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(More rambling on this post.)
Hey JC - You think your little podunk country is superior to the USA? Okay, just try getting along with all the things we Americans have brought you:
1) You longer have the luxury of automobiles or similarly-powered vehicles such as buses. (Hey! There goes your "petrol" problem!)
2) You Brits must give up these communications devices: Telephones, telegraphs, and radios.
2) You must surrender your personal computers. You cannot travel elsewhere and then surf the Internet.
3) You may no longer watch TVs or movies.
4) You may no longer listen to: rock 'n' roll, blues, country, western, R&B, soul, hip-hop, jazz, or gospel.
5) Goodbye to whatever form of representative democracy you now have ... hello inbred, German fossil Queen Elizabeth II as your ruler.
Have fun and write when your country becomes relevant again. I have the feeling this new century could be your good-luck charm!!