Will The World Be Ruled By One Emperor In The Near Future?

Is it totally insane to think that we will witness another personality which is similar to Genghis Khan, Hitler, and the likes in the future?  What will happen if such a personality once again be in charge of a formidable country in the future?  If you have lived long enough to see enough, then by now you probably think that anything is possible as long it does not go against the laws of physics.  Some of the things that Hollywood came up with actually had already happened or in transition to become reality.  For an example, touch screen and holographic technologies.  Other more fantastic Hollywood imagination might become reality as long these imagination are in the agreement with the laws of physics.  With knowing that anything is possible within the limit of laws of physics, I don’t think it’s insane to think that there will be another Genghis Khan, Hitler, and the likes.

Technology has already shrunk the world by a lot, because people are so easily connected to each other through plethora means of communication and transportation.  Internet and airplane are the two examples of these means.  As it is now, the world is like one big home.  In a big home, an insane family member can cause a lot of troubles for the rest of the family.  Imagine, in a big home with Hitler as a family member, the troubles won’t be small.  Thus, a smaller, connected world, in my opinion, is a big incentive for a formidable country to once again reviving the spirit of go out and conquering, colonizing, and enslaving more subjects (i.e., countries).  With this notion, I think it is not that silly to think there will be a country, somebody that will drive his or her country to conquer the whole world, turning the whole world into one big family.

In China, we had the first emperor.  In Rome, we had the first Caesar.  The Mongol Empire got the Great Khan.  Emperor, Caesar, and the Great Khan are titles for whoever that had conquered and ruled over an empire.  It is within the limit of the laws of physics that one day we may witness a new emperor title for whoever that will conquer and rule over the entire earth.  How are we  going to analyze this fearsome individual?  Will he or she be an empathetic ruler?  Will he or she be a ruthless ruler?  What sorts of state the world will be in when it gets ruled by such a ruler?  Will the minorities be persecuted and executed?  Will there be more genocide under one ruler?  Will such a ruler proclaim that to conquer all so there won’t be another war?  Will such a ruler proclaim that to conquer all is to get rid of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction?

We won’t know how insane or vice versa the world will become, because nobody has a prophetic crystal ball.  Nonetheless, I think the scenario in which — I imagine that one day the whole world will be a subject of one ruler — is entirely agreeable with the laws of physics.  It’s not loony to think so far ahead, but it’s rather dull to not do so.  Hollywood is probably already thinking of how to churn out a film that depicts a whole universe is being ruled by one ruthless ruler.  Such a ruler would rape, kill, pillage, molest, and enslave his subjects at the whim of his lunacy.  Such a script will be written by the next young Shakespeare.

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Is It Wise For The United States To Pivot To China?

Is it wise for the United States to pivot to China?  This question is so important in our young century, because we’re talking about the conflicts of the two most powerful nations of today time.  Once again, I like to use ancient history to reveal what we might face in the future.  Of course, ancient history doesn’t have a crystal ball to predict a future in which such a future is way different than anything ancient history could ever imagine.  Nonetheless, ancient history was the product of humans.  Thus, we can safely assume no matter how different the future will be, ancient history might get it right still.  Of course, unless the future is not a product of humans but of aliens, then I won’t bet my farm on ancient history at all.  (I don’t really have a farm!)  What ancient history I’m talking about?  Read on and I expand…

I watched a YouTube video, The Phoenician Carthage – The Roman Holocaust, in regarding to how Carthaginian empire was toppled by the Romans, and I was very intrigued to how United States and China are facing a very similar Carthaginian versus Romans picture, in the big picture of course.  I may get this wrong, because I’m no expert in ancient history of Carthaginian versus Romans.  Nonetheless, from what I’d learned from this YouTube video, Carthaginian empire was a superpower way before Rome became one.  Carthaginian controlled the nearby sea trade routes, thus Carthaginian empire was also an ocean going superpower just like how United States is today.  Meanwhile, at the time when Carthaginian ignored how Roman state was on the rise in term of ground territorial expansion, Carthaginian thought nothing of Rome until sometimes later this would prove to be fatal for Carthaginian empire itself.

