medical supplies, and the like) without actually landing in Britain (even in say a safe zone) they might be allowed to continue to operate to help Britain as well as they can.

B) Some or all of the Servicemen are refused to be allowed to return to Britain in time. If this occurs you might well very see some significant mutinies, large numbers of suicides, and numbers of mental breakdowns as servicemen can't deal with the guilt of not being able to help their countries and families (besides those military dependents located at one of the bases located in a "Safe Posting" like Germany.). In the medium/long term you might see well that the British units abroad become sort of "mercenary units" like the various old scale military units formed from exiles of countries that no longer exist (Irish and Scottish Regiments in continental Europe in the 1600s, Kwarzimen units after the fall of their empire, Free Polish/French/Dutch/Czech units during WW2, Hessian units during the 1700s, the Tibetan units maintained by India) and offer their services abroad. While most countries during the post infection Great Depression 2.0 will not be interested in accepting large numbers of foreign refugee's accepting organized military units that are already fully trained, experienced in combat operations and fighting together, many of them combat veterans, and at least at first fully equipped with virtually all the gear they need. You could see either most or all of the Exile units going to a single country or being divided between different countries (Say the Gurkha regiments going to India, Singapore, and Brunei) with many most likely going to Commonwealth countries that offer good terms like say Australia, New Zealand, perhaps Canada (though I figure many of the exiles will have a massive grudge about countries that were large parts of the Quarantine and the burning of Britain and Canada will much like the US probably heavily participate in the less pleasant bits of the containment such as burning and guessing every major British city and refusing to let starving refugee's leave Britain.

If Ireland (and Northern Ireland) survives intact then it seems quite possible that a new British government would be formed there. In which case the majority of British military units abroad would probably go with the NI govern. Ironically in the short term considering the military weakness of the Republic of Ireland quite probably means that the Irish (begrudgingly) actually request the Brits deploy some of the redeployed British Army/RN/RAF units to the Republic in order to keep themselves from getting overrun. Also seems quite possible the Republic will quite likely actually subsidize the garrisoning of British troops in Ireland.

It seems possible that even with the terrible worldwide economy that other countries (Even ones that don't directly contribute troops, gear, SAMs, guns, combat aircraft, ships, subs and the like) might contribute financially and contribute supplies to help keep the Irish/NI defenses going as well as fortifying a large chunk of fortifying the Northern French coast as well as bits of the coast of the benelux and the like other foreign countries with coasts right near the coast of Britain.

Quite likely the French unfortunately have to evacuate/evict pretty much all civilians living along a massive chunk of the French Northern Coast and declare that zone up to a certain number of miles inland to be a military zone. Reuse old WW2 and earlier fortifications and construct new ones along with networks of radars, SAMs, and AAA, airfields, artillery batteries, and the like. Heavily man that fortified zone. Along the shoreline do frequent and constant shore patrols either on foot or motorized. Even without actual living infected potentially reaching shore (Say on a small boats that they became trapped on or attempted to flee to France while alive and then became infected or the like) their will be a metric fuckton of dead infected or potentially infected corpses washing ashore in France (Say those who ran off or jumped off cliffs, those on boats and ships that got sunk by the quarantine patrol, or those poor desperate bastards who tried to swim across). The shore patrols will then radio in what they found, note the location, and most likely burn the corpses on site with thermite or napalm and then suck up all of the sand or dirt around the corpse/remains to be further dissolved or incinerated.

Too much risk of a infected corpse washing ashore say near Calais and having a poor dumb kid try and poke it with a stick and accidentally infecting themselves.

By the time of 28 Weeks late Northern France would probably be single region on Earth that's most heavily defended by a extensive Air defense Network composed of all sorts of mobile and stationary guns, Radars, and SAM and in the air tethered aerostats, fighters/interceptors, and AWACs providing constant coverage.

By the time that helicopter at the end of 28 Weeks later had reached the middle of the English channel without explicit orders it would have been downed by more Dakka then anything else on Earth.
 
@Father Maryland Good points there.

I forgot to discount suicides, desertions, and mutinies occuring from British forces overseas. It's the same situation when I read nuclear war stories from naval personnel, there are cases of sailors shooting themselves in the head or jumping overboard. Suicide would become a secondary epidemic among the British.

By the time of 28 Weeks late Northern France would probably be single region on Earth that's most heavily defended by a extensive Air defense Network composed of all sorts of mobile and stationary guns, Radars, and SAM and in the air tethered aerostats, fighters/interceptors, and AWACs providing constant coverage.

