Britain = Austria.
What do these great nations have in common? Here is a short list of great people produced by Austria: philosophers such as Wittgenstein and Husserl, writers such as Kafka, Rilke, Jelinek, Bernhard, Musil, a painter like Klimt, scientists such as Schroedinger, Mendel, Boltzmann, Pauli, Lorenz, Mach and Freud, composers such as Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, Mahler, Schoenberg, Berg, Webern and Bruckner, filmmakers such as Curtiz, Lang, Sternberg, Stroheim, Wilder, Zinnemann, Preminger all the way to Haneke. Today, however, Austria is a tiny country that most young people can't even find on the map. But it used to be the richest empire on Earth, and produced some of the greatest geniuses of all times. After World War I, the Austrian empire disappeared, disintegrated into a number of tiny countries. Although none is richer than Austria, Austria itself is largely irrelevant on the world scene: it was easily annexed by Hitler and easily liberated by the USA and the Soviet Union.
England is the new Austria. It used to be the richest country and the largest empire on Earth, and it produced some of the greatest minds of all times: Chaucer, Shakespeare, Donne, Blake, Wordsworth, Dickens, Bronte, George Eliot, Hardy, Hopkins, Conrad, Woolf, Pinter... Newton, Darwin, Dalton, Faraday, Maxwell, Francis Crick, Stephen Hawking, Alan Turing, and the inventor of the World-wide Web, Tim Berners-Lee... Purcell and Britten... Norman Foster and Zaha Hadid ...the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who, David Bowie, the Pink Floyd, King Crimson, Led Zeppelin and so on and on. After World War II, its political power rapidly declined. The empire disintegrated, although not into tiny countries but in large ones, such as India, Nigeria, Egypt and South Africa (it had already lost the USA, Canada and Australia) and this year one of them (India) is posed to pass Britain in GPD terms.