I always figured that losing your "Empire" status can't be so terrible -- the sun still rises and sets over England (if not the British Empire) every day, and people there seem to lead normal lives of going to work and making babies and drinking pints and all that. Now here's a Brit to explain how it all works:
Not that working 8-to-7 six days a week will seem so important when you're no longer ruling the world. If Britain's experience is anything to go by, Americans will soon find more satisfaction by trying to break pointless world records -- crossing Greenland on a pogo stick, using only one arm, while dressed in native Bolivian costume, for example -- or writing absurdist comedy, or recovering from apocalyptic, three-gin-and-tonic lunchtime hangovers.
Oh yes, you're in for a treat.
Ready to give it a shot.