you hit on some good points , When the Soviet Union broke up , rebuilding didnt start from the top down , it started from the bottom up . Locals fixing and getting things up and running in their area . That is why I feel that this country will be even more quick to rebound after a calamity . People will get things up an running in their local area to better themselves , faster , than if the government tried to ” help ” . All those trained people dont just go away .