Canada is the second largest country in the world in terms of land area, but why can’t it become a “world power”?
Canada is the second largest country in the world, but such a “large” country has little influence in the international community, let alone in the ranks of world powers.
Canada is located in the northern part of North America, above 45 degrees north latitude, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the Pacific Ocean to the west, the United States to the northwest, and the Arctic Ocean to the north, and has a land area of 9.98 million square kilometers, the second largest in the world after Russia.
But despite its vast size, most of Canada is located north of 49 degrees north latitude because of the country’s geographic location, which is relatively high latitude. You know that at the same latitude, it’s north of the northeast of the country and further north, so it’s clear that the vast majority of Canada is cold.
The northern third of Canada is deep in the Arctic Circle, and the ground is covered with snow and ice year-round, making it even smaller for people to live in, plus the terrain is predominantly mountainous and wooded to the north, making it very inaccessible.
So although Canada is a very large country, it doesn’t have many places to live. The only places that are really available are around the four lakes that border the United States, and the southeastern coast, which together cover only about 500,000 square kilometers, or just 5% of the country’s land area.
Canada’s actual developed area is only about 500,000 square kilometers, but there are over 9 million square kilometers of undeveloped land, so wouldn’t it be a waste of such a large area of land not to find a way to develop it?
The reason for not developing it is that it is too difficult to do so, and the population of Canada is only 38.13 million. The first thing you need to do is to take care of a square kilometer of land, and that’s very impractical.
Despite the disadvantages of what we call its poor location and sparse population, Canada is still a developed country, one of the seven largest industrial nations in the West.
So with such a small population, how has Canada managed to become a highly developed capitalist country?
Canada is very rich in resources
These include timber and the oil resources that are most needed by modern industry. According to research, Canada has 10% of the world’s oil reserves underground.
So Canada’s export of these resources has been a major source of economic support for the country, and the capital accumulated from exporting oil in the early days has led to the development of manufacturing and high-tech industries in Canada. In addition, Canada’s agriculture and fishing industries also bring in a lot of wealth, and Canada has become a major exporter of wheat and fish products as a result.
So one might wonder, Canada is next to the United States, a hegemonic country that can tolerate such a resource-rich country and leave it alone, knowing that the US has sent troops to “fight terrorism” in countries as far away as the Middle East. This is the second reason to say.
Canada’s national strategy of “walking with America”
Although Canada produces a lot of oil, the country doesn’t need much of it, so it exports 99% of its annual oil production to the United States. The U.S. will certainly “stumble” on the oil deal, but Canada has not thought about how to protect its own interests, but is closely attached to the United States, the United States is subservient, the United States said one, Canada will never say two. The company’s behavior is to pursue a national strategy of “accompanying the United States”, making Canada a “vassal state” of the United States, and therefore has little presence in the international community, and naturally has little influence.
Of course, a power cannot be judged solely by its economic strength, but also by its military strength, and only if it has both can it be called a power. The first time I saw it, I was able to see it.
Canada’s military strength can be described in two words, and that is
As we mentioned earlier, Canada has a total population of just over 30 million people, and the number of people who are old enough and physically fit to join the military is very small.
According to statistics, the total number of soldiers in service in Canada remains at around 60,000 year-round, which is only about the size of a Chinese B-grade army. That’s a lot of people, not to mention going to war, and it’s not enough to do the usual military exercises.
Canada therefore broke the mold, since it does not have enough capacity to consolidate the country’s military power, and is surrounded by sea on three sides, and the only neighboring country around is the United States, which completely crushes its military power, so in order not to make unnecessary sacrifices, it simply handed it over to the United States, and even the defense was given full authority to the United States.
So to this day, we can also see that the U.S. Home Air Defense Identification Zone includes Canada as a whole.
And the Canadians are so smart that the U.S. is in charge of defense and they don’t have to pay a penny more, so much so that many times the U.S. has directly or indirectly told Canada to increase its armament, but Canada has ignored it, which no other power in the world today would want to do because it would seriously threaten its own homeland security.
So Canada is an economically advanced country, but as long as it doesn’t have its own defense forces, it won’t be a power.