A conversation started in What is the biggest haul of meat & iron when raiding? that ventured off the topic of the thread for maximum loot onto the question of minimum loot.
It’s been noted that it’s possible to lose no Iron or Food as the defender being attacked if you’ve just emptied your Watchtower — but attackers appear to always get Food and Iron anyway, so presumably there’s a minimum amount that’s awarded, even if the defender’s Watchtower is empty.
By request of multiple thread participants, I’ve moved the conversation about this to a new thread so it can continue.
As the conversation evolved from another one, there isn’t a clear starting point for the first post, so I’m cross- quoting some of the lead-up here, and then merging in the posts thereafter below.