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View Poll Results: Which is the most powerful continent?
Africa 4 2.34%
Asia 44 25.73%
Europe 48 28.07%
N America 72 42.11%
S America 3 1.75%
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Old 09-08-2013, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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(although anyone who thinks North America could run over Europe in a war is incredibly naive)
and visa versa.
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Old 09-08-2013, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Fairfax
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Most people who live outside US and Canada consider America to be a single continent. They recognize the regions such as South America, Central America And North America, America is considered a single continent.

Its like calling NOrth europe, central europe and south europe different continents.

Africa is a continent, America is a continent, europe is a continent , asia is a continent, only people from the US (and Canada) want to create south-north division in America in order to disassociate themselves from less developed countries..
Your comparison with Europe isn't the best. If "America" is one continent (and it may be), then so is Eurasia.
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Old 09-08-2013, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Czech Republic
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North America because of USA. USA dominates the world. They can go anywhere and declare war just like what happened to Iraq even when Russia, France and Germany opposed to it, still their voices were not heard.
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Old 09-08-2013, 06:29 PM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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and visa versa.
Of course. But it's not often you hear Europeans brag about their combined military power.
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Old 09-08-2013, 06:31 PM
 
Location: Fairfax
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North America because of USA. USA dominates the world. They can go anywhere and declare war just like what happened to Iraq even when Russia, France and Germany opposed to it, still their voices were not heard.
Do not pretend that Russia doesn't have the ability to do the same. Remember Georgia...
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Old 09-08-2013, 06:32 PM
 
Location: The Netherlands
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North America because of USA. USA dominates the world. They can go anywhere and declare war just like what happened to Iraq even when Russia, France and Germany opposed to it, still their voices were not heard.
They could only do that because they knew Russia, France and Germany wouldn't impose (serious) sanctions on them.
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Old 09-08-2013, 06:53 PM
 
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Not even true. That's like assuming people prefer to call it "Eurasiafrica" because they are technically all attached. It's also pretty widely accepted that Central America is considered to be a part of the North, and no one in Canada or the USA or Mexico is trying to change that because they want to be "disassociated" with the "undeveloped countries".

No, America Used to be labeled as a continent, proof is there is America cup (soccer) not a eufrasia cup.

north america?, a continent with 3 countries? what a joke, shame on you United statians
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Old 09-08-2013, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Brisbane
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Most people who live outside US and Canada consider America to be a single continent. They recognize the regions such as South America, Central America And North America, America is considered a single continent.

Its like calling NOrth europe, central europe and south europe different continents.

Africa is a continent, America is a continent, europe is a continent , asia is a continent, only people from the US (and Canada) want to create south-north division in America in order to disassociate themselves from less developed countries..
I am another person born raised and educated outside the USA, and like some other posters never in my life have i ever heard of North and South America being considered a single continent. Some times they are referred to as "The America's" the plural of course meaning more than one.

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Old 09-08-2013, 07:00 PM
 
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Not true at all, North America and South America are taught to be two seperate continents here. I think the only countries that consider "America" to be a single continent are Latin countries.

Europe is far less strictly defined. There is no universal agreement about whether or not countries like Russia, Turkey, Cyprus, Georgia, Azerbeidjan, Armenia, etc. are part of Europe or not.

One difference I noticed is that in many countries, "Oceania" is a continent rather than "Australia". I was taught that Australia is just one country in the continent of Oceania (which also includes New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and a host of smaller islands). It always seems a bit strange to me when people refer to Australia as a continent. This might just be a European thing though.

Anyway, to answer the OP: I think North America and Europe are pretty much equally powerful at this point. They both heavily rely on each other in economic and political relations. Remember that "power" can be imposed in more ways than just militarily (although anyone who thinks North America could run over Europe in a war is incredibly naive). The US is unquestionably the most powerful country in the world, but as a continent US + Canada + Mexico is not superior to UK + France + Germany + Russia (+ Spain, Italy, Benelux, Scandinavia, etc.).

America is a continent, not for some reason both have the same lastnames..South America and North America. IF they were disassociated as some people imply in this thread they would have completly different names such as Asia, Africa and Europe.

SOuth america and North america are two regions of the single continent landmass called "america" or the Americas, like it or not. The americas is the Newworld continent which often gives the name of "oldworld" to Europe and sometimes Asia.

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Old 09-08-2013, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Firstly, define powerful? Militarily, economically, socio-culturally? I suppose a generalised combination of all?

How come Asia isn't in the discussion? Economically Asia probably will exceed North America and Europe sometime in the near future. China and Japan alone almost equal the United States, and here's also India. South Korea and South-East Asia, as well as the Middle East, are booming too.

And no, nobody considers North and South America a single continent. I've never heard anyone do so. They're more separate continents than Europe and Asia are, as Eurasia.

Oceania isn't a real continent, it's a 'continent' in a socio-political sense. I thought it was common knowledge that Australia was a continent (a continent and a country), although it's subjective because the only thing differentiating a very large island from a continent is a size. It would not be incorrect to also call Australia an island.
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