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Old 02-05-2012, 12:32 AM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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No country is hopeless.
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Old 02-05-2012, 02:42 AM
 
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Somalia
Zimbabwe
DR Congo
Iraq
Afghanistan
Papua New Guinea
Nauru
Tuvalu
Haiti
Add Liberia too that list. After watching the Vice Guide to Travel Liberia, that country is really ****ed up. It needs to be nuked ASAP!
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Old 02-05-2012, 06:16 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I think I'd agree it's implausible to rule a country to be hopeless forever. I think even Zimbabwe's starting to show some improvement.

That said the following show a long-term pattern of minimal development or improvement.

Democratic Republic of the Congo
Liberia
Comoros
Togo
Lesotho
Madagascar - Bummer they've got such a unique culture.
Solomon Islands
Swaziland

Stats on North Korea and Somalia are difficult to come by, but I think they're also essentially stalled or declining.

International Human Development Indicators - UNDP

Still I don't know if any of these are hopeless. Although the DRC, North Korea, and Somalia maybe come close.
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Old 02-05-2012, 07:21 AM
 
Location: In the heights
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All countries are hopeless, they will all fail at some point
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Old 02-05-2012, 03:29 PM
 
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Add Liberia too that list. After watching the Vice Guide to Travel Liberia, that country is really ****ed up. It needs to be nuked ASAP!
No, Liberia's war ended in 2003. This is the country that elected Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf as the first democratically elected woman president in Africa. Since she was elected in 2005, and re-elected last year, the country has been making a strong recovery. Don't get me wrong...it still has a long way to go. However, it is going in the right direction. Hence, it does NOT belong in that category.
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Old 02-06-2012, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Brazil
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In what timeline?

I'm pretty sure that in 300 years, the world will be totally different from today.

In 300 years, many countries that you have never dreamed about getting out of poverty can be the "new Japan".

200 years ago, what Japan was? Nothing! Almost a feudal land...
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Old 02-06-2012, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Brazil
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All countries are hopeless, they will all fail at some point

I'm more optimistic about the future of humanity.

With all the technology that humanity is creating now, I believe that in 300 or 400 years, ALL countries will be First World countries, and great places to live.
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Old 02-08-2012, 02:06 PM
 
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Djibouti?
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:26 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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On a more positive note, which of these 'hopeless' countries seems to have the most hope/potential for change?

I'd say Myanmar/Burma is one of them...I hope.
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Old 02-08-2012, 10:32 PM
 
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In what timeline?

I'm pretty sure that in 300 years, the world will be totally different from today.

In 300 years, many countries that you have never dreamed about getting out of poverty can be the "new Japan".

200 years ago, what Japan was? Nothing! Almost a feudal land...
You are right, and 200 years ago foreigners were not allowed to enter Japan. Foreigners were only allowed to enter Japan after the 1850s.
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