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4/2/2014 7:24:19 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
I thought I would make one of these. They usually get tons of posts, and stimulate tons of conversations. Fill in what you think of whichever country. Feel free to add more or create your own list.

Abzhakia:

Afghanistan:

Algeria:

Angola"

Bangladesh:

Bhutan:

Brazil:

Cambodia:

Canada:

Central African Republic:

China:

Cuba:

Costa Rica:

Egypt:

Ethiopia:

Finland:

France:

Georgia:

Germany:

Greece:

Guinea-Bissau:

Haiti:

Vatican:

India:

Iran:

Iraq:

Ireland:

Israel:

Jamaica:

Japan:

Kazakhstan:

North Korea:

South Korea:

Laos:

Lebanon:

Liberia:

Libya:

Macedonia:

Malaysia:

Mali:

Mexico:

Mongolia:

Netherlands:

Nepal:

Norway:

Cyprus:

Panama:

Philippines:

Portugal:

Somalia:

Russia:

Romania:

Saudi Arabia:

South Sudan:

Switzerland:

Syria:

Thailand:

Togo:

Turkey:

Ukraine:

UAE:

United Kingdom:

United States:

Venezuela:

Vietnam:

Taiwan:
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4/2/2014 9:48:02 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 4/2/2014 7:24:19 PM, Jifpop09 wrote:
I thought I would make one of these. They usually get tons of posts, and stimulate tons of conversations. Fill in what you think of whichever country. Feel free to add more or create your own list.

Abzhakia: Russian Puppet State

Afghanistan: Please withdraw. We will be billions richer.

Algeria: Desert, but not much else.

Angola: Post communist. Could of been well off, but fell to extreme socialism.

Bangladesh: Created out of spite for Pakistan.

Bhutan:

Brazil: Emerging Superpower

Cambodia: People are still recovering from the Rouge.

Canada: Liberal nation that is always trying to upstart America. LOLZ

Central African Republic: $hitiest place on earth. Literally the worst.

China: Will eventually become a democracy, and compete with the US.

Cuba:

Costa Rica:

Egypt:

Ethiopia: Taking China's place in making cheap stuff.

Finland: Lots of lakes

France: Probably the center point in international politics. World mediator.

Georgia: Half of the place is occupied by Russia

Germany: A step behind in engineering strength compared to the US.

Greece:

Guinea-Bissau: Will someday become a great tourist destination.

Haiti:

Vatican:

India: Great system, but overexpaned. Needs to decentralize.

Iran: Not a democracy -_-. Russia needs to stop giving them nukes.

Iraq: Sorry Saddam, but your out.

Ireland: Will one day control the north as well.

Israel: US needs to cut back funding, and send some UN troops to borders.

Jamaica:

Japan: Model country.

Kazakhstan:

North Korea: -_-

South Korea: Great ally.

Laos:

Lebanon: Better then most of the middle east, but still quite bad.

Liberia:

Libya: Needs to decentralize, but the new constitution is promising.

Macedonia: Will one day rejoin with Greece?

Malaysia:

Mali: France should step up military aid against Azawad.

Mexico: Promising future. US should strengthen ties.

Mongolia:

Netherlands: Most liberal place on earth.

Nepal: HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO FORM A CONSTITUTION?!?!

Norway: The success is not due to socialism, but resources and low pop.

Cyprus:

Panama: We should of kept the canal

Philippines:

Portugal: Will reform the Iberian Union with Spain

Somalia:

Russia: I HATE THIS PLACE. YOU HAVE NO RIGHTS HERE!!!!

Romania: Cool place, but still recovering from communism.

Saudi Arabia: Making progress, but not fast enough.

South Sudan: They have done a great job at making what the world thought would be a failure work.

Switzerland: Awesome place, and a model country.

Syria:

Thailand: US has a huge military presence. Good MNNA.

Togo: Can military regimes actually work? One of two stable places in Africa.

Turkey: Muslim countries can be democratic and fair.

Ukraine: Sorry, good luck with Russia.

