With the invasion of Hamas into Israel, talks of a greater regional war have been ramping up. Many large countries like Iran, China, Russia, and even the United States have been getting involved in the Middle East either verbally or physically.


A nuclear bomb is the most devastating explosion ever created. One bomb can end tens of thousands of lives immediately and hundreds of thousands through the radioactive aftermath. However, the worst part comes afterward: a nuclear winter that might kill billions, potentially leading to the complete collapse of our civilization. In a nuclear winter, there are no winners – only starving losers. How exactly does it work and what would it look like?


Exploring the 7 Key Battlefields

Total war between the world’s largest powers that reshuffled the international order defined the previous world wars.

Total war between the largest powers today—Russia, China, and the US—means a nuclear Armageddon where there are no winners and only losers.

That could still happen despite nobody wanting it, but it’s not the most likely outcome.

World War 3 is unlikely to be a direct kinetic war between the US, Russia, and China.

Instead, the conflict will play out on different levels—proxy wars, economic wars, financial wars, cyber wars, biological wars, deniable sabotage, and information wars.

In that sense, World War 3 is already well underway, even though most don’t recognize it.

Below, I’ll look at the seven domains World War 3 is playing out on and analyze which side has an advantage.

Domain #1: Financial Warfare

Financial warfare refers to the use of financial methods as a strategy to achieve military or political objectives.

One common tool of financial warfare is the imposition of sanctions or embargoes. This can involve freezing assets, restricting trade, or limiting access to international financial systems. The goal is to damage the target’s economy, weakening its ability to pursue certain policies or actions.

Imposing controls on the movement of capital and investments can also serve as a weapon in financial warfare. This could involve restricting foreign investments in specific sectors or limiting the ability of foreign investors to withdraw their funds.

Take, for example, the US government’s actions after the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022.

The US government launched its most aggressive financial warfare campaign ever.

Exceeding even Iran and North Korea, Russia is now the most sanctioned nation in the world.

“This is financial nuclear war and the largest sanctions event in history,” a former Treasury Department official said.

He went on to say, “Russia went from being part of the global economy to the single largest target of global sanctions and a financial pariah in less than two weeks.”

Here’s a brief rundown of what has happened.

The US and European governments froze Russia’s US dollar and euro reserves—the accumulated savings of the nation—worth around $300 billion.

They kicked Russian banks out of SWIFT, the system for sending international wire transfers.

A stampede of Western companies left Russia and banned average Russian citizens from using their platforms.

Popular cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase blocked over 25,000 accounts linked to Russia.

Visa, MasterCard, and American Express have removed Russia from their networks.

These are just a few examples of how NATO & Friends cut Russia off from the US-dominated global financial system.

While BRICS+ countries are trying to build a parallel international financial system, it is not yet ready for prime time.

In financial warfare, NATO & Friends have a clear advantage today, though BRICS+ is eroding it.

Result: Advantage NATO & Friends

Domain #2: Economic Warfare

Countries can engage in economic warfare by controlling access to strategic commodities like oil, gas, rare earth elements (REEs), and major trade routes. A country can exert economic pressure on others by limiting access to these resources or influencing their prices.

BRICS+ dominates strategic commodities.

Take Russia, for example.

Politicians and the media in the US often ridicule Russia as nothing more than “a gas station with nuclear weapons,” an inaccurate cartoonish depiction.

Russia is the world’s largest exporter of natural gas, lumber, wheat, fertilizer, and palladium (a crucial car component).

It is the second-largest exporter of oil and aluminum and the third-largest exporter of nickel and coal.

Russia is a major producer and processor of uranium for nuclear power plants. Enriched uranium from Russia and its allies provides electricity to 20% of the homes in the US.

Aside from China, Russia produces more gold than any other country, accounting for more than 10% of global production.

These are just a handful of examples. There are many strategic commodities that Russia dominates.

In short, Russia is not just an oil and gas powerhouse but a commodity powerhouse.

Then there are REEs.

Many are unfamiliar with REEs, a collection of 17 obscure elements on the Periodic Table, despite their indispensable role in modern life.

In short, the US military and American consumers depend entirely on these obscure elements.

China controls around 60% of REE production and 95% of REE processing. Beijing also consumes about 67% of the worldwide REE supply.

Nobody can seriously challenge China’s REE monopoly, as it can maintain lower prices longer than any competitor can remain solvent.

Then there is Iran, which dominates the Strait of Hormuz, the world’s most crucial energy corridor.

