Besides, a country doesn't have to become a dictatorship to become 'hell on earth' for everyone (except the ones at the top). It just makes 'hell on earth' easier to attain.
And I agree with ParkingPlaces.
I would rather found a cellular society. Small city-states formed on a variety of templates, generally self sufficient, but trading for some things that they can't produce locally. Not 'low tech', like the Amish. I mean, seriously as high technology as it can go. If Greater Los Angeles wants to do a space launch, let 'em.
Ultimately the 'end-game' for Earth (and start of next game) is space colonization. How do you figure out how to colonize in such a way that you don't have to re-supply the colony continuously, and it can grow and spread on its own?
So what MINIMAL seed of humans can produce everything necessary to reproduce their technological society, and launch into space?
What MINIMAL seed of industry/food/etc. will establish a SUCCESSFUL colony?
There are 'earthship' homes, but built on imported, manufactured goods and trash/junk.
Sustainable construction would be establishing a community that can make its own water, food, steel, concrete (or sintered glass construction), wire, machine parts, etc., and successfully produce ANOTHER community. Pass the 'recursion test'. A self-replicating organism. It should make EVERYTHING it needs. Vehicles. Electronics. Chemicals. Batteries. Communications. Power. Communicate with other communities to share the inventions and successful models/designs. As well as MORE tools to MAKE tools.
There are fundamental limitations. Every location won't have 'everything'. But strong recycling and building everything modular would help keep the horrific waste we see in our modern industrial, DISPOSABLE society down. So any truck could be cannibalized to fix any other truck, or train, or boat. And the 'standard' parts could be taken apart and repaired, down to the component level. Or picked apart for usable components and thrown into the forge to start over. TV monitor borked? There's a PART to fix it, rather than chucking the whole thing onto the e-waste pile.
Such a community wouldn't even care that there was a 'global economic recession'. They'd have their own local problems, and their own internal economy, and their own social evolution to worry about. You wouldn't lose your welding or machine shop job in such a place because a multinational bought up a company in Thailand and 'outsourced'. That's not how the LOCAL economy works. You've got job security because there's always welding and machining to be DONE, fixing and building everything for your own damned selves.
A coastal city-state might, for instance, build a ship, and establish a colony overseas. Naturally coordinating for rights to the real estate and permits, etc. On an island. In an under-developed nation. Get established, train, educate the locals (if any), build more colonies. I'd probably head for antarctica and/or other 'uninhabitable' spaces that would test the 'spaceworthiness' of the colony. Maybe straight underwater (cue up 'Bioshock' music).
And if the shit hit the fan, well they'd be able to put up their OWN fortifications and make their OWN weapons. See if the zombies can take a self sustaining city fortress. Or radioactive refugees. Or the 'road warrior' raiders. What's left of the regular military could probably take one down, assuming air support. But no common rabble would. And someone who WANTED such a city state would want it INTACT, if at all possible, unless they were religious fucktards who wanted to 'cleanse the world' of these sites. Food, industry, trade, etc. are key resources to hold and extend an empire. You want the equipment and resources. You NEED the people who know how to run it.
In other words, if anarchy reigns, the world automatically becomes feudal warlords, assuming there's nothing else to fall back on. So at least make sure the technology, medicine, sustainable food production, science, history, etc. survive the new dark age, and are FULLY capable of expanding... to reboot the world.