For most of us, the best we can hope for in a nuclear war must be taken in the first wave of attacks rather than having to spend our days riding on the back of a motorcycle with a chain around by the neck. In some cases, the Chosen Few that are deemed necessary to the survival of humanity could be able to score a golden ticket in a fallout shelter controlled by the government, while the rest of us on the surface learn to live with radiation poisoning. The majority of the population will likely during a nuclear war. Unless you happen to have Swiss citizenship.
Unlike other countries that might be at the receiving end of nuclear weapons, Switzerland has the ability to place its entire population in a series of shelters fallout built at great cost by the government. The Swiss legalized their nuclear paranoia. Sections 45 and 46 of the Swiss Federal Law and Civil Protection requires every private building built a bomb shelter capable of supporting all residents. Switzerland is in the paradoxical position where it could win a nuclear war without possessing nuclear weapons. After the fallout fades and the Swiss out of their bunkers, the world will be powerless to stop them.
Everyone in Switzerland has access to a good anti-explosion nuclear bunker with filtered air NBC. Even small ordinary houses are often equipped with shelters in reinforced concrete blast seized by thick blast doors 8 inches that weighs about 1 ton. The minimum standard is 15 PSI or for supporting a mass of 1 megaton burst nuke as close to 1.6 miles. Some Swiss bunkers designed to withstand 45psi, or nuke same size, but as close as 1 mile away. In reality, these bunkers would likely collapse if not always at distances a little closer to nuclear weapons.
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Switzerland also has a large part of its protected underground infrastructure, including a lot of breath protected underground hospitals. While the radiation from nuclear fallout considerably disintegrate in the first weeks after a nuclear attack, if nuclear power plants were affected directly, or went into crisis with their radioactive long-lived isotopes that contaminate the surrounding areas, then this would be a problem for decades to come. Surviving is one thing, but the long-term survival is another for the first month or two after a massive nuclear attack.
Despite the hype that nuclear winter would be a 100% certainty in a nuclear war, and although people seem passionate about their faith or lack of it, the effect of winter, it not until nuclear weapons were used that we ‘d know one way or the other for some, to settle the debate. Although little is revealed on nuke in 2056 have been detonated on Earth as tests, some massive and one of 50 megatons (The Tsar Bomba Russian.) No products a nuclear winter effect but none of the tests were performed on flammable towns and detonations were distributed over the years, not all at once, or a few hours of each other.
During the Gulf War, the same scientists who put forward the theory of nuclear winter of origin (the TTAPS group) said that when the Iraqi army in retreat located 700 burning oil fields it would cause effect like nuclear winter. But not as winter really happened. Different soot, etc., but it indicates that the computer models, etc. can not rely on them to predict these things. Too many unknowns and variables are involved. If a decade or longer nuclear winter does occur, then we indeed all be effectively screwed. Even 1,000 nuclear bombs used could not be a nuclear winter occur, especially as our nuclear weapons are generally much “smaller” than the “monster” megaton nuclear weapons that were generally available in the good old days of the cold War.
If we were “lucky” and WW3 out to be mostly conventional warfare, but with a more limited use of nuclear weapons, probably towards the end of the conflict, then that would improve the long theory of nuclear winter much less likely to occur. Without long everybody nuclear winter in Switzerland should have a better chance of survival, even in places like the United States, good shelter individual benefits might be really useful and save lives as might keep stored food, water and supplies for at least several weeks, along the lines of the Swiss.
EMP is another unknown factor. If specialized nuclear EMP weapons designed to maximize the EMP effect explode over the Earth, say 100 miles above, a large part of our electronics and electrical networks could be severely damaged. Switzerland should be better prepared, but they would not be immune from the chaos that a world without electricity network and electronic lead. Now imagine living if no electricity / electronics not mean no running water, no computers, no radio / TV, no bank or cash point, pumps for cars to run, and perhaps many modern vehicles, trucks, and trains, etc., do not work anyway because of their systems EMP damage electronics and control management engine without working gas (petrol). Much of the electrical and electronic products in Switzerland will not be protected from EMP either.