The land is deserted and barren, barely spotted with a few ragged peasants, wearily rummaging for single scraps of food to feed their family of seven. Towns are falling apart, and civilization is suffering. Buildings are crumbling at the mere hint of a windstorm, the markets are packed with hundreds of poor, starving peasants, who are all waiting in line, dirty and barefoot, hoping that they would be the ones who would be fortunate enough to get part of the new arrival of two loaves of bread and seven apples. There is no government, but rather a group of old men who sit around pondering over ways to keep their country from slowly but surely dying away. Across the sea, however there is never a dull moment. Cars and trucks fill the four lane highways, while people crowd the sidewalks of huge cities, filled with massive skyscrapers, bustling shops and lavish penthouses.
Stores and homes are overflowing with all different types of foreign foods and drinks. The night is filled with neon lights, illuminating the illustrious nightlife of singing bars, movie theaters, operas, dancing, museums, and arcades. The people
know that they will always be safe, behind their strong government and high-class army. The life of a superpower is never a dull moment.
It is often wondered how the superpowers achieved their position of dominance. It seems that the maturing of the two superpowers, Russia and the United States, can be traced to World War II. To be a superpower, a nation needs to have a strong economy, an overpowering military, immense international political power and, related to this, a strong national ideology. It was World War II, and its results, that caused each of these superpowers to experience a preponderance of power. Before the war,