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Estimating Deaths in a Nuclear War

  • Published on May 29, 2023 veröffentlicht
  • Sequel to The Fallen of World War II, The Shadow Peace is a web series that combines data-visualization and cinematic storytelling to explore the driving factors of war and peace.
    Please consider supporting this audience-funded series on Patreon:
    The first episode looks at the numbers behind nuclear war and peacekeeping efforts. Composed largely of data-driven animation, the 15-minute film allows the viewer to pause at certain moments to interact with the content.
    The hour glass animation was based on a visualization by Oliver Uberti:
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Comments • 12 761

  • WarFrog___935
    WarFrog___935 Year ago +4763

    "The survivors of a nuclear war will envy the dead"
    - Nikita Khrushchev

  • Paranormal lettuce
    Paranormal lettuce Year ago +2873

    The editing and visuals for this were breathetaking. Unbelievable how moving the part with the red dots was.

    • Rungr
      Rungr Year ago +16

      Clip-Share give us warning in nuke war in Ukraine in the future so Clip-Share algorithms is very good for this video

    • Timo Brandes
      Timo Brandes Year ago +4

      Does anyone now, how These Animations were made?

    • Shush man
      Shush man Year ago +4

      @Timo Brandes English not your fist language I’m assuming

    • Bill Nye the Nazi spy
      Bill Nye the Nazi spy Year ago +19

      @Shush man ok so?

  • Buttings
    Buttings Year ago +1605

    I just realized that the red dot clicking sounds are actually representing the radiation measured by a Geiger-counter. Impressive and haunting.

    • bm ak
      bm ak 9 months ago +36

      That’s not what a counter sounds like.

    • ben webb
      ben webb 4 months ago +7

      caitlyn better

    • Buttings
      Buttings 4 months ago +2

      @ben webb I agree bro rn she is

    • Michael
      Michael 3 months ago +4

      bro think this is modern warfare 🤡

    • GoldenBigMac
      GoldenBigMac 3 months ago +1

      Nah Teemo the best

  • Yunho Kim
    Yunho Kim 2 days ago +14

    the visualization is stunning even after 5 years. Well done!

  • Nanoq HT
    Nanoq HT Year ago +1343

    Humans are smart enough to survive a nuclear bomb, provided they don’t die immediately from the explosion and the radiation. The question is not “Could you survive?”, the question becomes “Would you want to?”

    • Vysair
      Vysair Year ago +119

      The real problem is the destroyed infrastructure. There's so many fragile system that required most of its cog to function in order for it to work

    • l k
      l k Year ago +24

      Fallout games

    • Szlekane Faust
      Szlekane Faust Year ago +37

      @Vysair like those would be as important as securing food and water.
      They would become the relics of the past only sought after securing your survival.

    • Nanoq HT
      Nanoq HT Year ago +48

      @Vysair Even if infrastructure did not break down, society could not function. Radioactive dust and the nuclear winter would make it impossible to do natural agriculture, going outside for too long could result in radiation poisoning, and all water, except maybe that which falls out of the sky, would be irradiated. Rising sea levels, cities being left in ruin, power pretty much just disappearing etc. is just the icing on the cake.

    • Toby
      Toby Year ago +53

      The question is not “could humans survive?” Because that’s obviously a yes, the question is “could *you* survive?” And that is much less likely

  • EdEddandEddy TV
    EdEddandEddy TV 3 months ago +159

    My favorite part is that it’s the 1% who determines what happens to the rest of us

    • Alejandro Ruiz
      Alejandro Ruiz 2 months ago +22

      Yes, even less than the 1%! Its just a bunch of men sitting in an office.

    • Andy
      Andy 2 months ago +1

      People like the owner of bank of new York mellon

      GORSATRON Month ago

      Or that the tool of peace are the MIC and "peacekeepers".

    • BeardAxeMcAxeBeard
      BeardAxeMcAxeBeard Month ago +2

      Yea, and it's not the people we voted for that much is obvious.

    • Photlam
      Photlam 6 days ago +4

      ​@Alejandro Ruizget a woman on that board at that time of the month and the world is over

  • PhillyD Cinematics
    PhillyD Cinematics 3 years ago +8809

    Game: "would you press the nuke button on the submarine?"
    Guy one: "yes"
    Guy two: "yes"
    Vasily Arkhipov: "no"

    • Jonas Gangbar
      Jonas Gangbar 2 years ago +1562

      And that’s how he saved the world

    • Operation_BRAVO
      Operation_BRAVO 2 years ago +85


    • Attaxalotl
      Attaxalotl 2 years ago +886

      That guy literally saved the world.

    • M T
      M T 2 years ago +354

      Also Cuba had 100 nukes and not 1. So invading Cuba would have been bad, sadly the USA never knew about the other 99 nukes

    • Bose-Einstein
      Bose-Einstein 2 years ago +178

      @M T Most of those nukes were short range. A shame short range in that context included Florida and much of the east coast, ha!

