What if NATO United Into a Single Country?

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We all know that NATO is a military superpower alliance, dominating most of Europe and the western world. Today, it comprises 30 members with the newest, North Macedonia, having joined very recently in March of 2020 (Sorry people from the future if 2020 is not recent for you). But what if the entire alliance united into one country? Also, let me just make it clear that at this point, it is very unlikely for this to happen and probably never will but it would be fun to predict.

Population and Land

So as always, population and land is the first thing we need to think about the reunited superpower. To start off, as mentioned in the blurb, a big total of 30 countries would unite to form the country with 27 of them being located entirely in Europe, 2 of them would be located in North America, and the last remaining one, Turkey, straddling between Europe and Asia.
As a result of having so many countries making up the union, the land area controlled by NATO would be gargantuan, standing at 10,344,129 square miles (26,791,171 square kilometers) which would easily make it the largest country in the entire world dwarfing what seemed like colossal entities of Russia (6,323,142 sq miles) and an independent Canada (3,511,022 sq miles).
Like its monumental land area, NATO would also have a massive population mainly due to the significant population centers in Europe and the US. Taking all of this into consideration, the total population would stand at 951,214,086 people. This is huge and would make it the 3rd most populous country in the world, still though remaining well behind the usual competitors, India (1.38 Billion) and China (1.439 Billion).
Now we come to the difficult parts, deciding on a capital city. A capital for a united NATO would not be an easy choice as there would be many, and I mean many rightful capitals for the country but my choice and probably the most likely decision would Brussels, in Belgium, as the city holds very significant historic importance to the alliance and is actually where the current NATO headquarters is located in. However, as always, Brussels would nowhere near make it into the top 10 most populous Urban-Areas within NATO. Instead, New York City, located in the eastern United States, would be the most populous city in the country with a massive population of 21,800,000 compared to Brussels' puny 2,700,000. Nonetheless, here would be the rest of the top 10 largest cities within the country:
  1. New York City (21,800,000)
  2. Los Angeles (17,600,000)
  3. Istanbul (16,200,000)
  4. London (14,800,000)
  5. Paris (11,400,000)
  6. Chicago (9,650,000)
  7. Washington / Baltimore (8,550,000)
  8. San Francisco (7,750,000)
  9. Boston (7,700,000)
  10. Toronto (7,650,000)
Entire land area of a United NATO on a map

Money and GDP

As well as being a population hub and a land giant, NATO would also be an economic powerhouse. In fact, the country would be so economical that the nominal GDP would stand at a whopping $44.444 Trillion or 57% of the entire world's GDP! This would be much more than enough to put it in 1st place, in terms of nominal GDP, having double the amount of that of an independent United States ($22.68 Trillion) and having nearly triple that of China's ($16.64 Trillion).
The living standards of the country would also be very high standing at a respectable, nominal GDP Per Capita of $46,723. This would be enough to put in 23rd place, in terms of living standards, just in front of an independent United Kingdom ($46,344) but also remaining just behind New Zealand ($47,499).
As well as this, NATO would also control some of the largest oil reserves in the world, located in the United States, which would make them a big trading partner on the world stage.

Religion and Ethnic Groups

Focusing on religion now, NATO would also be home to many religions with the largest followed faith being Christianity at 52% of the population, split between 26% Catholic, 20% Protestant, and 6% Orthodox. The next largest block would be Islam at 7.8%, split between 7.4% Sunni and 0.4% Shia. Hinduism would make up the last major religion with 0.2% of the population adhering to it and finally, the remaining percentage of the population would be Atheist or Irreligious, standing at a huge 40% of the population.
Moving on to the ethnic groups of the empire, Europeans would be the largest ethnicity in the union with a huge majority of the population at 74%. People who identify as exclusively white would make up the largest minority at 14% of the population, 2% would be Mestizo, Caucasoid's would make up 6% of the population, and the final 3% would be a mix of various other ethnic groups.

Blue = Protestant Christianity


Purple = Catholic Christianity


Green = Islam

Prevailing Religions in the rough area of the united NATO

Military Size

Finally, we move on to what NATO was made for in the first place, military. To start off, this complete superpower would, united, possess a massive 3,258,000 active-duty personnel. In addition, it would also possess another 2,774,000 troops placed in reserves bringing its troops to a huge total of 6,032,000! This would make it have the third-largest total military troops in the world, only behind those of South Korea's (6,708,000 troops) and North Korea's (7,769,000 troops).
As well as formidable manpower, NATO would also have by far the largest military budget of $1.115 Trillion (this is actually larger than the entire Nominal GDP of most countries in the world). This budget would nearly double that of an independent United States' budget ($778 Billion) and would nearly quadruple that of China's ($252 Billion)!
Lastly, NATO would also become a Nuclear power, inheriting all of France, the United Kingdom, and the United States' nuclear arsenals. With all of this taken into consideration, NATO would have an estimated 4,450 nukes which would make it have the 2nd largest nuclear stockpile, still though much behind Russia's estimated 6,000 nukes (This is however strongly debated).
Overall, if NATO united into a single country, it would be a huge threat to its enemies such as Russia, China, and Iran, and would definitely become one of the most significant powerhouses, in both economy and military, capable of dominating the world stage. Like every empire/organization in this series so far, it is completely impossible to accurately predict NATO's future in the world but there is no right or wrong answer to the question; will Russia and China just straight away initiate another world war or will they take a more calm and diplomatic approach to this newly emerging country? NATO would also need a bold and tactful leader to guide it in its path to global great power and in my opinion, the only person capable of doing such great things is MG17, the blog emperor himself! Anyway, if you have any new suggestions of other empires to do in this series, please let me know. But for now, I am going to hold a democratic vote for which one I should do next. Here are the options:

