The whole time I was in France I kept thinking about how well-situated it was to weather peak oil and the energy crisis. Not only are cars much smaller, with small, diesel-sipping engines, but the climate is amazing, temperate and (where we were) green. There are diverse farms, gardens, and livestock everywhere. At the local markets where we were, almost all the products came from France, with a few from Spain and the like. And for a place with a very centralized government, the country, at least, looks incredibly decentralized. It's where I'd like to be when the collapse comes.
See today's NYT for a good article on the hit that globalism is taking from growing transportation costs.