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Galactica and her fleet are probably only one group of survivors, but there were probably others but it would be almost impossible for them to link up after being scattered by the Cylon attack. There were also probably millions of survivors on the colonies themselves and I doubt the Cylons would be able to wipe them all out in the year they occupied the planets. They would have to survive the nuclear winters that would fall across the colonies, but its certainly possible that there could have been enough surviving that eventually they would be able to repopulate the planets over the 150,000 years since.

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The existence of the pagasus' civilian fleet is good evidence that there are more fleets, and on the colonies there would have been millions, some held up in super secret bomb shelters, in the vast rural areas you would have had form 12 worlds and 50 billion people (average of 4.6 per world, but the populations were vastly different between worlds, and there will have been millions on ships and other settlements (like troy, or trevor), plus the fact that the cylons kept alot of people alive, like in the farms and for other little games.

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http://en.battlestarwiki.org/wiki/The_Twelve_Colonies_of_Kobol

Prior to their destruction, the Twelve Colonies have approximately 50 billion inhabitants (TRS: "A Disquiet Follows My Soul").


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So, even if the Cylons somehow killed 99.9% of humanity you would still have half a billion people. Considering that humanity was apparently reduced to a few thousand after the Toba super volcano eruption, that's more than enough to recover. There would be problems from the radiation, but much would depend on how dirty the Cylon weapons were. Modern nukes are much more efficient and produce less fallout than older weapons and even dirty bombs limit the area they effect. The infamous "Tsar Bomba" 50MT bomb was also the cleanest nuke ever since it was more efficient in its reaction. I even recall one study that said cancer deaths in Australia would drop after a nuclear exchange between the US & USSR because cigarette imports from the US would be stopped.

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0.005% is quite low and would probably be a worst case scenario if that was for all 12 colonies. 2.5M would make more sense for a single colony. I would assume a planet like Caprica could easily have a population comparable to Earth. From what we've seen and what's been published in the little "travel quide" Caprica is easily the most Earth-like and prosperous colony, so it stands to reason that it would have a large population. Canceron is described as being densely populated with huge slums and massive overcrowding. The slums would make easy targets for the Cylons, so you could see a larger percentage of casualties there then you would see on other planets. A planet like Aerlon, with large agricultural regions could be dispersed enough to have more survivors too.

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I even recall one study that said cancer deaths in Australia would drop after a nuclear exchange between the US & USSR because cigarette imports from the US would be stopped.



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Thats us Aussies for you, always looking on the bright side of things!! :lol:

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I agree there would most likely be numerous surviving bands, on the 12 colony planets, on ships in transit like those Galactica collected and on smaller satellite colonies that the Cylons didn't bother with or went unnoticed.

I have a story of survivors holding up in a pirate outpost, it starts with Colonial efforts to catch and stop a particularly clever gentlemanly pirate gang out on the edges of Colonial space away from Cylon space and ends with the surviving colonial forces joining up with them in an effort to rescue and protect the displaced civilians from the area. I don't have a single big battlestar in my story it's all escorts and lighter warships doing hit and run sort of engagements.

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CanisD wrote:
0.005% is quite low and would probably be a worst case scenario if that was for all 12 colonies. 2.5M would make more sense for a single colony. I would assume a planet like Caprica could easily have a population comparable to Earth. From what we've seen and what's been published in the little "travel quide" Caprica is easily the most Earth-like and prosperous colony, so it stands to reason that it would have a large population. Canceron is described as being densely populated with huge slums and massive overcrowding. The slums would make easy targets for the Cylons, so you could see a larger percentage of casualties there then you would see on other planets. A planet like Aerlon, with large agricultural regions could be dispersed enough to have more survivors too.

From what was seen in The Plan, it looks like the Cylons actually sent ground forces to eliminate the rest of the population of the Colonies after their first strike. Depending on how long they were conducting such operations, it stands to reason that they would have eliminated a very large percentage of the survivors of the first strike.


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I think all of your responses are great and worthy of discussion but I tent look to the show for a baseline for these kind of topics.

In the last episode of BSG Adama states there is more life here (New Earth) then in all the colonies combined. Even though the 12 planets had large populations and all that it would still put those planets in the category of being barely habitable. That would explain why over 12 planets and numerous moons you have a total population just slightly over what we ourselves will have by 2020.

These planets weren't the best but they were capable of support complex life forms. Remember that in the whole of the show they only found 4 (FOUR) planets the had the ability to support life and 2 of those were still nuclear wastelands.

That leads me to the next topic here of the destruction of the colonies. I dont believe the cyclons used nukes at all. In the miniseries we see multiple mushroom clouds from orbit and in The Plan we here them listing each planet in order of destruction. But look at the fist few episodes of season 1 and several episodes in following seasons. They are walking through Caprica City and there is no damage at all. Not even one broken window. No way they could have cleaned up the planet or the city in that short of time. I dont believe cyclons would be immune to radiation either. I think they used some sort of neutron device. Its makes the most sense. Kills the people and leaves the buildings and has less radiation.

Thats just my thoughts on it, I certainly could be wrong, but I think there would be millions left alive throughout the colonies.


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Uh, all Adama said in the that episode was that there was more DIVERSITY of life, not actually more life.

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