In September of 2011, a user named selco joined the forums at SurvivalistBoards.com and posted "my shtf expirience-wartime," a thread that would since become legendary in survivalist communities and beyond. In it, Selco details his experience of living in a besieged Bosnian town of 50 to 60k people during the Bosnian War (1992-1995). The siege took away everything modern humans take for granted and tested with extreme brutality Selco's and his community's ability to survive.
But what is so interesting about this war story is that it was told to a group of survivalists (preppers) who had questions -- lots of questions. How does barter work and which survival strategies are worthless bunk? How were the social dynamics when everyone realized there was no law? What really happens and what kind of tricks do people actually get up to to get by when faced with, essentially, the apocalypse?
The questions SurvivalistBoards had for Selco will be in headers and heavily trimmed; Selco's posts are copypasted as-is, grammar worts and all. Selco's first post:
OK, i wanna share with you my own experience. (be patient with my English, i am from far away )
I am from Bosnia, and as some of you may know it was hell here from 92-95, anyway, for 1 whole year i lived and survived in a city of 50 000- 60 000 residents WITHOUT: electricity, fuel,running water,real food distribution, or distribution of any goods, or any kind of organized law or government.The city was surrounded for 1 year and in that city actually it was SHTF situation.