Social, Political & Economic Impact


       The uncontrollable nature of the spread of biological weapons leads to major social impact.  Biological weapons in the form of viruses and diseases that are released during war have the potential to spread greatly beyond the desired area of effect.  The destruction of many more populations, both those of allies and enemies, would almost inevitably result from a deployed biological weapon.  Populations of civilians unintentionally harmed could potentially be devastated, leaving very little possibility for the reconstruction of any social structure.  Biological weapons could also adversely affect generations of people for years to come by causing negative genetic alterations or an uncontainable spread of diseases such as Plague.  


       The costs that a government whose people have been devastated by a biological weapon would acquire would be significant.  These costs would be responsible for great political and economic stress, especially if the weapons were used on poor and developing countries.  The destruction of the population could lead to a large reduction on the strength of infrastructure and economy within the nation.  Biological weaponry can also be altered to affect the crops and meat sources of a region, equally damaging agriculture and horticulture industries as well as harming the health of the people in the region. Governments with an unstable food supply and unhappy people would be highly susceptible to revolts and internal collapse, making an outside invasion much more likely.


       Technological developments in the area of biological weaponry have the potential to help and harm those all around the globe, although these developments most likely would not affect the daily lives of many.  Developments in biological weapon defense have the potential to provide resources for dealing with and containing the effects of a biological weapon.  

       However, developments in biotechnological processes could result in a broader scope of advanced biological warfare (ABW).  This type of biological warfare would involve the manufacture of bacteria using biotechnology to create stronger or more customized weapons to optimize damage and effectiveness.  Groups or nations that invest in biological weapon defenses can benefit from these biotechnological advances by securing their governments and people.  Developments that further advanced biological warfare have little potential to be beneficial to any party.  

       The development of these biological weapons will have little positive effect on the economy of the nations producing the weapons.  The cost of production for these weapons will most likely cost a great deal of money and subtract from the economy of a nation.  Economic impacts would be much more significant in developing countries because of the lack of resources and skilled workers needed to produce the weapons.  The overall economic impact on the world economy of the production of biological weapons would most likely be insignificantly detrimental, however the effects would also not be beneficial.

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