The top economic power suffers the least in a Great Depression, primarily because anyone with money takes it to the safest place they can find. Right now, this is Switzerland or the United States. This will be even more true once the short squeeze on the Yen is done. Notice how our stock market is starting to be more bouyant and t-bill rates are negative, if you throw in inflation.
Only when investors are convinced that the dollar is no longer safe would what you're suggesting have any possibility of occuring.