...r cities and military bases had been hit the worst but it turned out it was true what they said in movies or had said in the movies when they still existed. Between the USA and Russia there were enough nuclear bombs to destroy the world twice over. They did. Just in case anything had been missed though England, France, India, Pakistan, Iran and North Korea all pitched in.
In a single horrific day mankind had gone from a worldwide population of nearly eight billion people to a population of . . . nobody was really sure. The best guesses were around sixty million but there could easily have been more. The Americas hadn't heard much from the Old World since the event. There were no ships left, and nobody with the knowledge to build a wooden ship able to cross an ocean. Some people thought that you might be able to walk the Berring Straight again like the ancestors of the American Indian had done, just pass straight from Alaska to Russia on foot. Nobody wanted to test it though.
Southern California once known for it's balmy near perfect weather now averaged just over sixty degrees during the day and dropped below freezing most nights. Going to Alaska . . . well it was past Canada and everybody in Canada had moved south. The men joked that it was so cold in Canada that if you didn't piss into a fire the piss froze inside you and your dick would fall off.