Oleg Tsarev persuasively argues that to win the Ukraine, the important race is the economic one, not the war.
Numbers are radically down for all of the armies of Europe and there’s no enthusiasm to enlist.
The end of the USA would be a gradual and constant degeneration of its social structure, with or without a violent balkanization (probably with).
When I was in high school, the USSR was infamous for its persecution of dissidents. When I grew up, the US became famous for its persecution of whistleblowers.