What I see could happen:

Discussion in 'The Apocalypse' started by Para173, Mar 26, 2016.

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  1. Para173

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    If or when our present society does face a collapse, there is a pretty good chance that conditions may exist for us to fall down part way back or away from a strong centralized federal government. In other words, we could slip backwards towards more powerful local and state level governments with the stronger federal government becoming a distant memory. Sort of like what we had around the turn of the 1900s.

    Imagine, if you will, that a worldwide financial collapse has hit. Stocks, bonds and money markets have all gone belly up. People with precious metals are looked at with suspicion. People with rare gems are looked at with even more suspicion than gold, silver and platinum handlers. Fuel, food and the basics of life suddenly become the most important things in life. Families begin to collect together into more solid groups to help each other out and for mutual defense.

    Strangers passing through small towns will be looked at with suspicion and thought to be spies for large raiding parties. So while we may have some danger and trouble, I don't see us having to face a Mad Max kind of world. I would tend to think that if anything that we would probably see something more like what our nation looked like just prior to World War One only better. While we would have problems, we're much smarter now and better understand technology than our ancestors from many years ago did. We would also have better communications, better transportation and we would have a better understanding of how to schedule mass transportation and so on.

    So, while we may suffer a kind of national depression, I don't think that it will be super bad. I think that we should be ready for danger, problems and plan ahead by using common sense. We will have to probably link up with other people once the collapse begins or swings into full effect. But I also think that those who are properly prepared are the ones who will be the most comfortable for surviving.
     
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  2. lonewolf

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    I think the world will back a lot further than the 1900s, when-not if-civilisation collapses we will revert to a pre industrialised level, which in Britain commenced around the 1750s.
     
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  3. lonewolf

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    I used to watch a programme on tv, it was called "return to the green valley", it was about life in a welsh border valley in the 18th century, and was conducted by 2 archeologists and a historian, all well known in this country.
    if you watch that, and it is available on youtube, that will give you an idea of the kind of lifestyle I expect to be living in a "post collapse" world.
     
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  4. Tom Williams

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    The world will get bad money will be fire starting paper gold silver gems will have some use for awhile but when gas oil fuel and food get hard to get LOOK OUT !! IT WILL BE A MAD MAX WORLD
     
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  5. lonewolf

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    once the power grid goes down that will be the end for most of the population of this country, they have never lived without electricity and don't know how to, so that will be it for them.
     
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  6. Arkane

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    Some places will do ok, some places won't no way to really tell beforehand!
    A few things are known, small groups will fall prey to larger groups, the quality of the leaders of these groups will matter much. Only large well led groups will be able to hold ground,
    If you are not in a large well led group keep your kit light and packed! and a well hidden sentry is essential.
     
  7. lonewolf

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    depends on the survival rate, which will be quite low.
    todays population-especially in the UK- have grown accustomed to being looked after by the state "from cradle to grave", when that help is no longer available they will panic, they are not used to thinking for themselves and that's when societal collapse will occur.
    in that situation the best place to be is as far away from other people as we can get.
    I have always said, its not necessarily the event that will kill you, but the actions and reactions of others to that event that will.
     
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  8. Arkane

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    Over the decades I have done some research!
    Non preppers/survivalists without fail all say they will vacate the cities/towns/suburbs etc
    Most have some long lost relatives they will burden and others will just burden someone they don't know!
    That's why I have a plan to stay in the city if it will keep me away from most of the desperates!

    Just look what is happening in Greece, overwhelming numbers!
    If everyone is fleeing to the country do you really want to be in there path?
     
  9. lonewolf

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    most people in the UK will sit and wait "the govt will save us".
     
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  10. Arkane

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    There is a direct link to population numbers and technology!

    A community will regress steadily until the techno level can be maintained!
    The more people doing well in a community the more can specialise and specialists can teach and improve!

    So regression will depend on how many there is and how well they go!
    then progress will restart!
     
  11. lonewolf

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    previous civilisations have collapsed, people survived because the level of technology was so basic they could obtain what they needed for daily life from their own labours, and await for the society to reassert itself, this is not the case these days, when-not if- our civilisation collapses we need to revert to a simpler way of life to survive, many will not be able or will not want to, and these people will perish, reducing the population to a manageable level.
    for instance the UK cannot feed 64 million people self sustainably, the current estimate given the land available is about 25% or approx. 16 million.
     
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  12. Arkane

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    Yep sucks to be a pom!
    And the actual survivable population will be much lower than that initially as there will be major disruptions like fuels, seeds, skills, transport!
    the first few years may see the population fall below 10 million then climb back up to the max sustainable!
    Seafood will again play a large roll in the supply of protein!

    Meanwhile down here after the initial die off mainly in larger towns and cities we will be swamped with food!
    A lot of farmers will just stop farming as there will be no market!
    Without exporting millions of tons of wheat, rice, sheep and cattle there will be a huge oversupply even with reduced production!
    And our gardens produce 12 months of the year in most parts!
    Where I am jan/feb is too hot and plants suffer while june/july/aug they slow down because it is a bit cool! but the rest of the year they prosper!
    During the cooler months I water in the early morning with luke warm water about 25c and in the warmer months they get a drink around noon with 20c water!
     
  13. lonewolf

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    most UK preppers-the ones that have given long term any serious thought that is, expect the population to crash to about 10% initially following the collapse and rising slowly in the years that follow.
     