  • GambitKing 5150
    GambitKing 5150 Year ago +376

    Although the subject matter is disturbing, as an editor, this is one of the best produced videos I’ve ever seen. Informative, quantitative, outstanding visual motion graphics and animation. I can only hope my skill level gets to this point. Phenomenal job…subscribed and will be visiting your Patreon page to support your efforts. 👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾

    • J John
      J John Month ago +1

      GambitKing 5150. Well said! I agree wholeheartedly. If we’re smart we will all support Neil’s quality work. Thanks GambitKing 5150 for speaking up. The world needs more people like you and Neil.

    • Jaskaran Virdi
      Jaskaran Virdi Day ago

      Chatgpt and bard users

  • Robert Blaine
    Robert Blaine Year ago +636

    At first I cursed the algorithm for preying on my fears during the Russia-Ukraine conflict, but I’m pleased to discover that this video is actually comforting me with well-researched optimism

    • Luciel Choi
      Luciel Choi Year ago +4

      hello. im just too afraid to watch the video. can you please summarize it? thank u

    • Luciel Choi
      Luciel Choi Year ago

      @jack frost you're*
      learn how to type first.

    • Luciel Choi
      Luciel Choi Year ago

      @jack frost i don't even understand you

    • Luciel Choi
      Luciel Choi Year ago +3

      @jack frost were*
      i'm not even a native. i just know the rules. this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. good night.

  • Aurora the Icewing Rainwing hybrid

    "A war with no battles, no monuments... only casualties." -Marko Ramius, Commanding officer, Russian ballistic missile submarine Red October.

  • Kerbal Killer
    Kerbal Killer Year ago +509

    personally, I believe nuclear weapons have been causing people to not want to go to war with each other, but it also has increased the death count if a major war were to happen.
    Edit: God damn the reply section is an active warzone

    • medexamtoolsdotcom
      medexamtoolsdotcom Year ago +27

      It's hard to tell exactly but I don't think that explanation really does it. It is a "correlation does not necessarily imply causation" scenario, because in the same period of time, telecommunications was on the rise, culminating in the internet. 100 years ago there weren't people having friendships or much cultural exchange across national boundaries but now that is frequent, and I think that is actually the cause of less war, it just happens to be at the same period of time that nuclear weapons were developed, namely the last half of the 20th century. There WAS still war after all, it's just no one used nukes because that was a line they weren't going to cross easily, while they were still quite willing to go to war. But it was always across national boundaries where there wasn't a lot of cultural influences. Like the US and Vietnam for instance? How much culture did we get from Vietnam? Not very much. Even now. When is the last time you watched a movie that was made in Vietnam? Read a book written by a Vietnamese person. Bought a car made in Vietnam. Met someone from Vietnam. You can find a few Vietnamese restaurants here and there, but even now it might as well be another planet. Japan on the other hand, has lots of cultural exchanges, NOW, Americans are big on anime. While such a thing didn't exist until after world war 2. Is the threat of nuclear war what is stopping the US from going back to war with Japan? I don't think so. This supports my hypothesis that it has more to do with the rise of Electronic communications than nuclear weapons, it's just that both things happened at the same time so you think it has to do with nuclear weapons.

    • Mindless Person
      Mindless Person Year ago +5

      Bro what are you talking about man
      I live in Ukraine

      END THE LGBTQ Year ago +18

      @Mindless Person we are talking about war against two superpowers not war against an irrelevant country. Maybe if Ukraine was richer country with nuclear arsenal war would not be started.

  • Derek Folger
    Derek Folger 2 months ago +286

    This video was made 5 years ago, and today nuclear war is closer than it has ever been since the Cuban missile crisis .

  • saelaird
    saelaird 2 years ago +2752

    I'm 2 minutes in and massively impressed by the production quality.

    • saelaird
      saelaird 2 years ago +141

      @Benjamin Clarke Yea, lovely graphics.

  • John Rauseo
    John Rauseo Year ago +70

    If anyone wants a really horrifying take on nuclear war, check out the British movie "Threads". No mutated monsters in search of human blood, just a realistic look at the horror that life will become and the difficulty of just surviving from one day to the next.

    • Steven Schnepp
      Steven Schnepp 2 months ago +1

      "Realistic" if you bought Sagan's absolute shitshow of nuclear winter research.

    • Linda jamshidi
      Linda jamshidi 2 months ago

      I saw it years ago. So haunting.

    • Amy Trumbull
      Amy Trumbull Month ago

      I watched it recently. It was stark, realistic and horrifying in its accuracy. It should’ve been shown worldwide upon its release as it can change one’s perspective and hopefully remove the denial that people can be in, thinking that nuclear war is ever an option. The fact that they do even exist shows me how spiritually sick and bankrupt we are as a whole. Depressing to say the least.

  • erloriel
    erloriel Year ago +176

    Remember that peacekeeping only works from a position of military superiority. Something people tend to ignore.
    Other than that, excellent video!

