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Replacing America: Who would You choose?


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#1    and then

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 01:21 AM

I posted a topic earlier and as a part of it mentioned my belief that America was the most powerful/greatest nation in history.  Quite a few took issue with that idea.  So I began to wonder, if America is as inept and evil as many seem to believe then who exactly would be best to take on the role of a superpower who's morality would suit your own?  If one nation had to be dominant which nation would you prefer to see guiding the world forward into a new millenium?  Compare this new leader with America and explain why you think it would be better for mankind.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 01:33 AM

The US isn't the first, nor will it be the last empire. It will fall and another will take it's place just like many before.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 01:40 AM

View Postomerta, on 15 April 2012 - 01:33 AM, said:

The US isn't the first, nor will it be the last empire. It will fall and another will take it's place just like many before.
It's comforting to know that you read history Omerta.  But what does that have to do with the OP?

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 01:57 AM

The Fraggles. They have a natural ability to convert natural resources to wealth in a way that minimizes damage to the environment. Their culture of dancing and happiness, will promote good foreign relations, and reduce the need for nuclear arms worldwide.


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Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:11 AM

I would have to second a Fraggle nation. Though I don't think others in the thread will be so inviting.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:14 AM

View Postand then, on 15 April 2012 - 01:21 AM, said:

I posted a topic earlier and as a part of it mentioned my belief that America was the most powerful/greatest nation in history.  Quite a few took issue with that idea.  So I began to wonder, if America is as inept and evil as many seem to believe then who exactly would be best to take on the role of a superpower who's morality would suit your own?  If one nation had to be dominant which nation would you prefer to see guiding the world forward into a new millenium?  Compare this new leader with America and explain why you think it would be better for mankind.

I think the problem is you are comparing current America with nations of earlier times. You would need to look at what those nations did in their times vs what America has accomplished in it's time. 1st...how long has America actually been a superpower? Now compare that to what the Romans, or the Mongols, accomplished. Then look at what inventions, or discoveries has America produced. Now look at other Empires like the Ottomans. It is all how you look at it.

Now to answer your question...I would want Canada as the next Superpower. I love hockey, fishing, and beer!

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:16 AM

View Post_Only, on 15 April 2012 - 02:11 AM, said:

I would have to second a Fraggle nation. Though I don't think others in the thread will be so inviting.
Fraggles are fine...but the Doozers are the builders.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:22 AM

View PostChewiesArmy, on 15 April 2012 - 02:14 AM, said:

I think the problem is you are comparing current America with nations of earlier times. You would need to look at what those nations did in their times vs what America has accomplished in it's time. 1st...how long has America actually been a superpower? Now compare that to what the Romans, or the Mongols, accomplished. Then look at what inventions, or discoveries has America produced. Now look at other Empires like the Ottomans. It is all how you look at it.

Now to answer your question...I would want Canada as the next Superpower. I love hockey, fishing, and beer!
I agree that among choices, I could get behind Canadians :yes:  
My intent was never to say Americans were inherently better than others, just that in the modern era there is no other nation as powerful a force in military or economic issues.  That is quickly changing because of our military adventurism, financial mismanagement and plain old greed for things we've not earned.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:24 AM

View PostChewiesArmy, on 15 April 2012 - 02:14 AM, said:



Now to answer your question...I would want Canada as the next Superpower. I love hockey, fishing, and beer!

I do have a feeling that Canada will be the next super power.  Economics brings power and right now Canada is on fire.  With China soon to be our largest trading power who knows.

To be honest I hope not. Canada would lose its image as a peace loving beaver petting community lol


As far as hockey goes I`m pissed Calgary didn`t even make the playoffs  <_<  however beer sales remaine normal lol

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:31 AM

View PostChewiesArmy, on 15 April 2012 - 02:14 AM, said:

1st...how long has America actually been a superpower?
About 70 years.

View PostChewiesArmy, on 15 April 2012 - 02:14 AM, said:

Now compare that to what the Romans, or the Mongols, accomplished. Then look at what inventions, or discoveries has America produced.

http://en.wikipedia....ates_inventions

I'd say we're close, and our inventions are cooler.

As for the original question, I don't think there is any one nation who is "best" for mankind. Any country that trumps the U.S. will itself be corrupted with power. The best course of action would be a world council, not too dissimilar to the United Nations, accept, you know, that it works well.


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Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:35 AM

View PostAndami, on 15 April 2012 - 02:31 AM, said:

About 70 years.



http://en.wikipedia....ates_inventions

I'd say we're close, and our inventions are cooler.

As for the original question, I don't think there is any one nation who is "best" for mankind. Any country that trumps the U.S. will itself be corrupted with power. The best course of action would be a world council, not too dissimilar to the United Nations, accept, you know, that it works well.


That is a pipe dream but hey we can always hope or at best exicute politians for corruption.

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 04:57 AM

Hello and then. It's nice you have opened a thread on this, and hopefully you'll get plenty of useful replies.


Let me tell you one thing first: Just because I do not see the USA (i do not like your country being called 'America', as I find this pretty ignorant towards the other American countries) as the most powerful or greatest (what does 'greatest' even mean in this context? It's very polemic.) nation there ever was, it does not mean I find your country inept, or even evil. I just do not see it that relevant in a world historic context. There were many nations who accomplished far more in very different times, without the mobility available now. There was the Roman Empire, the Mongolian and Islamic Expansion, Alexander's realm, the Ottomans, or the Holy Roman Empire, just to name a few.

As for what other nation should take the USA's spot as THE superpower, which I don't even think you are anymore, as China or the EU, if you see it as a whole (not being as militaristic as the US does not mean being weaker), are very much equal players, I would choose none. A balance of power, i.e. several countries on different continents 'sharing' the power, would be best in my opinion. I do not need one nation forcing their views on th rest, as it usually is, if there is one nation that is by far the strongest. A balance could be a benefit for all of us.  :)  And there are quite a few countries on the rise right now. Just have a look at Brazil!


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Posted 15 April 2012 - 05:47 AM

It's Australia's turn to be a superpower dangnabbit!

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Posted 15 April 2012 - 05:55 AM

As long as you don't force us to play cricket, I'm alright with that.


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Posted 15 April 2012 - 06:00 AM

To have only one superpower is dangerous.  When US became a superpower there was always the threat of the Soviet to calms them down.  When the threat disappeared, US continue to climb unruly and then the collapse started.

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