If I woke up tomorrow and the Government was gone...
Well, I imagine the morning would start pretty good. I imagine I would have several friends pounding on my door, smiling and holding armfuls of "party
supplies"- My well stocked apartment (I live in a very solid brick Building Downtown above a series of shops- Very safe area, very secure dwelling)
would provide as an awesome place to hole up for a Month or two so we would probably grab some munchies and watch the news while peeking out the
Windows and watching the pedestrians do what pedestrians do (when there is no Government)-
So day 1-3 will probably be pretty awesome. Good friends, good company and nothing really to complain about more than likely. In fact, I wouldnt get
the overdue Bills in the mail, and ZI imagine places like ATS will be super entertaining during this initial period.
-The problem though is this... In my City (and most) there are gangs who already are organized and fairly militant- With numbers, firearms and
familiarity of the area. In rural areas (like I come from) there are already many organized Militias and established groups (even large families) and
in most rural areas you are "new" until your family has lived there 2-3 generations.
-Anyhow, at some point (a week, month, several months?) I imagine pure chaos everywhere.The cities will be gang Controlled... Which is fine for me
because (of coarse) I have a plan and a rural destination... But even if I get there no problem, fully supplied and outfitted without having to deal
with huge traffic jams, closed Highways and chaos- I think most of the Militias are probably worse than the gangs and it woldnt take too long for
fiefdoms and Kingdoms to start to materialize...
So on one hand you would have chaos in the cities- But rural wouldn't be much better. Even if you were far enough out to more than likely never run
into looters/militias/gangs- I am not sure how long I (and most) could honestly make it in a collapsed society. I know its a common macho daydream to
"live off the land" , "provide all your own needs" etc...etc... The reality is, an absess tooth could kill you, a slip and fall could prevent you from
tending to crops, a 12 year old child could ambush and kill you when you least expect it.
"Survival" isnt something most of us could do- Even growing up in a rural area , camping a ton, hunting and having been in the Armed Forces- I
honestly can I say I do not think I would last absent of any Government. Even a bit of History into the hardships folks had settling the West
(starvation, disease, accidents, ambush) for a people far tougher than us, who had the skills to make it on their own- # happens.
-I do not possess those skills.
So most of us would probably die. many would join a gang or Militia (and I have experience with some Militias and was there when the Michigan Militia
split because its leader was "talking to God" and getting answers and "prophecy") and would be more enslaved than anything we can imagine. Some would
make it and then die a slow death from an injury or sickness. Some would be fine (but not very many- And not near what folks would imagine)
-Back in around 2003 I moved my family into the Mountains of KY to try to homestead... Even with the Government intact, I pretty much failed. It was
"fun" , I learned a TON of stuff and actually gained skills I never thought I would have (and learned I wasnt as skilled in some things as I thought)-
BUT, "making it" on our land, without help and without needing to "work" and buy goods- Was not in the cards. In 6 or so years I never was able to
make the land work enough food for us to not have to "work" or "shop"- I suppose it could have possibly been done but would have severely limited our
diet and choices.
There is a difference between "survival" and "Living"-
So I just hope it never happens (and do not think it will) because I do not want to have to fight for everything, Try to scrape by, worry about
falling under a totalitarian gangs/militias control, constantly watch my back and barely scarpe by until sickness or injury brings me to cold and
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