Characteristics of a Superpower
Tags: Superpower, Country, State, United, US, Big, Major, War
The characteristics of being a superpower are not clearly defined but generally can be considered to be these three following criteria.
| ||Military - Ability to project power around the world. In the modern world, this requires not only a strong land army, but also the air- and sealift capabilities to deploy and supply that military in furtherance of national interests, as well as public support for doing so.|
| ||Cultural - Strong cultural influence, soft power. Cultural influence implies a developed philosophy and ideology.|
| ||Geographical - Wide land or sea area under its control. Territory allows a country to mine minerals and grow food, increasing its self-sufficiency. It is an important factor in warfare, as it allows possibilities such as retreat, regrouping and reorganization, as well as placing distant radars and missile silos - even a richer country with smaller territory is more vulnerable in a military sense.|
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