Technology

In the wake of the mysterious apocalyptic event over a century ago, the technological level of the world rapidly declined — but in some ways became more adaptable to what is now called for and the resources readily available. It depends on your perspective.

Communication

Telecommunications have, in the United Kingdom, all but completely phased out. There are no satellites orbiting the earth, certainly no Internet network, no working phonelines and no power or legacy of research to support it even if people wanted to revive it.

Long distance communication is done primarily through physical messengers, although there are patchy efforts made at radio communication. Due to the lack of electricity in most settlements within range, this is not considered a reliable method.

Power sources

All nuclear powerplants in the world suffered meltdowns decades ago, and have rendered their territories inhospitable to this day, including some places in the United Kingdom — two sites are only a few days walking distance from Dornie.

Most types of batteries have been phased out, due to no nearby available resources to make them, although some settlements, including Dornie, have been able to produce primitive lead-acid batteries.

Dornie is blessed with a hydropower plant, courtesy of the Ross family, which is one of the things that make the settlement as safe, stable and populated as it is. This allows for such things as running the munitions factory, and some luxuries to those that can afford it, such as lightbulbs and heaters.

Fuel still exists, and is not distributed freely when it is made or sourced. Fuel merchants are the worst kinds of hoarders.

Luxury technology

It is important to note, however, that complex technologies no longer function. Though one might be able to play a victrola, a stereo system would either remain dead or burn out. Laptops, cellphones, advanced household equipment all refuse to work, even if some heavy machinery does, at the expense of those that use it.

Cultural attitude towards superfluous use of technology deviates between envy through to skepticism, seeing no practical reason behind burning resources for something that can be achieved through simpler mechanics that do not rely on fuel and power.

Old style records have made a comeback, although aren't widely spread due to their rarity and value.

Transportation

People walk a lot, these days. Sail boats have also gain a significant amount of popularity, as have row boats. There are some motorised yachts in the world, for those who have the know-how to maintain them, and the resources to fuel them, whether through trading with hoarders or if their settlement has the capability to create alternative fuels.

This also means that other methods of transportation do exist. Some energy-efficient cars do exist in the world, but they are on the brink of being phased out due to maintenance issues. Motorcycles are slightly more common, although still somewhat rare. Train systems have phased out, but have the potential to be reintroduced in the not so distant future, and some use manually powered train cars.

There are no flying machines.

Horses and mules are seen as a useful method of transport, with caravans and wagons seeing much use, and are preferred in Dornie for all that a few motorised vehicles are also not totally unheard of.

Medicine

Lacking a medical industry to supply physicians with the latest in medical technology and drugs, medicine has declined. MRIs are a thing of the past, as are X-rays, something your great-grandparents might remember, and medicines pumped out en masse in shiny packaging do not exist. That said, you can still find stethoscopes, needles, surgical tools, echoing the 1930s in style and availability, more emphasis placed on metal and heaviness and longevity than the slender, light weight, plastic-made-and-packaged disposable tools of the 21st century.

Such things are used alongside 21st century knowledge, however, with a wealth of literature available to those who are in a position to attain it.

Remnants

For all that much of the developed technologies of the world before, and the lifestyles that came with it, have phased out by necessity, it doesn't mean they have been completely forgotten. Things like books and antiquated objects such as computers and similar devices aren't entirely lost, for all that the latter is currently useless — there are those who would preserve their own history, with destroyed cities as monuments of what used to be.

Weapons

Even the apocalypse cannot get rid of guns. With an incredible range that can blow messy holes in people with the twitch of a finger, they are simply too valuable to phase away, especially when confronted with new terrors in the world that are still vulnerable to the simple bullet. Handguns, automatic rifles, machine guns, shotguns are all still prevalent in the world, although it is probably that a single weapon may be repaired and re-repaired more often than they would have been a century ago.

One of the sources of power that makes Dornie such a successful settlement would be the consistent development of munitions, and the emergence of skilled weapons engineers who can create new weapons, at a high price.

Despite this, there is a renaissance for more primitive weaponry, due to the fact that most settlements don't have such resources, and not everyone can afford it. Bow and arrow is occasionally used, as are crossbows, and are favoured by some when it comes to game hunting — just don't try it against a dragon. Axes and swords and knives are all relatively easy to make and obtain, and require no ammo.