PODA WEAPONS DEVOLUTION 13
ARMOR AND AIR FORCE
In short, fagittaboutit. Yes, come the die-off there will be salvage. No matter how much we ship over to China or substitute for lesser quality materials ( even sheetrock can be used in black powder ) there will always be salvage just because we’ve been busy little beavers for 150 years stripping the earth of material and turning them into consumer items, throwing them away and then rinsing and repeating. But whereas in an instant human wipeout disaster the lazy bastard fiction writers love to portray when you are left with unused material meant for billions, reality says you are going to be left in an ocean of trash. And the stuff still useful ( I defy anyone to come up with a re-use for a Pretty Pony Plastic Action Doll Village ) like, say, armor plating and drones and two seat glider-aircraft ( the type you used to make with a VW Bug engine-I might be dating myself a bit )? They are all wonderfully enticing, but alas a mere Siren call to the wonderful military gear of yesteryear. How much gas for welding are you really going to be able to come up? How long until after one rough landing your high tech drone craps a part you can’t replace ( the higher the tech, the less McGuiver work-around the more plug and replace only )? How long will ALL gasoline laced with crap ethanol actually last? Let’s say, just for craps and grins, you are able to come up with the gas for an aerial balloon. How long before the surplus ambiguous cotton cloth ( actually, I think you need silk or something- so let’s say “ambiguous mass produced clothing” ) runs out because you’ve yet to establish a post-modern fiber producing system ( today, cotton competes for water and soil with food crops. Same with most fibers )?
After living in an era of surplus, after generations of living in an era of abundance, no one including your grandfathers teachers had any idea of how you can view the world any other way. The only hindrance was knowledge and political management or will- never a lack of material. We are so busy patting ourselves on the back on how well we are living that we forget our infrastructure was built up over five hundred years ( and THAT infrastructure was started by the accomplishments of the previous 500 ) and that no ONE critical piece of the puzzle could be excluded. That would be much too convoluted to go into now, but just do a little thought exercise of geography and politics and cultural forces, the wars and bankers who financed wars and how all that needed to be in place just for the first adequate metal to be produced to get the first coal to even start the Industrial Revolution. All it takes to foil any plans to reproduce modern weapons is the absence of ONE critical component. Then a chain reaction renders everything impossible.
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