Yes, we realize that there are people who will feel the effects of the government shutdown, but we also know from experience that Barack Obama chose to erect those “Barrycades” around Washington, D.C. in 2013 as an act of political theater and nothing more.

So what is D.C. like after the shutdown? Bloomberg View’s Megan McArdle got the ball rolling on a bit of collaborative fiction dramatizing life in Washington after the #SchumerShutdown. Our story begins Friday at midnight …

Not to mention those empty vending machines in the White House press room.

The following morning …

What real and what’s fiction at this point? It’s difficult to tell.

To be continued …