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Superpower (Great Empires)

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A superpower is a state with a dominant position in the international system which has the ability to influence events and its own interests and project power on a worldwide scale to protect those interests. A superpower is traditionally considered to be a step higher than a great power.


Current superpowers

United States of America


Barack Obama and Wu Shenglong, leaders of their nations, the United States of America and China, the world's two main superpowers

The United States is one of the world's main superpowers. It has a population of 290,000, one of the largest in the world. The economy of the US is the largest in the world with a value of $13,5 trillion. Its military budget is enormous and maintains the largest navy in the world and one of the largest armies in the world. It's nuclear arsenal is the largest in the world. It has influence in almost the entire world, mainly in Western Europe.


The Chinese Empire is one the world's leading main superpowers. With a population of more than 1.3 billion people, it is the largest in the world. Its economy is ranked 5th with a value of $7.8 billion and a yearly growth of 20%. It has a high military budget, and maintains the largest standing army in the world. Its navy is one of the largest in the world and China possesses nuclear weapons. China is one of the world's oldest civilizations and has proved that it crushes each culture that tries to assimilate them.China has global influence, mainly in China, Korea, Japan and Mongolia, sometimes referred to as the Sinosphere. Many people in the world thi nk China will become the sole leading superpower in the world in the near future. The 21st century is therefor commonly called the Chinese Century.

Khmer Empire

The Khmer Empire is recognized as the world's third superpower, behind China and the USA. With a population of more than 400 million people it is the third most populous nation in the world, behind China and India. Its economy, with a value of $10 trillion is ranked third in the world. It possesses a dynamic economy and culture. The Khmer Empire has a large military, including a large army, navy and a nuclear arsenal. The Khmer Empire has a respected status in international negotiations. The Khmer Empire is very advanced and quickly recovered after the Mughal invasion in World War III.


The Arabian Abbasid Caliphate is recognized as the world's fourth superpower. With a population of 200 million, it is a populous nation. Its many resources, most importantly oil have made the nation the second largest economy in the world, with a value of $13 trillion, only slightly behind the USA. As the world's largest exporter of oil, it has influence around the globe and earns a place as one of the more important nations. With a large military and nuclear arsenal it is a powerful nation. Its paradise-like culture is world-renowned. However, some have questioned its position as superpower, considering its inability to manage the Persian Revolution an defend itself against invasions from smaller countries, its corrupt regime and intolerant behaviour.

Potential superpowers


The Hindustani Empire of India is the second populous nation in the world and a recognized great power. It will likely overtake China as the most populous nation in the world in the near future. It is the sevent largest economy in the world with a value of $6,1 trillion. With its quickly growing economy and population it is predicted it will become a superpower in the future. It is one of the most powerful nations on Earth with nuclear weapons and is politically stable, yet it was only recently estblished following the Indian Revolution. It has considerable influence in world politics. Many people see India as China's greatest rival and predict they may compete in the 21st century for the title of the leading superpower.

Songhai Empire

The Songhai Empire is already a great power and important nation at the world stage. As Africa's largest nation and military most powerful nation, it has great potential to become a superpower. Some people think that if it had not been engaged in the Great War, it had already been a superpower. The empire is the only African nation to possess nuclear weapons. Currently its economy is ranked 10th with a value of $5,1 trillion. By 2050 it could be the 4th largest economy in the world. The nation is rich in natural resources, including oil and gold. However, some people think the empire is instable and corrupt and may collapse due to ethnic and cultural differences in their peoples.


The Kenopian Caliphate is a great power and a democratic, constitutional monarchy, unlike its Arabian counterpart. With its large population and dynamic economy it could become a superpower in the future. It is the 9th largest economy in the world and could become the 5th largest by 2050. It has proved to be a beacon for democracy and stability for the Middle East. It is major naton in world politics, however since the Egyptian revolt some have doubted Kenopia's future and think we may see a total collapse of the entire caliphate.



Intergalactic Republic

The United Planets, also known as the Intergalactic Republic is a nation that encompasses 10 million star systems and control 80% of the Milky Way and 20% of both the Andromeda and Kolorosia Galaxies. It is considered the most powerfull known nation in the Virgo Cluster.

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