Can Any Country ‘Divorce’ the US Empire?

This map, from Multipolarista, shows the US-centred Empire bloc of nations (in red) that subscribe to the US-invented Rules Based International Order. The countries in green do not recognize that order, and they continue to support de facto a UN-centred international system governed by international law.

Bilateral agreements are complex and tricky, kind of like the agreements parties enter into, both documented and tacit, in personal (and business) partnerships.

Once agreements have been made, it can be exceedingly difficult to unwind them, when one or more parties to the arrangement decide to end, or radically reform, the relationship. There are legal, financial, and logistic complications for a start — the division of assets (especially large ones that can’t easily be ‘divided’), rights of access, and ongoing compensation, among others. One need only look at the absolute fiasco of Brexit to see what can happen.

As Clinton Fernandez, an Australian professor and former intelligence officer, has taken pains to explain, the countries in red in the chart above entered into what he calls ‘sub-Imperial’ power arrangements — lopsided partnerships — with the US Empire over the past 75-80 years. Clinton argues that we entered into those relationships with our eyes open — we agreed to enforce the Imperial Power’s rule in our geographic region, in return for political, economic and military favours (including “security”). The deal seemed promising at the time.

But relationships change, and there is a lot of evidence that, whether or not this was a devil’s bargain originally, it has now ceased to be in the interests of many if not all of the ‘sub-Imperial’ nations in bed with the US Empire. To wit:

  • The US Empire has abused our trust in order to acquire many (in some cases most) of the resources of our country, often at highly-discounted prices, and is using or has signalled plans to use those resources exclusively for the benefit of the US, and not for our mutual benefit.
  • The US Empire has become politically and economically unstable due principally to the staggering incompetence of its leaders over the entire period of this Empire’s existence. It is now technically bankrupt, propped up only by its coercively retained ‘exorbitant privilege’ of being able to print endless amounts of worthless currency which we are obliged to honour at face value. The misdistribution of wealth and power within the Empire is so obscenely unequal that its own citizens seem now prepared to vote for a deranged neo-fascist in self-defeating protest for their exclusion from a fair share of the bounty and spoils of the Empire’s activities. They are also putting up physical and economic walls around its borders, and arming the perimeters of the Empire to the teeth, by bullying the sub-Imperial powers into buying its mostly-useless, insanely-overpriced military products, and allowing the Empire to occupy large swathes of each country for purposes of launching, or threatening, military actions against non-Empire countries.
  • The US Empire has always put its own interests first, even when those interests are severely detrimental to the interests of the sub-Imperial nations. That of course makes sense to the US Empire, the same way that spousal and child abuse by a stronger family member ‘makes sense’ to advance the interests of the abuser. Biden’s bombing of the Nord Stream pipelines, and the US Empire’s endless sanctions programs, have seriously damaged the economies of the sub-Imperial powers. Its arm-twisting, enabled by a massive and sustained global propaganda campaign, of the sub-Imperial powers to support the US Empire’s endless wars against nations that don’t kow-tow to it, even when those nations actually pose no political or military threat, only an economic threat (caused by the US Empire’s own colossal mishandling of its domestic economy), has severely tarnished the reputation of the entire Empire, including that of the sub-Imperial powers, in the eyes of most of the rest of the world.
  • This massive propaganda campaign, directed against the citizens of the sub-Imperial powers as well as the US Empire’s own citizens, has instilled such intense fear and misunderstanding that many citizens of the sub-Imperial powers are now convinced that their own governments’ long-standing and world-leading mixed-economy, social tolerance, social security, egalitarian, and immigrant-welcoming programs are wrong-headed, and that the sub-Imperial powers should instead pursue the utterly failed privatize-everything, might-makes-right, everyone-for-themselves, intolerant, wall-building, caste-based, unregulated, and brutally inhumane programs espoused and pursued by decades of the US Empire’s leaders.

In short, the ‘marriage’ of the sub-Imperial powers to the US Empire (just as with the vassal states of the Roman Empire as it was crumbling) no longer serves the interests of most if not all of the sub-Imperial powers.

We in the sub-Imperial nations now face massive global dangers and insecurity instead of security. We face economic collapse because we have ceded control of our own economies to the US Empire. We are facing political strife because the Empire’s relentless propaganda has perverted our citizens’ understanding and appreciation of our healthy, collaborative, internationalist, tolerant, egalitarian values, into a fear-driven distrust and loathing of public institutions, public services, and bilateral agreements of nations dealing with each other as peers.

And we are facing the near-global opprobrium of non-Empire nations’ citizens (most of the planet’s population) because we refuse to stand up the Empire’s endless attacks on and interference in the affairs of sovereign nations, and its relentless bullying, hate- and war-mongering. And we refuse to stand up to these abuses by the Empire because, like the battered victims of serial abusers, we know all too well the consequences of saying ‘no’ to what we’re told by our abuser.

If we were honest with ourselves, we would admit that this ‘marriage’ is a disaster, one that threatens to pull us down with the Empire as it collapses. But we cannot be honest with ourselves. We know how dangerous and horrific it could/would be for us to withdraw from this terrible ‘partnership’ of unequals. We are ashamed of our own weakness in letting things get to this state, in not realizing that this ‘partner’ we admired enough to commit to is actually an abusive, pathological tyrant, and an existential threat to us all.

