Let's say the world as we know it has been brought to an end by a nuclear apocalypse.
Our perspective centers on a small group of survivors in one area, benefiting from a shelter of some kind. These people are aware of the recent apocalypse, and have moderate stocks of food, firearms, ammunition, etc. However, they do not know if they are the only survivors left on Earth, nor do they know about anything that has happened since the apocalypse started.
For such a group, what is the most important political or economic objective to complete in order to ensure their survival? This could be in the short or medium term, but it should be the group's main focus.
- Is it to construct shelter, or is that less important considering they are already leveraging existing infrastructure?
- Would it to be to construct defenses, such as anti-missile systems?
- Or would it be simply to invest in proper governance and social institutions to provide a foundation for further growth? I'm particularly interested if anyone has any suggestions for literature about this type of question.
To bring this closer to an on-topic question, I'm going to introduce the following conditions:
- The leadership can, and must, be able to control every part of the objective without subcontracting sovereignty. In that sense they must be able to retain authoritarian control.
- The objective must be reasonably completable within 5-10 years.
- There should be a realistic way of achieving this objective.