Which nation do you think is the greatest threat to the world?

Posted by: PetersSmith

There are around 196 current nations, depending on recognition of certain states. Many of these nations are more militaristic than others and can be seen as a threat to other countries. Which country do you think is the greatest threat to world security because of their ability to level the world with atomic fire and/or because of their military strength? What country is the greatest threat to world stability?

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United States of America

The United States of America (USA or U.S.A.), commonly referred to as the United States (US or U.S.), America, and sometimes the States, is a federal republic consisting of 50 states and a federal district. The 48 contiguous states and Washington, D... .C., are in central North America between Canada and Mexico. The state of Alaska is the northwestern part of North America and the state of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific. The country also has five populated and nine unpopulated territories in the Pacific and the Caribbean. At 3.71 million square miles (9.62 million km2) and with around 318 million people, the United States is the world's third or fourth-largest country by total area and third-largest by population. It is one of the world's most ethnically diverse and multicultural nations, the product of large-scale immigration from many countries. The geography and climate of the United States is also extremely diverse, and it is home to a wide variety of wildlife   more
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The Russian Federation

Russia or, also officially known as the Russian Federation, is a country situated in northern Eurasia. It is a federal semi-presidential republic. From northwest to southeast, Russia shares land borders with Norway, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuan... ia and Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, China, Mongolia, and North Korea. It shares maritime borders with Japan by the Sea of Okhotsk, the U.S. state of Alaska across the Bering Strait and Canada's Arctic islands. At 17,075,400 square kilometres, Russia is the largest country in the world, covering more than one-eighth of the Earth's inhabited land area. Russia is also the world's ninth most populous nation with 143 million people as of 2012. Extending across the entirety of northern Asia and much of Eastern Europe, Russia spans nine time zones and incorporates a wide range of environments and landforms.The nation's history began with that of the East Slavs, who emerged as a recognizable group in Europe between the 3rd and 8th centuries AD. Founded and ruled by a Varangian warrior elite and their descendants, the medieval state of Rus arose in the 9th century   more
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The People's Republic of China

China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a sovereign state located in East Asia. It is the world's most populous country, with a population of over 1.35 billion. The PRC is a single-party state governed by the Communist Party, with its s... eat of government in the capital city of Beijing. It exercises jurisdiction over 22 provinces, five autonomous regions, four direct-controlled municipalities, and two mostly self-governing special administrative regions. The PRC also claims Taiwan – which is controlled by the Republic of China, a separate political entity – as its 23rd province, a claim which is controversial due to the complex political status of Taiwan.Covering approximately 9.6 million square kilometers, China is the world's second-largest country by land area, and either the third or fourth-largest by total area, depending on the method of measurement. China's landscape is vast and diverse, ranging from forest steppes and the Gobi and Taklamakan deserts in the arid north to subtropical forests in the wetter south. The Himalaya, Karakoram, Pamir and Tian Shan mountain ranges separate China from South and Central Asia   more
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Democratic People's Republic of Korea

North Korea, officially the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, is a country in East Asia, in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula. The name Korea is derived from Goryeo, a dynasty which ruled in the Middle Ages. The capital and largest city...  is Pyongyang. North Korea shares a land border with China to the north and north-west, along the Amnok and Tumen rivers. A small section of the Tumen River also forms North Korea's short border with Russia to the northeast. The Korean Demilitarized Zone marks the boundary between North Korea and South Korea. The legitimacy of this border is not accepted by either side, as both states claim to be the legitimate government of the entire peninsula.The Korean Peninsula was governed by the Korean Empire from the late 19th century to the early 20th century, until it was annexed by the Empire of Japan in 1910. After the surrender of Japan at the end of World War II, Japanese rule ceased. The Korean Peninsula was divided into two occupied zones in 1945, with the northern part of the peninsula occupied by the Soviet Union and the southern portion by the United States   more
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State of Israel

Israel, officially the State of Israel, is a country in the Middle East, situated in the region of Western Asia, on the south-eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It shares land borders with Lebanon in the north, Syria in the northeast, Jordan on...  the east, the Palestinian territories comprising the West Bank and Gaza Strip on the east and southwest respectively, Egypt and the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea to the south, and it contains geographically diverse features within its relatively small area. In its Basic Laws, Israel defines itself as a Jewish and Democratic State; it is the world's only Jewish-majority state.On 29 November 1947, the United Nations General Assembly recommended the adoption and implementation of the partition plan of Mandatory Palestine. On 14 May 1948, David Ben-Gurion, the Executive Head of the World Zionist Organization and president of the Jewish Agency for Palestine, declared "the establishment of a Jewish state in Eretz Israel, to be known as the State of Israel," a state independent upon the termination of the British Mandate for Palestine, 15 May 1948. Neighboring Arab armies invaded Palestine on the next day and fought the Israeli forces   more
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Principality of Sealand

I've heard stories where they have laser sharks, a secret underwater nuclear arsenal, alien-level technology, the survivors of Atlantis, and have allied connections on the moon.
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Islamic Republic of Iran

