The thing was, certain things they’d had to figure out right away. Food, potable water – even in places near a grocery store, the store only had so much stock on hand, and no more was coming in.
Shelter was relatively easy – there were a lot more houses and other buildings than there were people, now, even if you did take into consideration those buildings ruined by the war, of which there were many. But protection from the threats of the world – monsters sentient and not, cold and rain and snow, storms and fire and bears and lions – that took work. And when that was all managed, people worked hard on forming community, on rebuilding society, and stocking up enough food to survive lean times and enough weapons to keep the food.
Clothes were not remotely a priority. Most people in 2011 in the developed world had far more clothes than they needed. If durable clothes were an issue, well, there were stores to raid and, if you weren’t squeamish, or if you were desperate, which was similar, there were the homes of people who were dead or gone.
Eventually the clothes they had wore out, the clothing left in old buildings had rotted away or been eaten by the rodents. And by then, those that had survived had houses and food, security and society. Now… they needed cloth.
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