By the time that helicopter at the end of 28 Weeks later had reached the middle of the English channel without explicit orders it would have been downed by more Dakka then anything else on Earth.
Yeah, that was a plothole. Unfortunately as with real life, things like that can still happen especially if that helicopter under the radar.
 
Blair's government relocates to Belfast after fleeing two other provisional capitals in Britain.

I was referring more broadly rather then just this TL.

If the British government does manage to relocate to Belfast then that provides continuity so the majority of British forces abroad will probably go with them. Though some of the overseas possessions (if their not unnecessarily quarantined like Britain) might choose to go independent or ask for some sort of union with another country.

If Ireland falls as well that poses a number of problems. Britain doesn't seem to have the same continuation of Government that the US does. if the PM dies or is killed in normal times the ruling party elects another. If Parliament has largely been destroyed and the majority of it's surviving memberships desperately fleeing with their families. It's quite possible that multiple different "Legitimate Parliaments and Rightful Government's of the United Kingdom" all located in different safe zones and all claiming to be the sole legitimate Government of the UK. Depending on how many royals got killed there might be multiple competing "Kings or Queens of the United Kingdom".

Do the Brits have a reestablished legal structure for how to reform Parliament and the British government if the established Parliament is destroyed and it's membership killed or desperately fleeing with their families to whatever place they think is safe.

Considering the general more militaristic nature of this world it's likely that these possessions might seek stronger partners to join with. Bermuda and the Caribbean possessions might join the US for instance and Gibraltar perhaps Spain. No idea what the base areas in Cyprus will go for. Ascension island, Diego Garcia, and St. Helena seem likely for the US. No idea for the Falklands. The artiness are the obvious choice but (no offense intended to Argentine's) weak as hell in military terms. If the Island of Man (unlikely) and the Channel Islands avert being overrun they might be used as dumping ground for British refugee's caught abroad at the time of the event. I could see the Channel Islands being annexed by the French or some sort of multinational coalition responsible for maintaining the Quarantine of Britain/Eradication of the British epidemic (IE Burning and gassing every major British city) with facilities for soldiers/marines, artillery batteries, port facilities for patrol boats and the like, and airstrips/heliports for helicopters and light aircraft.

I could also see older larger cargo/container/cruise ships as well as older or not needed oil rigs might be re positioned around the British island in order to provide sort of floating permanently moored facilities to assist in containment. Places for say helicopters to refuel, re arm, get medical attention for accidents, repair any damage and the like. Or to act as mother ships for smaller boats (purpose built patrol boats, missile boats, and all manner of former civilian or commercial smaller vessels that have been armed and given complements of sailors, soldiers, and marines in order to assist in the containment. Sort of like those very large cargo vessels (Like the Lewis B Puller) has purchases and converted to act as mother ships for spec ops raids, helicopter operations, patrol boats, mine sweeping ops, and the like). Sort of like permanent floating armories and bases. Sealand might actually be reoccupied for military use in some form. Given a year or two in shallower water more "Sealand" style "Sea Forts built elsewhere and then towed to their final resting place or built on site in shallower waters especially in estuaries. Similarly there are a number of older coastal artillery sea forts that were built in the 1700s/1800's around the UK that might see reoccupation and militarization to help in the containment.

If the British government does completely fall or has multiple claimants with most being seen as lacking legitimacy where do you think the overseas possessions would go?

If Ireland fell and their is no British government (or numerous competing governments with little legitimacy) I wonder where the British military forces trapped abroad might go. While their will be large scale desertion, suicide, substance abuse, and outright mental breakdowns I could see a fairly large number of units maintaining Cohesion for at least the medium term. If their is no Britain to go to and no legitimate British Government to me at least it makes sense that many of the regiments and squadrons would offer their services abroad. Either as strict mercenaries being paid and supplied for serving such and such country. Or in arrangements where the RN/RAF/ and British army units agree to serve a certain nation for a period of time in return for recognition of their old military ranks (or their local equivalent), decent pay, benefits, supplies, and sanctuary and citizenship for the servicemen and any dependents that were stationed at their pre epidemic foreign bases (or in some cases family that wasn't at one of those bases but was for whatever reason abroad from Britain on Day 1. Say students studying abroad, tourists, businessmen, expats, crewmen on commercial and private cargo/commercial/fishing/pleasure vessels and the like).

While in the wake of Great Depression 2.0 and the anti British xenophobia that will erupt worldwide will mean that most countries won't be interested in taking in refugee's. Let alone British refugees.

