This came up in another thread and it got my attention because this is something I’ve been struggling with. There were several good arguments in the other thread against fortification, and I agree 100% with the points made. I’m not planning on following the example set by the folks at the Alamo. My problem is that I can’t see any viable alternative to fortification. Staying mobile could work for a while for a lone individual but it wouldn’t work for a family. You would be too vulnerable and too exposed while moving (not to mention where are you going?). There’s also the issue of food for a family. You will have to have food to feed a family and that means having things. In order to continue to have things you would have to be able to defend those things. At some point you would also need to grow some new things and then you’re not going anywhere, and you would have to defend those crops 24/7. You would end with a fortification. There are some situations where you would have no choice but to leave, and in a hurry. But assuming a social collapse (and you’re not living in an urban area), there really wouldn’t be anywhere to go. No matter what you will inevitably end up with a fortification. So how could you make fortification work without it tuning into a last stand? Or what alternative would there be?