Sixteen trillion dollars. The amount of the USA’s debt is the contemporary bogeyman - weirdly abstract and yet a perfect breeding ground for the greatest fears : recession, disturbance of the food and fuel supplies, defiance of the citizens against the authorities, millions of weapons in circulation. Many disparate elements that, once put together, could lead to a civil war and the possible annihilation of the American Empire. The Collapse follows three survivalists who foresee a great catastrophe headed their way. Tommy Dalillo, ‘Urban Survival Guru’ who teaches self-defense and survival techniques in his Long Island School, James Strickland, psychologist and founder of the Long Island Tactical Preppers Group and PJ Johnson, a partially disabled retired cop, who turned his home into a fortress where he tries to become auto-sufficient.