According to the US Energy Information Administration, each day, more than 40% of global oil exports (around 21 million barrels) transit the Strait.

Thanks to its commanding geography and expertise in unconventional and asymmetric warfare, Iran can shut down the Strait, and there’s not much anyone can do about it.

The idea is to level the playing field against a superior enemy with swarms of explosive-laden suicide speedboats, low-flying planes carrying anti-ship missiles, naval mines, and land-based anti-ship ballistic missiles, among other low-cost but highly effective measures.

Analysts believe it would take weeks for the US military to reopen it, but nobody knows if they would succeed.

Military strategists have known about this situation for decades. But no one has found a realistic way to neutralize Iran’s power over the Strait. It’s Iran’s geopolitical trump card.

In the Red Sea, Iran’s allies in the Houthi movement in Yemen have recently shut down shipping in this vital economic corridor to all Israeli, American, and British vessels.

When you put it all together, BRICS+ has the edge in economic warfare.

Result: Advantage BRICS +

Domain #3: Cyber Warfare

Cyber warfare refers to the use of digital attacks by one nation to disrupt the computer systems of another, often aiming to cause damage, disruption, or fear.

These attacks can target various sectors, including government networks, financial systems, and utility services like electricity and water supply. For example, a successful cyber attack on a power grid could leave millions without electricity or clean water.

Attacking a nation’s financial infrastructure, like banks or stock exchanges, through cyber means is another form of cyber warfare. Such attacks can disrupt economic stability, create uncertainty, and potentially lead to significant financial losses.

The goals of cyber warfare can vary from stealing sensitive information, causing economic damage, disrupting essential services, or creating chaos and panic among the population.

Cyber warfare can be just as damaging as traditional warfare but is often cheaper, less risky, and can be conducted anonymously and remotely. This makes it an attractive option for nations wanting to cause harm while minimizing the risk of direct confrontation.

I expect cyber warfare to be prominent as World War 3 evolves.

NATO & Friends and BRICS+ are skilled at cyber warfare. However, I don’t see either side having a decisive advantage.

Result: Uncertain

Domain #4: Information Warfare

Information warfare encompasses a range of tactics aimed at influencing, disrupting, or corrupting the information landscape to affect an adversary’s decision-making process, undermine trust in institutions, or sway public opinion. It aims to influence outcomes both on the battlefield and in public opinion.

This type of warfare leverages the spread of false and misleading narratives, propaganda, and psychological operations to create confusion, sow discord, and manipulate perceptions.

Information warfare can influence elections, shape public opinion on critical issues, and even incite violence or social unrest. The objective is often to destabilize an opponent from within.

With the growing reliance on social media and other digital platforms, the role of information warfare is likely to become even more significant in shaping both military and geopolitical landscapes.

The US has enormous influence over the global mainstream media, entertainment industry, and Big Tech platforms. That gives it widespread worldwide reach in a way that Russia and China do not have.

As a result, NATO & Friends have the advantage in information warfare.

Result: Advantage NATO & Friends

Domain #5: Deniable Sabotage

Sabotage refers to deliberately damaging, destroying, or hindering vital property.

Deniable sabotage is a hostile action carried out so that the perpetrator cannot be conclusively identified or linked to the attack. The identity of the aggressor remains hidden, or there is plausible deniability.

It means that although there might be suspicions or even circumstantial evidence about who is responsible for an attack, there is no concrete proof. As a result, the alleged perpetrator can credibly deny involvement.

Typical targets for sabotage include infrastructure like bridges and railways, communication systems, supply depots, ammunition stores, and essential utilities like power and water supply systems.

The destruction of Russia’s Nord Stream 2 pipeline and the cutting of undersea fiber optic cables around Norway are likely examples of recent deniable sabotage.

NATO & Friends and BRICS+ are skilled at deniable sabotage. However, I don’t see either side having a decisive advantage.

Result: Uncertain

Domain #6: Biological Warfare

Biological warfare is the use of biological toxins or infectious agents such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi to incapacitate or kill humans, animals, or plants.

The disease-causing agents can be spread through air, water, or food sources and are often difficult to trace.

The use of biological weapons dates back centuries. In medieval times, besieging armies would catapult diseased corpses over city walls.

Today, the US, China, and Russia have all signed the Biological Weapons Convention, which is supposed to prohibit biological warfare. However, I don’t expect that will prevent biological warfare as World War 3 escalates.

The Covid hysteria could have been due to an act of biological warfare.

In any case, the US, Russia, and China all maintain robust and secretive biological weapons programs. However, I don’t see any side having a decisive advantage.

