Proposed analytic model
Politics / States
Economics / Financial
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Organization Masses Groups
"Who rules East Europe commands the Heartland;
who rules the Heartland commands the World-Island;
who rules the World-Island controls the world."
Halford John Mackinder (1919)
Who controls the rimland rules Eurasia.
Who rules Eurasia controls the destinies of the world.
Nicholas J. Spykman
Godfather of containment
Dominate North America through explanding colonization,
conquest and concessions.
Allow no power to emerge in the Western Hemisphere to
challenge U.S. domination of North America
Control the waters of the Western Hemisphere to prevent the
approach of foreign military power.
Dominate the world's oceans to protect global trade and ensure
that no power can build a navy to challenge the United States.
Ensure that no single continental power arises on the Eurasian
landmass capable of challenging the United States.
Russia's youth age 15-19 population 2005 -2020
Expand north and east to secure a redoubt in climatically hostile territory that
is protected in part by the Urals. This way, even in the worst-case scenario
(i.e., Moscow falls), there is still a “Russia” from which to potentially resurge.
Expand as far west as possible. Do not stop in the southwest until the
Carpathians are reached. On the North European Plain do not stop ever.
Deeper penetration increases security not just in terms of buffers; the North
European Plain narrows the further west one travels making its defense
Manage the empire with terror. Since the vast majority of Russian territory is
not actually Russian, a very firm hand is required to prevent myriad
minorities from asserting regional control or aligning with hostile forces.
Expand to warm water ports that have open-ocean access so that the
empire can begin to counter the economic problems that a purely land
India implications (I)
Achieve suzerainty in the Ganges River basin. The broad, braided plains of
the Ganges basin are among the most fertile in the world and guarantee a
massive population India must become the premier power in this heartland.
This does not mean that such power must be wielded by a unified,
centralized authority. A coalition of powers can be functional, and even
somewhat hostile powers such as Bangladesh can be tolerated so long as
they do not challenge India's authority or security.
Expand throughout the core of the subcontinent until it reaches all natural
barriers. Forests, hills and rivers aside, there is little else in the confines of
the subcontinent that limits India's writ. "Control" of the additional territories
can be a somewhat informal and loose affair. The sheer Population of the
Ganges basin really requires only that no foreign entity be allowed to amass
a force capable of overwhelming the Ganges region.
India implications (II)
Advance past the patch of land separating the Ganges basin
from the Indus River basin and dominate the Indus region
(meaning Pakistan). The Indus Valley is the only other
significant real estate within reach of India, and the corridor that
accesses it is the only viable and invasion route into India
With the entire subcontinent under the control (or at least the
influence) of a centralized power, begin building a navy. Given
the isolation of the subcontinent, any further Indian expansion is
limited to the naval sphere. A robust navy also acts as a
restraint upon any outside power that might attempt to
penetrate the subcontinent from the sea.
Maintain internal unity in the Han Chinese
Maintain control of the buffer regions.
Protect the coast from foreign encroachment.
Keep the home islands under the control of a central
government and unified military.
Maintain control of the seas around Japanese islands
Become the dominant influence in the land masses abutting the
territorial seas, namely the southern portion of far eastern
Russia and the Chinese coastline, at least as far south as
Be the dominant maritime power in the Northwest Pacific, south
to Formosa/Taiwan and southeast to Iwo Jima.
Secure control of access to mineral resourcs in mainland
China/Southeast Asia (and later to the Middle East as resource
A Measure of National Power
Power = (C + E + M) x (S + W)
C = critical mass (territory + population)
E = economic strength
M = military strength
S = strategic purpose
W = national will
(1) : Power = (National GNP/WOrld Total) x 200
(2) : Power = (Critical mass + ES + MS)/3
Critical Mass = (I's popu/world) x 100 + (I's area/word)
ES = (I's GNP/world) x 200
MS = (I's ME/world) x 200
(3) : Power = Model (2) x (I's ENGY/world)