But with the need to massively increase military spending, institute or reinstate conscription, build vast quantities of military equipment, and otherwise reorganize national armed forces their will be a great deal of appeal for nations being able to almost instantly pick up entire regiments (or larger) units of troops that are already fully trained, organized, and in many cases combat veterans. The British army, RAF, RN, Royal Marines, and the various British Spec Ops groups have a very high international reputation and that will help finding placement. I imagine the Jordanians might pick up some (The King of Jordan has always been fond of British military kit and training), the arab Gulf States (Such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the UAE, Bahrain, and Oman have always been fond of supplementing their small populations with high quality foreign PMCs/Mercenaries and will have money), Bahrain is also fond of British military training and PMCs (and already has a small British military post including I think a battalion of Gurkhas), Singapore is another good bet, less likely South Korea, also less likely but pretty Ironic would be if the Indians agreed to take in a regiment or two. The Germans might take some (Since the British Army of the Rhine was already located in Germany. Odds are a large part of the now Exiled British forces will go to the main commonwealths namely Australia, New Zealand, and Canada. Less likely would be say South Africa.
 
Yeah, that was a plothole. Unfortunately as with real life, things like that can still happen especially if that helicopter under the radar.
There's just no way that big of an oversight is going to happen. Anything crossing the English Channel without permission, especially with everything falling apart in London, is not making it to France.
 
There's just no way that big of an oversight is going to happen. Anything crossing the English Channel without permission, especially with everything falling apart in London, is not making it to France.

And if there is the tiny chance of a helicopter landing/crashing after 28 weeks no, none, zero French citizens are going near it- police/troops would be dispatched to simply shoot/blow up anyone inside. Zero risks taken at this point. Quarantine is there for a reason.

Only way to get a European outbreak is in the early days, forget 28 Weeks Later as is.

OR If the Isle of Dogs op goes South and there is Outbreak 2 then the Quarantine comes locking down once again. Britain is again quarantined for another 28 weeks while Scientists looking asymmetrical carriers, and more ways to combat the virus, given by now the govt/scientists would have triangulated which lab(s) the Rage virus could have come from and sent Special Forces to Heroically retrieve what they could (possibly on a one-way trip) to give the scientists data to work from.
 
And if there is the tiny chance of a helicopter landing/crashing after 28 weeks no, none, zero French citizens are going near it- police/troops would be dispatched to simply shoot/blow up anyone inside. Zero risks taken at this point. Quarantine is there for a reason.

Only way to get a European outbreak is in the early days, forget 28 Weeks Later as is.
Pretty much. Your vignette about the last Eurostar and the Chunnel is what would happen, damn the protests from what's left of Blair's government.
 
And if there is the tiny chance of a helicopter landing/crashing after 28 weeks no, none, zero French citizens are going near it- police/troops would be dispatched to simply shoot/blow up anyone inside. Zero risks taken at this point. Quarantine is there for a reason.

Only way to get a European outbreak is in the early days, forget 28 Weeks Later as is.

OR If the Isle of Dogs op goes South and there is Outbreak 2 then the Quarantine comes locking down once again. Britain is again quarantined for another 28 weeks while Scientists looking asymmetrical carriers, and more ways to combat the virus, given by now the govt/scientists would have triangulated which lab(s) the Rage virus could have come from and sent Special Forces to Heroically retrieve what they could (possibly on a one-way trip) to give the scientists data to work from.

Honestly if London hadn't been burned/gassed during the 1st containment I'd wager very very good money it eats a tactical nuke once the second outbreak starts on the Isle of Dogs.
There's just no way that big of an oversight is going to happen. Anything crossing the English Channel without permission, especially with everything falling apart in London, is not making it to France.

Pretty much. Northern France would probably be the single most militarized territory on the planet (And with the 28 Days Later international consensus being "No country can have enough walls, guns, gasses, or soldiers" that's saying something). There'd probably be a complete or near complete evacuation of civilians a certain number of miles inland from the coast. There'd just be way too many infected or potentially infected bodies washing up on the French Atlantic Shore (Infected that ran off cliffs, fell off boats, were on boats that were sunk during containment, desperate bastards who tried to swim the English channel to safety and the like). There'd be constant shore patrols with every body found getting reported in and then incinerated and the ashes doused in acid or the most powerful disinfectant possible. I think you'd see a very multinational deployment of military forces in Northern France as various countries realize that if the infected spreads to France their only chance to stop it from wiping out Eurasia would be mass nuking). Probably see re utilization of old WW2 bunkers from the Atlantik Wall. You might easily see the grandsons of soldiers from the Red Army, Wehrmacht, Imperial Japanese Army, PLA, Israeli Defense Forces, French Foreign Legion, and US Army that fought each other in WW2 stand shoulder to shoulder manning bunkers and pill boxes.

