Britain’s National Archives released a draft plan from the early 1980s in which the UK government considered recruiting mentally ill psychopaths to help maintain order in the country in the wake of a devastating nuclear attack.
According to the Independent, in 1982, Britain’s Home Office ran a war games scenario in which the country was struck by 300 megatons of nuclear weapons over a 16-hour period.
Civil servants, police, firefighters, emergency military personnel and other government officials took part in the war game training exercise, named “Operation Regenerate.”
Under Operation Regenerate’s planned scenario, war gamers modeled what would happen with multiple UK cities flattened, large stretches of hand uninhabitable and poisoned and millions dead or ill with radiation sickness.
Jane Hogg, a science officer with the Home Office, proposed a novel solution to keeping order in the chaos that would follow a nuclear raid.
“It is… generally accepted that around one percent of the population are psychopaths,” Hogg wrote during the war games exercise. “These are the people who could be expected to show no psychological effects in the communities which have suffered the severest losses.“