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It is certainly a great empire, but it has many years to go to equal England or Rome, lets reevaluate in 300 years.
why do you open us up to this cranky?
Great!, like we need another moron making ballots.
SAD, if you want to rid the site of morons...I suggest you leave.
You're the one making moronic ballots. Don't let the door hit you on the way out, Wanky.
Yadda, yadda, yadda, moron.
Of course, now I feel SAD.
Haha! Like you have room to talk S.A.T.! You've only made one worthless ballot.
It's two or three, isn't it? That Bush/Chimp one really sucked. Sorry cranky.
Oh well, Cretin Slap, you can't win them all.
I'm sure you'll get the hang of it. In about ten years.
I'm assuming you are basing your prediction on your learning curve.
And I really just can't decide which of the Spice Girls I like the best.
'greatest'.. of course, we clearly are the greatest.
Our fall someday will be the greatest too
Pay attention, jyl, there are lot of people on this site who are NOT from the USA and WE certainly don't agree with you.
Yes it is. It could only be matched by Great Britain, Japan, Spain (because of it's once great empire in the Americas and the Philippines), and maybe Germany.
The British Empire in it's heyday had more influence, and a great deal more territory, and these days with the British Commonwealth still has a lot more power in the UN, and in nearly every major international organisation than the USA.
The Mongol Empire at it's peak also controlled a lot more real territory, not just military bases, but real land.
Who really knows? No two historians can ever really have the same point of view on anything, much less the countless number of them who have lived and died. Can anybody name an historian whose observance of historical facts was not influenced to any degree by his own personal politics? I hardly think so and on the basis of politics, it would be logically impossible to declare the USA to be the greatest country in history.
# "Sixty-one of the 140 biggest companies on the Global Fortune 500 rankings are European, while only 50 are U.S. companies" (The European Dream, p.66). "In a recent survey of the world's 50 best companies, conducted by Global Finance, all but one were European" (The European Dream, p.69).
# "Fourteen of the 20 largest commercial banks in the world today are European.... In the chemical industry, the European company BASF is the world's leader, and three of the top six players are European. In engineering and construction, three of the top five companies are European.... The two others are Japanese. Not a single American engineering and construction company is included among the world's top nine competitors. In food and consumer products, Nestlé and Unilever, two European giants, rank first and second, respectively, in the world. In the food and drugstore retail trade, two European companies...are first and second, and European companies make up five of the top ten. Only four U.S. companies are on the list" (The European Dream, p.68).
when you consider that britain had an empire that covered 1/3 of the worlds land you would have to say britain.
what makes britain great are the fact that it is a small country and had so much power, there is nothing special about a big country being powerful.
the british commonwealth still exists so we cant of done too many badly in world affairs.
NO? How can you say no?!
He can say no becuase he is absolutly right.
brit4ever: well said we are the greatest nation that there has ever been, this is not nationalistic noncence. We had the greatest empire the world has ever seen and unlike all other nations when their empires fall, the queen is still head of state in most countries and we have very close links with them. Also we have been faced with some huge threats from the superpowers of the past spain and france to the evil of the nazis and now the network terorists, but we have not been defeated
we also have the best people who have a great sense of humor, based on taking the piss out of ourselves, and we are the most resisiliant, many peoples would have paniced in the face of the attacks on london not britons, londons were back at work on fri by tube and by bus because we were not afraid.
And americans are only a colony of our great empire the new world ows everything to the old world, yes america i a great nation but as aya said it is no more free than other western democracies, and what makes it more powerful than britian was, our island nation is cleary the best in history.
Who cares?if you like it you like it.I personally like Australia.And what do you mean by great?Have you ever been to Alabama?It's part os the U.S.sad place dude.
Finaly someone who speaks my language! I could not of put that comment any better my self, well done mate.
It is funny how you have to compare the US to all of europe in your discussion Meteor7
By the way no other civilization invented flight, electricity and objects that work off electric. Everyone in our country with few expection can take daily bathes. Have electricty a computer two cars. The US poorest people live like middle class citizens of most nations.
We were the first free country and the limey is just mad we sent them back to Britain.
I don't think anyone can argue any civilization compare to the US in overall standard of living and changing the way people live. I mean come on think about it.
