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The year is 2023.

North Korea has devastated the world with nuclear attacks on Japan, South Korea and the United States, killing almost three million people.

The US ends up destroying the North Korean army in a 48-hour hail of weaponry, but not without cost.

The combination of ash and dust from the bombings sees black rain falling from the sky. Millions more people perish across the US, leading to the first ever outbreak of plague in New York, destroying the healthcare system.

Bleak as it sounds, this grim fictional scenario is meant to serve as a warning for the dangers the future might hold.

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Category: Science