UAE:

United Kingdom: I hate their accents.

United States: I love the US!

Venezuela: Would be the best place in S. America, if they started fresh.

Vietnam: Still in huge debt from war. Never recovered.

Taiwan: Great place. I follow the san-min doctrine.
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4/2/2014 11:06:49 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 4/2/2014 7:24:19 PM, Jifpop09 wrote:
I thought I would make one of these. They usually get tons of posts, and stimulate tons of conversations. Fill in what you think of whichever country. Feel free to add more or create your own list.

Mine will be more stream-of-consciousness:

Abzhakia: Do you mean Abkhazia? Ethnic tension.

Afghanistan: Papaver somniferum, Taliban, graveyard of empires.

Algeria: Albert Camus, Rome, corruption

Angola: Diamond trade centered rebellion and conflict

Bangladesh: Flooding, poverty, agriculture

Bhutan: Rugged terrain, Buddhism, isolation

Brazil: Samba, rainforests, cattle, colorful poverty

Cambodia: Khmer empire, Khmer Rouge, wholesale slaughter, Vietnam war

Canada: Poutine, maple syrup, snow, tundra & taiga, impact craters, First Nations, Celine Dion.

Central African Republic: Bad travel destination, stay away. Almost irreparable clusterf*ck. Lots of natural resources.

China: History, culture, science and philosophy. Confucianism, Daoism. Cho-ko-nu.

Cuba: Rum, old cars, pork, Communism, Assata Shakur, Castro, Che Guevera, Guantanamo, Teddy Roosevelt, Bay of Pigs, JFK

Costa Rica: Rainforests, eco-tourism, and hippies.

Egypt: Ancient history, Dictators, a population with a severe identity crisis. Wonder-stealing bastards.

Ethiopia: Rastafarianism, Christianity, monarchy, religion, starving people.

Finland: Lapland, Snow Queen, lakes.

France: Wine, food, warfare, fashion, art and culture.

Georgia: Russian-Georgian conflict, ethnic tension, South Ossetia.

Germany: Military, industry, castles and beer.

Greece: History, philosophy, yogurt, clash of cultures, the fine art island-stealing.

Guinea-Bissau: One of the ones I can never remember.

Haiti: French colony, earthquakes, slavery, disease, poverty.

Vatican: The Pope, cathedrals, art, and Mussolini.

India: British Empire, gem trade, Gandhi, Hinduism, dense population.

Iran: Persia, culture, Zoroastrianism, Shiite Islam, jasmine, crazy politicians, oil.

Iraq: Babylon, Abbasid Caliphate, Baathism, Hashemites, war.

Ireland: Celts, oppression, flutes, sectarian conflict and potatoes.

Israel:

Jamaica: Rastafariansism, rum, marijuana, homophobia.

Japan: Culture, war, history, Shintoism, WWII, nuclear bombs.

Kazakhstan: Where Soviets put people they didn't like very much, mined minerals, and tested nukes.

North Korea: Batshit insane

South Korea: Starcraft, technology, economic growth, DMZ.

Laos: Landmines, poverty, rainforests, Vietnam war.

Lebanon: Made-up country, Phoenicia, Israeli conflict.

Liberia: Corruption, oppression, freed slaves.

Libya: Gaddafi, Senussi, Italy and France, political turmoil.

Macedonia: Alexander the Great

Malaysia: Islam, Britain, cultural and ethnic diversity, trade.

Mali: Empire, gold, trans-Saharan trade, Timbuktu, revolution, France.

Mexico: Spanish, cartels, Aztecs, Mayans, war, Catholicism.

Mongolia: Gobi desert, Genghis/Kublai Khan, vodka.

Netherlands: Marijuana, gin, William of Orange, Glorious Revolution, tulips, dikes, and windmills.

Nepal: Isolated, insane royal family. Buddhist.

Norway: Oil, whales, fjords, and vikings.

Cyprus: Greece vs Turkey, ethnic expulsion.

Panama: Canals, malaria, swamps, jungle and mountains.

