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Subject: Most Powerful Military of All Time in Terms of Global Percentage
Aeb4ever    1/13/2006 1:20:45 AM
What was the most powerful military of all time in terms of global share of military power? For example, the USA is currently ranked at having about 53% of total naval power. I am referring in terms of all branches vs the world. My votes would be either the Mongols at height, Romans at height, English at height, USA after WWII, or USA after Cold War. Can’t make a guess at each countries percentage though. Fell free to add your own list or make a guess at the percentages of mine.
 
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Hugo    RE:On the U-boats gf0012   1/16/2006 1:32:06 PM
Do you think the Brits could have 'cleaned their clocks' without the Liberties, US intelligence, US war materiel? If their navy was so strong in 1917, why the need to fill passenger liners like the Lusitania full of munitions - why not just carry it on the back of the all-powerful navy? Just a question, I'm doubtful about the relative strength in the 20th century in fact many predicted that a war might break out between the UK and US on account of the latters rapidly improving naval forces.
 
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Hugo    RE:and the Arabs   1/16/2006 1:37:16 PM
To be fair the armies of the Islamic Arabs marched as far as Spain and they are still left in power of all North Africa and much of the middle East in lands where they are not natives. This isn't a single political entity sure but nor was a single political entity the motive behind the conquering of those territories - but rather Islam. ... And.. they still haven't given up their delusions of further conquest.
 
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The Lizard King    Now you Brits know what it feels like to be an American.   1/16/2006 1:43:19 PM
Having the World look at you under a microscope and telling you how insignificant you are. This is what we deal with day in, day out....
 
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Mex101    RE:Now you Brits know what it feels like to be an American.   1/16/2006 1:50:59 PM
the US/UK would be nothing if it wasn't for the weaker nations that they attacked(except WW1,WW2, and a few more for UK. In the past, Mongols win in my book. Today, the US wins.
 
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TheArmchairCmd    RE:Most Powerful Military of All Time in Terms of Global Percentage - Paul - TLK   1/16/2006 1:55:04 PM
Anyways, America is not an Empire. The US could have made a land grab after WW 2 but chose not to. - TLK There are former, small colonial powers, like Denmark, that basically had to "sell off" their Caribbean possesions to the US during WW1 or they would have been "taken away" due to the Monroe doctrine. I believe they are now US territory. No bad feelings. Just a reminder that things are not that simple.
 
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Hugo    RE:Danish Empire..   1/16/2006 1:59:19 PM
Denmark had Carribbean possessions..?
 
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The Lizard King    RE:Danish Empire..   1/16/2006 2:16:38 PM
They still do... Aruba.
 
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kane    RE:why don't you accept Turks!!!!!!!   1/16/2006 2:16:39 PM
why don't you accept taht ottomans ruled and they were the most powerfull empire in world. you say mongols BUT don't forget that that they were NOMAD.Those lands were not under their control all the times like HUNS and GOKTURKS who ruled over and influenced mongols Whole europe was scared of Ottomans which ruled over north africa,east europe,middle east and anatolia..... Why did other countries attacked Ottomans together even when Otttomans were very weak. None could beat Ottomans in 14.-16 centuries ottoman army was invincible for so long babs do^n't you forget This......:D
 
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The Lizard King    RE:Most Powerful Military of All Time in Terms of Global Percentage - TAC   1/16/2006 2:19:07 PM
"Just a reminder that things are not that simple." Yes, but compare the Soviets behavior to that of America's after World War 2. Aside from bases we pay to use, America packed-up & went home.
 
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TheArmchairCmd    RE:Most Powerful Military of All Time in Terms of Global Percentage - TAC   1/16/2006 2:28:07 PM
Yes, but compare the Soviets behavior to that of America's after World War 2. Aside from bases we pay to use, America packed-up & went home. Agreed. You had a short era of traditional empire building, but since then the US could be considered a trade empire. Hugo - They were called the Danish West Indies or Virgin Islands. And I am sure glad we got rid of them. Pure liability in todays world. Also we got $$$ out of it, instead of just packing and leaving, hehe. As a side note I think the Americans wanted them in case Denmark would be occupied by Germany, as they could be used as basing for subs. Or something like that. They wanted the Europeans out of the US sphere of influence.
 
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