What if the Roman Empire Reunited Today?

What if the Roman Empire Reunited Today?


This is an image
of the Roman Empire at the height of her
power in the year 117 AD. History was cruel to the Empire,
however, and over the centuries she gradually lost power
and eventually disappeared altogether. But what would a country
with the same borders as the old Empire look like
today in the 21st century? What if all of the territory
of the Roman Empire suddenly united
tomorrow and recreated the country in a modern form? Let me start by saying that
this is outrageously impossible. There is no way that
you could possibly convince Spain, England,
Turkey, and Syria into the same country. Crimea would get a little more
awkward than it already is, too. But let us suspend our
disbelief for a moment and just imagine what it
would actually look like and what living in
it would be like. So first off, this
is a modern map and these are what the
borders of the Roman Empire would look like were it to
come back into existence. In total, 53 different
countries would lose all or some
of their territory to the Empire, which
would span over six million square
kilometers in size. This sounds very impressive, but
the Empire would actually only be the seventh largest
country in the world by size. It would be just
bigger than India, but it would be smaller
than Australia and Brazil. And Russia, meanwhile, would
be nearly three times the size of the Empire. But size isn’t
necessarily everything. If we examine the population
of this hypothetical empire, it would be roughly 711
million people, or about 10% of the total global population. The original Roman
Empire in antiquity had 10 times fewer citizens
at about 70 million people. But back then, that was 21% of
the entire global population. The modern Empire’s
population would be enough to place it in third
place in terms of population size, but both India
and China would retain higher populations. The Empire would, however, have
more than double the population of the United States
and would boast some very impressive cities. If we were to speculate
on a hypothetical capital for this Empire,
we would probably come across Istanbul, which
was a historic capital of the Empire back when it
was known as Constantinople. Today, the population
of Istanbul is sitting around
14.6 million people, making it by far the
largest city in this Empire. At the height of the city
during the actual empire in 580, the population was 450,000. But even earlier in 180 AD,
however, the city of Rome was the very first
city in the world to reach a population
of one million people. Even though today Rome has a
population of well over two million, there would
still be much bigger cities within the borders
of the Empire today, like Cairo, London,
Baghdad, and Alexandria. At first thought, it might seem
like such a huge country would be an economic powerhouse. And while that would
be true, it wouldn’t be exactly what you think. All of this territory combined
would give the modern Roman Empire a GDP of $15.99
trillion US, which would mean that the empire
would only be the world’s second largest economy. Despite having a population
that would be less than half of the modern Empire’s,
the United States would actually still
have a larger GDP, at around $18 trillion. The differences in
per capita income, however, would be
even more shocking. The modern Roman
Empire would have territory in wealthier
areas, like England, France, and Germany, but also in
more impoverished areas like Iraq, Armenia, and Libya. For this reason,
the average income of citizens within the empire
would be at around $24,623. And this is a pretty low value. The Empire would be placed
52nd in the world in terms of how much money the average
citizen was earning, just ahead of Kazakhstan
but behind Latvia. With a large GDP and
population, however, the Empire would have a very
large standing army. Averaging all of the
active military personnel in the territories
within the empire, that would mean the Empire’s
standing military would be at around
2,771,000, which would make the Roman
military the largest standing force in the world currently. The final two big
questions we have left to examine
with this country are, one, what would be the
dominant languages and, two, what would be the
dominant religions. To begin, the most widely spoken
language within the country would certainly be Arabic,
which 32% of the population would be speaking. French would be the second most
spoken language, with about 14% of the population
understanding it, while Turkish would be
third at about 9.5%, followed by Italian and
English to collectively form the top five most
spoken languages within the modern Empire. And finally, we
need to explore what the religious make-up of such
a vast country would look like. Basically, Muslims would be
the largest religious group inside the modern
Empire, making up 44.6% of the total population. 42.2% of that value would be
Sunni Muslims, while just 2.4% would be Shia Muslims. Interestingly, this would
make the modern Roman Empire the largest Muslim
country in the world. Christians would be the second
largest group collectively, forming 39.3% of the population. Of that, Catholics
would comprise 25.2% of the total population,
while Orthodox Christians would be 8.2% and Protestants
would be 5.6%. Also interestingly,
these numbers would mean that the modern
Roman Empire would also be the world’s largest
Christian nation. Jews would form only about
1% of the total population, while atheists, agnostics,
or non-religious would form 10.5% of the country. It’s really fascinating to
think what a country like this would look like in
the modern world and with modern technology
and with modern ideas. Could it possibly
ever survive and what would daily life be
like living within it? These are questions
for another time. But please leave your comments. If you have your own
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70 thoughts on “What if the Roman Empire Reunited Today?

  1. This video is complete baloney. The direct source for every single atrocity we hear about and see DOES come from "the roman empire" i.e. that smelly perverted vatican and it's string of inbred crazies.

  2. Your numbers on relative population in 117 are off. 70 million is right (but on the upper end) but world population was between 190 to 250 million. If 70 mil was 20% that is 350 million global popualtion which wasnt reached until the middle ages. Given these numbers romes peak relative popualtion was between 28% and 36%. Which is the equivalent of china and India combined today.

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  4. Of the current era Two roman empire This date Is:
    No.1 United States of America
    No.2 Russian Federation

  5. In my opinion hole latin Amerika will be part of Roman from California Texas South America
    Roma returns as mega powerful nation in hole planet 🌎

  6. "The average income would be at around 24k dollars per citizen"
    Syria : wait .. 1200$ a year isn't enough ?

  7. Washington DC's population is under 700k while NYC is over 8 million yet you think higher population correlates with capital cities??

  8. I am Italian and ill LOVE the roman empire back 🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹🇮🇹

  9. For the capital I expect Rome would still be the capital. As with many countries their largest city is not their capital. Instead the centralized location of a capital is usually more favored. & I think Rome is a bit more centralized

  10. After the fall of this Empire the Italians would face almost 1300 (or more) years of separation and division until that famous year, 1861.

  11. Just remember friends. The monstrosity of the EU is made to fail. The Ceasars tried, Hitler tried, verhofstad is trying….. and will and up in failure. Just hold on my european friends, WE WILL RULE OUR OWN COUNTRIES AGAIN(I just dont give u a timestamp)

  12. Better build the United States of Europe. But it’s very difficult in an area for great part similar like the western Europe. Think about the problems in reunite the Roman Empire. Impossible.

  13. October 15, 2019-.

    Actually it won't happen… Muslin/Islam and ISIS terrorists would destroy it in seconds… You don't want to repeat the history again…. It happened thousands of years ago and don't want to do it again.

  14. Roman Empire: Existed
    Roman Empire: Falls apart
    Constantinople some years later: Lets also call us roman
    Humans throughout history: lets also be the roman empire!
    GERMANS: lets ALSO BE the roman empire!!

    Millenials: …yo hb we reunite the RE?

    Meanwhile; Rome:
    Stagnates and ruins itself..

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