Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by CivLuvah, Jun 8, 2008.
Which country do you think will be the next superpower in 20 years time?
What makes you think anything will change, Obama?
Sorry! wrong spelling of European Union!
I'm not Obama
China's rising and may be close to us in 20 years, but they probably won't really pass us for at least 50 years... Any longer than that though and who knows? We could be welcoming our Brazilian overlords by then for all I know
Or Swiss. Never underestimate the Swiss.
None? Believe it or not, the world can be multipolar.
Without a doubt.
The poll is flawed. The thread title is "next superpower", the important word here is "next". USA are a superpower now, so they can hardly be the "next one", as "next in line". The same applies to Russia.
I don't think we'll ever see any major power being as dominant as USA in the 40's or 90's. The future world will be dominated by USA, EU (if it integrates in time), China, India and whole bunch of weaker powers like Russia, Brazil, Japan, Iran etc.
Depends on what you mean by superpower, honestly - it was usually a military thing, but most of the rising stars aren't as militant as the cold war powers, and less prone to stockpiling a billion trillion nuclear warheads just in case. I don't think any one nation will be claiming military supremacy over the US any time soon, unless the US does something unexpected.
Economically, the EU is already mightier than the US by a fair degree, and is better insulated against shocks. It's not exactly a monolithic entity, though. China is huge, but they have serious issues: they've got a few economic crises pending (resources, post-industrial gearshift, etc) and one massive demographic crisis in ~40 years, unless someone cures aging in the meanwhile. If they can handle it, they'll come out looking pretty good. India is building steadily and will probably keep going strong, barring the usual nuclear apocalypse. Russia is wasting away, but hasn't forgotten her empire or accepted its loss. They're also sitting on huge piles of natural resources, so they'll be important for a while yet.
The United States of America under President Barack H. Obama!
Can't we choose more than one? I think China, Russia, and possibly India could all be superpowers in the early part of the 21st century.
The US Will still be and be the only Superpower!
Why, the Coruscanti Empire under Bounty Hunter Captain CivGeneral, of course!
Having mastered telekinesis, I hope next to be able to turn into an animal. Not sure which one though.
Natürlich! Sieg heil!
Whoever Australia sucks up to most is probably the superpower.
About time you learned Chinese then.
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