Wow, excellent thread idea and one that I don't think we have ever directly discussed, but we have beaten well around this bush hundreds of times in other threads.
First off, I don't have a "Bunker"
- But I have a couple of plans to "create" one by occupying an existing facility in my area that features many of the essential items to sustain life. (i.e. - A costco, a Wal-Mart, a Grocery Store).
Now, things can't happen in a bubble, so obviously I will need help. I have a couple of friends and their familes who live within a mile or three. Not too many people, maybe 20 or so, but enough to be able to make teams and complete even mundane tasks without making one group the bitch detail and one group the glory detail.
In an odd twist, I would not be the immediate leader of this group as one member is a former military soldier and sailor who is slightly older than me, but has a TON more experience in the world of survival and living off the land than I do. Thus I would happily let him lead and be fine with handling things from a trusted sidekick role. Not very macho and "End of the World with me on top" of me, but I like my risks to be negated as best I can and this would be a nice risk mitigation tactic I am ready and willing to embrace to keep my ass alive.
How do we maintain a heirarchy and level of discipline. It would be pretty easy, I think, when the choice is:
1) Here are some folks that seem to work well together, they are eating, they are safe, they are warm and dry. They are surviving. They all have chores and tasks so there is no glory hound/Rockefeller type that doesn't get his/her hands dirty.
2) I can try this on my own.
Who gets in? Man, that is a question that I can't answer truthfully. We have seen it played out in every movie. You let the husband, wife and kid in, but the husband is a drunk and becomes a problem with not being king of the castle, or you let in the group of like minded folks and they are just there to rob you in the middle of the night.
I would have to honestly say we would have to have some sort of council vote, weighing every option from the number of mouths to feed, to the usefulness of the skillset the people bring with them.
Just because a guy is 245 pounds of solid muscle and can run a 6 minute mile all day long does not mean he is a shoe in. If he doesn't have any weapons training, doesn't have any medical background, can't cook, and his skill set consists of lifting weights looking good in a suit? Well, he is going to require a lot of calories each day just to be able to move things around the camp. Sure he can gather wood and split it, help with other heavy lifting tasks like hauling planting soil out into the new garden and raking it around, but at 3 rations of food & water versus one for the guys with far greater skills sets? I mean not to be too much of a dick, but what good is he?
I look forward to reading some other thoughts on this subject. I think this is a really great idea for a thread.
Well done Nitrox!!