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If the U.S. collapsed, would the rest of the world follow?

  • Yes, in a way

    Yes, in some way the world would. First of all, America has so many troops stationed in so many countries, and do u know why they are there? To stop countries in which would like to do harm to them. For example, North Korea would love to take back South Korea but they can't cause of US troops. But that is just one of the many examples out there. Plus there is trade, after America stopped trading with Russia, there economy started collapsing. I think for year a world war would break out, many economy's would fall and along that, many government. Countries like France, UK, Germany, China, and Spain and probably a bit more would grow even more powerful as for smaller countries like in the middle east, in Africa, and even some in Asia and Europe would fall. We would see a massive switch in the global scheme of thing and in power, we could see new, fresh countries rise out of the ashes of old counties and build something the compete with the world powers, the possibilities could be endless for what really could happen, NATO would fall apart, and the UN could even fall apart, there is really no telling what could really happen though

  • Unparalleled Economic and Political Influence

    The majority of the people here have no idea what there talking about so here's the real impact of as collapse of the US. First, 60 trillion dollars would suddenly disappear. (40 trillion in US stocks, assets and other securities and 20 trillion in Treasury bonds, notes and debts.) Not only the loss of the worlds largest economy would cause the worst economic downturn in history, but the collaspe of the worlds most invested in and dominant prime credit (the AA+ value United States dollar) would cause economic collapse within a week. Latin America would be the first to go, followed by the Commonwealth, Far East Asia, The Middle East, Russia, India, China, Europe, than finally Africa. Lichtenstein and New Zealand would probably be the only countries that survive the economic devastation. And with a devastated economy and the lack of a global military superpower, the world would probably regress into a state of war and anarchy. It would take at least a century for a new global order to rebuild itself, well, if the nukes don't start flying at least.

  • US main superpower

    The Unied States is the largest and main superpower in the world. It holds up most of the economy and keeps terrorists and communists like North Korea and ISIS from terrorizing the rest of the world. If the US fell it would most likely lead to a second Great Depression and communists like North Korea, Vietnam, ISIS would rise to power to annex most of the surrounding nations. This could also lead to world war 3 a war to take the world without help from the USA. With the nuclear bomb in hands of others and the US gone it could end governments communism will rise and all the world will drop down in destruction

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  • The U.S. Is the most influential nation in the 21st century.

    Let's say the U.S. just goes to hell and implodes. We would see mass unrest across the country, famine in already drought affected regions in the west and probably large scale Balkanization. The effects of this on the world would be catastrophic. First off, the U.S. dollar is used by 26 countries and 6 territories(all in the Caribbean). If the U.S. economy were to collapse these nations would be the first to feel it. Secondly, the U.S. gave over 40 billion dollars in foreign aid last year, largley to third world nations in Africa and Asia. This would lead to a massive domino effect in Asia in Africa which would include large scale famine, war, communal violence, genocide, and disease. In fact Asia and Africa would probably suffer the most. Economies across the world would feel the impact and there would be a second great depression. Russia would most likely initiate a war in Eastern Europe but I doubt they would get too far, they would probably annex Belarus, The Baltic states, Moldova, and most of Ukraine before the ultra liberal Western Europeans bothered to step in. The Arab states would attempt one final war with Israel before their economies stagnated too much or their oppressed societies burst into revolution. Asia would continue to be one massive geo-political shithole but with a little more famine and genocide than usual. Brazil and South Africa would become far more influential. Mexico would collapse or become a narco state, their society would be augmented by millions of Latino Americans which would flood over the border. All in all the world would revert to some anarchists dream for 20-30 years and then a new staus quo would be constructed. Human history is essentially a pattern of nations gaining strength, reaching their climax, then spiral into a massive mess and drag the world along with them. Those who beleive that the U.S. are no longer the superpower of the world are mistaken. The U.S. has the largest military, economy, they give the most foriegn aid, and trade more than other nation. Their power may be waning, but it is still by far more powerful than any other nation on the planet and (unless by some freak catastrophe) will stay that way for several decades.

  • The U.S. Is the most influential nation in the 21st century.

