Evening all, least it's evening here. So, I've basically come onto this forum with a single question in mind: What would it require for a post-apocalyptic story to take place on a place besides Earth and still have it work? A little bit of background. One of the things I've been writing since I was about, mmph, eleven or twleve years old was basically a Sci-Fantasy post-apocalyptic-ish story that's changed settings and stories plenty of times as my writing has improved and my interests changed. The latest version of my story-- or, rather, setting really, I tend to over-focus on world building-- takes place in a near-futuristic, semi-Post-Apocalyptic US. Standard enough setting, but I say 'semi' as the US as an entity is still up and running. There's still some semblance of infrastructure in some places and order in others. A few spats of anime-ish logic sprinkled here and there. But less than you'd think. The issue I had with this story for the longest time was designing a good antagonist, which stumped me for a long time. It was around this point that my more-writing-savvy fiancee (and notably much more character-focused than setting-focused as in my case) suggested that I set this story in a different universe so that I could have more liberty with it and create a bit more as I see fit. So the bottom line is, how would something like this be created? In my understanding, post-apocalypstic settings are generally attractive as they draw charm from a 'what if' scenario. As in, they draw attention by taking something that is familiar and commonly recognized and twisting it into a dystopic version of itself for the characters to explore. That kind of thing I can't see happening in a world where nothing is familiar and everything will have to be introduced, but I'm certain that there has to be some way to do it. Any thoughts?