As discussed in another article, Western nations are very vulnerable to attacks upon their electricity distribution and communication systems.
Any large-scale loss of electricity for any extended period of time would inevitably lead to societal breakdown.
If governments lose the ability to maintain order, civil society would quickly break down.
Sadly, in modern times, it doesn’t take much to trigger societal breakdown.
New York blackout "Night of terror"
A small taste of societal collapse occurred when lightning caused a power blackout in New York on July 13, 1977.
TIME Magazine described New York’s blackout in 1977 as a “Night of Terror.” Widespread chaos reigned in the city until power was restored – entire blocks were looted and set ablaze, people flipped over cars and vans on the streets; the city was in pandemonium. That night, 3,776 arrests were made, and certainly not all looters, thieves and arsonists were apprehended or arrestedRead more...