(196 political subdivisions)
POPULATION: The three figures are in the years of 2005, 20256, and 2050 the latter as projections.
POPULATION GROWTH: Many countries of the world are already as density populated as their economies can comfortably tolerate. Any increase in population density will adversely affect their economies. Many Middle East countries are already importing such essentials as food and water. Current projections are that their populations will more than double by 2050.
LANGUAGE: A major part of the communication within each country is through language. Only through communication will the people of the country become educated in the essentials of life and the necessity of limiting family size.
LITERACY: The percentage of the people over 15 years of age that is able to read and write.
LOCATION: Unless we know where a country is located, we will have difficulty in relating that country to those around it.
NATIONAL PRODUCT PER CAPITA: This is the national output per person of the country’s economy. Figures are converted to American dollars. These figures may, or may not include the following variables.
- Barter between individuals and companies.
- Home consumption of goods produced by the family unit.
- Underground Economy where goods and services are bought but not reported to any agency.
- Trade in illegal items such as producing, processing, and seling contraband such as heroin or opium.
LAND USE: This section will allow the reader to better visualize the country and its potential and its problems.
TOPOGRAPHY: topography and land use will, together, give a picture of the problems that face the government and society of any country.
WATER: Water is the essential that makes it possible to have a city, to grow crops, to support life. When Rome was deprived of its water supply, it shrank from over a million people to under 20,000 within months.
GOVERNMENT: In the years to come, the government will be one of the two major organizations that can activate programs to control population growth and maintain an infrastructure to maintain a viable standard of living and a meaningful life.
RELIGION: The religious leaders hold the second key to the fate of the people. Through their teachings, they may transmit the message of the need for family planning, which is the basic tool for population control.
NATURAL RESOURCES: Natural resources are essential in the maintaining of populations and the functioning of economies. An example of this is Saudi Arabia, a country that sustains itself, and supports the major part of 30 million people, through the export of petroleum. The exhausting of this natural resource will create a major crisis.
WORLD TRADE: Imports and exports are all we have to go on in the dependence or the contribution of a country toward a world economy. A country that has a negative balance and, at the same time, it has a rapidly growing population, will either creat a great burden upon other countries or, if they withhold credits, it will spiral into chaos and will eventual collapse and widespread famine will result.
OVERVIEW: An abbreviated summation of current knowledge of that country.
AREAS OF THE WORLD
- AFRICA (52 political subdivisions)
- ASIA (35 political subdivisions)
- EUROPE (43 subdivisions)
- LATIN AMERICA ((34 political subdivisions)
- MIDDLE EAST (17 political subdivisions)
- NORTH AMERICA (U.S. & Canada
- PACIFIC ISLAND NATIONS (13 political subdivisions
- SOUTH AMERICA (See Latin America)
Population estimates are as of 2005 unless otherwise indicated; followed by the estimated populations in 2025 & 2050. These figures were made available in the 2007 “World Almanac”.