I think I might not have been clear in what I’m asking, since almost no one is getting my point. I’ll try to give a better example.
In The Handmaid’s Tale, there is a terrorist attack that triggers martial law which triggers the more draconian laws that are the basis of the story; in the show, they have scenes with people lining up at the airports trying to get out. One of the “signs” that things are going off he rails is when women have to start getting their husband’s permission for birth control. In Nazi Germany, there were people who saw warning signs when there were calls for Jewish businesses to be boycotted, or when Kristallnacht occurred, and they tried to leave if they could or at least take measures to protect themselves.
My question is, what events would cause you to think about leaving or, EVEN IF YOU WOULDN’T LEAVE, would have you thinking about what steps you’d take…even if that is just making sure you have supplies and a safe place to be (above and beyond what you’d normally do for emergency prep stuff).
I’m not asking what you would do - I’m asking what are the early warning signs that would make you think the shit has hit the fan. I am certainly not asking you what laws you’d break or what the coordinates of your gun stash are.
My trigger would be if there was a draft. I’m interested in yours.