Canada, China, or the United States, one of
these countries is the second largest country in the world, but if you ask anyone which
one it is, you’ll get an answer, then someone else will give you another, and then another. Congratulations, you’ve just started WWIII. China, Canada and the US are all big, diverse
places packed with all sorts of different kinds of people… okay, maybe less so in
Canada, but there’s some trouble when it comes to figuring out who exactly is the biggest. Canada has established itself quite well as
the second largest country, but there are some disputes (we’ll get back to you), the
real argument is between China and the US for third place. First, China also has a lot of disputed territories,
like Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin (with India), Taiwan (with Taiwan), the Senkaku/Diaoyu
Islands (with Japan), the border with Tajikistan (with France), and of course the Spratly Islands
(with pretty much everyone in the area), but how do you count disputed territories? A simple answer would be to not count them
at all, but Korea and Palestine both show us just how difficult that is (if you pretended
all disputed land didn’t exist, Israel, Palestine and the Koreas wouldn’t show up
at all). However, this doesn’t affect China as much,
so sources leave out the disputed territories. The US doesn’t have disputed territories
(other than those small islands they claim are part of Maine and Canada claims are part
of New Brunswick), but it has a lot of island territories. These are a bit iffy, but they obviously count
as US land, as in land the US government has control over, and no one disputes, but they’re
not integral to the country, and territories like Guam and Puerto Rico have been compared
to colonial possessions. Of course, lack of democracy doesn’t disqualify
a country from the list, so it’s best to include them, since there’s no argument
that the US owns these islands. On the issue of water, Canada actually gets
put into the spotlight, as many point out how Canada is largely water area. Not counting any water, including inland water
(which would be stupid), puts Canada behind China and the US, as it has around 3,000,000
lakes. Yes, MILLION! HOW?! Canada is around 8.93% water, compared to
China’s 2.82% and the US’ 3.96-6.97%, so not including ANY water area would put
the list at, in decreasing order, China, US, Canada (we have to include lakes, though). You might have noticed, however, that there
are two values for the US’ water area (good observation!) this is because the UN and CIA
World Factbook include territorial waters for the US, but not for other countries, for
some reason. So, if you don’t include US territorial
water (because it can be problematic for some countries), and don’t include China’s
disputed lands (137,296 km^2), but do include the US’ territories and Canada’s lakes,
it comes out to the US at #4 (9,525,067 km^2 / 3,677,649 mi^2), China at #3 (9,596,961
km^2 / 3,705,407 mi^2), and Canada at #2 (9,984,670 km^2 / 3,855,100 mi^2), and Russia at #1 with
nearly twice that. It’s really just a bunch of egotistical
jerks messing with statistics, trying to fool everyone, but everyone knows who really owns
the world (Google)! Thanks for watching this video. If you enjoyed it, please be sure to leave
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going to somehow start a flame war for no reason?