Thinking about the various empires/hegemonies throughout history, and how macrocosm and microcosm often seem to reflect one another, I wondered if there was any correspondence between these seats of power and the subtle centres in their mundane manifestation in different regions of the world.
Painting of the Chakras in the the subtle body
Here's a rough, speculative outline of the succession of world powers and how they may relate to the mundane chakra system:
Mooladhara Chakra - corresponds to Australia
Though not an empire as such, Australian aboriginal culture is probably the oldest continuous culture. Australia may have cradled the most advanced culture in the world 40, 000 years ago.
Kundalini - corresponds to India,
Legendary Empire of Sri Rama - 10, 000 BC? Indus/Saraswati River Civilisation - 3000BC.
Swadisthana Chakra - Africa (left aspect of Swadisthana)
Void - Middle East,
Nabhi Chakra - Mediterranean, Italy, France, Greece, Turkey.
Roman Empire, Napoleonic Empire (right aspect of Nabhi). Ottoman Empire, European colonisation.
Heart Chakra - Britain (left aspect of Heart)
Visshuddhi Chakra - USA (right aspect of Visshuddhi)
Currently acknowledged as the world superpower.
Agnya Chakra - China (left aspect of Agnya),
Many have speculated that it will replace the US as the main world superpower.
Sahasrara Chakra, Himalayan region,
Seat of future world government? (Reasons why this region could be chosen for this purpose are given in an earlier post)
NB. The Roman Empire has been identified as the hegemony for the Nabhi Chakra but it could be said that China was equally powerful. China has been a continuous seat of power for thousands of years, but perhaps it's greatest influence is yet to come.