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  14. Arkane

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    I know a few ex UK preppers
    They bugged out years ago and now call Australia home!:D
    Same as some South Africans, French, Swiss, Germans and a Canadian!

    But we are full now!:):rolleyes:
     
  15. lonewolf

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    so are we but is the govt listening? are they hell.
    just as well then that i'm living in a remote rural low population area.
     
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  16. Keith H.

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    That is a very good series lonewolf, good recommendation. But was it not titled Tales from The Green Valley?
    http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com.au/search?q=green+valley+farm
    Keith.
     
  17. Keith H.

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    your right about the title Keith, my mistake. but you get what I mean.
     
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  19. Keith H.

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    Same in Australia mate.
    Keith.
     
  20. Keith H.

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    I remember reading somewhere that once the power goes out it all goes to hell, because so much of what city folk have now depends on it. Some underground places like train stations are being kept dry by pumps, sewage farms etc. Post cyclone Tracey we had no water & no sewage disposal.
    I remember one year when we came back to New England from a Rendezvous in Victoria, & the power was out. We could not get fuel before going home, could not do any shopping, everywhere was closed. Hard to imagine how we became so dependent on electricity for so much stuff, ridiculous!!! Imagine a terrorist strike on power stations, imagine if there were another war!
    Keith.
     
  21. lonewolf

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    well Keith, a few of us "oldies" have had a life before supermarkets(didn't see my very first one until I was 22), mobile phones or the internet, and I believe many people will have trouble in the aftermath of a catastrophe without their constant access to technology.
     
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  22. lonewolf

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    I keep saying to people about when the power grid goes down but they just don't get it. they think it will be there always.
     
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  23. Keith H.

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    We have constantly been told that we will not be able to live off the land because of the number of people all wanting to do the same thing, I don't see it. Most of the townies will have no idea where to start. Many will not make it out of the cities. With so much land over here those that do hunt would be stupid to try & trespass. The numbers would soon get cut down.
    Having said that, I do believe that we will have raiders post shtf. Anyone living in the country will need help to protect what they have, depending on the size of the area to be protected.
    Keith.
     
  24. Keith H.

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    I figured you were no chicken, your comments are too knowledgeable, you obviously have some experience. When you have been there & done that yourself, it is pretty easy to pick the ones that are making stuff up as they go along ;)
    Yes the world has changed a hell of a lot since the 50s, thank goodness my parents were practicle people & brought me up to look after myself. We raised our three boys the same way, & if it should all hit the fan then they will be back here living with us again.
    Keith.
     
  25. Arkane

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    A few hits in the right places on the grid and the whole east coast can shut down!
    Lots of safeties protecting the power stations but the actual grid has no protection!
    Without a load the stations have to shut down and it takes a fair bit to get them up to speed again!
     
  26. lonewolf

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    I was brought up by WW2 parents, no supermarkets back then, if you didn't have it in the cupboard you went without.
     
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  27. Arkane

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    I was surrounded by shops/supermarkets while growing up
    Never had any money to buy anything!
    Scavenged stuff to go fishing, same for spearfishing and again for hunting except I could use dads .22lr
    Many times the seven of us ate fish, eels, shellfish rabbits and sheep That was acquired by me!
    Oops no sheep that would be poaching and I would never do that!:oops:
     
  28. hippyzomby

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    I agree with that, there will be panic because of this. They dont do face to face chats anymore. I have seen so many people become one with technology. My husband and me let our phones go out so that way we can have some peace and quiet from the world. I intentionally do not charge my phone over the weekend so I can have time with no calls from anyone. Want to talk come see me.
    I love power outages here, I love being cut off for a little while.
    Could I handle it for long amounts of time?
    Summer yes
    Winter no. I know I would have to get use to it and it would be me stiuffing blankets down my jackets for extra warmth but for entertainment purposes yes. I dont mind no tv no computer no phone. Warmth would be the only thing I would want it for.
     
  29. Keith H.

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    I have heard that a lot of people going from grid power to solar have problems because they fail to change their way of thinking. They try to carry on the way they did whilst on the grid, & this is no good on solar unless you have a HUGE solar set-up.
    We run very little off our solar power, heating the house is done with a wood fired heater. Water is heated from a water jacket in our wood burning stove.
    Keith.
     
  30. lonewolf

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    most of the population will try to live post event like they did before the event,and they will fail big time. you have to adapt to the new circumstances.
     
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  31. acheno84

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    This is pretty much accurate. Most people don't know what they would do without power. I am guilty of it sometimes. During a storm and we lose power, I may panic at first since I wasn't expecting it, but I just make the best of it. I go through my checklist of what to do when there is no power and hope it comes back. I think I would be able to survive just fine if that were to happen.
     
  32. Keith H.

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    I would think that many people these days have gas barbecues or wood fired ones, if not any sensible person in the city would surely have a supply of household candles & a gas camp stove. This would at least get them through short term.
    Keith.
     
  33. lonewolf

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    very few people in the UK have extra supplies, many I have spoken to don't even have a flashlight in the house, they may have a few of those perfumed candles left over from the last "dinner party" but whether they've got some matches or a lighter to light it with is debateable.
    many will try to bring BBQ's into the house, many house fires will result, i'm the only one I know that's got a fire extinguisher in the house!!!
     
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