I have been thinking about what happens after TEOTWAWKI caused by an EMP or CMP event. This is about one of the worst things that can happen if the experts are right. According to testimony in the congressional records, there could be a 80-90% die off in the first year.
Now I have read articles and talked to people who believe that after a few years we would be back to using bow and arrows and living in small tribal groups. I feel that this is incorrect, having been a student of history I want to put into context, what a 90 % die off would mean. That would leave us with a population slightly larger than at the time of the civil war, around 33 million.
Now I am not saying that this would not be a horrific event, but I am saying that we should be able to survive it as a country. With a population the size of the one that would be left after TEOTWAWKI, we built the continental railroad, fought the civil war and settled the west.
We would be in a better position that people in those days. The rail tracks would still be in place. There would be massive amounts of salvage available for our use. There would be enough agricultural land to feed the population. The survivors would be the toughest and smartest people.
A good example of what a group of determined people working together occurred in the Philippines during WW2. A resistance group was formed around a US reserve Office a Colonel Wendell Fertig,. They were cut off and had no supplies. So they used what was available. For example, tuba or palm wine was brewed from coconut palms to provide alcohol to fuel gasoline vehicles, soda bottles and fence wire were used to create a telegraph to enhance communications, curtain rods were cut into pieces and shaped to provide ammunition for .30 caliber rifles, steel was shaved from automobile springs and curled to make recoiling springs for rifles, money was printed in both English and the local language using wooden blocks, and fisherman towed Japanese mines ashore to secure the explosive amatol so it could be used to make gunpowder. Soap was made from coconut oil and wood ashes. Then the soap was traded for sugar which was then used to make alcohol for fuel.
Often, seemingly impossible problems were overcome simply through perseverance. For example, Gerardo Almendres, a Filipino high school student had sent away for an International Correspondence Schools course on radios shortly before the war started. Fertig assigned him the task of building a radio even though Almendres had never handled one. Almendres was assisted by a Filipino traveling salesman who had sold radios and by another Filipino who once had listened to a radio. Radio parts (vacuum tubes and other electrical parts) were scrounged from old radio receivers and sound equipment from an old movie projector and other electrical devices. Their makeshift radio eventually worked and they began to receive transmissions from other radios, including those of Roy Bell on Negros, who traveled to Fertig’s camp and devised a new aerial. However, they had no way of knowing if their own transmissions were successful until, on 31 January 1943, the U.S. Navy radio monitoring station in San Francisco answered their call sign.
Now think about the knowledge and salvage we would have available. We should be able to do as well or better than they did. The libraries and materials that would be available for us to use would be amazing.
Now many of you would be amongst the survivors. You have knowledge and creativity. Plan to reestablish the country, using a government based on the constitution. Make sure you have copies of the constitution in your preps, learn about it. Plan to work together and organize your local communities, start trade and communicate with others. Start thinking now about how to reestablish the country.
Now I am not saying it would be easy, but with determination and effort it could be done.