Think about teams you work with at the office. It has its perks and serves a great purpose of making sure everything gets done. There is leadership, there is delegation, and there is a common goal all are striving for. The strengths of the team outweigh the weaknesses and that is why group work is often more productive than individual work.
Yet there can be rifts that occur because too many people want to lead and not enough want to follow. Some people are bitter as they feel they are doing more than their fair share of the work. There will always be those that take it too seriously and those that don’t care at all. Finding the balance doesn’t always happen and there can be conflicts and backstabbing.
This is all important to think about due to the issue of creating alliances. In reality, your chances for survival are going to improve if you are part of a group. They can help you with food, water, clothing, shelter, and to come up with creative ideas to help all of you survive. It can be extremely tough to try to do it all on your own for you and your family.
If you don’t have a family, you don’t want to be alone. Social interaction is a big part of what makes us unique and what allows humans to thrive. The scene from I am Legend with Will Smith comes to mind. He was so desperate to find other humans to interact with that he was in tears talking to a mannequin in a store.
By creating alliances, you won’t be alone and that can be important for your physical and mental well-being. If you become ill or you break a bone, can you care for your own needs? It would be easier for someone else to be able to do it for you.
If you start to lose yourself in terms of mental connections to all of it, can you bring yourself back? It is easier if you have someone who is in control of themselves at that time to talk with.
With an alliance, you can benefit from the strengths of each other. Perhaps the group has some hunters that enjoy it and they are very good at it. They can be responsible for getting food for the group.
Others may be great at creating shelter and they can take on making sure that it is done. Others can care for the children, gather water for drinking, or even keep the shelter safe by monitoring the perimeter with weapons to make sure there isn’t an attack.
Safety in numbers is true, and it can also help with peace of mind and offering comfort. Being able to share insight, being able to share supplies, and being able to benefit from those around you is going to be very important.
In order for such an alliance to work, there will have to be established rules. It should be a democracy where everyone has a say. The majority vote wins after every side of an issue has been heard. There should be a hierarchy though of leadership that develops. The alliance can’t thrive if there is in house rivalry or if there is chaos.
Take your time to build such relationships with neighbors, friends, and extended family. If you can’t get along with someone now on a day to day basis, there is no way that you will be able to get along with them well when it comes to an end of the world scenario.
You have to be able to fully trust and rely on everyone that will be part of that alliance. This is why it should be very controlled when it comes to who is invited to be a part of it. There should be a group effort too involving checklists for supplies, meeting locations, communication, etc. Everyone will have to do their part and no one gets a free ride in all of it.
Trust your gut when it comes to building such relationships. You don’t have to justify it if you feel you can’t trust someone with your life. You have ownership of what occurs for you and for your family so speak up.
When there is such an alliance formed, there needs to be regular meetings that talk about changes to the plan. Current events in the government, the economy, and even Mother Nature should all be explored. The purpose of such meetings isn’t to scare anyone but to make sure everyone is always on alert.
Plans for food, shelter, water, transportation, and communication need to be reviewed and written in great detail. Any additions or changes to those plans should be put into writing. Everyone needs to be kept informed of such changes too so that they aren’t using old plans should an event occur that results in the need for immediate action.
Risks to Think About
It can be a huge burden to find food for 25 a day instead of 4 so keep that in mind. That is a risk that is involved with any alliance like this. There may be times when things are stretched so thin but hopefully you can find enough food sources to survive.
The risk of inner conflict can occur due to differences in opinion, stress, and mental anguish. Some people just don’t do well at all with such turmoil and they may become mean, make mistakes, or become aggressive when their behavior was never that way before the end of the world event occurred.
The risk of serious health problems can also be a problem within an alliance. If someone becomes very ill with a virus, it can quickly spread to others. In an earlier chapter we talked about both isolation and quarantine. Isolating those that sick from those that are well can help to prevent the spread of the disease or illness throughout the alliance.
Inevitably, there will be additional people that come along after an event unfolds looking to join your alliance. They may be in need of supplies and you have to decide as a group if you have enough that you could reasonably provide for them in terms of food, water, and shelter.
You also have to be very careful about who comes along. They could be pretending to have very good intentions but then decide that they want to overthrow what you have in place. You also have to make sure they aren’t part of an organization that is going to take your supplies including your weapons as part of a round up operation.
If your alliance feels their survival is in anyway threatened by letting others in, turn them away. It can be a tough decision to make that is hard on the mind due to the guilt of what will happen to them if you don’t help them. However, if you stretch your supplies too thin then you put the survival of the entire alliance on the line and that isn’t fair either.
When to Break Away
You may decide down the road that being part of such an alliance is no longer working for you. Perhaps your goals and the direction you wish to take for you and your family have changed. Maybe you want to stay where you are and the alliance is moving on to a new location.
If you can protect your family, find enough food, and have shelter then you can do as you please. It isn’t unusual for alliances to branch off in pieces over time. The larger the initial alliance was, the more likely that is going to be. The core of the alliance though is to get you through the initial transition period.
If you feel that there is too much tension inside of the alliance or the rules aren’t being followed, that can be a good time for you to break away. It may be harder to do things on your own but in an alliance like that, the foundation is already crumbling and it is going to get worse over time so it is best not to stick around for it.