Empires That No Longer Exist
Which protectorates are not listening to the US via the Snowden situation? Well, since when have the South American countries started thumbing their nose at their "friend" to the North? America started losing its grip there when they stopped installing their own regional administrators - twenty, even ten years ago, they'd have lined up to prevent Snowden from travelling there. Historically, Hong Kong would have handed him straight over, Ireland wouldn't have even considered asylum, nor would Germany and France have had so many ministers line up to say it was Europes job to protect him. I'd argue it's a hegemony, not an empire. But it's a semantic difference. Ah, but we still had a rather large Empire before the second world war - Churchill effectively had to either give up India or lose the war, and he bitterly hated the idea of giving them their country back, (woo war hero lol).
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