Heineken wrote: I wonder if there's any way to know in advance whom we can truly trust, or how communities will react when facing massive change and life-and-death situations. Hell, I don't even know how I will react.
The trends are increasingly suggesting that the US still has got some hidden opportunities in the SHTF scenario, the country is still relatively young, and relatively "less populated". Should there be a window of opportunity to duke it out in another civil war for lack of better term, you might get another run to rebuild various regional republics (based on divergent philosophies) from the ashes. Yes, messy, bloody, very destructive on all un/imaginable fronts, but in less than 5-15yrs it could be over.
Unfortunately, this is most likely not in store for most of Europe, what we likely get would be in first stages some kind of protofascism ala current gov. in Hungary today (member of EU) with later prolonged stages in decades/centuries of increasingly oppresive/totalitarian governments and slowmotion decay. May lead to armed inter regional/national conflicts but hardly into traditional quick fix civil wars.. I've got nothing against asians, but sooner or later they will have to body by body move on to "greener pastures", and that means either east-central-south Africa and/or Europe. Mentally, Europeans are too degenerate at this stage of history to face up to another physical opression without their fossil dipped toys (jets and missiles). It will end up badly, colony, semi-colony, wasteland..
So, to get back on topic, the prediction is clear, pm/goldbugging for European theatre is just plain silly, perhaps benefitial only to outliers like nordic countries, or people with longterm plans to move "elsewhere" in last minute anyway.