Philippines: Catholicism, corruption, storms.

Portugal: Maritime empire, trade, exploration.

Somalia: Starvation, pirates, slaughter, Dervish state.

Russia: Expansionism, culture, literature, ballet, composition.

Romania: Eastern Block, WWI and II, Ottoman Empire.

Saudi Arabia: Clan feuds, Islamic holy sites, corruption.

South Sudan: Conflict, new nation.

Switzerland: Beautiful mountains, skiing, banking, watches, cheese, and nuclear physics. Neutrality, resistance.

Syria: Baathism, early Christianity, Rome, history, chemical weapons and sectarian bloodbath.

Thailand: Political turmoil, independence from colonial rule, lovely food and culture.

Togo: Don't know much about them, aside from their location in the indent of Africa, which means there was probably French influence.

Turkey: Ottoman Empire, Byzantium, Ataturk, Armenian genocide, Kurdish separatists, Straights of Bosporus, Istanbul, Turkish delights and coffee.

Ukraine: Corruption, intersection of Russian and Western interests.

UAE: Wealthy gulf states, oil.

United Kingdom: Maritime empire, monarchy, culture and history, good sense of humor.

United States: I wish there were less stupid people.

Venezuela: Oil, corruption, and stridency.

Vietnam: War, devastation, quagmire, Communism, Dai Viet/Champa.

Taiwan: Chiang Kai-shek, ROC, WWII, ethnic displacement.
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4/2/2014 11:09:07 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 4/2/2014 7:24:19 PM, Jifpop09 wrote:
I thought I would make one of these. They usually get tons of posts, and stimulate tons of conversations. Fill in what you think of whichever country. Feel free to add more or create your own list.

Abzhakia:
A Russian proxy state, is in a similar situation to Crimea. Without broad recognition, it can't be considered a 'real' country

Afghanistan:
Probably the most unlucky country in the world. Located in a region at the same time strategic and inhospitable, it has been coveted by foreign powers for most of its modern history, and in a state of was for almost as long.

Algeria:
I don't know much about Algeria, but when a country bordering Tunisia and Libya is only minimally affected by the Arab Spring, it's worthy to know what's going on in there.

Angola"
A former Portuguese colony, was one of the last African countries to achieve independence, but faced a long civil war for most of it's independent history. Nowadays it's one of the fastest growing economies in the world, though. But it still have a long way ahead if it wants to grow as a nation.

Bangladesh:
One of the poorest countries on Earth, it's also among the most susceptible to natural disaster, and that only tends to get worse. It's definitely in the same level of unluckiness as Afghanistan.

Bhutan:
Nobody knows much about Bhutan (maybe that's why it fascinates me). In terms of closeness to the outside world, it probably only loses to North Korea. But unlike North Korea, has faced some interesting developments in terms of democracy.

Brazil:
It's my native country, and I believe it's in many aspects the most average country in the world. Not as poor as the poorest, but not as rich as the richest; not as chaotic as the most disorderly, but not as organized as the best structured, One thing is very shameful though: it's still among the most economically unequal countries. One author in the 80s compared Brazil to a fictitious "Belindia", a country with two other countries inside it: a small rich and developed one, like Belgium, and another huge poor and backwards, like India

Cambodia:
It seems to be a very poor country that is seen some advancements in some areas, but still lagging behind neighbors Vietnam and Thailand. It's better than in Pol Pot's times though (but which country isn't?)

Canada:
Definitely one of the best countries in the world (if you don't mind the cold). Forgive me Americans, but Canada is like the USA, just better in everything.

Central African Republic:
A truly tragedy. A country that is so poor that even when facing a terrible civil war, full of massacres, still manages to be completely ignored by the entire world.

China:
With a population of 1,4 billion, China is heading to be the largest economy in the world. While some people seem surprised with that, I believe it"s nothing more than a natural trend. China was the biggest economy in the world for most of human history; the series of political social and economic disasters it suffered in the last two centuries are the exception, not the rule. Still I don"t think the rise of China will pose a direct challenge to the American hegemony, at least in the near future.

