Before I begin, I want to make clear you guys understand I consider this one and the next one the most unlikely scenarios. Even more so than pie in the sky. And that this one is almost impossible to write, because the possibilities for “where do we go next” are endless. This one is not impossible, though.
I also want to point out, as always, that what we see is a combination of all of them, and varying WIDELY among states.
This one took me a long time to think through, so another thing I want to make clear is that once the rocket goes up for the boogaloo, EVERYTHING is on the table. Everything? Everything. From a complete break up of the US (though that will take time, because right now the population is too mixed) to a Napoleon figure who buys us a temporary respite and might actually form an “American Empire” depending on internal pressures at the time, and how bad the rest of the world is, to well… the other side of winning. Which is the last scenario, only in that one there’s no boog.
And whatever the result is, even if order is ever restored, you’re probably going to lose everyone who is now 55 and older in the next five years. Both because we’re not really good to go running around the mountains with various weapons, and because we’re more susceptible to viruses and illnesses that always accompany war. (Always? Always. They’re a symptom of disruption and bad nutrition.) BUT mostly because our life expectancy as humans hasn’t changed that much without more or less constant intervention. Remember Shakespeare was “very old” at a year older than I? Yeah. Without the thyroid meds, I’d — if still alive — now be unable to keep a coherent thought for more than two minutes. Frankly, I was already there, I just could force it, but it took a lot of effort. A LOT. And at any rate, I’d probably have died of a heart attack by now.
A lot of us have this sort of thing. It’s honestly not a big deal. It’s not a life-or-death thing if you can get one tiny, little, cheap pill a couple of times a day. However, failing that, your life expectancy is markedly shorter. That will leave what comes after in the hands of people under that age. Most of whom have no clue what the US or the Constitution mean, by design of the lefties. Remember that.
So, with that — the third best option….
It was around June the rocket went up. No one was quite sure what caused it, because it didn’t happen in JUST one place, but seemed to happen everywhere in the space of a week.
About half of the nation was open for business then, but there were lags, one of them being getting hospitals open again. (Operating on a tight margin, a lot of them were unable to come back from the lock down anyway) another one being getting food to the stores regularly. The glut of beef caused by the slaughtering of dairy herds that farmers had trouble feeding, led to a lack of milk, which in turn, started turning into a lack of meat, as the glut ran out.
Worse was the fact that the lock downs were increasingly crazy and inconsistent. And that some states opened up, then closed down tight after ten new cases hit the hospital.
Someday when there is enough leisure and money somewhere to study the matter, someone will discover the true, first trigger to armed insurrection.
Was it when New Jersey, for the upteenth time blocked a protest and started arresting protestors? Was it people protesting the closure of their local hospital being shot on by state guard in another state? Was it the food riots in Chicago? Or the subway riots in New York City?
Figuring it out is more complicated because the media never reported these until it was everywhere at once. People woke up one morning to find out the nearest large-ish city was burning, there were shots nearby, and large, angry mobs in the street, and your nearest highway was bound to be blocked.
They did the sane thing and hunkered down, this time for cause, turned on the TV — mostly showing governors assuring people everything was all right — and waited for things to calm down.
As chaos deepened, everything descended to rumor and confusion. As those who had seen these situations before warned, you’re never aware of how messy things will get, until you find yourself in the middle of it. You can’t tell what a mob is, even if you happen to be on their side, and they’re likely to go for you or not…. on a minute’s decision. All the crunchy cons, who dress like hippies, are as likely to get hit by a conservative armed group as are hard lefties who dress like hippies. It’s all on the look.
We are in the tenth year of the rebellion. You’d think it would have burned out by now, but there is just enough coherence and order to keep food on the table — sort of — most places.
Yes, the US army has engaged, but no one is even sure on what side. The answer is probably “on all”. We believe they are trying, most of all, to restore peace, except there is very little left. And a conventional army always has trouble with guerilla warfare.
Ordinary Americans still live, through this. Those who can work from home, if home is in a safe place and they can find a market for their work. And you remember how you hit the net during a snow storm, to find out what streets were safe to drive on? Same thing. Only it’s with gunfire and explosions as the risk. Informal networks, both of neighborhood and on line also communicate when food is available and where. You might even be able to find your local doctor, who is often operating way outside his specialty and with no materials but is better than nothing.
The possibility of driving to the grocery store and finding yourself in the middle of a pitched battle is always there.
Some small towns are fine, operating normally — as normally as it’s possible under this — but they are very careful whom they let in. You have to be known or known to someone. Big cities, not one is quite sure. People still seem to be living among the burned out hulls of high rises, and there is even some sort of work going on.
There are reports of insane dictatorships in some states, and some parts of big cities, but no one knows for sure. It might be fiction.
“Journalists” and big media were the first casualties, either killed or simply ignored until they disappeared. We won’t say they didn’t deserve it.
There are rumors of a force marching on Washington DC to capture it and make some sort of order. Some people say it is the US military itself. Other people… well, reports vary.
Orders are given periodically purporting to come from the government, but since everything comes through informal networks, it’s impossible to be sure. We thought they had a network just for this?
This can’t go on forever. Right now, what’s happening is people leaving places they feel are hostile to join either family or their ideological brethren. That too is an order of sorts. The population is choosing territory.
But ideologies are confusing. Apparently younger people never learned much of what the republic was founded on. The one thing we fear is that this is lost forever.
Those of us who were science fiction fans when this started keep saying that at this point Starship Troopers is a best case scenario.
And it could be worse.