GDC 2011: EMP Expert Supports Realism of Homefront

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EMP Expert Supports Realism of Homefront

Dr. William Forstchen, leading expert on EMP research tells Russ Pitts why Homefront's story is more real than you think.

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IT *WILL* HAPPEN AND EVERYONE WILL DIE!

-_-'

That's some pretty intense sensationalism, there. Not to mention propaganda.
Fear-based politics are disgusting.
And while the game seems like it could have an interesting premise, this crap makes me not want to buy it.

I have the solution.
Create a massive Faraday's cage all around North America. Or better yet create a less massive but still sizable Faraday's cage around Korea, they won't mind right?

Dr. William Forstchen....leading fear-pusher and general of gibberish aimed at scaring the citizens?
His rant about upping the foreign policy towards N.K and "we will pwn thy arse if you use hax0r-waeponz" was just childish. Now, I know games tend to speak to the inner child in us - to play and just have fun - but in the name of all that is good and pure (single malt preferably)have the good doctor gone completely off the rails after playing?
As Blayze2k said, the game seems a bit interesting, but if this was meant to be a promo-piece into making the games realism a major selling point..it failed on an epic scale.

Well, if a Professor of History says EMPs are a real threat, that's good enough for me.

Oddly enough, though, I thought the US didn't wait 4 years to go to war on Japan after Pearl Harbour.

Seriously, though, that guy can fuck right off. Or at least put some effort to pretending to be a scientist.

They just keep digging themselves into a hole with this game.

Blayze2k:
IT *WILL* HAPPEN AND EVERYONE WILL DIE!

-_-'

That's some pretty intense sensationalism, there. Not to mention propaganda.
Fear-based politics are disgusting.
And while the game seems like it could have an interesting premise, this crap makes me not want to buy it.

he does have a point though.
Biological weapons were developed [if you consider launching dead victims into a town being "developed"]

fire based weapons were developed and used.

Nuclear weapons were developed, and they *were* used.

Laser weapons are in development, and they will eventually be used.

EMP's are already developed, and what better way to push the odds into a countries favor than by getting a............. preemptive :D strike against a bigger enemy?

And honestly, imagine what an EMP will affect in the US....

anything electronic, radio's, TV's, computers, vehicles to some extent, aircraft, phones, we will effectively be darkened, and because the average american panics at the slightest mishap, riots will break out until everything could be fixed.

By that time though we could already have an invasion landing on either coast.

The problem is that EMP's will be this generations Nuclear Weapons, and something actually needs to be done about it.

I refuse to live in a world where we are pushed back into 1950's-1970's nuclear weapon fears, and if that is fear-based politics, then we are officially screwed.

OT: always helps to have a noted person on the subject to stand up and say that your game is good. But in the end, what he says really wont matter if the game to us gamers sucks in the long run, which is what I am thinking Homefront will do.

thaluikhain:
Oddly enough, though, I thought the US didn't wait 4 years to go to war on Japan after Pearl Harbour.

Seriously, though, that guy can fuck right off. Or at least put some effort to pretending to be a scientist.

I'm pretty sure he said 'win' not 'went'.

If you are curious about what scientist say on the subject you can read up on FAS. Potiential fear mongering aside, it's still pretty interesting stuff.

Blayze2k:
IT *WILL* HAPPEN AND EVERYONE WILL DIE!

-_-'

That's some pretty intense sensationalism, there. Not to mention propaganda.
Fear-based politics are disgusting.
And while the game seems like it could have an interesting premise, this crap makes me not want to buy it.

Change it to Russia and you have virtually every other game.

Kalezian:

Blayze2k:
IT *WILL* HAPPEN AND EVERYONE WILL DIE!

-_-'

That's some pretty intense sensationalism, there. Not to mention propaganda.
Fear-based politics are disgusting.
And while the game seems like it could have an interesting premise, this crap makes me not want to buy it.

he does have a point though.
Biological weapons were developed [if you consider launching dead victims into a town being "developed"]

fire based weapons were developed and used.