Sometimes later, Roman state slowly took up form of an empire, albeit a much smaller one than Carthaginian.  As Roman empire began to expand even more, it faced an obstacle which was the Carthaginian empire.  Carthaginian controlled much of the sea routes for trade, and the Romans wanted a piece of that.  I don’t think I can be wrong on this, after all — wars of our time, meaning now or even in the past, were and are mostly about victories over trades, territories and whatnot.  Since the Roman state was on the rise to become an empire that rivaled the Carthaginian empire (eventually surpassed the Carthaginian empire), thus the two superpowers of their time began a series of conflicts that led to three major Punic Wars.  I’m not an expert in Punic Wars history, thus I couldn’t go into the details, but I know few things about the conflicts of Carthaginian empire and the Roman empire that I can use to compare the two superpowers of today, the United States and China.

At the start of first major Punic War, according to Wikipedia’s “Punic Wars” piece (source link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punic_Wars), the Romans wanted to expand to Sicily and was presented with an opportunity when a local conflict in Sicily broke out.  Whatever the details were, the local conflict in Sicily became a proxy war for Carthage versus Rome conflict.  Eventually, the proxy war enticed the two superpowers into an all out conflict, resulting in the first Punic War.  Wikipedia details that at the start of the first Punic War, Carthaginian was at a disadvantage on land warfare for Roman state was originally expansionary through land warfare, thus the Romans defeated Carthaginian at the Battle of Agrigentum in 262 BC.  With such a harsh defeat, Carthaginian decided to avoid most land warfare against the Romans and preferred to fight on sea.  Since the Roman empire was not strong at sea, thus Carthaginian empire was able to take advantage of Romans’ sea weakness.  The YouTube video I watched describes after a major defeat on sea, the Romans were lucky to capture a Carthaginian battleship which then later the Roman empire was able to duplicate such battleship technology to revert the tide of war on sea.  This is important for my thinking of the current conflicts between the two superpowers of today.

Today, the United States is still the undefeated champion on sea, and China is largely a powerful land based force.  Obviously, it’s less true than before as China is rapidly developing a huge professional navy with capable battleships and whatnot to deter United States from getting too close to her shore.  Just as how Carthaginian versus Romans, United States is facing a rising China in which China has overtaken the United States in world trade.  Since Carthaginian was facing a hungry Romans in trade and territory domination, the first Punic War between these ancient superpowers was becoming inevitable.  Can we say the same for the United States and China?  Once again, not so different from the Punic War conflicts, contemporary superpowers are emphasizing their face-off on sea.  China needs to control sea routes for trades and the United States does not want to be pushed out of the Pacific, thus the stage is setting up for a future sea confrontation.  Modern Punic Wars?  Who will be the Carthaginian and who will be the Romans this time around?

According to ancient history, Carthaginian empire was a superpower at sea.  Today, the United States is also a superpower at sea.  Romans stole Carthaginian’s battleship building technology, and was able to turn the tide for the ancient battles at sea.  United States and China have yet to go to war on sea, but China is hungry for better sea warfare technology.  Carthaginian didn’t want Romans to expand and capture ancient territories that could dictate favorable terms for trades such as important sea routes.  United States definitely does not want China to control most sea routes, because that would push United States out of Pacific, making United States becomes irrelevant in a modern, most profitable sea-trading territory in the world (i.e., Pacific ocean).  United States for sure knows that China is a very capable land force, because China has huge population to prepare a huge ground force invasion.  In ancient time, Carthaginian relied on mercenary for their army, but the Romans relied on native population for their army.  Today, United States does rely on mercenary more than China for obvious reasons.  One such reason is that China is not in as many conflicts as the United States, and the United States is facing too many conflicts around the world such as in the Middle East.  I’m living in the United States, and I feel it’s a poor taste of me to compare United States as Carthaginian empire and China as Roman empire.  Nonetheless, the picture of the ancients somehow reminds me of the picture of today.  Very freaky in my opinion.

