Somewhere between 2018 and 2022 (haven't nailed down a year yet, but near-future) a limited nuclear exchange occurs between the United States and Russia. This "limited" exchange consists of 122 attacks on targets across the United States and its territories, which I've marked in the map below: (direct link to full image: http://i.imgur.com/gtcErkD.jpg) For the most part, it appears state capitals were avoided, which is fortunate in that local/state governments have mostly survived and still have some capacity to keep order and organize recovery efforts. States/territories which have lost their capitals are: - Colorado - Georgia - Minnesota - Nebraska - Nevada - Oklahoma - Oregon - Pennsylvania - Puerto Rico - Virginia - Wyoming What I want to know is, in a best-case scenario, how long might it take to return to a state of relative "normalcy" after this? My definition of "normalcy" would include: - Martial Law or State of Emergency, if applicable, lifted - Restoring electricity in areas where it has been lost - Travel restrictions lifted or eased considerably - Telephone service restored, both cell and landline - Control of telephone, television, and radio handed back to civilians - Regular radio and cable TV stations returning to air - Internet restored, social media accessible Again, I'm looking for a best-case scenario, as I assume it would likely be the government's priority (or at least among the top 3) to get lines of communication restored for people to get information and to restore amenities such as television and internet to boost morale and encourage resilience. Just by looking at the map, sure, that looks like a lot of damage - and it is - but nonetheless, most of the country survived and so did almost all of its infrastructure. The highways and interstates are fine, they're still driveable. Most airports in the country are still operational. Ports are still open. Cell towers are still standing. Internet service centers, for the most part, are still there. Power stations, for the most part, are still in service (the most far-reaching effect by my estimate would probably be regional electricity rationing until more power stations can be built, to avoid straining the power grid in the meantime). Overall, outside of the areas outright destroyed, things honestly don't look that bleak. So, when can we get stuff back up and running? A few weeks? A month? 2-3 months? 6 months? A year?