If you are not getting any personal benefits from the United States, you are cheating yourself because we all pay an imperial tax to the United States worldwide.
All countries pay a tax to the United States, because America is a worldwide empire. And Empires collect tax on their dominions.
Imperial tax means taxation without representation. Therefore you have to find ways to get something out your tax.
The same for Africans. If you are an African and you are not getting any personal benefit from Europe, you are cheating yourself, because all African countries still pay a variety of taxes to imperial Europe.
Imperialism is attractive because it makes lot of people transfer you money out of fear.
A dominion who is not crafting ways to get or steal ressources from a hegemon is cheating itself and has no bright future.
Don’t pay tax without benefits!