Is United Kingdom a Superpower? - Page 2




 
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August 12th, 2005  
SAINT
 
So will there be any hope for the UK to rise again as it was in the days before WW2..?

August 12th, 2005  
Rabs
 
 
Possibly, but the people of Britian (with exceptions of course) have no desire to acheive that status so it wont happen.


Saint what is your signature trying to say. Im obviously too dull to understand it.
August 12th, 2005  
SAINT
 
It means that grown ups in the world like to have war for their own reasons.. but they have taken little consideration for infants and small children who need peace to grow up safely and happily.

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August 12th, 2005  
JumpingFrog
 
Don't worry Brits, even if the UK is not a superpower.

a superpower country can have a lot of headaches, and cannot be entirely successful militarily as well...
August 12th, 2005  
LeEnfield
 
 
With the Empire now a part of history there is not the need for Britain to have a large standing Army, Navy & Air Force. Yet we still remain one of the richest nations in the world and have a comfortable standard of living. We have a full range of nuclear capability and all the methods of delivering it. Our forces are very mobile and can be sent to any part of the globe in hours if necessary. No we are not on par with man power like America, Russia or China, but they all know we are there.
August 12th, 2005  
skipper
 
Britain is a political superpower, with probably the most professional, if not the most infrastructure capable, military in the world. Crossing Britain is crossing a big red political line.
August 12th, 2005  
Doppleganger
 
 
If we're talking about militarily then no, there's only one superpower and that's the US. However, in all other ways Britain is a superpower. I mean look at the size of the country and then realise it has the world's 4th strongest economy. It is also, along with the rest of the G8, one of the most politically influential nations in the world, especially when you consider its colonial links.

It's worth remembering too that Britain in the days of the British Empire was probably the greatest superpower the world has seen.
August 12th, 2005  
TBA_PAKI
 
UK is a regional power in Europe but not at all a Super-power.

Only USA currently holds this position. There are some major factors involved to achieve this situation.

The fundmental factors are:

- Strongest Economy
- Strongest Military
- Industrial Giant
- Massive Political Impact over the world
- VETO power in UN
- The capability to sustain in case of major disastors

USA enjoys all of these options and UK only enjoys 3.

China is the up-coming giant indeed as it enjoys 4 but it is ahead in every aspect to UK except 1 and that is (VETO).
August 12th, 2005  
ill be damed if i know
 
 
no not a superpower but still a major power
1 4th largest economy in the world
2 one of best equipped and best trained army in the world
3 in g8
4 in the 5 major powers in UN
5 second best navy in world
August 12th, 2005  
Whispering Death
 
 
There is no doubt that Brittain is a large power in the world, especially considering her socio-geographic size.

But here's the difference. If the United States wakes up one day in 2002 and decides to take down Iraq, it can. Brittain just doesn't have capabilities like that.

That ability to project one's power so strongly anywhere in the world is what defines a superpower.