After the unfortunate World War II had come to an end finally, owing to the tactics and the alliance of the powerful nations against Nazi Germany, USA and USSR got their tags of “superpower”. This was the result of their humongous influence on (winning) the war. After the fall of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), the United States of America was the only country with a dominating influence left.
In today’s modern and ever progressing world, the United States of America (US) is the only nation around the globe qualified to gain the status of “superpower”. Furthermore, it has also shown its dominance with its show of power in global politics, in the past decades.
From winning the space race to abjuring from the Paris Agreement (unfortunately), the US has always posed itself as a steady superpower. No wonder, the President of the United States is deemed to be the most powerful man on the globe.
But, as the renowned American Musician Juice Wrld rightly said, “Nobody is perfect“, and neither is America. Several countries with their extravagant past are on the lookout of challenging the United States’ supremacy in the world. One might argue that some countries are also on the brink of becoming a superpower. Certainly, these countries can follow the path left by the USA on their journey to becoming an elite nation. Today, we will cover for you, the top 10 countries that can challenge US supremacy.
It is beyond any doubt that France is a regional power in Europe. Moreover, it is one of the most influential countries with its extravagant and revolutionary past, in the whole of the European Union, and perhaps the world. France has also been the country with the most “soft power” after the US. It cherishes a flourishing economy, with its rank amongst the top 10 at the 5th position, surpassing even Great Britain.
Certainly, its technological advancement has given a boost to its military, which is ranked 6th around the globe. Moreover, it is one of the 5 most prominent countries in the United Nations’ Security Council.
One of the shining stars of the mighty British Empire, Australia is one of the best contenders in this race. They have the largest fleet in Oceania. Furthermore, some reports suggest that they might also have the biggest military in Oceania. Australia has been doing pretty good on both the economic and aesthetic scale. If you haven’t heard much, it is because Australia is what we would call a “middle power”.
Australia ranks at a whopping #2 in the United Nations Development Programme’s Human Development Index. It ranks at an astonishing #7 in the list of countries with nominal GDP, and at #5 in the list of countries by average wage in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) scale. Furthermore, this also clearly implies the extent of its soft power and diplomatic ties. It exercises a good relationship with the United States.
Italy is one of the most powerful countries that have the means to challenge the United States’ supremacy owing to its religiously and historically intriguing past, and the current stable state of the country. Compared to the United States, Italy cherishes a Gross Domestic Product of $1.9 trillion.
Italy ranks #8 on the Human Development Index with a satisfyingly high quality of life. It has the third largest flourishing economy in the countries consisting of the European Union. Its military is one of the most advanced, ranking just behind Great Britain and France amongst the European Union countries.
The Land of the Rising Sun, Japan has faced all the flake in history, from politics to natural disasters, like the unfortunate Tsunami and its repercussion, the infamous Fukushima Reactor Incident. Japan’s meteoric rise owing to its wonderful advancements in technology has bestowed it with the third highest GDP in the world at $5.7 trillion. Its technology has been its driving force and is estimated to be used when needed, in its military.
We’ve all witnessed the humongous aesthetic influence Japan over all the entertainment industry, be it cartoons or animes. After World War II, Japan’s strength has been its soft power, which it exercises with its foreign policy. Its corporate gives it an upper hand when it comes to countries which can challenge the United States.
Brazil deserves to be on the list, owing to its astonishing rise in the list of potential superpowers. It is indeed astounding to see the country consisting of enthusiastic football fans, Samba dancers and frequent tourists to hop on the list. Many journalists describe Brazil filled with “ambition” and “emerging power”, so much so that it might be the country to dethrone or at least be at par with the United States.
Brazil is a part of the famous and influential group of countries – “BRICS”. Brazil’s soft power and diplomatic hails from the fact that it encapsulates within it a range of natural resources. Brazil has one of the most powerful militaries on the planet. It cherishes an appreciable 0.7% GDP growth rate with a nominal GDP of 2 million dollars.
5. United Kingdom
“The sun never sets on the British Empire” was the phrase of the time when the mighty British Empire was at its prime. The United States was once a British Colony, which makes it pretty ironic that the United Kingdom makes this list. The sun might have finally set on the mighty British Empire when it comes to the control of the fortune, which primarily came from the colonies, but they still exercise a dominating influence and soft power over many countries.
The fact that Queen Elizabeth can discard the Australian Parliament even now, proves the point. They are the heads of the Commonwealth countries. Their language, English is one of the most widely spoken languages across the globe. A thriving economy of $2.7 trillion and a highly modern military, makes the United Kingdom at par with the United States.
Germany is setting a feat with a turnaround from having the most controversial past to a country with a high quality of life, thriving economy and technologically advanced military, enough to make it a superpower. Furthermore, it is one of the most powerful countries amongst all the European Union countries, exercising amicable ties with even the United States. It has a whopping GDP of $4.17 trillion making it the largest economy in the European Union, and some reports suggest that it might be the best economy in the world. Economics is one of the fields where even the United States lag behind.
“The prodigal son returns“, or so one would say about the infamous Russian Federation. Many researchers are estimating that Russia might be ready for resuming its supremacy at par with America.
Modern day Russia is a state with the most modern military and the most influential soft power in global politics. Its alleged action in the meddling of the USA Elections makes it pretty vivid about who the superpower is going to be. Equipped with the world’s second largest armed forces, and the eighth largest flourishing economy, Russia is trying to take the stage back. It has a whopping figure in the GDP, at about $3.4 trillion. It also is a member of the coveted United Nations Security Council.
There is no doubt that the Democratic Republic of India is far from becoming the superpower. Academicians and journalists both have considerate confidence in the country, that it’ll soon be a part of the global stage. Its whopping GDP growth of 7.4% is the highest in all the nations that are potential superpowers. Moreover, it has the largest armed forces, just behind China. Furthermore, it is equipped with modern imported weaponry from Russia, Israel, France, and Japan. The country has been winning the game when it comes to space exploration or even something as simple as internet usage.
Furthermore, researchers from Harvard suggest that the GDP growth rate, if kept steady or improved might just help India get ahead in the game, even beyond the grasps of China. Moreover, it maintains a cordial relationship with the United States, but cannot be neglected as one of the best candidates for the global stage of the Supremes.
It is beyond an ounce of doubt that China is the best contender in the race of countries that are going to be a superpower. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the trade wars are just a way for the United States to retaliate on the actions China is taking on its way to challenging the status of America. Furthermore, China has the third largest and most advanced military force in the world. It is already being described as the “Second Superpower”. China has the most astonishing GDP of $23.16 trillion by virtue of being the second largest economy in the world.