Nuclear waste will remain dangerous and volatile for at least 10,000 years - longer than any single language or civilization has existed. Even if it all were contained in the safest area, far underground in a non-earthquake-prone area, there's still a risk that over the millennia, humans might try to live nearby or even dig underground and discover the waste. In the early 1980s, the Human Interference Task Force was established to come up with solutions to this inconceivably long-term problem. Thomas Sebeok suggested that we encode warnings in myth and legend by establishing an "atomic priesthood." This is the inspiration behind the Vulture Priests, a Fifth World religious order devoted to containing the nuclear waste the ancestors left behind. Read all about them in our new wiki article!
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