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This is an entirely valid point.

The 'natural resources' that enable /easy/ development of civilization aren't anywhere near as common, if they even exist.

What's necessary is a more adaptive approach and possibly some caches of resources that would be necessary to bootstrap once again; also a form of storage which won't degrade in just a few hundred years.

It won't solve the fuel problem, but for metals, junkyards are pretty easy to dig up.

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