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World domination (also called global domination or world conquest) is a hypothetical power structure, either achieved or aspired to, in which a single political authority holds the power over virtually all the inhabitants of the planet Earth. Various individuals or regimes have tried to achieve this goal throughout history, without ever attaining it.

The theme has been often used in works of fiction, particularly in political fiction, as well as in conspiracy theories (which may posit that some person or group has already secretly achieved this goal), particularly those fearing the development of a "New World Order" involving a world government of a totalitarian nature.

See also

  • Superpower, a state with a leading position in the international system and the ability to influence events in its own interest by global projection of power.
  • Hyperpower, a state that dominates all other states in every sphere of activity, and is traditionally considered to be a step higher than a superpower.
  • Global governance, the political interaction of transnational actors.
  • List of largest empires by maximum extent of land area occupied.
  • Mad scientist, a fictional archetype of a scientist, engineer, or professor who is considered "mad" – a synonym for insane – and often depicted as having a desire to "take over the world".
  • Technocracy, a form of organizational structure or system of governance where decision makers are selected on the basis of technological knowledge.
  • Americanization
  • Singleton (global governance), a hypothetical world order in which there is a single decision-making agency (potentially an advanced artificial intelligence) at the highest level, capable of exerting effective control over its domain.




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