Actually more third world, the system of government is middle ages mandarin with the efficiencies of Germany's National Socialists, what the west sees as "middle class" is more akin to the merchant class of middle ages Europe.
Her might is her own market; it is no longer possible to ignore her mammoth needs and in return the world absorbs not only her trinkets but engineering, bridges, and skyscrapers around the world.
Her military might is as it has always been, vast unlivable plains and enough people that they can and have waged war by making the enemy run out of ammunition. Her war technology is advancing rapidly. Americans should not be smug about their current superiority, but remember the last arms race, where the country with the superior economy won. The USSR simply could not keep pace and went broke trying. The US is broke paying entitlements, and are in deep debt to the Chinese.
"Small people talk about people, average people talk about events, great people talk about ideas" Eleanor Roosevelt
Interesting a thread about the "worlds most powerful nation" and it seems to be dominated by posts about Cuba.......
A fanatic is one who can't change his mind and won't change the subject.
A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.