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You need pre-arranged alliances every 20 miles or so. Trust no one, not even children - everybody will be acting completely out of character - and no one other than yourself should be thought of anything other than being "a couple of Tomatoes shy of a thick sauce". Irrationality and all the worst aspects of human social character will come to the fore immediately - law of the jungle/Mad Max/Omega Man, that sort of thing.
I'd be quite willing to live without oil but it appears the "taps" are at risk in the East, and Alberta although vast, can't crank out another 250000 Bbl/day anytime soon. If any real trouble starts petro-chemicals logistics is likely to fail pretty quickly, and then the "authorities" will have gas... you and me?
Dust off the mountain bike and tune 'er up - I'm going Libertarian/agrarian!
[edit on 15-4-2006 by V Kaminski]