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Discussion in 'General Discussion Forum' started by Kadscaner, Jan 11, 2017.
Ah yes, the capitalist disasters that still last today, whilst the soviet union is no more, perfect.
(apart from Greece)
Similar to how when you are constipated, the shit lasts for a long time.
Consider this please, it's good for you
WW3? Pfft... I live in Australia, surviving everyday is way harder than if there was a WW3.
But anyway, I would just move with my wife to the Outback because no one will bomb or invade a place that is already a wasteland with almost no one living there for miles and miles and miles, full of poisonous and venomous stuff, where half of the things who lives there wants to eat you and half wants to kill you. I would probably go to Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park or other place with a lake and rivers.
Running fresh water is the most important thing, it provides water and food, plenty of fish and animals gather to drink which increases the chance to find animals to hunt, water can also be used for farming some food too.
I'm in the middle of NYC. Even with a BoB, I still need to cross two bodies of water either way to the mainland by foot or at least get a boat, which I don't have access to.
I could flee *into* Long Island, I've walked the route before, but what about the millions of others? And what happens to Long Island?
All in all, sure, I'll still prepare - I do like prepping/survivalism because of (in order of most to least likely) blackouts, earthquakes (NYC does experience some small quakes), viral outbreak, water shortage, food shortage, civil war, yellowstone, nuclear war, zombies, asteroid strike- but I have to always remember that I have an equal or greater chance of being a skeleton in the room who someone else loots, than surviving.
Sorry Mr Borgeoise Factory Owner, I seem to have forgotten how great capitalism is at the moment.
What treasures created by the mighty hand of capitalism should I purchase first, chocolates made by a company that intentionally deprives african villages of water, or the shoes built by child labourers?
Even considered what happened in recent years, I really think a cyberpunk future will be more likely to happen than a WWIII.
A noose, to hang myself with.
Ahh he looks familiar.
I have quite a lot of stuff.
But of course it depends what kind of situation I am in.
In a natural disaster/social breakdown (the two go together often) I would bring the following:
Emergency survival bag which can be used to sleep in, keep warm or keep kit dry
100 water purification tablets
Swiss army knife, compass fire lighting kit (includes lighter, firesteel and tinder box)
Phone and a house key
Compact towel and shower gel
Wouldn't really need all my proper bushcrafting stuff, would weigh me down. Could lose it too. Would leave it tucked away somewhere safe, probably the loft. If anyone came to loot my house, its unlikely they would find my loft. Its incognito as fuck. Trust me.
No need for food, I am thinking I would mostly scavenge other peoples houses, supermarkets, shops etc. I also have a load of tinned goods at home, not for prepper purposes, I just like it.
I'll tell you about my bushcrafting kit when I have more time later.
But many Cyberpunk novels take place after a (limited) third world war...
i mean suicide jokes aside, no one's actually gonna stick around unless they have kids are they?
I'll stick around. I have a leather jacket, motorcycle boots, and an assortment of spikes, studs, and chains for when the shit hits the fan. Gonna form a band of marauders and terrorize the wasteland.
Or maybe rule Barter Town. Nothing's impossible when you wear leather and have a mohawk.
WHO RUN BARTERTOWN?!
Come to the English countryside so I can slit your throat and steal your stuff.
So I decided to have some fun and started reading Patriots: Surviving The Coming Collapse by James Wesley Rawles, because it's frequently mentioned as a sort of classic in prepper/survivalist novels and parts of it are on Google Books. It's hilarious. I mean, the actual survivalist content is spot on, but it feels like a teenager wrote this. It's basically a shitty military fiction novel laden with rightwing fantasies about how the righteous good christian folks save themselves from the hordes of inner city looters and rapists and atheists, all in between lengthy descriptions of what kind of gear they use and what camo clothes they wear. Mix in the super cringey prepper slang full of pseudo-military abbreviations and you get endless fun.
I think it's as much about your skills as it is about your gear. If you are in good shape, know how to make a fire even in very cold weather, know how to make a shelter etc. then you're already almost there. It's possible to make food out of stuff you find in nature, even in winter time. Dig out the roots etc. under the snow, boil them in a pot until they become soft and it will give some nutrition, enough to keep you alive. If you have a gun and can shoot a deer or some other wildlife or fish, even better.
Just play The Long Dark until you get the hang of it.
O Lawd, now the book has a homeschooled SSN-less Mary Sue type of dude with an eidetic memory that homestudied law at a local library rant about the applicability of federal law (especially gun laws) for over three pages.
It is hilarious, really. All the rightwing mall-ninja fantasies written with the style and talent of a teenage fanfiction writer.
'The Frontier' is still a strong myth in US, they think they're still out there in the wild west although they pretty much destroyed the nature of their continent and put asphalt parking lots etc. plastic crap everywhere.