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Originally posted by silent thunder
A good model to think about is the decline of the Roman Empire. It didn't collapse all in one day; it was a process that took several hundred years. And when it was gone you had uneaven results in different areas. Some places were barbarian-scorched wildernesses;in other places, feudal lords maintained pretty decent standards of living within walled cities and medieval communities.
Originally posted by METACOMET
Which begs the question: What might fill the power vacuum caused by a fall of modern American society? Feudalism seems an obvious short to medium term result. But what would a modern feudalism look like? Interesting to contemplate.