    Let's say the U.S. just goes to hell and implodes. We would see mass unrest across the country, famine in already drought affected regions in the west and probably large scale Balkanization. The effects of this on the world would be catastrophic. First off, the U.S. dollar is used by 26 countries and 6 territories(all in the Caribbean). If the U.S. economy were to collapse these nations would be the first to feel it. Secondly, the U.S. gave over 40 billion dollars in foreign aid last year, largley to third world nations in Africa and Asia. This would lead to a massive domino effect in Asia in Africa which would include large scale famine, war, communal violence, genocide, and disease. In fact Asia and Africa would probably suffer the most. Economies across the world would feel the impact and there would be a second great depression. Russia would most likely initiate a war in Eastern Europe but I doubt they would get too far, they would probably annex Belarus, The Baltic states, Moldova, and most of Ukraine before the ultra liberal Western Europeans bothered to step in. The Arab states would attempt one final war with Israel before their economies stagnated too much or their oppressed societies burst into revolution. Asia would continue to be one massive geo-political shithole but with a little more famine and genocide than usual. Brazil and South Africa would become far more influential. Mexico would collapse or become a narco state, their society would be augmented by millions of Latino Americans which would flood over the border. All in all the world would revert to some anarchists dream for 20-30 years and then a new staus quo would be constructed. Human history is essentially a pattern of nations gaining strength, reaching their climax, then spiral into a massive mess and drag the world along with them. Those who beleive that the U.S. are no longer the superpower of the world are mistaken. The U.S. has the largest military, economy, they give the most foriegn aid, and trade more than other nation. Their power may be waning, but it is still by far more powerful than any other nation on the planet and (unless by some freak catastrophe) will stay that way for several decades.

  • The United States is the only thing standing between many countries and certain doom.

    The United States sphere of influence mainly comprises of countries that feel threatened and need a strong ally, or countries that used to be that way. Thus, if this ally suddenly dissapears what next? Being a citizen of estonia i can confirm that if there was no US, the european and pacific spheres would quickly and easily be dominated by chinese and russian military might. Even now, the US is barely managing to fend off Russia, China, and their allies such as Iran. Without the United States, democracy itself would die under the boots of these three countries, and nothing could stop them.

  • Most Americans reli on gov subsitys.

    If the Gov were to fall the American economy would follow creating chaos, crime, starvation, death, and then disease. Most countries wouldn't be effected right away other than politically. But developed countries (Europe for instance) rely on each other economically not actually having the power to stand on their own. These countries would soon fall. Allowing terror groups like ISIS to attack without much resistance. And unless countries that haven't fallen band together to stop threats like these. The rest of the world would fall into a unprecedented anarchy. It's a domino effect that could easily take place if any major player in the world were to fall.

  • Not every nation would follow but a great deal would.

    It is ignorant and stupid for anyone to say the world wouldn't be affected by the collapse of the United States. China relies solely on the U.S. to buy most of their products. Once the US falls, China will fall and that's just about 40% of the world's economy right there. Countless others would fall as a result. Look around, American companies are everywhere. You probably use a Visa credit card. You might drive a Ford, Chevy, Cadillac, Chrysler, or GM vehicle. Odds are you have an iphone, ipod, ipad, or mac. You drink Pepsi and Coke. You go to Starbucks on occasion. The US owns the Internet and most of the satallites in the sky. We have the most powerful military. You'd be screwed because as soon as we fell every wishful dictator in the world would be licking his chops. Russia would probably re-establish the USSR, the list goes on......

  • Look at history.

    When Rome fell, it took everyone with it. When the US Stock Market crashed before the Great Depression, it took the world with it. If the US collapsed now, it would remove $16 trillion, 25% of the world economy. Crashing 25% of the world economy will take the world down with it. Much of China get most their food from the US, and sells mos their products to the US. It would collapse them right away, taking out another chunk of the world, along with much of N and S America.

  • Srsly, Bye Felicia

    No. The world would NOT go into shambles. White people are just terrified of anything that isn't them. The US would not be missed. What about countries who don't depend on US to begain with like North Korea for example and without the US they have no enemies. Everyone would be at peace.

  • U.S. Population 309 million, rest of world 7.3 billion

    The 96% won't follow the crash of the 4%. If the U.S. suddenly collapsed, mass migration of former U.S citizens to more promising lands might follow. States would secede to form their own governments, like Alaska and Texas. China might suffer economically but Russia might rise. Mexico may advance if the southwestern states don't retain their territories.

