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Remote doomsteads - initial reflection

Permanent Linkby Jack on Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:02 pm

It appears that many who consider the possibility of peak oil have a doomstead some distance away - hundreds of miles at least. The premise seems to be that at some point, some level of danger, the individual(s) will go on a trek to the new location and ride out the storm, secure with freeze dried food and a variety of weapons. In essence, they have assumed both a slow, or even a gentle decline and also a uniformly graceful degradation of the system.

Let us explore these ideas. When some sort of crisis occurs, the first and natural instinct is to hoard. When people believe that something is about to happen, or has happened, they clean out the store shelves and fill their tanks with gasoline. Thus, even if the supply lines for goods and fuel are at normal levels, human reactions tend to disrupt the flow and cause shortages. The concern provoked by such occurrences exacerbates the reaction leading to panic.

Now suppose that the problem is neither brief nor immediately transitory. Supply of important (essential?) supplies will be reduced or eliminated - particularly in areas at the end of the chain. The small towns and counties that one might travel through could easily face critical shortages. And therein lies a problem.

Various laws, along with the law of "might makes right", permit governments to seize property in the case of an emergency. So those who choose to relocate might well be seen as a source of those supplies. Vehicles, firearms, fuel, food, medications, and other equipment could all be commandeered. And it might well be done by the local law enforcement officers along with a few locals recently deputized.

In addition, people tend to behave badly during a crisis. It is entirely possible that desperate or criminal elements might decide to seize supplies. This suggests that those who seek to relocate may face multiple and substantial threats.

Conclusions? Our society is a spiderweb of interconnections. The transition from functional society to dystopia could be rapid - and individuals might face the prospect of being trapped in whatever location they find themselves. Therefore, relocation may not be a viable option.

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Re: Remote doomsteads - initial reflection

Permanent Linkby General Doom on Sat Oct 17, 2009 12:49 pm

Seizure of supplies could occur regardless of whether one is relocating or not, couldn't it? Or are you thinking mainly of seizures while in the process of moving?

I agree that there's a chance for sudden change. Having multiple plans seems like a good idea. Probably more important is the ability and willingness to adapt quickly to whatever gets thrown at us.
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Re: Remote doomsteads - initial reflection

Permanent Linkby Jack on Sat Oct 17, 2009 5:33 pm

In this case, the problem was moving. While static, one can lower one's profile - and, in addition, one has some chance that the community will be neutral or even friendly. While moving, one shows up. And the community one moves through will have their own loyalties - those transiting may well be seen as prey.
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Re: Remote doomsteads - initial reflection

Permanent Linkby General Doom on Sun Oct 18, 2009 5:04 pm

I agree, I would not want to be passing through potentially hostile territory with a wagon full of loot.
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