Of course, one big difference of today world is that we are in a nuclear age, thus Carthaginian versus Roman conflicts might be irrelevant for warfare lessons since nuclear weapons can make sea warfare struggles become rather irrelevant.  Really?  What about submarines with nuclear warheads?  Isn’t this scenario all about using the sea to gain victory over the enemy?  Thus the oceans are still important in warfare today, and the oceans are still practically important to how we do trades today.  I think if we can go on without having sea conflicts between United States and China in a major way that might result in modern Punic Wars, then we might make to the space age.  Only in space age where trades take place in space that we might find conflicts on sea become less relevant.  Nonetheless, I don’t bet my farm on this, because nobody knows the future.  Even though the ancient time can remind us a familiar picture of the past, it doesn’t mean the future will unfold similarly.  Nobody knows really!  Nonetheless, history can be a great teacher in that the fundamentals won’t just become the aliens overnight, thus the human products of ancient history will probably be somewhat similar in contemporary age.  Thus it begs the question, is it wise to have modern Punic Wars?  Is it wise for United States and China to have conflicts at sea?

It was how Romans defeated Carthaginian that built the Roman empire into one of the most glorious ancient empires.

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A Fragment Of History: The Romans In China And Today

[Forum Boario, Rome, Italy] (LOC)

[Forum Boario, Rome, Italy] (LOC) (Photo credit: The Library of Congress)

Just done watching “The Romans in China” video on YouTube, and I think it’s quite intriguing.  I don’t know about you but when I was in school, in United States of course, from elementary to college, even in world history classes, the school had not touched at all on the relations between Rome and the Han China.  Nonetheless, we’ve always knew that these two empires in antiquity time, both empires were comparable but also shown extreme differences in cultures and a lot of other facets of the empires.  According to Wikipedia’s “Sino Roman Relations” article, both empires, one dominated the West and the other dominated the East, wanted to have more direct relationship such as trading, but their attempts of establishing relations were futile.  According to Wikipedia and the video I mentioned, the Parthians empire which located between Rome and China was powerful enough and provided problems that prevented Rome and China from forming any real connection.  Nonetheless, trades were established indirectly still, mostly through agents such as the ones came from the Indian kingdom at the time.

Near the end of “The Romans in China” video, the speaker mentioned how Rome overspent, leading to financial ruin, and eventually a collapsing of an empire.  At the time, Rome’s golds were rushing out to the East for luxury items.  Eventually, Rome’s revenue could not keep up with the spending, and Rome’s military might eventually fell into ruin since there was not enough money to sustain the military expenditures.  The video mentioned Rome got split into West and East, and the West of Rome got invaded by Western forces at the time (I think Rome called them barbarians).  The East of Rome became Byzantine empire.  According to Wikipedia’s “Byzantine Empire” article, this part of Rome lasted for a thousand year more after the fallen of Western Rome.  Unfortunately, even the Byzantine empire couldn’t last.  According to Wikipedia’s “Byzantine Empire” article, the Byzantine empire eventually conquered by the Ottoman Turks in 1453.

With the knowledge of Rome and China of the antiquity and how these two empires were vaguely acknowledged each other presence and how Rome got destroyed and how China got evolved, I just can’t help to think how we’re doing today!  Today, our modern society behaves somewhat similarly to how the society of the antiquity time (of the Roman and Han China empires to be exact).  In United States and the West, we are currently experiencing debt crisis still.  The West is being weakened by waves of instabilities such as financial crisis in 2007 and the aftershocks of such calamity long afterward.  I’ve heard golds are on the move, mostly from West to East.  Rome was not only got weakened by debts, but they were also got weakened by wars.  With this knowledge, I think it’s safe for us to acknowledge that when a country or empire is in financial trouble, a perfect storm to take a country down would be all about having prolonged, protracted war(s).  Anyhow, as the current events unfold, I can’t help but see similar historic patterns (of the Roman and Han China empires) are being played out in our modern time.

Check out “The Romans in China” video right after the break.  Enjoy!!!

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