That's an interesting viewpoint. But why do you think the EU will become more powerful? When I look at the EU, I see England trying to leave, Greece causing monetary collapse, and economic restrictions that kill innovation. Of course, the US isn't on an upward trajectory either. What I see here is a rise of politicians who push for a society more like Europe. And as I discussed earlier, this isn't perhaps a good thing. In the future, China will also see a decline. Soon enough, in my opinion, second-world nations will grow in importance.
Originally Posted by Llamas
By around the time I retire (assuming the age isn't raised; 65 or so), I would not be surprised to see Brazil, India, and Mexico as some of the mightiest nations. Military might will likely be found in China, the US, and Russia, as usual, but like the Soviet Union, military strength will not equal economic stability. Nations like Japan or Greece, with their god-awful economies, will plummet in importance.
However, this all changes if water wars begin. Our population (as a planet) is exploding; we will struggle to keep up. We'll need more water, and like oil, we'll go to foreign nations to get it. Brazil/South America is one area that will suffer if this happens, and rather than become powerful, they will devolve into an Africa-like war zone. Bigger nations with copious land for farming and water for drinking like Canada could become quite important, and such a scenario could keep the US viable for a longer time.
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