Let us assume that our worst fears are realized and the system totally collapses, what rebuilds? Or maybe more importantly, what does it rebuild into? We have to recognize that there are pockets of tremendous power, technology, and wealth measured in means beyond what is available to any of us. When a true power-base is established, then the lesser of us all become expendable little ants. I saw this in New Orleans in the wake of Katrina, where the individual's rights and liberty wasn't even considered on the day-board. Brute force was used to quell disturbance, to disarm citizens, to relocate people, and all done under the guise of public welfare. When a locale becomes too demanding verse productive, will it simply be eliminated? A forced balance sheet will probably be the first level of decision making, probably based on ISO 9001 and anything, including communities may well be red-tagged. Priorities will have to be based on sound business practice and no longer, will the squeaky wheel get the oil, it will simply be replaced or out-sourced. Transportation routes will probably be reduced to the arteries that are essential to the survival of the power-base, much like the "cold-water drowning reflex", where the body shuts down and all available resources are diverted to the brain and central nervous system. The reconstruction will recognize this and also recognize the non-essential burden of society as a free entity. What happens next?