I got this from Above Top Secret http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread586477/pg1 From a nuclear war, natural disaster, biological contamination, chemical warfare, you name it. From what I know, the Dark Age happened from a mass loss of information available to the public and everyone else. But t happened over time as one person here said. It didn't happen because Rome fell, of course it eventually fell due to foreign invasion and trouble from within but it happened over time and it gave in and then the public lost a lot of access to public information such as books since many libraries were sacked and burned and they weren't being made like they used to. I can only see another Dark Age happening here if we completely digitize our information and get rid of printing presses and physical copies of books and info. Which may happen but it's unlikely since we know our surrounding and we're more aware of what happens in a situation like this, so there will always be a physical copy of something. In the Fallout world, I don't think they ever entered a Dark Age since they have printing presses and local area networks that function like Intranet hotspots in a community like Vault City or NCR. The Dark Age in Europe ended because of the printing press. What do you think? Do you think another Dark Age will come and this time blackout the Western world, or all of it?