I fully agree with BritishEmpire, Brit4ever, TankGirl, Meteor and ads21 and others. If you sit and compare the Great Britain to the US..size for size and the empire we held. Its awesome to behold. And we still have a huge commonwealth following. The US has never had an Empire ..not really..they have a few bases in Japan and the Phillipines and such but that definately does not constitute an Empire..a large majority of the worlds historians consider the British Empire to be the Greates by virtue of the size of the Island Nation that ruled it all...even now with the Commonwelath you have a great "Kind of" Empire...such places as Australia, New Zealand and others. I also know this due to the fact i am a serving NCO with the British 3rd Battalion the parachute regiment and wityhin our ranks we have commonwealth soldiers from Fiji, St Vincents, St Lucia, Jamaica, South Africa, some australians, New Zealanders and then look at the Royal Ghurkah Regiments...rifles and others...those little Nepalese guys are without a doubt among the toughest elite soldiers on the face of the globe and come under the commonwealth. Im proud to be British...Truly Proud of the empire we had our history and still today because of the men and women i serve with. For the fact that given our numbers we are the most feared, proffesional and ferocious Armed forces out there.
also 1FootOut the Door...maybe you should know that...we invented the Hovercraft...The Harrier Jump Jet...British Literature has given the world some of its great cultural icons from William shakespeare to harry potter and a classic in 007 james bond, we spawned the most unversally spoken language English, we have since the beatles took the world by storm in the mid 1960's rocked the music scene now ruled by stars such as Coldplay. great Political and Military leaders such as Churchill, Nelson and Montgomery and others. Virtually every sport was invented in these Islands and we have had a mulititude of champions such as Dame Kelly Holmes and the World Cup winners of 1966 to Lennox Lewis, Ricky Hatton and Nigel Benn, great humour and comedy from stuff like Only fools n horses. In Science Great Britons extend from Sir Isaac Newton who discovered Gravity in the 17th Century to Tim Berners Lee who invented the Internet in 1989 and others such as Darwin, Sir Walter Raleigh....the fact that the USA was mainly spawned by British Colonials who then were given the right to self rule and their own flag...but that will never disguise one thing.The true AEMRICANS are the Native Indians that lived there before white settlers....the people we all see as being Americans today are simply descendants of Brits, Irish, French Spanish and others. wether they like it or not...they arent true americans...
hang on. Edison wasnt a yank, he was a Scot living in America so you cut the crap about the yanks inventing electricity. Yes Britain yhad the greatest Empire in history. But it has also contributed more to science, medicine and technology than any other nation in history. Furthermore, Britain gave birth to modern democracy. No nation that was still largely denying the vote to certain groups of its citizens based on the colour of their skin as recently as the 50's and 60's can claim to be a greater country than Great Britain, home of the mother parliament and the English language.
sorry to disappoint you but you never sent the brits home.
britain ended the war on the 27th february 1882 when the house of commons voted against future wars in america.
also there are millions of americans who live in poverty so stop talking rubbish.
i watched a documentary about the army trying to recruit people from the poorest areas and they are certainly not middle class.
Americans dont have a monopoly on 'freedom'. The first Democracy was fifth century Athens, one considerably purer and more direct, in many respects, than modern Western denocracy, so no, America was NOT the first free country
Brit_Airborne you lost your empire. Those would be negative points, stop arguing about that because it makes you look foolish. No other country has a military as powerful as America's. That it very true. If you don't believe me just look it up anywhere. Wikipedia, Nationmaster, CIA World Factbook. The United Kingdom is losing it's commonwealths when it betrayed them by joining the EU. ABC you say "It is certainly a great empire, but it has many years to go to equal England or Rome, lets reevaluate in 300 years." Considering what we have acheived in less than 300 years I think it could make up for things. It took Englandand Rome hundreds of years to achieve what they had in their glory days. (they also took over shitty countries like India and Egypt who couldn't defend themselves)Then they lost it. Now all you have is England, Scotland, and Whales. Plus Northern Ireland which was stolen from the Irish. CHOMSKY, EDISON WHAS BORN IN OHIO ASSHOLE! You are thinking of Thomas Addison Retard! You people take pride in your commonwealths. They suck. Their more like allies than anything else. easynow I have no idea what the hell you are talking about. Their was no war in the 1880's. You Brits also take pride in claiming that America was formed by England. Most of our land was from Spain, France, Russia(Alaska). Most of our people are from Germany and Ireland.