Nuclear weapons were developed, and they *were* used.

Laser weapons are in development, and they will eventually be used.

EMP's are already developed, and what better way to push the odds into a countries favor than by getting a............. preemptive :D strike against a bigger enemy?

And honestly, imagine what an EMP will affect in the US....

anything electronic, radio's, TV's, computers, vehicles to some extent, aircraft, phones, we will effectively be darkened, and because the average american panics at the slightest mishap, riots will break out until everything could be fixed.

By that time though we could already have an invasion landing on either coast.

The problem is that EMP's will be this generations Nuclear Weapons, and something actually needs to be done about it.

I refuse to live in a world where we are pushed back into 1950's-1970's nuclear weapon fears, and if that is fear-based politics, then we are officially screwed.

OT: always helps to have a noted person on the subject to stand up and say that your game is good. But in the end, what he says really wont matter if the game to us gamers sucks in the long run, which is what I am thinking Homefront will do.

I'll give you that.
Weapons, once created, do tend to get used.
However I see no rational reason why the U.S. would be the logical target. I mean, yes, it would wreak havoc on us, but our enemies generally *don't* have the kind of resources to develop such weaponry on a large scale.
And even if they managed something like this, we have submarines capable of extended deployment and nuclear strikes on a devastating level. If North Korea *did* attack the U.S. on a large scale with EMP, there would be no North Korea very shortly after.

And it would be a mistake to believe that an EMP strike would make the U.S. easy to invade. We're a huge country and a lot of us own guns.

I'm not trying to make this a big military d*** wag.
I'm just trying to say that this sort of fear-mongering is groundless.

manythings:

Blayze2k:
IT *WILL* HAPPEN AND EVERYONE WILL DIE!

-_-'

That's some pretty intense sensationalism, there. Not to mention propaganda.
Fear-based politics are disgusting.
And while the game seems like it could have an interesting premise, this crap makes me not want to buy it.

Change it to Russia and you have virtually every other game.

This is why I like games that aren't based too much in reality.

Dam thats crafty, this profeesor is almost right, EMP stirkes could take out all of the electronic equipment in america, what he fails to mention is what exactly an offensive EMP strike actually is, a nuclear bomb is detonated in the space above the target with a very large effective radius of EMP. In effect you launch a nuke and explode it in space, firstly a nuclear launch would be detected either during launch or definately after detonation, thereby starting a thermonuclear war. It is merely an alternative use of a nuclear warhead, but as use of a nuclear warhead agasint america would result in a thermonuclear war it is no different to a nuke falling on america, except with a lot less fallout. The risk of this is no more than any ordinary nuclear war. So this "Professor" is full of hot air, america is fully aware of the dangers and potential risk of an EMP strike, partly because they INVENTED it. I take back what i said before, i assumed he meant Non-Nuclear EMP.

Kalezian:
And honestly, imagine what an EMP will affect in the US....

anything electronic, radio's, TV's, computers, vehicles to some extent, aircraft, phones, we will effectively be darkened, and because the average american panics at the slightest mishap, riots will break out until everything could be fixed.

If the entire landmass of the United States of America was simultaneously hit with an EMP powerful enough to destroy everything, yes.

Dr. Fortschen has made quite a leap from EMPs being used as weapons, to EMPs being used as totally successful weapons.

Kalezian:
The problem is that EMP's will be this generations Nuclear Weapons, and something actually needs to be done about it.

Exactly like nuclear weapons, and so the solution remains the same.

The US Navy has a fearsome second strike capacity, with 14 SSBNs at present. Just because the US is being destroyed by some magic EMP, rather than old fashioned nuclear devices, does not stop submarines from launching their missiles in retaliation. That was the only way the US could defend itself against an enemy considering a first strike, and it worked very well.

EDIT: Ninja'd by Blayze2k

Slycne:
I'm pretty sure he said 'win' not 'went'.

Ah yes, after checking I realise I misheard him.

harry2680:
Suddenly "90% of the population dead" and such is fear mongering, all the EMPs in the world detonated together would struggle to take out a small city let alone a continent. There must be a law agasint this sort of thing...

