news article. In summary, in the event of a cyberwar, we should expect a lot of infrastructure to not work. I'm enjoying a fairly hot summer day inside with air conditioning, because the electrical grid is working.
This last week there were millions of Indian citizens who went without power because their electrical grid collapsed. Indians are not savages (the British Raj notwithstanding) and I fear their response to blackouts is a lot better than what I expect from America, the UK or Canada.
In 1859 a Solar flare hit the Earth with tremendous force causing Aurora Borealis displays as far south as the Caribbean. It's known as the Carrington Event and humanity got very lucky.
There was no electrical grid at that time, but there were telegraph lines that got fried all over. If another such event hits Earth any time soon, we could see the electrical grid go down not for two days, but for almost a year. Nationwide.
Let that sink in.
And that wasn't so hard because I could buy gasoline in a nearby neighborhood that had power. My bank had power and I could do ATM withdrawals.
I have the idea of writing a Science Fiction story where the Department of Defense has a secret reserve of pre-electric technologies stockpiled, and they have World-War II vintage pre-computer paper forms stockpiled with documented procedures in warehouses like in the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Or maybe they don't. Instead some insular religious community has spent decades preparing in secret for a national cataclysm they intend to exploit.
Do you think anybody would read a story like that?
I, for one, will welcome our new Amish overlords.