Preppers Vindicated: Part 11

The following set of Real Revo posts are fictional. None of this happened.

The story up to this point can be found here.

June 20th, 2000: Rationing is in full effect. Most of the larger grocery stores are back in business but you can’t buy anything without ration coupons. The weird thing is, the coupons also act as cash script. In other words, nobody is paying for groceries. I guess it makes sense because nobody has any cash. Banks and ATMs are open in a few places, but most people haven’t worked for weeks. Anyone who lived paycheck to paycheck before the outbreak is now destitute.

There are jobs coming, however. We are being told that there will be work brigades formed. These are supposed to be voluntary but there is some indication that if their aren’t enough volunteers, there will be a draft. It is all pretty vague for now.

Gasoline is also available via ration, not that there is a lot to be had. Ration coupons for food and fuel are being distributed at the post office that delivers mail to your address. Our post office burned so they have been distributing coupons at our town library. They are distributed just one day a week and, so far, there has only been one distribution in my town. I didn’t even try to get coupons. I am told the the line was around the block.

Everyday we hear about riots and crime. In one town in Iowa, three houses were robbed and all of the people inside were murdered. What we hear about the state of the larger cities is the stuff of nightmares: Complete societal breakdown in some cases.

The men in my town have set up security patrols. We communicate via FRS radios and work in teams. We have done our best to secure the town. There are five roads leading into my town. Three are gravel. The other two are the highway on the east and west sides of town. We have trenched the gravel roads and built up berms to keep any traffic from entering town on those roads. On the highway we have set up zigzag barriers using old trucks and posted guards. None of this keeps people from coming into town on foot, but we now control who comes in via vehicle. Every vehicle gets stopped. If the traveler has no business in town, we direct them out to the highway bypass.

My house is outside the perimeter. We are considering moving to Kent’s home in town however there would be far less space. We will continue to monitor the situation.

June 29th, 1332:We have established contact with the towns on the highway east and west of ours and are cooperating with security. Some of the technical gurus have reworked local switching so we have some ability to use land-line telephone between towns. It is an awful lot like the old days with party lines and manual switching, but at least there is some communication. There is getting to be more truck traffic out on the bypass. Travel restrictions are still in place. In fact, I am told the guard houses at various bridges are taking on a very permanent appearance.

Over in the next town over, Littleton, there is a young man who deserted his National Guard unit and pretty much walked back to Iowa. He said there is a military curfew in Chicago that stretches out to 60 miles from the loop. He says that the situation in Chicago is apocalyptic and that refugees are pouring out of the city. They are pillaging towns all over northern Illinois. The soldier told me that half his unit had deserted. Guardsmen could no longer battle with their fellow Americans.

July 5th, 1437: A trucker delivering fuel stopped and chatted when I was at my guard post this morning. He said that a military unit in Atlanta has mutinied has gone rouge. He said they were given orders to collect weapons and take prisoners and refused. He said other units are coming to take their place and that he expects a battle. We have heard nothing of this on the radio. Not that we would expect to. It is clear the news on the radio is being tightly controlled. What the hell is going on in this country?

July 8th, 1700:The power company has installed a new, temporary substation in my town. For the first time in eight weeks, we have power, although it is pretty unstable. It is amazing how much you take power for granted. It seems like a luxury now. We did manage to keep our freezer cold and our well pump going but I was starting to worry about the number of hours on my generator.

We have started getting ration coupons but haven’t used them much. The nearest store that takes them is 11 miles away and we just don’t need it. We are working together in town to feed ourselves as best we can. We have moved cattle onto the high school track and football field and set it up as a feed lot. We have moved hogs into a few fenced areas in town as well. We are bringing corn and hay in from bins and barns in the surrounding area. An accountant from town is working on how we will manage payment when the time comes. Not that it matters, any livestock not guarded disappears like a $100 bill left on a city sidewalk. Seeing sides of beef being worked as they hang from the bleachers is a pretty amazing sight.

July 10th, 1920: We got a visit from the Department of Homeland Security today. They rolled into town in SUVs and asked to speak to the head of our town security. We aren’t that organized but, since I had the duty, I spoke to them. They told us that we would soon have a federal marshal assigned to our town and that it was time to remove our road blocks.