  • Estezo Estates
    Estezo Estates 2 months ago +16

    very good video, i really like how you visually portray the data in a way the audience can really conceptualize it accurately, also really liked the portrayal and break down of causalities in ww2 video you did

  • Mike Hoffler
    Mike Hoffler Year ago +46

    This is so well put together, so thorough, and so timely. I applaud the time and effort you put into this, the results are magnificent. In addition, I must add that you're almost conducting a public service here. I am 48 years old, and for those of us that grew up with the Sword of Damocles perpetually hanging over our heads, this is but a sobering reminder of those beclouded days. The specter of nuclear holocaust has always been with us, lurking in the shadows, with an occasional scare or disaster to remind us how frail life is, now that we can fully eradicate our race. Beyond the Chernobyl and Fukushima events, we have had scarce few reminders of our precarious existence. It's a good thing that these younger generations that have known only sunny days know the shadow of fear as well; it is a deterrent in your own actions, and the most powerful reminder of mortality.

  • rthelionheart
    rthelionheart Year ago +5904

    In an all-out nuclear war, someone is quoted of saying: "the living will envy the dead". Absolutely nobody wins at all.

    • Miguel Bombas
      Miguel Bombas Year ago +7

      Where's that from? Something like that is said in the 'Mad Max' game intro.

    • rthelionheart
      rthelionheart Year ago +82

      @Miguel Bombas I am paraphrasing here, don't remember exactly the actual source; those words are not mine.

    • yOusfless
      yOusfless Year ago +11

      similar quote from Dumbledore

    • *Steel Beam*
      *Steel Beam* Year ago +46

      Yeah. All sides know that.
      That's why no nuclear war has occurred yet.

    • Soopy!
      Soopy! Year ago +28

      Another quote I heard: “We unlocked a 23rd century in the 20th century, We should treat them as such”

  • Erik VN
    Erik VN Year ago +58

    2022 now, and when I feel depression, i always came back to watch this. The editing, the information that just awesome, especially when I show someone that targets list.
    I just wish everybody knows about this video and your channel, not just debate on some politic and propaganda out there. Appreciate it guys. Share this with your friends, family...
    Bad English. Sorry! Have a good day!

  • Sylvie Mullins
    Sylvie Mullins Year ago +181

    “Chances of war are very unlikely” this aged well.

  • Keith Naylor
    Keith Naylor 2 days ago

    If only every informative video had unrushed thoughtful narration as this one from Neil Halloran how much more could we learn! Excellent!

  • LastCommodore
    LastCommodore Year ago +54

    The deterrence of "mutually assured destruction" works only when everyone involved is always rational and competent. The reality of human nature of course is quite different.

    • KickenItOldSchool
      KickenItOldSchool 6 days ago

      And we're still here because?... Also the humans put in charge of the button are actually quite rational and competent. Go ahead and read up on some of the people who stopped nuclear war from happening for precisely that reason.

  • BrokenCraft
    BrokenCraft 4 months ago +72

    This just shows how far human beings will go to get their way

    • Daniel S
      Daniel S 3 months ago +4

      And we are so Close to actually doing it...

    • Timothy Gremlin
      Timothy Gremlin 3 months ago +8

      *some human beings
      Most of us want to have a normal life. Others should've never been born.

    • Maximilian jonser
      Maximilian jonser 3 months ago

      @Daniel S imagine him discribing the rosk of todays situation

    • Elessar Telcontar
      Elessar Telcontar 2 months ago


  • General James Longstreet
    General James Longstreet 4 years ago +2109

    "Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading." --Unknown

    • James Yates
      James Yates 4 years ago +60

      General James Longstreet I have a feeling it’s a video game character

    • PCShogun
      PCShogun 2 years ago +22

      Si vis pacem, para bellum

    • Ton_sniper
      Ton_sniper 2 years ago +2

      Very true

    • -Avalon -
      -Avalon - 2 years ago +15

      It’s Thomas Jefferson, he said the quote...

    • Arch Lich
      Arch Lich 2 years ago +5

      Stealing this! Thank you

  • Woe
    Woe Year ago +38

    It’s actually amazing how well made this video is.

  • rodolfo barraco
    rodolfo barraco Year ago +10

    Neil, you make amazing stuff of outmost quality. You truly deserve an oscar for the film making and a science award for the scientific divulgation in the data driven approach you use. I hope your content will always keep coming.

  • Dan Kelly
    Dan Kelly 3 months ago +6

    The thing that bothers me most about nuclear war many people do not know of. The fact that radiation damage will be passed down thru the generations not just due to radiation in the environment but also due to the DNA damage done to our germ cells.

  • Leonardo Vittori Creative

    by far, and as a geopolitics analyst, this is one of the best infographics i've ever seen. Congratulations! How did you do it?

  • dabajabaza111
    dabajabaza111 27 days ago +22

    These are insanely high quality.
    You are a great artist.