Cuba:
One of the most controversial countries in the world, it"s the only one that managed to keep the classic soviet-style communism, mostly thanks to the hermetic isolation provided by the American embargo. With an embargo that some see as a mere example of American imperialism, in opposition to the humanitarian rhetoric used by the American government, Cuba has become a symbol of the political conflicts and misunderstandings between the Americans in Latin America.

Costa Rica:
It"s by far the best country in central America, and in that sense, it"s one of those outlier countries, that, surrounded by messy unstable states, still manages to a solid progressive democracy and high human development. Together with Chile and Uruguay, it"s among the top Latin American countries.

Egypt:
One of the most important countries in the Arab world, Egypt, which was the central country of the Arab Spring, has seen the revolution being degenerated into a mix of Reign of Terror and Thermidorian Reaction that has killed any hope that the Arab Spring could reach further than Tunisia and, maybe, Libya.

Ethiopia:
Like most other African countries, is recovering from a period of deep crisis and destabilization and turning into a fast growing economy. Historically, Ethiopia has a huge significance for the world, being a great empire in the ancient and medieval worlds, but especially for being the only African country to have resisted European colonization, becoming a source of inspiration for movements like Pan-Africanism, Rastafari and Reggae music.

Finland:
Finland is a pretty unique country: It"s the only Nordic country without a Scandinavian heritage. Instead, the Finnish are originally Finno-Ugric people, making them, together with Hungarians and Estonians, the only European nations without Indo-European origins. Finland is also the only Nordic country to adopt the Euro, and the only democracy to have aligned with the Axis in WWII (although that wasn"t an actual alliance, they just fought against the soviets at the same time as the Nazis).

OK, there are too many countries in that list, I'll leave the rest for later
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4/2/2014 11:57:45 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 4/2/2014 7:24:19 PM, Jifpop09 wrote:
I thought I would make one of these. They usually get tons of posts, and stimulate tons of conversations. Fill in what you think of whichever country. Feel free to add more or create your own list.

I'm going to do this free association style...

Abzhakia:

Border disputes. Russian overreach. Too many islamic separatist factions.

Afghanistan:

A truly godforsaken place.

Algeria:

Big noses.

Angola"

A place I hope I never go.

Bangladesh:

A bright, developing country filled with truly good people whose political future I look forward to seeing develop. Delicious food, too.

Bhutan:

Small.

Brazil:

Fun. Dangerous. Sex.

Cambodia:

Undesirable to live, but good food.

Canada:

Magnificent bathhouses in Toronto. Very polite. Justin Bieber.

Central African Republic:

Destitution.

China:

Smog. Ghost towns. Currency manipulation.

Cuba:

Best food in the Caribbean.

Costa Rica:

Drugs, guns and tourism.

Egypt:

Religious tension. Too many Islamic fundamentalists.

Ethiopia:

Really tough place to live, but filled with good people.

Finland:

A country which represents the most achievable degree of utopia on earth.

France:

Food. Wine. Perfect health care.

Georgia:

Russian invasion in 2008.

Germany:

Most productive country ever. Prudence. Pragmatism. European solidarity.

Greece:

Smelly tourists.

Guinea-Bissau:

No opinion.

Haiti:

Among the most godforsaken places in the Northern Hemisphere.

Vatican:

Swiss guards.

India:

Interesting culture, and food that I am slowly warming up to.

Iran:

Intellectually bankrupt theocracy whose state of political affairs becomes more disgusting and depressing with time. Persia is dead. Iran is what's left. It is a pity.

Iraq:

Equally as godforsaken as Iran, but for different reasons.

Ireland:

Maybe the West Virginia of Europe.

Israel:

Fun, and damn good food.

Jamaica:

Drugs.

Japan:

Culturally fascinating. Great food.

Kazakhstan:

They eat horses. Drugs. Guns. Death.

North Korea:

I will be very happy to see an internal revolution which produces effects similar to France in 1789.

South Korea:

Really brilliantly progressive.