Yes and no. If the US was blanketed in an EMP powerful enough to destroy all electronic equipment, than losing 90% in a year isn't unreasonable. It's just a rather large if, which he failed to mention.

thaluikhain:

Oddly enough, though, I thought the US didn't wait 4 years to go to war on Japan after Pearl Harbour.

He said four years later we win a war.

OT: Yeah I've been thinking about just how catastrophic an EMP would be to this country. Not to say I agree with this guy's "We're all doomed" probability, but if it were to happen it would (pardon my language) fuck shit up.

You guys are all putting it on fear politics. Well, there was a shitload of people that said what happens in Homefront is impossible and un realistic. This is trying to prove them wrong. They're not trying to scare you, they're trying to prove the valdity of the backstory.

Edit; and to you guys saying we'll retaliate, think about this. About half of the American people want to reduce if not completely destroy all of our nuclear weapons. Homefront is supposed to be sometime in the future... add that fact to the extreme gullibility of most Americans and we're boned.

thaluikhain:
Just because the US is being destroyed by some magic EMP, rather than old fashioned nuclear devices, does not stop submarines from launching their missiles in retaliation.

That right there shows a remarkable grasp of the technology.

bl4ckh4wk64:
They're not trying to scare you, they're trying to prove the valdity of the backstory.

Which is a doomed enterprise, since obviously there are way bigger problems with the backstory than the specifics of EMP technology.

They should be advertising the gameplay, really, not doubling down on the backstory with stuff like this and the faux anti-NK protests.

I love the sensationalism being put out about the game. I am looking forward to this game, I think it will be a lot of fun.

I don't care for the need to push the validity of the back story though. It's a game. I appreciate his expertise on the subject, and it would make sense to put the worlds largest empire into the cross hairs. I also agree that 90% of the population would be dead within a year. But, an invasion is still very unlikely, and if it did, it would not come from North Korea. It would have to come from a place that had a viable economy. And if only 10% of the population survived, that would leave us with 23 Million people. Meaning that between the US and ALL of Europe, we would still be the 8th most populated country. The biggest threat would probably me Mexico then, with their poor economy, we share a border, and there is 111 million of them. North Korea by todays standards, would literally only have a population not even 1 million more than us if that were to happen. And we still have a second amendment. The people who survive that first year will be people who own guns and have a means of defending themselves. So, that means that with surplus of firearms, everyone will own a bunch of guns. So, that is 23 Million armed citizens, most of which will have firearms training. It's still not a viable move to invade America. All that aside, the concept is incredibly awesome, and they look idiotic trying to convince people how believable it is. It's like trying to convince people that Resistance 2, can and will happen.

My favorite bit about the whole backstory movie is the part where the UN puts economic sanctions into place. Politicians are stupid enough to believe this to be a good idea. Historically, it has never done anything but strengthen a regimes position amongst it's people. Why? Because the regime is largely unaffected by such things, but it does hurt the entire civilian population. Then the regime just has to give people hope that they can fix it, and they end up with the full support of it's people. And the few dissenters would be weeded out. Some would flee if it is possible.

harry2680:
Dam thats crafty, this profeesor is almost right, EMP stirkes could take out all of the electronic equipment in america, what he fails to mention is what exactly an offensive EMP strike actually is, a nuclear bomb is detonated in the space above the target with a very large effective radius of EMP. In effect you launch a nuke and explode it in space, firstly a nuclear launch would be detected either during launch or definately after detonation, thereby starting a thermonuclear war. It is merely an alternative use of a nuclear warhead, but as use of a nuclear warhead agasint america would result in a thermonuclear war it is no different to a nuke falling on america, except with a lot less fallout. The risk of this is no more than any ordinary nuclear war. So this "Professor" is full of hot air, america is fully aware of the dangers and potential risk of an EMP strike, partly because they INVENTED it. I take back what i said before, i assumed he meant Non-Nuclear EMP.