Yet all funnily enough speak English.because most of the settlers are english and irish. IM not saying the US doe's not have a great military US ROCKS..im merely saying that size and manpower isnt all its about..look at training toughness and standard of selection. I do think the US does overkill in logisitics most of the time. They are not gooda t all at aworking cut off and alone for extended perionds as would say , a royal marine commando unit or para's and especially SAS and SBS. In terms of kit there isnt much in it. The British Challenger 2 is the worlds leading Maint Battle Tanks at the moment. I was reading that the French Charles De Gaulle aircraft carrier is the best out there right now. Though only unitl the two new British carriers come in and out new type 45 Destroyers. The simple fact of the matter is. You'll be a patriot and say the US is the best. and i'll say the UK is the best. But either way were allie's so it matters not.
Actually Us Rocks I got mixed up between Edison and Alexander Graham bell, both two great scientists and inventors working in the same era really. A mistake yes, but hardly worthy of being described an asshole and a retard!
USRocks before you start calling me a retard perhaps you should get an atlas and learn how to spell Wales correctly, you little shit.If you could be arsed reading easynow's posting you'd realise that he wasn't saying there was a war in the 1880's, only that the Commons voted against any FUTURE war in North America in the 1880's, since America was emerging as a natural ally. Furthermore, I've never read such ridiculously simplified bollocks as your assessment of 800 years of complicated Anglo-Irish politics and 400 years of British Imperial history into 'Northern Ireland, which was stolen from the Irish' and 'they...took over shitty little countries like India and Egypt...'America is the superpower today, yes, and I'm far gladder that it is the USA and not the USSR, but over time, alas, that will change with the emerging military and economic powers of China and India.As for Britain, perhaps our glory days are behind us, but I feel proud that, though we lost our Empire we did so in manner, in general, where little blood was shed, and only after we had sacrificed the economic stability that had been the basis of our Empire in a stand against the Tyranny of the Nazis.In purpouting Hollywood style History all you are doing is exposing your ignorance.
The USA is the best. it is the most powerful and has cranked out some of the smartest peopel to live(look at nobel prize stats).Its the best ever. The US will stand for a long long time. And you people say other countries will get better than the us... not true. If they get better we get better. People in the Us have a thing for being the best.
it was meant to be 1780's. just a typing error, which you would still have known what i was talking about it you knew anything about history.
Brit_Airborne once again you do not know what you are talking about. You say Americans are not good at fighting when they are cut off and surounded. Well then just read about the La Drang valley where Americans were outnumbered 5 to 1. They were surounded for 3 days. On the third day they broke through the Vietnamese lines and killed all of them. Or Somalia when U.S. Rangers were surounded by an entire city, but they still managed to hold their own and escape with minimal loses, with the enemy leaders captured. Or the Battle of the Bulge where troops of the 101st Airborne were surounded by thousands of Germans. The Americans had no food, suplies, or ammo, but the Germans never took the ground. Don't tell me Americans can't fight when the are in deep trouble. You say The Challenger tank is better. I can tell you are making that up. The only real way that could be decided is if the Challenger 2 fought against the American M1A2 Abrams. This will probably never happen anyway. Who the hell said that the French aircraft carrier, Charles De Gaulle is the best. You must be joking all you have to do is look at a picture of it next to a Nimitz class carrier. Its not even worth arguing about. American carriers are the only nuclear powered carriers out there. They are over 1,000 feet long holding 90 aircraft. They are also faster than 30 knots, making them the fastest and largest warships to ever set sail. The Charles de gaulle isn't even considered a supercarrier. A supercarrier is anything over 75,000 tonnes. The Nimitz carriers are 101,000 tones. They also refule every 20 years(Nuclear powered reactors) and have a range capable of circling the planet hundreds of times without stopping. Im not making this stuff up. Chromsky I do apologise for calling you an asshole and a retard. I was a bit pissed at the time. So I don't really mind that you called me a little shit. You people also forget that China will not keep growing at the rate it is. It will eventually slow down. The U.S. is also growing every day so China has quite a while to go. Back to the aircraft carriers. Brit_Airborne you say the U.K. will have the most advanced aircraft carrier when their new design comes out. Wrong once again. America is also designing a new type of carrier with upgraded nuclear reactors. Do you know why the British carrier won't be better. It's because it will be diesel powered. That is the truth. Since it will be diesel powered it will have a limeted range and speed. Not to mention American carriers that are even out now all have digital touch screen displays. The New American carriers will also have new magnetic catapults, with other major improvments. The new British carrier will only hold about 50 aircraft while the American carrier will hold 90 to 100.
in that case US Rocks I apologise aswell...and for anything else I may have said since in other ballots.
Britain by far, hands down. USROCKS you are obsessed with your military, Britain doesn't need to glorify it's military because it is the best and everyone knows it.
