So basically the question is, how would this look/feel like? I already have a general idea, but I needed to smoothen out the edges before I start on the story I plan to write. The apocalypse was technically caused by a great world war with nuclear bombs and all that kind of stuff, (somewhat overused, but the story's focus is very far from that), however the root cause of the said apocalypse was, to put it simply: "God showing himself to the world, and then abandoning it in an instant." The story would happen in an urban setting would a good percent of the infrastructure left in ruins or is heavily damaged. If you are into video games, think of Bloodborne, but in a modern setting mixed with a bit of Fallout. The people are refugees from all over the world. The sky is grey and most people are in a depressed mood. An unstable resemblance of government tries its best to keep everything in order. Food comes from the nearby supermarkets that were left undamaged. Some small cults form here and there with various beliefs caused by the God-abandoning-the-earth thingo. So I'd really appreciate if you guys would ask some questions or give some suggestions to further enhance it so I can figure out the holes and inconsistencies that this kind of setting presents. EDIT: For now, I'm thinking of lessening the overall damage of the war. This means there's no "nuclear bomb that pretty much decimates 97% of the planet", which is what I originally planned. I plan to make some countries get totally annihilated, while a few nations are definitely heavily damaged up to the point of a good amount of infrastructure being left in ruins and stacks of debris, but not exactly completely destroyed. That means that there's still barely enough left (food, fields to farm, leftover medicine and supplies, some places still have electricity and all those) in those countries for a community/society to survive. The story will be set in one of those countries. Population? Not sure. Definitely not in the millions. Maybe a million or two, at the very, very, very most. Maybe even less than around 300 thousand. Maybe even less. I'm not good with manipulating numbers in these kinds of things. The story IS set a few years after the war, so doesn't that mean that the country has had some time to recover a bit? The original government is still the one leading, but due to the war, their overall force, strength and impact on the people has dwindled very significantly. The season is set in winter (as much as possible, I want it to be in winter. It's a personal bias ) but it's not caused by a nuclear bombing or anything like that. It's just regular winter. Or maybe a season that feels rather bleak and not really upbeat. I don't know... Fall? (I actually live in a country that doesn't experience the four seasons, so forgive my lack of knowledge) So, in a way, it's not really an apocalypse (maybe a bit), but more of a modern Dark Ages or the dawn of a new era. What do you guys think? Would this permit the "surviving, but not really thriving post-apocalyptic/world war society" setting that I want? The story I have in mind does somewhat require an already established community. More questions/suggestions are more than welcome!