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Purely hypothetical. Let's say there IS an total economic collapse.


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#1 pstall

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 02:40 PM

What would the FIRST 30 days look like? I know we had a thread about what type of supplies etc to have but walk thru the first 30 days.
Would some areas freak or handle it better than others. Who becomes the one in charge? Is it the US by default(pardon the pun)? Is it another group? Would there be an election for this?
If corporations have billions in cash that is now worthless, what becomes of their assets?

Ton's of crisis management scenarios to consider.

Edited by pstall, 22 May 2010 - 02:47 PM.
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#2 JeramiahCopperfield

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 02:45 PM

Get out of the city and stay in rural areas with those you trust.

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 02:51 PM

I agree. You will have some that for the first two weeks or so remain in denial. Others will bolt ASAP.
So a mass exodus to either rurual areas or the mountains. So going with the crowd might get ya.

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 03:12 PM

Definitely the South and Midwest would be best prepared.

Rahm Emanuel would be sure not to waste a serious crisis.

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 03:16 PM

Its impossible to know what to do, because in truth there has never been a total collapse on economic factors alone. Economic collapse is accompanied by other elements such as invasion by a foreign army or some huge enviromental disaster.

Look at the collapse of Rome. There was never really an economic collapse, only a gradual decline in power, both economic and military. That eventually led to the conquest of Rome. The worst recent case I can think of is Germany in the Weimar republic years. And even there, the economy didn't collapse, things just got a lot more difficult.

Personally, I think the only way one of these economic collapses can happen is if it is accompanied by war or a major disaster. In that case, its hard to say what we could do. But getting out of the large cities would probably be a good idea.

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 03:18 PM

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#7 Delhomeboy

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 03:23 PM

Its impossible to know what to do, because in truth there has never been a total collapse on economic factors alone. Economic collapse is accompanied by other elements such as invasion by a foreign army or some huge enviromental disaster.

Look at the collapse of Rome. There was never really an economic collapse, only a gradual decline in power, both economic and military. That eventually led to the conquest of Rome. The worst recent case I can think of is Germany in the Weimar republic years. And even there, the economy didn't collapse, things just got a lot more difficult.

Personally, I think the only way one of these economic collapses can happen is if it is accompanied by war or a major disaster. In that case, its hard to say what we could do. But getting out of the large cities would probably be a good idea.


Was that after WWI? Cause that's probably the closest thing to an economic collapse in modern history. I was reading a book of Ernest Hemingway's journalism stories, and he was talking about exchange 1 U.S. dollar for 1,000,000,000 German marcs. Yes, 1 billion.

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 03:24 PM

that's the biggest western collapse. Africa and the east have seen much more catastrophic collapses in the last 100 years.

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 03:33 PM

fema camps :willy_nilly:

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 03:34 PM

So based on the unknown, care to speculate on what would happen the first 30 days?
Best militaries right off the bat run the show.
But what about commerce? How will we get paid? WILL we get paid?

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 03:35 PM

Kill my neighbor, she has a great patio.

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 03:36 PM

Interwebz and maybe cell phones go down for awhile?

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 03:43 PM

human sacrifice, cats and dogs, living together...mass hysteria!

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Posted 22 May 2010 - 03:46 PM

that's the biggest western collapse. Africa and the east have seen much more catastrophic collapses in the last 100 years.


Maybe, but its hard to say its an economic collapse when things went from sucking bad, to sucking really bad.

My ship had to stand by for embassy rescue in the Congo when the government there collapsed. There was economic collapse but it was combined with military/civil war upheaval. In fact, the conflict played a big part in the collapse. Which is why I say there are no cases that I can think of in which economies collapsed solely on their own.

Edited by Davidson Deac II, 22 May 2010 - 03:50 PM.


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Posted 22 May 2010 - 03:46 PM

human sacrifice, cats and dogs, living together...mass hysteria!


Too easy but we will allow it.


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