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  • The Indian subcontinent is huge not only in terms of sheer land area, but also in terms of the region's population and cultural impact on our world.

  • Currently, seven different countries exist in the region India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and the Maldives.

  • So what would it look like if all seven of these modern countries united overnight to form a new and larger country that will be calling for simplicity?

  • Greater India Well, For starters, the new country's population would be gargantuan.

  • 1,000,000,728 million, 904,000 people, or about 23% of the entire world's population, almost one out of every four people.

  • That is Mawr people that live in North America, South America, the Caribbean and Europe combined.

  • India alone has more people living there than the entire car continent of Africa does, and that's only going to increase as time goes on.

  • This can also be seen by taking a glance at the biggest cities across the new country, the top three being Deli Karachi and Mumbai, all of which have higher populations than even New York City does in the US Of the country's top 10 largest cities, seven of them would be located in India, while two would be in Pakistan and only one in Bangladesh.

  • From this, it's obvious that India is basically the Jupiter of the Indian subcontinent, dominating the region's gravity and the smaller countries that orbited by its sheer size.

  • But what happens when we quit looking at the subcontinent divided by current political reality?

  • If we look at an ethnic map of the area, it's confusing, to say the least.

  • There are over 2000 different and unique ethnic groups present inside of India alone.

  • In addition to 22 different major languages, only the continent of Africa has a higher diversity of cultures, genetics and languages than India does.

  • But most of these Indian ethnic groups could be divided between two major families.

  • Indo Arians, which account for 73% of hypothetical greater India's population and a trove Indians, which account for 19% with remaining 8% being a mix of other smaller groups to expand on that the region's linguistic diversity is every bit as diverse as you would expect.

  • About one third of the population would be able to speak Hindi, 15% would speak Bengali.

  • Another 12% would understand Urdu, while the Punjabi, Marathi, Telugu, Tamil and Gujarati languages would all have significant representation as well.

  • Four of the world's most significant religions were born inside India, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jane is UM, all of which continue to have a significant presence.

  • Hinduism would make up the vast majority of hypothetical greater India at 63.6% of the population, while Islam would be a significant minority at 31.4% Christians would only make up 2% Buddhists would be represented by 1.7% and six would make up the final 1.3%.

  • With other religions on Lee, having a tie hiney following about 34% of greater India's population would be living in cities with remaining majority of the hypothetical country residing in the countryside.

  • Perhaps the most challenging problem for the new country would be the region's economy hypothetical, Greater India would have a combined nominal GDP of 3.4 trillion U.

  • S.

  • Dollars, which would make it the world's fifth largest economy.

  • But considering that India alone is already the world's sixth largest economy, all of the additional countries added in would only make it surpassed the United Kingdom's economy while remaining just behind Germany and Japan.

  • In terms of GDP per capita.

  • Measured in purchasing power parity, the average citizen of this country would be earning $7265 per year, far below the global average of $17,300 per year.

  • Citizens on average would be earning more than citizens of Uzbekistan or Vietnam, but earning less than those of Bolivia or the Philippines.

  • The economy would, however, be capable of supporting a very large military budget of 83.8 billion U.

  • S.

  • Dollars, the third highest budget in the world, but significantly behind the budgets of both China and the United States, adding in the soldiers from all seven modern countries, the hypothetical greater Indian army would have an active duty force of 2.6 million soldiers, the largest standing army in the world with an additional 2.1 million in the reserves, which combined would give the new country the world's fourth largest total military size, behind Vietnam and the two Koreas.

  • In the event of a war, however, greater India would have the largest manpower reserves in the world.

  • To pull from some of the new nation's greatest problems would be it's high unemployment rate currently hovering around 10% and the very young age of the average citizen, just 27.6 years old.

  • This might not be a huge problem now, but as India and the rest of the region develops further, it's almost a guarantee that the country will face the same kind of demographic problems currently plaguing places like Japan, where the average age is a very high 47.3 years.

  • Somewhere around 50 years from now, when India's population has likely begun to stabilize around 1.7 billion people, their population will thereafter begin to shrink, just like it is in Japan and other developed countries around the world.

  • Perhaps India and the entire region at large can learn from how currently developed countries air handling their demographic issues to prepare for their own future, just like how you can prepare for your own future or your company's future by going over to squarespace next, regardless of what it is you do.

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What if the Indian Subcontinent Was ONE Country?

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/24
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