Oh yeah , the west is screwed , China might have some serious internal strife , they are still communist , but the people have had a taste of market economy and the hint of the good life , they may not be willing to go back to the old ways , Historically , China has had many wars …………………most of them internal . THird world countries probably wont notice it very much at all . Russia ? who knows , the effects may not be that bad on them either . I think of the US as the Western Roman Empire in its last years , over extended , corrupt , on the brink of financial ruin , unable to adapt to the changes going on around them , all the while pretending they are still in their hay day .