lamented sadly: “A better place= are we respected there? Do we have influence? Can we count on them to back us up? Do they like us and agree with our policies? Do they want to be like us? Do they trust us? Are they working against us or with us?….Pick up a paper. I’m tired.”
There. there. Not to worry, it will come right in the end. Take it from me, my parents were colonials, from a country whose empire peaked 500 years ago and ended a mere 40 years ago. I was born in a former European colony, now a proud independent nation. I now live in a country which once proudly said the sun didn’t set on its empire. I’m married to another national whose country had a vast central European empire, now a distant memory.
Eventually you’ll adjust to your waning power; it comes to all empires in the end. We’ve all been through it, it’s a natural phase. So don’t stress too much about it.