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A generation or more specifically, a social generation are cohorts of people of a similar age and who share similar cultural experiences. The term gained popularity in the late 19th century and early 20th century as a means of categorizing people based on age, following the increasingly rapid social and economic change that came with that era. The term continued to grow in popular usage following the emergence of the Baby Boomer generation in the Western world after World War II, who began to think of themselves in generational terms, instead of national terms.
Pre-Doomsday affected generations
What follows is a list of generations in the 20th century, that generally were not affected by the 1983 catastrophe commonly known as Doomsday. Keep in mind that there are no hard lines that separate generations, the dates provided are only general times.
- The Lost Generation or Generation 1914 refers to those who were born between the years 1883 and 1900, and fought in or were affected by World War I.
- The Greatest Generation or in the United States, The G.I. Generation refers to those who were born between the years 1901 and 1924, came of age during the Great Depression, and fought in or were affected by World War II.
- The Silent Generation or The Lucky Few refers to those who were born between 1925 and 1942, grew up during the Great Depression, and were too young to serve in World War II. This is the first American generation to be smaller than the last.
- The Baby Boomers refers to those who were born between 1943 and 1964 during an increase in birth rates. Baby Boomers are associated with a rejection of traditional values
List of Doomsday-affected generations in various nations
Devastated Western nations
Follwing Doomsday, many nations, specifically the ones in Western Europe and the United States were hit extremely hard, compared to the rest of the world. These nations, for various reasons, also fractured into relatively small states with little hopes for reunification in the future. While the names in the regions and states themselves may be different, as a whole the generation that they are describing is the same. A list of the generations follows: