What are the characteristics of an empire?

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The characteristics of an empire (specifically a modern one) include a centralized government, a strong military, a dominant position in the global political theatre, and imperialist control over other nations/territories. A modern example of an empire is the United States.

The United States has a centralized federal government that exercises immense power over the people living under its nation-state borders. The United States has the third largest military in the world, with some analysts claiming it to be the most powerful military in the world. Certainly, US military spending vastly outpaces all other countries.

The United States is often designated as the most powerful country in the world. This designation is mostly related to military strength and economic power. However, the United States has one of the worst healthcare and education systems of any of the global North countries in the world.

The United States has colonial control over Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, the US...

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on November 29, 2019