The question about needing electricity to run the fuel pump is valid, but the logic is incorrect.
The fuel in the lines is under pressure even after it sits for a while. It may be low pressure, but it's pressure.
So when the battery is completely discharged
(part of the original scenario as I read it), how does the EEC power up? Ask a few stangers what their fuel pressure is after a few hours (esp ones with adjustable regulators) - the car will NOT start with very little fuel pressure - not w/o excessive priming.
Also, we dont have coil packs - there is no capacitive capability that I know of in one of our ignition coils to help with 'dead battery compression starts'. Opening the coils dwell is as good as it gets.
The EEC has capacitors but they are only to store learned strategies/settings. they are not there to help start the car.
And I thought we were going off the premise that the battery was completely dead (I prefaced what I said with there being no surface/static charge). In other words, if you could remove the battery and compression start the car (if one was able to w/o frying the puter and other electronics), would the car start from whatever tiny amount of alternator output there is from the initial bump.....That is the question as I interpreted it.
I thought Sam had a very interesting question. TJM is about the only one I see who posted about the completely dead battery scenario (Though I respectfully disagree with a point or two of his). If others are talking about having a completely dead battery, they did not say so in their posts. I have the feeling there was a surface charge.