We live in a world of multinational corporations - effectively "stateless" companies that select where they are domiciled based on tax laws, red tape and ease of carrying out business.
Some of the biggest companies in the world now employ more people than entire populations of countries - others have higher revenues than major world powers' GDP.
Apple, famously, has more cash than the GDP of two-thirds of the world's countries. With yet another product launch today, that could climb even higher. But it's not the only one. And, as we shift from "stateless" to a possible "virtual" corporate world, Foreign Policy points out that the balance of power is changing.
"The rise of metanationals isn’t just about new ways of making money," a new report says. "It also unsettles the definition of 'global superpower.'
"The debate over that term usually focuses on states... [but] corporations are likely to overtake all states in terms of clout."
These are the top 15 corporate nations, according to Foreign Policy.