This is supposed to be 2027. The idea is that the technology has progressed, and the movie, the strike comes from a satellite. Not a nuclear launch. The Manhattan Project produced a viable and useful bomb within 5 years of conception. Technology by this time would be exponentially better, as it is lifetimes ahead of technology when the the Manhattan project was conceived, to now. I get what your going for. It's still not believable because the source is North Korea. More than likely if this were to occur, it would be the US that developed it (having the largest military budget in human history, with no plans to cut it, even if it would immensely help our economy now), or one of out allies.

So, premise still fantastical, but still awesome.

Wow guys, actually read his book before you claim he's 'fear mongering'. In it, Forstchen details how the majority of deaths will be over issues like food supply, storage and transportation of goods. The simple fact is that our food resources are supplied to us via a complex transportation network and have to be maintain by electric devices, such as refrigerators. Although initially there isn't much of a problem, the book goes on to show how gradually food and water would become more difficult to acquire, especially for large populations. Lack of access to medical supplies also would lead to more deaths. After this our basic needs take over and we start fighting over the remaining resources. This isn't fear mongering, this is basic fact: the massive population growth of the 20th and 21st century comes from our use of complicated networks of communications and transportation, primarily all with electricity as a major component. Take away that component, and the result is a population die-off.

In preparation of surviving this awful reality, I've already begun drinking my urine.

Baresark:
It's still not believable because the source is North Korea. More than likely if this were to occur, it would be the US that developed it (having the largest military budget in human history, with no plans to cut it, even if it would immensely help our economy now), or one of out allies.

Meh, we're talking the better part of two decades here. Major power shifts can come a lot quicker than that. A decade is a long time nowadays, and even if the US were the progenitors of a satellite EMP all it would take is one guy inside the wrong R&D lab with a usb and an iPhone, or something. Also remember that "North Korea", in this timeline is by the time of launch "The Greater Korean Republic" which has annexed large chunks of Asia, including China and Japan, so the resources for it could come from either of those. I think the E3 trailer painted a reasonably believable picture, overall. Good enough for fiction, certainly.

Edit: The bit that rubs me the wrong way a bit is the whole "Second American Revolution" bit. But that's just because it's so bloody cheesy.

Veterinari:

Baresark:
It's still not believable because the source is North Korea. More than likely if this were to occur, it would be the US that developed it (having the largest military budget in human history, with no plans to cut it, even if it would immensely help our economy now), or one of out allies.

Meh, we're talking the better part of two decades here. Major power shifts can come a lot quicker than that. A decade is a long time nowadays, and even if the US were the progenitors of a satellite EMP all it would take is one guy inside the wrong R&D lab with a usb and an iPhone, or something. Also remember that "North Korea", in this timeline is by the time of launch "The Greater Korean Republic" which has annexed large chunks of Asia, including China and Japan, so the resources for it could come from either of those. I think the E3 trailer painted a reasonably believable picture, overall. Good enough for fiction, certainly.

I agree, more than good enough for fiction. The previews on the story of this game have got quite a lot of critical acclaim. And I should have been more explicit, this isn't my first post by a long shot on this particular subject. The Greater Korean Public is literally impossible as it's staged in this game. But, I agree, one slip up and it's all over, haha. The good part about a weapon like that is if everyone has it, no one will risk using it.

Reasonably believable? They're NORTH F-ING KOREA. Their army's weapons are laughable by the the standards of the USSR, circa World War II. No one trades with them. Their people are all starving to death. Their neighbors are all intensely patriotic and heavily armed and advanced. And they all hate North Korea.

If Homefront were realistic, it would be more like: "2013, Kim Jun Ung attacks South Korea. 2013.1, Kim Jun Ung gets his arse kicked by the combined forces of the U.S. border forces and the South Korean military."

Loving the new beard Russ

-M

Christ this guy creeps me out, I imagine he sleeps with a shotgun under his pillow.