Iran, also known as Persia, officially the Islamic Republic of Iran, is a country in Western Asia. It is bordered on the north by Turkmenistan, with Kazakhstan and Russia across the Caspian Sea; on the east by Afghanistan and Pakistan; on the south ... by the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman; on the west by Iraq; and on the northwest by Armenia, Azerbaijan and Turkey. Comprising a land area of 1,648,195 km², it is the second-largest nation in the Middle East and the 18th-largest in the world; with over 77 million inhabitants, Iran is the world's 17th most populous nation. It is the only country that has both a Caspian Sea and Indian Ocean coastline. Iran has been of geostrategic importance because of its central location in Eurasia and Western Asia and the Strait of Hormuz.Iran is home to one of the world's oldest civilizations, beginning with the formation of the Proto-Elamite and Elamite kingdom in 3200–2800 BC. The Iranian Medes unified the country into the first of many empires in 625 BC, after which it became the dominant cultural and political power in the region   more
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Swiss Confederation

Switzerland, officially the Swiss Confederation, is a federal parliamentary republic consisting of 26 cantons, with Bern as the seat of the federal authorities, the so-called Bundesstadt. The country is situated in Western and Central Europe, where ... it is bordered by Italy to the south, France to the west, Germany to the north, and Austria and Liechtenstein to the east. Switzerland is a landlocked country geographically divided between the Alps, the Swiss Plateau and the Jura, spanning an area of 41,285 km². While the Alps occupy the greater part of the territory, the Swiss population of approximately 8 million people is concentrated mostly on the Plateau, where the largest cities are to be found. Among them are the two global cities and economic centres of Zürich and Geneva.The establishment of the Swiss Confederation is traditionally dated to 1 August 1291, which is celebrated annually as Swiss National Day. It has a long history of armed neutrality—it has not been in a state of war internationally since 1815—and did not join the United Nations until 2002. It pursues, however, an active foreign policy and is frequently involved in peace-building processes around the world   more
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Republic of India

India, officially the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean ... on the south, the Arabian Sea on the south-west, and the Bay of Bengal on the south-east, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the north-east; and Burma and Bangladesh to the east. In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives; in addition, India's Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia.Home to the ancient Indus Valley Civilisation and a region of historic trade routes and vast empires, the Indian subcontinent was identified with its commercial and cultural wealth for much of its long history. Four world religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism—originated here, whereas Judaism, Zoroastrianism, Christianity, and Islam arrived in the 1st millennium CE and also helped shape the region's diverse culture   more
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Canada

Canada is a country in North America consisting of 10 provinces and 3 territories. Located in the northern part of the continent, it extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean. At 9.98 million square kilometres in t... otal, Canada is the world's second-largest country by total area and the fourth-largest country by land area. Its common border with the United States is the world's longest land border shared by the same two countries.The land that is now Canada has been inhabited for millennia by various Aboriginal peoples. Beginning in the late 15th century, British and French colonies were established on the region's Atlantic coast. As a consequence of various conflicts, the United Kingdom gained and lost North American territories until left in the late 18th century with what mostly comprises Canada today. Pursuant to the British North America Act, on July 1, 1867 three colonies joined to form the autonomous federal dominion of Canada. This began an accretion of provinces and territories to the new self-governing dominion. In 1931, Britain granted Canada full independence in most matters with the Statute of Westminster 1931   more
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Kingdom of Denmark

Denmark, is a Nordic country in Northern Europe, located southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and bordered to the south by Germany. The Kingdom of Denmark comprises Denmark and two autonomous constituent countries in the North Atlantic Ocean, th... e Faroe Islands and Greenland. At 43,094 square kilometres, with a population of around 5.6 million inhabitants, Denmark consists of a peninsula, Jutland, and the Danish archipelago of 407 islands, of which around 70 are inhabited. The islands are characterised by flat, arable land and sandy coasts, low elevation and a temperate climate. A Scandinavian nation, Denmark shares strong cultural and historic ties with its neighbours Sweden and Norway. The national language, Danish, is very closely related and mutually intelligible with Swedish and Norwegian.The unified kingdom of Denmark emerged in the 10th century as a proficient seafaring nation in the struggle for control of the Baltic Sea. Danish rule over the personal Kalmar Union, established in 1397, ended with Swedish secession in 1523. The following year, Denmark entered into a union with Norway until its dissolution in 1814   more
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Republic of Turkey

Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a contiguous transcontinental country. Its larger part is in Western Asia, and the smaller in Southeastern Europe. Turkey is bordered by eight countries: Bulgaria to the northwest; Greece to the west; Ge... orgia to the northeast; Armenia, Iran and the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the southeast. The Mediterranean Sea is to the south; the Aegean Sea to the west; and the Black Sea to the north. The Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus and the Dardanelles demarcate the boundary between Thrace and Anatolia; they also separate Europe and Asia. Turkey's location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia makes it a country of significant geostrategic importance.Turkey has been inhabited since the paleolithic age, including various Ancient Anatolian civilizations and Thracian peoples. After Alexander the Great's conquest, the area was Hellenized, which continued with the Roman rule and the transition into the Byzantine Empire   more
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Republic of Korea

South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea, is a country in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula. The name Korea is derived from Goryeo, a dynasty which ruled in the Middle Ages. It shares land borders with North Kore... a to the north, and oversea borders with China to the west and Japan to the east. South Korea lies in the north temperate zone with a predominantly mountainous terrain. Roughly half of the country's 50 million people reside in the metropolitan area surrounding its capital, the Seoul Capital Area, which is the second largest in the world with over 25 million residents.Korea was inhabited as early as the Lower Paleolithic period and its civilization begins with the founding of Gojoseon in 2333 BC. After the unification of the Three Kingdoms of Korea in 668, Korea enjoyed over a millennium of relative tranquility under dynasties lasting for centuries in which its trade, culture, literature, science and technology flourished. It became part of the Japanese Empire in 1910 and after its defeat in 1945, Korea was divided into Soviet and U.S. zones of occupation, with the latter becoming the Republic of Korea in 1948   more
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Islamic Republic of Pakistan

