When comparing the outcomes of a zombie plague to other more common natural and man-made disasters, we find that the worst places are likely to be poorer countries with dense populations. Authoritarian regimes often fail miserably under the weight of these large-scale stresses, too.
So which countries rank lowest globally in the case of a catastrophic undead pandemic? All available data clearly point to two that are dead last.
With 1.35 billion people living on 3.7 million square miles of land, China has a population density lower than that of Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. However, its paltry gun-ownership rate of just 3.5 percent means that the People’s Republic has a fraction of the number of armed citizens that reside in the United States. Add into the mix a notoriously secretive government that rules with an iron fist, and China ranks near the bottom in global zombie survivability.
But another country is even worse off than China.
Without a doubt, India is the last place you want to be in a zombie pandemic. It packs in 944 people per square mile, making it an ideal recruiting ground for new undead conscripts. And of a total population of 1.3 billion, less than 4 percent own firearms. Furthermore, India still lags behind the industrialized world in terms of public health infrastructure and sanitation. And its military is substantially smaller and more poorly equipped than that of either China or the United States.
This is something to think about the next time you feel like planning that vacation to Calcutta about which you’ve always dreamed..