What if the French Empire Reunited Today?

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France's history is very complicated, and I mean very complicated. Most of its history has been dominated by its many empires: The Frankish Empire, the First French Empire, you name it! But the most notable of which, you could say was the French Colonial Empire. At its territorial height in 1921, just after victory in the first world war, It controlled was one of the most powerful countries in Europe. This is why it would be interesting to think about what would happen if the entire empire reunited today to its exact same borders in 1921. Please note that I will be going over the French Colonial Empire and not the other French Empires.


Population and Land

The first thing we need to think about is the French Empire's population and land. For starters, the French Empire would control Land in almost every single continent. It would have an enormous chunk of Western Africa, a great portion of southeast Asia, Lebanon and Syria in the Middle East, and of course, France itself, in Europe. The capital city would probably be Paris, in France, as it is already the capital of modern-day France and was the historic capital of the empire back in 1921. But this would not be the largest city within the Empire. Ho Chi Minh City, in Vietnam, would be the largest city with a population of 13,500,000 just barely overtaking Paris's 12,400,000. Here would be the top 10 largest in the empire.

1. Ho Chi Minh City 13,500,000

2. Paris 12,400,000

3. Casablanca 6,900,000

4. Hanoi 6,800,000

5. Algiers 5,000,000

6. Abidjan 4,800,000

7. Oran 3,400,000

8. Tunis 2,600,000

9. Phnom Penh 2,400,000

10. Lyon 2,200,000


Money and GDP

Now we move on to every empire's favourite topic, Wealth. France's nominal GDP alone is around $2.5 Trillion. However, with all of its imperial and colonial possessions added, it would boost the economy up by about $1 Trillion all the way to $3.5 Trillion. This would be enough to put it in 5th Place, well ahead of the United Kingdom ($2.6 Trillion) but just merely behind Germany ($3.7 Trillion). Now moving onto GDP Per Capita. The French Empire's average yearly earnings would be around $5,000 which would put it in 98th place of highest Per Capita income just bearly ahead of Guyana ($4,940) but remaining behind Albania ($5,450). This is a very small amount probably due to the poor living conditions in Chad, the Central African Republic, and Syria. To make up for this, however, The Empire would control a fine amount of the world's oil supply as it controls nearly all of the Oil reserves in Eastern Syria.


Military Size

The French Empire's military would be one of the most impressive in the world as France alone already has an enormous defence budget and the 3rd largest Nuclear Weapon stockpile with an estimated 300 nukes at its disposal. Combined with the rest of the empire, the empire would have a total of 2,100,000 active-duty troops and another 3,800,000 troops in reserves. This would give the empire a total force of a whopping 5,900,000 troops which would be by far the largest military force in the world.


So I think that brings us to the end of what would happen if the French Colonial Empire reunited today in 2021. I would like to point out that this is absolutely impossible to happen in the real world but it would be interesting to think how it would survive in the modern world if it did. Would it go and show off and boast its power to the UK or will it use its strength to deal with more serious matters like preventing WWIII? Please share your thoughts in the comments, but for now...Goooood Bye!

20 Comments
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Level 43
Apr 2, 2021
Very nice! What about you do with United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and Algarves? I want to learn more about it!
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Level 62
Apr 2, 2021
Thanks for the suggestion! I will try and find out about those countries and put it in a reunited empires blog. If you are interested in a blog about the UK then I suggest you should take a look at my "What if the British Empire Reunited Today" blog.
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Level 43
Apr 2, 2021
Ok! Thank you! Looks everyone is using a YouTube Channel for blogging, or say it’s good. I’ll send an email to Iberê Thenório, of the famous and marvelous Manual do Mundo! LOL!
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Level 43
Apr 2, 2021
Other thing: FaroPor also live in Reading! :)
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Level 60
Apr 2, 2021
Yeah, I don't think we should totally meet... LOL.

Edit: Russian or Spanish please!

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Level 62
Apr 3, 2021
Don't you mean Portuguese?
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Level 60
Apr 3, 2021
No, the Spanish Empire was WAY larger and WAY more rich than the Portuguese Empire in the early 1800s.
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Level 62
Apr 3, 2021
oh yes.
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Level 43
Apr 3, 2021
Yeah, it was. And sometimes I hate the Portuguese people when I remember that they STOLE OUR GOLD! (I’m sure that @IAB, @gustavo11, @jpedrocm, all the others will agree with me!)
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Level 60
Apr 3, 2021
Why would you start sentences with the word "and"?
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Level 62
Apr 4, 2021
I was just void of what to say for the ending lol. Maybe I should change it to "so".
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Level 66
Apr 2, 2021
You should add Exclusive Economic Zone to this.
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Level 60
Apr 2, 2021
Oh yeah!
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Level 62
Apr 3, 2021
Ok! I will try!
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Level 54
Apr 3, 2021
Great Blog!
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Level 62
Apr 3, 2021
Thanks!
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Level 60
Apr 6, 2021
Nice blog! It was very interesting, I like to watch videos like this on youtube, but I like it a lot better in written form
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Level 62
Apr 7, 2021
Thanks! I'm glad you like it this way
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Level 54
Nov 23, 2021
Nice blog! I enjoyed reading it (I can't unerstand how I missed a blog about both France and History...).

I personally think that UK and France would have created an alliance to prevent any kind of conflicts on Earth, with their presence everywhere on the globe. But we will never know...

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Level 62
Nov 23, 2021
Thanks Baptiste! I agree with you, too. If the UK and France had just settled aside their differences and united into one country, they would probably become even more powerful than they each were before.