Laos:

Chemical contamination and birth defects.

Lebanon:

Good food, but entirely too religious.

Liberia:

Good food, but entirely too religious.

Libya:

Gaddafi... lol

Macedonia:

A nice vacation spot.

Malaysia:

Drugs and capital punishment.

Mali:

Sex tourism.

Mexico:

Drugs. Tequila.

Mongolia:

Horses. Architecture. Amazing food.

Netherlands:

Beer. Weed. French fries with mayonnaise.

Nepal:

Yaks.

Norway:

The height of first world civilization.

Cyprus:

Russians hide their money here.

Panama:

Drugs, and crime.

Philippines:

Good food, and drugs.

Portugal:

AMAZING food, and high unemployment. Good wine, too.

Somalia:

A place I'd very much like to see colonized.

Russia:

Caviar. Bigotry. New money (and I mean that as a judgement, not as a compliment).

Romania:

Good people, but xenophobic.

Saudi Arabia:

Irritating, for a myriad of reasons.

South Sudan:

Tragic.

Switzerland:

Perfect.

Syria:

The beginning of the end.

Thailand:

Interesting culture. Toursits.

Togo:

Not nearly as bad as it could be.

Turkey:

Too censorship heavy...

Ukraine:

Hope.

UAE:

Probably what Baghdad was like in the 1980s.

United Kingdom:

Quite good.

United States:

Homeland, to whom I am and will always remain loyal.

Venezuela:

Disgusting.

Vietnam:

A disappointment.

Taiwan:

Complicated, but open for business.
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4/3/2014 4:28:44 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 4/2/2014 11:09:07 PM, joepbr wrote:
At 4/2/2014 7:24:19 PM, Jifpop09 wrote:
I thought I would make one of these. They usually get tons of posts, and stimulate tons of conversations. Fill in what you think of whichever country. Feel free to add more or create your own list.

Abzhakia:
A Russian proxy state, is in a similar situation to Crimea. Without broad recognition, it can't be considered a 'real' country

Afghanistan:
Probably the most unlucky country in the world. Located in a region at the same time strategic and inhospitable, it has been coveted by foreign powers for most of its modern history, and in a state of was for almost as long.

Algeria:
I don't know much about Algeria, but when a country bordering Tunisia and Libya is only minimally affected by the Arab Spring, it's worthy to know what's going on in there.

Angola"
A former Portuguese colony, was one of the last African countries to achieve independence, but faced a long civil war for most of it's independent history. Nowadays it's one of the fastest growing economies in the world, though. But it still have a long way ahead if it wants to grow as a nation.
Agreed. African nations share some of the fastest economies, but as far as social progression, not so much.

Bangladesh:
One of the poorest countries on Earth, it's also among the most susceptible to natural disaster, and that only tends to get worse. It's definitely in the same level of unluckiness as Afghanistan.

Bhutan:
Nobody knows much about Bhutan (maybe that's why it fascinates me). In terms of closeness to the outside world, it probably only loses to North Korea. But unlike North Korea, has faced some interesting developments in terms of democracy.
I actually meant to put Burma/Myanmar here. Many consider them the second north korea.

Brazil:
It's my native country, and I believe it's in many aspects the most average country in the world. Not as poor as the poorest, but not as rich as the richest; not as chaotic as the most disorderly, but not as organized as the best structured, One thing is very shameful though: it's still among the most economically unequal countries. One author in the 80s compared Brazil to a fictitious "Belindia", a country with two other countries inside it: a small rich and developed one, like Belgium, and another huge poor and backwards, like India

Cambodia:
It seems to be a very poor country that is seen some advancements in some areas, but still lagging behind neighbors Vietnam and Thailand. It's better than in Pol Pot's times though (but which country isn't?)

Canada:
Definitely one of the best countries in the world (if you don't mind the cold). Forgive me Americans, but Canada is like the USA, just better in everything.
Debatable

Central African Republic:
A truly tragedy. A country that is so poor that even when facing a terrible civil war, full of massacres, still manages to be completely ignored by the entire world.
I HIGHLY disagree that it gets ignored. Throughout its history, it has always had a army of AU, UN, and other troops stationed within the country. I believe the EU just sent 6000 as well.