Pakistan officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a sovereign country in South Asia. With a population exceeding 180 million people, it is the sixth most populous country and with an area covering 796,095 km², it is the 36th largest country i... n the world in terms of area. Pakistan has a 1,046-kilometre coastline along the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman in the south and is bordered by India to the east, Afghanistan to the west and north, Iran to the southwest and China in the far northeast. It is separated from Tajikistan by Afghanistan's narrow Wakhan Corridor in the north, and also shares a marine border with Oman.The territory that now constitutes Pakistan was previously home to several ancient cultures, including the Mehrgarh of the Neolithic and the Bronze Age Indus Valley Civilisation, and was later home to kingdoms ruled by people of different faiths and cultures, including Hindus, Indo-Greeks, Muslims, Turco-Mongols, Afghans and Sikhs   more
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Republic of Iraq

Iraq, officially the Republic of Iraq, is a country in the Middle East that borders Turkey to the north, Iran to the east, Kuwait to the southeast, Saudi Arabia to the south, Jordan to the southwest, and Syria to the west. The capital, Baghdad, is i... n the center of the country. Around 97% of the country's 36,000,000 people are Muslims, mainly Shias, Sunnis, and ethnic Kurds.Iraq has a narrow section of coastline measuring 58 km on the northern Persian Gulf and its territory encompasses the Mesopotamian Alluvial Plain, the northwestern end of the Zagros mountain range, and the eastern part of the Syrian Desert. Two major rivers, the Tigris and Euphrates, run south through the center of Iraq and flow into the Shatt al-Arab near the Persian Gulf. Theses rivers provide Iraq with significant amounts of fertile land.The region between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers is often referred to as Mesopotamia and thought to be the birthplace of writing and the world's oldest civilizations. The area has been home to continuous successive civilizations since the 6th millennium BC   more
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Japan

Japan is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south....  The characters that make up Japan's name mean "sun-origin", which is why Japan is often referred to as the "Land of the Rising Sun".Japan is a stratovolcanic archipelago of 6,852 islands. The four largest islands are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku, which together comprise about ninety-seven percent of Japan's land area. Due to its location in the Pacific Ring of Fire, Japan is substantially prone to earthquakes and tsunami, having the highest natural disaster risk in the developed world. Japan has the world's tenth-largest population, with over 126 million people. Honshū's Greater Tokyo Area, which includes the de facto capital of Tokyo and several surrounding prefectures, is the largest metropolitan area in the world, with over 30 million residents.Archaeological research indicates that people lived in Japan as early as the Upper Paleolithic period   more
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United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom or simply Britain, is a sovereign state located off the north-western coast of continental Europe. The country includes the island of Great Britain, the n... orth-eastern part of the island of Ireland, and many smaller islands. Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK that shares a land border with another state: the Republic of Ireland. Apart from this land border, the UK is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the North Sea in the east, the English Channel in the south and the Irish Sea in the west.The UK's form of government is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system. Its capital city is London, an important global city with the second largest urban area in the European Union. The current British monarch—since 6 February 1952—is Queen Elizabeth II. The United Kingdom consists of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The latter three have devolved administrations, each with varying powers, based in their capital cities, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast, respectively   more
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Republic of Ireland

Ireland, also commonly referred to as the Republic of Ireland, is a sovereign state in Europe occupying about five-sixths of the island of Ireland. The capital and largest city is Dublin, located in the eastern part of the island, whose metropolitan...  area is home to around a quarter of the country's 4.6 million inhabitants. The state shares its only land border with Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom. It is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, with the Celtic Sea to the south, Saint George's Channel to the south east, and the Irish Sea to the east. It is a unitary, parliamentary republic with an elected president serving as head of state. The head of government, the Taoiseach, is nominated by the lower house of parliament, Dáil Éireann.Following the Irish War of Independence and the subsequent Anglo-Irish Treaty, Ireland gained effective independence from the United Kingdom as the Irish Free State in 1922. Northern Ireland exercised an option called the Ulster Month to remain in the United Kingdom. Initially a dominion within the British Empire, the Free State received official British recognition of full legislative independence in the Statute of Westminster of 1931   more
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French Republic

France, officially the French Republic, is a sovereign country in Western Europe that includes several overseas regions and territories. Metropolitan France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rh... ine to the Atlantic Ocean. It is one of only three countries to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. Due to its shape, it is often referred to in French as l’Hexagone.By area, France is the 42nd largest country in the world but the largest country in Western Europe and the European Union, and the third-largest in Europe as a whole. With a population approaching 67 million, it is the 20th most populated country and the second-most populated country in the EU. France is a unitary semi-presidential republic with its capital in Paris, the nation's largest city and the main cultural and commercial center. The current Constitution of France, adopted by referendum on 4 October 1958, establishes the country as secular and democratic, with its sovereignty derived from the people   more
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Italian Republic