  • No They Wouldn't

    If the United States collapsed, not much would happen. Believe it or not, the United States isn't the influential and dominating country it was a few years ago. It is a middle of the road country and if it fell, many countries would not be affected by it at all.

  • If the U.S collapsed

    If the U.S government crashed the rest of the world would have very mixed feelings for example country's like north Korea would be celebrating as the start marching on south Korea without the American troops south Korea would soon have to surrender or be wiped off the earth along with this country's would be racing to establish leadership of america Russia would likely be the first to threaten war but Japan would immediately try to get back their only real ally country's in the UK would be in panic as they rely on Americas military as their own military is currently lacking in strength their only real strength would be their soldiers training and the S.A.S really they would have to hurry and rebuild their military before other country's start threatening them. Germany more or less would get a great laugh and be really pleased when almost 3/4 of Americas allies rush to them with tubs of money requesting their help in making military equipment. China would also rush to gain land very happy with their sudden increase in exports. North Korea now just named Korea would start wanting more land too as they raced to america. The country would end up split about half to Russia and half to an alliance of Japan and other assorted american allies this could possibly result in a war but Korea would take advantage of the situation and most likely attempt to take land from the country's while their military's where mainly not there this would be a problem as many country's would have to withdraw from america to combat Korea the Russians would most likely not be affected leaving country's like Japan and the UK to fight Russia this would result in the eventual end of Korea but would most likely see Russia winning the war but after Korea's defeat other country's would come back to assist Japan and the UK and attack Russia this would result in an almost definite loss for Russia leaving america split between the country's creating something like a really complicated Berlin wall just without the wall and the revenge and the soviets.

  • There will be several years to transition

    1. The transition in the United States itself, maybe some countries will split up and become self-sufficient countries, for example Georgia, Alabama, will be a country of its own or may join the new state, or there may be occupation from other countries, such as Canada or Mexico, certainly the greatest risk is the civil war in America repeats itself.
    2. Transition in the united nation and the united nation policy, including in the management of the interests of the United States of America itself, although there will be a state that allows colonization of the united states, but there will be many countries that will oppose for humanitarian and peace reasons.
    3. Transition in the use of global currencies, may again use gold, or the euro, dinar, pound and other currencies that certainly use the strongest currency in the money market when it happens.
    4. While for the global security of America is not the only one because every country on earth has the ability for its own security especially the military.

  • The us has Imperialistic ambitions on a scale the world has never seen before

    The US does not 'defend' anyone. They are responsible for over 20 million dead in other countries since WW2. NATO is the posse that allows the US to squat their military in other countries in order to surround those who do not kowtow to them. They are the creators of instability in this world. Their history of 'regieme changes', CIA interferences, and illegally bombing other countries is well known. They are the bloodthirstiest regieme in history. With over 1000 military bases worldwide, this is Imperialistic ambitions on a scale the world has never seen before. The people of America are kept uneducated, and uninformed for the most part, and they buy all their government's propaganda, and have very severely limited knowledge of anything outside of their own country. The world will breathe a sigh of relief when they are gone.

  • We aren't the driving force we once were

    The US isn't as much of a superpower as it was- China seems to be taking that spot. Poorer countries who depend of the US for aid or imports would be affected, but I doubt countries like Britain, Japan, Spain, etc. Would collapse. If you had asked that question 50 years ago, the answer might have been different.

  • It would be very arrogant of the US to believe this to be true.

    The rest of the world does not rely on the US in order to function. We would get along just fine without the support of the US. There would be problems of course as many things do come from the US, but it would not be that difficult to make the changes, we do produce most of our own food and goods, we don't import it all from the US.

  • Not every nation would follow.

    A "collapse" of the United States would cause a lot of chaos in the world, but I don't think that every nation of the entire world, I mean every single one, would collapse just because the U.S. collapsed. Furthermore, the people and the landmass of the U.S. would still exist.

  • Not Everyone Would Collapse

    No, they would not fall because they are not America and in this question asks is the US collapsed, other countries are not America, so they would not fall. This is an accurate answer because I like being smart and have already supported my following evidence with the previous evidence.


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