So, the world has come down to a crashing halt. Nukes rain down from the sky, after the Cold War finally became a Hot War. Now, humanity is left with a wasteland.
After the big one, cities have been mostly abandoned to the dying and the (soon to be) mutants. Lets say you have a man living near a large city, named Bob. Bob decides that in order to get by, he’ll brave the muties and crazies to get any loot the city holds. Bob sells these scraps of to others, and starts a small company “Bob’s Scavenging Co.”. Bob eventually dies, and his son, Bob Jr., takes over the company.
How long would scavenging be economically feasible, considering that not much of what’s scavenged an be remade, and that over time things will break down?
Bobs Co. mostly Scavs off (Post apocalyptic slang for scavenging) metal scrap and stuff like that.
My story has a time frame of about 150 years.
The City they scavenge from is reasonably large, about San Francisco size.
Bob Co. supplies mostly locals, about 1,500 nearby folks