Result: Uncertain

Domain #7: Proxy Warfare

Proxy wars are a method by which major powers fight their battles indirectly, using smaller nations or groups as stand-ins rather than confronting each other directly.

Major powers support, equip, and finance smaller groups or nations in a proxy war to fight against a common adversary. This support can include military training, weapons, funding, and other resources. The critical point is that the major powers do not engage directly in combat.

I expect proxy wars will be a decisive factor in who will win World War 3.

There are numerous ongoing proxy wars. However, there are three that I believe will be key in determining which side has the overall advantage.

Proxy War #1: Ukraine

Ukraine has been the arena of choice for NATO & Friends to confront Russia.

As I write this, at the beginning of 2024, the conflict in Ukraine appears to be winding down.

Ukraine has suffered serious battlefield setbacks as its much-touted 2023 counteroffensive has utterly failed.

Further weapons shipments from NATO nations are not going to deliver victory to Ukraine. At best, it will only prolong the conflict without changing the ultimate outcome while depleting NATO inventories.

US funding is also drying up. American and European voters are growing increasingly tired of the war.

When you put it all together, I suspect we will see serious movement toward a settlement this year that will largely be favorable to Russia.

Result: Advantage BRICS +

Proxy War #2: The Middle East

The Middle East is on the precipice of the biggest regional war in over 50 years.

The region is roughly divided into two different geopolitical groups.

The first is the US and its allies—Israel, Turkey, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and others.

The second group describes itself as the Axis of Resistance. It consists of Iran, Syria, the Houthis in Yemen, Hezbollah in Lebanon, several Palestinian groups, including Hamas, and an assortment of militias in Iraq. Russia and China are standing behind the Axis of Resistance.

In the context of World War 3 and the global geopolitical situation, the US and its allies represent the interests of NATO & Friends, and the Axis of Resistance represents BRICS+.

If there is a regional war in the Middle East, it will undoubtedly be between these two groups.

Short of a regional war, there will likely be continued geopolitical competition and low-intensity conflict in the Middle East.

When you take a step back and put it all together, it seems clear that the geopolitical momentum is with the Axis of Resistance in the Middle East.

However, a large regional war could turn things around for the US, Israel, and its allies. NATO & Friends might try a full-scale war with Iran as a last-ditch attempt to scuttle the emergence of a multipolar world order.

It’s also more likely, though, that a full-scale war with Iran and the Axis of Resistance would end in disaster for the US and its allies. That’s probably a big reason it hasn’t happened yet, despite no shortage of hostile intentions.

In the meantime, the advantage in the Middle East goes to BRICS+.

Result: Advantage BRICS +

Proxy War #3: Taiwan

China views Taiwan as a breakaway province and has vowed to reunify it with the mainland by force if necessary.

Recently, Xi privately warned Biden that China will reunify Taiwan but that the timing has not yet been decided.

While not explicitly committing to Taiwan’s defense, the US has been a significant supplier of military equipment to Taiwan. A Chinese invasion could trigger a response from the US, though the extent and nature of this response are uncertain.

China has one of the world’s largest and increasingly modern militaries. Taiwan has a well-trained military, though smaller and less equipped than China’s.

It seems to me that time is on China’s side. All Beijing has to do is wait; eventually, it will be able to compel Taiwan to reunify peacefully.

In the case of a military conflict, it seems to me China has the advantage. The only way Taiwan would have a prayer is if the US directly joined the conflict. However, the US is unlikely to risk a full-scale war with China because of MAD.

When you put it all together, it seems China has the advantage.

Result: Advantage BRICS+

There will likely be other proxy wars as World War 3 progresses, but the ones I believe will prove decisive will be in Ukraine, the Middle East, and Taiwan. The other proxy wars are peripheral in comparison.

All three decisive proxy wars are trending toward a defeat for NATO & Friends. Therefore, the advantage in the overall proxy war domain—which I believe will be the most decisive domain in World War 3—is with BRICS+.

Result: Advantage BRICS+

World War 3 Investment Guide: Strategic Assets for Uncertain Times

While it’s impossible to quantify the conflict precisely, we can look at the various domains of World War 3, see how each side stacks up, and make projections from there.


It seems to me the advantage of NATO & Friends in financial warfare is fleeting and mostly neutralized by the advantage of BRICS+ in economic warfare.

Across most other domains, neither side has a conclusive advantage.

NATO & Friends has an edge in information warfare, but I don’t think that will prove decisive in the overall conflict.

