Originally posted by Achos
Short Answer: No America will NOT immitate the Fall of the Roman Empire, and for one reason. Rome was a great superpower for over a thousand years.
America as a "superpower" has been around for less then 50 years, so in order to be compared to Rome, America needs to at least last for another 950
The Roman Empire's Fall was more of a "trip, stumble,trip, stumble again, scuff one`s knee, get up, roll an ankle, try to walk it off,
stumble, and finally fall and break one's hip
" kinda of thing lasting hundreds of years, depending on one view of when the end actually took
place of course. Also:
-The Roman Empire was massive for it's time, too massive really. Communications, Orders, Decrees, Military Movements couldn't be dictated by Rome as
it would be months behind once the information reached them from say the Eastern Provinces. Thus most of the reason why it was seperated into the
Western Empire and the Eastern Empire both ruled by seperate Emporers. Not the same situation now of course with the rapid exchange of information we
-Both Western and Eastern Empires were surrounded by enemies, albeit as mentioned technology has advandced, the U.S is protected by two oceans and
doesn't have Barbarians, Persians, etc on their doorsteps invading.....Errr unless you want to consider Canadians and Mexicans.
-The Roman Empire's Military was overextended in many cases and had a lack of mobility to respond to incursions given the large areas governed over.
Yes the U.S has bases in many countries, but in contrast Rome had complete armies present governing over the conquered populance.
As per the political similarities I'll steer clear
...... I do agree though, the U.S has only been a superpower for 50 years, however given the
technology we have now compared to Roman times events are hyper excelerated.