Japanese Empire | Khmer Empire | Tibetan Empire | A Chinese Dynasty | Yugoslavia

Finally, thank you all so much for reading and goodbye! :)
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Level 64
Jun 25, 2021
Voting has ended! The request to reunite the Japanese Empire has won with 4 votes.

Japanese Empire | 4 votes | 1st Place

Tibetan Empire | 2 votes | 2nd Place

Khmer Empire | 1 vote | Joint 3rd Place

Yugoslavia | 1 vote | Joint 3rd Place

Chinese Dynasty | 0 votes | 5th Place

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Level 39
Jun 21, 2021
Great blog! Also I think you should do Japanese Empire on the next blog.
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Level 64
Jun 21, 2021
Thanks! That's the first vote for the Japanese Empire :)
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Level 64
Jul 23, 2021
?
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Level 65
Jun 21, 2021
This is a very long and very good explanation. lol MG leading the most powerful country in the world
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Level 38
Jun 21, 2021
Proposals (some are based on my opinions, but the majority are supposed to be funny):

Over with the communism in the world

Free health, education, and no bureaucracy

Free speech, but I RULE. I DO WHAT I WANT. MWAHAHAHA!

Leave Amazon for Brazil, and the other countries of South America that have territory on it. LOOK HERE, AMAZON ISN’T OF USA, FRANCE, OR OF TONGA. (Q: But Amazon is World’s Heritage! Amazon is of everyone! A: Really? So, let me see... I take Galapagos, Taj Mahal, Yellowstone, and Chichen Itza for me. What do you tell me now?).

Minas Gerais independent, annexation of Brazil to NATO, I rule for more one year, renounce, and govern Minas Gerais, which will domain the world :)

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Level 64
Jun 21, 2021
Lol I see that you have some big plans if you were to become leader of NATO :)
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Level 54
Jun 21, 2021
Japanese Empire please! Great blog!!
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Level 64
Jun 21, 2021
Thanks so much! I see that the Japanese Empire is winning so far. Sorry MG :(
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Level 38
Jun 21, 2021
I’d like Tibetan Empire. Let’s see the WWIII took place after China’s complaints lol

And once again, amazing blog! And, who is better than me for rule a country lol!? The Blog Emperor is on! I think before NATO be united, I can start as president of Brazil. We need some good ones, thing is super rare here... politics in Brazil is terrible. But seriously, who you think would be the ruler of NATO?

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Level 38
Jun 21, 2021
Sadly, I can’t rule NATO as I’m already Blog Emperor, Governor of Minas Gerais (think that Romeu Zema don’t exist, thing that would be amazing), and President of Brazil (Jair Bolsonaro? Well, I’m in the bench). Maybe next time.
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Level 64
Jun 21, 2021
Lol I think that the most probable ruler would be the current president of the United States as it is the most powerful "country" making up the union and is also the most dominant.
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Level 38
Jun 21, 2021
But and about the opinions and visions? The own Biden?
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Level 64
Jun 22, 2021
Biden, in my opinion (Pro-Democrats), seems like a sort of weak president at the moment but I think he is on the right path. If he were to become leader of NATO, he would have a lot of things to take care of so maybe he would give some power to the vice president as well. I'm not an American myself but that is what I think.
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Level 38
Jun 22, 2021
Khmer Empire
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Level 64
Jun 22, 2021
Sure!
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Level 65
Jun 22, 2021
I think Tibetan Empire would be interesting. Also, another idea, what about the Chola Empire? I know you made this series so I'm giving you the suggestion, but if you're okay with it, I might also make my own blog about it.
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Level 64
Jun 22, 2021
Thanks for the suggestion! I have never heard of the Chola Empire but I will do research into it and see what I can do. Also, just for a heads up, I might decide not to do the empire and if I do, you can go for it :)
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Level 65
Jun 22, 2021
Thanks!

I find it interesting since they had influence in Southeast Asia unlike most Indian empires who stuck to the subcontinent.

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Level 65
May 18, 2022
my first blog comment ever
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Level 42
Jun 23, 2021
Japanese Empire
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Level 64
Jun 23, 2021
Sure :)

I will add it to the updated polls.

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Level 38
Jun 23, 2021
Japanese Empire is probably gonna win.
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Level 75
Jun 23, 2021
Great Blog and very interesting. Yugoslavia for my vote !
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Level 64
Jun 24, 2021
Thanks so much, toowise! I will put that one the polls.
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Level 62
Jun 24, 2021
Great blog! You should do the Japanese Empire next.
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Level 64
Jun 25, 2021
Thanks! I think the Japanese Empire takes the win :)