China:
With a population of 1,4 billion, China is heading to be the largest economy in the world. While some people seem surprised with that, I believe it"s nothing more than a natural trend. China was the biggest economy in the world for most of human history; the series of political social and economic disasters it suffered in the last two centuries are the exception, not the rule. Still I don"t think the rise of China will pose a direct challenge to the American hegemony, at least in the near future.
I see great things for China's future were it to embrace democracy. Unfortunately, as the economy rises, they can no longer compete with Africa for cheap labor. Lots of unrest.

Cuba:
One of the most controversial countries in the world, it"s the only one that managed to keep the classic soviet-style communism, mostly thanks to the hermetic isolation provided by the American embargo. With an embargo that some see as a mere example of American imperialism, in opposition to the humanitarian rhetoric used by the American government, Cuba has become a symbol of the political conflicts and misunderstandings between the Americans in Latin America.

Costa Rica:
It"s by far the best country in central America, and in that sense, it"s one of those outlier countries, that, surrounded by messy unstable states, still manages to a solid progressive democracy and high human development. Together with Chile and Uruguay, it"s among the top Latin American countries.

Egypt:
One of the most important countries in the Arab world, Egypt, which was the central country of the Arab Spring, has seen the revolution being degenerated into a mix of Reign of Terror and Thermidorian Reaction that has killed any hope that the Arab Spring could reach further than Tunisia and, maybe, Libya.

Ethiopia:
Like most other African countries, is recovering from a period of deep crisis and destabilization and turning into a fast growing economy. Historically, Ethiopia has a huge significance for the world, being a great empire in the ancient and medieval worlds, but especially for being the only African country to have resisted European colonization, becoming a source of inspiration for movements like Pan-Africanism, Rastafari and Reggae music.
Yes, I also see a better future for Ethiopia then most of Africa. They actually have thye capacity to compete on a international level were they to have proper resources. For example,, they have the largest freshwater reserves in Africa yet are always suffering from thirsty people. They don't have investments to irrigate or advance industries.

Finland:
Finland is a pretty unique country: It"s the only Nordic country without a Scandinavian heritage. Instead, the Finnish are originally Finno-Ugric people, making them, together with Hungarians and Estonians, the only European nations without Indo-European origins. Finland is also the only Nordic country to adopt the Euro, and the only democracy to have aligned with the Axis in WWII (although that wasn"t an actual alliance, they just fought against the soviets at the same time as the Nazis).


OK, there are too many countries in that list, I'll leave the rest for later
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4/3/2014 6:28:58 PM
Posted: 2 years ago
Afghanistan:
Torn up, warring tribes.

Algeria:
Alright.

Angola
"I don't know nothing 'bout Angola, but Angola's in trouble." - Charles Barkley
Bangladesh:
Should be part of Pakistan/India.

Brazil:
Cool place.

Canada:
Lame.

China:
Kind of crazy, lots of knockoffs.

Cuba:
Awesome.

Egypt:
Power-struggle, cool place.

Ethiopia:
Christian Kingdom of Africa.

France:
Snotty people.

Germany:
Got beat in two World War's, and still doing well.

Haiti:
Earthquake.

Vatican:
A church.

India:
Overpopulated and crazy.

Iran:
Scapegoat for the West, not a bad place (relative).

Iraq:
Messed up.

Ireland:
Cool sometimes, sometimes not cool.

Israel:
Apartheid.

Jamaica:
Bobsledding and reggae.

Japan:
Got nuked..TWICE!

North Korea:
Certifiably insane.

South Korea:
Proxy for the US.

Mexico:
Great food, crime, and drugs.

Syria:
Messed up.

UAE:
Mean people with oil.

United Kingdom:
Imperialist 101.

United States:
The place to be.

