What do you think will happen to earth over the next 50-100 years?
I think we will either nuke each other to death, end up with a world governing body that turns into a totalitarian government or collapse into complete anarchy.
I'd like to think that these wouldn't happen... but that would require faith in humanity.
Well my answer was "death" so I was half right XD
The future is kinda hard to predict. Maybe we'll have some super influential figure who'll restore faith in humanity? Maybe we'll all just kill ourselves like you suggested? There are too many possibilities. However, I believe a majority of the world will continue living on as it already is.
No, the Chinese military will lose to the US.
The Russian military, on the other hand...
THe Chinese military might loose to the US, but the Chinese actually fund half of America. America owes them trillions in debt. The second the US and China go to war is the second America hits the worst recession in history and crumbles to bits.
Sorry but those commies have America by the short a curleys.
And incase you want to go with the "Ha, once they go to war they just ignore/write off the debt! then they are fine!" Well no since America needs to borrow billions of dollars EVERY YEAR just to keep running, the second they cut off China, which is one of the only countries still lending to the US, They can't even pay their own bills, so they hit recession anyway.
... And you base this on what?
Having a large military doesn't make you more likely to be opressive.
I'm saying that the US will defeat China in the future. I hate commies.
Yeah, that's fair. They've sort of warped what communism actually is.
The only good communist is a dead communist.
Or a democratic communist.
Actually the Chinese have a larger military, yet we are more skilled. It could go either way
Seeing all this talk about large militaries and highly skilled military... makes me feel bad, considering my country is barely qualified as a regional power(militarily speaking)... :P
Nukes have too much losses compared to rewards to be used effectively, so...no. Only if you were someone stupid like Bush (but even moreso) would you ever want to nuke a place.
That being said, China still has a rein on us for 18 trillion, and sooner or later, if Russia somehow gets bigger and bigger as the years go by with sudden pro-Russian civil conflicts, we might as well go all out in the span of maybe three, four lifetimes. China might want it's money back, and we might have to pay it back...or at least some parts.
And there's also hunger to deal with.
And there's also the Middle East's problems.
Too many problems in the world to want to use nukes.
Hahahahaha, Russia? Doing better than the US? When has this happened in the past 50 years?
Yeah, beacuse in the Vietnam War, the US didn't send any soldiers... *obvious sarcasm is obvious*
So they just stood there to get shot by the Vietnamese? I hardly doubt that during the Vietnam War the US didn't use their army as an actual army!
You might see it as a selfish perspective, but hopefully I'm dead before Western society falls. I honestly couldn't give a fuck after that.
I don't know exactly, but I predict that it will be a mix of good, bad, and a hearty helping of weird. ^_^
China decides it's time to cash in on the USA-Debt which will likely lead to one of three 'general' responses. :D Actual results may vary.
USA says no, china embargos and switchs to focus it's economy of Europe. USA economy strained and something interesting happens.
USA tries to pay it back and fails like an epic. Alaska is sold to China?
USA goes to war with nukes and Fallout: 1 begins.
Then North Korea would get jealous and bomb itself in a country-wide suicide attempt.
Friendship is actually a big mushroom cloud that leaves 'magic' in it's wake.
Fingers crossed for a nuclear fallout.
-10 points for taking it seriously.
Gonna have to assume you are American here.
looking at the pure facts. They simply DO have the power to massively tank the US economy and cause a huge recession there. What is sad is that Americans like you ignore the facts and massive ever growing debt, saying "But America will win no matter what reality says!"
Would it hurt China to pull out and cash in debts? Yes, it would but as a country they are entirely self sufficient and have diverse trading partners in Europe and Across Asia. They are also entirely solvent as a country. They don't have debt. Their economy would take a small hit and sales would drop but their economy would easily survive while Americas would not. China Simply does not rely on debt and the world economy like America.
America cannot fund itself. The ONLY reason it currently survives is by borrowing billions a year. Your own president admitted not long ago, that if they didn't raise their debt ceiling yet again to allow them to keep borrowing billions more, that their economy would fail.