    • Jaskaran Virdi
      Jaskaran Virdi Day ago

      Why'd you use chatgpt and bard and dalle e to make a you tube comment lol 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😅😅😅😅

  • proofgeorge
    proofgeorge 5 years ago +4124

    I have the upmost respect for you, and what you are trying to achieve.
    Keep at it, looking forward to the next episode!

    • Lennert D.
      Lennert D. 3 years ago +8

      For those who may not know, the United States bombed Japan. I'm just commenting this cause it never gets mentioned but as soon as he starts talking about nuclear prevention the US gets mentioned 3 times as a key member, while other countries as france and the UK play a role in that conversation that's equally as crucial.
      Always be critical when watching these kind of videos. Americans tend to be overly patriotic, take everything with a grain of salt and do your own research.

    • Jade Trent Richards
      Jade Trent Richards 2 years ago +1

      @JesusJuenger This guy is looking at the situation from a different perspective, albiet one of ridicules skepticism. I agree that persons of power should be monitored.

    • TGP Gaming
      TGP Gaming 2 years ago +1

      This channel will become big one day!
      The animations are very well done and very detailed.
      I love the way you present the story. Great work !

    • proofgeorge
      proofgeorge 2 years ago +4

      Damn, 3 years later. I didn’t realize I had all these likes, as well as a creator like. Thanks y’all!

  • Ren Allen
    Ren Allen Year ago +11

    Fantastic video! So well made, edited, I love the visuals and music so much. I got chills throughout it and teared up to be honest. Thank you

    MANIAKRA Year ago +8

    Nice work algorithm. Neil this is a fantastic video. I have never seen data visualized so well. Hands down some of the best infographics I have ever seen. Great job, thank you.

  • Jon Raborn
    Jon Raborn 4 months ago +2

    Damn the thought that nuclear war is more unlikely than during the Cold War is hard to imagine with the recent events

  • ELTANOst
    ELTANOst Year ago +17

    This is definetely one of the best youtube videos I’ve ever seen. Props to you man.

  • J John
    J John Month ago +1

    Neil, outstanding. This is professional, and it’s on an excellent think tank level. How can I support your work? John

  • Shimmy
    Shimmy Year ago +2758

    The thing I learned about Hiroshima, is that originally the Japanese officials refused to believe that 1 plane and 1 bomb managed to cause all the destruction.
    They refused this up until after the second bomb went off.

      MASTER-OF- EVIL Year ago +112

      The war was already over by the time the bomb dropped

      FREDDYHUNTER34 Year ago +14

      @MASTER-OF- EVIL ww2 was not the Pacific war I think

    • 8is
      8is Year ago +311

      @FREDDYHUNTER34 WW2 includes the pacific campains.

      FREDDYHUNTER34 Year ago +8

      @8is yes but I dont think the Pacific war ended during the bombs, I think it was just D day, idk I'll search it up

    • 8is
      8is Year ago +228

      @FREDDYHUNTER34 Japan was the last of the Axis powers to surrender and did so after the bombs.
      in my opinion, WW2 might as well start with the Japanese invasion of Manchuria in 1937 or you could split the European and Pacific theater into two different conflicts as they kinda were.

  • 2muchMoka
    2muchMoka Year ago +5

    Easily the best animation in a documentary. Absolutely insane quality

  • Joker Chris
    Joker Chris 7 months ago +5

    Amazing video, this must have taken months. Thank you for giving us this content for no cost.

  • Brad Monaghan
    Brad Monaghan 2 months ago +2

    Great video and excellent content. But what struck me most was how nice it is to have almost no background music in a video. I hope other creators take note.

    • Brad Pitts
      Brad Pitts 2 months ago

      I personally hate background music it's just un wanted noise..

  • uniworkhorse
    uniworkhorse Year ago +4

    Holy crap the visualization was mind-blowing. Thank you so much for making this, the idea of "instruments of peace" is really new to me and really got me thinking.
    Sound design was great too!

  • rXw55
    rXw55 Day ago

    An interesting way of looking at the target map is, nukes are seen by many governments as desirable to possess, a means of defending yourself and a sign of a powerful country, but the side effect is that possessing nukes also instantly turns all your cities into targets.

  • DirtyDinner64
    DirtyDinner64 Year ago +3033

    When you realize that a fucking pandemic was the good old days…

    • AuroraFox
      AuroraFox Year ago +126

      You got it recommended too? Damn...

    • Borus 3
      Borus 3 Year ago +143

      We are so fucked

      GOD IS A GAY NAZI Year ago +70

      Why the fuck I get this in my feed today

    • AuroraFox
      AuroraFox Year ago +18

      @GOD IS A GAY NAZI incoming doom i think. Hope its not that right?

  • nahshon chettiar
    nahshon chettiar Year ago +4

    The visuals of this video and the editing is absolutely stunning. It's what made me watch the video till the end. The content was alright. Not the best. The editing and visuals were amazing.

  • dh1
    dh1 10 months ago +2

    this is better than most informational youtubers because they don’t have ominous music blasting so loud you can’t even hear them anymore

  • KOTF
    KOTF 3 months ago +9

    This is more relevant now than ever and it’s terrifying. Makes sense why the people we call crazy make those massive bunkers.

