If society ever collapses, it turns out New Zealand is the place to be.
Aotearoa has topped the list of countries deemed best suited to survive a global collapse of society, a study has found.
The study, which was published in the journal Sustainability , suggests that a combination of factors including ecological destruction, limited resources, population growth and climate change have led to human civilisation being "in a perilous state".
"These effects create an increased risk of a global 'de-complexification' (collapse) event," the authors wrote.
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According to the researchers, a worldwide breakdown could happen "within a few decades" and New Zealand, Iceland, the United Kingdom, Tasmania and Ireland are the five places that have been identified as most likely to withstand future threats.
In the study, countries were ranked according to their ability to grow food, protect their borders from unwanted mass migration, and maintain an electrical grid and some manufacturing ability. The possible disintegration of supply chains and financial crisis were also factors considered.
The researchers found that islands or island continents which had fewer extremes in temperatures tended to come out on top.
The five places identified by the authors were those that may experience lesser effects from de-complexification due to having "favourable starting conditions", of which New Zealand was deemed as "having the greatest potential".
"We weren't surprised New Zealand was on our list," The Guardian reported Professor Aled Jones, of the Global Sustainability Institute, at the UK's Anglia Ruskin University, as saying.
"We chose that you had to be able to protect borders and places had to be temperate. So with hindsight it's quite obvious that large islands with complex societies on them already [make up the list]," he said.
It's not the first time New Zealand has been identified as being a safe haven for potential future crises. The Guardian previously reported how billionaire doomsday preppers were thought to be buying land for bunkers in Aotearoa in preparation for an apocalypse.
Jones said significant changes were possible in the coming years and decades, with the impact of climate change , including increased frequency and intensity of drought and flooding , extreme temperatures , and greater population movement, all being factors that could dictate the severity of these changes, Sky News reported .
However, there was hope people were learning more quickly than they have in the past, with the pandemic creating some momentum around ''building back better'', Jones told The Guardian .
The authors stress in the paper that their research is to help forestall societal collapse, with the intent to help the understanding of what contributes to making global collapse events possible, and to act as a component of the feedback, which may reduce the risk of them occurring.
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