United Nations Collaboration

Real-World Experiences
Before the plot of Season 2 was mapped out, two of the most senior UN officials, Under-Secretary-Generals Valerie Amos and Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, met in Los Angeles with Hollywood powerhouse J.J. Abrams and Revolution's creator Eric Kripke. The UN offered the show's writers access to UN staff with field experience in not only life without electricity but also areas of the world suffering the catastrophic impact of both man-made and natural disasters.

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Life without Power
In today's world, living without power is a reality for over 1.3 billion people. Many live under the additional threat of conflict, poor sanitation and deadly disease. UN staff members recognize these conditions only too well and shared details of their extraordinary experiences with Revolution's writers. Show creator Eric Kripke and his team heard stories of negotiating with warlords for the release of child soldiers, building relationships with rebel forces to gain humanitarian access for their people and the struggle to survive in a refugee camp.

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The Reality of Refugees
Revolution shows how desperate whole communities can become when forced from their homes by conflict. A scene from "One Riot, One Ranger" in the Savannah refugee camp depicts a scramble for a limited number of places to camp with artesian wells and closed sewers, luxuries for the masses living in this camp.

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War Lords and Child Soldiers
The global blackout of Revolution has plunged the U.S. into warring factions and a primitive existence. Fans watching the show saw that the fictional character named Titus Andover in "Patriot Games" sees himself as a loving father and refers to the kids in his war clan as his children. Like Titus, warlords in real life brutalize children, turn them into killers and use them as sex slaves.

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The Stark Reality of Maternal Mortality
Although we may consider childbirth routine, without electricity it can be very dangerous. Women give birth at night in near darkness, cesarean sections are cancelled or conducted by flashlight, and critically ill mothers or babies wait hours or days for lifesaving procedures.  The outcomes can be tragic.

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Vaccinations: The Difference Between Life and Death
In "Captian Trips," we learn why Dr. Gene Porter compromises his high moral standards in return for lifesaving vaccinations held by a shadowy representative of the so-called Government. He betrays the trust of his family and community knowing that without access to healthcare and routine immunization, diseases that were once confined to history will return and destroy everything he loves.

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Aaron's Taste of Reality: Think, Eat, Save
In "Dreamcatcher," Aaron is jolted back to the present day where energy, food and comfort are abundant. Seeing a half-eaten sandwich in a street garbage bin, the instincts he's developed from the powerless life 15 years in Revolution's future move him to eat it. The time travel may be science fiction in today's world, but the reality of food scarcity is not.  There are 842 million hungry people in the world and, at the same time, about one third of all food never gets eaten.

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