I wish I could be upbeat about this but I just watched Panic in year zerO!
I bet you did not know that Frankie Avalon was in a post apocalyptic thriller. Great movie. Lesson learned? American's are armed and dangerous and on
day two, they resort to barbarism, and its every man for themselves. Kill or be killed.
I also recently read One Second After
American's are armed and dangerous and on day two, they resort to barbarism, and its every man for themselves. Kill or be killed.
In Panic in Year Zero, American cities are destroyed by nuclear attack. A family in the hills, tries to survive a couple weeks. First thing they do,
is go to get gas, get food, and get some hardware supplies. They have a trailer and a car since they are on a fishing trip.
A nice family. Man wife, son daughter. They have to hurry to get supplies though because the main highway now has 30 million fleeing people trying to
get to the hills.
So since they have seen what happened from high ground, but its 4 am, they figure in a small town maybe people won't know, they could then get
supplies, before anyone else does. So they outsmart the clerk, buy up a whole pile of stuff, go to the hardware store, and hold up the store with a
gun, they are trying to buy from the hardware store clerk. 3 hours after the blast, they are holding up a hardware store in sleepy town. Typical nice
Go to get gas, but the gas station is now charging 3 bucks a gallon (1962) so the dad clobbers the guy. Knocks him unconscious. Hour 4 they have now,
attacked a gas station owner, and robbed a hardware store.
Hour 6, they meet a roving gang of hoodlums in a hot jalopy, family is hiding in the trailer, which is good, otherwise dad would be shot now by these
three thugs. Son shoots thug, wounds him, they let them go. Big mistake. Many people will be murdered within the next week, because they let these
punks go. His daughter will also be raped by one of them. Then, they will hunt them down and THEN kill them.
Meanwhile, his son will get shot by the one he shot and almost die.
And thats the story of about 10 people, and there are 30 million just like them, fleeing the blast area.
In One Second After (highly recommended audio book) the scenario is EMP.
Container ship in gulf, fires nuke missile into upper atmosphere, fries all electronics in America in one second.
Power goes out, and within a month, roving bands of cannibals are eating the last 10 percent of the population.
And this is supposed to be based on historical evidence and scientific reasoning and informed predictability models. With testimonials as to the
accuracy of the information by Newt Gingrich and a sergeant who used to maintain nukes and launch codes.
Basically small town in hills, they try to stick together, but the small city close by, sends 5,000 refugees their way. 5,000
So they have to let them thorough 100 at a time. But the fact is those 5,000 are armed and its the end of the world and they are not going to stay on
the road. They will be combing the hills for farms and anything they can beg borrow and steal, and will approach the town from all sides, right away,
as soon as they find a gate on a road. So this story as bad as it is, fails to realize it will be far worse than that.
Guerrilla warfare on maybe day 2 if people realize it was EMP blast. Gotta get supplies before anyone else does. Gotta get ammunition. Gotta get baby
formula. Gotta get insulin. Gotta get drugs for their addiction, booze, food, stereos etc.
Kill or be killed. Thats the way they are raised. Everyone knows in America all it takes is a gun to make things right.
The slightest little thing, and society in America could break down.
These two scenarios are big ones, but you have to keep in mind, the population is huge, and the food is not plentiful, if the trucks, and trains stop
running. If the power goes out for a week, its all over for America.
Once people start to fight for survival. They burn houses, they burn everything. You think you are safe in a basement? When your house is on fire?
edit on 6-10-2011 by Rocketman7 because: (no reason given)