Italy, officially the Italian Republic, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Southern Europe. To the north, Italy borders France, Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia, and is approximately delimited by the Alpine watershed, enclosing the Po Valley a... nd the Venetian Plain. To the south, it consists of the entirety of the Italian Peninsula and the two biggest Mediterranean islands of Sicily and Sardinia.Italian territory also includes the islands of Pantelleria, 60 km east of the Tunisian coast and 100 km southwest of Sicily, and Lampedusa, at about 113 km from Tunisia and at 176 km from Sicily, in addition to many other smaller islands. The sovereign states of San Marino and the Vatican City are enclaves within Italy, while Campione d'Italia is an Italian exclave in Switzerland. Italy covers an area of 301,338 km² and has a largely temperate climate. With 61 million inhabitants, it is the 5th most populous country in Europe. Among the world's most developed countries, Italy has the 4th-largest economy in the European Union, 3rd in the Eurozone and 9th in the world by GDP   more
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Kingdom of Sweden

Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. Sweden borders Norway and Finland, and is connected to Denmark by a bridge-tunnel across the Øresund. At 450,295 square kilometres, Sweden is the third-largest c... ountry in the European Union by area, with a total population of about 9.6 million. Sweden has a low population density of 21 inhabitants per square kilometre with the population mostly concentrated to the southern half of the country. About 85% of the population live in urban areas. Southern Sweden is predominantly agricultural, while the north is heavily forested.For centuries, Sweden was inhabited by various Germanic tribes, who eventually became known as the Vikings. Sweden emerged as an independent and unified country during the Middle Ages. In the 17th century, the country expanded its territories to form the Swedish Empire. The empire grew to be one of the great powers of Europe in the 17th and early 18th centuries. Most of the conquered territories outside the Scandinavian Peninsula were lost during the 18th and 19th centuries. The eastern half of Sweden, present-day Finland, was lost to Russia in 1809   more
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State of Mexico

The State of Mexico, officially the Free and Sovereign State of Mexico, is one of the 31 states which, with the Federal District, comprise the 32 federal entities of the United Mexican States. It is the most populous, as well as the densest in popul... ation. It is divided into 125 municipalities and its capital city is Toluca de Lerdo.The State of Mexico is often abbreviated to "Edomex" from Estado de México in Spanish. It is located in South-Central Mexico. It is bordered by the states of Querétaro and Hidalgo to the north, Morelos and Guerrero to the south, Michoacán to the west, Tlaxcala and Puebla to the east and surrounds the Federal District.The state’s origins are in the territory of the Aztec Empire, which remained a political division of New Spain during the colonial period. After Independence, Mexico City was chosen as the capital of the new nation; its territory was separated out of the state. Years later, parts of the state were broken off to form the states of Hidalgo, Guerrero and Morelos   more
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Lebanese Republic

Lebanon, officially the Lebanese Republic, is a country in Western Asia. It is bordered by Syria to the north and east and Israel to the south. Lebanon's location at the crossroads of the Mediterranean Basin and the Arabian hinterland has dictated i... ts rich history and shaped a cultural identity of religious and ethnic diversity.The earliest evidence of civilization in Lebanon dates back more than seven thousand years, predating recorded history. Lebanon was the home of the Phoenicians, a maritime culture that flourished for over a thousand years. In 64 BC, the region came under the rule of the Roman Empire, and eventually became one of the Empire's leading centers of Christianity. In the Mount Lebanon range a monastic tradition known as the Maronite Church was established. As the Arab Muslims conquered the region, the Maronites held onto their religion and identity. However, a new religious group, the Druze, established themselves in Mount Lebanon as well, a religious divide that would last for centuries. During the Crusades, the Maronites re-established contact with the Roman Catholic Church and asserted their communion with Rome   more
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Arab Republic of Egypt

Egypt, officially: the Arab Republic of Egypt, is a transcontinental country spanning the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia, via a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula. Most of its territory of 1,010,000 square kilometers ... lies within the Nile Valley of North Africa and is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Gaza Strip and Israel to the northeast, the Gulf of Aqaba to the east, the Red Sea to the east and south, Sudan to the south and Libya to the west.With over 86 million inhabitants, Egypt is one of the most populous countries in Africa and the Middle East, and the 15th-most populous in the world. The great majority of its people live near the banks of the Nile River, an area of about 40,000 square kilometers, where the only arable land is found. The large regions of the Sahara Desert, which constitute most of Egypt's territory, are sparsely inhabited. About half of Egypt's residents live in urban areas, with most spread across the densely populated centres of greater Cairo, Alexandria and other major cities in the Nile Delta   more
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Syrian Arab Republic

Syria, officially the Syrian Arab Republic, is a country in Western Asia, bordering Lebanon and the Mediterranean Sea to the west, Turkey to the north, Iraq to the east, Jordan to the south, and Israel to the southwest. Its capital Damascus is among...  the oldest continuously-inhabited cities in the world. A country of fertile plains, high mountains, and deserts, it is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups, including the majority Arab population which includes; Alawite, Druze, Sunni and Christian. Other ethnic groups include; Armenians, Assyrians, Kurds, Yezidi and Turks. Sunni Arabs make up the largest population group in Syria.In English, the name "Syria" was formerly synonymous with the Levant while the modern state encompasses the sites of several ancient kingdoms and empires, including the Eblan civilization of the third millennium BC. In the Islamic era, Damascus was the seat of the Umayyad Caliphate and a provincial capital of the Mamluk Sultanate in Egypt.The modern Syrian state was established after the first World War as a French mandate, and represented the largest Arab state to emerge from the formerly Ottoman-ruled Arab Levant   more
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Brazil

Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and the Latin American region. It is the world's fifth largest country, both by geographical area and by population. It is the largest Portuguese-spea... king country in the world, and the only one in the Americas.Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Brazil has a coastline of 7,491 km. It is bordered on the north by Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and the French overseas region of French Guiana; on the northwest by Colombia; on the west by Bolivia and Peru; on the southwest by Argentina and Paraguay and on the south by Uruguay. Numerous archipelagos form part of Brazilian territory, such as Fernando de Noronha, Rocas Atoll, Saint Peter and Paul Rocks, and Trindade and Martim Vaz. It borders all other South American countries except Ecuador and Chile and occupies 47 percent of the continent of South America.Brazil was inhabited by numerous tribal nations prior to the landing of explorer Pedro Álvares Cabral in 1500, who claimed the area for Portugal   more
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Kingdom of Norway

Norway, officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Scandinavian unitary constitutional monarchy whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula, Jan Mayen, the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, and the sub-Antarctic Bouvet Isla... nd. Norway has a total area of 385,252 square kilometres and a population of 5,109,059 people. It is the 2nd least densely populated country in Europe. The country shares a long eastern border with Sweden, which is the longest uninterrupted border within both Scandinavia and Europe at large. Norway is bordered by Finland and Russia to the north-east, and the Skagerrak Strait to the south, with Denmark on the other side. Norway's extensive coastline, facing the North Atlantic Ocean and the Barents Sea, is laced with fjords, a renowned part of its landscape. The capital city Oslo is the largest in the nation, with a population of 630,000. Norway has extensive reserves of petroleum, natural gas, minerals, lumber, seafood, fresh water, and hydropower.Two centuries of Viking raids to southern and western areas tapered off following the adoption of Christianity in AD 994   more
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Republic of South Africa

South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa, is a country located at the southern tip of Africa. It has 2,798 kilometres of coastline that stretches along the South Atlantic and Indian oceans. To the north lie the neighbouring countries of...  Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe; to the east are Mozambique and Swaziland; and within it lies Lesotho, an enclave surrounded by South African territory. South Africa is the 25th-largest country in the world by land area, and with close to 53 million people, is the world's 25th-most populous nation.South Africa is a multiethnic society encompassing a wide variety of cultures, languages, and religions. Its pluralistic makeup is reflected in the constitution's recognition of 11 official languages, which is among the highest number of any country in the world. Two of these languages are of European origin: English and Afrikaans, the latter originating from Dutch and serving as the first language of most white and coloured South Africans. Though English is commonly used in public and commercial life, it is only the fourth most-spoken first language   more
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Tibet

Tibet is a plateau region in Asia, north-east of the Himalayas, in the People's Republic of China. It is the traditional homeland of the Tibetan people as well as some other ethnic groups such as Monpas, Qiang, and Lhobas, and is now also inhabited ... by considerable numbers of Han and Hui people. Tibet is the highest region on Earth, with an average elevation of 4,900 metres.Tibet emerged in the 7th century as a unified empire, but it soon divided into a variety of territories. The bulk of western and central Tibet was often at least nominally unified under a series of Tibetan governments in Lhasa, Shigatse, or nearby locations; these governments were at various times under Mongol and Chinese overlordship. The eastern regions of Kham and Amdo often maintained a more decentralized indigenous political structure, being divided among a number of small principalities and tribal groups, while also often falling more directly under Chinese rule; most of this area was eventually incorporated into the Chinese provinces of Sichuan and Qinghai. The current borders of Tibet were generally established in the 18th century   more
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Republic of Finland

Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, is a Nordic country situated in the Fennoscandian region of Northern Europe. It is bordered by Sweden to the west, Norway to the north, Russia to the east, and Estonia to the south across the Gulf of Finl... and.As of 2013, Finland's population was around 5.5 million, with the majority concentrated in its southern regions. In terms of area, it is the eighth largest country in Europe and the most sparsely populated country in the European Union. Finland is a parliamentary republic with a central government based in the capital of Helsinki, local governments in 336 municipalities and an autonomous region, the Åland Islands. About one million residents live in the Greater Helsinki area, which also produces a third of the country's GDP. Other large cities include Tampere, Turku, Oulu, Jyväskylä, Lahti, and Kuopio.From the late 12th century until 1809, Finland was part of Sweden, a legacy reflected in the prevalence of the Swedish language and its official status. It then became an autonomous Grand Duchy within the Russian Empire until the Russian Revolution, which prompted the Finnish Declaration of Independence   more
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Federal Republic of Germany

Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany, is a federal parliamentary republic in western-central Europe consisting of 16 constituent states, which retain limited sovereignty. Its capital city and largest city is Berlin. Germany covers an ... area of 357,021 square kilometres and has a largely temperate seasonal climate. With 80.6 million inhabitants, it is the most populous member state in the European Union. Germany is the major economic and political power of the European continent and a historic leader in many cultural, theoretical and technical fields.Various Germanic tribes have occupied what is now northern Germany and southern Scandinavia since classical antiquity. A region named Germania was documented by the Romans before AD 100. During the Migration Period that coincided with the decline of the Roman Empire, the Germanic tribes expanded southward and established kingdoms throughout much of Europe. Beginning in the 10th century, German territories formed a central part of the Holy Roman Empire. During the 16th century, northern German regions became the centre of the Protestant Reformation   more
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PetersSmith says2014-07-19T14:24:41.7538753-05:00
I tried including the countries I felt people would vote for. If you feel I left out a country you want to vote for, tell me in the comments.
ben671176 says2014-07-19T14:50:55.9957486-05:00
Why is there 48 states for the U.S.A.?
mishapqueen says2014-07-19T14:52:48.6767155-05:00
Because they abolished Alaska and Hawaii. ;)
ben671176 says2014-07-19T14:52:59.0425308-05:00
You should also add: "The Rich" since they know how to control the consumer and basicllay send money to the government to get what they want.
ben671176 says2014-07-19T14:53:58.4469500-05:00
Why they Abolished Alaska and Hawaii?
Haroush says2014-07-19T14:55:22.4644729-05:00
It gets confusing when you get into the technicalities of things. Don't forget they are considering making Puerto Rico a part of the United States as well. (Forgive me if I spelled PR wrong. )
ben671176 says2014-07-19T14:55:32.2614613-05:00
Oh, now I get it, the States that are in the balk. Adjoining, sorry.
PetersSmith says2014-07-19T15:04:20.0976118-05:00
Ben, there are 50 states. The flag is wavy and thus some of the stars are not visible.
Haroush says2014-07-19T15:08:10.0928347-05:00
I always hear about the rich, and how the rich controls everything.., but do they really? Do they control the decisions you make and your destiny? No. You can make your future what you want it to be in America and no where else. Simply you can either be a productive part of society or a sagging bag of rocks weighing on each of us tax payers here in the United States.. Which one do you want to be? The provider or the consumer? It's your choice, no one else's.
debate_power says2014-07-19T15:08:52.9624591-05:00
In what way does Russia pose the greatest threat to the world? What sort of nonsense is that? Russia isn't constantly invading the Middle East, causing worldwide corruption, enslaving people through invasion, funding terrorism, helping drug lords, bringing fascists into power, destroying the environment worldwide, and instigating violence. That's us, the "'Muricans".
debate_power says2014-07-19T15:10:07.5474934-05:00
Oh, and also, we have more nuclear weapons than the Russians and have actually shown our readiness to kill people with them, mainly noncombatants.
Haroush says2014-07-19T15:11:07.6086484-05:00
Russia does pose a great threat to the entire world because they (the government of Russia) wouldn't like more than to take over countries and make them their own, unlike the United States where we come in and help countries create their own democracies.
debate_power says2014-07-19T15:11:10.2480896-05:00
Plus we kill noncombatants all the time using less effective but still nasty means. God bless the U.S.A, not the USFG.
PetersSmith says2014-07-19T15:11:16.3632504-05:00
Debate_power: You have been misinformed. Russia has more nuclear weapons than the United States. Some people may feel they are a threat because of this and their military power. As well as their recent actions in Ukraine.
debate_power says2014-07-19T15:13:18.8696438-05:00
Yeah, Ukraine the world power, Ukraine the great nation, Ukraine the noble cause of independence. We do the same thing as Russia did in Ukraine all the time, just with actual killing to go along with it. What's more, how many more nuclear weapons does Russia have than us? Hm?
Haroush says2014-07-19T15:14:11.5049848-05:00
Peter not just that, they have been doing a lot of international military training with other countries.. And I mean a lot. The U.S. does it too, but not near as much as what Russia is doing.
PetersSmith says2014-07-19T15:14:51.9409624-05:00
Debate_power: 8,000 in total, we have 7,315 in total.
PetersSmith says2014-07-19T15:16:09.1592438-05:00
Haroush: Russia also has control of the world's deepest lake and thus the largest supply of fresh water. With all those droughts recently in the US, they could one day have more control because of their fresh water supply.
Haroush says2014-07-19T15:16:42.4808438-05:00
It's better to be hypocritical and right, then be not human like and be perfect. Besides, many of the times we have got involved in international conflicts, there was good reason behind it.
Haroush says2014-07-19T15:17:25.8801218-05:00
True @ Peter
debate_power says2014-07-19T15:18:51.0623608-05:00
But the ratio between fighting that the Russians are actually doing and fighting that the U.S.A is actually doing is massive. Plus, we have a bigger defense budget and always seem to be developing new weapons at a breakneck pace- and boast to the whole world that we have made those weapons. We're always deploying our aircraft carriers, planes, and drones overseas at the slightest hint of unrest- much to the dislike of the inhabitants of those countries. We're a bigger threat because we're more likely to start a war and end it by obliterating everybody else who doesn't have an as competent, large, or well-equipped military.
Haroush says2014-07-19T15:19:15.0244216-05:00
The ironic part is most of the people who see the United States as a threat to the entire world is Libertarians... (Talking about people in the United States specifically.)
debate_power says2014-07-19T15:20:34.7731552-05:00
And oh yeah, oil is a very logical cause for war.
Haroush says2014-07-19T15:21:31.9482547-05:00
