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Basic Trope: America is the dominant world power 20 Minutes into the Future.

  • Straight: It's the year 2035. America corporations dominated the global business world and it is virtually unchallenged in its international leadership, American media and technologies gaining wide adoption throughout the world, with more promising technologies to come.
  • Exaggerated:
    • America has taken over the outer space.
    • America had literally conquered the world since the end of the World War, and every single state around the world is now a part of the United Earth.
  • Downplayed: The United States is the dominant power over the American continents and the Pacific, but had to contest their hegemony with other major powers like China elsewhere.
    • During the Cold War: The Soviet Union did create a program that was able to outnumber the number of nuclear warheads the U.S. possesses (this nearly bankrupted the Soviet economy), but the Soviets couldn't catch up with America's economic and military spending levels, nor did they reach the moon/space at all or achieve even half the annual GDP that America made thus forcing the Soviet Union to disband in 1991.
    • After the Cold War: The United States was deemed most likely to achieve global hegemony, with China in second place and Russia in third place.
  • Justified: America is a well-developed nation with a great economic strength, great technological development and a great military power. Moreover, the fact that America has a heavy involvement in global diplomacy allows America to obtain allies easily. As a result, America can take over the world effortlessly.
  • Inverted: Fallen States of America or Invaded States of America (if the former doesn't involve enforced occupation by rival powers).
  • Subverted: America is one of the major powers, but was massively overshadowed by other major powers in the international arena.
  • Double Subverted: But America is the leader of the international arena, due to either other major powers fighting each other or relinquishing their leadership.
  • Parodied: America's military gears are frequently used in Gunboat Diplomacy, usually used to shoot alleged dictators without prior warning.
  • Zigzagged: America was the dominant power in the world for several time periods, but most of her hegemony was short-lived, often due to financial crisis, revolutions and wars.
  • Averted: America has the military and economical capacity to take over the world, but was perfectly content with keeping themselves in their continent.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: ???
  • Invoked: America starts to mass produce military weapons, planning to take over the world with brute force.
  • Exploited: Several nations aims to get a significant presence in the American lobbies, hoping to influence the United States from within.
  • Defied: America owns the world, except that their citizens were native Americans... and their white rulers were of Chinese descent, effectively making it the new China on another land.
  • Discussed: America has since the 1860s flirted with the idea of acquiring Greenland from Denmark. A 21st century argument is Greenland would be an ideal location for U.S. military forces to react on time to Chinese and Russian movement.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Point #1: Other countries try to achieve independence from the US.
    • Point #2: China through many economic variables such as nominal GDP and power-purchasing parity (PPP) is showing signs of overpowering the U.S. economy, and that if China becomes the highest global economic power then it could lead to China Takes Over the World.
    • Point #3: Many US rivals, such as Russia, China, and much of Latin America, hate the US rule and bloody wars are fought to suppress rebellion in these areas.
  • Reconstructed: These are counterpoints to the two points made in "Deconstructed" listed above.
    • Point #1: Many civilians from poor Third World Countries, particularly from Latin and South America, want to leave their native homelands behind for a better life in the United States. The mere fact that the U.S. has a more sophisticated network of food markets than Latin or South America (where food is scarce) is a crucial reason, which is ironic since the U.S. imports a lot of food from those lands. A Gallup poll said that one-third of all Mexicans would like to move to the U.S. Despite most American voters opposing illegal immigration, economists strongly support granting citizenship for millions more to come into the U.S. to expand the size of the U.S. economy and GDP since they fill-in undesired low-skilled labor positions such as dishwashing, tree cutting and fruit picking. The immigrants who take these jobs have said these blue-collar jobs pay better than white-collar work in their homelands. Economists state that both legal and illegal immigration is important to the economy since this reduces the need to offshore cheap labor to foreign countries such as India and China, especially since the native-born workforce of the U.S. is getting too old to work and the US birth rate is well below 2.0.
    • Point #2: American foreign policy experts say that the U.S. military has little to nothing to fear about China's growing economic power since China lacks the diplomatic or military power to expand on its territory and so their financial fortune can't be spent on taking up more land.... unless you consider China's aggressive build-up on artificial islands in the Southeast Asian oceans through sand-dumping as a territorial threat. Russia would refuse to share its own land with China, as demonstrated several times throughout history. However, the same thing probably can't be said for American businesses and corporations such as Hollywood's Big Five film studios (Disney, Warner Bros, Paramount, Columbia and Universal), Apple, Microsoft, the NBA and Blizzard Entertainment (the creator of Warcraft games) who have all displayed behavior of caving in to Chinese censorship so that they can be granted access to the ludicrous markets of China that hold billions of people ready to throw down cash for American entertainment.
    • Point #3: An enormous entertainment industry, formed through the amalgamation of Hollywood, Bollywood, and Nollywood, keeps the masses entertained with Bread and Circuses, and no rebellion movement gets too far.

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