If you’d like to read a pretty good on-going e-novel related to SHTF, try this one: “Endure”
Six years, 9 months and 2 days from now…
The various trains of thought from the “prepper” community regarding how ”it”, the shit hitting the fan aka SHTF, or the end of the world as we know it aka TEOTWAWKI – seriously, that was a real acronym back then – was going to happen varied greatly. From theories regarding civil unrest due to a financial crisis and U.N. intervention/invasion, to EMP detonation from a terrorist or enemy state, or a one world government; the antichrist or a tyrannical regime lulling people to sleep and taking over the United States through various methods of deception and control. Pick your poison. A quick search on any web browser could keep you busy for days. Hindsight being twenty-twenty, the first of these was the greatest threat and closest to the truth. There was a common denominator between most of the SHTF theories and most of those who were choosing to prepare for something to happen. They all seemed to believe that “it” would just happen “all of a sudden”, in the twinkling of an eye. Suddenly Wall Street would take an irreparable nose dive, a world leader would proclaim on international television that he was God. It was like they were expecting signs in the sky, like the second coming of Christ, visible to all at once. Something would happen, and that something would be the signal, the balloon going up.
In reality, it was a slow fade…deceptively slow.
It was the slow fade into black that took everyone by surprise and eventually pulled the rug out from underneath us, from everyone, even many in the “prepper” community.
It seemed trivial at the time but the large warning sign, the sign that maybe something was wrong, should have been the bankrupting of many state and local governments. Cities, townships, counties, whole States all declaring bankruptcy. When cities like San Bernardino and Stockton, California and Detroit, Michigan filed bankruptcy, nobody came to the rescue and people should have paid attention.
Unlike the banking and mortgage crisis years back, there weren’t any large government rescue packages. Cities weren’t too big to fail. Cities went along playing the debt game until they could no longer play and folded their hands.
The Federal government was busy spending money none of us had on programs that none of us needed or wanted, printing money that none of us could back financially and sending our soldiers off to fight wars that nobody – globally or within the U.S. – Democratic, Republican or other political affiliation – wanted us to fight.
Cities large and small continued to file bankruptcy, one after another, like dominoes that were spaced just far enough apart to still continue the chain. Pensions and retirement plans dried up. Police and other Law Enforcement agencies shrank. Crime continued to increase, any law enforcement that was left was under-staffed and began following the trend of large cities like Detroit; warning people to “enter at their own risk” while response times averaged sixty to ninety minutes, if ever. People moved out, hoping to start anew. More “rural” states like Idaho, Oregon, Wyoming, Montana, North and South Dakota, in various degrees, suffered a large influx of people moving in, seeking a new life. Those states weren’t immune to financial issues either, they had their own problems. It was a nationwide issue and the bankruptcies continued.
Nobody came to anyone’s aide.
Read the rest here. It might be worth checking out and stopping by to see the progress.