Because of the "hot virus," the devastation of WWIII is more horrible than the worse case scenario, and missiles fired in retaliation gave new meaning to Scorched Earth.
There were scattered warnings, which only a few heeded in time. No one ever imagined they would have to start from scratch--and bare dirt.
What to save--and where?
Could we start over?
Can a new world grow/move beyond the losses, mistakes and regrets?