World War III is a hypothesis based on the political scenario of different countries who may engage into a catastrophic warfare in coming years. It suggests that all the superpowers around the world are likely to begin a world war which may lead to mass destruction and wipe out the entire human civilization from the face of Earth. Sounds like I am exaggerating? Well, quite not. The world witnessed the last attack of a lethal warfare, the World War II, when the US Allies bombed the Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. It proved to be one of the deadliest attacks in history of mankind but finally ended the World War II. Unfortunately, the use of nuclear power did not stop there and in recent years different nations have ignited a glimpse of another World War, WW III,which could break out anytime in the coming years. The predictions and causes like war over nuclear power, oil etc. make another list but regardless of that, the aftermath is predicted to be more dangerous and ferocious than the WW II. With that, there is no doubt that the whole world will be affected by this man-made disaster, some gaining power and some getting knocked out. Here is a list of 15 nations that may be tremendously affected if World War III happens:
Economic shortage for the defense forces, as well as low security in immigration here are already some major issues that India is dealing with. An outrage as big as a World War will only excite these problems further. Population inflation is a concern and large scale immigration might aggravate that, leading to huge depletion of resources and clear drop in its economy. As if the recent price rise wasn’t bad enough, a war would put prices of all common commodities off the charts and make the average middle class or Below Poverty Line resident suffer to an almost penniless Poverty. Even if their defense forces are the third largest base in the world, sending them out to fight in alliance or against another country will cause great loss of money, life and property. The already dropping currency will definitely not help!
Egypt plans on breaking a war in coalition with other Arab nations like Syria, Iraq, Sudan and Libya to Attack Israel on the Palestine war. Egypt’s economy mainly depends on agriculture and industrial sector. If a war breaks out, it will serve as a strong warfare supplier in terms of food and automobiles as it controls the transit of warships and oil tankers through the Suez Canal. Its poverty and high population problems are going to get affected as well. A world War 3 movie (Fall of Egypt) predicts that Israel’s invasion in Egypt will cause Egypt to disappear from the world map.
France has been fighting the government in the Syrian Civil War. Its military forces have gained pace gradually since 2014 in Iraq and Syria. It is also invested in fighting jihadists in Africa. But after the Paris attacks it is clearly a target of an inevitable destruction. But France is ready as well with nuclear warning shot if the time comes.
12. SOUTH KOREA
The neighbor of the not-so-calm Korea, it is bound to get involved in the third world war if Kim Jon-Un decides to take a toll on USA. If South Korea decides to support the North, it gets a thumbs up but if it doesn’t, anyway with the little border it shares with the North is going to be devastating for the fleers from the North and its relations with the outside world.
Iran is in conflict with Israel and U.S.A. It has ties with Lebanon for military attacks. If U.S.A happens to launch an attack on Iran’s nuclear establishment and it counter attacks that may lead to a Third World War. A long sustained war with U.S.A would result in economic fallout as oil prices would spike. Many Asian countries receive Gulf oil which would suffer setback.
10. UNITED KINGDOM
UK is afraid of a nuclear attack by any of the World War III contestants, especially from Russia and its nuclear submarines. It is investing on a system that would send an automated text to its citizens when something like that happens. So, I guess UK is prepared to take a war with its huge armed forces. But if a large nuclear attack happens then this superpower is very likely to become silent.
Israel has been into the play for world war 3 since it attacked a suspected nuclear test field in Syria in 2007. It may join hands with the USA to take over Iran. Also, the Israel-Palestine war is likely to end either peacefully or with control of either one over the settlement. Egypt and Jordan are on its side, but the nation is very much likely to succumb due to its internal issues like its conflicts over holy sites, peace settlements, land mines, war vulnerable zones and etc.
A country already at a cold state with its neighbors, is neither big enough nor economically prosperous enough to survive un-scarred in a World War. With the sudden surge of ISIS and branches terrorist organizations, it is no surprise that terrorism will play a vast role in World War 3, with affected countries like USA, Russia and Northern Europe trying to take back for the harm these terrorist organizations have done. Since most terrorists are reportedly known to take refuge in Pakistan, this country will be searched for and victimized majorly and will be deeply affected by the war, more so because India is recently in good relations with the Western counterparts. As they say, being partner to a crime is a criminal act itself!
The major oil-pipeline controversy which took place in the country in 1984, where a pipeline project for oil reserve transfer from Afghanistan to other parts of the middle East like Abu Dhabi and Turkmenistan had caused a huge uproar between them and USA. That, topped with the fact that Afghanistan monopolizes the opium trade in all Asian countries due to its large opium reserves will play a major role in the war as a World War always rages for power and power over these two resources will be of prime concern for most economically stable countries. The poor army of the country may not be able to stop them from undergoing quite a bit of destruction from the war!
After USA withdrew its powers, Iraq’s economic instability rose to prominence. In addition to that, Shias provoked to attack the Sunnis in their own country creating a total chaos. Many crossed the border to fight in Syria, playing a key role in Syrian Civil War. This has been disastrous for the economy with its oil fields and population of Iraq as it holds many terrorist groups ready to break out for a WW III. It either will gain immense power if ISIL (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) and ISIS decides to take control of the nation or mass destruction if the western countries win the war.
China is much likely to join Russian led military forces in Syria. It is also in war with India for its territorial claims in Arunachal Pradesh. One of China’s top trade partners is U.S.A and a war with them would bring that to a halt. China is highly dependent on a maritime link for foreign trade and an interruption in that due to a war would cut off majority of its trade. It would lead to an oil crisis hampering 90% of the total oil import. China’s long coastline makes it vulnerable to invasion from the sea in case of a war.
Russia is one of the countries that can sustain the WW III at this time. Its growing tensions with Ukraine, Turkey and its intervention in the Syrian Civil War makes its involvement inevitable. NATO and Russia’s increasing conflicts may spark off a world war. Russia with one of the largest arsenal of nuclear warheads can cause devastations much more heinous than any in the past. The countries bordering Russia will be exposed to dangerous radioactive fallouts. Russian economy will suffer a huge setback as its totally dependent on export of oil and gas.
The Syrian Civil war going on for about 4 years now between the Government and anti-government supporters has resulted in more than 2,50,000 people to die. Involving major countries and jihadists to protect and to destroy it has led to its devastation of land and its population to become refugees. This already seems like an ongoing world war 3 but it if continues, It is more likely to become a barren land rules by terrorists. The influence of ISIS on this country is going to be fatal the either way.
02. NORTH KOREA
Under the dictatorship of Kim Jon-Un, North Korea seems to be the tough guy in the ring. As much as it plans on participating in World War III, it sure is capable of winning it. It has a large Army and its secret nuclear tests are not so secret anymore. So, in case WW III happens, it is likely to take control of South Korea, expand its military and may be join hands with Russia in destroying their competitors.
USA is the largest economy in the world and thus clearly, will be the biggest victim of the war. With countries like Russia, Iran and North Korea already targeting it, WW III would result in a large scale opportunity to launch attacks (like it plans to use the Mother of All Bomb, yes, that’s a thing, against Iran if things go south) not only from their military bases, but also on the economic base, as most of the outsourcing and globalization will be affected. This may result in an even bigger inflation in the country, and if the government then isn’t efficient enough, it will also result in huge economic drainage. As Donald Trump has recently claimed, and it might just come true, USA may be rendered as a third world country after the war.