The following set of Real Revo posts are fictional. None of this happened.
Epilogue: It has been five years since the outbreak that changed everything. I think back to before the outbreak and how naive we all were. Even those of us who thought we were prepared knew nothing of what was to come. The veneer of civilization is thin. It always was and still is. I thank almighty God that we made it through almost intact. I still weep for the grandchild we lost for want of what used to be a run-of-the-mill infection easily treated with an oral antibiotic. There were none to be had and we watched a precious little boy die in his mother’s arms.
There were no anti-biotics, however. The Nullification Crisis shut everything down. We were lucky however, food was available here in Iowa. That wasn’t the case everywhere. Of course the Nullification States were largely those in the nation’s breadbasket.
I suppose we should be happy that the actual shooting was minimal and it was mostly a cold war and not a hot civil war. It is hard to be grateful, however, for hard times. I still remember the feeling when Texas voted for nullification and the other states fell in behind. It was terrifying. Watching the military come apart was something I never thought I’d see as troops deserted and headed home.
It all seems surreal. The travel restrictions. The skirmishes at checkpoints. Endless rioting in cities. The collapse of the welfare state. The NU Party States claimed that Nullification States were in insurrection and the Nullification States said the same about them. The stand off in Washington DC was bizarre. Two shadow governments, operating side by side surrounded by their own security. It was a powder keg and other than the sad and bloody Georgetown Incident, was violence free. It was miraculous.
Well, demographics is destiny, isn’t it? If 41 states are Nullification States, they aren’t really nullifying anything. They are America. That was the conclusion and now all 50 states are “Nullification” states. The last remnants of NU party are limited to the largest urban areas were they are supposedly “free city-states”. They won’t last. Integrating the large metropolitan areas back into the nation will be difficult. Since they are still officially in rebellion, they will not vote in the coming election. That alone should give patriots in the Nullification areas a strong, sustainable majority just about everywhere.
The military is being reorganized and it will have its hands full. The tactical nuke exchange in the Iran-Israel War has the whole theater at a standstill. Still, the vacuum left by the disintegration of the US Military can be directly attributed for igniting this war and a half a dozen other brush fires.
Goods are back in stores and cash is beginning to become available but I don’t know that I will ever see the range of goods and services we had before the outbreak. I will miss the medicine, fresh tuna, and strawberries in the winter. I will miss the medicine the most. It was a blessing we took for granted… maybe in a few years. For now, life will be simpler. I thing that is, for the most part, a good thing.
When the Nullification States declared independence from the rules of a Federal Government ruled by the NU Party, we didn’t know what that meant. For a while it meant chaos but it also meant freedom. I still fear that the new boss will be the same as the old boss, but there is hope. The NU Party is disgraced and its core membership is gone. A new crop of Democrats and Republicans is in Washington and they are promising a return to the Constitutional principals on which this nation was built.
So many dead in the outbreak and aftermath. Millions in the cities. The lack of preparation was devastating. We lost one but I have no doubt we would have lost more, if not most, if we were unable to retreat to our home both during the outbreak and during the Nullification Crisis. We were only self-sufficient for short stretches but those short stretches were often the difference between life and death. I have learned that even a minimal amount of preparation has the potential to save your life and the lives of your children. To fail to prepare now, mentally and physically, is just damned foolish. Had I not prepared, I doubt very much that I would be writing this today.
We have a hard path ahead of us and I doubt I will ever see the standards of living I enjoyed before the outbreak; I am optimistic anyway. The nation is more volatile than ever and we could collapse back into the chaos of the Nullification Crisis at any time. I half expect it everyday. Still, I cannot help but to feel a new hope that a new-found faith that we are experiencing a new birth in liberty and that government of the people, by the people and for the people shall not perish from the earth.
Thank God for Deliverance and a Restored Nation.
Afterword: I didn’t really know where I was going with this when I started it. My goal was to get people thinking about prepping but I just started out with the story. A couple of editions in I decided where I wanted it to go. It occurred to me F.A. Hayek’s Road to Serfdom should be my guide. You can see the illustrated version here.
In this version, Hayek identified the war economy as the first step on the road. In my story, it was an case of pandemic flu. Whatever the case, Preppers Vindicated was built around Hayek’s vision. We should all be familiar with it. It is visionary.
This story could have had much more detail and maybe one day I will flesh it out into a novel. Right now, however, I just don’t have the time to give it the treatment it deserves. Consider this an outline. Hopefully, one day in the not too distant future I can sit down and give it the story and character development that makes it good read. Until then, consider this the CliffsNotes version.