Most Powerful Countries In 1914

Which powers were the most powerful in 1914, on the onset of WW1? Please only answer if you are knowledgeable in world affairs during this time period.

The Top Ten

1 British Empire

The British had the largest empire by far in 1914, and the largest the world had ever seen then and now. Unlike Germany's, the British Empire was rewarding economically, India being the crown Jewel of the British Empire, also still having the large colonies of Canada and Australia. The British Empire's combined population was the largest in the world by far, London was seen as the centre of the world and the Royal Navy had defeated the Germans in the Naval Race.

The British empire was the biggest empire in the world and they were economically benefitting from the colonies too. As a result they had the biggest economy in the world. Also although they had a relatively small army, they had the strongest navy in the world and since the United Kingdom is an island it would be extremely hard to invade them. Their naval superiority is demonstrated when they won the naval arms race against Germany and imposed a naval blockade on Germany which led to extremely short food supplies in Germany.

The British empire had control over the sea so you could not invade many places by sea or ship many troops over the sea with out being attacked by the British empire.

Because were cool ya know...L.O.L :P

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2 German Empire

In terms of military might, the German Empire was likely the strongest of its time. During the First World War they were outnumbered, outgunned and had fight off enemies on different fronts, yet still managed to put up a very strong fight. The Germans also had to deal with inept allies, who continuously got into trouble, causing the Germans to pull more forces from their own battles in order to help out. While Germany did have what was probably the best land force during the war, the British Empire had a much larger navy, able to keep the main force of German navy, and their international trade, at bay (although the U-boats proved to be a big help in attacking allied trade). It would probably be easy to say that the British and Germans were near to equal, but looking at how the Germans were able to fight off multiple nations at once, and in many cases succeed in their battles against them, I would rank them as the most powerful nation in the First World War (again, from a military ...more

Germany was landlocked and outgunned by opponents with superior numbers and positions. Yet Germany held on fighting 2 fronts one against the Russian Bear and another against France and Britain. Also the start of war didn't follow their war predictions. And if it wasn't bad enough Germany had allies with superior numbers but inferior tactics, economies, and technology. And yet Germany withstood and became a formidable opponent holding off the Russians, British, and French, while supporting inferior allies with no idea of what type of war they marched into, faced economic and technological challenges all at the same time. The only reason they lost was an influx of US troops. The war in perspective was a miracle for Germany to hold on so long and dispose of so many opponents

The German Empire dominated parts of Africa as well as some Pacific colonies in the East. Germany was the only European power to rival Britain militarily and economically, and was ahead of Britain in terms of industrial produce.

In a 1vs1 war Germany seemed that was unbeatable

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3 French Empire

France took a great part of Africa out in 1914, although most of the land they claimed are dessert...

We had a much larger army than any other nation at the time at 1.25 million and the Russians at 1 million, so how are we not at the top.

The French dominated French Indo-China, parts of Africa notably Morocco and large parts of the Pacific.

Vive La Fracne

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4 United States United States The United States of America, or the U.S.A. for short, is a federal republic composed of 50 states, 48 of them are contiguous states. There are two other states, Alaska and Hawaii, which are north and south of the contiguous states, respectively. The United States declared its independence from the more.

This is a joke right? The United States was extremely weak before WWII. The army was made entirely up of around 10,000 unexperienced volunteers, the navy was a joke, and the economy was in shambles around this time. Where as the Germans, British, French, and Russians all had massive armies and navies and huge industrial bases to support them. A lot of people don't seem to understand that prior to WWII the USA had no say on the world stage and wasn't very powerful at all.

Hey dummy this list is about 1914 not 1941. World War One not World War Two. Also the United States was pretty powerful before both wars. Before WWI in 1913 President Woodrow Wilson increased army numbers from 400,000 to 800,000 and allowed conscription because of rising tensions between Serbia and Austria-Hungary. Our navy was also pretty strong, ever heard of Theodore Roosevelt and the Great White Fleet. Also our economy had been pretty strong because of president Theodore as well.Get your facts right.

The United States was emerging as a superpower, its economy was growing fast, flocks of immigrants came to the 'Land of Opportunity', seeking land. The United States was the leading economic power of the world, although when taking the empires of the European powers in mind they weren't. They also wasn't as military-orientated as the European powers.

The United States had the third most powerful navy before this.

