|system collapse (n.)|
This may be due to trauma or other stressors, although some systems may experience periodic collapses naturally, as part of how their system functions.
After system collapse a system may be reduced to a singlet or a small number of headmates; thereafter it is possible to grow as a system again with new headmates or recovering old ones.
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Some systems go through regular cycles of collapses and rebuilding, like cyclogenic ones.