I like to think about what the world would be like had things gone a little differently in the past. One very interesting period of history is the early eighteenth century. Among other things, this period included one new teenage king of Sweden named Charles XII. Charles XII had a lot to prove, he was king of a great power and was very young. Charles had a very big ego. He considered himself to be the next Alexander the Great, who would conquer the east and destroy his nation's enemies. Charles XII waged a total war against Sweden's traditional rivals of Denmark, Poland and Russia in what came to be known as the Great Northern war. Despite having inferior manpower, the Swedes nearly won and if they did they would have established a powerful sphere of influence in eastern Europe. So I thought about it, and had Charles succeeded, then Sweden would be the world's strongest nation. It would have had vast land area and population and would have also been a significant naval power (they would have also had the naval strength of Denmark). And all that would have to happen is for a few events to have gone differently. One thing that would have drastically increased the chances of this happening would have been if Charles' main rival, Peter the great of Russia had died early in the war. This is interesting alternate history and if Peter the Great had died at the battle of Narva, the first confrontation between Peter and Charles, then Russia would have descended into a bitter succession struggle to choose the next czar and without Peter the Russian leadership would most likely not have had the resilience or organization to wage total war on Sweden. In real life Peter was the reason why Sweden was defeated, he rebuilt the Russian army after defeats, prevented the Cossacks from defecting over to Sweden and prevented internal political struggles. Russia under Peter was the only nation which still opposed Sweden after the Swedes occupied Poland and placed a puppet ruler on the throne. If Peter had not been there then the Swedes would have trounced Russia and the Swedes could focus on securing their empire. I have written some alternate history about what could have happened after this with Sweden. In my stories I focus on the development of Sweden's colonial empire. I have the Swedes colonizing much of India and Africa and building the strongest colonial empire that was ever created. I have a class so I will stop writing here. I might return to this or not.