BTW, if any of you in Britain want a pleasant distraction from all this, my kid sister (actually, age 34) just had her first novel released in England. The book is called Far Horizons. Here is the description:
On the eve of his departure for the New World, Allan MacDougall asks his beloved Harriet to wait for his return, when he will be established and able to marry her. His parents discover his intent and find it dishonourable, so Allan is obliged to free Harriet from her promise, although he vows to remain faithful. On Prince Edward Island, Allan struggles against his father's tyranny to establish himself and a home for Harriet. Meanwhile, back on the Isle of Mull, Harriet must face both danger and temptation as her own family's farm is threatened. It will be many years before Harriet and Allan meet again. Will their love survive?
I know that is a shameless plug but it's for my sister so I think that makes it OK;)
An armed society is a polite society.
Sorry to tell you this, but if there's no swords, magic, sorcery and dragons in it, it might not do so well...
Are the protagonists refugees from the third world?