The council is meeting for most of the day. My schedule has been cleared so that I can join them, and we'll be bringing in several people outside the actual council itself to help give us input on the current situation. That situation being the sudden loss of one of our farms and most of the food it produced, the refusal of more than a third of our citizens to exercise caution in the face of endangering their fellow citizens, and the tension almost everyone is feeling with the impending rationing of food.
How to meet these challenges, what to do to rebuild confidence, and many other aspects of the problems we face will all be up for discussion. We've got a very small window to work with since we've got a large store of food to keep us going, but we'll be running a high deficit of what we eat to what we actually produce. If the situation isn't solved somehow before very long, we'll be facing fall and winter with no stores.
That isn't a viable option.
On short rations, we'll start to face big problems long before that. We'll grow weak and slow, work will suffer as a result, and productivity will go down. Which will just make the problems worse in a vicious cycle. That's ignoring the huge problem we'll face with zombies that are just as numerous and strong as ever, while we're at our worst.
I know, its not a very nice prediction, but it's about the most realistic scenario my staff and I were able to come up with. Short rations means everyone will be on a thousand calorie diet at best, and even that will use up our stores within six weeks. Then we'll be down only to what we can hunt and get from the other farms.
We're on the cusp of an enormous cliff here, and the drop doesn't look all that promising.