Vietnam:
Got destroyed by America.
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4/5/2014 1:26:01 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 4/2/2014 11:09:07 PM, joepbr wrote:
At 4/2/2014 7:24:19 PM, Jifpop09 wrote:
I thought I would make one of these. They usually get tons of posts, and stimulate tons of conversations. Fill in what you think of whichever country. Feel free to add more or create your own list.
...
OK, there are too many countries in that list, I'll leave the rest for later

Here is the Part 2:

France:
One of the central countries of Europe, together with Germany (and gaining a solid second position as the UK remains reluctant in several matters of regional integration), France has a great cultural influence in the world, and especially in the non-Anglo western world, where most of history and social sciences are extremely influenced by a French world view.

Georgia:
Before Ukraine, Georgia was definitely the central point of the tension between Russia and NATO countries after the mutual disappointments that drove them apart after the optimistic post-Cold War years. Maybe if there had been more interests in reaching compromises in Georgia, the situation in Ukraine wouldn't have reached the point it is now.

Germany:
After all the problems they caused in the first half of the 20th century, Germany seems to have learned with their mistakes, and is now building a healthy and solid leadership in Europe, even though this idea is contested by some, like for example:

Greece:
Once the cradle of western civilization, Greece is in big trouble with the financial crisis, and the managing of this crisis will be a trial by fire for the European Union.

Guinea-Bissau:
Is the country that suffered the worst outcomes from the Portuguese decolonization in Africa (and considering that the others, Mozambique and Angola, suffered terrible civil wars, that"s pretty bad). It's now one of the countries with the worst quality of life and GDP per capita indexes. It's considered by many as a failed state, with fears of being turning into a "narco-state"

Haiti:
Speaking of failed states, here is the only one in the Americas. The first colony in the world after the United States to achieve independence from foreign rule, Haiti sets a record of 210 years of unstable governments, only interrupted by short period of tyrannical rule. The 2010 earthquake only made things worse, and many people have fled the country to places like Brazil and the USA.

Vatican:
One of the few absolute monarchies in the world, the real power of the Vatican is in the authority of the Pope before the church, and not to his control over a small hill of Rome. The Vatican therefore might be the smallest country in the world, depending of Italy for everything, but it is also incredibly powerful at the same time.

India:
If I was going to choose the most promising country in the world, I'd choose India. It might still have a huge and poverty ridden population, but that doesn't means only problems, it poses a wide array of opportunities for a country that is finding its place in the world. India and Brazil have very similar characteristics, and are among the most praised emerging countries, however, India enjoys a much more dynamic situation, and is destined to strive for a third place In the world stage, after the US and China.

Iran:
It's one of those countries that have been a little too demonized by the USA. Don't get me wrong, I have no love for the Ayatollahs' regime, but compared to other countries, like Saudi Arabia, Iran is almost liberal. However, the fundamentally anti-American ideology of the regime might be more responsible for that demonization than a mere American aversion to Persians.

Iraq:
I present you the enviable result of American campaign of democracy promotion with guns: A failed state!

Ireland:
Among the worst victims of the recent financial crisis in Europe, however, still manages to maintain one of the best rates of human development in the world

Israel:
I have no idea why the USA has to give "unconditional" support to countries involved in extremely complex conflicts. If the US had been neutral in that matter, they would come with a solution similar to Bosnia, and the problem there wouldn't be so big. But that would defeat the plan for an exclusive Jewish state (which is a very anti-Semitic plan in the first place), and for some reason the US believes that would harms its own interests.

Jamaica:
Known more for its culture than its politics, origin of reggae, music genre inspired in the Ethiopian Rastafari movement and popularized by world famous artists like Bob Marley. Jamaican sport is also gaining worldwide popularity, especially thanks to Usain Bolt.

Japan:
The only non-European origin country to be included in the group of developed countries (depending on the definition of the term), after being defeated (in an extremely coward way) in WW2, Japan had an amazing recovery, and became the 2nd world economy, since then, Japanese culture has had an important influence in the world, and, even though the country has faced over 20 years of stagnation, I don't think its Glory Days are over.