Umm it is... Have you not noticed everything we use is made of crude oil????
debate_power says2014-07-19T15:21:37.5113478-05:00
Well who knows? Maybe I'm not a libertarian but just a realist.
Haroush says2014-07-19T15:21:56.5903924-05:00
Oil is just like water when it comes to worth..
debate_power says2014-07-19T15:22:45.4034182-05:00
Yeah and certain people will do everything they can to get it because it benefits them the most- if you catch my meaning.
Haroush says2014-07-19T15:23:19.0443142-05:00
That Libertarian comment wasn't directed at you.
PetersSmith says2014-07-19T15:23:22.5474944-05:00
Debate_power: I never said the United States is not a threat, in fact I knew that most people were going to vote for it. The US has 1,369,532 active personal and 850,880 in reserve. Russia has 766,000 active and 2,035,000 in reserve. Russia also has the power to recreate the largest nuclear weapon in history, the Tsar Bomba.
ArcTImes says2014-07-19T15:23:24.0451136-05:00
"Umm it is... Have you not noticed everything we use is made of crude oil????" How is that a good reason? Wtf. Technically there is a lot of resources in the world your country can use. Those are not good reasons to go to war. That thinking is a threat for the world lol. Btw, staph plz, the notifications are driving me crazy lol.
debate_power says2014-07-19T15:24:14.7145632-05:00
I said it was a logical reason, not a moral reason.
Haroush says2014-07-19T15:25:23.0731196-05:00
It is a good reason.. Paint, plastic, asphalt, and many other things are created from crude oil..
Haroush says2014-07-19T15:26:17.6677492-05:00
Your computer is created from crude oil, your television, the paint on your books, doors, walls, and on your flag..
ArcTImes says2014-07-19T15:26:48.8252202-05:00
That's not a good reason. If that would be a good reason, the world would need to be in permanent war, and all the countries should be fighting for those resources. That would make a good reason.
Haroush says2014-07-19T15:28:01.3785436-05:00
The plastic container you use are made from crude oil.. So many things around us are made from crude oil, meaning it is a necessity even if we were to get rid of cars..
ArcTImes says2014-07-19T15:30:29.6412334-05:00
Sigh. It doesn't matter how much it is worth, and it doesn't matter how much you need it. A good reason for war is a something that can justify war. In what way "oil" justify going, fighting, killing and taking resources from other countries that might need those resources too? That sounds like the reason a bully takes the money of his victims... Because he needs to eat. Silly reason.
debate_power says2014-07-19T15:31:29.6232334-05:00
No, the bully wants to eat. He doesn't NEED to eat.
ArcTImes says2014-07-19T15:32:23.0111749-05:00
And it's funny because you mention how there is a division between those who make hard work and those you just consume. Guess what? Going to war is not the hard work side here, it's the consume-it-all side.
ArcTImes says2014-07-19T15:34:42.7898629-05:00
He needs to eat, he will die if he doesn't eat, but he doesn't care where he is going to get that. And wanting is exactly what's happening here tho, because oil is not a 1st necessity resource.
debate_power says2014-07-19T15:35:46.5170884-05:00
We're praying on the weak because they have something we want that we, not them, have the ability to exploit. It's sickening. "Liberty" is apparently only good if it's ours being imposed on others who may not even be being oppressed in the first place. "Liberty" apparently requires slave labor, killing, and plundering of others' wealth in order to be sustained. "Liberty" is a sham created reassure people; liberty is something that the people who deserve it will never get.
debate_power says2014-07-19T15:37:19.6040785-05:00
@ArcTimes He WANTS to eat during lunchtime at school, but he could always wait until he gets home- but it's more convenient to him to seize it through barbaric means immediately.
ArcTImes says2014-07-19T15:39:35.0302828-05:00
Yeah sure, I don't expect him actually dying for the food. That makes the analogy more accurate lol.
Haroush says2014-07-19T15:39:35.1304248-05:00
Really now?? @ Arc, Have you not ever seen Dubai in Saudi Arabia? Do you realize these people don't need anymore money than what they already have? They have real gold cars for crying out loud!! As far as us being bullies, I don't understand your logic. That doesn't seem to me us being bullies or anyone for that matter. It is a matter of survival.. If there was a situation where our country became engulfed in an all out civil war, you mean to tell me if you and your family was dehydrated and starving, you wouldn't fight someone over the last bit of food and drinks left in the store? Considering there was only enough food and water left for a family of three..
Haroush says2014-07-19T15:40:46.8540640-05:00
It's crazy you say it doesn't matter how much we need something, because if we don't drink water we will die... Sure let's just die..
Haroush says2014-07-19T15:43:24.7155702-05:00
It going to be because of people like Debate Power and Arc we are probably going to have another 9/11..
PetersSmith says2014-07-19T15:43:58.7533543-05:00
Haroush: Not cool.
Haroush says2014-07-19T15:44:20.5472544-05:00
If not worse.. And yes freedom isn't free.
debate_power says2014-07-19T15:44:38.4246252-05:00
No, it's going to be because of the people we both hate the guts of.
debate_power says2014-07-19T15:45:41.2606196-05:00
Those are the people who will cause another 9/11: The people both I and Arc hate the stinking capitalist and immoral guts of.
Haroush says2014-07-19T15:46:17.3273572-05:00
I disagree.. Resources are essential and part of our daily lives..
Haroush says2014-07-19T15:47:14.8912230-05:00
By the way, the reason I used Arc and Debate power as the example is because this is the way most Americans think..
debate_power says2014-07-19T15:47:41.9000455-05:00
Yeah essential the sustain the twisted beast of rampant materialism that rends society into disparate hostile chunks
Haroush says2014-07-19T15:49:05.5176535-05:00
If that is what you think go ahead and think that and let the experimenting begin..
ArcTImes says2014-07-19T15:49:36.4062475-05:00
Yes sir, it doesn't matter how much you need something. First, oil is not analogous to water. And even if it was, it's not moral to kill and steal for it. And other countries having more money that they can spend is not a reason for war either. If you have a lot of money and you get attacked by someone that then steal your money, you would feel that that's not just. It's not about property and how much you need things, it is about the war that is between those things and how it means forcing others that you want them to do.