Well that turned out surprisingly dark. As fear-mongering as it is, the man -does- address the, probably very real, possibility. But then he goes talking about pre-emptive strike bullshit. You could just start setting up defences for that sort of thing, surely?

I am not an expert on EMP's and I have no idea of whether Dr. Forstchen is correct or not in regards to the danger of an EMP attack and the effect an EMP attack would have on America. However, as relatively politically knowledgeable person, I think that it is ridiculous to start a campaign based around preparing the United States for a threat that may or may not exist while we have real problems like the War in Afghanistan, the recession and the rising Deficit. A nuclear strike on an American city would have a casualty rate far greater than the 90% Dr. Forstchen predicts would exist a year after an EMP strike mere hours after the nuclear missile hit said city. Preparing for a potential problem is all well and good when no real problems exist but the United States currently has more than enough real problems and far greater potential ones. Dr. Forstchen has a right to spout his fear-based rhetoric and he is right that North Korea could become a powerful nation in the near future just as Germany transformed itself from the weak and conflict ridden Weimar Republic into the Third Reich under the leadership of one mentally ill failed artist. However THQ shouldn't let him turn their game into a political statement just because he claims their version of the future is plausible. I don't care about the plausibility of the story of a game as much as I care about the political message it sends. I don't want my entertainment to be politicized, regardless of whether or not I agree with its message, unless the subject of the entertainment is politics.

I will still buy Homefront if it's critically well received but this video has made me worried, not about an EMP strike on America or the rise of North Korea, it has made me worried about the overt politicization of entertainment that is not based around politics.

Baresark:
I agree, more than good enough for fiction. The previews on the story of this game have got quite a lot of critical acclaim. And I should have been more explicit, this isn't my first post by a long shot on this particular subject. The Greater Korean Public is literally impossible as it's staged in this game. But, I agree, one slip up and it's all over, haha. The good part about a weapon like that is if everyone has it, no one will risk using it.

I don't know how much the game goes into specifics, I've only really watched the trailer. So you have me on that one. I just wanted to point out that the entire point of making this sort of story as science fiction is that you have the freedom to construct a "What if" scenario that throws convention around a bit. "Korean Superpower" in 15 years I'll buy. I'm not particularly worried it'll happen, but I'll suspend my disbelief for a while. Again, I know very few specifics, but those are never right in this sort of story anyway. :)

Lord Of Cyberia:
Reasonably believable? They're NORTH F-ING KOREA. Their army's weapons are laughable by the the standards of the USSR, circa World War II. No one trades with them. Their people are all starving to death. Their neighbors are all intensely patriotic and heavily armed and advanced. And they all hate North Korea.

If Homefront were realistic, it would be more like: "2013, Kim Jun Ung attacks South Korea. 2013.1, Kim Jun Ung gets his arse kicked by the combined forces of the U.S. border forces and the South Korean military."

That's why I said reasonably believable as opposed to realistic. The ambition to take on the world is arguably in North Korea, at least. And as for the rest, well, that's where the fiction comes in to try to make a convincing narrative.

Besides, judging by the trailer I can't really see that the unification of Korea was by military conquest. If you make it vague enough you can fill the blanks with anything. It was done via the election of a Manchurian candidate! North Korea had outside funding in taking South Korea. There was a revolt! It was done via a lot of military contractors! Etc. Etc.

Mr.K.:
Christ this guy creeps me out, I imagine he sleeps with a shotgun under his pillow.

And an anthology of Tom Clancy books, no doubt.

Veterinari:

I don't know how much the game goes into specifics, I've only really watched the trailer. So you have me on that one. I just wanted to point out that the entire point of making this sort of story as science fiction is that you have the freedom to construct a "What if" scenario that throws convention around a bit. "Korean Superpower" in 15 years I'll buy. I'm not particularly worried it'll happen, but I'll suspend my disbelief for a while. Again, I know very few specifics, but those are never right in this sort of story anyway. :)

Lord Of Cyberia:
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That's why I said reasonably believable as opposed to realistic. The ambition to take on the world is arguably in North Korea, at least. And as for the rest, well, that's where the fiction comes in to try to make a convincing narrative.