How could we ‘break the news’ to our citizens, who have been heavily propagandized throughout the relationship to see the our abusive partner as a strong, just, powerful leader? Maybe our citizens would, in the face of ‘divorce’, choose to go with the abuser they have always depended on instead of the weak partner who wants to tear up the relationship they have known their whole lives.

And that, I think, is where we stand now. We knew our troubled partner back when it appeared kind, generous, and honest, and when it seemingly shared our values. We keep hoping that, with some help perhaps, that partner we tied ourselves to will go back to being what it was when we first established our relationship.

We are fooling ourselves.

But it probably doesn’t matter. There are no independent ‘divorce courts’ to appeal to in the cases of unequal partnerships of nations that have broken down due to irreconcilable differences. No one is going to help us exit this awful relationship, and if we try to leave, we will lose everything.

Empires, especially in the advancing stages of collapse, will not tolerate sub-Imperial powers that refuse to support them, that refuse to do what they’re told.

There is no undoing what we’ve done.

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7 Responses to Can Any Country ‘Divorce’ the US Empire?

  1. Vera says:

    Many Czechs would love to leave the American sphere of influence, including EU. Sigh…
    And it’s not just the heavy hand of the U.S. The country is divided between the “woke” and the “deplorables” thus scuttling any potential openings in the political matrix.

  2. A Guest says:

    You say “we” and “our citizens”. Who is this “we” and “our” you speak of? I wonder if it’s the often referenced “elites“ that we hear about a lot. If so, that separation seems to be part of the problem.

  3. Dave Pollard says:

    Sorry, ‘guest’, I should have made clear for those who don’t know me that I’m a citizen of the Canadian sub-Imperial power. And ‘we’ are some of the citizens of that meek nation.

  4. Yes it is bitching but it is obvious to we in the meek nation that as a higher caste sub-imperial power we are at least unlikely to suffer the indignities of lower ones like in Latin America and the Philippines where the US Marines maintain completely unaccountable governments in exchange for capitulation to corporate interests. Outside the umbrella those Chinese crusaders who raged against the war-mongering imperialists seem to have only been waiting their turn and where they tread it is even more ugly.

    Home grown MacMillan Bloedell already owned the B.C. government, then US trade sanctions (unfair stumpage?) drove the share price down to where Weyerhauser could swallow it. We hardly noticed and our militarised, proud law-enforcement agents, having traded in their horses for sniper rifles have so far only brutalised indigenous forest protectors and a few ‘woke’ nutjobs who took their side. Not to mention the pipeline fiasco and none of our plethora of traitors will never hang from a lampost. Pensioned off they make occasional trips to trouble spots, publicly intercede in international bickering and yes we must all learn to share and be nice unless you have nuclear weapons.

    The Imperial powers are squaring off to fill any vacuum so get yours today.

  5. That’s ever hang from a lamp-post

  6. FamousDrScanlon says:

    I think things are much more complicated with Canada US relations.
    “The United States and Canada enjoy the world’s largest and most comprehensive trading relationship that supports millions of jobs in each country and constitutes a US$1.95 trillion bilateral trade and investment relationship. Canada is traditionally the top U.S. export market, accounting for 14.2% of all U.S. goods exports in 2022. In 2022, Canada maintained its position as the United States’ top trading partner. Canada and the United States trade over US$2.5 billion in goods and services daily. Two-way trade in goods and services totaled US$919.2 billion in 2022, and 2022 bilateral investment stock totaled US$1.027 trillion, exceeding the trillion-dollar mark for the first time according to the Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).

    U.S. exports of goods and services to Canada were nearly US$429 billion in 2022, an increase of 16.7% from 2021. Thirty-four U.S. states rank Canada as their number one export market, and Canada serves as either the first or second export market for 45 U.S. states. In 2022, U.S. exports to Canada exceeded total U.S. exports to Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom combined. Whether your company is a first-time or seasoned exporter, Canada should be a key component of your company’s export growth strategy.

    In 2022, U.S. exports of goods to Canada totaled US$357.3 billion. The top export categories (2-digit HS) in 2022 to Canada were: vehicles (US$53.8 billion); nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery (US$49.7 billion); mineral fuel, oil (US$35.3 billion); electric machinery (US$28.3 billion); and plastics & plastic articles (US$17.7 billion).”

  7. Dave Pollard says:

    Of course, DrS. I don’t want to stop trading with them, I just don’t want them owning and controlling us. Our trade ‘agreements’ with the US are grossly unfair to us, since they’re always ‘negotiated’ on the bully’s terms. US corporations cheat Canadians out of billions of dollars of tax revenue every year through ‘legal’ but completely fraudulent ‘transfer pricing’ arrangements that shift all their profits from Canada, where they were earned, to the US, where they basically pay no taxes. And I would ideally like to nationalize companies that are in industries essential to Canada’s security — not expropriate, pay them back the piddling sums they paid for them. You know, a fair divorce, where we still deal with each other but without control. Of course, none of that is going to happen.

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