    • Rich Young
      Rich Young 3 months ago +1

      i still call it crazy. id rather die and be with god than suffer on a destroyed uninhabitable world underground. thats not a life to me anymore

    • Dale Akins
      Dale Akins 3 months ago

      Yes, the prospect of nuclear war remains a serious global threat, and it is important to take steps to prevent it from happening. While the idea of building bunkers may seem extreme, it is understandable that some individuals or groups may feel the need to prepare for the worst-case scenario. However, it is important to note that bunkers may not necessarily guarantee survival in the event of a nuclear war, and the best way to protect ourselves is to work towards global nuclear disarmament and promote peaceful solutions to conflicts.

    • Dale Akins
      Dale Akins 3 months ago

      @Rich Young I can understand why you may feel that way, and everyone has the right to make their own choices about how to respond to the possibility of nuclear war. However, it is important to note that the best way to prevent a nuclear war is to work towards reducing the likelihood of it happening in the first place. This can involve advocating for diplomatic solutions to conflicts, supporting global efforts to reduce and eliminate nuclear weapons, and promoting peace and understanding between nations.
      It is also important to keep in mind that in the event of a nuclear war, the consequences would be catastrophic and far-reaching, affecting not only those who are directly impacted by the initial blasts but also potentially leading to widespread environmental damage and long-term health consequences. As such, it is essential to work towards a future where we can live in a world free from the threat of nuclear war.

  • Amelia the Wolf
    Amelia the Wolf Year ago +2

    Quality work, Mr. Halloran. Eye-opening & deserving of instant respect. 👏
    The only thing I believe was missed is the changing attitudes towards bombing cities, particularly in the West. That is NOT to say that it won't happen - it's happening as I write this, as most know - but in general, warfare today is usually more geared towards targeted strikes, & I see the possibility of low-yield tactical nukes being employed to wipe out large bases, fleets, or troop formations, as being significantly higher than the risk of high-yield strategic nukes being employed to destroy entire cities. The risk of nuked cities is BY NO MEANS ZERO, but I believe it is significantly lower today than it was in the 20th century, while the possibility of using tactical nukes remains much higher.
    By all means, please correct me if I'm wrong! It does appear that you've done your research well!!

  • egg
    egg 4 months ago +4

    crazy to think that such destruction is potentially merely hours away at any given moment

  • NightCat28
    NightCat28 Year ago +8582

    Everyone gangsta until you see your city as a target

    • Asmeet
      Asmeet Year ago +213

      Until you also realize the target city is already destroyed by others.

    • Ashar Ullah
      Ashar Ullah Year ago +326

      Tbh its better to be in a target city than in a city near it. If a nuclear bomb was dropped you'd die painlessly instead of living and suffering for the rest of your life

    • : 3
      : 3 Year ago +67

      Laughs in Ohio

    • NightCat28
      NightCat28 Year ago +13

      @: 3 but Ohio was hit?

    • : 3
      : 3 Year ago +66

      @NightCat28 nah Ohio isn’t that important

  • Quinten Pos
    Quinten Pos Year ago +2

    This is such an amazing video. The animations are incredible well done👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

  • MrAnimal1971
    MrAnimal1971 Year ago +3

    This is such a difficult subject matter but is done so well. Thank you.

  • Karma
    Karma 3 months ago +2

    There also have been so many near nuclear scenarios over the years that I’d like to think there’s something out there that won’t let it happen

    • Casimir III
      Casimir III 3 months ago

      I guess it depends, Biden seems hell bent on taking out Russia.

  • Andrey Kulikov
    Andrey Kulikov Year ago +1

    Thank you for being a role-model for content creators worldwide.

  • Exodus
    Exodus 3 months ago +1

    Great video man, you did a really good job with animation and scripting. Really enjoyed watching that, I subscribed as well

  • Fabrice Izzo
    Fabrice Izzo 5 years ago +6320

    If classes were taught this way students would have achieved a lot more.

    • The Rhodesian Legion
      The Rhodesian Legion 3 years ago +150

      Fabrice Izzo yes a great video no political bias

    • jens jensen
      jens jensen 3 years ago +24

      Fabrice Izzo no

    • Alexander Lindblom
      Alexander Lindblom 3 years ago +187

      That’s why i love neutrality.
      It’s the best way to document cruelties around the world, since there is minimal political bias present in it.

    • Donkey Slayer
      Donkey Slayer 2 years ago +12

      How would syudents looking yet another propaganda piece "achieve" more? Do you even know what the word "achieve" means? Apparently not, you should look it up. What it doesn't mean, is blindly believing anything that shows on a screen, large or small.

    • Ke Fo
      Ke Fo 2 years ago +72

      Donkey Slayer dude in the video is literally speaking facts tho, you really don’t have to stress this hard in some Clip-Share comments bruh

  • Thiago Pagogna
    Thiago Pagogna Year ago +1

    Your channel is so professional, your content is so academic, I really love it ❤️

  • Withcoste
    Withcoste Year ago +2

    The graphic and sound design on this video made me staring at the video and not even blinking :)) the best I’ve seen in a loooong time on this youtube :)) Great job Neil!