Besides, judging by the trailer I can't really see that the unification of Korea was by military conquest. If you make it vague enough you can fill the blanks with anything. It was done via the election of a Manchurian candidate! North Korea had outside funding in taking South Korea. There was a revolt! It was done via a lot of military contractors! Etc. Etc.

I'm with you on this. Whether it's possible or not will not determine how good or bad the game is. This game has been used by some to point at a "true North Korean threat". And they try to enhance the believability of it at the GDC. I think they are really only hurting themselves by doing this, the game has enough backing it that this all feels extraneous. I'm not arguing with you. The point of the video is to show enhanced believability. So it's no wonder arguments are breaking out all over the internet, haha.

You are also correct in saying the trailer doesn't explain enough to try and fight about the idea, haha. It simply states that South Korea was annexed into North Korea. Leaving lots of speculation to be filled in later.

How are they going to fund these kinds of weapons when their crazy ass leader spends the entire GNP on lobsters? And how did N.K become such a major power (invading countries to increase their borders and supplies) without the world interveening? America has gone to war with nations over considerably less.

Is Homefront really some kind of shell propganda that the fear/warmongers decided to fund to get the anti-North Korea sentiment out to the larger masses?

Blayze2k:

Kalezian:

Blayze2k:
IT *WILL* HAPPEN AND EVERYONE WILL DIE!

-_-'

That's some pretty intense sensationalism, there. Not to mention propaganda.
Fear-based politics are disgusting.
And while the game seems like it could have an interesting premise, this crap makes me not want to buy it.

he does have a point though.
Biological weapons were developed [if you consider launching dead victims into a town being "developed"]

fire based weapons were developed and used.

Nuclear weapons were developed, and they *were* used.

Laser weapons are in development, and they will eventually be used.

EMP's are already developed, and what better way to push the odds into a countries favor than by getting a............. preemptive :D strike against a bigger enemy?

And honestly, imagine what an EMP will affect in the US....

anything electronic, radio's, TV's, computers, vehicles to some extent, aircraft, phones, we will effectively be darkened, and because the average american panics at the slightest mishap, riots will break out until everything could be fixed.

By that time though we could already have an invasion landing on either coast.

The problem is that EMP's will be this generations Nuclear Weapons, and something actually needs to be done about it.

I refuse to live in a world where we are pushed back into 1950's-1970's nuclear weapon fears, and if that is fear-based politics, then we are officially screwed.

OT: always helps to have a noted person on the subject to stand up and say that your game is good. But in the end, what he says really wont matter if the game to us gamers sucks in the long run, which is what I am thinking Homefront will do.

I'll give you that.
Weapons, once created, do tend to get used.
However I see no rational reason why the U.S. would be the logical target. I mean, yes, it would wreak havoc on us, but our enemies generally *don't* have the kind of resources to develop such weaponry on a large scale.
And even if they managed something like this, we have submarines capable of extended deployment and nuclear strikes on a devastating level. If North Korea *did* attack the U.S. on a large scale with EMP, there would be no North Korea very shortly after.

And it would be a mistake to believe that an EMP strike would make the U.S. easy to invade. We're a huge country and a lot of us own guns.

I'm not trying to make this a big military d*** wag.
I'm just trying to say that this sort of fear-mongering is groundless.

North Korea would be the only one to use it because they're nuts. Terrorists would use it if they could, but they don't have the infrastructure to do so, as you pointed out. China and Russia are both part of the world economy, so WWIII just isn't going to happen unless something changes drastically, because we're all interdependent.

NK would use it because, like I said, they're completely off their rockers. But they would probably use it on Japan first, not us. And yes, you're right, if they did, there would be no North Korea shortly thereafter. Frankly, if China thought they were going to do something crazy, China would probably come in and genocide them just to keep the world stable. They don't have any compunction about such things, and the future seems to belong to them economically, so they really aren't going to want to jeopardize it. So I don't think we have to worry, we can just let China do our dirty work for us if NK gets uppidy. After all they're going to protect their trillion dollar investment (aka the United States).

