This show captured my interest and has been renewed for another season. For those of you not familiar with it, a Defense Department weapon gone awry (of course) prevents the transmission of electricity worldwide. Fifteen years passes. The United States government collapses into regional nations (California (plus the Pacific Northwest, perhaps Nevada and Utah) , Texas (presumably to include Oklahoma and Arkansas, perhaps Louisiana), The “Plains Nation” (the midwest), the “Georgia Republic” (most of the south) and the “Monroe Republic”, (the northeast to the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers).
Fast forward to the end of season one. The electricity has come back on. See you next season! We will go from swordfighting and steam engines back to a world than has been dormant for 15 years. How this would theoretically play out interests me. How would the power structure in society have changed up to that point and how will it change again? In the TV show, we see flashes of electricity due to technology, but if this were to actually happen, we would have to assume that power generation would have stopped and would have to be rebuilt.
So what would happen if electricity suddenly returned after a 15 year absence? Would civil engineers and those with technical training be kings? Would people just return to their original professions and try to rebuild society? Would armed struggles for power and territory break out?