1. If Singapore is invaded, our airbases in Indonesia, Thailand & Brunei will scramble and bomb our own CBD. If we can’t have it, they can’t either. The late Lee Kuan Yew believed firmly in the Scorched Earth philosophy. (We also have a First Strike philosophy with corresponding First Strike capabilities, but that’s commonly known and not a secret.)
2. Singapore’s oil/gas prices are independent of Saudi (OPEC) prices, as most of our stuff is piped in from Indonesia. (GOOGLE: Natuna gas fields.)
3. We have a secret rice stockpile to last a year for every natural citizen. It will be rationed.
4. The Singapore Government doesn’t trust SAF troops to guard their key personnel (Cabinet Ministers), so that job is outsourced to Gurkhas of Nepal.
5. Our water supply is now FULLY INDEPENDENT from Malaysia. But they haven’t figured it out yet.
I like the way Singapore’s government thinks – although, if I resided in Singapore, I’d quietly relocate out of the CBD…
Now, much of the Imperial Empty Quarter is not up to the tech level of Singapore, AD 2016 *sigh*. However, every last Imperial world in the sector knows about their two annoying pirate problems – the pirates who like to shed blood for the sheer entertainment value, and the pirates who are entirely too organized, professional, and high-tech for their own good.
And absolutely everyone has a plan to deal with the arrival of Unexpected Visitors.
A bit more detail:
- Reliable mercenaries with an impeccable reputation can get some very, very nice billets. (Waves to the Gurkhas)
- When things get tough, locals are getting to the front of the line: this include food rations, as well as medical care. A PC team stuck on an airless ball can well have to scramble for unauthorized sources of water, food, heat, and air…
- Scorched earth policies can work, even in high-tech environments: but they will involve a lot of pain.
- First air, then ammo, then water, then heat, then food. Depending on where you are, electricity comes into the ranking as well. Gravity just doesn’t cut it: medical care is on a case-by-case basis.