Thanks so much for all the comments.
Robin, it is hard for anyone who has not been in the situation you were in to fully grasp how life would be. Selco too realizes it obviously as he did live through it, which makes the input from both of you very valuable.
On the weapons issue, does anyone disagree with the simple concept that the more people you have defending an area, the better able you are to defend it? This of course depends on some training and enough land to grow crops and livestock. I keep coming back to this since I have not yet had to live through a collapse, though I have read much from Selco and others. Thanks again for any feedback.
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