Britain invented the aeroplane 7 years before the wright brothers but died before he could test it, in fact, it was better than the kitty hawk in every way and the two designs were almost identical.
The jet engine, the computer and the telephone.
two Germans invented the car.
The TV was a Russian invention.
Anyone who says India is a shitty little country has never studied history.
Britain rules the waves.
It is truly amazing how such a small country became so powerful and still is today.
Theres some small pointers on how great Britain is.
As well as the computer, telephone and jet engine, we invented the internet, the Tank and the aircraft carrier aswell. arn't they all inventions the US military use USROCKS?
Depends who you talk to.
I think seeing as that the world follows our cultures our styles,musics and most militaries use our tactics to fight other countries than yes. We are twenty times better than england, we beat england when we werent even a real nation. Also we are the first to touch the moon and have the tallest buildings in the world with the smartest people on earth. We invented the light bulb, tv, telephone you name it we made it. The world should praise us for building such a good country off of nothing.
Fucking british wannabe
The only reason the US is the way it is today is because you were cowering in your country whilst the entire world was at war and only decided to do anything when it was safe for you to poke your heads out to take a look whilst other countrys were spilling blood to keep their people safe. I bet the US made a lot of money out of those two wars.
Culture: The US has far less culture than any country in the world infact any culture you have originates from Britain or another Euro country.
Music: Britain has ruled music for decades from the 60s to the present day.
Military tactics: Do i even have to go into this one. If anything the US use tactics that were first put into practice in other countries.
"we beat england when we werent even a real nation".
Well lets put it this way. At the time Britain was at war with three countries that were all the eqivulent of the US at the time and we beat them all.
The US can't take Iraq on it's own without trouble and thats a third-world countrie so i'd like to see the US take on three powerful countrys at once.
"We invented the light bulb, tv, telephone you name it we made it".
The tv was invented by a russian, the telephone is fucking British you nob jockey!
"with the smartest people on earth". I'd beg to differ on that one. Most important inventions in history come from Britain or europe.
Yes you do have tall buildings but why would Britain need tall buildings, the twin towers made quite a mess when they came down didn't they? Britain doesn't need tall buildings and we just don't have the money to build them, we spent all our money buying weapons of the Americans during the world wars.
England is part of Britain you gimp it's like calling the whole of the US "texas" or "folrida" or "calafornia" it just sounds stupid.
US has a loooong way to go before it can even be considered even equal to Britain.
Fucking Yank wannabe.
"US has a loooong way to go before it can even be considered even equal to Britain".
I mean historicaly equal to us.
"we beat england when we werent even a real nation".
Why do a lot of American users on this site keep on bringing that up? Moses you say it like it is supposed to be some form of insult. I recken if you said "we won the war of independence" to the average British guy he would say "yeah, so, what about it" because It really doesn't bother us.
Yep we lost, fair play, good for you.
So why can't you admit you lost Vietnam?
I don't think people understand the logistical problems the British had during the war of independence.
1: We had only 10,000 "soldiers" there and they weren't the battle hardened Redcoats like in europe.
2:To get supplies to America took a long time, we couldn't just dump it in a plane and fly it over.
3: It took many months to ship supplies and orders around, any reports sent back to Britain would be months out of date when they arrived.
4: you used terrorist tactics and guerilla warfare to fight which was and is now very hard to combat against.
and 5: We had to fight three powerful nations at once as well as deal with traiters and rebels in America and other countries.
And in all fairness and with no insult intended i think if we wanted the colonies in America back we would have sent a huge force after dealing with that frog prat nepolion and just grind you into the dust. I suppose the powers that be in Britain in those days saw some potential in the US and we haven't been disappointed.
Is America the greatest..probably not. Will it one day? Who the hell cares.
o spartan001 you probably could have taken us down nobody is really debating that. But if you think about it we did the best with what we had which wasn't much. Just a few thousand porley trained men against ahmm..a lot more than 10,000 redcoats along with 30,000 hired Hessians.
wait a minute....i don't like putting 3 comments in a row but spartan Napoleon was in the time period of the war of 1812..not the revolution/war of independance. You have no excuse there get your facts straight.
I mean after we dealt with that frogman Napoleon. I never said that they were both in the same time period.
In history? I do not agree the US is the greatest in history. I have to say China is the current greatest country for good or bad. Of course, that could change once another country survive 5000 years with their most of their culture intact and still have a big effect on world affairs.