Number 10: Spain
This may be a surprise, but Spain has been heading on the verge of destruction since 2008. Spain is recently facing through an economic crisis. Spain’s National Debt to GDP ratio is at a dangerous 94%. 24% of Spanish citizens were unemployed in January 2015. Spain’s economy is only half of the country’s worries. Two regions of Spain will easily separated of the country within the next 20 years. In Western Spain, a region callied Catalonia has a successful independence movement, with strong popular support. At the same time, many of the Basque region of Northern Spain long for independence. The people of Basque, speak Basque, not Spanish.
Number 9: North Korea
It’s no secret that advancement of technology is leaving North Korea far behind the rest of the world. North Korea simply does not have enough resources within its boundries to exist the 21st century. When North Korea finally does open up its boundries to the remaining world, it has possibility that the Kim regime will not be able to survive. There is a chance that Kim Jong Un will try Chinese style reforms, in an struggle to copy China. But that may only speed up North Korea’s demise North Korea’s government holds on to power very tightly and one mistake or internal power struggle could end Kim Jong Un’s grip on power
Number 8: Belgium
Belgium’s citizens are deeply divided along ethnic lines. In fact, the two parts of Belgium: Flanders and Wallonia have little in common with each other. In the south of Belgium, lies Wallonia which is dominated by French speaking people. Many French speakers want either an independent Wallonia or a union with France. The north of Belgium is known as Flanders and the people of the region are ethnically Flemish and want an independent Flanders. In the next 20 years Belgium may fracture creating two new countries in Europe: Flanders and Wallonia
Number 7: China
Perhaps the very shocking entry on this list is China. Inspite of having the largest military in the world and one of the most powerful economy China is facing problems they must address in order to survive the 21st century. Even though the Chinese Communist Party harshly breaks down on anyone who opposes them. China is on a collision course with disaster. Most of China’s rivers and reservoirs are polluted beyond which is not safe for human consumption. Also, according to the Chinese government, by 2030 China will have used all of its drinkable water and according to the World Bank, every year 250,000 Chinese people die prematurely because of pollution
Number 6: Iraq
The growth of the Islamic State has brought international attention to the deeply rooted divisions in Iraq. Iraq’s borders were actually made by British colonial authorities in the 20th century with absolutely no regard for the cultural divides of the region. Saddam Hussein was able to keep Iraq together by opression and brute force. But now, the country is quickly falling apart at the seams three groups dominate Iraq – the Kurds in the North, the Sunnis in the west and the Shiites in the south. In order for Iraq to be once again be unified. The Kurds will have to surrender their newfound control of Iraq’s north. The Islamic State will have to be defeated and the Sunnis, Kurds, and Shiites will have to agree to live as one country again. Whereas, it’s more likely that these groups will choose to be separate, each under their own flags.
Number 5: Libya
Similar to Iraq, Libya is also an artificial creation of a colonial era. Libya was an Italian colony till 1951, and the nation was later held together by Colonel Gaddafi until his defeat in the Libyan Civil War of 2011. Now after Gaddafi’s fall, the country is fracturing before the Italian occupation. Libya did not exist and the area was divided into three regions:Tripolitania, Cyrenaica and Fezzan. The people of these areas are more trustworthy to their tribal routes, than any artificial notions of statehood. The Second Libyan Civil War is currently ongoing, but it is likely a allied Libya will not survive the conflict.
Number 4: The Islamic State
The Islamic State saw a extreme growth to power in the beginning of 2014 seizing a third of Iraq and Syria in a remarkable military takeover. However since then, the Islamic State embroiled in conflict against an increasingly long list of enemies. In order for The Islamic State to exist it must either defeat or make peace with: Iraq, Kurdistan, The Syrian Government, The Free Syrian Army, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and the US lead coalition. Currently engaged in combat against The Islamic State until then, The Islamic State’s survival will be under constant threat
Number 3: The United Kingdom
Scotland may have failed to get independence in their 2014 election, but the Scots won’t give up their quest for independence so easily. Also, there’s a simmering movement in Wales and Northern Ireland that seeks autonomy and possibly independence for these regions. If any of these regions were to gain autonomy from the United Kingdom it’s possible that the Union may fall apart.
Number 2: The United States of America
Many divisions that caused the United States’ Civil War still survive to the present day, if these deep rooted political and cultural differences within the United States aren’t reformed, it may happen that some states could set free within the next 20 years. As recently as 2012, 50 states submitted petitions with hundreds of thousands of signatures asking to secede from the Union the two most likely states to leave the Union are Alaska, and Texas.
Number 1: The Maldives
Maldives is located between India and Africa, the island country of Maldives is in severe threat of sinking due to rising sea levels. The former President of the Maldives looked into acquiring land in South Asia to emigrate all the residents of the Maldives before the islands are submerged