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1. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Whether we like it or not, the world is dictated by the powerful, the wealthy and the capable countries. They are the Goliaths and the whole Earth is their Gath, nations look up to them, countries set their eyes on them. An alliance to them guarantees blessings of unprecedented heights, opposing them warrants curses of herculean proportions.
They are the Top ten most powerful countries in the world. Dictating what the world needs, defining how the world should be. With their resources both in manpower and finances, these nations have proved to the world that their views and their visions are also the aspirations of the world.
1. UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Undoubtedly leading the pack is the United States of America. The biggest asset of the country is its three hundred million thinking population. Its schools and universities remain one of the best in the world. Its economy, army, form of government and technology are one of the biggest, the most formidable, the strongest and up-to-date among the nations.
When all the countries’ economies fluctuated because of the recent recession, this country seemed to be unaffected. China, a global superpower in the making, has its manufacturing sector to thank. Having the biggest land area and population, its boasts the world’s largest standing military troop in the world, and its recent modernization efforts in the military grooms it to be a nation to look out for in terms of military might. It is also the world’s largest exporter and the fastest growing economy among nations.
With its vast land area and military and warfare capabilities, Russia takes on the third spot. It has the largest stockpiles of nuclear weapons in the world and the world’s top supplier of arms. According to analysts, Russia is well-ahead of the resource-rich countries in terms of economic development focusing on education, science and industry. It is also the world’s largest natural gas producer and exporter.
Home to the European Union’s largest army, France is one superpower no country can deny. For more than half a century now, the country has maintained its power and influence over Europe with their economy, politics, culture and military capabilities. It is also the most visited country in the world with over 82 million tourists annually. France is also a founding member of the United Nations and the European Union.
One of the political powers in Europe, Germany makes it to the first half of the list. It prides itself as the home of Albert Einstein and other world renowned scientists with 103 German winning the Nobel Prize since it started in 1901. This makes Germany as the technological leader in Europe and the world in many technological and scientific fields. It is the second largest exporter of goods and its gross domestic product (GDP) is the fourth largest in the world.
Though burdened by its aging population, Japan is one country whose technology, education and economy are at par with the rest of the world. It is the leading nation in scientific research with the government allotting a whooping $130 billion dollars research and development budget which is the third largest in the world. Military maybe weak compared to other developed countries but Japan still maintains one of the highest budgets in the world in terms of military expenditures. Advanced in so much ways, it is the fourth largest exporter and importer in the world.
United Kingdom is more than the grandeur of its royalty and its sceneries; it also reigns over the world. The foremost power in the 19th and early 20th century, United Kingdom is comprises with four countries which is England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It is considered to be the world’s first industrialized country with the sixth-largest economy in terms of nominal GDP.
Beaming in economic optimism, India could now be considered a newly-industrialized country. Though it continues to be haunted by issues on poverty, health and sanitation, illiteracy and corruption, its nominal GDP is the ninth largest in the world and its major economy is one of the fastest growing. The overwhelming labor force in India is the second largest in the world contributing to half of its Gross Domestic Product. With over 1.6 million troops, India is the world’s third largest and it is also the world’s largest arms importer.
Brazil is not just home to beautiful people winning international beauty contests; it is also the home of the powerful and the rich. Leading Latin America in terms of national economy, the country is seventh in the world’s largest economy. In terms of standing troops, Brazil is comprises the largest armed force in the region. Though a global power in its own right, social and economic problems continue to plague the country with high crime rates thus, preventing it to unleash its potential as a global leader.
Last but definitely not the least is bilingual country Canada. With English and French as its official languages, Canada is one of the world’s wealthiest nations. It is also one of the world’s largest suppliers of agricultural products and global source of minerals such as zinc, uranium, gold, nickel and aluminum. With linkages and cooperation from other superpower countries, Canada has more than 100,000 active and reserve troops. It also has one of the highest standards of living in the world.
These are only the few countries whose power has spread throughout every nation, from the sandy dunes in Africa to the cold icebergs of the Antartica. These are the global superpowers. They do not just rule the world, they influence it.