There's strong trad Cat communities out there. A huge diaspora. We communicate in the same language. Almost every Irish fam has some sort of relative there. We know America with all the thrash culture projected into our homes and from that they're regarded as our heroes (i know, i know, bluegh!). They still trade on their anti-Communist credentials, the residue of which is kept alive with the myth of Russia being governed by some unreconstructed KGB autocratic martial arts Bond villain assassin. And Europe has a very dsyfunctional relationship with Russia, their language is some weird script, lol. Russia is a mystery that needs hard work to crack and they are continuously feared as an Asiatic colossus with a living, permanent presence on the European frontier. I think that's the reason. I do think the future is Russia though (or eurasia to be more precise) as the American pyramid scheme collapses in on itself, forcing their fundamental retreat from the world. One just hopes they don't go scorched earth in response to the defeat of their exceptionalist convictions.