I don't think the UK has the capacity for the kind of long-term push and pull that the USSR and USA had OTL.
True, but that was as much about how they managed themselves in response to the US as it was about what they were simply capable of.Arguably, the USSR didn't have the capacity for the long-term push and pull it had with the USA in OTL. The Cold War was ruinous for the Soviets in many ways.
It's conceivable that the USSR can play its hand better in the 20th century and come out the New Millennium in a position of strength.
True, but that was as much about how they managed themselves in response to the US as it was about what they were simply capable of.
If the Empire can somehow integrate their colonies into a functioning polity or even a strongly bound political network, then disregard everything I said.The problem the British have is that they have a very short window of time in which to wake up to the fact that they need to treat the people in the settler colonies as equals now. To keep the non-Dominion parts of the empire