If China calls in debts or backs out, America looses around 1.4 trillion. This HAS to be picked up by other creditors like the Fedral reserve of other coutries, but America already owes them trillions. They either find new creditors or they immediately go into a huge recession and cannot fund themselves, taxes must jump by about 15% just to cover national bills. Even if they magically do get all that debt covered, they loose their credit rating and have to pay more for their next years debt with less people willing to buy it, this has been seen before in economies and is a dam fast slope to recession.
Simple economic facts. China CAN tank the American economy and send it into a massive depression spiral by cashing in its debt. Even American economists know this, their entire system is based off borrowing money and huge climbing debt, loosing 1.4 trillion would be a massive blow that would make previous recessions look like nothing.
AH then I would also agree, they do not have any reason to actually do this and it is an extremely unlikely action for them to take. The only reason I can forsee is a war and that is equally unlikely.
What they could do though, is slowly stop lending us money, forcing us to figure out how to do things on our own, or find another country to mooch off of.
Oh and did I mention that most of the money they are lending us is credit that we can only spend on Chinese factories and companies... Damn Chinese
If we are going to argue military powers and shit like that, then why the hell don't we use this?
Wow. I wouldn't think Canada would be so high on the list.
Me neither, and apparently, to this list, China has a external debt of 863.200.000.000$, but to who?
While I like to delve into historical "what if" scenario's, this is one has too many outcomes to debate about... Wait, what general are you talking about?
To that I agree, Erwin Rommel was the guy who could've changed fate and maybe making Nazi Germany repel the D-day invasion and begin focusing more troops on the east to fight Russia.
Yeah, and unlike the rest of the Nazi Generals, he didn't use forced labor to build fortifications(while he was still in Africa) and neither did he persecute Jews like the rest. And maybe if his plan had succeeded, maybe Nazi Germany would've surrendered and (again) be put to pay the reparations, but not split apart...
I don't understand why everyone believes I.C.B.M's and nukes would be considered if another war broke out. Sure, I lack faith in humanity too, but come on, people aren't that stupid. Well, I can't exactly say for places like the Middle East or NK, but if they launched any nukes, I'm pretty sure they'd just end up suiciding themselves. Assuming they're anti-US or anti-Russia, either of those superpowers could quite simply wipe the floor with them (especially Russia - world-coverage ftw!).
Besides, we have the means to intercept these missiles, don't we? So, assuming we can use our defences effectively, all that really matters is who wields the bigger stick. Although the environmental effect would likely be devastating... I just find it difficult to rationalise why people would go to such extreme measures to take out another country. Intimidation or a last resort are all that come to mind in terms of why people would use nuclear weaponry.
Not to mention there are some far more effective large-scale destructive weapons out there.
I agree. I don't think any of the superpowers would use any nuclear weapons until needed. That would result in far more deaths, and would do no good to either sides.
I'm not sure why Vietnam should be high up on the list, unless it's just the fact that they held off number one without getting totally razed in the process (which wasn't the point anyways.). Also, wasn't china forcing its own navy right on Vietnam's waters, causing a bunch of other southeast Asian countries to call for the U.S. navy?
Pakistan enslaves the entire world.
In seriousness, Murica will probably be a shell of what it once was, and either people have gone green at this point or we're living on the Moon, away from the Earth due to global warming. Weapons are going to get more dangerous, Murica will be more oppressive, Illuminati begins to jack everyone over.
China, India, (Russia?) the Asians in general, or the European Union will probably become the next world power(s).
Is it bad to say I kind of want a world war?
I can imagine it now...
BOY FROM MINNESOTA KILLS ALL ENEMIES!
You should be scared...
And aren't you from Minnesota? Show some pride!
Yay Minnesota and shit
I think things will more or less run the same until oil reserves begin to run low.
After that, anything can happen.
Playa.. I think that was one of the smartest things you've ever said
Read enough dystopian fiction, and you'll get an idea of how it'll all turn out...
I become an immortal and rule this world from the shadows. Oh, and jet fuel can now melt steel.
I think it will be more like Wall-E.
I think that will be more like 300 years then only 100