The one domain that I think will probably determine World War 3 is proxy warfare, where BRICS+ has the advantage and momentum.

NATO & Friends could reverse the situation with the proxy wars. However, that would require them to take a bad hand and double down in a desperate attempt to get even. They may do so if they have nothing to lose, but I doubt it will change the outcome.

As it stands now, I think there is an excellent chance that BRICS+ will prevail in World War 3 as they prevail in the three decisive proxy wars in Ukraine, the Middle East, and Taiwan and also neutralize NATO & Friends’ edge in financial warfare by developing alternatives.

That means we’re likely to see the end of the unipolar world order and the emergence of a multipolar world order.

Many people will be unprepared for that change of historical significance. However, when you look at the Big Picture, that is where I think we’re headed.

I believe there are two prominent investment outcomes we can bet on.

Investment Outcome #1: The US Dollar Will Lose Its Privileged Position

While the US dollar is currently the leading global currency, it was already on a path of inevitable debasement and eventual collapse—even before considering the compounding effects of a multipolar world order.

The only reason the US government has managed to avoid severe consequences from its inflationary monetary policies is the US dollar’s status as the world’s premiere reserve currency, thanks to Washington’s military and economic dominance that has prevailed since the end of World War 2. However, as this dominance wanes, so will the dollar’s purchasing power.

The US government’s ability to hide the effects of its rampant money printing by offloading trillions of dollars to foreigners is nearing its end.

That’s terrible news for the US dollar.

That doesn’t mean I’m excited about whatever new monetary concoction BRICS+ comes up with. Ultimately, it will be nothing more than the liability of a new group of corrupt politicians and bureaucrats.

I suspect many worldwide will feel the same way and look for apolitical, free-market, monetary alternatives resistant to debasement—like gold and Bitcoin.

As World War 3 plays out, I expect we’ll see a multipolar world order emerge and the US dollar lose its privileged position as the world’s premier reserve asset.

An ocean of capital could flow into gold and Bitcoin as the world looks for sound monetary alternatives to the fading US dollar and whatever scheme the BRICS+ countries cook up.

That’s why I think World War 3 and the emergence of a multipolar world order will add rocket fuel to two major investment trends already in motion—the re-monetization of gold and The Bitcoin Supremacy.

Investment Outcome #2: A Scramble for Strategic Commodities

The end of the unipolar world orders means transitioning to a multipolar global trade regime—with serious implications for commodities.

While there already is an ongoing financial and economic war between NATO & Friends and BRICS+, I expect disruptions to trade in strategic commodities to grow substantially as World War 3 heats up in the coming months.

Supply disruptions mean higher prices. That’s an outcome I think we can bet on.

On the demand side, I expect NATO & Friends and BRICS+ will increasingly focus on securing critical commodities and ensuring access to stable supplies.

In short, I think World War 3 will cause increased demand and unstable supplies.

That’s why obtaining exposure to strategic commodities like rare earth elements, uranium, hydrocarbons, and others could be a winning move.

Here’s the bottom line…

Unfortunately, most people have no idea what really happens when the world order changes, let alone how to prepare…

The coming crisis will be much worse, much longer, and very different than what we’ve seen since World War II.

Countless millions throughout history were wiped out financially—or worse—during the previous world wars because they failed to see the correct Big Picture and take appropriate action.

The Race for Strategic Commodities in World War 3

Air Base 201 is the world’s largest and most expensive drone base. It’s the Pentagon’s most strategic military asset in sub-Saharan Africa.

The US military built this enormous and remote base in Niger—one of the poorest countries in the world (average annual income of $631)—near the city of Agadez in the middle of the vast desert.

Officially, Air Base 201 is there for US military operations to fight “terrorism” in West and North Africa.

Unofficially, it’s there to block Russian and Chinese influence in a region with vast reserves of strategic commodities.

Unfortunately for Washington, the US is on the verge of losing its treasured drone base and, therefore, its geopolitical influence over the resource-rich region.

In July 2023, the military of Niger overthrew its leader, who was widely considered to be a stooge of the US and France, the former colonial power.

The coup in Niger was part of an accelerating trend. Western allies are falling like dominoes in Africa as the proxy wars of World War 3 heat up and the major powers scramble to secure strategic resources.

Since 2020, military coups have replaced pro-Western governments in Burkina Faso, Sudan, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Gabon, and Chad with neutral governments or regimes aligned with Russia and China.

A recent election in Senegal saw the unpopular leader—widely viewed as a French puppet—thrown out, though French troops are still present in the country for now.

Below is the geopolitical map of Africa as I see it.


