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Old 06-06-2009, 02:28 AM
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Which is the next Super Power Country ?

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Which is the next Super Power Country ?
 
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Old 06-06-2009, 09:06 AM
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I don't know. How many currently exist?
 
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Old 06-06-2009, 10:55 AM
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China and India, they will have the economic clout.
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Old 06-06-2009, 12:40 PM
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People has been predicting China to become the super power since about 20 years, and all we've seen so far has been an industrial/economic growth, but no big breakthrough other than that. I suppose they need a huge politic change (in both internal and foreign matters) to become the super power they are supposed to be.

I might add Brasil, since they are politically ready, and their economy has been rapidly growing over the last few decades.
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Old 06-06-2009, 01:27 PM
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I'm going to say China. Whereas the United States is deeply in debt (more than $700 billion owed to China alone), China is building a savings. Financially they are better off than the U.S.
 
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Old 06-14-2009, 08:33 PM
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I will go for India. Time will come when it will ahead of all. But China will create first change then after India will overtake it.
 
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Old 06-15-2009, 08:28 AM
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I don't know. How many currently exist?
Apparently the OP is incoherent to questioning, for whatever reason/s. I therefore put this question to anyone.

Question: How many superpower countries currently exist in the world?
 
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Old 06-15-2009, 10:53 AM
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Militarily I would say only the USA Atom.

Economically, I would say only the US as well, but that is open to debate with the US in hock to the Chinese so heavily and the recent financial problems.

If Europe were a single entity, I would add them to the short list, but they are too busy fighting themselves still. A federal Europe is an impossibility at this stage.

While China and India are getting closer, I still think it will take more time, perhaps another 20 - 30 years.

Ultimately it will depend on who can secure a steady long term energy supply, as to which super powers will continue/emerge in the future. The oil is running out, no more than 50 years supply left.
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Old 06-15-2009, 11:08 AM
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Militarily I would say only the USA Atom. (...)
As far as superpowers go, militarily is all that counts, the economy is a different subject.

Think a moment about what actually constitutes a superpower, logically. The US is certainly not the worlds only superpower.
 
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Old 06-15-2009, 11:10 AM
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Extending the fist is ultimately about finances.

The Russians are still a force, but I don't think they could be categorized as a superpower any more.

Who else did you have in mind?
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How many nukes do you suppose it would take to decimate an entire country, say, the size of England?
 
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It depends on the yield. But only a handful, hence the UK has and maintains a submarine fleet armed with nuclear missiles, capable of striking anywhere in the world.

If you equate superpower with nuclear weapons, how would you categorize Pakistan, it is pretty much a third world state in many respects, yet it possesses nuclear missile capabilities. I certainly wouldn't call Israel, France, the UK superpowers, even though the latter have very sophisticated military capabilities, their sizes mean they cannot extend those capabilities globally, certainly not in the same way as the US.
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the UK has and maintains a submarine fleet armed with nuclear missiles, capable of striking anywhere in the world. (...)
So, the UK could wipe out the US, but the UK is not a super power? That doesn't make sense.
 
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I'd say that Russia is still a superpower without a doubt. I'd like to know how many superpowers currently exist in the world, because I'm curious about this, I don't actually know the answer.
 
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i go for japan (gundams will come out sooner hahaha)
 
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How about North Korea?
 
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How about North Korea?
They can barely feed their own people, no where close are they to superpower status. (I think I'm turning into Yoda!). If China wasn't safeguarding their security they would have got their butts kicked a long time ago.

Nuclear weapons don't make a superpower in my opinion.

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So, the UK could wipe out the US, but the UK is not a super power? That doesn't make sense.
'Wipe out the US', is an exaggeration. Certainly inflict damage.

I think what this discussion requires is a definition of what is meant by the term 'superpower'. I think it is a combination of stability of government, scientific achievement, economic might and security, industrial capacity, military strength and reach, ...

It is as much about the development of a nation as it is about it's military capability. The UK no longer has the global reach, or the financial muscle, or industrial capacity. Perhaps in the past when Britain still had an Empire, say before the second world war, it was The world Superpower, but not any more.
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Well it might be China and India
they both have the biggest economic growth
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(...)Nuclear weapons don't make a superpower in my opinion.
If they don't, then nothing does. This is reality. This is what determines a world superpower, I don't know what else to say. Anything else is a different subject. . We'll just have to agree to disagree.
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'Wipe out the US', is an exaggeration. (...)
Not by any stretch of the imagination is it an exaggeration. I don't think that most people actually can envision the result if all missiles were launched simultaneously, and you don't appear to be an exception. That's ok though, we'll just agree to disagree on this too. No worries.
 
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No! I refuse to disagree!!!

My point about the exaggeration aspect is serious. The US has many military bases throughout the world. The UK does not have the military resources to strike them all simultaneously. I don't think we even have enough nukes to wipe out the whole of the US mainland.

OK, now we can agree to disagree
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