Originally Posted by Durangokid
some people may be able to survive in the High Country and big deserts of the American west. Even that would be difficult due to the great distances you would have to cover. Big game still migrates over rough areas for hundreds of miles. I think in the east with the large populations the water would very soon be ruined by lack of proper sanitation. There is today a lack of clean surface water from which to drink. When water plants are closed and sewage backs up things will get bad fast. Sub surface water will be impossible for most people to lift without power. In order for game to survive among a large population you must have good land managment. This will not happen. Russia and Germany had hunters and all sorts of game. The people during WWII were reduced to eating rats and worse very fast.
With respect, I would have to just agree to disagree.
Having been born and early raised out west, El Paso, lived really out west, CA for 6 years and Wyoming for 18 months I can speak from some experince.
Water in most places out west, particularly in WY, is replaced once a year. Snowmelt is it. Rainfall is very low. Most places are out of water by end of August or September. The worst cast of Montazuma's revenge I've been blessed to have was from that "clean" surface water just south of Jackson Hole where I lived, Bedford, WY. Winters aren't just cold, they can be brutal. The winter can and will kill you.
CA is, well CA. What else to say. 7 years spent in Fresno was enough.
El Paso, was left when I was 7. Thank goodness.
Having said all this, far east USA, yep overcrowded, natural resourses limited. But here in the south, short of hurricanes, is as good a place to be in TEOTWAWKI as any. Long growing seasons, actually all year long, with a wider diversity of crops too.
Yep we went through a small drough last year, but we actually still had water. Our water is as good as anywhere in the world, period. It is normally replaced 10-12 times a year, much more than out west.
Yep, got some folks down here, but they will be dealt with as needed. Plus their density is not as heavy as back up the east coast.
So just because you live in an isolated area doesn't mean you will have it better. I only see it as one will just die by themseleves.
Not picking a fight, ok? Just pointing out there are many other as good or better places to take on TEOTWAWKI.