The elevation of an unpredictable billionaire to the helm of nuclear-armed America has given fresh impetus to the idea of remote New Zealand as a bulwark for civilisation in the event of a global catastrophe, writes the Daily Mail.
The idea has pedigree – British science fiction writer John Wyndham’s 1955 novel The Chrysalids describes a post-apocalyptic landscape where Zealand (or Sealand) is the only place that has not sunk into barbarity.
The fictional Zealand escaped the holocaust because it was “somewhat secluded” and it seems that, in uncertain times, the real New Zealand is attracting interest for the same reason.
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