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    (Original post by RyanT)
    That it was bigger then the French Empire is the main thing I like about it.

    The linguistic legacy it has left, enabling the domination of the world by English-derived cultures.

    Also we showed mr "Hey I'm big, mighty CHINA!" who's boss.

    Really annoying the way the Chinese think they're so amazing. Funny how they always compare 1 billion people to just one European country. Try comparing China to Europe&America for a fair cultural/population analysis. I'll get investing in some humble pie factories right now!



    Says more about India then the UK doesn't it?

    The UK could never of ruled Europe in the same way it completely dominated the India-Pakistan-Bangladesh-Burma region.
    Yet India has more potential as a country. The USA was a colony, Singapore was a colony as was Hong Kong. It did not hurt them. Most of the world's R&D is coming from India now, it's economy is almost as large as the UK's, and it is producing far more graduates per annum. It may have a far larger population, but this is to the country's advantage.

    The fact India can outdo the UK despite colonialism is key. I think the UK will decline and break up, possibly in our lifetimes. In 2050, the UK may not even be a top 10 economy, and probably all constituent countries would be sovereign states.
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    (Original post by FyreFight)
    That they brought the concepts of liberalism and freedom to the world.

    That they outlawed slavery long before any other practicing power, and then rigorously enforced that ban across the world, despite immense economic and militaristic (mostly naval) cost to the country.

    They they advanced the culture, technology and ruling framework of many of its colonies by centuries, if not millenia.

    That it spurred the industrial revolution, kickstarting an economic overhaul that would eventually lead to the comparatively luxurious lives most of the world's citizens live in today.

    That, despite its ills and detractors, it was a net positive for both its citizens and humanity as a whole, that has echoes that live on until today.
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    (Original post by rajandkwameali)
    Yet India has more potential as a country. The USA was a colony, Singapore was a colony as was Hong Kong. It did not hurt them. Most of the world's R&D is coming from India now, it's economy is almost as large as the UK's, and it is producing far more graduates per annum. It may have a far larger population, but this is to the country's advantage.

    The fact India can outdo the UK despite colonialism is key. I think the UK will decline and break up, possibly in our lifetimes. In 2050, the UK may not even be a top 10 economy, and probably all constituent countries would be sovereign states.
    China is predicted to be top dog as apposed to America by 2050, but hey, a lot can change in 40 years.
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    So as China and India will be more prominent, the UK will mean little in world terms.
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    It was the biggest and most powerful empire in world history and it really set the scene for the way the world is today in terms of technology, a fair chunk of geopolitics and language.
 
 
 
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