Haroush says2014-07-19T15:50:14.2681756-05:00
By the way, I forgot to mention crude oil is what is used to make the rubber for your tires and everything else.
debate_power says2014-07-19T15:51:03.6184230-05:00
Can't we all have resources while all cooperating with each other? I just don't get it! Where, concretely, is the need for stepping on other people? I don't see it!
ArcTImes says2014-07-19T15:53:56.5151296-05:00
Dude, it doesn't matter. Imagine that you could make artificial hearts and save a lot of people lives. That is not a good reason either. Going to war to get oil from another country means killing and stealing. "OH yeah, some of them are rich", "they don't need them", "we need it more". USA would not die without going to war, so it's not a first necessity for the nation, and not for it's citizens. And in the short scale would not work either. If you want something, you just can't go to my home, kill me and steal it. It is not just.
Haroush says2014-07-19T15:55:39.6436327-05:00
Not everyone is the same, hence some people can't stand people that are different. For example, I remember one time walking into a retail owned by an oriental guy, and he wouldn't hire simply because I wasn't oriental..
ArcTImes says2014-07-19T15:56:54.5718736-05:00
It seems that you are good with reasons. /s
Haroush says2014-07-19T15:58:09.5313151-05:00
Diplomacy is only one option that doesn't work half of the time.. We can't do everything through diplomacy...
debate_power says2014-07-19T15:58:16.4924626-05:00
Nice mini-debate. Maybe we can make this into a full-scale debate sometime. I'm confident I'll win!
debate_power says2014-07-19T15:58:36.0050242-05:00
Arc, you can back me up.
ArcTImes says2014-07-19T15:59:50.6056588-05:00
It can't work? You mean, you will not obtain what you want. Of course you will not obtain what you want just because you want it and can use the force. Sigh.
Haroush says2014-07-19T16:00:05.9563540-05:00
Yes, this was a good mini debate..
Haroush says2014-07-19T16:00:11.6505786-05:00
Yes, this was a good mini debate..
Haroush says2014-07-19T16:01:46.5909614-05:00
Remember.. It is not what we want, it's what we NEED.
ArcTImes says2014-07-19T16:12:07.0802215-05:00
First, what you need would not change anything, specially if going to war is just not stealing something, it is about fighting and killing. Second, oil is not a primary necessity. You tell me about computers, and rubber... And nor computers, nor tiers are primary necessity either, they are not comparable to water. If your country went to war because there is a shortage of water, even after your country tried everything to supply water to everyone and not just give it to few companies then ok... That may be a reason. But for fudge sake, oil? Yeah, now you can use computers and tires... Freedom!
Haroush says2014-07-19T16:23:33.0455384-05:00
We aren't stealing anyways.. If it is of mother earth, than it is everyone's therefore it isn't stealing..
ArcTImes says2014-07-19T16:26:43.6787604-05:00
Lol, so you are ok without properties? That would not change nothing either lol. Understand, you are just going to kill a lot of people for that? I told you about the water example, there you go, that's a primary necessity, if you really fought to give a good of water but even with that , there is a shortage, maybe that;s justifiable, or at least requires discussion... And that would be cool with the mother's nature argument, but killing for oil does not justify wars.
Haroush says2014-07-19T16:29:24.4065697-05:00
And unfortunately, with unfair people owning the main supply of oil, Americans would end up dying from starvation and not having the money to afford the cost of living due to the spike in the cost of living when it comes to the shortage of crude oil.
ArcTImes says2014-07-19T16:31:30.5661958-05:00
ROFL
YamaVonKarma says2014-07-19T16:32:19.5043369-05:00
Can we all take a second to calm down... And bask in my glory?
Haroush says2014-07-19T16:34:44.0723170-05:00
Remember, democrats don't want the U.S. to do off shore drilling, and furthermore, most of our off shore oil rigs have been sold to other countries..
Seido says2014-07-19T21:47:16.0639889-05:00
It is honestly so sad that this ideal of hating America has become so popular. To see a rumor perpetuated on facts and beliefs that are hardly rooted in reality, particularly about an issue as important as this, is detrimental to the world.
PetersSmith says2014-07-19T21:48:12.0066647-05:00
Labarum: You have :)
Seido says2014-07-21T16:28:20.5331612-05:00
Really discomforting? Israel? How so? Because they dare defend themselves against Hamas?
debate_power says2014-07-21T17:18:37.6443910-05:00
Israel? Israel?! WE'RE the big bad stereotypical evil superpower that has the best technology, the biggest army, and all the odds stacked in our favor. A war between Israel and the United States would be like the Empire from "Star Wars" versus the Rebellion.
ben671176 says2014-07-21T17:52:36.2585079-05:00
Well Israel is the country that spends the most on its individual soldier, so they could probably win, if they had Russia, China, all of the Middle East, and North Korea to back them up.
Seido says2014-07-21T21:07:26.8392538-05:00
@debatepower The US really isn't an "evil" power either. It has its flaws, that's to be sure, but evil? Definitely not.
discomfiting says2014-07-21T21:48:19.3355526-05:00
No, because they have the worlds strongest country and most corrupt country unilaterally supporting them and basically giving them an free pass to do whatever they want, whenever they want.
Seido says2014-07-22T18:36:39.1868163-05:00
Firstly, the US is hardly the most corrupt country on Earth. If it is, I'd like to see some sort of scientific evidence of it that was gathered by an unbiased source. Something like the power index would work. Secondly, they don't get a free pass on everything. Hell, Obama himself has requested a cease fire in regard to the current conflict, and John Kerry has been working with both the Israelis and the Palestinians on making a deal. If Israel ever did something that was truly atrocious, the US likely wouldn't back them but they have yet to do something of that caliber.

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