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Old 06-02-2018, 12:11 AM
 
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Right now, there are many countries around this tier, Cuba, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic. But one to watch is Panama. While small, is really becoming a well-developed country (per capita income is higher than, and Panama City is probably the most important single city outside of the "big three" as a financial and trade hub. With its banking and business activity, it has a very impressive skyline and growing urban infrastructure. It is also the most culturally diverse city in Central America. It could very well be the Singapore or Dubai of its region in a decade, especially if nearby Colombia keeps growing. Panama's average income is around $25,000 a year, half of that in wealthy nations, but well over most other Central American or Caribbean countries. But this income is very unequal between Panama City and the Canal area on one hand, and the outer parts of the country, which are still very poor.

Costa Rica also does well, but is not booming like Panama.
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Old 06-02-2018, 12:49 AM
 
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Right now, there are many countries around this tier, Cuba, Guatemala, the Dominican Republic. But one to watch is Panama. While small, is really becoming a well-developed country (per capita income is higher than, and Panama City is probably the most important single city outside of the "big three" as a financial and trade hub. With its banking and business activity, it has a very impressive skyline and growing urban infrastructure. It is also the most culturally diverse city in Central America. It could very well be the Singapore or Dubai of its region in a decade, especially if nearby Colombia keeps growing. Panama's average income is around $25,000 a year, half of that in wealthy nations, but well over most other Central American or Caribbean countries. But this income is very unequal between Panama City and the Canal area on one hand, and the outer parts of the country, which are still very poor.

Costa Rica also does well, but is not booming like Panama.
Yea, actually the Dominican Republic and Panama have the most promising economic growth in recent years and in the coming years.
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Old 06-02-2018, 09:38 PM
 
Location: New Jersey
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Quebec
Cuba
Aruba
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Old 06-02-2018, 09:43 PM
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Location: NYntarctica
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Probably Cuba. A lot of potential hidden in that country, if they can uncover it. Amazing culture, cuisine, and architecture
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Old 06-03-2018, 10:32 AM
 
Location: East of the Sun, West of the Moon
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Puerto Rico Not a country

Quebec Not a country

Greenland Not a country


In terms of displays of geographical knowledge, this thread is very disappointing.


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Old 06-03-2018, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Broward County, FL
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Had no idea Quebec was a country. This is why the world laughs at us.
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Old 06-03-2018, 12:20 PM
 
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Puerto Rico Not a country

Quebec Not a country

Greenland Not a country


In terms of displays of geographical knowledge, this thread is very disappointing.


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Notice I didn’t state “sovereign state” in the heading. There is a difference... England, Wales, Scotland are countries but not sovereign states.
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Old 06-03-2018, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Seattle WA, USA
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Notice I didn’t state “sovereign state” in the heading. There is a difference... England, Wales, Scotland are countries but not sovereign states.
If you are going to go along those lines then all the states in the US will need to be looked at as separate unique countries, since state and country are pretty much synonyms of one another.

State: a nation or territory considered as an organized political community under one government.
"Germany, Italy, and other European states"

Country: a nation with its own government, occupying a particular territory.
"the country's increasingly precarious economic position"

So the United "States" of America can be interpreted as the United "Countries" of America, which is what it was originally envisioned as. The thirteen colonies were supposed to be separate from one another only forming a loose coalition with one another similar to the EU or the Commonwealth of Nations, In fact the EU is probably more united as a single entity than the US was in it's early days.
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Old 06-03-2018, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Kansas/China
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Cuba is #4, and I don't really think its close. They don't seem very influential simply because they have isolated themselves, but their GDP is equal to Panama and the Dominican Republic combined.

If we are talking about just global influence regardless of economy, then possibly Panama. The Panama Canal has a huge global influence. And Panama City is a fairly influential Financial Center.
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Old 06-03-2018, 02:58 PM
 
Location: Kansas/China
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Notice I didn’t state “sovereign state” in the heading. There is a difference... England, Wales, Scotland are countries but not sovereign states.
Neither Quebec nor Puerto Rico are countries. Quebec is a province with the same type of government that every other Canadian province has. Puerto Rico is a US territory and is no more of a country then Guam.
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