Most Powerful Countries of 2016

The most powerful countries this year 2016! Honorable mentions include Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Brazil and Italy!

The Top Ten

1 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.

Best military, economy and a superpower. 15 territories (17 if you include Alaska and Hawaii), 5 inhabited. military bases around the globe, blue water navy, global reaching nukes, UN security council. The worlds finest.
Almost definitely an empire. - YicsHazard

2 Russia Russia, known as the "Russian Federation", was formed on Dec 25, 1991. It is located mainly in Asia, while a portion of it remains in Europe. The capital and largest city is Moscow, followed by Saint Petersburg in terms of population. The country primarily speaks Russian, a Slavic language. more.

More Tanks than NATO Combined, arguably still an expanding empire, it took Siberia, and also Sakhalin from Japan and is currently in Ukraine, and has control of Crimea.
More nukes than even the US, that are global reaching. blue water navy and huge military. UN security council, and so on. - YicsHazard

3 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 by Chairman Mao, the president of the communist party. Its capital is Beijing. The major cities are Shanghai, more.

Russia above China?! Please note that a significant number of Russian tanks are old and obsolete

Global reaching nukes, a HUGE army, UN security council, technically an empire as it conquered Tibet, Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Hong Kong and Macau, possibly Taiwan in the future.
Don't forget the blue water navy. - YicsHazard

4 United Kingdom The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly shortened to United Kingdom, UK or Britain is a Sovereign State located of the Northwestern coast of Europe. It is a Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy currently lead by Monarch Queen Elizabeth II and its current prime minister is more.

14 overseas territories, 3 dependencies and 15 countries (Incl. Australia, Canada and New Zealand) are under the Queen (as head of state) UN security council, global reaching nukes, blue water navy, arguably the best trained soldiers on the planet. - YicsHazard

Their island status makes them hard to invade, last invaded by the Normans, and before that the Romans, and the 2 never had full control of the island even when they did invade. - YicsHazard

One of the most disciplined country in terms of military with high tech and the best training. Also Gurkhas and SAS, I rest my case. - ArdaUlay

5 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. Its capital is New Delhi. Some other major cities are Mumbai, Chennai, and Ahemdabad. more.

Fastest growing country

Equipped with regional ranging nukes and a blue water navy, they are tip top. a huge military, make them the most superb in the Indian sub-continent. - YicsHazard

6 France France, officially the French Republic, is a sovereign state comprising territory in western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The European part of France, called metropolitan France, extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to more.

13 overseas territories and departments. Global reaching nukes, blue water navy, UN security council, influence throughout the globe. - YicsHazard

7 Germany Germany was formally united in 1871 under the initiative of Bismarck with King Wilhelm of Prussia as emperor. The previous 'Holy Roman Empire', basically a continuation of the empire of Charlemagne/Karl der Grosse was dissolved in 1806. more.

The bulk of the EU. They may not have a blue water navy, nor nukes but they do have a brilliant economy and a decent sized military excellently equipped. - YicsHazard

8 Japan Japan is an island country in East Asia in the Pacific Ocean. It lies off the eastern coast of the Asia Mainland (east of China, Korea, Russia) and stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and near Taiwan in the southwest. more.

They have an outstanding economy, and a brilliant military with amazing tech. They are possibly Asia's number 2 behind China. - YicsHazard

I do not agree because ever since the conflict between U.S. and Japan that Japan can no longer have a military and only homeland security

9 South Korea South Korea, officially the Republic of Korea, is a sovereign state in East Asia, constituting the southern part of the Korean Peninsula.

Their huge, well trained military is one of the best in Asia, they have some of the best tech globally, and rival their rival, North Korea, the nuclear dictatorship across the fence. - YicsHazard

10 Pakistan Pakistan was established in 1947 and is located in South Asia. Islamabad is the capital city of Pakistan. Karachi, Lahore and Peshawar are other major cities of Pakistan. Urdu and English are official languages of Pakistan. World's second highest peak (K-2) and ninth highest peak (Nanga Parbat) are more.

They don't come near their neighbors to the east, India who lost them Bangladesh, but their huge military is very effective. - YicsHazard

The Contenders

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

Oh, yeah. Any day, now, they'll be storming Germany in Fiats, chucking plum tomatoes and giving German special forces "the arm."

Behind other European nations, they can still pack a punch! - YicsHazard

12 Israel The State of Israel is a country in the Middle East and the only country with a Jewish majority in the world but arab, african and east asian communities still can be found. more.
13 Turkey Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country in Eurasia, mainly in Anatolia in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan peninsula in Southeast Europe. Turkey is bordered by eight countries with Greece and Bulgaria to the northwest; Georgia to the northeast; Armenia, more.

The most powerful nation in the Middle East, huge military and a big player in the Balkans to! - YicsHazard

14 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia, officially known as the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, is an Arab state in Western Asia (Middle East) constituting the bulk of the Arabian Peninsula. The official Language is Arabic. The capital city is Riyadh.

They have the 4th biggest annual defense budget, pushing the UK to number 5. - YicsHazard

15 Brazil Brazil, officially the Federative Republic of Brazil, is the largest country in both South America and the Latin American region.

The most powerful military in Latin America, definitely a regional power. - YicsHazard

16 Indonesia Indonesia, officially the Republic of Indonesia, is a country in Southeast Asia. Ruled by the Dutch for over 300 years and Japan for 3 years and 6 months, the country gained independence in 1945, or exactly in 17th August 1945. Jakarta is the capital city, located in the island of Java. Major languages more.

Indonesia is in a great position in the globe, not to mention it's huge military. - YicsHazard

17 North Korea The Democratic People's Republic of Korea, also known as North Korea, is a country in Eastern Asia. Its capital is Pyongyang. It is currently ruled by the dictator Kim Jong-Un, after inheriting the title from his father, Kim Jong-Il, who in turn inherited it from his father, Kim Il-Sung. more.

They have nukes, not many but still... They do have a huge military though. - YicsHazard

The poorest country in the world.

18 Taiwan Republic of China was established in 1912. After the Chinese Civil War (1949), the Chinese government relocated to Taiwan. Its capital was originally Nanjing but now it's Taipei. Mandarin is the most spoken language.

They are on a hard to invade island with huge military personal. - YicsHazard

19 Syria Syria, officially the Syrian Arab Republic, is a country in Western Asia. Syria has been involved in a civil war since 2011.


20 Ethiopia Ethiopia, officially known as the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, is a sovereign state located in the Horn of Africa.
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