Also be a very very thick air defense network of SAMs, Guns, Radars, fighters, and interceptors with pretty much anything flying anything other then very specific routes to secure air bases getting downed instantly. With the outbreak on the Island of Dogs there'd be a free fire zone declared. Even money whether it's an American Patriot Missile, a Russian S400, French Crotales/MICA, or a Chinese HQ 15 that downs the chopper a mile or two into the English channel. Or whether it's an American F15, a Russian SU-27, an Indian SU-30MKKI, or a french Mirage 2000.

Even if the outbreak did spread to france in 28 weeks later the response would be to gas the shit out of the entire infected region not just send in a handful of soldiers with small arms.
 
Pretty much. Your vignette about the last Eurostar and the Chunnel is what would happen, damn the protests from what's left of Blair's government.

The Eurostar vignette was a lot less depressing then I thought it would be. It involved a train that was already obviously completely filled with infected being destroyed. I was expecting to read about a train that was still full of uninfected refugee's being completely destroyed by the French (somewhat understandably) panicking about possible infection and burning the remains.
 

chankljp

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One thing I have been wondering about the 28 Days Later world is that assuming the truth about the origins of the Rage Virus being artificially created as a medical experiment gets out, will the rest of the world see a MASSIVE technophobic backlash against biotechnology, if not outright science and technology itself in general?

I can totally see the anti-vaxxer and new age spiritual types having a field day, with talks of, 'Look at what man-made artificial medicine did to Britain! All the deaths and destruction... This is why we must stuck with all-natural remedies, herbal medicines, and water births!'. The same goes for any sort of GMO or hybridization research in agriculture and medicine.

Heck, if I am a biochemistry researcher, looking at how the '5G spreads COVID' conspiracy in real-life resulted in hysterical people burning cellphone towers and even shooting at telecom workers, I will be seeking police protection for both myself and my family just in case someone decides to lynch me or burn down my workplace just for the fear of me secretly creating a doomsday virus or something.
 
Rage Virus will at first likely be seen by many if not most in the Western world as the biggest Islamist terrorist attack of all time. However once the news was discovered and got out that it was a homegrown virus released accidentally it would become the biggest target against Western hubris from within and without. You would never hear the end of it and if it spread beyond Britain.....
 
One thing I have been wondering about the 28 Days Later world is that assuming the truth about the origins of the Rage Virus being artificially created as a medical experiment gets out, will the rest of the world see a MASSIVE technophobic backlash against biotechnology, if not outright science and technology itself in general?

I can totally see the anti-vaxxer and new age spiritual types having a field day, with talks of, 'Look at what man-made artificial medicine did to Britain! All the deaths and destruction... This is why we must stuck with all-natural remedies, herbal medicines, and water births!'. The same goes for any sort of GMO or hybridization research in agriculture and medicine.

Heck, if I am a biochemistry researcher, looking at how the '5G spreads COVID' conspiracy in real-life resulted in hysterical people burning cellphone towers and even shooting at telecom workers, I will be seeking police protection for both myself and my family just in case someone decides to lynch me or burn down my workplace just for the fear of me secretly creating a doomsday virus or something.
Rage Virus will at first likely be seen by many if not most in the Western world as the biggest Islamist terrorist attack of all time. However once the news was discovered and got out that it was a homegrown virus released accidentally it would become the biggest target against Western hubris from within and without. You would never hear the end of it and if it spread beyond Britain.....
I'm not sure if the word gets out that the virus originated from a Cambridge laboratory or even if it was bio-engineered. People know Cambridge was ground zero of the outbreak but the truth of those chimpanzee experiments may never come out at all.

Instead, Andy Harris got all the attention as he was known as "Butcher of Europe" for spreading it to the continent just at the age of 9.
 

chankljp

Donor
Rage Virus will at first likely be seen by many if not most in the Western world as the biggest Islamist terrorist attack of all time.
The Islamic fundamentalist types would absolutely see the Rage outbreak as divine punishment against the UK for invading Afghanistan along side the US... The fact that A LOT of Muslims living in the UK (And Europe, if you accept 28 Weeks Later as canon) got killed along side everyone else will not be taken into consideration in their narrative.
 
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