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The Commodity and Minereal Resources of the Big Powers!
No.1 The United States. The American Regime has a large territories in the continental north America. In addition the British Club is allied closely to it, with Canadian resources dependent on their market. Mexico, Venezeula, Brazil are long dependent on the American market to sell their vast store or production of commodity or minereals. Within America, mining 1000 mT of coal is small change, 250 million of grain is 2nd only to China's production, meat is plenty, uranium, aluminium, copper, rare earth etc. are not in short supply! The American Regime also have 300 million population, and has the power to outsource a big portion of their consumption to protectorates and allies or friends.|
No.2 This is probably CHINA. China producees the biggest quantity of grain, meat, vegetable, fruits, coal, steel, non ferrous metals, critical materials. China is next door the ASEAN, and Australia. This is probably the largest store or production of excess timber, tropical commodities, spices in the world.. Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam are rice producing giants, the Indonesian Archipelago produces large quantity of spices, oleo, rubber, copper, coal, oil and gas. Then there is Africa, South America and India but that's only Rmb220 billion worth, only a small fraction of China's import!
No.3 BRITISH CLUB, the group has probably the most resources available for competitive exports. UK keeps tracks of ships, insurance and financing of global fleets. The OIL, GAS, timber, iron ore is probably second to none! However the small British population of 110 million means supplies are in over abundance. The European states, even United States, especially the Trade Route States and even China (who needs the extra resources to process for reexport) are major customers! A fully developed FREE MARKET is very beneficial to the British Club, especially in Financial, Logistics, Resources needs. British Club also is the first developed states in the world so have a lot of knowhow to export too!
No.4 THE RUSSIAN EMPIRE is probably equal to the BRITISH CLUB in having excess or suplus commodities. However the distances, the poor location of the Russian Territories means it's expensive to ship Russian Resource. Imagine the costly set of pipeline to ship gas and crude oil to Europe. High Crude oil prices are vital, that's the reason of Russian involvement in many external affairs. China economic needs means a GOOD MARKET for Russian Timber, grain, energy as well. China purchase is mainly strategic as the American Regime has a chokehold in the Persian Gulf!
No.5 The French and yes the North West Francophile Africa is vital to French (beside the military prowess) ranking as a GREAT POWER. Germany, Japan, Korea, Italy lack such status due to not having a hinterland. Spain bad relationship with it's former colonies means severe weakness too! Afterall French culture is world famous, and french reliability to their former colonies is legendary. France took the burden to take care of milions of pro France Vietnamese people and have many Moors and AFrican citizens!
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