Kazakhstan:
Like most Central Asian countries, it still is governed by an authoritarian regime and remains under the influence of Russia. On the bright side, people there don't actually wear Borat's swimsuit.

North Korea:
Probably the most polemic country in the world. Ruled by an extremely authoritarian regime, North Korea undergone a series of crisis and famines, but none of them has really shaken the autocratic nature of the government. Some say it"s only a matter of time until it breaks apart, if that's true, I wonder how a Korean reunification plan would be carried out.

South Korea:
Korea, once one of the most homogeneous societies in the world, has turned into two completely different worlds since it was divided in two countries. Unlike the tyrannical and backwards North, the South is among the most dynamic, democratic and developed areas on the planet.

Laos:
Like its neighbors, Vietnam and China, Laos is still under the rule of an authoritarian communist regime, however, unlike those, Laos isn't experiencing the same levels of economic development that has been benefiting several Asian countries; this has helped to turn Laos into one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia, behind even Cambodia.

Lebanon:
As a Brazilian, Lebanon is a very important country to me, since there are around 3 times more Lebanese origin people here than in Lebanon itself (even if many of them are corrupt politicians). Once considered the Switzerland of the "Middle East", Lebanon sadly has dealt with several armed conflict, internally and in its neighbors, and is currently suffering a lot with the war in Syria.

Liberia:
An artificial country created by 19th century Americans who wanted to get rid of their black people (basically the Israel of the 1800s), the country has faced several conflicts between the American former slaves and the natives. Since the end of the last civil war, the country is trying to catch up with the rest of the world, and might become one of the last countries to finally adopt the metric system.

Libya:
One of the countries most affected by the Arab Spring, and the only one other than Syria to face a civil war as an outcome of it, Libya appears to be having, unlike Syria, what a positive aftermath to it. Even though the future of the country is still uncertain, it might be the only Arab spring country, together with Tunisia, to actually have significant democratic advancements.

Macedonia:
The Greek complaints about the name of the country, has generated one of the most futile international conflicts.

Malaysia:
I find interesting the Malaysian system of electing a monarch among the state rulers. This makes Malaysia and the Vatican the only electoral monarchies in the world.

Part 3 coming soon.
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4/5/2014 1:46:42 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
At 4/3/2014 4:28:44 PM, Jifpop09 wrote:
At 4/2/2014 11:09:07 PM, joepbr wrote:

Bhutan:
Nobody knows much about Bhutan (maybe that's why it fascinates me). In terms of closeness to the outside world, it probably only loses to North Korea. But unlike North Korea, has faced some interesting developments in terms of democracy.
I actually meant to put Burma/Myanmar here. Many consider them the second north korea.
Maybe, but my point here was more about noticing the combination of isolation and democracy than comparing the closeness of countries

Canada:
Definitely one of the best countries in the world (if you don't mind the cold). Forgive me Americans, but Canada is like the USA, just better in everything.
Debatable
Well, there is a reason for this site to be called Dabate.org

Central African Republic:
A truly tragedy. A country that is so poor that even when facing a terrible civil war, full of massacres, still manages to be completely ignored by the entire world.
I HIGHLY disagree that it gets ignored. Throughout its history, it has always had a army of AU, UN, and other troops stationed within the country. I believe the EU just sent 6000 as well.
OK, maybe it's not completely ignored, but the conflict there has been relatively overlooked compared to what happens elsewhere in the world

China:
With a population of 1,4 billion, China is heading to be the largest economy in the world. While some people seem surprised with that, I believe it"s nothing more than a natural trend. China was the biggest economy in the world for most of human history; the series of political social and economic disasters it suffered in the last two centuries are the exception, not the rule. Still I don"t think the rise of China will pose a direct challenge to the American hegemony, at least in the near future.
I see great things for China's future were it to embrace democracy. Unfortunately, as the economy rises, they can no longer compete with Africa for cheap labor. Lots of unrest.
I don't think this type of situation can be predicted so easily. It's not impossible, though
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