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  • The British Empire was the largest empire to have ever existed in all of human history.

  • At the territorial height of the empire in 1921 after victory in the 1st world war,

  • The empire spanned 35,500,000km², (14,000,000.000mi²)

  • with a population of 413m people,

  • 23% of the world population at the time.

  • The empire was large then,

  • that it would have take up 94% of the entire surface area of the moon.

  • So every time you look up at night to see the half of the moon towards you,

  • that is a nightly reminder that the British empire used to be nearly TWICE as large as that.

  • It was the empire on which the sun never set,

  • because somewhere on the empire was always shining.

  • But indeed it had to set some point.

  • The last British colony in Africa gained independence in 1980,

  • and the major city of Hong Kong,

  • a British colony since 1898,

  • was given back to China in 1997.

  • Symbolically marking the end of the empire.

  • But what if this entire empire was suddenly recreated today?

  • What exactly would it look like?

  • Well for starters,

  • queen Elizabeth II is already in real life,

  • queen of these 16 different countries right now.

  • And she has been at some point,

  • queen of these other 17 countries as well.

  • In total,

  • if the British reunited today,

  • it would encompass 64 different countries.

  • And queen Elizabeth II has already been queen of more than half of those countries at some point during her lifetime.

  • The Empire would be 146 times bigger than current United Kingdom.

  • and contain 40 times greater population.

  • ¼ population of the planet's land area would belong to the British Empire.

  • and with an enormous population of 2.634 billion people that would mean around 37% of everybody on earth would be a citizen of the empire.

  • a far greater percentage of the world population than in 1921 with the same terrytory.

  • With all of this land and people, the British Empire would have a GDP of US$13.078 Trillion which would put it far behind the US and place the Empire with the

  • second-largest economy globally .

  • However, the empire would have an incredibly poor population on average

  • with the average citizen earning just US$ 4,966 per year

  • slightly more impoverished than modern-day Namibia.

  • To compensate for this, the British Empire would have the largest military in the world.

  • comprised of 4,917,000 active duty soldiers.

  • The Empire's military budget would be a very large; US$ 268.175 billion

  • the second highest budget in the world , but less than half still of the US Military budget.

  • Overall, the British Empire would likely be the second strongest country in the world today behind

  • only the US .

  • but how would it compared to other empires that we've covered in the series?

  • Here's a chart to show you. The British Empire would have a higher population

  • than both the Roman and Mongol Empires.

  • But have a smaller economy and poor population than both

  • and the Mongol military would be significantly larger.

  • The biggest city in the British Empire would be Karachi in Pakistan

  • and with the exception of Lagos in Nigeria, the top five biggest cities would all be located on the Indian Subcontinent

  • In fact, nine out of the top 10 biggest cities would all be located in either Asia of Africa

  • The only one that wouldn't is London,which would be the 7th largest largest city in the Empire.

  • Despite this, London would likely become the capital of the empire since

  • it was the historical capital of the british empire

  • In addition, English would have to be the official language of

  • The Empire, despite the fact that it only be the native language of only five

  • percent of the population.

  • It would, however, be understood as a secondary language by 17% of the population

  • as English as an official language already in 49 out of the 64

  • countries that are making up the Empire.

  • Hindi would be the single largest language, spoken

  • by 20% of the population.

  • While Bengali and Urdu would constitute significant languages as well.

  • The Empire would be incredibly ethicallu and religiously diverse.

  • With only 5% of the population being classified as white,

  • While69% would be Asian or Pacific Islander.

  • With the population of India alone, accounting for almost half of

  • the entire Empire.

  • African and Afro-Carribean ethnicities would account for 19% of the total.

  • While Arabs and other Middle Eastern ethnic groups would contribute the remaining 7r00:04:14,400 --> 00:04:19,840 The UK itself would only contribute 2.4% of the entire Empire's population.

  • And finally the religious diversity of the Empire would be just as great if not even greater .

  • With Hinduism representing the largest single faith that 40% of the total population.

  • Islam at 33% divided between 32% Sunni and 1% Shia.

  • Christianity at 19%, split between 12.6 % Protestants 6

  • Meanwhile Buddhism would represent 3x00:04:46,140 --> 00:04:48,420 Sikhs at 0.8y00:04:48,420 --> 00:04:49,840 Jews at 0.2

  • Interestingly, if you also added the original 13% American colonies from the US back

  • into the Empire, that would single-handedly raised the GDP of the Empire up by over US$ 6 Trillion.

  • Equal to 47% of the entire Empire's GDP before adding the colonies.

  • If this happened, the 13 colonies would undoubtedly become the most valuable possesion of the British Empire.

  • The only question is would the US allow this to happen?

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The British Empire was the largest empire to have ever existed in all of human history.

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What if the British Empire Reunited Today?

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    Taka posted on 2019/12/26
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