The orbital platform survived the destruction of the Earth and despite all the predictions it was not a war that ended the life of the planet, nor global warming or over population.
The collision of the moon with a comet was a complete fluke. Had the combined Earth forces not attempted to deflect the comet, it would have hit the moon head-on, splitting it in two and releasing a cloud of dust that would have changed the climate forever. Instead the meteor was deflected into a glancing blow, sending it into a decaying orbit that left a crater the size of France and stripped away part of the Van Allen Belt.
With the increase in radiation the birth rate slowed and eventually stopped. Humanity fled to the stars, leaving the planet to fend for itself.
Many species – avian and land mammals in particular – died out. Fully half of the insect species died with them, though many adapted to the higher levels of ultraviolet and prospered, filling the niches left available. Plants, too, adapted to the new pollinators, though they became unrecognisable from their ancestors.
Lucifer looked down on the green and blue planet, chewing a soft yellow fruit that might once have been an apple. He nudged the figure next to him. “Another million years or two,” he said, “and you can start again. Another Adam, Eve, Cain.”
Jeshua shook his head. “Already have, old bean,” he said. “Only He used cockroaches this time.”
Lucifer grimaced. “Sucks to be you.”
Image: Halcyon: Orbital