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    Thatcher govt. planned to arrest and intern Scottish nationalist politicians in event of a nuclear war: heraldscotland.com/politics/polit…

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    cstross

    Charlie Stross

  2. Missing tweet: 362993331158003712

  3. @KaWelch Scotland got the bomb when the Tories in England decided to base the UK’s nukes there. To reduce the Soviet nukes aimed at England.

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    Charlie Stross

    Abandon Britannia: Treasury contingency (d) for what to do after a nuclear war — evacuate survivors to Ireland: twitpic.com/c1wgll

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    Charlie Stross

    Not that they expected there to be many survivors.

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    cstross

    Charlie Stross

  4. @cstross Well, Ireland is a lovely country with great beverages. And the Irish can be quite hospitable.

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    felisconcolori

    FelisConColori

  5. @cstross I appreciate brutal honesty in disaster preparedness plans.

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    funranium

    Funranium Labs

  6. @funranium Note that some optimist crossed out option (d) on the grounds of it being too brutally realistic to admit.

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    cstross

    Charlie Stross

    @felisconcolori Probably not so hospitable to the odd million refugees when they’re already starving and suffering from radiation sickness.

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    cstross

    Charlie Stross

  7. @cstross also interesting: Scottish Western Isles car ferries built with secret NBC-protection gear for wartime use shipsofcalmac.co.uk/ff_secret_ship…

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  8. @miscwaffle @cstross that’s got to be part of a Laundry novel at some point.

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    LyleD4D

    Lyle D4D

  9. Wrt. the Deep Crazy coming out of the British govt. archives under the 30 year rule: 1983 was the most fraught year of the entire cold war.

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    cstross

    Charlie Stross

    Those of us in Europe, Russia and the USA who are aged over 30 all nearly died in September-November 1983. Odd how few remember this.

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    cstross

    Charlie Stross

  10. @cstross my entire freshman dorm at college had to watch The Day After and then discuss.

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    yesitsgretchen

    university of gretchen

  11. @slayedest The day after was the happy-fun version. Here’s the UK one: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Threads

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    cstross

    Charlie Stross

  12. @cstross At the risk of sounding dim, what was it that happened in Sep-Nov '83 that almost did it?

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    SmallerTotems

    Smaller Totems

  13. @slayedest Warning: “Threads” is MUCH scarier than your average teen slasher movie. Because it was plausible ...

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    cstross

    Charlie Stross

  14. @cstross Oh yeah, *that'll* work. "Let's all welcome our radioactive former human overlords!" (eyeroll)

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    dduane

    Diane Duane

  15. @dduane Oh, there wouldn’t have been very many survivors. 90% fatality within 90 days was *optimistic*.

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    cstross

    Charlie Stross