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5 Russian Empire

That part about Russia being the largest country the world has ever seen is actually not right. The Mongol Empire had all the lands Russia had plus modern day Korea, China, Mongolia, Iran, Iraq, the Middle East, Turkey, Northern India, and parts of Greece. Plus the British Empire was larger too, even larger than the Mongol Empire in terms of landmass.

The Russians had established the largest country the world had ever seen, dominating lands from north east Asia to Eastern Europe. Their economy was flourishing and their productivity was also, though it was very backward compared to other European powers after centuries of Tsarist rule.

If you look at land, military growth and men who participated, Russia definitely should be number 2 not the number 5 as portrayed here.

Russia should be farther down the list, Russia military and economically was backwards compared to the rest of Europe at the time.

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6 Austro-Hungarian Empire

The Austrian empire was a powerful nation of many ethnic groups and just lacked proper command of its huge and modern army.

Austria-Hungary was very unstable in 1914 due to its large numbers of ethnic groups. However it was a reasonably large country/empire, therefore had a large military.

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A-h was so weak. they couldnet even take down serbia without help. surbia, russia and bulgaria should be before a-h.

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7 Ottoman Empire

The Ottoman Empire was regarded as the poor man of Europe at this stage, had suffered defeat in the First Balkan War from Balkan states which reclaimed nearly all Ottoman territory in Europe.

It controls crucial geographical position for eastern and western trade, which makes it accumulate a lot of treasure

They could have won with the central powers,but it lost in the first Balkan war which crippled them

They had the absulute control of red sea

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8 Italy Italy Italy, in italian Repubblica Italiana, is a unitary parliamentary republic in Europe. more.

Enough with this nonsense about Italy as a "new country". Germany was born in 1871, 10 years after the birth of the Kingdom of Italy. Italy is much more ancient than its official birth date reveals.

Italy was a relatively new country and lacked an empire. It's production was extremely low compared to Germany and France.

In 1914 Italy had already conquered Libya. In the four years 1914-1918 the belligerent nations produced a total of over 195,000 aircraft and flying boats of all kinds Italy alone produced over 12000 airplanes, most of Russia and Austria-Hungary combined.
Italy was the first nation in the world using airplanes during WWI.

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9 Japanese Empire

The Japanese had taken Taiwan, Port Arthur and Korea during a war with China in 1894-1895 and also defeated Russia during the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905). The Japanese were at this stage were a dominant force in the Pacific, military orientated and had a booming labour force.

Yes, Japan Lacked a lot to make them the best. But they had a great navy and Good force overall. Japan In 1890's captured some of china, taiwan, and korea. They Could Easily crush the Germans navy in pacific since they took down germanys colonies in the pacific. Japan was as well a navy super power.

HIRE A SAMURAI - Nobody101

10 Canada Canada Canada is a country in North America that is next to the United States, and it's the 2nd largest country in the world (size is 9.985 million kmĀ²). This country has 10 provinces, and 3 territories. Canada became a dominion on July 1, 1867. Its 10 provinces are: Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec, Alberta, more.

Why are we fourteenth? Sure we had a small army, but we had the best

We were never defeated at battle we should be top 5 at least

If you research it some estimates say Canada had over 600,000 soldiers fight in World War 1 and the US had only 190,000

At one point, after World War II, Canada had the fourth largest military in the world. Sure our military is pathetically small for a country of our size but we still make a great impact on the world today.

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The Contenders

11 Bulgaria Bulgaria Bulgaria, officially the Republic of Bulgaria, was established in 681 ad. and since then it never changed it's name, which makes it one of the oldest countries in Europe. Located in the Balkan Peninsula between Greece, Turkey, Romania, Serbia, Macedonia and Black Sea. The Capital of Bulgaria is Sofia, more.

The Kingdom of Bulgaria participated in World War I on the side of the Central Powers from 14 October 1915, when the country declared war on Serbia, until 30 September 1918, when the Armistice of Thessalonica came into effect.

Bulgaria is 2 kook 4 skool

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12 India 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.

Although not independent, India was played a very important part in WWI. British Raj (or British India) was called "The Jewel in the Crown of the British Empire" for a very good reason. India was Britain's most populous colony. It helped fuel the empire economically. During the war it helped supply troops in Africa, the Middle East, and Europe with food and supplies. Thousands of Indians died in Africa and the Middle East fighting the Ottomans and Germans.

