Lifehavens are intended as a chance for humanity to rise from the ashes of a totally destroyed modern civilization. The most probable cause of a complete collapse is from the detonation of a large percentage of the 30,000 atomic weapons which are currently armed, and ready to explode. Each of the Lifehavens is designed to be a complete starting seed from which as much as possible of the Earth’s plant, and animal life can be restored as well as a broad representation of the human species with its accumulated intellectual knowledge, and wisdom. Because it is unknowable what all of the problems will be after the Doomsday event, it is desirable to build in as much redundancy as possible. The List of Lifehavens has been drawn from the remote parts of the Southern Hemisphere, because they are the places least likely to be destroyed by fallout from a war which will be waged almost entirely in the Northern hemisphere. Also by being very remote they can shut down any physical communication with the outside world, and thus avoid most disease pathogens which might be released by warring parties. Also, they are remote from current population centers to prevent them from being easily attacked by small, but organized groups of bandits.
A basic Lifehaven is comprised of about 300 fertile couples with a child or two, a large number of animals, probably small ones for more species variety, given the space available, and a large gene bank for as many species as possible. This gene bank would include specimens from species not present at the haven. Some animals might survive outside of the Lifehavens, and it would be desirable to have non-irradiated genetic material available for future use to reconstitute all possible surviving species. There should be genetic material for as many species as possible in the seed bank including as many as possible for wild species. All of the Lifehavens would have seed, and gene banks, but those located in very cold places like the South Pole station would be best for these uses, though not very desirable for human havens. The information of modern society should be duplicated, and stored in their libraries both on paper and on several different types of digital media for redundancy, and located as deep as possible to reduce threat of EMP or some other form of disruption destroying the data.
There is the question as to who would be permitted into the Lifehavens? There should be as great a variety as possible of answers to that question depending on the kind of Lifehaven. Here are a few:
- Commercial ventures located 50 kilometers from cities with basic supplies.
- Vacation spas at remote locations with a side line of a seed bank and a bunker.
- Supported sites local to civilization, and fully stocked, but occupied by worker maintenance.
- Remote to civilization, but fully stocked, and semi-occupied.
- Remote, and fully stocked, and fully occupied at all times with selected people.
- Remote, and fully stocked ,and totally defensible from all outsiders.
- Remote, hidden, unknown, and unfindable, but fully stocked, and semi-occupied.
- Unoccupied Antarctic seed banks in remote locations with ideal temperatures.
- South Pole Station seed bank, occupied, and attended by occasionally involved caretakers.
The list can be expanded, but this is a start. There is a need to get a standard Lifehaven operational as quickly as possible because has been stated elsewhere, the time is ripe for Doomsday. It could strike at any second, and if it is a very bad Doomsday, there will be no one left to remake the world. The quickest Lifehaven would be to move a large cruise ship such as the Queen Mary into a bay west of Hobart, Tasmania, and make it radiation proof. Once it was on site, or to some extent even before, it could be outfitted with a great deal of the desirable equipment, and food supplies. The original crew would be made up largely of workers skilled in the trades of outfitting a ship. In this case the Lifehaven would be made as permanent as possible.