  • FyrusOlin
    FyrusOlin 3 months ago +2

    "I've never been an advocate for war, except for as a means to attain peace; so seek peace, but prepare for war, for war never changes. War is like winter, and winter is coming." - - Ulysses S. Grant

  • Mac Mcleod
    Mac Mcleod Year ago +7

    This really ignores the destruction of just-in-time Supply chains, the loss of fertilizer, and the loss of irrigation.

  • Yuvraj Y
    Yuvraj Y 3 months ago +1

    One of the best I have seen in a long long while. With all the cynicism flowing around, it is actually nice to see something hopefully contradicting.
    Pipe dream, but you and Johnny Harris would be next level.

  • Sir Ethan the Great
    Sir Ethan the Great Year ago +1170

    I would rather a conventional war over nuclear, chemical, or biological.

    • Robert Kohaler
      Robert Kohaler Year ago +26


    • Synthwavu ver.1
      Synthwavu ver.1 Year ago +33

      Well lucky you if the world will ever have another war they’ll refrain from using wmds

    • Andrew Dobbin
      Andrew Dobbin Year ago +170

      I'd do chemical before the other two. Most chemical weapons are designed to break down when in contact with either water or sunllight after a few days or weeks. Biological can mutate and hang around for centuries while fallout from nukes is just nothing you want to play with.

    • Sir Ethan the Great
      Sir Ethan the Great Year ago +13

      @Andrew Dobbin I’m not doing specific order I’m just listing the ones I don’t want to happen. But you got a good point.

    • Andrew Dobbin
      Andrew Dobbin Year ago +13

      ​@Sir Ethan the Great I didn't mean you should put them in order. I just meant that if I had to do it I'd engage in chemical warfare long before the others and do everything possible to avoid them because of how long the affects can hang around.

  • Marcus Rotkirch
    Marcus Rotkirch Year ago +10

    It says a lot about our world that someone producing such valuable content only has 300k subscirbers.
    An amazing job, both visually and intellectually.

  • sranderson7
    sranderson7 Year ago +5

    From 1945 to 1992, 520 atmospheric nuclear explosions (including eight underwater) were conducted with a total yield of 545 megatons.

  • Laura Bedford
    Laura Bedford 2 months ago +3

    Its slot worse since this was made , but it was done superbly, let's pray it never happens...❤

  • gemster
    gemster Year ago +1

    Superbly put together video with intelligent analysis. Let's hope this remains supposition for many decades to come!

  • Hey
    Hey 3 months ago +6

    Peacekeeping worked real well didn’t it Neil?

    • nutsackmania
      nutsackmania 2 months ago

      yes it did, youre just tuned up with propaganda

  • numbnuts-uk
    numbnuts-uk Year ago +1811

    The Japanese kid carrying his burnt little brother hit me hard.

    • mwnciboo
      mwnciboo Year ago +194

      Sins of the fathers paid for by the sons...

    • Brain Inavatnow
      Brain Inavatnow Year ago +32

      What about the millions murdered by the Japanese?

    • Jesus's son
      Jesus's son Year ago +507

      @Brain Inavatnow so what? That boy didn't killed them, we must not blame innocents for the deeds of evil.

    • Gabriele Seilo
      Gabriele Seilo Year ago +229

      @Brain Inavatnow how have you even arrived at this thought

    • Your Casual Servant of Sauron
      Your Casual Servant of Sauron Year ago +133

      @Braininavatnow You think that child knew the consequences? Do you think that, in supporting his country, he and his family would be harmed in such a horrific way? Maybe that child could be replaced by you, as you supported your country.

  • Eric P
    Eric P 3 months ago +3

    Hats off to the maker of this video. The editing and narration is superb. 👍👍👍

  • John Smith
    John Smith Year ago +4

    I appreciate well made visualizations. This is excellent!

  • Cedric Caina
    Cedric Caina 4 months ago +1

    Bro this part of the video gets me emotional 9:30-10:20. The visuals and background music is so spot on. It made me reflect how a man can have so much power.

  • Järnväg
    Järnväg Year ago +1

    A single nuke isn’t the scary thing.
    It’s that if one goes off, all of them will, and several nukes are really scary

  • VzwsoN
    VzwsoN 2 months ago

    One of the best visually made videos I’ve ever seen. Like wow.

  • Brian Messemer
    Brian Messemer Year ago +905

    When I was in high school in the 90's, I frequented my local library. One day while just browsing I found a voluminous non-fiction book about nuclear winter. If I recall correctly, I never checked it out at all. It might have been in the reference section (remember that?). Instead, I sat there all day reading it in the library, gripped with roughly equal parts terror and fascination. I went back day after day until I had read the whole book there in the library. It's one of those experiences that changes your perspective forever.

