Long-time readers know that the official adopted nation of this blog is Latvia, thanks to the disproportionate demographic readership I have from that nation. No, I do not know why, and despite my efforts to pander to the standard Latvian blog-reader the viewership has dropped greatly in the last year or so, but I stand tall and proud with my Latvian brothers and sisters!
So it is nice to announce that Latvia has managed to be declared, by the authorities over at Mental Floss, to be a candidate for the next world superpower. It has done so by virtue of its reasonably impressive tree-planting efforts. Thankfully, no other nation on this projected superpower list is also a huge demographic for my blog, so they are safe from now. Granted, forestry is not exactly the thing one thinks about when assessing power projection and hegemony theory, but, hey, we'll take what we can get.