I'm writing a story about an elderly US ambassador who wants to retire but its stuck in a fictional hostile country, size about 30 millions .
All his staff has been PNG-ed due to helping democratic opposition to stage protests against the regime. He was absent due to health treatment when the affair blow up. And it is quite likely that they won't accept new appointment.
The state department hates the regime but they have nukes & oil so they want to keep the embassy open. Even some influence over regime behavior is better then nothing. They don't need West money or market, but they still need to maintain their oil drilling technology so there's some lever.
So the ambassador is stuck. Can't retire, doesn't have staff, can't hire locals.
Is it possible for him and his family to run the embassy?