World War 3 and Strategic Commodities

Total war between the world’s largest powers that reshuffled the international order defined the previous world wars.

However, with the advent of nuclear weapons, total war between the largest powers today—Russia, China, and the US—means a nuclear Armageddon where there are no winners and only losers.

That could still happen despite nobody wanting it, but it’s not the most likely outcome.

World War 3 is unlikely to be a direct kinetic war between the US, Russia, and China.

Instead, the conflict will play out on different levels—proxy wars, economic wars, financial wars, cyber wars, biological wars, deniable sabotage, and information wars.

In that sense, World War 3 is already well underway, even though most don’t recognize it. The recent wave of coups in Africa is part of this global conflict.

As I see it, World War 3 is a conflict between two geopolitical blocks.

The first block consists of the US and its allies who have hitched their wagons to the unipolar world order.

I’m reluctant to call this block “the West” because the people who control it have values antithetical to Western Civilization.

A more fitting label would be NATO & Friends.

The other block comprises Russia, China, and other countries favorable to a multipolar world order.

Let’s call them the BRICS+, which stands for Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, and other countries.

BRICS+ is not a perfect label, but it’s a decent representation of the countries favorable to the multipolar world order.

Some countries don’t fall decisively into one category. For example, Egypt is a major US ally and a member of the BRICS+. I’ve put these countries in a separate Non-Aligned category in the above map. They are prime arenas of competition for NATO & Friends and BRICS+.

In short, BRICS+ wants to transform the current world order from unipolar to multipolar and give themselves a bigger seat at the table in the process.

NATO & Friends want the unipolar status quo to prevail.

That’s World War 3, and it’s happening right now.

The recent wave of coups in Africa should be seen in this context.

Niger and Uranium

There are only two reasons the major foreign powers would care about impoverished and isolated Niger: 1) Air Base 201 and 2) the uranium industry, which I’ll get to in a minute.

Recently, the US government sent a delegation of senior officials to meet with Niger’s new military government, who expressed their concern over Niger’s potential relationship with Russia.

Niger’s military government was not impressed. They thought the US officials had a condescending attitude as they demanded Niger return to “democracy” and dictated to them which countries they were allowed to have relations with.

Further, the US did not follow standard diplomatic protocol because Niger was not informed about the composition of the delegation, the date of its arrival, or its agenda.

Shortly after the meeting, the military government of Niger announced on national television “with immediate effect” the termination of its military cooperation agreement with the US government. It declared the US presence unconstitutional and not in the nation’s interest.

After intense negotiations failed to secure the US presence in the country, the Pentagon ordered the withdrawal of all military forces from Niger.

With the recent announcement, the US government has little choice but to abandon Air Base 201—unless it declares war on Niger—and, with it, the geopolitical influence over the region and its vast reserves of strategic commodities.

It’s likely going to be a big win for BRICS+ as Niger becomes more aligned with Russia and China and encourages other countries to do the same.

Recently, Russia delivered to Niger 100 military instructors and anti-aircraft systems. It’s likely the Russian presence will grow.

Niger is one of the largest uranium producers in the world.

Today, the impoverished country is responsible for 5% of global uranium production and is crucial for European supplies. Analysts estimate that 24% of European Union uranium imports came from Niger before the coup.

Take France, for example. According to the World Nuclear Association, nuclear power generates around 70% of the country’s electricity.

(Nuclear power plants account for most of the demand for uranium, which is inseparably linked to the uranium price and market cycles.)

Analysts estimate that imports from Niger accounted for around 33% of France’s uranium needs before the recent coup.

Anti-French sentiment runs deep in Niger due to its colonial history. It’s doubtful France can depend on uranium supplies from the country anymore.

That’s why the coup in Niger puts European energy security at risk.

The uranium market is already tight, and finding alternative supplies is difficult. For example, bringing a new uranium mine online typically takes ten years.

In short, uranium has a situation with precarious supply and growing demand.

There is only one way for this situation to resolve itself: for the uranium price to go up, which is precisely what has happened recently as the uranium price reached a 16-year high.


One of the main investment implications of World War 3 is a scramble for strategic resources—like uranium—as BRICS+ and NATO & Friends race to secure their supplies.

The situation in Africa in general and Niger in particular is an excellent example of this trend.

In short, I think World War 3 will cause increased demand and unstable supplies. Higher prices are the likely outcome.

That’s why obtaining exposure to strategic commodities could be a winning move.

The key is to get positioned in the best strategic resource stocks before World War 3 accelerates.