Tedster - I didn't say .COM was USA - I know it isn't. But it's managed by the US, at least for the most part, and is, as I say, mostly badly managed. My point was that google is not obeying (at least!) the spirit of WWW which should be world wide regardless of TLD.
If google wants to allow punters to search by country it's simple: either the searcher types in the country (or a subset, eg county) as they do now or present a drop-down for ALL countries. Surely that's not beyond a bunch of graduates? Even my smallest site can manage that!
Mind you, google will probably still present the wrong data. It's getting way beyond a joke.