It wasn't a deliberate Goth movement. It was born out of chaos and grief. Everyone had people close to them who died. Everything about life was dark and gothic.
On December 30th, of 2005, President George W. Bush signed into law a project to research, fund, make recommendations, and come up with alternatives for near-Earth Objects (NEO). Some at the time wondered if he had seen too many Hollywood movies on the subject, but the scientific community rallied behind him with the motto of "It is not a matter of if, it is a matter of when." The concept furthered his administration's policy of governing by fear.
What was known by George W. and a select group of his cronies, was that there was already an object being tracked that had a high probability of an Earth collision. It wouldn't be here until well after his second term of office was over, but he had been judged so harshly on other issues, he wanted to get it right on this one. The time table of the research was fifteen years, but the object would be here in approximately fourteen years. The celestial debris is known only as 2002 NT7.
Nostradamus made a prediction in Century 1, Number 69, that goes:
In the Book of Revelations in chapter 8, verses 6 -13:
It seemed like everyone knew that something huge from space would impact the Earth and blow enough debris into the atmosphere to create another ice age. Except for the general public. The game was that no one could judge accurately enough which side of the Earth would be facing towards 2002 NT7 during the 24 hour period of a day, until it got so close that everyone knew catastrophe was on the horizon, and there was nothing that could be done about it. Or so the Press told us.
Due to Bush's foresight, we did have an option. We could blow it out of the sky and into small enough pieces that they would burn up in our atmosphere. We only had one shot, so we wanted to make it count. The powers that be, wanted to know what part of the Earth would be destroyed. The bottom line was, that if it was China or Russia, let nature take its course, and we still have our weapon intact for the next collision. The U.S. Government couldn't be held responsible if something from space struck our old cold war enemies, and the only nations on Earth, strong enough to challenge the United States at all. The men with cigars in secret rooms in secret buildings that are answerable to no one, made the decision we could deal with a little cold to gain worldwide advantage for generations to come. Or so they thought.
As fate would have it, the area of impact covered major portions of both China and Russia. The U.S. powers were silent about the solution. We couldn't take the total population of both countries into our own, but as a humanitarian effort, we allowed a million people from each country. Who was allowed to emigrate was up to each country's government. Obviously the most important people from each country's government were brought over, along with the people who had the necessary skills to rebuild the country after the catastrophe. The problem with secrets as big as the United States capability of destroying the huge rock that struck the Earth killing almost 800 million people immediately, is they don't seem to stay secret.
The truth of America's capability to destroy 2002 NT7 didn't come out until after the impact. The reaction would probably have been worse, but the sky was blackened for over a year, and nothing could grow. Food could not grow. The plants that turn carbon dioxide into oxygen couldn't grow. Even the plants and fish of the sea died. Next was the series of plagues that swept the remaining population of earth. All of the unburied bodies were a breeding ground for diseases we thought were relegated to history. But the rats and mosquitoes were more than glad to spread these plagues to the four corners of the planet.
As if that wasn't enough, and God had to punish the country that could have done something but didn't, all of our stores of weapons grade biological bugs were compromised. The U.S. had huge stores of food, and didn't do as bad as most other countries. Our doctors knew how to fight the plagues that showed their face again on this planet, even though millions of American's died. It looked like the United States was still going to come out of this debacle with an advantage. That was until the biological weapons leaked out of facilities that were no longer staffed or maintained properly. They were what decimated the once mighty Empire of America.