    • IAaF_NΔW
      IAaF_NΔW Year ago +15

      Wish i had those experiences, all im doing to change my perspective a bit is just thinking hard

    • Harrison B
      Harrison B Year ago +8

      What was the book called?

    • Brian Messemer
      Brian Messemer Year ago +6

      @Harrison B I’m afraid I can’t recall

    • Bobby Wise
      Bobby Wise Year ago +8

      @Harrison B I believe it was Carl Sagan and a couple of other scientist that first proposed the nuclear winter theory. It has become a debated theory now.

    • Harrison B
      Harrison B Year ago

      @Bobby Wise whats the books name?

  • Steve_I
    Steve_I Year ago +5

    It's very sad that this has become a real threat again. I hope this war ends soon and sort of "good" (as good as it can get). And that the big powers learn to establish a better and more stable peace model for the world then.

  • Murillo Santos
    Murillo Santos Year ago +1

    Incredible and informative video. Thank you for creating this content!

  • DeathGuardDave
    DeathGuardDave 3 months ago +1

    what a well produced video. great job

  • UndeFR
    UndeFR Year ago

    I remember watching your videos on WW2 a few years ago and i was blown away to the quality of the content...
    In the last few years i had forgotten about it, but as soon as you started speaking, i immediatly remembered everything.
    Speak about the quality of your videos.

  • mhagi
    mhagi 3 months ago +1

    I think its unfortunate that a war brought on by the interests of the few will ultimately end with everyone else paying the price while they cozy up in whatever bunker they can afford.

  • Gaivs Ivlivs Caesar
    Gaivs Ivlivs Caesar Year ago +1096

    One guy literally saved the world from destruction, the saint of his era

    • Furinick
      Furinick Year ago +177

      Be best part is that there are several "one men", one who was in a missile detection center, another was in a submarine, another may have been a border guard, a dictator, a president, a general who was having a good day and could think clearly, a guy who spotted a malfunction in the detection systems, a lot of people could be considered a sigle man or woman who saved all of humanity, all of those definitely are the saints of our society, wether we know it or not

    • Saocxdc 210
      Saocxdc 210 Year ago +74

      @Furinick I've been thinking the same too. Whenever I lose hope in humanity, I just remind myself that there are saints out there still saving the world without me knowing

    • ITILII
      ITILII Year ago +21

      Yes Arkhipov definitely helped, but It took more than 1 guy to avoid war....JFK, RFK, Stevenson, Scali, and even Khruschev, Mikoyan, Fomin also were factors. It was how the people above Arkhipov reacted that avoided, or would have caused war

    • Jørgen
      Jørgen Year ago +9

      I wonder if there was ever an American who refused to turn the key

    • Connor Ring
      Connor Ring Year ago

      @Jørgen i dont think so they train their entire life just to do that a failure would be unthinkable, they just were never ordered to do so

  • Inuzumi
    Inuzumi Year ago +13

    Loved how you started with things pretty grim but ended up the video with the future on a positive view.
    Let's just hope that it stays that way. Not territory is worth the death of hundreds or thousands of not only your "enemies" but your own goddamn people. War should only belong to the books of history and MUST stay that way.

  • Carlos Samayoa
    Carlos Samayoa 6 months ago

    an absolutely moving work this video was, and I will be recommending it to every one who bothers to listen.

  • Smeagles
    Smeagles 2 months ago +1

    This video is incredibly well done

  • Keokanis
    Keokanis Year ago +1

    Awesome documentary: valuable info, objective, brief, lovable graphics and style. Suscribed!

  • Aragorn
    Aragorn 3 months ago

    Woww, your data visualization storytelling skills are just amazing!!!

    BLUESKYS4EVE Year ago +174

    My wife's father was 20 when he was at Hiroshima. He worked in the defense industry and was reassigned to Nagasaki. One of the few to survive both bombings. He died recently at age 86.

    • Brian Duffy
      Brian Duffy Year ago +7

      That math doesn’t add up, unless recently was a decade ago?

    • Leikeize
      Leikeize Year ago +2

      @Brian Duffy
      Idk maybe they meant 96

    • tekashi50
      tekashi50 Year ago +19

      Me lying on the internet for fun:

    • edward guillen
      edward guillen Year ago +1

      @tekashi50 na I’m sure he meant to put 96 lol

    • Gustavo
      Gustavo Year ago

      Man, he propably made fun of all of you lol

  • rand mayfield
    rand mayfield Year ago

    I live down the street from a Titan missle museum, the only one in the world. As a part of the tour they go through s "launch sequence" to show everyone how it works. On Titan rockets there's only one warhead of a yield of 8 megatons. The devices used in Japan were 16 kilotons. The real yield is unknown because the crudeness of the weapon made it fairly inefficient. My city is on the top ten list for targets. How comforting it is knowing that. I am also old enough to remember the Cuban missle crisis of the early 60's. I remember bare shelves and a very tense week of uncertainty.