I'm confused...

Are EMPs directly harmful to human life? IE: can they kill, regardless of what is going on around you?

Blayze2k:
Fear-based politics are disgusting.

So...all politics?

OT: It is a pretty interesting thought really. Suddenly having the power go out all over.

Blayze2k:
IT *WILL* HAPPEN AND EVERYONE WILL DIE!

-_-'

That's some pretty intense sensationalism, there. Not to mention propaganda.
Fear-based politics are disgusting.
And while the game seems like it could have an interesting premise, this crap makes me not want to buy it.

Well, as far as that part goes he's right to an extent. Truthfully the USA is not as assertive as it needs to be, in that we are allowing foreign space programs and such to go ahead unopposed, making it increasingly probable that nations like North Korea, China, and others are going to put things in space. We already have China using lasers to blind our spy satellites.

http://defensetech.org/2006/09/25/chinese-laser-vs-u-s-sats/

Do a search for "China, Satellite, Lasers" and you'll find a lot of stuff on this.

Simply put, one of the big problems with the USA right now is people with your sentiments not recognizing clear dangers that are present, because taking action to avert them raises uncomfortable questions given that it involves adjusting a lot of our morality to deal with the real world.

That said, the overall "Homefront" scenario is kind of implausible as it's presented there since it would require a lot of "OMG, stop the fear mongering, give peace a chance" sentiments to overrun common sense a lot more than we are currently seeing. Of course if things continue in such a left wing direction we might run into these kinds of problems, but 2024 is way too soon.

See, the issue with this scenario is that the US doesn't keep all of it's eggs in one basket so to speak. Even if someone took out the continental US, we have a massive amount of military forces located in places like Japan. Not to mention the naval prescence around Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Right now North Korea's big ambition is to be able to get into a position where it can fire missles into Hawaii and hopefully leverage us that way.

As things stand right now, the most North Korea could hope for would be MAD. Simply put if they DID EMP bomb the US, submarines (and we have the quietest and stealthiest ones in the world) would immediatly nuke the living bejeesus out of North Korea. Our subs are scattered all over the place and we float them around outside of enemy nations specifically for situations like this, that's one of the things about the US that terrifies people who realize how much our morality actually holds us back. However in a case like this where the US goes dark, chances are those subs are going to have standing orders to just flat out whack whatever targets they are assigned to. Of course then again, the US wouldn't go dark, or at least the military wouldn't. North Korea would find itself contending with the strongest navy in the world, and would probably never be able to get anything to the US for a conventional invashion.

We could go back and forth about this in a point / counter-point type situation, but the point is that this scenario is a joke. What's more given that things like NORAD and some of our other military bases are designed to survive nuclear strikes (which include EMP) a lot of people might die from the results, but the US certainly isn't going to suffer much of an invasion, and even if we did the way the mountain ranges are ser up accross the coasts the whole "Fortress Of America" is going to apply, and I very much doubt anyone would be able to penetrate into the middle of the country with any success.

The point here being that this guy hyping it up as "this could happen" might help promote the game, but it hardly says much about himself as a scholor. I also think he greatly overestimates the amount of damage EMP would do to the goverment infrastructure in the US. It would hurt civilians a lot more than the military who have kind of been getting ready for this kind of thing for decades. This is why we have all those stories about military complexs and silos hidden under corn fields and such, the idea being to shield them from things like EMP.

All told the best that could be said is that he's right about us needing to be a bit more aggressive, and to be careful to mitgate our "peace at any price" attitudes. Simply put, if we're stupid enough to let North Korea launch a satellite like that to begin with, we kind of deserve the results as far as they'd go. It's one of the reasons why we should be doing "tyranicall" things to keep a lot of other nations (like North Korea) out of space, even it it amounts to starting wars over it.

I personally think North Korea would have better luck by simply loading a bunch of missles with biological payloads onto the satellite and firing them into the US from orbit to be honest... assuming they could get into that position to begin with.

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