A Hyper-power is a state that dominates all other states in every sphere of activity. A hyperpower is traditionally considered to be one step higher than a superpower.
The Persian Empire, Roman Empire, Arab Caliphate, French Empire, Mongol Empire, Ottoman Empire and the British Empire have all been thought to be Hyper-powers.
In a modern context, hyperpower has been used to describe the United States' position as the lone superpower since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
After the end of the Cold War, some political commentators felt that a new term was needed to describe the United States' position as the lone superpower.
French Minister Hubert Védrine popularized the term "hyperpower" in 1998.
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