As the world grows in population and resources become more scarce, and the Eastern nations align themselves more strongly with each other for reasons of geopolitik and self-preservation what holds for the future of the worlds existing nations and allied blocs?
The NATO nations are aligned militarily by common cause, but economically seem to be competing on a large bloc scale, and the far eastern nations are growing at a rapid rate and will, over the next fifty to hundred years (some in the next ten), become the largest consumers of natural resources. This is already creating scarcity in these resources (not just oil, but fresh water) and this is going to create serious competition (and at the national level this will mean conflict/wars when it gets serious enough) that has to be resolved simply to allow the worlds population to provide for it's own feeding and sheltering.
Do you think that the US and the EU nations will create an economic bloc to be better prepared to deal with the PRC/China-in-whatever-form of 20/30/40 years from now when it has reached a critical mass in economic development with the accompanying spurring on of consumer demand for staples and luxuries? What about India and the southern Asian nations....there's another billion or so people, several hundred more million of whom will be middle class (or the local version thereof) and already have the freedom to demand better and seek it?
I haven't even mentioned the nations of the middle east, or Africa, or South America. They're both undeveloped and emerging nations and they have resources and needs as well, including some very populous nations such as Brazil and Nigeria. Brazil has even been included in a teaming of nations with Russia and China that includes India and South Africa. If the west doesn't move quickly to either make economically unviable the possibility of war then such alliances will begin to use strength in numbers and resources to grow themselves and squeeze out the nations that have for a good part sent their manufacturing elsewhere and purchase scarce resources elsewhere.
Standing alone both the US and the EU nations do not have the population to compete, and are already higher cost areas to manufacture with what hasn't left. What has to be done to continue to keep the world knitted together and interdependent economically, which is the case now, but what happens when India and China start to have to reach out farther to gain enough resources to provide for their own populations?
This is a question of geopolitics and realpolitik. It's a curiosity about what will happen when I'm reaching the twilight of my life and the youth of today will be in charge. The next 50 years will be very interesting, I think.
I personally would like to be one of the first settlers on Mars because we're going to have to start figuring out how to either totally regenerate the needed resources here or get them elsewhere and bring them back.
Will the US and EU merge in some meaningful economic alliance to parallel NATO? Will the burgeoning alliances of the east ascend the ladder? Let's not get childish in this thread, and let's recognize which feelings are those of forward thinking and which ones are retributaroy in nature. But let's have the discussion. I'm curious to see what many of you think on this.