  • Himanshu Kumar
    Himanshu Kumar Year ago +3

    That's some next level editing and content.

  • Cxntrxl
    Cxntrxl 2 months ago +5

    You didn't have to hit us with the subtle piano paired with the sudden, limited, deep notes
    that shit hits the FEELS in the best way possible, and just makes this video that much more moving

  • Victor Yankov
    Victor Yankov Year ago

    Number of warheads is annoyingly huge. A relativelly small portion will make living on the planet like the game "Stalker : Shadow of chernobil" with that difference that 99% of the people have no idea if is possible to survive enough or not. This can be a reset or just a drop over a splash in the ocean of options

  • jbnews
    jbnews 13 days ago

    Your visualisations are crazy impressive

  • Possible awkwardness
    Possible awkwardness 2 years ago +3399

    “Well at least I live in a not so important part of Michigan”
    *Gets a nuke dropped on my head*

    • killer17
      killer17 2 years ago +41

      LOL I thought the same too

    • Twizzz
      Twizzz 2 years ago +71

      Grand Rapids for me did t even know we would be a target like... it’s depressing. Being in the military I can say if my hometown and friends and family we’re killed, idk if I’d even want revenge.

    • xBlack_Sushii
      xBlack_Sushii 2 years ago +20

      I thought poor Mississippi was safe. Nah

    • Kevin Harte
      Kevin Harte 2 years ago +9

      We're not so different you and I........

  • Jorge Garza
    Jorge Garza Year ago

    Wow. you just did a fantastic job, I love all the information and the great video quality.

  • Gabriel Calin
    Gabriel Calin Year ago +7

    When I was a teenager I wanted to write a book where leaders and soldiers who wanted war were being sent to a planet identical to Earth and left there to battle each other. If we don't die in a nuclear war, I'm thinking about starting to write it these days.

    • Gryn IQ
      Gryn IQ 6 months ago

      Do it!!! It's One-Man War that people would love to read! Lemme know when you're starting it :)

  • PissMyAss Lynch
    PissMyAss Lynch 2 months ago

    Only 5 top tier quality videos on this channel, how precious 😍

  • Seun Shinje
    Seun Shinje Year ago

    Neatly presented. So much appreciation

  • itashious
    itashious 2 days ago

    I from one of those red dots on the map in coastal Mississippi, I often like tot honk that we wouldn’t be targeted but I often forget that in both world wars we had German uboats of our coast because it’s just a valuable strategic location, a friend of mine lives in mobile which was also one of the red dots. Sometimes I think that if my family got up and left and went north we would be ok but another red dot is in Hattiesburg which is about an hour away. Makes you wonder if you could survive getting out and then after that what do you do to avoid radiation sickness

  • MCHS Productions
    MCHS Productions Year ago +1484

    This decade is cursed, a pandemic used to be the worst thing, not this. My advice: enjoy it while it lasts!

    • Omnisciency
      Omnisciency Year ago +125

      My reasoning 6 days ago: "God we probably won't see anything as bad as Covid for another few decades"
      Putin: "hold my vodka"

    • Aei
      Aei Year ago +12

      enjoy what? ;-;

    • RoboPenguin
      RoboPenguin Year ago +20

      @Aei do what you have always wanted to before it’s too late

    • DesertStateInEu
      DesertStateInEu Year ago +69

      @RoboPenguin Absolutely horrible advice. Telling people to live for today and don't plan for tomorrow is pretty much the most immoral thing you could say to anybody.
      If they live for today and don't plan long term, they wont care about living long term. You're literally wrecking your own life because you got lazy and gave up. If you are like that, please don't drag other people down with you.

    • RoboPenguin
      RoboPenguin Year ago +33

      @DesertStateInEu that is not what I’m saying at all, I’m just saying if you have things you want to do in life don’t wait for them to come to you, go do them while you still can. I’m not saying give up on your responsibilities or long term goals

  • Tsunemi
    Tsunemi Year ago +4

    The part where he says, that today the risk is much lower than at the height of the cold war, is suddenly outdated. But i don't think the risk is that high to be honest. Even in a WW3 scenario, i believe that the mutual assured destruction, would still be in effect for both sides, to some degree at least.

    • Kathy Townsend
      Kathy Townsend Year ago

      He's going to be thoroughly outraged. Those kind of ppl will not hesitate to push a button to end us all

  • MLG klipz
    MLG klipz Year ago +2

    “If there were an external threat humanity would band together as if their previous problems between each other would not exist, if the titans were not there, then it would be us who would be a threat to ourselves”
    -Commander pixis from attack on titan

  • MeowCachow
    MeowCachow 3 months ago +12

    Can’t wait to see how accurate this is in 2026!

    • The King's New Clothes..
      The King's New Clothes.. 2 months ago

      At least the world will have a chance without humanity

    • char
      char 2 months ago

      its already so outdated and thats so scary

  • Nickey90
    Nickey90 Year ago +3

    Watching this in 2022 is more exciting then what I assume watching it in 2017 was.