In a recent timeline of mine, I speculated how the native cultures of the Southwest could have utilized crossbows for defence of their towns and dwellings, after Native Americans discovered simple crossbows centuries before that and the idea eventually reached the Southwest.Yep, this is the main appearance of settlements in Arizona and Dinetah. Many of the old ones are revered as holy sites and home to powerful temple complexes.
Are crossbows especially helpful to Pueblo dwellers?In a recent timeline of mine, I speculated how the native cultures of the Southwest could have utilized crossbows for defence of their towns and dwellings, after Native Americans discovered simple crossbows centuries before that and the idea eventually reached the Southwest.
The Navajo were also noted to have historically built the pueblito forts in a remarkably European-like castle style (quite different from typical earlier pueblos, with their mostly adobe covers on the outside) and to like hunting with bows on horseback, after they adopted horses on a larger scale.
One has to wonder whether the Southwesterners of the Medieval America future world have figured out crossbows could be very practical for defending Oasisamerica pueblito-style forts and pueblo-style fortified towns. And even for hunting on horseback and on foot, besides regular bows. Unlike in my timeline, there aren't that many technological and material and knowledgebase restrictions.
I would say so, especially in terms of ergonomics. Something I explored in my Amerindian timeline as well. Though bows remained popular for siege defence in the Old World, crossbows were especially popular for shooting over parapet walls (often between merlons) or from arrowslits in walls an towers precisely because they're less akward to hold while you're shooting. You can't really shoot well horizontally from a bow, especially not when you want to aim with at least some accuracy. The crossbow solves the issue. Doesn't get in the way while shooting downward at attackers, is quite a bit easier to aim with, and there's also the fact you can span the crossbow, place your bolt, wait as long as you need, and then release. Regardless of what mechanism they use in Medieval America (in my timeline, the natives used the simplest mechanisms, with a groove for the string and simple lever-triggers to lift it, purely because they have Neolithic tech only in the pre-Columbian period, i.e. no metallurgy), a crossbow could be pretty valuable to cultures that have towns and forts with proper thick masonry and adobe, as a practical defensive weapon. Yes, they can use bows, but those are more finnicky to work with in siege defence. They could use slings and javelins, but those are far less precise than archery weapons (and throwing a javelin away is just wasteful in a siege). Additionally, crossbow bolts can be manufactured in a way that avoids their fletching deteriorating as easily as the fletching of regular longer arrows.Are crossbows especially helpful to Pueblo dwellers?
Maybe only the central concept and names of the Transformers would survive. So it'd instead be this story of an ancient secret war between factions of secret metal men from another world.I'm not sure how prevalent crossbows would be in New Mexico. They might be a bit of a resource drain, the absolute monarchy might consider it a cultural taboo, and most of their opponents would be the Horse Archers of the plains, and crossbows are not ideal for when everyone is fighting on horses. (Otherwise, their best defense is probably their sheer isolation). They might be more common in California or Deseret, which has more wood and need for military diversity. They generally don't seem to be the weapon of choice in ancient desert-based armies.
By the way, going back to movie monsters, and other pop culture things--I usually ask myself what kind of ways would people entertain themselves? Like, the less steps you have to do, the better. They would have a lot of campfire stories, so Friday the 13th, which is a cinematic campfire story, would be easy. There would be a return of puppet shows, so Muppets would totally be a thing. The economy of it. I don't now how long a Transformer would physically last, (Planned obsolescence probably renders a lot of modern toys worthless after a couple of years), and the "robot that turns into car" seems like a bit of gobbletygook after a generation. I do want to say characters from comic books/strips have an advantage because while I don't know how long a physical comic book could last, sequential art in some way or another would be one of the easiest things to keep going.
I think things in South Africa would get very dark during the Regression. My personal headcanon is that Coloureds inhabit the Cape while the remnants of the Afrikaners were able to regroup and thrive as pastoralists along the western coast and Namibia. Perhaps they occasionally conquer the Coloured sedentary populations from time to time. Meanwhile, the eastern half of South Africa would be descended from the various groups (Sotho, Eswatini, Xhosa etc.) and are constantly fighting one another.While it's not a part of the America's I wonder what the Cape about South Africa would look like in the new medieval period.