It appears there are now two superpowers located in the Americas. The first is the United States of America and the second is the Federative Republic of Brazil, or Brazil as it’s more commonly known.
Already famed for the beautiful natural wonder that is the Amazon rainforest and a vibrant, colourful culture that illuminated the Olympic closing ceremony, Brazil can now join the list of rapidly growing economies alongside the Asiatic powers.
Brazil’s gross domestic product (GDP) has already overtaken the UK’s; it’s the sixth largest economy in the world. As the fifth largest nation on Earth with a population of almost 194 million and vast natural resources, this is perhaps unsurprising.
In addition to the country’s ballooning economy, Brazil also boasts a rich and diverse culture. The country holds a mix of different ethnicities and races making it a genuinely multicultural nation, and since 1830, homosexuality has been legal.
The liberal attitude towards sexuality in Brazil has even lead to the world’s first “thruple” (three way couple) who have now been joined in a legal union.
This rich culture will surely lead to a spectacular Olympic Games in 2016 when Brazil attempts to follow in the glory of the recent Games.
The Brazilian government has already invested US$17bn in preparing the mass transit systems and has doubled the size of the Paralympic sports budget to US$82.5m. The organiser, Leonardo Gryner, has given us something of an insight in his promise to “bring Brazilian joyfulness to the Games and transform the city and the country.”
Of course Brazil is not a country without problems. While homosexuality is accepted in the liberal urban areas of the country, there is still homophobia in rural areas. Homophobic violence appears to be rising and a huge number of Brazilian asylum seekers flee persecution in the United States seems to suggest.
Poverty and urban slums remain, while nearly 12% of the population is illiterate. However, one of Brazil’s quirks is its ability to change and to reinvent, as the adoption of a new constitution as recently as 1988 shows.
While Brazil continues to shoulder its share of problems, the future of the South American power seems bright and very promising.