What factor do you think contributes the most to the rise and fall of civilizations? Is it war? the economy? Maybe its disease?Well, those are all wrong.The largest contributing factor that has determined which countries are superpowers, and which countries fade into darkness, is the access to Water.And this is something that most people may not think about, as nowadays…you simply turn on a tap, and water comes out. But how it gets to your tap in the first place, is one of the best indicators in determining the success of a country. And in fact, we might be seeing the creation of some water empires, right before our very eyes.


Why are cities located where they are? Some factors that determined where people settled in the past were things like access to trade routes, nearby valuable resources, and the fertility of the land.But by far the biggest factor was the proximity of the city to a freshwater source. That is why today roughly 90% of the worlds population lives within 10 kilometres of a freshwater source. Even if many of those water sources are running dry. But we will get to that in a second.Right now the 18 largest cities in Europe are located on or near a major water source.And this same pattern has been shown throughout most of history.