It is an inevitable fact that any and every empire must fall. Whether it falls 15 billion years from mow due to the heat death of the universe or if it falls next tuesday due to a bloodless coup by Saddam’s Republican Guard.
Can the US manage to survive this fall without the usual bloodshed and reversion to dark ages?
I think the only example of a graceful fall I can think of would be that of Britain. It still maintains its place as a seperate country with its own unique identity yet it only has a fraction of its former glory.
All the previous empires, Chinese, Roman, Persian, Babylonian, Egyptian etc. either got absorbed into a new empire or was destroyed.
However, Britain has been the most recent empire which might be a good sign.
I guess Communist Russia could be said to be still surviving but I would hardly call it graceful.