India helped British during war

Just like that

Yup, this I want curry please curry india has the best spices and cuury

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13 Spain Spain Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a sovereign state largely located on the Iberian Peninsula in southwestern Europe, with archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, and several small territories on and near the north African coast. V 1 Comment
14 China China China, officially the People's Republic of China, is a sovereign state in East Asia. It is the world's most populous state, with a population of over 1. 388 billion . It was established in 1949. Its capital is Beijing. The other major cities are Hong Kong and Shanghai. Chinese (Mandarin) is the only more.

This flag is actually wrong. China wasn't yet communist in 1914 it was still a monarchy with an emperor.

The Chinese had suffered after years of European dominance and were still very unstable. The Chinese did however have a considerable labour force.

China is awesome!

China has a highppp at that time. Top 5 then.

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15 Serbia Serbia Serbia, officially the Republic of Serbia, is a sovereign state situated at the crossroads between Central and Southeast Europe, covering the southern part of the Pannonian Plain and the central Balkans.

The Serbian empire was one of the most powerful empires in the world but during WW1 they lost huge amounts of soldiers

The most poweruful kingdom ever - strenger92

Serbia stoped Austia-Hungary twice on battles of Cer and Colubara

Serbia, Bulgaria and Greece defeated the Ottoman Empire in the First Balkan War
Serbia and Greece defeated Bulgaria in the Second Balkan War
Serbia defeated Austro-Hungary in the battle of Cer and Kolubura and also relieved Belgrade in 1915

16 Greece Greece Greece, officially the Hellenic Republic, also known since ancient times as Hellas is a country located in southeastern Europe.

Greece was one of the main causes of Ottoman defeat in the First Balkan War, and unlike Serbia, they were on the offensive in the Second Balkan War and was more successful than the Serbian Army. It was also the only Balkan military with a formidable navy (Greece had a navy comparable to that of the Ottomans), and was also technologically the most advanced Balkan military in WW1. It's only downside is its small size.

Greece Fought Ottomans And Axis Since Someone Took over there government and became king.

Greece had the best trained army in the Balkans although it had only 1 million soldiers

Greece unlike Polska didn't got annexed AND fought back Bulgaria and the Ottomans only with Serbia with her! - Greekmapper

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17 Romania Romania Romania is a sovereign state located in Southeastern Europe It borders the Black Sea, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Hungary, Serbia, and Moldova. It has an area of 238,391 square kilometres and a temperate-continental climate. With over 19 million inhabitants, the country is the seventh-most-populous member state more.

Romania was able to hold off three armies as well as make huge advances. It easily beat back the Central Powers when it started to get cornered. Took three armies to do it and it didn't even fully work.

This is not true. The Austro-Hungarian Empire helped the Germany army. Romanians beat the Hunharians when the war was finished and they need to laid down their arms. Sorry but this is the true. Read over on History books.

The Romanians beat the Hungarians in the Romanian-Hungarian war of 1919 and the USA was on Hungarys team and the Romanians were by them selfs

I don't care about history.. this is present...forget the past


18 Australia Australia Australia, officially known as the Commonwealth of Australia, is a country comprising the mainland of the Australian continent, the island of Tasmania, and numerous smaller islands. Australia has a very warm climate and is very dry. The country's official language is English.

In Flanders Fields

If you think the Japanese were powerful, we were the first to send the back.

Monash - combined arms, fire and maneuver. One of the most important figures in modern combat history. Late war the Australians and Americans under his command showed how set defences could be defeated without hideous casualties figures

This is a list about 1914. You didn't fight the Japanese in WWI. They were are allies in WWI. WW2 started in 1939.

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19 Portugal Portugal Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic, is a country on the Iberian Peninsula, in Southwestern Europe.

Although its economy was a total disaster by 1914 and its foreign trade destroyed at least ten years earlier its army was reasonably strong and its colonies were hubs for important resources. It had a strong relation with Britain and a rapidly improving industry and navy
Although there was a problem after Brazil's independence it was WAY TOO dependent. On the colonies

20 Sweden Sweden Sweden, officially the Kingdom of Sweden, is a Scandinavian country in Northern Europe. more.

We were never defeated/invaded by the brittish so that automatically makes us a superpower

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