I told them we would do no such thing. They told us they would return with a court order. I said we didn’t care, the road blocks stay. We told them we knew what was going on in Illinois and that we are going to continue to protect our homes and families. They were not pleased but left the same way they came. They told us they would be back. We informed the watches in our neighboring towns. They did as well. Some of them had received similar visits. By afternoon, a dozen towns with a population of thousands had been informed that we are being asked to drop security and submit to a federal marshal. Nobody is very interested in doing that and we agreed to stand together.

It would seem we have a bit of a conflict brewing.

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14 Responses to Preppers Vindicated: Part 11

  1. Rockheim says:

    Creepy stuff.. About the Marshall though it got me thinking..
    What “if”.. A New Orleans style search and siezure of firearms and the like.. What is the realistic response? You’re in your home.. 4 Cops backed up by a squad of Nat’l Guardsmen goig door to door demanding entrance to seach.. You have your family in the house with you.. What is the realistic response to that? One can certainly maintain the whole.. “They can take my guns out of my cold dead hands”.. But when it’s you.. Facing a much larger armed Police force.. then what? I’d like to think that it wouldn’t happen. The mess in New Orleans changed that..
    And what if, in this scenario, the Marshall comes back with the backing of the Army to force compliance?
    As a orgnaized city group you stand a better chance of negotiating and reaching an agreement where you still self patrol and merely report to a regional agency.. But man..
    Welcome to N. Korea all the sudden eh?

  2. notamobster says:

    It’s about to get ugly, folks! 🙂 Like killing off 1/4 of the population through influenza wasn’t already “ugly”.

  3. fubar says:

    the thing that REALLY creeped me out about this story, is when there was talk of “forced work brigades”.

    Yeah, stuff has to get fixed, but with anarchy rampant, there is no security having your children at home alone (while you and spouse) work or your possessions unguarded (from gvt seizure as well as criminal seizure) while you are away on the chain gang-

    I’ve been mulling this over for awhile, because we are raised to be compliant and listen to the policeman or the military guys with guns —

  4. notamobster says:

    A couple notes, fubar:

    1) ‘govt seizure as well as criminal’ – Same thing.

    2) “…be compliant…” you simply have to draw your lines in the sand. What will you allow. A person can only lose the rights which they allow to be taken.

    Unfortunately, their is no strength in numbers on this – for most people. It’s a matter of deciding when enough-is-enough for you – on an individual/family level.

  5. fubar says:

    >1) ‘govt seizure as well as criminal’ – Same thing.

    I only worded that for clarity here, I harbor no illusion that we have representation, anymore.

  6. R.D. Walker says:


    SECTION 1. Scope. The Secretary of Labor (hereinafter referred to as the Secretary) shall prepare national emergency plans and develop preparedness programs covering civilian manpower mobilization, more effective utilization of limited manpower resources including specialized personnel, wage and salary stabilization, worker incentives and protection, manpower resources and requirements, skill development and training, research, labor-management relations, and critical occupations. These plans and programs shall be designed to develop a state of readiness in these areas with respect to all conditions of national emergency, including attack upon the United States.

  7. notamobster says:

    Yeah, that probably falls somewhere on the wrong side of my line-in-the-sand… 🙂

    I will do my part to help my country, in her time of need, but I will be no man’s servant – and it wouldn’t be an open-ended proposition.

  8. Uke says:

    RD, this is getting wicked interesting. Particularly nice touch with that cliffhanger line at the end.

    Seems your little ol’ township might be popping up on the fed radar, eh? That should be fun.

  9. sortahwitte says:

    With the stench that rolls from dc, you didn’t have to say they would be back.

    RD, this a very well written primer on survival in a perilous situation. Would you shoot someone over your generator? This is something to get settled in your head right now, not later.

  10. RJM says:

    Does anyone else see the preliminary circumstances similar to Germany in the early 1930’s?

  11. notamobster says:

    sorta: life or death/shtf scenario? Absolutely. Thus, my point above about knowing your lines in the sand ahead of time.

  12. Ray Davies says:

    There are a lot of us out here who took an oath to “Protect and Defend The Constitution of The United States–and to obey the orders of the president”. We never renounced that oath,but to obey the orders of the president? I know a two star general who says the military would never be a part of disarming civilians. Great Job Mr.Walker, you’re moving along nicely.

  13. notamobster says:

    The oath to support & defend supersedes the orders of any man. If those orders are in violation of the Constitution, those orders are not legitimate, and simply must be ignored.

  14. Uke says:

    That, and the officer’s oath makes no mention of allegiance to the president. Simply to the Constitution. There is no swearing to obey the president’s orders.

    This has been the case since about the Civil War, as I recall.